Hey Hollywooders! Today we’re sharing some of our favorite moments from the 74th Cannes Film Festival. The prestigious festival ran July 6- July 17 and celebrated some of the biggest actors and filmmakers from around the world!
The Festival is back! Tonight at 19h25, follow the Opening Ceremony live and free view on @canalplus, and in all partner cinemas across France. On stage, among others surprises: Spike Lee and his jury, Jodie Foster, Pedro Almodóvar and Bong Joon Ho… 🤩#Cannes2021 pic.twitter.com/2gYRhfnKxp
— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) July 6, 2021
This marked the first Cannes Film Festival since 2019, as the 2020 festival was canceled due to the pandemic.
Cannes Film Festival 2021: notable winners
The Feature Film Jury is responsible for choosing the award winners of the Cannes Film Festival. This year’s jury was headed by filmmaker Spike Lee and also included actors Mélanie Laurent, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tahar Rahim, and Song Kang-ho, directors Mati Diop, Jessica Hausner, and Kleber Mendonça Filho, and musical artist Mylène Farmer. Spike Lee is the first Black person in Cannes Film Festival history to lead the jury, as reported by NBC News.
🎙 Meet the Jury of the 74th Cannes Film Festival!
The #Cannes2021 Feature Film Jury met one last time after the announcement of the Awards of the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival for its traditional press conference.
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— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) July 17, 2021
This year’s winner of the Palme d’Or (the festival’s highest award) was Titane, directed by Julia Ducournau. The French-Belgian horror/thriller film stars Agathe Rousselle, Vincent Lindon, and Garance Marillier. According to Deadline, Julia Ducournau is only the second female director to win the Palme d’Or.
Spike Lee said that Titane “…struck [him] as extraordinary, ingenious with a flash of madness.”
Ghahreman (A Hero) and Hytti NRO 6 (Compartment No. 6) tied for the festival’s Grand Prix award. This is the second-most distinguished prize that feature films can win at the Cannes Film Festival. Ghahreman is an Iranian drama/ thriller that was directed and written by Asghar Farhadi. Hytti NRO 6 is also a drama that was directed by Juho Kuosmanen.
French director Leos Carax took home the award for Best Director for his work on Annette starring Adam Driver, while the award for best screenplay went to Drive My Car written by Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe.
Renate Reinsive won the award for Best Actress and Caleb Landry Jones for Best Actor for their work in Verdens Verste Menneske (The Worst Person in the World) and Nitram, respectively.
Caleb Landry Jones won the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for “Nitram,” directed by Justin Kurzel, which is about a mass killing in Australia. pic.twitter.com/lU3dYkAaau
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) July 19, 2021
Tian Xia Wu Ya (All The Crows in the World) directed by Tang Yi won the Palme d’Or for short films, and Razzhimaya Kulaki (Unclenching the Fists) directed by Kira Kovalenko won the Un Certain Regard (“from another angle”) Prize.
The award for Caméra d’Or went to Murina, a drama directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović. According to the Cannes Film Festival, the Caméra d’Or “is given to the best first film from the Official Selection, La Semaine de la Critique and the Directors’ Fortnight.”
Antoneta ALAMAT KUSIJANOVIĆ – Caméra d’or for MURINA
Antoneta ALAMAT KUSIJANOVIĆ – Caméra d’or pour MURINA
Avec/With Screenwriter Frank Graziano and Mélanie Laurent#Cannes2021 #Awards pic.twitter.com/KPKqp0ReSt
— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) July 17, 2021
You can view a full list of winners here.
Cannes Film Festival 2021: red carpet looks
In addition to the wonderful films, the Cannes Film Festival brought stunning looks from our favorite movie stars and pop culture icons.
Model Bella Hadid attended the Tre Piani (Three Floors) premiere on July 11. Bella looked stunning as always, wearing a Schiaparelli black dress and ruby rings and earrings with her hair in a top knot. The star of the outfit, however, was a gilded brass necklace with rhinestones made to look like lungs.
Hollywood’s favorite young actor Timothée Chalamet walked the Cannes Film Festival red carpet in a Tom Ford two-piece metallic suit.
Fans loved Timothée’s outfit and quickly circulated photos on social media.
TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET AT THE RED CARPET FOR THE FRENCH DISPATCH AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 🤰🏻🤰🏻🤰🏻🤰🏻 pic.twitter.com/Jgo5b9d4vz
— ellen (@symbolicem) July 12, 2021
Timothée Chalamet posed with his co-star Tilda Swinton at The French Dispatch premiere. Tilda donned a bold and colorful outfit by designer Haider Ackermann.
Feeling a bit weak for these two on the red carpet 💞
— Cinematic Literature (Not Really Here) (@cine_magique) July 12, 2021
Leader of the 74th Cannes Film Festival Jury Spike Lee excited in multiple vibrant outfits from Louis Vuitton throughout the festival’s events.
Spike Lee en Louis Vuitton
Cannes Film festival 2021 pic.twitter.com/IK9m9RLOlp
— Miguel Ángel (@Miki_Trent) July 6, 2021
One of Spike Lee’s suits looked like a gorgeous, vivid painting.
#NoemieMerlant and #SpikeLee at #Cannes2021. The French actress wore a custom gown and jewelry from the Louis Vuitton High Jewelry Collection, while the President of the Jury wore a custom #LouisVuitton suit to the 74th Annual Cannes Film Festival. pic.twitter.com/W9KPKMClAW
— Louis Vuitton (@LouisVuitton) July 18, 2021
Oscar-winning actress Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) wowed in an elegant black and white Schiaparelli gown while attending the amfAR Gala at the festival.
Regina King was looking super chic in bespoke Schiaparelli while attending the amfAR Cannes Gala 2021 during the 74th Annual Cannes Film Festival 🖤 #amfARCannes #CannesFilmFestival #Cannes74 #ReginaKing pic.twitter.com/UacvWNQgcF
— Mr. Quijada (@UnaiQuijada) July 17, 2021
Winner of the Honorary Palme d’Or, director, actor, and producer Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver) looked refined in a pearl Givenchy floor-length gown fitted with silver embellishments.
— Awards Season 🌟 (@awardseason_) July 6, 2021
Cannes Film Festival 2021: notable movie screenings for upcoming releases
The French Dispatch stars Timothée Chalamet, Elisabeth Moss, Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, and Tilda Swinton, among many other notable actors. Directed by Wes Anderson, the film focuses on three different storylines and, according to IndieWire, is described as “a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in Paris.”
The New York Times reported that following its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on July 12, The French Dispatch received a nine-minute-long standing ovation. The comedy-drama also made The Hollywood Reporter’s list of critics’ favorite Cannes Festival films.
The French Dispatch by Wes Anderson has received a 9 minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival being one of the biggest standing ovation of the Festival. The film stars Timothée Chalamet, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, and more. pic.twitter.com/gAKqoooOhi
— SoundsOfSeries (@SoundsOfSeries) July 13, 2021
Stillwater is a crime drama directed by Tom McCarthy that stars Matt Damon and Abigail Breslin. The film was screened in the Cannes Film Festival’s Out of Competition category. Stillwater follows Matt Damon’s character as he tries to clear his daughter’s name after she has been wrongfully arrested on murder charges.
According to Variety, Matt Damon was “moved to tears” during the standing ovation Stillwater received after its premiere on July 8.
The Velvet Underground is a documentary film about a rock band of the same name, directed by Todd Haynes. NPR called the film “richly immersive” and named it one of the seven films not to miss from the Cannes Film Festival.
Todd Haynes’s “The Velvet Underground,” which debuted at Cannes, is no conventional music documentary. https://t.co/ZBsuJeAw7D
— New York Times Music (@nytimesmusic) July 11, 2021
Feathers won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week. According to Variety, the film directed and written by John Ruane is set in modern-day Egypt and focuses on a mother of three whose idealist husband is unexpectedly turned into a chicken by a magician.
Third FIRPESCI prize at the 74th Cannes Film Festival was meant to a first feature in the parallel sections (this time, Critic’s Week). The film critics have chosen «Feathers», by Omar El Zohairy (France, Egypt, Netherlands, Greece; 112 min, 2021, Heretic). pic.twitter.com/mUQ6na1JmH
— FIPRESCI (@FIPRESCI) July 17, 2021
You can view the full Cannes Film Festival Official Selection here.
We can’t wait to see some of these Cannes Film Festival titles in movie theaters later this year! Check back for our review of Stillwater, which will be released in movie theaters on July 30.
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