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The Cannes Film Festival Announces its Lineup of Movies that are Set to Compete in its 74th Edition

The Cannes Film Festival has announced its full lineup of movies that are scheduled to play during its upcoming 74th edition, which will be held in-person in France between July 6-17. The lineup was unveiled by Pierre Lescure, the president, and Thierry Frémaux, the general delegate, of the festival earlier today from the UGC Normandie theater in Paris.

The festival is set to open with the world premiere of the musical drama, Annette, which was co-written and directed by French director, Leos Carax. The film stars Academy Award-winning French actress, Marion Cotillard and two-time Oscar-nominated actor, Adam Driver. The movie follows a singer and a stand-up comedian whose lives are changed by the birth of their first child. L.A. rock-pop duo, Sparks, which is comprised of brothers Ron and Russell Mael, co-wrote the script with Carax, and are also composed the film’s soundtrack.

One of the most anticipated features that is set to premiere at the festival is the thriller, Flag Day, which was directed by Sean Penn. The two-time Academy Award-winner’s latest film landed a prime slot at Cannes. In addition to the helmer, the drama also stars Katheryn Winnick, Miles Teller, Eddie Marsan and Josh Brolin.

Writer-director-producer, Sean Baker, who garnered attention for his Oscar-nominated 2017 drama, The Florida Project, is set to premiere his new comedy-drama, Red Rocket, in the Cannes competition. Assassin’s Creed helmer, Justin Kurzel is returning to the big screen with his thriller, Nitram.

Several filmmakers who have previously garnered attention at Cannes in previous years will be returning to the festival. Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul won the highest prize awarded at the festival, the Palme d’Or, in 2010 for his art drama, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. He’s returning to the Cannes competitive lineup with the drama, Memoria, which stars Tilda Swinton.

Finnish helmer Juho Kuosmanen, who won the Un Certain Regard award at the festival for his drama, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, in 2016, is returning to Cannes competition this year with Compartment No. 6. The drama is set on the night train from Moscow to Murmansk.

The festival has also announced that it will launch a new section during this year’s edition, titled Cannes Premiere. The section will feature work from several high-profile directors, including the documentary, Cow, from Andrea Arnold; the documentary, JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass, from Academy Award-winner, Oliver Stone; and Jane Par Charlotte, the directorial debut of acclaimed French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg.

This year’s Un Certain Regard section will include films from several other first-time filmmakers. Those directors include Laura Wandel’s drama, Un Monde, Gessica Généus’ Freda and C.B Yi’s drama, Moneyboys.

Several high-profile titles that were originally scheduled to premiere at Cannes last year, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be screening at the festival this year. They include Oscar-nominated writer-director Wes Anderson’s ensemble comedy-drama, The French Dispatch, and fellow Academy Award-nominated scribe-helmer, Paul Verhoeven’s nun drama, Benedetta.

Cannes has also made headlines for selecting Oscar-winning writer-director, Spike Lee to lead the international jury that hands out the Palme d’Or and other official festival awards. He’s taking over the job this year after he was set to fill the role for last year’s festival before it was canceled.

Two-time Academy Award-winning actress, Jodie Foster is also set to attend Cannes. She’ll be in France for the festival’s opening ceremony on July 6 , where she’ll receive the lifetime achievement Palme d’Or.

Here’s the lineup for the full list.

COMPETITION
Annette, dir: Leos Carax (opening night film)
Flag Day, dir: Sean Penn
Tout S’est Bien Passé, dir: François Ozon
A Hero, dir: Asghar Farhadi
Tre Piani, dir: Nanni Moretti
Titane, dir: Julia Ducournau
The French Dispatch, dir: Wes Anderson
Red Rocket, dir: Sean Baker
Petrov’s Flu, dir: Kirill Serebrennikov
France, dir: Bruno Dumont
Nitram, dir: Justin Kurzel
Memoria, dir: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Les Olympiades, dir: Jacques Audiard
Benedetta, dir: Paul Verhoeven
La Fracture, dir: Catherine Corsini
The Restless, dir: Joachim Lafosse
Lingui, dir: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
The Worst Person In The World, dir: Joachim Trier
Bergman Island, dir: Mia Hansen-Love
Drive My Car, dir: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Ahed’s Knee, dir: Nadav Lapid
Casablanca Beats, dir: Nabil Ayouch
Compartment No. 6, dir: Juho Kuosmanen
The Story Of My Wife, dir: Ildiko Enyedi

OUT OF COMPETITION
De Son Vivant, dir: Emmanuelle Bercot
Stillwater, dir: Tom McCarthy
The Velvet Underground, dir: Todd Haynes
Bac Nord, dir: Cédric Jiminez
Aline, dir: Valérie Lemercier
Emergency Declaration, dir: Han Jae-Rim

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS
Bloody Oranges, dir: Jean-Christophe Meurisse

CANNES PREMIERES
Evolution, dir: Kornel Mundruczo
Cow, dir: Andrea Arnold
Mothering Sunday, dir: Eva Husson
Love Songs For Tough Guys, dir: Samuel Benchetrit
In Front Of Your Face, dir: Hong Sang-soo
Hold Me Tight, dir: Mathieu Amalric
Deception, dir: Arnaud Desplechin
Val, dirs: Ting Poo, Leo Scott
JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass, dir: Oliver Stone
*Jane By Charlotte, dir: Charlotte Gainsbourg

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
*H6, dir: Yi Yi
Black Notebooks, dir: Shlomi Elkabetz
Mariner Of The Mountains, dir: Karim Ainouz
Babi Yar. Context, dir: Sergei Loznitsa
The Year Of The Everlasting Storm; dirs: Jafar Panahi, Anthony Chen, Malik Vitthal, Laura Poitras, Dominga Sotomayor, David Lowery, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

UN CERTAIN REGARD
The Innocents, dir: Eskil Vogt
After Yang, dir: Kogonada
Delo, dir: Alexey German Jr
Bonne Mere, dir: Hafsia Herzi
Noche De Fuego, dir: Tatiana Huezo
*Lamb, dir: Vladimar Johansson
*Un Monde, dir: Laura Wandel
*Freda, dir: Gessica Généus
*Moneyboys, dir: CB Yi
Blue Bayou, dir: Justin Chon
Commitment Hasan, dir: Hasan Semih Kaplanoglu
Rehana Maryam Noor, dir: Abdullah Mohammad Saad
Let There Be Morning, dir: Eran Kolirin
Unclenching The Fists, dir: Kira Kovalenko
*La Civil, dir: Ana Mihai
Women Do Cry, dirs: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova

Karen Benardellohttps://cinemadailyus.com
As a life-long fan of films and television shows, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic in 2008. Karen has since been working in the press in New York City, including interviewing film and television casts and crews, writing movie and television news articles and reviewing films and televisions series. Some of her highlights include attending such local events as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and New York Comic-Con, as well as traveling across North America to attend such festivals as the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and the Toronto International Film Festival. She has been a member of the Women Film Critics Circle since 2012, and the New York Film Critics Online since 2019.

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