#Cannes 2020: Pixar’s ‘Soul,’ Wes Anderson’s ‘French Dispatch’ lead 2020 lineup

Cannes 2020: Pixar’s ‘Soul,’ Wes Anderson’s ‘French Dispatch’ lead 2020 lineup

Pixar’s “Soul,” Wes Anderson’s star-packed “The French Dispatch” and Steve McQueen’s “Mangrove” and Lover’s Rock” are among the 56 movies which will receive a Cannes 2020 label as part of the festival’s eclectic Official Selection.

Also included in this year’s lineup, are Cannes regulars such as Francois Ozon’s anticipated “Summer 85,” Naomi Kawase’s “True Mothers” and Maiwenn’s “DNA.”

The other celebrated filmmakers who will receive the Cannes 2020 label are Jonathan Nossiter with “Last Words,” Im Sang-soo with “Event” and Thomas Vinterberg with “Another Round.” As many other titles on this year’s lineup, these films were initially tipped for the festival before it canceled its physical edition in April and sticked with the French Riviera-set fest for various reasons, ranging from loyalty to distribution/marketing strategy. For instance, “Summer 85,” which marks Ozon’s follow up to his Berlin Golden Bear winning “By The Grace of God,” will be released in French theaters on July 15.

Due to the health crisis, the roster was announced on Wednesday evening by Cannes’ artistic director Thierry Fremaux and president Pierre Lescure during a TV interview that aired on Canal Plus, instead of the traditional press conference. While the Official Selection doesn’t comprise the usual categories such as the Competition, Un Certain Regard and Out of Competition, Fremaux editorialized the lineup’s presentation by announcing the films under “the faithful” for helmers who’ve been at Cannes in the Official Selection at least once, newcomers, first features, comedies, documentaries and animated features.

Among the daring and singular movies from emerging directors who made the cut this year are Pascual Sisto’s “John And The Hole,” Danielle Arbid’s “Passion Simple,” Nicolas Maury’s “Garcon Chiffon,” Charlène Favier with “Slalom,” as well as Viggo Mortensen’s “Falling,” Pascal Plante’s “Nadia, Butterfly” and Ninja Thyberg’s “Pleasure.” Other labeled films from well-established directors who are Cannes newcomers include Marie-Castille Mention-schaar’s “Goodman” and Yeon Sang-ho’s “Peninsula.”

Although there won’t be a physical festival, the selected movies will get the opportunity to world premiere in the real world thanks to alliances forged between Cannes and other festivals, notably Toronto and San Sebastian which have accepted to consider labeled films for competitive sections. The other fests that are expected to play Cannes-labeled films include Telluride, Deauville, Busan, Morelia, New York, Sundance and Fremaux’s own Lumiere festival in Lyon. Venice Film Festival, meanwhile, won’t play ball with Cannes after discussions about a potential alliance fell off last month.

On Tuesday, Fremaux sent out a letter giving out some key figures about this year’s roster and said the selection committee had received a record 2,067 features for consideration in spite of the health crisis and subsequent cancelation of the physical edition. Fremaux also said feature debuts are comprising 26.7% of the selection with 15 pics. The lineup also includes 16 films directed by women, two more than last year.

Pixar’s “Soul”AP

The Cannes 2020 Lineup:

The Faithful

“The French Dispatch,” Wes Anderson

Sales: Fox Searchlight International

“Summer 85,” François Ozon

Sales: Playtime

“True Mothers,” Naomi Kawase

Sales: Playtime

“Lovers Rock,” Steve McQueen

Sales: Turbine Studios Limited

“Mangrove,” Steve McQueen

Sales: Turbine Studios Limited

“Another Round,” Thomas Vinterberg

Sales: TrustNordisk

“ADN” (“DNA”), Maïwenn

Sales: Wild Bunch International

“Last Words,” Jonathan Nossiter

Sales: The Party Films

“Heaven: To The Land of Happiness,” Im Sang-Soo

Sales: Finecut

“Forgotten we’ll be,” Fernando Trueba

Sales: Film Factory Entertainment

“Peninsula,” Yeon Sang-Ho

Sales: Contents Panda

“In The Dusk,” Sharunas Bartas

Sales: Luxbox

“Home Front,” Lucas Belvaux

Sales: Wild Bunch International

“The Real Thing,” Kôji Fukada

Sales: Nagoya TV

The Newcomers

“Passion Simple,” Danielle Arbid

Sales: Pyramide International

“A Good Man,” Marie Castille Mention-Schaar

Sales: Pyramide International

“Les choses qu’on dit, les choses qu’on fait,” Emmanuel Mouret

Sales: Elle Driver

“Squad,” Ayten Amin

Production: Vivid Reels

“Limbo,” Ben Sharrock

Sales: Protagonist

“Red Soil,” Farid Bentoumi


“Sweat,” Magnus Von Horn

Sales: New Europe Film Sales

“Teddy,” Ludovic et Zoran Boukherma


“February,” Kamen Kalev

Production: Koro Films

“Ammonite,” Francis Lee

Sales: Cross City Films

“Un Médecin de Nuit,” Elie Wajeman

Sales: Be For Films

“Enfant Terrible,” Oskar Roehler

Sales: Bavaria Filmproduktion

“Nadia, Butterfly,” Pascal Plante

Sales: Wasabi Films

“Here We Are,” Nir Bergman

Sales: MK2 Films

An Omnibus Film

“Septet: The Story of Hong Kong,” Ann Hui

Sales: Media Asia Distribution

The First Features

“Failing,” Viggo Mortensen

Sales: Hanway Films

“Pleasure,” Ninja Thyberg

Sales: Versatile

“Slalom,” Charlène Favier

Sales: The Party Film Sales

“Memory House,” Joao Paulo Miranda Maria

Production: Manneki Films

“Broken Keys,” Jimmy Keyrouz

Production: Ezekiel

“Ibrahim,” Samir Guesmi

Sales: Wild Bunch International

“Beginning,” Déa Kulumbegashvili

Sales: Wild Bunch International

“Gagarine,” Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh

Sales: Totem Films

“16 Printemps,” Suzanne Lindon

Sales: Luxbox

“Vaurien,” Peter Dourountzis

Sales: Kinology

“Garcon Chiffon,” Nicolas Maury

Sales: Kinology

“Should the Wind Fall,” Nora Martirosyan

Sales: Indie Sales

John and The Hole,” Pascual Sisto

Production: Mutressa Movies

“Striding Into The Wind,” Wei Shujun

Production: Alibaba Pictures

“The Death of Cinema And My Father Too,” by Dani Rosenberg

Sales:: Films Boutique

Three Documentary films

“The Billion Road,” Dieudo Hamadi

Sales: Andana Films

“The Truffle Hunters,” Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw

Distribution: Sony Pictures Classics

“9 Jours à Raqqa,” Xavier de Lauzanne

Production: Aloest Films

Five Comedy Films

“Antoinette Dans Les Cévennes,” Caroline Vignal

Sales: Playtime

“Les Deux Alfred,” Bruno Podalydès

Production: Why Not Productions

“The Big Hit,” Emmanuel Courcol

Sales: MK2 Films

“L’origine du monde,” Laurent Lafitte

Sales: Studiocanal

“Le discours,” Laurent Tirard

Sales: Charades

Four Animated Features

“Earwig and the Witch,” Gorô Miyazaki

Sales: Wild Bunch International

“Flee,” Jonas Poher Rasmussen

Sales: Cinephil

“Josep,” Aurel

Sales: Doc & Film International

“Soul,” Pete Docter

Distribution: The Walt Disney Company


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