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Cannes Film Festival 2021: the twenty-four films in competition

Win the Palme d’Or, the holy grail for the 24 films in competition at the 74th Cannes Film Festival, whose jury will be chaired by Spike Lee. The festival begins Tuesday July 6.

“Annette” by Leos Carax (France)

Nine years later Holy Motors, Leos Carax returns with a rock opera co-written and set to music by the American group Sparks. A musical with Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard as a happy and glamorous couple that changes after the birth of a strange child.

“Benedetta” by Paul Verhoeven (Netherlands)

Homosexuality, eroticism, church and power: the new film from the author of Basic Instinct and It has everything to shake up the Croisette, with Virginie Efira in the great role of lesbian nun, inhabited by Christ and carnal desire, in a 17th century Italian convent. A story inspired by real events.

“The French Dispatch” by Wes Anderson (United States)

The most impressive cast, with Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Timothée Chalamet, Frances McDormand and other stars … The filmmaker with a polished visual universe features an American journalist based in Ennui-sur-Blasé, a city French fictitious from the 1940s.

“Tre Piani” by Nanni Moretti (Italy)

Twenty years after his Palme d’Or for The son’s room, the Cannes regular adapts a novel about the fate of three families, living on three floors of the same building in Rome.

“A Feleségem Torténete” (“The story of my wife”) by Ildiko Enyedi (Hungary)

A man makes the bet to marry the first woman who passes the door of a bar …. With Louis Garrel and Léa Seydoux, present in four films in selection this year.

“Bergman Island” by Mia Hansen-Love (France)

A film with Tim Roth and Vicky Krieps, about a couple of filmmakers who leave for the island of Faro, the favorite island of Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, to each write the screenplay for his next film.

“Drive my car” by Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Japan)

The director of Senses and Asako I and II on two beings in search of redemption, haunted by secrets of the past.

“Ha’Berech” (“Ahed’s knee”) by Nadav Lapid (Israel)

Ours d’Or 2019 for Synonyms. The meeting of an Israeli filmmaker with an official of the Ministry of Culture, in a remote village, and his fight for freedom in her country.

“High and strong” by Nabil Ayouch (Morocco)

The director of Much Loved, on prostitution, plunges into the world of Moroccan youth carried by hip-hop. Filmed in a deprived suburb of Casablanca, where the director founded a cultural center and recruited most of the actors.

“Hytti NRO 6” (Compartment NO.6) by Juho Kuosmanen (Finland)

Story of the meeting between two strangers, the time of a train journey between Moscow and Murmansk, north of the Arctic Circle.

“Julie (in 12 chapters)” by Joachim Trier (Norway)

Director from Oslo, August 31 promises a sentimental trio between a thirty-something who can not settle, a successful author and an attractive young man.

“La Fracture” by Catherine Corsini (France)

A movie, with Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Marina Foïs, around a couple stranded in a hospital in the midst of a demonstration of “yellow vests”, by a discreet but committed director.

“Les Intranquilles” by Joachim Lafosse (Belgium)

The filmmaker tackles the drama of bipolarity, through the portrait of a family plagued by the disease of the father (Damien Bonnard) with whom the mother (Leïla Bekhti) tries to compose, to protect their young son.

“The Olympics” by Jacques Audiard (France)

The French filmmaker, Palme d’Or in Cannes for Dheepan (2015), will attempt a double with this film shot in large ensembles in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. With Noémie Merlant, and Céline Sciamma writing the screenplay

“Lingui” by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chad)

A film that addresses the taboo of abortion through the fate of a pregnant teenager in N’Djamena. The Chadian director based in France won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2010 for A screaming man.

“Memoria” by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand)

After his Palme d’Or in 2010 for Uncle boonmee, this mystical and dreamlike filmmaker is filming for the first time outside Thailand, in Colombia, with Jeanne Balibar and Tilda Swinton as a botanist caught in sound hallucinations.

“Nitram” by Justin Kurzel (Australia)

After turning Macbeth and Assassin’s Creed with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, the filmmaker delivers a plea for gun control, revisiting a shooting in Australia that killed 35 people in 1996.

“France” by Bruno Dumont (France)

With Léa Seydoux, Benjamin Biolay and Blanche Gardin. The northern director continues to adapt Charles Péguy and promises a triple portrait of a woman, France and the media system through the story of a television star journalist.

“Petrov’s Flu” by Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia)

The filmmaker, critic of the Russian regime and banned from leaving the country, delivers a “alcoholic stroll“between two friends, on the border between dream and reality …

“Red Rocket” by Sean Baker (United States)

An ex-pornstar returns to settle in her native Texas.

“Titane” by Julia Ducournau (France)

The 37-year-old director, noticed with the horror Serious (2016), returns with a story of a foundling and serial murders, interpreted in particular by Vincent Lindon.

“Everything went well” by François Ozon (France)

The prolific and eclectic director films Sophie Marceau for the first time, faced with a request from her father, André Dussollier, to help her end her life.

“A hero” by Asghar Farhadi (Iran)

After Everybody Knows, filmed in Spain with Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, the filmmaker, Oscar for best foreign film in 2017 for The customer, returns with a thriller shot in Iran.

“Flag Day” by Sean Penn (United States)

The return of the American filmmaker after the icy reception in Cannes, in 2016 of Tea Last Face. The star actor stars alongside his own daughter Dylan on the fate of a robber and the father-daughter relationship.

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