Relief For Fans As Luxembourg Heads Back To The Movies
Chand Sahkeel 1 month ago Fri 05th March 2021 | 09:21 PM
It was a cautious return, under strict hygiene rules. The stars didn't shine and the red carpet was never unrolled
Luxembourg, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Mar, 2021 ) :It was a cautious return, under strict hygiene rules. The stars didn't shine and the red carpet was never unrolled.
But the Luxfilmfest motivated a small group of the Grand Duchy's cinephiles to return to the movies after a long absence.
Luxembourg's theatres have already reopened, the festival's artistic director Alexis Juncosa said, but his event has been the first post-lockdown outing for many fans.
This week's opening night audience was limited to a sell-out 100 guests, appropriately masked and distanced, but movie buffs were happy.
"It feels a bit like life is starting again. I feel safe. Everything seems to be very well managed," said moviegoer Corinne, before the curtain went up on "Nomadland", by Golden Globe-winning Chinese director Chloe Zhao.
"There are few people and everyone wears the mask," said Giulio, for whom going to the cinema amounted to a personal campaign for normality in a world haunted by the virus.
For the festival, moviegoers are issued seat numbers and the seats in use are all at least two metres (six and half feet) apart.
Eight dramatic films are in competition, along with six documentaries.
This year's Berlinale -- usually far bigger -- was held entirely online for critics and industry buyers but judged by a jury which watched the 15 contenders in a specially reserved cinema in the German capital.
"We hope, even at our small level, to help demonstrate that a festival is something that is feasible," he told AFP, lamenting the toll the pandemic has taken on cinema.
Created in 2011, the annual Luxfilmfest was cancelled last year during the first wave of Covid-19.
Cultural activity resumed in January in the country after the pandemic receded, creating what the president of the festival called "a sort of island of the blessed, in the arts".