After the cancellation of the 2020 edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest film festival in the world returns and in person. The 74th edition of Cannes takes place from July 6 to 17 and, thanks to a competition with numerous illustrious names in the seventh art, it aims to make cinema return through the front door… and to the big screen.
Cannes 2021 it’s going to be an emotional edition. And we are not referring to the tributes ceremonies for the Palms of Honor to actress Jodie Foster and director Marco Bellocchio, but because after a year in which, for the first time, the pageant was forced not to take place, It will be a moment for the international cinema guild to meet again.
There are 24 feature films competing this year for the Palme d’Or, which will award a jury chaired by American filmmaker Spike Lee and also made up of actress Maggie Gyllenahaal, director Kleber Mendonça Filho, director Jessica Hausner, actor Kang-Ho Song, actor Tahar Rahim, actress and director Mélanie Laurent, singer Mylène Farmer and the director Mati Diop.
Today the event opens with Annette, the new work of the mysterious cult filmmaker Leos Carax, author of prestigious films such as Holy Motors, Bad blood O Lovers of the Pont-Neuf. Starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, it is his first work in English and tells the story of a stand-up man and a singer who seem to be the perfect couple. The birth of their first child, Annette, a girl with an extraordinary destiny, will change their lives. Kinology leads international sales and in Spain it has the rights Elastic Films, new distributor for Enrique Costa.
The Official Selection in Competition has 6 other French films, which shows both the strength of its cinematography and its tendency to sweep at home. One of his most anticipated films is Paris 13th District from Jacques Audiard (A prophet, Of rust and bone), winner of the Palme d’Or with Dheepan. It is a black and white film that adapts the graphic novel Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine about how three girls and one boy redefine what love is today. Playtime manages international sales and a distribution agreement has not yet been closed in Spain.
Another distinguished French filmmaker at Cannes 2021 is Francois Ozon with his 20th film: Everything Went Fine. In it André Dussolier plays a father who asks his daughter, played by Sophie Marceau, to help him end his life. Golem It is the distributor for Spain of this film, which is also sold by Playtime.
There are three French women with film in competition. The one with the greatest expectation may be Bergman Island from Mia Hansen-Løve (The father of my children, A love of youth), whose rights in Spain have Avalon. With a cast led by Vicky Krieps, Mia Wasikowska, Tim Roth and Anders Danielsen Lie, it focuses on a couple of American filmmakers who retire to the island of Fårö, where Ingmar Bergman lived, in search of inspiration but with the passage of time. the border between reality and fiction is blurring.
After having attracted attention with Raw, Julia Ducournau will search for confirmation with Titanium, film with Vincent Lindon whose sales are Wild Bunch and it was just announced that Caramel Films is going to distribute in Spain. It revolves around a young man who disappeared 10 years ago who is discovered in an airport with a bruised face. Simultaneously, a series of horrible murders take place in the region. The other filmmaker is Catherine Corsini, that shows The Divide, with Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Marina Foïs in front of the camera. The seventh French feature film in competition is France from Bruno Dumont, a regular at Cannes with films like Flanders O High society.
Cinema USA is represented by three titles. The spotlights will be mainly on Wes Anderson, with The French Chronicle. With a cast of bells that includes, among others, Benicio del Toro, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Timothée Chalamet, Léa Seydoux, Owen Wilson and Mathieu Amalric, it is an ode to journalism around an American publication in a fictional French city in the 20th century. This Searchlight Pictures production will hit theaters thanks to 20th Century Studios / Disney (in the US it is set to October 22).
Nevertheless, Sean Baker can offer one of the great films of this year after dazzling with The Florida Project Y Tangerine. Your new job, Red Rocket, sold by FilmNation and acquired by A24 in the United States, is a black comedy about a retired porn actor who returns to his native Texas. Sean Penn is once again supported by Cannes despite the critical thrashing it got with I will say your name. On Flag Day her daughter Dylan Penn plays a girl who has a hard time making up with her father, a thief played by Sean Penn himself.
One of the favorites for the Palme d’Or is Paul Verhoeven, which was already in the pools for the Palme d’Or with It. With Benedetta the dutch adapts the novel Shameful affections – Sister Benedetta: between saint and lesbian by Judith C. Brown. Set in 17th century Pescia (Italy), and with a plague ravaging the land, Benedetta Carlini joins a convent as a novice. Women, capable of performing miracles since childhood, will have an immediate impact on the community. Pathé International leads sales and in Spain the distribution already has it Avalon.
After his European tour in France and Spain, Asghar Farhadi has returned to Iran to shoot A Hero, a film that will be distributed in Spain A Contracorriente Films in the first half of 2022. It is the story of a man who is in jail for a debt that he has not been able to pay. When you go out on a weekend leave, things don’t go as planned.
Norwegian Joachim Trier will close with The Worst Person in the World his Oslo trilogy started with Reprise Y Oslo, 31st of August. It is a drama with touches of comedy that portrays love in our time and how, having all the opportunities in life, you can continue to feel like the worst person in the world. MK2 Films is the sales agency for this film, which is still free for distribution in Spain.
Another winner of the Palme d’Or as Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmé) go with Memory, a film starring Tilda Swinton about an orchid farmer who travels to Bogotá to visit her sick sister and there she befriends a French archaeologist and a young musician from the area. The Italian Nanni Moretti, another illustrious cannoise competition, teaches Three floors, a film that tells the stories of the members of three middle-class families who live in the same building.
Two years ago the Israeli Nadav Lapid achieved the Golden Bear in Berlin with Synonyms. Now he will seek the feat also in France with Ahed´s Knee, which has Kinology as a sales agency. The film tells how a filmmaker faces two battles doomed to failure: one against the death of freedom and the other against the death of a mother. Wild Bunch leads sales of Casablanca Beats, feature film by Nabil Ayouch about a group of young people trying to break free from their restrictive traditions by expressing themselves through hip-hop.
In Competition there is also another winner of the Golden Bear like the Hungarian Ildikó Enyedi (In body and soul), which can surprise you with The Story of My Wife, starring Léa Seydoux and Louis Garrel, and which has already guaranteed distribution in Spain with BTeam Pictures. This adaptation of a novel by Milan Füst is the story of a ship’s captain who makes a bet for a friend that he will marry the first woman who enters the cafe he is in, who will be an enigmatic woman.
Young values like the Australian Justin Kurzel (Macbeth, The Snowtown Killers) and Russian Kirill Serebrennikov (Summer) also go to the contest. The first one does it with Nitram (Wild Bunch sales) about a lonely and frustrated young man who gets worse when a friend tragically ends up. The second with Petrov´s Flu, a pandemic comedy with sales of Charades and that follows the daily problems of a family in a hallucinogenic scenario between reality and imagination.
Other films that make up the competition are Drive My Car from japanese Ryosuke Hamaguchi (Asako I & II), The Restless by the Belgian Joachim Lafosse (After us), Lingui, The Sacred Bonds from Chadian Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (A man who screams) Y Compartment Nº6 from finnish Juho Kuosmanen (The happiest day in the life of Olli Mäki).
Out of competition, highlight the projections of Where Is Anne Frank from Ari Folman, the documentary The Velvet Underground from Todd Haynes, Peaceful by Emmanuelle Bercot and Question of blood by Tom McCarthy. The latter, starring Matt Damon, arrives in Spain on August 13 through eOne Films.
In the section Cannes Premiere there is a very powerful programming with the titles Deception from Arnaud Desplechin, Belle from Mamoru Hosoda, In Front of Your Face from Hong Sang-soo, the documentary Cow from Andrea Arnold, Vortex from Gaspar Noé, Evolution from Kornel Mucdruczó, Hold Me Tight from Mathieu Amalric, JFK Revisited from Oliver Stone Y Jane By Charlotte from Charlotte gainsbourg.
On Special Screenings we must also add the new works of Sergei Loznitsa and Bill Murray, as well as the collective film The Year of the Everlasting Storm, where Jafar Panahi, Anthony Chen, Malik Vitthal, Laura Poitras, Dominga Sotomayor, David Lowery and Apichatpong Weerasethakul participate.
Parallel section A certain look bets on new talents, among which we can highlight Semih Kaplanoglu, Eskil Vogt, Tatiana Huezo, Alexey German JR. and Kogonada. Outside of the official section, you have to be attentive to the Directors’ Fortnight, always one of the most interesting. This 2021 the new feature films by Miguel Gomes, Radu Muntean, Jonas Carpignano, Pietro Marcello and Alice Rohrwacher, Emmanuel Carrère, Joanna Hogg and Clio Barnard, among others, have been programmed.
Below, you can read the online version of the new edition of Cineinforme, dedicated especially to the 2021 Cannes Film Festival: