Cannes Film Festival bosses rule out physical 2020 edition

Cannes Film Festival officials have decided against staging a physical edition of the 2020 event. The 2020 edition of the prestigious French festival was scheduled to kick off on Tuesday, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic back in Ma…

Cannes Film Festival officials have decided against staging a physical edition of the 2020 event.

The 2020 edition of the prestigious French festival was scheduled to kick off on Tuesday, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic back in March. Organisers originally hoped to stage it in late June or early July, but they have now decided a physical edition will not take place this year.

“As of today, a physical edition seems complicated to organise, so we are going forward with an announcement of films from the (initial Official) Selection at the beginning of June,” a festival spokesperson confirmed to Variety.

Cannes organisers are set to announce a revised Official Selection of movies in June and plan to present these titles at other film festivals, such as the Venice International Film Festival, which takes place in September, and across cinemas.

In an interview with Screen Daily, Cannes director Thierry Fremaux explained that the films in the Official Selection will be those scheduled for theatrical release between now and spring 2021 and will receive a “Cannes 2020” label for their alternative festival and/or theatrical releases.

“The selection probably won’t be under the usual structured format that we all know with the Competition, Un Certain Regard, and Out of Competition sections,” Fremaux said. “It would have been ridiculous to behave as if nothing had happened. But in our heart of hearts what we want to do is promote the films that we saw and loved. We received films from around the world, magnificent works, and it’s our duty to help them find their audience.”

The director revealed that some filmmakers have opted for their films to be reconsidered for the 2021 edition instead. There will be no jury or awards this year, so Fremaux is welcoming Spike Lee, who was set to be 2020 jury president, back for next year’s event.

Lee’s upcoming movie Da 5 Bloods was set to debut at the festival ahead of its release on Netflix on 12 June. He added that Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch would have premiered at Cannes too, but will no longer be part of the Official Selection.

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Cate Blanchett to head up Venice Film Festival jury

Cate Blanchett has been appointed president of the 2020 Venice International Film Festival jury.The Australian actress has signed up to preside over the jury at the prestigious Italian festival, during which she and her jurors will watch the movies in …

Cate Blanchett has been appointed president of the 2020 Venice International Film Festival jury.

The Australian actress has signed up to preside over the jury at the prestigious Italian festival, during which she and her jurors will watch the movies in competition and decide which should win the coveted Golden Lion.

“Every year I look expectantly to the selection at Venice and every year it is surprising and distinct. Venice is one of the most atmospheric film festivals in the world – a celebration of the provocative and inspirational medium that is cinema in all its forms. It is a privilege and a pleasure to be this year’s jury president,” Blanchett said in a statement.

Her appointment comes two years after she served as jury president at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

“Cate Blanchett is not just an icon of contemporary cinema, courted by the greatest directors of the past 20 years and adored by moviegoers of every kind,” Venice boss Alberto Barbera added. “Her commitment in the artistic and humanitarian fields and to the protection of the environment, as well as her defence of the emancipation of women in a film industry still coming to terms with male prejudice, have made her an inspiration for society as a whole.

“Her immense talent as an actress, combined with her unique intelligence and sincere passion for cinema, are the ideal qualities for a Jury President.”

Blanchett’s film Elizabeth premiered at the festival in 1998 and she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress for her performance in I’m Not There in 2007.

The 77th Venice International Film Festival runs from 2 to 12 September.

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Chiara Ferragni documentary to debut at Venice Film Festival

Chiara Ferragni’s documentary is set to debut at the Venice Film Festival.The Italian fashion influencer and entrepreneur has been working on the project – titled Chiara Ferragni: Unposted – since last year, with the film to mark the 10th anniversary o…

Chiara Ferragni’s documentary is set to debut at the Venice Film Festival.

The Italian fashion influencer and entrepreneur has been working on the project – titled Chiara Ferragni: Unposted – since last year, with the film to mark the 10th anniversary of her popular blog, The Blonde Salad.

Ferragni’s documentary, which was directed by filmmaker Elisa Amoruso, will premiere at the prestigious film event on 4 September, and explores the private and professional life of the 32-year-old.

A bevy of famous faces are set to appear in the film – which began shooting in Sicily shortly after her wedding to rapper/producer Fedez last September – including Donatella Versace, Diane von Furstenberg, and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Ferragni shared the exciting news with her followers on Instagram and posted a snap of herself on the red carpet at last year’s Venice Film Festival.

“GUYS: I’m almost crying for happiness to announce that the docu-film about my life will be presented at the 2019 Venice film festival. Thank you @elisamoruso for directing this film and making my childhood dream come true. I couldn’t be more excited for you to see it!” the star gushed in the caption.

She also urged her 17 million online fans to follow her new account dedicated to the film, @chiaraferragniunposted.

Additionally, Amoruso shared her joy at the news and thanked the “magical” influencer for pitching the project.

“The meeting with Chiara was magical from the beginning and to tell who this truly exceptional woman is was for me an exciting, intense journey that taught me so much,” the 38-year-old director wrote.

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Pedro Almodovar to receive lifetime achievement award at Venice Film Festival

Pedro Almodovar will be honoured with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival. The Spanish filmmaker will be presented with the prestigious prize in recognition of his career during the 76th annual Ital…

Pedro Almodovar will be honoured with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival.

The Spanish filmmaker will be presented with the prestigious prize in recognition of his career during the 76th annual Italian film extravaganza.

“I am very excited and honoured with the gift of this Golden Lion,” Almodovar said in a statement. “I have very good memories of the Venice Film Festival. My international debut took place there in 1983 with Dark Habits. It was the first time one of my films travelled out of Spain, it was my international baptism and a wonderful experience, as it was my return with Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in 1988. This Lion is going to become my pet, along with the two cats I live with. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for giving me this award.”

Festival director Alberto Barbera called the Volver filmmaker “the greatest and most influential Spanish director since (Luis) Bunuel” and praised his portrayal of women onscreen.

“Without forgetting that Almodovar excels, above all, in painting incredibly original female portraits, thanks to an exceptional empathy which allows him to represent their power, emotional richness, and inevitable weaknesses with a rare and touching authenticity,” he said.

Almodovar will receive the award alongside The Sound of Music’s Julie Andrews, the other 2019 honouree. They follow in the footsteps of previous honourees which include Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Vanessa Redgrave, and Clint Eastwood.

The 69-year-old director remains very busy, and his latest movie, Pain and Glory, was selected for the official competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

His star, Antonio Banderas, took home the Best Actor award for his role.

The Venice International Film Festival runs from 28 August to 7 September.

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Toronto Film Festival bosses pull press conference after fatal shooting

Organisers of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival have cancelled a Tuesday morning (24Jul18) press conference following a fatal shooting in the city on Sunday night. Two people were killed and over a dozen others injured when a 29-year-old gu…

Organisers of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival have cancelled a Tuesday morning (24Jul18) press conference following a fatal shooting in the city on Sunday night.

Two people were killed and over a dozen others injured when a 29-year-old gunman opened fire on crowded Danforth Avenue, where locals and tourists were enjoying late night meals and cocktails.

The man’s motive remains a mystery as city law enforcement officers attempt to make sense of the shooting incident.

Film festival bosses led by director and CEO Piers Handling, who is due to retire after this year’s event, had planned to unveil much of the 2018 line-up at Tuesday’s media conference, which would have been held just miles from the site of the shooting, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. However, in light of the tragedy, they have decided to reveal the news via a press release instead.

The Toronto festival, which this year runs from 6 to 16 September, often predicts the films that will take home the gold at the Academy Awards.

Earlier on Monday (23Jul18), it was announced that Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star Is Born, will premiere at another major movie gala – the Venice International Film Festival on 31 August (18). The musical romantic drama, starring Cooper and Lady Gaga, is set to debut at the Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido at the event, over a month before it officially hits cinemas in early October (18).

Bosses of the Venice International Film Festival are scheduled to release their full line-up on Wednesday (25Jul18).

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