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Cannes Film Festival is back

Cannes Film Festival is back

His 74th. Edition starts Tuesday, July 6

After a year’s absence, the Cannes Festival opens its 74th on 6 July. The version, which will feature an interesting mix of established stars – Catherine Deneuve, Jodie Foster and Matt Damon – and young people who aspire to the highest, such as Timothée Chalamet and brothers Hopper and Dylan Penn.

Seeking to make up for lost time and once again become the world’s leading film event, Cannes managed to attract a good number of stars, established and new filmmakers, and a solid line-up in both the competitive and pure exhibition sections. -up installed.

With this, he will try to counter the forces that have occupied the Venice Film Festival in recent years, having accumulated successful releases in recent years: “La, La, Land” (2016), “The Shape of Water”. ” ( 2017), “Roma” (2018) and “Nomad” (2020).

Cannes only won the game in 2019 with “Parasite”, the Korean event that won the Palme d’Or and created history by winning the first Oscars for Best Picture and Best International Film. A success that the competition seeks to repeat with a very diverse program.

The always-controversial Leos Carrax will be in charge of opening a segment for the competition that brings together at least 24 films, only four of which are directed by women.

In his case, he would arrive in Cannes with “Annette”, a musical starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, the French filmmaker’s first English film.

Among the most famous names, American Wes Anderson, who had the patience to wait a year for the premiere at Cannes – he was in the selection for the disappointed 2020 edition – his “The French Dispatch” full of stars: Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet , Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Lee Seydoux, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Liev Schreiber, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan and Anjelica Huston.

“Benedetta” is also accompanied by Dutch Paul Verhoeven, a love story between a nun and another woman in 17th-century Italy; The French Jacques Oyard “Les Olympiads”, with a modern love story, and the Italian nanny Moretti, with “Tre Piani”, focused on the relationship of a neighboring building and starring the director, with Riccardo Scarmario or Margherita Bi.

One of the most anticipated is American actor and director Sean Penn, who comes up with “Flag Day”, a film he directs and produces from his marriage to Robin Wright, along with his sons Hopper and Dylan.

Penn returns as a director to Cannes five years earlier after the failure of his previous work, “The Last Face”, a melodrama starring his then-partners Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem.

But Cannes isn’t the only competition for the Palme d’Or. Beyond the parallel classes (a certain look, the directors’ fortnight and the critics’ week) there are a number of non-competing classes that bring out a very interesting proposition.

This is the case of “JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass”, a documentary with which Oliver Stone delved into new unclassified evidence on the assassination of US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy since the premiere of his film “JFK” 30 years ago.

Todd Haynes will come up with another highly anticipated documentary, “The Velvet Underground,” and Ari Folman will once again demonstrate that animation can be used to tell any subject. He surprised with “Waltz with Bashir” about the massacre of Sabra and Shatila in 2008, and now focuses on the portrait of Anne Frank in “Where is Anne Frank”.

Also the documentary “Val” by Ting Poo and Leo Scott on Val Kilmer’s trajectory; “New World: The Cradle of Civilization,” in which Andrew Moscato recorded a show on the Acropolis in Athens by Bill Murray and cellist Jan Vogler, and “Baby Man. Context”, by Sergei Loznitsa, on the killing of Jews in Ukraine at the hands of the Nazis .


Matt Damon and Abigail Breslin star in the story of loss and reunion in “Stillwater” directed by Tom McCarthy; Colin Firth, Olivia Colman and Josh O’Connor, “Mothering Sunday,” by Eva Hussein; British Andrea Arnold puts her natural cinema at the service of two cows in “Cow” and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg stands behind the camera to portray her mother Jane Birkin in “Charlotte on Jane.”

All this in a festival that will be held entirely in person – albeit with many virtual appointments, mainly at the Marche du Film, events for the industry – and with fairly relaxed measures, less than a week. Earlier France had abolished most of the sanctions.

There are no longer capacity limits for shows – except for indoor concerts – 2,500 people can gather outside – although with a health passport or a test negative for meetings of more than a thousand – there is no curfew and it is not necessary to wear a mask. , but they recommend it for crowds of over a thousand people.

However, Cannes was extremely cautious. It will have a laboratory for accredited testing; reviewed the air conditioning facilities, which would work round the clock at all locations; It strengthened the cleaning services and attendance at the screening would be online with prior reservation of seats.

“We cannot afford to say that everything will return to normal”, the general representative of the event, Thierry Framaux, admitted in the presentation of the festival. But all the elements that made Cannes famous will be present: the red carpet, the stars, the authors and the media.— EFE