The Cannes Film Festival will unveil its official selection lineup for the 74th edition on Thursday, June 3 at 11 a.m. KST (2 a.m. PT / 5 a.m. ET). The press conference will be broadcast live from the UGC Normandie cinema on the Champs-Elysées.
You can also watch it on Deadline here:
We already know that Leos Carax Annette opens the shindig of the south of France, while that of Wes Anderson The French dispatch and that of Paul Verhoeven Benedetta are confirmed. The rest of the big reveal comes a year to the day after Cannes President Pierre Lescure and General Delegate Thierry Frémaux unveiled the 2020 official selection, which was made up of films that would have shot on the Riviera if Covid hadn’t forced the festival to remove the event – with the exception of a special edition which took place in October 2020 over three days and ended just as another lockdown was announced in France.
The road has indeed been long until Cannes 2021, which itself was initially scheduled for last month, but postponed from July 6 to July 17 this summer. Spike Lee serves as jury chairman, reviving last year’s kiboshed event.
France recently emerged from its last period of containment which began to ease last month. Covid restrictions, including a nationwide curfew, are being gradually lifted throughout June. Yet there remains some confusion regarding travel to France, especially from the UK (visitors must have a ‘compelling reason’ and are currently required to self-isolate for seven days). Maybe with the eagerly awaited list of films in the official selection, today will bring more clarity.