Mini Cannes film festival kicks off amid Covid curfew

The Cannes 2020 film festival was cancelled this May due to the coronavirus lockdown, but the spirit is alive and it took the form of a mini event, which started on Tuesday evening. Over three days, the public can see four films from the official selection, as well as the short films selected for the competition along with school films from the Cinefondation.

The event was open at the Louis Lumiere auditorium of the Palais des Festivals et des Congres in Cannes, with Un triomphe (The Big Hit!) by Emmanuel Courcol, starring Kad Merad. The others include True Mothers from Cannes regular, Japanese director Naomi Kawase; Beginning from first-time Georgian filmmaker Dea Kulumbegashvili, the big winner at San Sebastian this year; and Bruno Podalydes' The French Tech, another Franco-comedy, which will close Special Cannes on Thursday evening.

The Cannes 2020 Special event is designed to put the emphasis on short films and up-and-coming directors and keep up momentum in the film world despite the cancellation of the main event last May, due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The Jury for Short Films and the Cinefondation film school competition will be awarding the Short Film Palme d'Or to one of the 11 films in Competition, and the three Cinefondation prizes to the best of the 17 selected films by film school students.

This year's Jury composed of three women and three men will have no Chair for the very first time.

Thierry Fremaux, artistic director of the festival insisted that the necessary changes had been made to screening times to adapt to the evening curfew in place, to curb the spread of Covid-19.


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