Organisers announce the show that was to go ahead before the pandemic struck
From an empty movie theatre in Paris, organisers of the Cannes Film Festival announced the films that would have played at there in May had it not been cancelled by the pandemic.
The selections were an exercise in what-might-have-been for Cannes, the international French festival that for the last 73 years has been one the most prestigious and glitzy annual gatherings of cinema. Cannes, originally slated for mid-May, initially considered postponing to July but ultimately gave up on a 2020 edition.
Hearing what would have premiered on the Crosiette this year offered a tantalising picture of a cancelled Cannes. Two films by ‘12 Years a Slave’ filmmaker Steve McQueen — ‘Mangrove’ and ‘Lover’s Rock’ — had been headed to Cannes, said festival director Thierry Fremaux, as was Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’ and Pete Docter’s Pixar film ‘Soul’.