Can We Talk About...? Cinema And The Coronavirus

Total Film|May 2020

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Can We Talk About...? Cinema And The Coronavirus
How the film world is navigating an unprecedented crisis…

In the last issue, we looked at the initial responses of cinemas, distributors and film festivals to the coronavirus pandemic. Barely a month later, it’s clear that these responses were only the beginning. With no corner of the industry untouched, the nature and future of cinemagoing has become subject to intense, multi-level scrutiny.

Some companies have responded to the pandemic by exploring digital options. Independent, arthouse and foreign-language distributors have been quick to offer streaming homes for movies. Curzon brought forward the release of Juliette Binoche online dating thriller Who You Think I Am to its Home Cinema platform, where it joined early VOD releases for films including Dogs Don’t Wear Pants. #MeToo-themed The Assistant also received a digital release.

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May 2020