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Cannes Film Festival unveils 2020 lineup of films

The Cannes Film Festival has unveiled the 56 set of films scoring a Cannes label to premiere at other film festivals following its physical cancellation due to the coronavirus in April.

Forming part of the Cannes class of 2020 roster is Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’, ‘Naomi Kawase’s ‘True Mothers’, ‘Steve McQueen’s ‘Mangrove’ and ‘Lover’s Rock’, Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘Another Round’. Francis Lee will also make his Cannes debut with the Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan starred in film ‘Ammonite’.

All selected films were initially scheduled to screen at the Croisette as part of the official selection. The new turn of events will have them all premiere at partnered film festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, Deauville, San Sebastian, Pusan, Morelia, Angouleme, New York, Rome, Rio, Tokyo, Mumbai and Mar del Plata. There will be no Palme d’Or award, however, festivals including Toronto and San Sebastian have agreed to consider the branded Cannes films into its competitive sections.

Spike Lee, who was coming on board this year as the first African-American to preside over the Cannes jury as president will instead perform the duties next year when things are back to normal.

In total, 2,067 feature films from around the world were submitted for a slot at Cannes. 16 out of the final 56 selected are female directed films, which is two numbers up from last year’s 14. 21 French films are part of the lineup with 1 Canadian film ‘Nadia, Butterfly’ by Pascal Plante in the 2020 Cannes box.

Check below for the unveiled set of films so far.

Wes Anderson — The French Dispatch

Pete Docter — Soul

Francois Ozon — Summer Of 85

Naomi Kawase — True Mothers

Steve McQueen — Lover’s Rock

Steve McQueen — Mangrove

Thomas Vinterberg — Another Round

Maïwenn – ADN

Viggo Mortensen— Falling

Francis Lee – Ammonite

Magnus von Horn — Sweat

Pascal Plante — Nadia, Butterfly

More to come…


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