As expected, the prestigious Cannes Film Festival didn't take place on the beaches of France this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, many titles from the proposed slate will still get the "Official Selection" insignia, even though the competition, screenings and parties didn't actually happen in-person.
One of the titles for sale was Blue Bayou, the latest from acclaimed Korean-American filmmaker Justin Chon. The writer-director of films like Ms. Purple and Gook gets his first big-name collaborator, with Academy Award-winning actress Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) co-starring. Chon plays Antonio LeBlanc, a man who was adopted from Korea as a boy now facing deportation. The cast also includes Mark O'Brien (Ready or Not) and Emory Cohen (Brooklyn).
The film sadly couldn't be more timely, as many people who have grown up in the U.S. most of their lives face being returned to a country they barely knew, if at all. MACRO and eOne produced the film. Focus Features will distribute domestically, while Universal will handle the international side.
There's no telling when Blue Bayou will be released, and if it will actually make it into theaters, but I'll definitely seek it out regardless of where it ends up.