Kissing starts again in French films

A couple kissing on a bridge over the Seine river in Paris. (Photo: Getty Images)
A couple kissing on a bridge over the Seine river in Paris. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Actors on the sets of French films are allowed to kiss again after Covid-19 lockdown regulations have been relaxed in the country.
  • The country's culture minister insist that "the kiss is not over with".
  • In South Africa cinemas prepare to reopen as many local productions have been shut down due to Covid-19 exposure

Actors have started kissing again on French film shoots, the country's culture minister said on Friday.

Franck Riester said "kissing has started again on sets" where the "actors have been tested" for the coronavirus, AFP reported.

And he insisted that l'amour is not completely dead despite the pandemic.

The ministers told French radio that while shooting in Europe's biggest film industry was allowed to restart earlier this month, "they waited a bit before doing that kiss that is so important in cinema".

Reister did not say which film or which actors were the first to get back to on-screen smooching.

"No, the kiss is not over with," the politician declared when asked if social distancing was in danger of killing off love scenes altogether.

French cinemas are to reopen after a three-month coronavirus closure on Monday but with drastic distancing measures that mean they can never be more than half full.

In South Africa the TV and film industry were allowed to return to work under strict safety protocols that included no scenes with any intimacy - including hand holding. 

Earlier this week the SABC's Venda-drama series Muvhango on SABC2, produced by Word of Mouth, had to halt production after a crew member was exposed to someone who had tested positive for Covid-19. 

M-Net's The River produced by Tshedza Pictures for 1Magic (DStv 103) and Skeem Saam produced for SABC1 also recently shut down due to Covid-19 exposure. 

Meanwhile local cinemas like Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro say they are in talks to reopen cinemas after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that theatres could reopen under relaxed Level 3 regulations.

Compiled by Herman Eloff. (Sources: AFP/Channel24)

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