With the 2021 Cannes Film Festival rapidly approaching, it won’t be long now before we get a full list of what films to expect from the return of what is widely regarded as the most prestigious festival in the business.
Yesterday gave us word that Leos Carax’s new musical Annette, starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, would be opening the film on its currently scheduled July 6th start date.
While the full Official Selection is expected to be announced on May 27th, festival chief Thierry Frémaux has confirmed at least two titles that will be part of the selection – and they’re two that were supposed to be part of last year’s canceled festival.
The first is, unsurprisingly, The French Dispatch, the now long-awaited new film from Wes Anderson. His first film since 2018’s Isle of Dogs, this one has a robust cast including Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydou, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and so many more that we could spend all day simply listing their names.
The other confirmed title is another Cannes return, that of Paul Verhoeven with his new erotic drama Benedetta. His first film since 2016’s Elle, the 17th century drama reunites the director with that film’s star Isabelle Huppert, who earned her first Oscar nomination for their work together. Virginie Efira and Lambert Wilson co-star.
Whether the Cannes Film Festival will take place as planned remains a big question mark, as COVID cases continue to remain high in Europe, and France is currently in its third lockdown, but Frémaux remains bullish, stating that “It’s time to speak about our confidence, if not certitude, that Cannes will take place in the month of July.”