Cannes International Film Festival security evacuated people away from the Salle Debussy, its second biggest theater on Saturday.
The emptying of the theater happened just moments before the scheduled start of the first press screening of Michel Hazanavicius’ “Redoubtable.” The rest of the Palais did not seem affected.
Attendees, who had not yet entered the theater for the screening, were told to move away from the front of the theater for approximately 10 minutes.
The evacuation caused murmurs of a possible bomb threat among the festival-goers in line, though attendees were allowed back into the theater shortly after the evacuation, possibly indicating that the incident was a false alarm.
The incident has caused a delay in the “Redoubtable” screening of at least 40 minutes, which will also affect the following screening, of Taylor Sheridan’s “Wind River.”
Reported by Steve Pond.