‘Amelie’ screening scraped; surprise awaits

Unknown official selection to get open-air treatment

CANNES — The Cannes Film Festival will hold an open-air surprise screening of one of the officially selected movies on Sunday night, organizers said Tuesday.

The event will be in lieu of a cancelled open-air screening of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Amelie From Mont-martre.”

The critically praised movie, which earned $6 million in its first week at the French box office, has been a consistent source of controversy for the fest since it became known that was not officially selected.

Speculation was rife Tuesday as to the reasons for the sudden cancellation. UGC sources said that Je-unet, who has a reputation as a perfectionist, was not happy with the technical quality of the screening facilities.

But a fest source thought that marketing considerations might have come into play.

“The film has established itself in French cinemas and maybe they thought they no longer needed the screening,” said the source.

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