Hannah Strong


Cannes Film Festival announces a bumper competition for its delayed 2021 edition

Wes Anderson, Leos Carax, Mia Hansen-Løve and Kogonada are among the filmmakers headed to the Croisette in July.

After much uncertainty and plenty of rumours, the line-up for the hotly anticipated 2021 Cannes Film Festival has been unveiled by head honcho Thierry Frémaux. After being forced to cancel their 2020 edition due to Covid-19, Cannes are back with a bang, bringing a bumper crop of regulars and newcomers to the Croisette in July – two months later than the festival’s normal slot.

It was no surprise to hear Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch would be making their bow at the festival, having been delayed from the previous year alongside Leos Carax’s musical Annette, which was announced as the opening film in April. Frémaux confirmed that they invited all accepted films from the 2020 edition to this year’s festival, and have formed a new section called ‘Cannes Premieres’ in order to free up space in Un Certain Regard for new filmmakers.

The lucky folks who make it to France amid travel restrictions and vaccine uncertainly can expect to see new films by Sean Baker, Julia Ducornau and Apichatpong Weerasethakul playing in competition, as well as the long-awaited Bergman Island from Mia Hansen-Løve. There are also new films from Cannes regulars François Ozon, Bruno Dumont and Hong Sang-soo.

As if that wasn’t enough, the line-ups for Director’s Fortnight and Critic’s Week will be announced later, and in typical Cannes fashion, Frémaux has promised a few surprise additions in the weeks to come. Check out the full line-up below and let us know what you’re excited to see @lwlies.

Official Competition

Ha’berech (Le Genou D’ahed / Ahed’s Knee), Nadav Lapid
Haut Et Fort (Casablanca Beats), Nabil Ayouch
Hytti Nro 6 (Compartment No.6), Juho Kuosmanen
Julie (En 12 Chapitres / The Worst Person In The World, Joachim Trier
La Fracture, Catherine Corsini
Les Intranquilles (The Restless), Joachim Lafosse
Les Olympiades (Paris 13th District), Jacques Audiard
Lingui, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Memoria, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Nitram, Justin Kurzel
Par Un Demi Clair Matin, Bruno Dumont
Petrov’s Flu, Kirill Serebrennikov
Red Rocket, Sean Baker
The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson
Titane, Julia Ducournau
Tre Piani, Nanni Moretti
Tout S’est Bien Passé, François Ozon
Drive My Car, Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Un Héros (A Hero), Asghar Farhadi
Bergman Island, Mia Hansen-Love
Benedetta, Paul Verhoeven
A Feleségem Története (L’histoire De Ma Femme / The Story Of My Wife), Ildikó Enyedi
Annette, Leos Carax
Flag Day, Sean Penn

Un Certain Regard

Un Monde, Laura Wandel
After Yang, Kogonada
Lamb, Valdimar Jóhannsson
Bonne Mère, Hafsia Herzi
Noche De Fuego, Tatiana Huezo
Commitment Hasan, Hasan Semih Kaplanoglu
The Innocents, Eskil Vogt
Freda, Gessica Généus
Moneyboys, CB Yi
Blue Bayou, Justin Chon
Delo (House Arrest), Alexey German Jr
La Civil, Teodora Ana Mihai
Rehana Maryam Noor, Abdullah Mohammad Saad
Et Il Y Eut Un Matin (Let There Be Morning), Eran Kolirin
Unclenching The Fists, Kira Kovalenko
Women Do Cry, Mina Mileva And Vesela Kazakova
Mes frères et moi, Yohan Manca


Cow, Andrea Arnold
Cette Musique Ne Joue Pour Personne (Love Songs for Tough Guys), Samuel Benchetrit
Tromperie (Deception), Arnaud Desplechin
Evolution, Kornél Mundruczo
Serre-moi Fort (Hold Me Tight), Mathieu Amalric
In Front of Your Face, Hong Sang-soo
Mothering Sunday, Eva Husson
Vortex, Gaspar Noé

Out of Competition

Aline (Aline, the Voice of Love), Valérie Lemercier
Stillwater, Tom McCarthy
The Velvet Underground, Todd Haynes
Emergency Declaration, Han Jae-rim
De Son Vivant, Emmanuelle Bercot
Bac Nord, Cédric Jimenez
Where Is Anne Frank?, Ari Folman

Special Screenings

Jane Par Charlotte, Charlotte Gainsbourg
JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass, Oliver Stone
O Marinheiro Das Montanhas (Le Marin Des Montagnes / Mariner of the Mountains), Karim Aïnouz
Cahiers Noirs (Black Notebooks), Shlomi Elkabetz
H6, Yé Yé)
The Year of the Everlasting Storm, Jafar Panahi, Anthony Chen, Malik Vitthal, Laura Poitras, Dominga Sotomayor, David Lowery And Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Babi Yar. Contexte (Babi Yar. Context), Sergei Loznitsa
Val, Ting Poo and Leo Scott
New Worlds, the cradle of a civilisation, Andrew Muscato
Mi iubita, Mon amour, Noémie Merlant
Les Héroïques, Maxime Roy
Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Wei Shipei
F9, Justin Lin

Midnight Screenings

Oranges Sanguines (Bloody Oranges), Jean-Christophe Meurisse
Tralala, Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu
Supremes, Audrey Estrougo

The Cannes Film Festival runs 6-17 July.

Published 3 Jun 2021

Tags: Cannes

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