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Cannes Film Festival 2020 Postponement

Cannes Film Festival 2020 Postponement

Following our current virtual screening run of Cannes 2019 Jury Prize Winner ‘Bacarau’ and the news that the world’s preeminent film festival has had to postpone, we’ve decided to give a nod to the all-important film event that has introduced so much great cinema to the world stage. Here is a mini-retrospective of the Cannes Film Festival from our programming director, Jason Asbell.

Cannes Film Festival Postponement 2020

Significance of the Cannes Film Festival Postponement

“The Cannes Film Festival is a massive co-production market where filmmakers seek backers for upcoming projects. To take Cannes out of the equation for even one year would have massive reverberations throughout the world of international cinema. It is, simply put, the most important film event of the year, from which distributors flesh out their art-film slates, festivals take their programming cues and countries make their Oscar selections. Films that launch in Cannes are virtually assured a healthy run at smaller fests around the globe for a year or more. And for many international cinephiles, the Palme d’Or is a more coveted prize than the best picture Oscar.”

~ Variety (click here for the full article.)

It is for this very reason that the organizers have announced the postponement of Cannes, not its cancellation.  Originally slated for May, it continues to plan for an optimistic June realization.  Fingers crossed the optimism proves right, but in any event, we felt it fitting to pepper our April 10 – 16 virtual programming with some of the most celebrated international titles from the last two-years of the Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes Film Festival postponement 2020

Capernaum – Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize Winner 2018

From Lebanon, ‘Capernaum’, follows a boy who runs away and winds up roaming the slums of Beirut shouldering a distressing responsibility. At its premiere at Cannes in May 2018, the film received a 15-minute standing ovation and went on to win that year’s Jury Prize.

‘Caperanum’ will screen virtually on Apr. 10 & 14 at 7pm.

*SCREENING WINDOW IS GOOD FOR ANYTIME BETWEEN 7PM – 1AM*

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Cannes Film Festival postponement 2020

Shoplifters – Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or Winner 2018

The Palme d’Or winner from 2018, ‘Shoplifters’ is directed by Hirokazu Koreeda and challenges the notion that you can’t pick your family. Apparently, it turns out you can, and those who do, can create something more deep-rooted than standard bonds. Kore-eda’s film situates a group of poor vagabonds and criminals under the same roof and, with empathy and understanding, demonstrates that a family is how you define it. This filmmaker also made another powerful movie on the subjects of family and nature vs. nature, ‘Like Father, Like Son’, (Cannes Jury Prize winner 2013).

‘Shoplifters’ will screen virtually on Apr. 12 & 16 at 7pm.

*SCREENING WINDOW IS GOOD FOR ANYTIME BETWEEN 7PM – 1AM*

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Cannes Film Festival postponement 2020

Parasite – Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or Winner 2019

The final film is no stranger and very recently played on The Civic’s actual screen not long before the closure due to Covid 19.  ‘Parasite(s)’ are hard to kick, and no closure of the venue is going to keep us from showing this amazing cinematic gem.  ‘Parasite’ got its first huge accolade with its Palme d’Or win in 2019, but went on to earn Best International Film, Best Director and Best Film at 2020’s Academy Awards.

This encore of sorts for ‘Parasite’ will screen virtually on Apr. 13 & 15 at 7pm.

*SCREENING WINDOW IS GOOD FOR ANYTIME BETWEEN 7PM – 1AM*

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Your support of our virtual screenings is keeping the arts alive

All of these films are available to stream in the comfort and safety of your living rooms for the special cost of only $4 with 50% of the revenue supporting The Civic Theatre. We’re so grateful to our community who has so eagerly jumped on board with this new, online cinema we are currently operating. A wonderful time for innovation during a strange period in our global history.

Keep discovering amazing stories. Our doors may be closed but we insist that your imaginations remain open.