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‘Annette’, Starring Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver, to Open Cannes Film Festival 2021

Annette, the upcoming English musical film starring Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver, will be the opening film of the 74th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival.


The celebrated film fest will be held from July 6 to July 17 and will be broadcast by Canal+ in France, as well as in partnering cinema theatres.

Annette is French filmmaker Leos Carax’s first English feature film. It will premiere internationally at the Grand Théâtre Lumière in Cannes’ Palais des festivals, and will then enter the competition.

Set in contemporary Los Angeles, Annette tells the story of Henry, a stand-up comedian with a fierce sense of humor and Ann, a singer of international renown. In the spotlight, they are the perfect couple, healthy, happy, and glamourous. The birth of their first child, Annette, a mysterious girl with an exceptional destiny, will change their lives.

“Every Leos Carax film is an event. And this one delivers on its promises! Annette is the gift that lovers of cinema, music and culture were hoping for, one that we have been yearning for during the past year,” Pierre Lescure, president of the Cannes Film Festival, said in a statement.

“We couldn’t have dreamed of a more beautiful reunion with cinema and the silver screen, in the Palais des festivals where films come to assert their splendour,” said Thierry Frémaux, general delegate adding, “Carax’s cinema is an expression of these powerful gestures, these mysterious alchemies that makes the secret of cinema’s modernity and eternity.”


Da 5 Bloods director Spike Lee, who chairs the jury of the competition, will announce the winners at the closing ceremony on July 17, the press release said.

The festival will continue “with confidence and determination the planning of its next edition” and might not take the virtual route. It is “mindful of the evolution of the public health situation in Europe and across the world, and the reopening of cultural venues mid-May”.

The list of selections will release in May.