The 73rd Cannes Film Festival will not take place this May due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The high-profile movie event is one of the highlights of the film industry calendar and draws a huge a gathering of A-list stars annually. 

It was due to commence on May 12 this year, but organisers have decided to postpone it as countries around the world deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. 

A statement on the festival's website said: "Today, we have made the following decision: The Festival de Cannes cannot be held on the scheduled dates, from May 12 to 23.

"Several options are considered in order to preserve its running, the main one being a simple postponement, in Cannes, until the end of June (or) beginning of July 2020."

It added: "As soon as the development of the French and international health situation will allow us to assess the real possibility, we will make our decision known, in accordance with our ongoing consultation with the French government and Cannes' City Hall as well as with the Festival's board members, film industry professionals and all the partners of the event.

"In the meantime, the Festival de Cannes lends its vocal support to all of those who firmly call on everyone to respect the general lockdown, and ask to show solidarity in these difficult times for the entire world."

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