The Cannes International Film Festival has announced that it will open its 74th edition of the festival with Leos Carax’s romantic film ‘Annette’ starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard on 7 July 2021.
The musical film stars Adam Driver as Henry, a stand-up comedian with a fierce sense of humour who falls in love with Ann (played by Marion Cotillard), a world-renowned opera singer. The story follows these two stars as they embark on a passionate and glamourous path leading to the birth of their first child, Annette, who, with her extraordinary destiny, turns their lives upside down.
According to Pierre Lescure, Cannes Film Festival President, this film will deliver on its promises. Annette is a work of art set for the hearts of lovers of cinema, music, and culture, he added.
In agreement, Cannes’ Chief Thierry Frémaux said the team could not have imagined a more beautiful picture on the silver screen in the Palais des Festivals. Carax’s cinema is an expression of powerful gestures mixed with mysterious alchemies that makes the secret of cinema’s modernity and eternity, said Frémaux.
Annette is said to be released simultaneously at theatres in France. Amazon Studios which hold the North American distribution rights, is set to release the film in the late summer in theatres and Amazon Prime Video.
As announced by media sources, the festival will run from 6-17 July 2021, moving to a later date than its usual spot, mid-May. It was also announced that prominent American director, Spike Lee, will be the jury’s president that awards the festival’s significant prizes.