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2020 Cannes Film Festival
Special poster of the 73rd Cannes Film Festival featuring date of limited screenings in late October 2020[1]
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or
Cannes Film Festival
Actor Stellan Skarsgård and the director of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry Frémaux (in the background) at the prémiere of Last Words during the Cinema Ritrovato Festival in August 2020. The film was scheduled to be presented at Cannes before the festival was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 73rd annual Cannes Film Festival was scheduled to take place from 12 to 23 May 2020.[2] On 13 January 2020, Spike Lee was named as the president of the Jury.[3] However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in France, festival management announced on 14 April 2020 that the festival could not be held in its "original form", with alternative means of observing the festival being explored.[4] It was cancelled for the first time since 1968.

Earlier, festival management considered holding the festival in June or July,[5] after not cancelling the event.[6] In mid-March, the festival's main venue, the Grand Auditorium Louis Lumière, was converted into a temporary homeless shelter.[7] In May 2020, it was announced that no physical edition of the festival would take place,[8] but a revised Official Selection of films was confirmed on 3 June 2020.[9][10][11] Before announcing the list of films from the official selection, Thierry Frémaux the director of the Cannes Film Festival, said in an interview that he was talking with Spike Lee and also was hoping to have him as president of the jury on the 2021 edition. He also confirmed that Lee's film Da 5 Bloods was supposed to be the return of Netflix to the red carpet in the Out of Competition category.[12]

In September, organizers announced that a limited outdoor festival, featuring screenings of four official selection films, the short film competition and the Cinéfondation Selection would take place on the Croisette from 27 to 29 October.[13] The Critics' Week program also launched a free online screening of its short film selections in October.[14]

Official sections[edit]

The Official Selection has been divided in sub-categories, as directors or genres, not as competitors.[15][16][17]

The Faithful (or at least selected once before)[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Another Round Druk Thomas Vinterberg Denmark
DNA ADN Maïwenn France
Forgotten We'll Be El olvido que seremos Fernando Trueba Colombia
The French Dispatch Wes Anderson United States
Heaven: To the Land of Happiness 헤븐: 행복의 나라로 Im Sang-soo South Korea
Home Front Des hommes Lucas Belvaux France, Belgium
In the Dusk Sutemose Šarūnas Bartas Lithuania, France, Serbia, Czech Republic, Latvia
Last Words Jonathan Nossiter France, Italy, United States
Lovers Rock Steve McQueen United Kingdom
Peninsula 반도 Yeon Sang-ho South Korea
The Real Thing 本気のしるし Kōji Fukada Japan
Summer of 85 Été 85 François Ozon France
True Mothers 朝が来る Naomi Kawase Japan

The Newcomers[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Ammonite Francis Lee United Kingdom, Australia
Enfant Terrible Oskar Roehler Germany
February Février Kamen Kalev Bulgaria, France
A Good Man Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar France, Belgium
Here We Are הנה אנחנו Nir Bergman Israel, Italy
Limbo Ben Sharrock United Kingdom
Love Affair(s) Les Choses qu'on dit, les choses qu'on fait Emmanuel Mouret France
Nadia, Butterfly Pascal Plante Canada
The Night Doctor Médecin de nuit Elie Wajeman France
Red Soil Rouge Farid Bentoumi France, Belgium
Simple Passion Passion simple Danielle Arbid
Souad سعاد Ayten Amin Egypt
Sweat Magnus von Horn Sweden, Poland
Teddy Ludovic Boukherma, Zoran Boukherma France

Omnibus Film[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Septet: The Story of Hong Kong 七人樂隊 Sammo Hung, Ann Hui, Patrick Tam, Yuen Woo-ping, Johnnie To, Ringo Lam, Tsui Hark Hong Kong

The First Features[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Beginning დასაწყისი Déa Kulumbegashvili Georgia
Broken Keys Jimmy Keyrouz Lebanon, United States, France, Cyprus
The Death of Cinema and my Father Too Dani Rosenberg Israel
Falling Viggo Mortensen United States, United Kingdom, Canada
Gagarine Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh France
Ibrahim Samir Guesmi
John and the Hole Pascual Sisto United States
Memory House Casa de Antiguidades João Paulo Miranda Maria Brazil, France
My Best Part Garçon chiffon Nicolas Maury France
Pleasure Ninja Thyberg Sweden, Netherlands, France
Should the Wind Drop (Presented with the ACID parallel section) Si le vent tombe Nora Martirosyan France, Belgium, Armenia
Slalom Charlène Favier France
Spring Blossom Seize printemps Suzanne Lindon
Striding Into the Wind 野馬分鬃 Wei Shujun China
Vaurien Peter Dourountzis France

Documentary Films[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
9 Days at Raqqa 9 Jours à Raqqa Xavier de Lauzanne France
Downstream to Kinshasa En route pour le milliard Dieudo Hamadi Congo, Belgium, France
The Truffle Hunters Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw United States, Italy, Greece

Comedy Films[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
The Big Hit Un triomphe Emmanuel Courcol France
Dear Mother L'Origine du monde (First feature film) Laurent Lafitte
French Tech Les deux Alfred Bruno Podalydès
My Donkey, My Lover & I Antoinette dans les Cévènnes Caroline Vignal
The Speech Le Discours Laurent Tirard

Animated Films[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Earwig and the Witch アーヤと魔女 Gorō Miyazaki Japan
Flee Jonas Poher Rasmussen Denmark, France, Sweden, Norway
Josep (First feature film) Aurel France
Soul Pete Docter United States

Short Films Competition[edit]

The films selected for the short film competition were announced on 19 June, a few weeks after the rest of the official selections.[18] Despite the cancellation of the overall festival, the short films were announced with an indication that the competition would still proceed in the fall, with the exact dates and jury members to be named at a later date; in September, it was announced that the short films would be screened as part of the special outdoor screening series on the Croisette in October.[13]

At the end of the Croisette screening series, the Short Film Palme d'Or was awarded to Sameh Alaa for the film I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face.[19]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Benjamin, Benny, Ben Paul Shkordoff Canada
Blue Fear Filles bleue, peur blanche Marie Jacotey, Lola Halifa-Legrand France
Camille, Contactless Camille sans contact Paul Nouhet
David Zach Woods United States
I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face ستاشر Sameh Alaa Egypt, France, Belgium, Qatar
The Lamb of God O Cordeiro de Deus David Pinheiro Vicente Portugal, France
Motorway65 Evi Kalogiropoulou Greece
Mountain Cat Shiluus Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir Mongolia, United Kingdom
Son of Sodom Theo Montoya Colombia, Argentina
Stéphanie Leonardo Van Dijl Belgium
Sudden Light Sophie Littman United Kingdom

Cinéfondation Selection[edit]

The Short Films and Cinéfondation Jury composed of Damien Bonnard, Rachid Bouchareb, Claire Burger, Charles Gillibert, Dea Kulumbegashvili and Céline Sallette, has awarded the 2020 Prizes of the Cinéfondation film school competition on 28 October 2020 on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière as part of “Cannes 2020 Special”. The First Prize was awarded to Ashmita Guha Neogi for the film Catdog, the Second Prize was awarded to Yelyzaveta Pysmak for the film My Fat Arse and I and the Joint Third Prize was awarded to Lucia Chicos for Contraindications and Elsa Rosengren for I Want to Return Return Return.[20]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Agapé Márk Beleznai Hungary
Carcass Carcasse Timothée Maubrey France
Catdog Ashmita Guha Neogi India
Contraindications Contraindicatii Lucia Chicos Romania
Corte Afonso Rapazote, Bernardo Rapazote Portugal
The Last Ferry From Grass Island Dou Zeoi Gu Si Zhang Linhan Hong Kong, United States
When We Leave En Avant Mitchelle Tamariz France
I Want To Return Return Return Elsa Rosengren Germany
My Fat Arse And I Ja i moja gruba dupa Yelyzaveta Pysmak Poland, Ukraine
Bird's Song Le chant de l'oiseau Sarah Imsand Switzerland
Cinese Wall Muralla China Santiago Barzi Argentina
Neurim Shaylee Atary Israel
Nobody Said I Have to Love You Nihče ni rekel, da te moram imeti rad Matjaž Jamnik Slovenia
Pile Toby Auberg United Kingdom
Twenty Seonginsik Kim Min-Ju South Korea
Taipei Suicide Story KEFF Taiwan
Tamou Tzor Edery, Tom Prezman Israel

Cannes Classics[edit]

The full line-up for the Cannes Classics section was announced on 17 July 2020.[21]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
In the Mood for Love (2000) 花樣年華 Wong Kar-Wai Hong Kong
Friendship’s Death (1987) Peter Wollen United Kingdom
The Story of a Three-Day Pass (1967) La Permission Melvin Van Peebles France
July Rain (1966) Июльский дождь Marlen Khutsiev Soviet Union
Quand les femmes ont pris la colère (1977) Soizick Chappedelaine, René Vautier France
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978) Préparez vos mouchoirs Bertrand Blier
Hester Street (1973) Joan Micklin Silver United States
Who’s Singing Over There? (1980) Ko to tamo peva Slobodan Šijan Yugoslavia
Black Silk (1961) แพรดำ R.D. Pestonji Thailand
New Year Sacrifice (1956) 祝福 Hu Sang China
Upthrown Stone (1968) Feldobott kő Sándor Sára Hungary
Neige (1981) Juliet Berto, Jean-Henri Roger France
The Wasps Are Here (1978) බඹරු ඇවිත් Dharmasena Pathiraja Sri Lanka
This is My Country (1984) Bayan ko: Kapit sa patalim Lino Brocka Philippines
La Poupée (1962) Jacques Baratier France
The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973) Sanatorium pod klepsydrą Wojciech Has Poland
America as Seen by a Frenchman (1959) L'Amérique insolite François Reichenbach France
The Ninth Circle (1960) Deveti krug France Štiglic Yugoslavia
Muhammad Ali the Greatest (1974) William Klein France
Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation celebrate its 30th birthday
Accattone (1961) Pier Paolo Pasolini Italy
The Chess Game of the Wind (1976) شطرنج باد / Shatranje bad Mohammad Reza Aslani Iran
Federico 100
La strada (1956) Federico Fellini Italy
Variety Lights (1950) Luci del varietà Alberto Lattuada, Federico Fellini
Fellini of the Spirits Anselma dell’Olio Italy, Belgium
À Bout de souffle and L’Avventura turn 60
Breathless (1960) À bout de souffle Jean-Luc Godard France
The Adventure (1960) L'Avventura Michelangelo Antonioni Italy
Documentaries 2020
Wim Wenders, Desperado Eric Friedler [de], Andreas Frege Germany
Alida Valli: In Her Own Words Mimmo Verdesca Italy
Charlie Chaplin, The Genius of Liberty Charlie Chaplin, le génie de la liberté François Aymé, Yves Jeuland France
Be Water Bao Nguyen United States
Belushi R.J. Cutler
Antena da raça Paloma Rocha, Luís Abramo Brazil

Independent sections[edit]

Critics' Week[edit]

The following films have received a special and official label, delivered by the Critics' Week:

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
After Love Aleem Khan United Kingdom, France
Gold for Dogs De l'or pour les chiens Anna Cazenave Cambet France
The Swarm La Nuée Just Philippot
Skies of Lebanon Sous le ciel d'Alice Chloé Mazlo
Beasts La Terre des hommes Naël Marandin
Short Films
August 22, This Year Graham Foy Canada
Dustin Naïla Guiguet France
Foreigner Forastera Lucía Aleñar Iglesias Spain
Good Thanks, You? Molly Manning Walker United Kingdom
Humongous! とてつもなく大きな Aya Kazawoe Japan
Maalbeek Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis France
Marlon Brando Vincent Tilanus Netherlands
Menarche Menarca Lillah Halla Brazil
Towards Evening Axşama doğru Teymur Hajiyev Azerbaijan
White Goldfish Jan Roossens, Raf Roossens Belgium

Directors' Fortnight[edit]

A full Directors' Fortnight selection could not be announced due to it being incomplete when the festival was cancelled. However, two titles were announced in July 2020 so that they could utilize the Director's Fortnight label.[22]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Kajillionaire Miranda July United States
We Are Who We Are Luca Guadagnino United States, Italy


The following films have received a special and official label, delivered by the ACID (Association for the Distribution of Independent Cinema).

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Coalesce Les affluents Jessé Miceli Cambodia, France
Tightrope Walkers Funambules Ilan Klipper France
The Seeds We Sow Les Graines que l'on sème Nathan Nicholovitch
Il Mio Corpo Michele Pennetta Switzerland, Italy
The Last Hillbilly Diane Sara Bouzgarrou, Thomas Jenkoe France, Qatar
Far From You I Grew Loin de vous j'ai grandi Marie Dumora France
Should the Wind Drop (Presented with Cannes Film Festival's Official Selection) Si le vent tombe Nora Martirosyan France, Belgium, Armenia
Last Days of Spring La Última Primavera Isabel Lamberti Netherlands, Spain
Walden Bojena Horackova France, Lithuania

The ACID Trip #4 program, which should have been dedicated to young Chilean cinema, has been postponed to the next edition, in 2021.


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