Lebanese Feature Film Just Landed Cannes Festival 2020 Official Selection

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The line-up for the 73rd edition of the Festival de Cannes has been announced this week. It comprises 56 films from all around the world, including from our very own Lebanon.

The Lebanese multi-award-winning director and writer Jimmy Keyrouz has landed among the Cannes 2020 Official Selection in the “First Features” category with his latest production Broken Keys.

Broken Keys is a 90-minute war-drama inspired by true events.

It revolves around a pianist who tries to escape his war-torn Middle Eastern town where music is banned and follows him on his journey to rebuild his piano after extremists destroyed it.

The film’s cast includes Lebanese actors Tarek Yaacoub, Sara Abi Kanaan, Adel Karam, Rola Beksmati, and more.

The 73rd edition of the Festival de Cannes will also see another Lebanese contestant with director Danielle Arbid being selected for this year’s category of “The Newcomers.”

A first time director, Arbid is listed in the competition for her French film called Passion Simple.

Lebanon is no stranger to the Cannes Film Festival. Need we remind you of Nadine Labaki’s Capharnaum which shook the earth when it won in the Jury Prize in 2018 and received a 15-minute standing ovation?

Best of luck to the Lebanese filmmakers out there!