Cannes 2021 program: all the must-see films

Last summer has been strangely calm on the Côte d’Azur, which has hosted the Cannes Film Festival every year since 1946. There is, of course, one exception to this decades-long history: like so many other cultural hubs. in 2020, the 73rd edition was postponed and ultimately canceled. This year, with cases falling and vaccinations on the rise, organizers are feeling much more optimistic. They are officially going ahead with an 11-day extravaganza, July 6-17.

That means we’ll finally get a dose of the good old red carpet, which the stars have delivered for years. (And off the red carpet, Kendall Jenner, for example, got over her breakup by joining her movie friends at the amfAR gala and on the beach.) Things have fallen asleep a bit, other than Elle Fanning and Chloë. Sevigny, in 2019, but a banger is undoubtedly in store for this increasingly hedonistic year.

More importantly, the movies won’t disappoint either. The festival confirmed this on Thursday with a first look at the lineup of everything in competition. Some may sound familiar: that of Wes Anderson The French dispatch, for example, is only one of the titles which waited more than a year for the return of Cannes in preview. It’s a bit overwhelming, with just 24 films in the running for the Palme d’Or, but we guarantee: the seven below are not to be missed.

The French dispatch

The trailer for Wes Anderson’s tenth film, a so-called “love letter to journalism” set in Kansas, dropped in February 2020. Miraculously, there are only a few weeks left before we can see how Timothée Chalamet and Elisabeth Moss fit into Anderson’s regular squad, including Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray.

Still water

It turns out that Camille Cottin, star of the beloved French satirical series Call my agent!, also plays in English, and you will soon see it a lot more. Before his appearances in Gucci House and Kill Eve, Cottin stars alongside Matt Damon in Tom McCarthy’s latest film, about an American on a mission to save his estranged daughter (played by Abigail Breslin) in Marseille, France.

After Yang

The latest findings of the mononymous Korean-American director Kogonada Jodie Turner-Smith and Colin Farrell face a tragedy: the loss of an AI assistant that put Alexa to shame. The film is set in the near future, where society relies on robots to babysit and teach children.


Before his lead role in Gucci House, Adam Driver plays a comedy writer opposite Marion Cotillard in — wait for it — a full-fledged musical. According to at least one source, the film directed by Leos Carax reveals that Driver “sings more often than he does not sing,” a feat that earned the film the top spot at the festival.

Jane By Charlotte

Not Jane eyre in Charlotte Brontë’s novel, but the iconic Jane Birkin in an intimate and intimate film of her daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg. Details on the latter’s directorial debut remain scarce, but do you really think either star could disappoint?


Paul Verhoeven, the director of 2016 It starring Isabelle Huppert, makes a comeback with what is already known as “the lesbian nuns movie”. Prepare to blush as he takes you back to Bubonic Plague-era Tuscany for a romance that longtime Verhoeven collaborator writer Gerard Soeteman has deemed ‘too sexual’ so that he can work there.

The velvet metro

Todd Haynes takes it back to the 1960s with a documentary about the titular group led by Lou Reed. This is just his latest musician biopic — see: 2007 I am not here, with Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan, and 1987 Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, starring the titular singer as a Barbie doll, but first in the form of a documentary.

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