MEDIA-funded films receive Cannes 2020 label

On 3 June 2020 at the UGC Normandie in Paris, the Cannes Film Festival selection was announced with a total of 56 films, including five MEDIA-funded ones. This year, as the festival could not take the shape of a physical edition, the films have received this prestigious label that will help them for their release and festival journey in the coming months. 

The Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme is represented across the programme's different categories:

The Faithful:

  • Druk (Another Round), directed by Thomas Vinterberg, is a Danish production about four friends, all high school teachers, who test a theory that they will improve their lives by maintaining a constant level of alcohol in their blood. The film received €60,000 for its development through the Slate Funding scheme.

The Newcomers:

  • Sweat, directed by Magnus Von Horn, is a Polish production telling the story of three days in the life of social media celebrity fitness motivator Sylwia Zajac, who is surrounded by admirers but is really looking for true intimacy. The film received €40,000 for its development through the Slate Funding scheme.
  • Enfant Terrible, directed by Oskar Roehler is a German production looking at the life and impact of iconic German New Wave director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The film received €40,000 for its development through the Slate Funding scheme.
  • Falling, directed by Viggo Mortensen, is an intimate drama about a son's relationship with his ageing father. The UK co-production received €825,908 under the Selective Distribution scheme.

Comedy Films:

  • Un Triomphe/The Big Hit, directed by Emmanuel Courcol, is French production, the story of an actor past his prime, who gives drama lessons to prisoners in an attempt to stage Waiting for Godot. The film received €60,000 for its development through the Slate Funding scheme.

Animated Films:

  • Flee, directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen (TV programming funding EUR 300,000) – a Danish production of an animated documentary following the lives of refugees who flee to Europe. The film received €300,000 for its production through the TV Programming scheme.