Cannes Festival Sets "2020 Special" for End of October

Cannes Palais After Covid-19 Shutdown
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Cannes Palais After Covid-19 Shutdown

Four films from the Official Selection and shorts and student films will be screened on the Croisette.

Cannes Film Festival organizers, after having to cancel this year's physical event due to the coronavirus pandemic, said on Monday that four films from this year's Official Selection will screen in the city in the south of France after all during a "2020 Special" taking place at the end of October.

Organizers had focused their efforts this year on Cannes 2020, a branded selection of titles that did not screen in Cannes but at other international fests, including Venice.

On Monday though, organizers unveiled an "exceptional event, organized in collaboration with the Cannes City Council," to be held at the Palais des Festivals Oct. 27-Oct. 29. "This extraordinary '2020 Special Cannes' event will invite the general public to the Louis Lumière auditorium of the Palais des Festivals ... where four previews of films from the 2020 Official Selection, the short films selected in competition and the Cinéfondation's school films will be screened."

A jury, to be announced soon, will award the Palme d'Or for short films and the Cinéfondation prizes.

The event will open with a screening of Un triomphe (The Big Hit!) by Emmanuel Courcol in the presence of the film crew and end with Bruno Podalydès' Les Deux Alfred (The French Tech), with the director and lead actress Sandrine Kiberlain attending. Japanese director Naomi Kawase's Asa Ga Kuru (True Mothers) and Georgian director Dea Kulumbegashvili's Beginning, which just won big at the San Sebastian Film Festival, will also be screened.

Said Pierre Lescure, president of the Cannes Festival: "We are as delighted to see the festival hosted by the Cannes City Hall in October as we were sad not to have enjoyed its company in May. Thanks to this collaboration, films from the Official Selection will be shown on the Croisette. This is our way to be in Cannes, alongside its population and all the professionals with whom we work hand in hand every year."

Added festival director Thierry Frémaux: "The collection of four films from the Official Selection, the short film competition, the film school competition, and the dinners and meetings epitomize the happiness we’ll all feel to be together in Cannes in  October! The films of the Official Selection are currently playing to cinema-goers in France, in Europe and throughout the world. It's a great sign to see them making a stopover in Cannes, before we turn our attention to the 2021 season."

Next year's 74th edition of the Cannes festival has been scheduled to take place May 11- 22.