Cannes 2021: 24 films for the Palme d'Or and the official selection of the 74th Festival - cinema news

Cannes 2021: 24 films for the Palme d’Or and the official selection of the 74th Festival – cinema news

The delegate general Thierry Frémaux unveiled the Official Selection of the 74th Cannes Film Festival, which will be held from July 6 to 17 after a 2020 edition canceled due to the COVID pandemic. Discover the 24 films in the running for the Palme d’Or.


The cinema is back on the Croisette. After a 2020 edition canceled in its traditional form due to the health crisis linked to COVID and replaced by a “Label” awarded to 56 films, the 2021 Cannes Film Festival will take place.

“Unusually but firmly” Postponed from July 6 to 17, this 74th edition, announced as a “Cannes collector”, unveiled its selection, as part of a press conference hosted this Thursday, June 3 by the President of the Festival Pierre Lescure and the General Delegate of Thierry Frémaux Festival.


Spike Lee in Cannes in 2018

Spike Lee President, Jodie Foster honored

Confirmed as President of the Jury, Spike Lee will be present in the South of France after his Presidency prevented in 2020. “Throughout the uncertain months that have passed, Spike Lee has never ceased to encourage us”, explains Pierre Lescure. “This support is finally coming to fruition and we could not hope for a more powerful personality to question our time so turmoil.” The American filmmaker will be responsible for awarding the Palme d’Or to Parasite’s successor alongside big names in world cinema, which will be announced in the coming weeks by the organizers.

Jodie Foster’s name was announced to her yesterday as a special guest at the opening ceremony. The director and actress, incarnation of “modernity, the radiant intelligence of independence and the demand for freedom” according to Pierre Lescure, will tread the steps 45 years after her discovery of Cannes, at the age of 13, for Taxi Driver, Palme d’Or 1976. She will receive a Palme d’honneur before officially opening the fortnight.


Jodie Foster in Cannes in 2016

The sanitary protocol

Beyond the films and stars invited to the Croisette, this 74th edition is obviously exceptional for its health framework, which will impose a strict protocol on festival-goers, in accordance with the provisions of the French government and validated by the authorities. Daily access to the event will therefore be subject to presentation of a valid health pass under the following conditions:

  • a certificate of the complete vaccination schedule of a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency (ie 14 days after the second injection for two-dose vaccines, or 4 weeks after the injection for single-dose vaccines)
  • or a negative TCR or antigen test of less than 48 hours (to be renewed every 48 hours during your presence at the Festival);
  • or proof of acquired immunity, via presentation of a positive RT-PCR or antigen test, dated at least 15 days and less than 6 months

A partner biological center, located near the Palais des Festivals, will be open 7 days a week and will offer free tests for French and foreign participants, by appointment. The detailed health protocol will also be posted on the official website of the festival during June.


“Super Green!”

Finally, the 2021 edition will mark the festival’s strong commitment to ecology, in order to “think of a radically different way of producing an event on an international scale” and add a strong environmental dimension to the artistic and economic aura of the event.

Prepared with the consulting firm Green Events, this approach will offer an ephemeral environmental section, and will focus on three strong axes (reduction of waste and carbon emissions, recovery of residual materials, carbon footprint compensation) and twelve commitments involving professionals, festival-goers, service providers, partners and politicians.

Among these measures: a fleet of official cars made up of 60% of electric or hybrid vehicles, a 50% reduction in paper printing and development of the dematerialization of publications (in particular daily official program), total elimination of plastic water bottles, 50% reduction in the volume of the red carpet used, the Festival’s environmental contribution to offset the event’s production footprint, festival-goers’ environmental contribution of € 20 excluding VAT to offset the footprint of their travel and accommodation, responsible catering, reduction of waste and waste …

  • Cannes’ detailed commitments for the environment

This page and the list of movies is currently being completed – Update coming soon

The films – Competition

20 years after Moulin Rouge !, the Cannes Film Festival will open with a musical and the great return of the very rare Leos Carax, a regular here, since he presented Boy Meets Girl, Pola X, the sketchy film Tokyo! and Holy Motors, his latest opus, in 2012. Written and set to music by the group Sparks, with 95% sung dialogue and a Marion Cotillard-Adam Driver duet at the top of the bill, Annette is advertised as “an absolute cinema experience”. Enough to allow its author to finally win a prize in Competition?

Five years after the resounding success of Elle, which had led Isabelle Huppert to the Oscars red carpet, Paul Verhoeven comes back with an equally sulphurous project, Benedetta. Adapted from the novel by Judith C. Brown, the film examines the unique fate of Sister Benedetta Carlini, a lesbian nun subject to divine visions. After a first collaboration in Elle, Virginie Efira reunites with the Dutch filmmaker and will lend her features to this controversial heroine of the 17th century.

So here it is again … Wes anderson ! And the only film present in 2020 and 2021: The French Dispatch, tribute to journalists, sometimes in color, sometimes in black and white, through the history of an American magazine published in France. Shot in Angoulême, the feature film will mark the filmmaker’s second participation in the Competition, after Moonrise Kingdom, which opened in 2012. And its XXXXXL cast (Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Lyna Khoudri, Timothée Chalamet, Adrien Brody, Frances McDormand, Benicio del Toro…) already promises the most beautiful climb of the stairs of this edition.

Films – Out of Competition

The films – Cannes Premiere

The films – Midnight Sessions

Films – Special Screenings

  • The Year of the Elastic Storm
  • H6 by Yé Yé
  • Black Notebooks by Shlomi Elkabetz
  • The Sailor of the Mountains by Karim Aïnouz
  • Val de Ting Poo & Leo Scott
  • JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass by Oliver Stone
  • Jane by Charlotte by Charlotte Gainsbourg

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