The festival explained that the most prominent films of the seventy-third session of the festival, including “The French Dispatch” by American Wes Anderson, “Summer 85” by French François Ozon and two films by director Stephen McQueen.
Festival president Pierre L’Escore and his delegate general, Thierry Frémaux, revealed on Wednesday the list of films chosen as they do every year from Paris, despite its cancellation this year, according to the French News Agency.
However, unlike usual, the biggest movie festival in the world, along with Venice and Berlin, will not witness any official competition or the award of the Palme d’Or this year, due to the conditions of the spread of the Coruna virus.
The 73rd Cannes Film Festival was scheduled to take place from May 12 to 23, 2020.
The festival curators chose 56 films distributed as usual on the official competition and outside the competition and “special sessions”.
Among the films chosen is the Egyptian movie “Souad”, directed by Ayten Amin, and takes place after Suad’s suicide, as her younger sister embarks on a journey in search of answers.
The film seeks to provide a very realistic cinematic experience that reveals the reasons behind the suicide of a young girl.
“These selected films show that the cinema is still alive and was the same during the isolation phase as well,” said Fremo, who is in charge of choosing the works.
“The filmmakers did not give up and they sent us 2,067 films, which is a record number.”
“We had to find different forms,” he said, noting that the festival “will accompany the films chosen in the halls and festivals, and digitally as well.”
Among the films, “The French Dispatch”, Louis Anderson was filmed in the city of Angouleme in southwestern France with a constellation of stars such as Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Timothy Shalame.
Two films by Oscar-winning British director Steve McQueen were selected for “12 Years A Slave”, and the films were “Lovers Rock” and “Mangrove”.
Thierry Frémaux explained that Mangrove “deals with the harassment of police elements of blacks”, which is a subject that “finds a tragic resonance with what happened with George Floyd.”
Also 21 French films were selected, including “Summer 85” by François Ozon.
By choosing these films, the festival wanted to highlight these works at a time when the cinema sector is experiencing many difficulties due to the crisis caused by the Covid-19 epidemic.
Thierry Frémaux indicated that the festival is working in cooperation with other international festivals.
“We had many talks,” he stressed, noting that the idea was to cooperate with the Venice Festival “to offer something” in early September 2020.