As you know, the Cannes Film Festival will not take place this year. The film market will be held from June 22 to 26 online, but the festive screenings will not take place.
This did not prevent Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Cannes Festival and Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival, from presenting at the end of the afternoon the list of feature films that should have been screened this year in the official selection. They get the Cannes 2020 Label and will be able to mention this prestigious selection when they are released in theaters or when they appear in other international festivals.
Rouge by Farid Bentoumi, co-produced in Belgium by Les films du Fleuve and co-financed by Wallimage is part of this prestigious list. It tells the story of Nour who has just been hired as a nurse in the chemical plant where her father, a union delegate and a pivotal figure in the company, works. While the plant is in the middle of a health inspection, a young journalist investigates waste management. The two young women will gradually discover that this factory, a pillar of the local economy, hides many secrets. Between lies about pollutant discharges, doctored medical records and concealed accidents, Nour will have to choose between keeping silent or betraying her father and bringing the truth to light. Quite a dilemma that already looked great on paper. We can’t wait to see the result on screen.
The Critics’ Week and Acid will present their virtual program in the next few days.
Beyond the list of 50 films given tonight, Thierry Frémeaux also announced that some producers have taken the incredible decision to confirm their selection… for May 2021. He did not mention any title, but we already know for sure that a great French film with an international cast is one of them. Patience, patience!
Other films have preferred not to be selected for Cannes in order to be presented in Venice, for example, because the Italian festival requires that the films it selects have not yet been selected elsewhere.