In 2021, the Cannes Film Festival wants to celebrate the return of cinema

The president of the Cannes Film Festival Pierre Lescure and his general delegate Thierry Frémaux did not hide, Thursday, June 3, their joy at being able to announce the program of a 74e edition which should hopefully take place under near-normal conditions. Even if this one, holding unusually in July, must reconcile the presence on the Croisette of festival-goers with that of holidaymakers, and will compete with the Euro football or the Avignon Festival.

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After a blank year in 2020, the organizers intend to make this return a celebration. Especially since the influx of spectators in theaters in France since May 19 is excellent news for them. “Despite everything we have heard, the public and the exhibitors have proven that the cinema is not dead”, welcomed Thierry Frémaux for whom the holding of this first major international festival will be “The second good news” of this deconfinement.

Caution remains in order

If the festival-goers will be fewer than usual (18,000 accredited against around 30,000 usually), the rooms will no longer be subject to a gauge from June 30 and the curfew will have been completely lifted, which will allow the organization of festive events such as late screenings on the beach, open to the public, or dinners following the presentation of the films.

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But caution must remain in place, insisted Pierre Lescure. The epidemic is far from over. We are not going to multiply the parties. It is our responsibility that this first major post-pandemic festival takes place in good conditions. . Access will be conditional on presentation of a health pass, that is to say either a certificate attesting to a complete vaccination, or a negative PCR test to be repeated every 48 hours.

To celebrate the event, Thierry Frémaux and his selection committee have concocted a program that is all the more sumptuous as the films, prevented from being released in theaters for almost 18 months, jostled at the gate and the shootings did not take place. almost uninterrupted. Result: more than sixty films presented including 24 in competition against 21 usually, and the creation of a new section Cannes Premieres where confirmed filmmakers, not selected in competition, will come to present their new film.

A strong French presence

We will be able to discover in particular the new Hong Sang-soo, a documentary by Oliver Stone on the JFK affair, the last films of Arnaud Desplechin, Mathieu Almaric, Samuel Benchetrit or the one that Charlotte Gainsbourg devoted to her mother. Jane by Charlotte. A strong presence of French films that can also be found out of competition, with new films by Emmanuelle Bercot (In his lifetime with Catherine Deneuve), by Valérie Lemercier (Aline, inspired by the life of Céline Dion) and Cédric Jimenez (North Bac) than in the competition which has seven, a record in recent years.

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The new feature films by François Ozon, Bruno Dumont, Jacques Audiard, Catherine Corsini, Julia Ducournau, Mia Hansen-Love and finally Leos Carax, who have the honor of opening the festival, will be in the running for the Palme d’Or. with Annette, a musical film performed by Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver.

Only 4 directors

Very rich and geographically diverse, the rest of the competition, which has only four directors including three French women, sees the return of many regulars such as Asghar Farhadi, Nanni Moretti, Wes Anderson, Kirill Serebrennikov, Apichatpong Weerasethakul or Paul Verhoeven and the presence of a few young people. Talented filmmakers already spotted in Cannes and Berlin such as the Japanese Ryusuke Hamaguchi, the Norwegian Joachim Trier, the Moroccan Nabil Ayouch or the Israeli Nadav Lapid.

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Finally, already cramped in its Palace, the Festival will be able to count this year on Le Cinéum, the brand new multiplex built by architect Rudy Ricciotti which will be inaugurated for the occasion.


24 films in competition

Annette, by Leos Carax (France)

– Benedetta, by Paul Verhoeven (Netherlands)

The French Dispatch, by Wes Anderson (United States)

Tre Piani, by Nanni Moretti (Italy)

My wife’s story, Ildiko Enyedi (Hungary)

Bergman Island, by Mia Hansen-Love (France)

Drive my car, by Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Japan)

Ahed’s knee, by Nadav Lapid (Israel)

High and loud, by Nabil Ayouch (Morocco)

Compartment NO.6, by Juho Kuosmanen (Finland)

Julie (in 12 chapters), by Joachim Trier (Norway)

The divide, by Catherine Corsini (France)

The unquiet, by Joachim Lafosse (Belgium)

The Olympics, by Jacques Audiard (France)

Lingui, by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chad)

Memoria, by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand)

Nitram, by Justin Kurzel (Australia)

France, by Bruno Dumont (France)

Petrov’s Flu, by Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia)

Red Rocket, by Sean Baker (United States)

Titanium, by Julia Ducournau (France)

Everything went well, by François Ozon (France)

A hero, by Asghar Farhadi (Iran)

Flag day, by Sean Penn (United States)


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