Considering the recent celebrations of Cannes 1968, which was partially shut down by protesting filmmakers, including Godard (who wanted the festival to continue, though without prizes awarded), it's interesting to see the Breathless filmmaker still boycotting festivals after all these years. Of course, politics aside, it's probably of great disappointment to the young future filmmakers who were looking forward to meeting the cinema legend.
Godard was set to hold master classes with Israeli film students. Until this morning, the festival's webpage featured a bio of Godard that included the following: "He will attend the festival, in his words, 'as a private person and an eternal student of cinema,' conveying his unrelenting enthusiasm with the filmic art to the newest generation of young filmmakers." Other filmmakers still listed as attending the event include John Sayles, Julio Medem and Sarah Polley.