Written by: FFT Webmaster | May 22nd, 2012
What one generally expects at Cannes, and what one certainly hopes for, is the brilliant sunshine and amazing light that is unique to the South of France. However, the weather has not been cooperating as the world’s most luxe festival copies with torrential rain, thunderstorms and howling winds. Umbrellas are a rare sight for celebrities walking the red carpet, but they became de rigeur over the weekend as the rainy weather soaked the Croisette. The red carpet in front of the Palais des Festivals, the main building for competition screenings, is soggy and a mess. Various industry events had to be moved to alternative locations or, in the case of the Villa inRocKs and Audi Talents Awards, were cancelled outright. The unseasonable weather in the South of France had attendees scrambling and the usually crowded walkways almost empty, a rather unique sight in a town which swells to capacity with celebrities and an army of onlookers. The temperature is also expected to drop into the 50s and stay rainy for most of the week, making the parties and industry events set on the famed beaches of the Croisette a soggy and wet affair. “I have never seen it this bad,” said one foreign industry executive.