There was no Palme d’Or ceremony, no red carpets, and no yacht parties on the French Riviera this year, but there was still a lineup for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival. Forced to cancel its physical event, the world’s highest-profile festival devised a workaround, announcing the “Cannes 2020” selection today in the same way Criterion
might unveil an extensive box set: These are films worthy of anticipation, wherever they show up, and the Cannes laurels will show up with them.
The selection highlights a range of films that were already highly anticipated, from Wes Anderson
’s “The French Dispatch
” to Pixar
,” but the announcement is even more notable for the films with much lower profiles.
Films selected for the lineup were required to have release dates planned between this June and May 2021. Others that planned later releases had to apply for the festival’s next edition. That means