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Cannes Roof Collapse: Uncooperative Weather Puts A Dampener On Festival

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: Updated: 05/21/2012 5:07 pm

Cannes Roof Collapse
Actresses found shelter under giant umbrellas as rain threatened to defy expectations at Cannes.

So much for beautiful entertainment luminaries luxuriating around on yachts. Cannes has turned into a dreary mess of a place, with rain and wind collapsing a temporary theater's roof.

The compromised structure is part of the Soixantieme Theatre, which is found behind the Palais that hosts screenings and tributes. THR reports that two screenings were canceled, as Gonzalo Tobal's "Villegas" and Christian Mungiu's "Beyond the Hills" were rescheduled.

The forecast doesn't look much better, with rain predicted for much of the week and temperatures limping back to the low 70s during the day. In Cannes during the Spring, this counts as bad weather.

One "industry executive" told THR that that he or she had "never seen it that bad."

The wacky weather will give festival-goers a distraction from the spectre of Cannes' sexism. The competition features exactly zero female directors, and many are up in arms about the secretive selection committees' apparent preference to include films with beautiful actresses over those directed by women.

Nonetheless, the stars have certainly flocked to the French Rivera, with the likes of Naomi Watts, Salma Hayek, Chris Pine, Gerard Butler and Bill Murray popping up around the Croisette.

Some parties were also moved indoors, but at press time, it was widely acknowledged that everything was going to be OK.

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  • (from left) US director Paul Haggis, US actor Sean Penn, actress Roberta Armani and Czech model Petra Nemcova pose during a photocall of 'Haiti: Carnival in Cannes,' an event to raise money for charities working in Haiti, at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 18, 2012 in Cannes. (ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • US actor Sean Penn smokes a cigarette as he leaves after a photocall of 'Haiti: Carnival in Cannes,' an event to raise money for charities working in Haiti, at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 18, 2012 in Cannes. (ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • US actor Sean Penn poses during the photocall of 'Haiti: Carnival in Cannes,' an event to raise money for charities working in Haiti, at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 18, 2012 in Cannes. (ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • US actor Sean Penn and actress Roberta Armani pose during the photocall of 'Haiti: Carnival in Cannes,' an event to raise money for charities working in Haiti, at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 18, 2012 in Cannes. (ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • US actor Sean Penn poses during the photocall of 'Haiti: Carnival in Cannes,' an event to raise money for charities working in Haiti, at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 18, 2012 in Cannes. (ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • US actor Sean Penn poses during the photocall of 'Haiti: Carnival in Cannes,' an event to raise money for charities working in Haiti, at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 18, 2012 in Cannes. (ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • US actor Sean Penn poses during the photocall of 'Haiti: Carnival in Cannes,' an event to raise money for charities working in Haiti, at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 18, 2012 in Cannes. (ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Czech model Petra Nemcova and US actor Sean Penn pose during the photocall of 'Haiti: Carnival in Cannes,' an event to raise money for charities working in Haiti, at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 18, 2012 in Cannes. (LOIC VENANCE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • US actor Sean Penn poses during the photocall of 'Haiti: Carnival in Cannes,' an event to raise money for charities working in Haiti, at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 18, 2012 in Cannes. (LOIC VENANCE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • US actor Sean Penn (C) arrives for the photocall of 'Haiti: Carnival in Cannes,' an event to raise money for charities working in Haiti, at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 18, 2012 in Cannes. (LOIC VENANCE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Actor Sean Penn poses at the 'Haiti Carnaval In Cannes' photocall during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2012 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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