Cannes Film Festival to Open with ‘Annette’ with Adam Driver – Deadline

Annette, Leos Carax’s new film and its first in English, has been set as the opening night of 74e Cannes Film Festival. It will make its world premiere in competition after the opening ceremony.

The musical stars Marion Cotillard, Adam Driver and Simon Helberg. Located in contemporary Los Angeles, Annette tells the story of Henry, a comedian with a fierce sense of humor, and Ann, an internationally renowned singer. In the spotlight, they make the perfect, healthy, happy and glamorous couple. The birth of their first child, Annette, a mysterious girl with an exceptional destiny, will change their lives. Pic also features an original soundtrack composed by Sparks.

He will arrive in Cannes nine years after that of Carax Sacred Motors created at the French festival to be greeted.

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Annette It was generally thought to be ready for the 2020 Cannes edition, but there have been plenty of top-tier titles selected to have their physical firsts on the French Riviera after being forced to go virtual last year. This will now take place on July 6, although the type of audience that will be in attendance remains to be determined with the continuing pandemic situation.

As it stands, Cannes continues to be optimistic with its plans to host a physical festival and market on its new dates, July 6-17. As Deadline reported, a separate virtual market will be held earlier in June, alongside an event hosted by major sales companies.

“Aware of the evolution of the public health situation in Europe and in the world, and of the reopening of cultural venues in mid-May, the Cannes Film Festival continues with confidence and determination the planning of its next edition”, indicated the festival in a press release. today. He also confirmed that the rest of the official selection will be unveiled at the end of May.

Annette is produced by Charles Gillibert with Paul-Dominique Vacharasinthu and Driver. UGC will be released in French theaters at the same time as the Cannes premiere on July 6. Amazon owns the US rights and Kinology handles sales for the rest of the world.

“Every Leos Carax film is an event. And this one keeps its promises. Annette is the gift that lovers of cinema, music and culture have been hoping for, a gift to which we have been yearning for a year, ”said Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival de Cannes.

“We could not have dreamed of a better reunion with cinema and the big screen, at the Palais des Festivals where films come to assert their splendor”, added Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate. “Carax’s cinema is an expression of these powerful gestures, of these mysterious alchemies which make the secret of the modernity and the eternity of cinema.

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