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  • Writer's pictureAlexa Bouhelier-Ruelle

Unveiling the Future: Cannes' International Cinema Museum

A haven for film aficionados, the upcoming centre for all things film history will dwarf any cinema museum, including the one in Hollywood!

Coming in 2028, in the heart of the glamorous French Riviera, a cinematic treasure is poised to grace the illustrious city of Cannes. The future Musée International du Cinéma et du Festival de Cannes, a testament to the rich history and artistry of the silver screen, promises to be a haven for cinephiles from around the world. With its enchanting architecture, 5,200 square metres of space, captivating exhibits, and immersive experiences, this planned museum is set to become an essential pilgrimage site for cinephiles seeking to delve deeper into the magical world of film.

The ambitious project was presented during a press conference last spring at Cannes Town Hall, lead by the city's mayor, David Lisnard, along with Frédéric Bonnaud, the Director of the Cinémathèque française; Pierre Lescure, President of the Cannes Film Festival; and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival. The municipality will will provide Cannes with a cultural facility "to match its reputation as the world capital of the 7th art."

The enormous space will include:

  • Permanent exposition on the history of world cinema (2,500 m2).

  • Permanent exposition space for the Cannes Film Festival (1,000 m2).

  • Film workshop for children aged 6-12 years, by Universciences, to teach about filmmaking and creativity from writing to lighting, costume and set design to acting and animation.

  • 'Studio Lab' for a behind-the-scenes look at special effects with prototypes, decor and masterclasses.

  • Temporary exposition space for current "blockbusters" (1,000 m2).

  • Auditorium for special meetings, professional lectures and screenings (650 seats).

  • Commercial space for a restaurant, cafe, boutique and concept store (1,500 m2).

A Celebration of Cinematic Heritage

The Musée du Cinéma in Cannes will celebrate the rich heritage of the motion picture industry, paying homage to the pioneers, legendary films, and iconic moments that have shaped the art form. From the earliest flickering images of the Lumières Brothers to the modern masterpieces of today, visitors will embark on a captivating journey through the evolution of cinema. Engaging exhibits will showcase memorabilia, rare artifacts and behind-the-scenes insights, shedding light on the magic that unfolds both in front of and behind the camera.

The museum will offer a spectacular and entertaining visit through the reconstitution of sets like the Georges Méliès' studio and the gears of Chaplin's Modern Times, plus the presence of machines, costumes, objects and mythical film extracts along the way. Immersive projections and interactive devices for understanding special effects and editing will complete the site.

Cutting-Edge Technology

The future Musée du Cinéma will seamlessly blend tradition with innovation, employing cutting-edge technology to enhance the visitor experience. State-of-the-art audiovisual installations, interactive displays, and immersive screenings will transport guests into the mesmerizing world of their favourite films. Virtual reality and augmented reality exhibits will allow visitors to step into the shoes of movie characters or explore iconic film sets in incredible detail, forging an intimate connection between cinema lovers and its passionate audience.

Cannes: The Ideal Home

There could hardly be a more fitting location for the Musée du Cinéma than Cannes, the esteemed host of the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival. Each year, the city attracts professionals and creatives of the film industry, with its iconic red-carpet premieres and prestigious Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. The museum's proximity to this prestigious event will undoubtedly create a synergistic relationship, cementing Cannes as a global epicentre for the celebration of cinema in all its forms.

An exceptional permanent venue for the AFFIF (Cannes international Film Festival), the museum will provide a dedicated 1,000 m2 that will extend and immortalize the existence of this prestigious event beyond the twelve days it takes over the city in May. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the glamorous, aesthetic, historical, media-savvy and authentic world of the event, and discover what goes on behind the scenes. The museum will not be static, but will be enriched each summer with news from the last edition of the Festival.

As the future Musée du Cinéma takes shape in the enchanting city of Cannes, film enthusiasts and curious visitors alike eagerly anticipate the unveiling of this cultural gem. A captivating tribute to the art of cinema, the museum promises to ignite imaginations, deepen appreciation, and inspire future generations of filmmakers and cinephiles. With its blend of cinematic history, and technological innovation, the Musée du Cinéma in Cannes is poised to become an essential destination for anyone captivated by the silver screen's enduring magic. Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through the captivating world of film, where dreams come to life, and where Cannes once again asserts its indelible connection to the cinematic arts.

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