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Cannes Film Festival 2021: Lineup of Films Announced, No Indian Film This Year

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The Cannes Film Festival announced the lineup of its selection of films for the 74th edition scheduled to be held from July 6 to 17. American actor and director Jodie Foster along with others, will receive the Honorary Palme d’Or for their contribution to cinema.

“I am flattered that Cannes thought of me and I am very honoured to be able to share a few words of wisdom or tell an adventure or two with a new generation of filmmakers,” Foster said in a statement.

The announcements were made by Cannes Film Festival president Pierre Lescure and general delegate Thierry Frémaux on Thursday during a press conference at the UGC Normandie in Paris.

Besides the total 24 films in the main competition and 12 in A Certain Regard, a section- called the Cannes Premiere- has been introduced to accommodate films that could not be entered into the main competition.

No Indian film has made it to the chase this year.

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Leos Carax’s first English feature film Annette, featuring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, 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.

As per the festival’s guidelines, entry to the festival will be divided into two categories- countries falling in the green zone will have easier access to the festival with a simple saliva test. However, guests will be required to test every 48 hours. The organisers did not elaborate about countries falling in the red category, and said that they would wait and see how the situation pans out in the coming weeks.

Additionally, delegates will have to choose from three options. The first option is to present a certificate attesting that the attendee has taken the first, or both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine within 14 days before attending the festival.

The second way is to present a negative PCR test or an antigen test conducted in the last 48 hours, and the third option is to provide with an immunity certificate conducted within 15 days prior to the festival.

Regular free Covid-19 tests will be conducted at the Palais des Festivals for both French and international guests.

The festival will be broadcast by Canal+ in France and by partnering cinema theatres.

Some of the categories include:


Annette by Leos Carax (opening film)

Three Floors, by Nanni Moretti

Everything Went Fine by François Ozon

A Hero by Asghar Farhadi

Titane by Julia Ducournau

The French Dispatch by Wes Anderson

Red Rocket by Sean Baker

Petrov’s Flu by Kirill Serebrennikov

France by Bruno Dumont

Nitramby Justin Kurzel

Memoria by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Lingui by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Paris 13th District by Jacques Audiard

The Restless by Joachim Lafosse

La Fracture by Catherine Corsini

Casablanca Beats by Nabil Ayouch

The Worst Person In The World by Joachim Trier

Compartment No.6, by Juho Kuosmanen

Ahed’s Knee, by Nadav Lapid

Drive My Car by Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Bergman Island, by Mia Hansen-Love

Benedetta by Paul Verhoeven

The Story Of My Wife by Ildikó Enyedi

Flag Day, by Sean Penn

Cannes Premiere:

Hold Me Tight, Mathieu Amalric

Cow, Andrea Arnold

Love Songs For Tough Guys, Samuel Benchetrit

Deception, Arnaud Desplechin

Jane Par Charlotte, Charlotte Gainsbourg

In Front Of Your Face, Hong Sang-Soo

Mothering Sunday, Eva Husson

Evolution, Kornél Mundruczo

Val, Ting Poo, Leo Scott

JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass, Oliver Stone

Un Certain Regard:

The Innocents, Eskil Vogt

After Yang, Kogonada

Lamb, Valdimar Jóhannsson

Noche De Fuego, Tatiana Huezo

Bonne Mère, Hafsia Herzi

Blue Bayou, Justin Chon

Moneyboys, C.B Yi

Freda, Gessica Généus

Un Monde, Laura Wandel

Commitment Hasan, Hasan Semih

House Arrest, Alexey German Jr.

And Then There Was A Morning, Eran Kolirin

Unclenching The Fists, Kira Kovalenko

Women Do Cry, Mina Mileva (Bulgaria), Vesela Kazakova

Rehana Maryam Noor, Abdullah Mohammad Saad

Great Freedom, Sebastian Meise

La Civil, Teodora Ana Mihai

Gaey Wa’r, Na Jiazuo

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