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Cannes Film Festival Unveils 2021 Lineup

One of the biggest events in the film industry is almost here! The Cannes Film Festival announced the 2021 film lineup for its 74th season Thursday morning.

The Official Selection was announced Thursday at a live event with the Cannes Film Festival’s President, Pierre Lescure, and the festival’s General Delegate, Thierry Frémaux.

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According to Thierry Frémaux, the Official Selection “serves to highlight the diversity of cinematic creation through its different sections.” These categories include In Competition, Un Certain Regard (“from another angle”), Out of Competition, Midnight Screenings, Cannes Premiere, and Special Screenings.

The Cannes Film Festival will kick off on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, and conclude on Saturday, July 17, 2021, with the presentation of the awards list by the President of the Jury, Spike Lee.

Let’s take a look at some of the U.S. filmmakers who will be featured at this year’s festival.

Cannes Film Festival: Annette

The Cannes Film Festival will open with a showing of Annette at the Grand Théâtre Lumière, according to the organization. 

The movie stars Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard as a couple living in Los Angeles who welcomes their new daughter, Annette. This film marks the English-language debut of director Leos Carax and features a soundtrack composed by American pop/rock group Sparks. Annette will be entered in the In Competition category of the film festival.

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Cannes Film Festival: The French Dispatch

The French Dispatch was originally set to be screened at the 2020 Cannes Film festival but will instead have its world premiere this year in the In Competition category. Directed by Wes Anderson, the film stars Timothée Chalamet, Elisabeth Moss, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson.

Focusing on three different storylines, The French Dispatch is described as “a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in Paris,” according to IndieWire,

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Cannes Film Festival: After Yang

After Yang will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard category. According to Thierry Frémaux, this category “focuses on works that have an original aim and aesthetic…”

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The sci-fi film stars Colin Farrell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Justin H. Min, and Haley Lu Richardson. It is written, directed, and edited by South Korean filmmaker Kogonada. Production company Cinereach says that the film centers around a father and his daughter in their attempt to save their robotic family member.

Cannes Film Festival: Stillwater

A crime drama directed by Tom McCarthy, Stillwater stars Matt Damon and Abigail Breslin. The film is set to screen 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.

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Cannes Film Festival: Aline, The Voice of Love 

Aline, The Voice of Love is an unofficial biopic of music legend Celine Dion. The film stars writer and director Valérie Lemercier as the main character Aline, who is based on the Canadian singer.

According to ET Canada, the French film follows Aline from the age of five to 50 on her musical journey. Aline, The Voice of Love is set to screen in the Out of Competition category of the Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes Film Festival: Oranges Sanguines

Oranges Sanguines (Bloody Oranges) will be shown at a Midnight Screening at the Cannes Film Festival. The film is directed by Jean-Christophe Meurisse and stars a number of French actors.

According to the French entertainment website AlloCiné, the film follows three different storylines of a couple in debt trying to win a competition, a minister accused of tax fraud, and a teenage girl who meets a creepy adult.

Cannes Film Festival: The Year of the Everlasting Storm

The Year of the Everlasting Storm will screen in the Cannes Film Festival’s Special Screenings category. According to the production company Neon, the film tells the stories of seven directors from around the world following their lives through the events of the past year.

The Year of the Everlasting Storm includes footage from Jafar Panahi, Anthony Chen, Malik Vitthal, Laura Poitras, Dominga Sotomayar, David Lowery, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Neon describes the film as “a true love letter to the power of cinema and its storytellers.”

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Other movies to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival include Flag Day (Sean Penn), Val (Ting Poo & Leo Scott), and JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass (Oliver Stone). You can view a full list of the Official Selection here.

About the Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the world’s most prestigious film events. The first festival was held in 1946 and has since recognized iconic films in history such as Taxi Driver (1976), Pulp Fiction (1994), and Parasite (2019).

According to Thierry Frémaux, the mission of the Cannes Film Festival is “to draw attention to and raise the profile of films, with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level.”

The 2021 festival will feature director, actor, and producer Jodie Foster as the guest of honor at the opening ceremony. Jodie is known for her work in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Taxi Driver (1976). According to the organization, Jodie Foster will receive the Festival’s Honorary Palme d’or for her artistry and commitment to some of the major issues of our era.

After a year of postponed movie premieres and watching new films from home, we are so excited that events like the Cannes Film Festival are able to celebrate filmmakers’ and actors’ hard work again!

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