French villa that housed ‘Gatsby’ author on sale

A French Riviera villa where "The Great Gatsby" author Francis Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda lived between 1922 and 1924 is up for sale for €27.5 million ($36 million), Sotheby's International Realty said on Friday.

French villa that housed 'Gatsby' author on sale
Baz Luhrman's film of The Great Gatsby opened this year's Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Loic Venance/AFP

Describing the 800 square metre villa in the Cap d'Antibes as a "jewel with views of the sea," Sotheby's said the property named "Picolette" also had a park and swimming pool.

It said the house attracted "the rich and the celebrities of the day" and provided the basis for Fitzgerald's 1934 novel "Tender Is the Night" which mirrors his experience with his mentally unstable wife.

The house was recently restored to its original Art Deco grandeur. It boasts frescoes and gardens running down to a private beach.

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Cannes Film Festival postponed to July due to Covid

The Cannes Film Festival has been rescheduled for July 6th to 17th - postponed by around two months due to the ongoing virus crisis, organisers said on Wednesday.

Cannes Film Festival postponed to July due to Covid
The 2018 Palme d'Or winner Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda posing for the cameras at the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual highlight for movie lovers in France. Photo: AFP

“As announced last autumn, the Festival de Cannes reserved the right to change its dates depending on how the global health situation developed,” they said in a statement.

“Initially scheduled from 11th to 22nd May 2021, the Festival will therefore now take place from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 17th July 2021.”

The festival was cancelled last year, while rival European events in Berlin and Venice went ahead under strict health restrictions.

The Berlin Film Festival, which usually kicks off in February, said last month it would run this year's edition in two stages, an online offering for industry professionals in March and a public event in June.

France has closed all cinemas, theatres and show rooms alongside cafés, bars and restaurants as part of its Covid-19 health measures and the government has pushed back their reopening date until further notice due to rising levels of viral spread across the country.

The Cannes festival normally attracts some 45,000 people with official accreditations, of whom around 4,500 are journalists.

It had only been cancelled once before, due to the outbreak of war in 1939.

Its Film Market, held alongside the main competition, is the industry's biggest marketplace for producers, distributors, buyers and programmers.

Last year, the festival still made an official selection of 56 films – including the latest offerings from Wes Anderson, Francois Ozon and Steve McQueen – allowing them to use the “Cannes official selection” label.