Cannes Film Festival 2021: the 74th

Jodie Foster to be awarded an honorary Palme d’Or by the Cannes film festival, 6-17 July 2021

Jodie Foster, who has won two Oscars for best actress (for The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs), will also be the festival’s guest of honour at its opening ceremony on 6 July.

Second guest of honour of this 74th edition after Jodie Foster attends the Opening Ceremony, Italian director Marco Bellocchio will present his new feature film in the Cannes Premiere section, on Friday, 16 July, after having met the audience the previous evening at the “Rendez-vous with…”

And during the Closing Ceremony on Saturday, 17 July 2021, the Festival will present him with an Honorary Palme d’or, a tribute to his unique œuvre that has marked contemporary cinema with force and freedom.

Spike Lee, who debuted Do the Right Thing at Cannes in 1989, will preside over the jury selecting the Palme d’Or winner. He’s the first Black person to head the Cannes jury.

New faces, new categories plus a chance to screen the films selected for the 73rd edition, cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Official selection 2021 – Competition

16 filmmakers who have already taken part in the competition are battling it out with eight new entrants. There are eight debut features in the lineup, including Jadde Khaki (Hit the Road), the first film from Jafar Panahi’s son Panah Panahi, and Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic’s Murina,  exec produced by Martin Scorsese.


The Cannes Film Festival unveiled a lineup of films from big-name auteurs — including Wes Anderson, Asghar Farhadi, Mia Hansen-Løve and Sean Penn — for its 74th edition, an event that aims to make a stirring in-person return in July after being canceled last year because of the pandemic.

Among the films that will be competing for Cannes’ Palme d’Or are festival opener Annette, by Leos Carax and starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard; Anderson’s The French Dispatch, a film originally set to premiere in Cannes last year with an ensemble cast including Timothée Chalamet; Red Rocket, Sean Baker’s follow-up to his acclaimed The Florida Project; Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta; and Sean Penn’s Flag Day, in which he stars alongside his daughter, Dylan Penn, as a con man.

Annette, Leos Carax (opening film), France

Tre Piani (Three Floors), Nanni Moretti , Italy
Tout C’es Bien Passé (Everything Went Fine), François Ozon, France
A Hero, Asghar Farhadi, Iran
Titane (Titan), Julia Ducournau, France
The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson, US
Red Rocket, Sean Baker, US
Petrov’s Flu, Kirill Serebrennikov, Russia
Par Un Demi Clair Matin, Bruno Dumont, France
Nitram, Justin Kurzel, Australia
Memoria, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand
Lingui, The Sacred Bonds, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Chad
Les Olympiades (Paris 13th District), Jacques Audiard, France
Les Intrinquilles (The Restless), Joachim Lafosse, Belgium
La Fracture, Catherine Corsini, France
Haut et FortCasablanca Beats, Nabil Ayouch, France-Morocco
The Worst Person In The World, Joachim Trier, Norway
Compartment No.6, Juho Kuosmanen, Finland
Ahed’s Knee, Nadav Lapid, Israel
Drive My Car, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Japan
Bergman Island, Mia Hansen-Love, France
Benedetta, Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands
The Story Of My Wife, Ildikó Enyedi, Hungary
Flag Day, Sean Penn, US

Out Of Competition

• Aline, The Voice Of Love, Valérie Lemercier, France
Stillwater, Tom Mccarthy, USA
The Velvet Underground, Todd Haynes, USA
Emergency Declaration, Han Jae-Rim, South Korea
De Son Vivant (Peaceful), Emmanuelle Bercot, France
Bac Nord, Cédric Jimenez, France

Midnight Screening

Bloody Oranges, Jean-Christophe Meurisse, France

Cannes Premiere

Hold Me Tight, Mathieu Amalric
Cow, Andrea Arnold
Love Songs For Tough Guys, Samuel Benchetrit
Deception, Arnaud Desplechin
Jane Par Charlotte, Charlotte Gainsbourg
In Front Of Your Face, Hong Sang-Soo
Mothering Sunday, Eva Husson
Evolution, Kornél Mundruczo
Val, Ting Poo, Leo Scott
JF K Revisited: Through The Looking Glass, Oliver Stone

  • Marx peut attendre (Marx può aspettare) de Marco Bellocchio
    2021, Italie, 1h40

Special screenings

• H6, Yé Yé, France
• Black Notebooks, Shlomi Elkabetz, Israel
• Mariner Of The Mountains, Karim Aïnouz, Algeria
• Jane Par Charlotte, Charlotte Gainsbourg
• Babi Yar, Context, Sergei Loznitsa
• The Year Of The Everlasting Storm, Jafar Panahi, Anthony Chen, Malik Vitthal, Laura Poitras, Dominga Sotomayor, David Lowery, Apichatpong Weerasethakul


Un Certain Regard

The Innocents, Eskil Vogt
After Yang, Kogonada
Lamb, Valdimar Jóhannsson
Noche De Fuego, Tatiana Huezo
Bonne Mère, Hafsia Herzi
Blue Bayou, Justin Chon
Moneyboys, C.B Yi
Freda, Gessica Généus
Un Monde, Laura Wandel
Commitment Hasan, Hasan Semih Kaplanoglu
House Arrest, Alexey German Jr.
Let There Be Morning, Eran Kolirin
Unclenching The Fists, Kira Kovalenko
Women Do Cry, Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
Rehana Maryam Noor, Abdullah Mohammad Saad
Great Freedom, Sebastian Meise
• La Civil, Teodora Ana Mihai
Gaey Wa’r, Na Jiazuo

Additions to the Official Selection

Out of Competition

Where is Anne Frank? by Ari Folman (Israel) – Animated film


Robust, dir: Constance Meyer*

Anaïs In Love, dir: Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet*
Bruno Reidal, Confessions Of A Murderer, dir: Vincent Le Port*
Softie, dir: Samuel Theis
A Radiant Girl, dir: Sandrine Kiberlain*

A Tale Of Love And Desire, dir: Leyla Bouzid

Amparo, dir: Simón Mesa Soto*
Feathers, dir: Omar El Zohairy*
Libertad, dir: Clara Roquet *
The Gravedigger’s Wife, dir: Khadar Ayderus Ahmed*
Olga, dir: Elie Grappe*
Small Body, dir: Laura Samani*
Rien A Foutre; dirs: Julie Lecoustre & Emmanuel Marre*

Brutalia, Days Of Labour, dir: Manolis Mavris
Lili Alone, dir: Zou Jing
An Invitation, dirs: Hao Zhao & Yeung Tung
Inherent, dir: Nicolai G.H Johansen
Intercom 15, dir: Andrei Epure
If It Ain’t Broke, dir: Elinor Nechemya
Noir-Soleil, dir: Marie Larrivé
Safe, dir: Ian Barling
Soldat Noir, dir: Jimmy Laporal-Trésor
On Solid Ground, dir: Jela Hasler

*Denotes first film

Cannes Premiere

Vortex by Gaspar Noé (Argentina – Italy)

Un Certain Regard

Mes frères et moi by Yohan Manca (France)

Midnight Screenings

Tralala by Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu (France)

Suprêmes by Audrey Estrougo (France)

Special Screenings

Bill Murray’s party: New Worlds, the cradle of a civilization by Andrew Muscato (Greece-USA)

Mi iubita, Mon amour by Noèmie Merlant (France)

Les Héroïques by Maxime Roy (France)

Are you lonesome tonight? by Wen Shipei (China)


The Directors Fortnight opening night film will be Between Two Worlds by Emmanuel Carrère, and the closing night movie will be Our Men by Rachel Lang.

Half of this year’s lineup has a female director: the main competition lineup has only 4 of 24 films by female directors including Clio Barnard’s Ali & Ava; documentary Futura from Alice Rohrwacher, Pietro Marcello and Francesco Munzi; and Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir: Part II with Tilda Swinton and Richard Ayoade. Some of the movies for the Directors Fortnight feature women as co-directors, so 12 of 29 of the total directors are women.

22 filmmakers are showing their films for first time at Cannes.


A Chiara by Jonas Carpignano
A Night of Knowing Nothing by Payal Kapadia
1h30 – First feature film
Ali & Ava by Clio Barnard
Clara Sola by Nathalie Álvarez Mesen
1h48 – First feature film
De bas   (A Brighter Tomorrow) by Yassine Qnia
1h26 – First feature film
Diários de Otsoga  (Journal de Tûoa, The Tsugua Diaries) by Miguel Gomes and Maureen Fazendeiro
El empleado y el patron (L’Employeur et l’Employé, The Employer and the Employee) by Manuel Nieto Zas
Entre les vagues (The Braves) by Anaïs Volpé
Europa by Haider Rashid
Futura by Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi and Alice Rohrwacher
Întregalde by Radu Muntean
Jadde khaki (Hit the Road) by Panah Panahi
1h33 – First feature film
Les Magnétiques (Magnetic Beats) by Vincent Maël Cardona
1h38 – First feature film
Luaneshat e kodrës (La Colline où rugissent les lionnes, The Hill where Lionesses Roar) by Luàna Bajrami
1h23 – First feature film
Medusa by Anita Rocha da Silveira
Mon légionnaire (Our Men) by Rachel Lang
1h46 – Closing film
Murina by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovi?
1h32 – First feature film
Neptune Frost by Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman
Ouistreham (Between Two Worlds) by Emmanuel Carrère
1h47 – Opening film
Re Granchio (La Légende du Roi Crabe, The Tale of King Crab) by Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis
Retour à Reims (Fragments) – (Returning to Reims (Fragments)) by Jean-Gabriel Périot
The Souvenir Part II by Joanna Hogg
Yong an zhen gu shi ji (Ripples of Life) by Shujun Wei
(Face à la mer, The Sea Ahead) by Ely Dagher
1h56 – First feature film


The Directors Fortnight will host a special screening of Hogg’s “The Souvenir Part 1,” as “Part 2” will be playing in competition.

The Souvenir by Joanna Hogg


Anxious Body by Yoriko Mizushiri
6 min
El Espacio sideral (The Sidereal Space) by Sebastián Schjaer
17 min
Simone est partie (Simone Is Gone) by Mathilde Chavanne
21 min
Sycorax by Lois Patiño and Matías Piñeiro
20 min
The Parents’ Room (La Chambre des parents) by Diego Marcon
11 min
The Vandal by Eddie Alcazar
15 min
The Windshield Wiper by Alberto Mielgo
14 min
Train Again by Peter Tscherkassky
20 min
When Night Meets Dawn (Quand la Nuit rencontre l’Aube) by Andreea Cristina Bor?un
20 min


Monrovia, Indiana by Frederick Wiseman

Cannes Classics

As every year, the Festival de Cannes presents a selection of the best restored prints and invites us to explore again the history of Cinema.

The curtain rises with Mark Cousins’ pre-opening documentary; the rediscovery of director-actor Kinuyo Tanaka and Spanish director actress, screenwriter and producer Ana Mariscal; a tribute to director and actor Bill Duke; a close-up on the first African-American director Oscar Micheaux; the 1959 Palme d’Or; the 70th anniversary of LesCahiers du cinéma;the modesty of Jacques Doillon; two wonders from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger;  Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation and the World Cinema Project; Tilda Swinton’s first role; cinema from the Ivory Coast, former Yugoslavia, Italy and former Czechoslovakia; Alain Resnais’s film at Cannes in 1966; Irène Jacob by Krzysztof Kie?lowski and Jeanne Moreau by Philippe de Broca; some French thriller; “soviet” films welcomed in competition at Cannes; Orson Welles’s magic, the style of Max Ophüls; four outstanding documentaries on the great producer Jeremy Thomas, Satoshi Kon, Luis Buñuel and Yves Montand; a docudrama full of cinephile fury;  and twenty years later, the unsolved mystery of Mulholland Drive...

Here is Cannes Classics 2021!

A Tribute to Bill Duke

The director, actor (for John McTiernan, Samuel Fuller, John Landis or Steven Soderbergh) and producer, in Competition at Cannes with A Rage in Harlem in 1991, returns to the Croisette with his first film as director, presented at the Semaine de la critique in 1985.

The Killing Floor by Bill Duke
(1985, 1h58, United States)
Presented by Made in U.S.A. Productions, Inc. The UCLA Film & Television Archive facilitated in-house 4K scanning of the film’s 16mm original picture negative, which is vaulted in the Archive’s Sundance Institute Collection. Under the supervision of film’s executive producer/co-writer, Elsa Rassbach, Made in U.S.A. Productions completed the 4K restoration with color grading by Alpha-Omega digital in Munich and Planemo post-production in Berlin. In addition, the soundtrack was digitally restored by Deluxe Entertainment Services Group from the film’s original 35 mm audio mono mix mag track. The film was restored in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Chicago Race Riot.
Director Bill Duke and executive producer and co-screenwriter Elsa Rassbach in attendance.

Kinuyo Tanaka, actress and filmmaker

Kinuyo Tanaka, one of the greatest Japanese actresses, made her first film in 1953, entering the Cannes Competition in 1954. She returned in 1961 and 1964 as a performer. She was the only active filmmaker of the golden age of Japanese cinema and her second feature film, presented here, is a reflection of her immense talent. This new version restored in 4k by Nikkatsu inaugurates the Tanaka event, a forthcoming retrospective of her 6 films.

Tsuki wa noborinu (La Lune s’est levée / The Moon Has Risen) by Kinuyo Tanaka
(1955, 1h42, Japan)
Presented by Nikkatsu and distributed in France by Carlotta Films.
Restored from the original 35mm positive preserved by Nikkatsu Corporation. 4K restoration by Nikkatsu Corporation and The Japan Foundation at Imagica Entertainment Media Services, Inc laboratory.

Ana Mariscal, Spain in the feminine form

Pioneer director of Iberian cinema, Spanish actress, screenwriter and producer Ana Mariscal directed ten rich films, as non-conformist as they are visually splendid. As a foretaste of her work, here is a nostalgic chronicle of a modest Spanish village in the 1960s.

El camino (Le Chemin / The Path) by Ana Mariscal
(1964, 1h31, Spain)
Presented by David García Rodríguez. 4K digitalization and restoration supervised by Ramón Lorenzo Sierra from the original edited negative and vintage dupe. Sound restoration from the original sound negative. Laboratory: Vivavision (Madrid). Theatrical distribution in France: Karmafilms Distribution. Release in France: October 2021. On video in France: UHD collector edition, November 2021.

Oscar Micheaux

The first African-American director in the history of American cinema is honored in a sublime restored copy of one of his greatest films accompanied by a fascinating documentary.

Murder in Harlem by Oscar Micheaux
(1935, 1h36, United States)
Presented by Cineteca di Bologna. Restored in 2021 by the George Eastman Museum and Cineteca di Bologna in association with the Film Foundation, Quoiat Films and Sky from a 35mm nitrate print in the SMU/Tyler Film Collection, SMU Libraries, deposited at the George Eastman Museum. Restoration performed at George Eastman Museum Film Preservation Services and L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory
Followed by:
Oscar Micheaux – The Superhero of Black Filmmaking by Francesco Zippel
(1h20, Italy)
Presented by Quoiat Films, Sky.
Director Francesco Zippel in attendance

Orfeu Negro, Palme d’or in 1959

The Cannes Film Festival continues to explore the Palmes d’Or that have marked its history. This year, the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice will be revisited by Marcel Camus in Brazil and set to music by Antônio Carlos Jobim to bossa nova, samba and jazz. Dazzling.

Orfeu Negro (Black Orfeus) by Marcel Camus
(1959, 1h45, France / Brazil / Italy)
Presented by Solaris Distribution. Presented by Impex Films and Tigon Film Distributors. 4K digital restoration by Impex Films and Tigon Film Distributors with the help of the CNC, from the original 35mm negative. Original monophonic sound digitized from a viewing print which was also used as reference for color grading. Laboratory: Hiventy Classics. Theatrical distribution in France: Solaris Distribution, to be released in France by the second semester of 2021.

Rossellini and Les Cahiers du cinema

While the Cineteca di Bologna continues its visit to Rossellini’s work, the Cahiers du cinéma celebrate their history in Cannes. André Bazin, the co-founder of the magazine was even a member of the Jury in 1954 and kept a diary recounting this experience.To celebrate the anniversary of the mythical monthly, what better way than to screen a film by Roberto Rossellini? He was assisted by François Truffaut, Bazin considered him a major figure in the same way as Renoir, Hitchcock or Hawks and this work signed by the Italian director was reviewed in the first issue in April 1951.

Francesco, giullare di Dio (Les onze fioretti de François d’Assise / The Flowers of St. Francis) by Roberto Rossellini
(1950, 1h27, Italy)
Presented by Cineteca di Bologna and The Film Foundation. Restored in 2021 by Cineteca di Bologna and The Film Foundation, in association with RTI-Mediaset and Infinity+, at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory. Restoration funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.

All the restored films of Cannes Classics 2021

La Drôlesse (The Hussy) by Jacques Doillon
(1978, 1h30, France)
Presented by Malavida. 2k scan and restoration made from the negative image, by Éclair Cinéma laboratory. Sound restored from the negative by L.E.  Diapason. Restoration made by Gaumont with the support of the CNC. In preview of the retrospective « Jacques Doillon, jeune cinéaste » starting on November 3rd 2021.
Director Jacques Doillon in attendance

I Know Where I’m Going! (Je sais où je vais !) by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 
(1945, 1h32, United Kingdom)
Presented by the Film Foundation. Restored by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation in association with ITV and Park Circus. Restoration funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation. Additional support provided by Matt Spick.

Lumumba : la mort du prophète (Lumumba: Death of a Prophet) by Raoul Peck
(1990, 1h09, France / Germany / Switzerland / Belgium / Haiti)
Presented by The Film Foundation within the framework of the World Cinema Project. Restored by the The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project and Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata/L’Image Retrouvée in collaboration with Velvet Film and supervised by Raoul Peck. Funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation. This restoration is part of the African Film Heritage Project, an initiative created by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers and UNESCO – in collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna – to help locate, restore, and disseminate African cinema.

Friendship’s Death by Peter Wollen
(1987, 1h18, United Kingdom)
Presented by the British Film Institute (BFI). The 4K remastering by the BFI National Archive was from the original Standard 16mm colour negative. The soundtrack was digitised directly from the original 35mm final mix magnetic master track. The remastering was undertaken in collaboration with the film’s producer, Rebecca O’Brien and cinematographer, Witold Stok.
Actress Tilda Swinton in attendance

Bal poussière by Henri Duparc
(1989, 1h33, Ivory Coast)
Presented by the CNC and the Henri Duparc Foundation. Restoration of the original 16mm negative image by the CNC laboratory. 2K scan. Color grading: Hiventy. Sound restoration from the original 16mm magnetic: L’Image retrouvée.

La Double vie de Véronique (The Double Life of Véronique) by Krzysztof Kie?lowski
(1991, 1h38, France / Poland)
Presented by MK2. Restoration carried out by Hiventy from the original negative in 4K, supervised by director of photography S?awomir Idziak. Theatrical distribution in France by Potemkine.
Actress Irène Jacob in attendance

F for Fake (Vérités et Mensonges) by Orson Welles
(1973, 1h25, France/ Iran / Germany)
Presented by Les Films de L’Astrophore and La Cinémathèque française in collaboration with Documentaire sur grand écran. Restored by Les Films de L’Astrophore and La Cinémathèque française in collaboration with Documentaire sur grand écran, the Cinémathèque suisse and the Audiovisual institute of Monaco, with the support of Hiventy and the company foundation  Neuflize OBC. Restoration work, image and sound made by the Hiventy laboratory, from the original negative and at L.E. Diapason Studio from the 35mm magnetic track.

Yashagaike (L’Étang du démon / Demon Pond) by Masahiro Shinoda 
(1979, 2h04, Japan)
Presented by Shochiku. Digital remaster by Shochiku Co., Ltd.  For the 4K remaster, the original 35mm negative was provided by Shochiku, sound remastered by Shochiku MediaWorX Inc. and the image remaster conducted by Imagica Entertainment Media Services, Inc. French distribution in theaters: Carlotta Films.

La guerre est finie (The War is Over) by Alain Resnais
(1966, 2h01, France)
Presented by Gaumont. First digital restoration in 4K presented by
Gaumont with the support of the  CNC. Restoration made by Éclair Classics laboratory.

Échec au porteur (Not Delivered) by Gilles Grangier
(1957, 1h27, France)
Presented by Pathé. 4K scan and  2K restoration from the original safety negative (negative image, a standard dupe, a negative optical sound). Work made by L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory (Paris-Bologne). Restoration with the support of the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC).

Chère Louise (Louise) by Philippe de Broca
(1972, 1h45, France / Italy)
Presented by TF1 Studio. New 4K restored version by TF1 Studio and Warner Bros. from the original negative image. Digital work made by  Vdm laboratory in 2021. Theatrical release to come: Les Acacias. Blu-ray collector release: Coin de Mire.

Napló gyermekeimnek (Journal intime / Diary for my children) by Márta Mészáros
(1983, 1h49, Hungary)
Presented by National Film Institute Hungary – Film Archive. The 4K digital restoration was carried out as part of ‘The long-term restoration program of Hungarian film heritage” of the National Film Institute – Film Archive. The restoration was made using the original image negatives and magnetic tape sound, it was carried out at the National Film Institute- Filmlab. The Digital grading was supervised by Nyika Jancsó, DOP of the film.
Director Márta Mészáros and DOP Nyika Jancsó in attendance 

Až p?ijde kocour (Un jour, un chat / The Cassandra Cat) by Vojtech Jasný
(1963, 1h45, Czech Republic)
Presented by the Národní filmový archiv, Prague. 4K digital restoration based on the intermediate positive was done by L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in Bologna, 2021. The donors of this project were Mrs. Milada Ku?erová and Mr. Eduard Ku?era. Restored in partnership with the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. French distribution: Malavida Films.
Actress Emília Vašáryová in attendance

Monanieba (Le Repentir / Repentance) by Tenguiz Abouladzé
(1984, 2h33, Georgia)
Presented by Georgian National Film Center. Interpositive: goskinofond. 4K scan and color grading: UPP Prague. Digital restoration, sound work and DCP: Studio Phonographe, Tbilissi. Funding: Georgian National Film Center.
Actor Avtandil Makharadze and screenwriter Nana Janelidze in attendance  

Dan ?etrnaesti (Le Quatorzième jour / The Fourteenth Day) by Zdravko Velimirovic
(1960, 1h41, Montenegro / Serbia)
Presented by Crnogorska kinoteka, Podgorica & Jugoslovenska kinoteka, Belgrade. Digitally restored film from a 2K scan of the original black & white negative.

Il cammino della speranza (Le Chemin de l’espérance / The Path of Hope) de Pietro Germi
(1950, 1h45, Italy)
Presented by the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale. Restored by Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale from the original 35mm negative made available by
CristaldiFilm, completed by a dupe of  the Cineteca Nazionale and optical sound of a positive by the Cineteca Nazionale.

Letter from an Unknown Woman (Lettre d’une inconnue) de Max Ophüls  (1948, 1h27, United-States)
4k restoration from the original negative image and a 35mm positive. Sound restoration from the original negative. Work done by Technicolor for the image and Chace Audio by Deluxe for the sound, under the supervision of Paramount Pictures Preservation.
Theatrical release by La Rabbia, february 2022.

Mulholland Drive by David Lynch
(2001, 2h25, United-States)
Presented by Studiocanal. Restoration made by Criterion and Studiocanal from the original negative, scan in 4K at Fotokem, sound remastering from the original 5.1 sound. Sound and image were validated by David Lynch, in Cinéma and HDR format. French distribution by Studiocanal, with a theatrical release and a collector Blu-Ray UHD box set.

Cannes Classics 2021 : the documentaries 

The Storms of Jeremy Thomas (Les Tempêtes de Jeremy Thomas) by Mark Cousins
(1h29, United Kingdom)
A yearly drive with the famous British producer Jeremy Thomas from London to Cannes, on his way to the… Festival de Cannes. A life in the service of cinema, a journey towards the discovery of new films and talents in the company of the cinephile director and author Mark Cousins.
Presented by David P. Kelly Films. Produced by David P. Kelly with Creative Scotland, Tim Macready and Visit Films.
Jeremy Thomas and Mark Cousins in attendance.

Satoshi Kon, l’illusionniste by Pascal-Alex Vincent
(1h21, France/Japan)
A subtle portrait of Japanese director Satoshi Kon by the specialist of Japanese cinema Pascal-Alex Vincent and a dive into a rich work. With interviews of the greatest Japanese, French and American directors inspired by his work.
Presented by Eurospace and Genco (Tokyo) in collaboration with Carlotta Films et Allerton Films (Paris).
Director Pascal-Alex Vincent in attendance

Buñuel, un cineasta surrealista by Javier Espada
(1h23, Spain)
Luis Buñuel and the Festival de Cannes is a great love story – the theater where the films of Cannes Classics are screened is called Buñuel itself. The documentary is filled with culture and is dedicated to the screenwriter, who was so close to the Spanish filmmaker and wrote many films with him, Jean-Claude Carrière. The documentary brilliantly explores the themes of the genius filmmaker.
Presented by Tolocha producciones.
Director Javier Espada in attendance

Montand est à nous (All About Yves Montand) by Yves Jeuland
(1h40, France.)
As an actor in Le Salaire de la peur (Grand Prix in 1953) or in La Guerre est finiepresented this year, President of the Jury in 1987 (Maurice Pialat received the Palme d’or), Yves Montand has left a mark on the Festival de Cannes. Yves Montand has left a mark as strong in cinema as in music hall. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth and the 30th anniversary of his death, Montand est à nous is an exceptional documentary.
Written by Yves Jeuland and Vincent Josse.
Presented by Zadig Productions. Film produced by Zadig Productions, in coproduction with Diaphana Films, with the participation of France Télévisions.
Director Yves Jeuland and co-writer Vincent Josse in attendance,

The Story of Film: a New Generation by Mark Cousins
(2h40, United-Kingdom)
A major cinematic journey into pre-pandemic cinema. It all starts again with this magical, ambitious odyssey of unparalleled abundance in today’s cinematic world. As a pre-opening of the Cannes Film Festival and announcing the edition full of surprises that is coming up.
Presented and produced by Hopscotch Films. Sales : Dogwoof.
Director Mark Cousins in attendance

Et j’aime à la fureur (Flickering Ghosts of Love Gone By) by André Bonzel
(1h50, France)
A very personal self-portrait of André Bonzel, co-director of the cult film C’est arrivé près de chez vous, based on images from amateur films that he has always collected, including some shot by his great-great-grandfather, a familiar face of the Lumière brothers. A unique, moving film that tells the story of a family cinephilia over several generations, set to music by Benjamin Biolay.
Produced by Les films du Poisson.
Director André Bonzel in attendance




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