Nine years after the exceptional Holy Motors, offered in Competition, Leos Carax will unveil in Cannes his new characteristic, a movie eagerly awaited by cinephiles all over the world. Annette, Carax’s first movie in English, will open the Cannes 74th International Film Festival on Tuesday, July sixth.
Set in modern Los Angeles, Annette tells the story of Henry, a humorist with a fierce humorousness and Ann, a singer of worldwide renown. In the highlight, they’re the right couple, wholesome, completely happy, and glamourous. The delivery of their first baby, Annette, a mysterious woman with an distinctive future, will change their lives.
Produced by Charles Gillibert, Annette, the director’s sixth characteristic movie, based mostly on Carax’s unique concept, that includes a soundtrack composed by Sparks and starring Marion Cotillard, Adam Driver and Simon Helberg, will premiere internationally and can enter the Competition, following the opening ceremony on the Grand Théâtre Lumière in Cannes’ Palais des festivals. It will concurrently be launched in French cinemas.
Visionary and enigmatic, Leos Carax has authored among the most stunning moments of French cinema within the final 35 years, with a filmography that has by no means ceased to show his mastery of directing. A poetic genius with an overflowing creativeness, “l’enfant terrible” of French cinema has persistently transcended filmic codes and genres to create a world stuffed with visions and ghosts.
At the mere age of 24, Carax started a trilogy from which city and nocturnal magnificence emanated in a magical Paris. Shot in black-and-white, Boy Meets Girl (1984) paid tribute to silent movies, to Cocteau’s universe and Godard’s cinema.
With Bad Blood (1986), an ode to rhythm and love, starring Denis Lavant, Juliette Binoche and Michel Piccoli, Carax establishes his hard-hitting emotional model and with it, finds his first worldwide success. Dominated by an assertive aesthetic universe and lyricism, this expressionist thriller affords a one-of-a-kind visible expertise.
In 1991, the director launched into a most formidable venture, The Lovers on the Bridge. Recreating a whole Parisian neighborhood and a 3-year-long taking pictures supplied to this ode to passionate love a legendary place in French cinema.
After eight years of silence, Pola X (1999) marked Carax’s return to the Festival de Cannes’ Competition. Following this adaptation of Melville’s Pierre, or, The Ambiguities he returned to the Croisette with Merde, a brief movie a part of a collective fantasy in three actions, Tokyo!, co-directed by Michel Gondry and Bong Joon-ho and offered at Un Certain Regard in 2008.
Finally, in 2012, Leos Carax returned in Competition in Cannes with Holy Motors, a meandering filmic expertise that places magic in actuality and on a regular basis life in fantasy. Another declaration of affection for cinema, with Edith Scob, escaped from Georges Franju’s Eyes Without a Face.
“Every Leos Carax film is an event. And this one delivers on its promises! Annette is the gift that lovers of cinema, music and culture were hoping for, one that we have been yearning for during the past year,” says Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival de Cannes.
“We couldn’t have dreamed of a more beautiful reunion with cinema and the silver screen, in the Palais des festivals where films come to assert their splendor”, concludes Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate. “Carax’ cinema is an expression of these powerful gestures, these mysterious alchemies that makes the secret of cinema’s modernity and eternity.”
Annette is produced by Charles Gillibert (CG Cinéma International), Paul-Dominique Vacharasinthu (Tribus P. Films) and Adam Driver, in affiliation with Amazon Studios, Arte and Canal+. It is distributed in France by UGC, by AMAZON within the USA and bought internationally by KINOLOGY. The movie might be launched in France, Tuesday, July sixth, on the day of its Cannes’ premiere.
Mindful of the evolution of the general public well being state of affairs in Europe and internationally, and the reopening of cultural venues mid-May, the Festival de Cannes continues with confidence and dedication the planning of its subsequent version.
The Opening Ceremony of the 74th Festival de Cannes will happen on July 6, 2021. It might be broadcast by Canal+ in France, in addition to in partnering cinema theaters. Chaired by the American movie director Spike Lee, the Jury of the Competition will announce the winners on the Closing Ceremony on Saturday, July 17th.
The Official Selection might be introduced on the finish of May 2021.