The new edition would take place mid-May. The competition for the Golden Palm would be announced this week. Benedetta, the new film by Paul Verhoeven, was almost certainly included in the selection. However, due to the corona crisis, all major events in France have been canceled until mid-July.
Frémaux and his team is still thinking about how Cannes 2020 could be shaped in a different way, he confirms. For example, Cannes could continue in the fall with only European titles, provided the corona epidemic allows it. “We are even considering a red carpet with mouth masks,” said Frémaux. “But we have to wait and see how things will go after May 11, when the French government starts easing the lockdown measures. Such an alternative festival would only be possible if the corona infections had declined sharply by the summer. ”
If no physical event can take place, the organization is also considering awarding titles selected Cannes Cannes 2020. They can then use this qualification to promote the film if it is released in cinemas. “We don’t want to and cannot just go on to the next edition,” said the director. “As a film industry, we must put our shoulders to the wheel to limit the damage to the film industry as much as possible.”