Most recently, the Cannes Film Festival had failed in 1950, then for financial reasons. 70 years later, Corona raged. To ensure that 2020 does not go down as a complete failure, there will be a three-day special at the Croisette at the end of October. On show are some of the films that would have competed for the Golden Palms in May. The general public is invited.
From 27 to 29 October, the “Spécial Cannes 2020” will take place at the Palais des Festivals: four films from the official selection will be screened in the large Auditorium Lumière as well as the short films of the competition and the student films of the “Cinéfondation” series. A jury awards the Golden Palm for the best short film as well as the prizes for the series “Cinéfondation”.
The mini-festival will open on Tuesday, October 27, at 7pm with Emmanuel Courcol‘s “Un triomphe” with Kad Merad (in the presence of the entire film team). At the end (Thursday, 29 October, 7 pm) the prepremiere of Bruno Podalydès’ work “Les Deux Alfred” (in the presence of director and leading actress Sandrine Kiberlain) will be shown. The programme also includes “Asa Ga Kuru” (True Mothers, October 29, 3 pm) by Japanese director Naomi Kawase, who regularly performs at the Cannes Festival, as well as the debut film “Beginning” (Wednesday, October 28, 8.30 pm) by Georgian director Déa Kulumbegashvili, who is currently presenting the “Concha de oro” at the San Sebastián Film Festival as Best Film and won the prizes for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actress.
The small festival is organized in collaboration with the city of Cannes. This is why the Cannois take precedence in the award of seats: as of today, Friday 16 October, locals (“justificatif de domicile” required) will be able to seek tickets online on the website of the city of Cannes. From 22 October, 8 am, remaining seats will be awarded via the official website of the festival.
Mayor David Lisnard: “We wanted the Cannes Film Festival to take place in 2020 as a sign of our will to fight in favour of the event industry, which ensures a living for hundreds of families, and as a sign of the cultural radiance of our city. “Even if this time everything will be different, is designed to shimmer through what Cannes is famous for: high-quality films, an audience in evening wear and the most famous of all red carpets are part of the small festival as usual.
The next “real” film festival in Cannes, the 74th edition, will take place from 11 to 22 May 2021, if everything goes according to plan.