Cannes Film Festival Confirms Dates for 2020

Bong Joon-Ho (Photo Credit: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA )

Cannes Film Festival will hold its 73rd edition next year from May 12-23, 2020, Variety confirmed. The French festival, which has long been a pivotal stopping point toward awards season, just wrapped this year’s go around, crowning the Palme d’Or on South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho for his drama “Parasite.” Joon-ho’s film continues to sweep up box office money as it cashes in overseas in, topping a remarkable $51 million in its South Korea market, and a respectable $2 million in France. The film is being distributed by Neon, who acquired the film prior to the festival, and will be releasing it October 11.

The main competition jury this year was headed by Jury President Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Birdman”) and included Enki Bilal, Robin Campillo, Maimouna N’Diaye, Elle Fanning (“The Neon Demon”), Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Favourite”), Paweł Pawlikowski (“Cold War”), Kelly Reichardt (“Certain Women”) and Alice Rohrwacher.

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The festival will open on Tuesday evening for the third consecutive time, unlike the Wednesday kickoff that had been the tradition for many years. The Marche du Film will be held May 12-21.

“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

Standout films out of Cannes this season included Pedro Almodóvar’s semi-autobiographical drama “Pain and Glory” (“Dolor y Gloria”) led by Antonio Banderas, who seems to be poised for some awards talk this season, and Academy Award winner Penelope Cruz. “Portrait of A Lady on Fire,” written and directed by Céline Sciamma, won the award for Best Screenplay, while Mati Diop’s “Atlantics” took home the Grand Prix. The Jury Prize tied with Lady Ly’s “Les Misérables” and Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles’ “Bacurau.” The confirmed new Cannes dates will coincide with the Berlin Film Festival as it falls a tad closer to Cannes, beginning on Feb. 20, 2020, so as to dodge any Oscar night clash.

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