Cancelled Cannes Film Festival Reveals “Would-Have-Shown” Lineup

Despite its official cancellation due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, the team behind the 2020 edition of the world-famous Cannes Film Festival have decided to announce an official lineup. This list, which currently features a total of 56 films, represent movies which would have been shown, had the festival been held in May as planned.

The exact reasoning behind releasing the lineup was not revealed. However, being named an Official Selection by Cannes still represents a badge of honor for the chosen films, which were narrowed down from a total of over 2,000 submissions. Hopefully, it will bring increased awareness and views to these movies during what has proved to be a difficult and uncertain time for Hollywood and the film and TV industry in general.

Instead of releasing the list in separate pieces divided by style, genre, or award for which they were being considered, all 56 films were announced at once. The lineup includes new entries from Wes Anderson, Pete Docter, Steve McQueen, Studio Ghibli, and more. There are also 16 films directed by women present on the list, two more than were presented at Cannes 2019. In the wake of last year’s Parasite coming home from the festival triumphant and gaining international acclaim, a number of Korean films are also represented on the list.

The list is presented in its entirety below. Congratulations to the following Cannes 2020 films:

“The French Dispatch,” Wes Anderson
“Summer of 85,” François Ozon
“True Mothers,” Naomi Kawase
“Lover’s Rock,” Steve McQueen
“Mangrove,” Steve McQueen
“Druk (Another Round),” Thomas Vinterberg
“Peninsula,” Sang-ho Yeon
“ADN,” Maïwenn
“Soul,” Pete Docter
“Ammonite,” Francis Lee
“Falling,” Viggo Mortensen
“Broken Keys,” Jimmy Keyrouz
“Truffle Hunters,” Gregory Kershaw and Michael Dweck
“Aya and the Witch,” Goro Miyazaki
“Limbo,” Ben Sharrock
“Heaven,” Im Sang-soo
“Last Words,” Jonathan Nossiter
“Des Hommes,” Lucas Belvaux
“Passion Simple,” Danielle Arbid
“Good Man,” Marie-Castille Mention Schaar
“The Things We Say, the Things We Do,” Emmanuel Mouret
“John and the Hole,” Pascual Sisto
“Limbo,” Ben Sharrock
“Here We Are,” Nir Bergman
“Rouge,” Farid Bentoumi
“Sweat,” Magnus von Horn
“Teddy,” Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma
“Un médecin de nuit,” Elie Wajeman
“Enfant Terrible,” Oskar Roehler
“Nadia, Butterfly,” Pascal Plante
“Pleasure,” Ninja Thyberg
“Slalom,” Charlène Favier
“Casa de Antiguidades,” João Paulo Miranda Maria
“Ibrahim,” Samuel Gueismi
“Gagarine,” Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh
“16 Printemps,” Suzanne Lindon
“Vaurien,” Peter Dourountzis
“Garçon chiffon,” Nicolas Maury
“Si Le Vent Tombe,” Nora Martirosyan
“On the Way to the Billion,” Dieudo Hamadi
“9 Days at Raqqa,” Xavier de Lauzanne
“Cévennes,” Caroline Vignal
“French Tench,” Bruno Podalydès
“Un Triomphe,” Emmanuel Courcol
“Le Discours,” Laurent Tirard
“L’Origine du Monde,” Laurent Lafitte
“Flee,” Jonas Poher Rasmussen
“Eight and a Half,” Ann Hui, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Ringo Lam, Patrick Tam, Johnnie To, Hark Tsui, John Woo, Woo-Ping Yuen

It is also possible that more entries will be added to this list in the future, as their creators may be withholding the announcement for various reasons. FlickLuster will endeavor to report on further Cannes news as it is announced throughout the year.

It is currently unknown whether other film festivals scheduled for later in the year will occur as planned. However, it is likely that several of these films will be invited to these festivals, especially now that they can claim an official Cannes 2020 label. Some might also choose to screen at the 2021 Cannes Festival, currently scheduled to be held as planned next year.

Which films are you most excited to see on the Official Cannes 2020 lineup? Which have you enjoyed, and which ones are you looking forward to seeing in the future? Let us know!


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