4 Movies to Look Out for at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most highly anticipated international film festivals of the year. After being cancelled last year, the festival is returning to France, completely in person, taking place from July 6 – 17. Director and actor Spike Lee has been selected to preside over the jury this year and there is a deep selection of movies they have to choose from, some are new and some that had their 2020 premiere delayed. Here are some big contenders to look out for next month.


“Annette” directed by French director Leos Carax, who is also known for directing “Holy Motors”, is the opening film of the festival. This is a musical drama about a stand-up comedian and an opera singer who give birth to their first child, Annette, who has a unique gift that turns their life upside down. The film stars Adam Driver as Henry, Marion Cotillard as Ann and Simon Helberg as The Conductor. If you were a fan of Adam Driver’s singing voice in “Marriage Story” then you’re certainly in for a treat this summer. After premiering at Cannes, “Annette” will open in theaters on August 6 then be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video on August 20.

2.”The Story of My Wife”

“The Story of My Wife” is the dramatic movie adaptation of the novel by Milán Füst about a sea captain who makes a bet with his friend while at a cafe that he will marry the first woman who enters. This is the first English language film by Oscar nominated director Ildikó Enyedi, who collaborated internationally with production companies from Hungary, Berlin and Italy. It stars French actress Léa Seydoux and Dutch actor Gijs Naber. Seydoux has previously won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2013 for her role in “Blue is the Warmest Color”. 


Directed by Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, “Memoria” is a drama about a Scotish farmer who meets a French singer and archeologist while visiting her ill sister in Colombia. During her trip, she is unable to sleep due to increasingly loud and mysterious bangs through the night. Tilda Swinton stars in the film alongside Elkin Diaz and Jeanne Balibar. Weerasethakul was a recipient of the Palme d’Or back in 2010 with another feature film. “Memoria” is also internationally co-produced by multiple countries including Thailand, Colombia, France, Mexico and more. 

4. “The French Dispatch”

“The French Dispatch” is one of Cannes most highly anticipated films this year due to its star-studded cast and the return of the festival favorite, Wes Anderson . Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Timothée Chalamet, Bill Murray and more under the direction of Wes Anderson. This will be Anderson’s 10th feature film. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton and Léa Seydoux who, as mentioned earlier, are already featured in other movies being shown at Cannes. This film incorporates multiple storylines that serve to bring to life a collection of stories from the final issue of The French Dispatch magazine. After Cannes, “The French Dispatch” will premiere at the New York Film Festival in September, then in theaters on October 22. 

The 74th annual Cannes Film Festival will take place on July 6 through 17.

By Shaylen Stancil


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