Programme Announced For 74th Cannes Film Festival


New films from Mia Hansen-Love, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, François Ozon and more will compete in this year’s edition of the prestigious event.

The full line-up for the 74th Cannes Film Festival has been announced during a live-streamed press conference.

The official selection was announced by Pierre Lescure, President of the Cannes Film Festival, and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate, who called the festival “a fantastic eruption of life coming back.”

Julia Ducournau, director of acclaimed horror film Raw, will compete for the Palme d’or with her new film Titane. Joining her will be Justin Kurzel with Nitram, Mia Hansen-Love with Bergman Island, and Joachim Trier with Julie (En 12 Chapitres), among others.

The Un Certain Regard selection includes After Yang from Columbus director Kogonada, while the Special Screenings category will be host to Charlotte Gainsbourg’s directorial debut Jane Par Charlotte. A new category, Cannes Premieres, will show Eva Husson’s Mothering Sunday, starring Josh O’ Connor and Olivia Colman. Also premiering will be Pieces of a Woman director Kornél Mundruczo’s Evolution and English director Andrea Arnold’s fifth feature, Cow.

This announcement comes after Annette, Leos Carax’s much anticipated sixth feature, was confirmed to be the festival’s opening film. Starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, the musical will tell the story of Henry, a stand-up comedian, and Ann, a singer of international renown. The other two previously announced premieres include Paul Verhoeven’s lesbian nun drama Benedetta and Wes Anderson’s long-delayed The French Dispatch.

Jodie Foster will act as a special guest for the festival’s Opening Ceremony, receiving an Honorary Palme d’or for her services to cinema and her “brilliant artistic journey.”

American director Spike Lee will act as President of the Jury for the 2021 edition, after he was meant to do so at 2020’s cancelled festival. “Spike Lee has never stopped encouraging us,” says festival president Pierre Lescure. “This support is finally coming to fruition and we could not have hoped for a more powerful personality to chart our troubled times.”

Normally taking place annually in May on the sunny French Riviera, the Cannes Film Festival is a Mecca for film critics, cinephiles and celebrities alike. With the 2020 edition cancelled, the most recent winner of the coveted Palme d’or was Bong Joon-ho’s seismic Parasite in 2019.

This year, delegates from the United Kingdom will unlikely be able to attend, with strict quarantine rules on both sides of the channel still in place.

The 74th Cannes Film Festival will take place 6–17 July, 2021. See the full line-up below.

In Competition

  • Tout s’est bien passé, dir. François Ozon
  • Un Héros, dir. Asgha Farhadi
  • Tre Piani, dir. Nanni Moretti
  • Titane, dir. Julia Ducournau
  • The French Dispatch, dir. Wes Anderson
  • Red Rocket, dir. Sean Baker
  • Petrov’s Flu, dir Kirill Serebrennikov
  • Par Un Demi Clair Matin, dir. Bruno Dumont
  • Nitram, dir. Justin Kurzel
  • Memoria, dir. Apichat Weerasethakul
  • Lingui, dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
  • Les Olympiades, dir. Jacques Audiard
  • Les Intranquilles, dir. Joachim Lafosse
  • La Fracture, dir. Catherine Corsini
  • Julie (En 12 Chapitres), dir. Joachim Trier
  • Hytti Nro 6, dir. Juho Kuosmanen
  • Haut Et Fort (Casablanca Beats), dir. Nabil Ayouch
  • Ha’Berech, dir. Nadav Lapid
  • Drive My Car, dir. Ryusuke Hamaguchi
  • Bergman Island, dir. Mia Hansen-Love
  • Benedetta, dir. Paul Verhoeven
  • A feleségem története, dir. Ildiko Enyedi
  • Annette, dir. Leos Carax
  • Flag Day, dir. Sean Penn

Un Certain Regard

  • Un Monde, dir. Laura Wandel
  • After Yang, dir. Kogonada
  • The Innocents, dir. Eskil Vogt
  • Commitment Hasan, dir. Hasan Semih Kaplanoglu
  • Lamb, dir. Vladimir Johansson
  • Blue Bayou, dir. Justin Chon
  • Delo, dir. Alexey German Jr.
  • Bonne Mère , dir. Hafsia Herzi
  • Noche De Fuego, dir. Tatiana Huezo
  • Freda, dir. Gessica Généus 
  • Moneyboys, dir. C.B Yi
  • Women Do Cry, dir. Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova
  • La Civil, dir. Teodora Ana Mihai
  • Unclenching The Fists, dir. Kira Kovalenko
  • Et Il Y Eut Un Matin, dir. Eran Kolirin
  • Rehana Maryam Noor, dir. Mohammad Saad

Special Screenings

  • Cahiers Noirs, dir. Shlomi Elkabetz
  • H6, dir. Yé Yé
  • O Marinheiro Das Montanhas, dir. Karim Aïnouz
  • Jane Par Charlotte, dir. Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass, dir. Oliver Stone
  • The Year Of The Everlasting Storm, dir. Jafar Panahi, Anthony Chen, Malik Vitthal, Laura Poitras, Dominga Sotomayor, David Lowery and Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Babi Yar. Contexte, dir. Sergei Loznitsa

Cannes Premieres

  • Evolution, dir. Kornél Mundruczo
  • Tromperie, dir. Arnaud Desplechin
  • Cow, dir. Andrea Arnold
  • Mothering Sunday, dir. Eva Husson
  • Cette Musique Ne Joue Pour Personne, dir. Samuel Benchetrit
  • In Front Of Your Face, dir. Hong Sang-soo
  • Serre-Moi Fort, dir. Mathieu Amalric
  • Val, dir. Ting Poo and Leo Scott

Midnight Screenings

  • Oranges Sanguines, dir. Jean-Christophe Meurisse

Out Of Competition

  • De Son Vivant, dir. Emmanuelle Bercot
  • Emergency Declaration, dir. Han Jae-Rim
  • The Velvet Underground, dir. Todd Haynes
  • Stillwater, dir. Tom McCarthy
  • Aline, dir. Valérie LeMercier
  • Bac Nord, dir. Cédric Jimenez

Words by Steph Green

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