” The selection was particularly difficult this year “. The General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival has selected 24 feature films from among the more than 2,000 films candidates to compose the highly anticipated 2021 competition. In total, 61 films are in this official selection which tries to turn the page on the Covid pandemic -19.
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Here is the list of the 24 feature films in the running for the Palme d’Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival:
Opening film :
Annette, by Leos Carax (France), a musical co-written and set to music with the Sparks, with Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver.
Benedetta, by Paul Verhoeven (Netherlands), with Virginie Efira in the role of a nun arrested for homosexuality, in the heart of 15th century Italy.
The French Dispatch, by Wes Anderson (United States), with Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Timothée Chalamet, Frances McDormand, on an American journalist based in Ennui-sur-Blasé, a fictional French town from the 1940s.
Tre Piani, by Nanni Moretti (Italy), the story of three families living in the same building.
In Feleségem Torténete (“The story of my wife”), Ildiko Enyedi (Hungary). A man makes a bet to marry the first woman who walks through the door of a bar.
Bergman Island, by Mia Hansen-Love (France), with Tim Roth and Vicky Krieps, shot on Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s favorite island.
Drive my car, by Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Japan), the mysterious story of a secret haunting a couple.
Ha’Berech, (“Ahed’s knee”), by Nadav Lapid (Israel). A filmmaker fights against the death of freedom in his country.
High and loud, by Nabil Ayouch (Morocco), the story of Moroccan youth and their aspirations.
Hytti NRO 6 (“Compartment NO.6”), by Juho Kuosmanen (Finland). The misadventures of a Finn stranded inside a train compartment between Moscow and Ulaanbaatar.
Julie (in 12 chapters), by Joachim Trier (Norway), a sentimental story.
The divide, by Catherine Corsini (France), with Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Marina Fois. A film on the France of “yellow vests”.
The unquiet, by Joachim Lafosse (Belgium), on bipolarity.
The Olympics, by Jacques Audiard (France), with Noémie Merlant on the revolt of female characters, and Céline Sciamma writing the screenplay.
Lingui, by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chad), on a pregnant teenager in Ndjamena and the abortion taboo.
Memoria, by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand), a story shot in Colombia with Jeanne Balibar and Tilda Swinton.
Nitram, by Justin Kurzel (Australia), on the Port-Arthur massacre, a shootout in which 35 people were killed in 1996 in Tasmania.
France, by Bruno Dumont, with Léa Seydoux, Benjamin Biolay and Blanche Gardin on the media system via the history of France, television star journalist.
Petrov’s Flu, by Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia), on a dysfunctional family that finds itself trapped behind closed doors after contracting the same flu.
Red rocket, by Sean Baker (United States), on an ex-porn star who returns to settle in her native Texas.
Titanium, by Julia Ducournau (France) with Vincent Lindon. A story of a found child and serial murders.
Everything went well, by François Ozon (France), with Sophie Marceau. A poignant story about the end of life and euthanasia.
A hero, by Asghar Farhadi (Iran). A thriller in Iran.
Flag day, by Sean Penn (United States), where he plays a father leading a double life.
Films in the category In some perspective
A world by Laura Wandel
The Innocents by Eskil Vogt
Rehana Maryam Noor by Abdullah Mohammad Saad
And there was a morning by Eran Kolirin
Civil by Teodora Ana Mihai
The Great Freedom, by Sebastian Meise
Woman do cry by Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova
Unclenching the fist by Kira Kovalenko
After yang by Kogonada
Commitment hasan Hasan Semih Kaplanoglu
Lamb by Vladimar Johansson
Noche by Fuego by Tatiana Huezo
Good mother Hafsia Herzi
Delo (House arrest) by Alexey German JR
Blue bayou by Justin Chon
Moneyboys by CB Yi
Freda by Gessica Geneus
The section Cannes Premieres :
Evolution by Kornel Mundruczo
Deception by Arnaud Desplechin
Cow by Andrea Arnold
This music doesn’t play for anyone by Samuel Benchetrit
Mothering sunday by Eva Husson
Hug me tight by Mathieu Amalric
In front of your face by Hong Sang-Soo
Films presented out of competition at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival:
In his lifetime by Emmanuelle Bercot
Emergency Declaration by Han Jae-Rim
The Velvet Underground by Todd Haynes
Stillwater by Tom McCarthy
Aline by Valérie Lemercier
North Bac by Cédric Jimenez
The films presented in Special Screenings at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival:
H6 by Yé Yé
Black notebooks by Shlomi Elkabetz
context by Sergei Loznitsa
Jane by Charlotte by Charlotte Gainsbourg
O Marinheiro das Montanhas (The Mountain Sailor) by Karim Aïnous
The Midnight Screening:
Blood oranges by Jean-Christophe Meurisse
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Cannes Film Festival 2021: the 24 films in the running for the Palme d’Or