The Match Factory has dropped a first trailer to Tatiana Huezo’s “Prayers for the Stolen,” lead-produced by the award-winning producer of “Roma” Nicolás Celis, and Jim Stark, producer of Jim Jarmusch classics such as “Down By Law” and Night on Earth.”
The Cannes Film Festival has unveiled its Official Selection lineup for the 2021 event which will run from July 6-17 on the Riviera. Fest President Pierre Lescure and General Delegate Thierry Frémaux made the presentation of 61 titles this morning in Paris, 24 of which are in Competition (four of those are directed by women). Many of the names are familiar including Jacques Audiard, François Ozon, Asghar Farhadi and Nanni Moretti.
Among U.S. filmmakers, we’ll find Wes Anderson and The French Dispatch as expected, along with Sean Penn whose drama Flag Day stars Dylan Penn, Katheryn Winnick, Josh Brolin and Eddie Marsan. There’s also an as-yet unrevealed U.S. studio movie to be screened on the beach while a new section, Cannes Premières, has been created and will feature new works from Andrea Arnold, Hong Sang-soo and Arnaud Desplechin.
A year after they unveiled the lineup for what would have been the 73rd Cannes Film Festival, the organization’s President Pierre Lescure and General Delegate Thierry Frémaux are back on stage at Paris’ UGC Normandie cinema this morning to reveal the Official Selection for the 74th edition.
Following a series of Covid-induced starts and stops, the festival is forging ahead this year, albeit on later dates than usual — from July 6-17. Spike Lee is president of the jury, reupping from last year’s event.
Among titles already confirmed coming into this morning are opening night film Annette from director Leos Carax and starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, as well as Wes Anderson’s Searchlight ensemble The French Dispatchand Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta. Each of the three films will run in competition.
Jodie Foster will receive an honorary Palme d’Or this year, attending as a special guest of the opening ceremony on July 6 to pick up her award. There are some other familiar names tipped to be part of the Riviera roster, so stay tuned.
And, for those intending to travel to the festival, Cannes published guidelines on Wednesday saying that admission will be subject to daily health pass checks.
This is defined as a certificate demonstrating full vaccination of a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency (eg proof that 14 days have gone by since the second shot for those vaccinated with double-dose vaccines, or proof that four weeks have gone by since a single-dose vaccine); OR a negative PCR or antigen test result issued no more than 48 hours prior — to be renewed every 48 hours for the duration of time at the festival; OR proof of immunity via a positive antibody test or RT-PCR test dated no less than 15 days prior, and under six months ago. The festival’s partner laboratory center near the Palais will provide tests free of charge.
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