74th Cannes kicks off with ‘Annette’
Published: 02:21 PM, 7 July 2021
Angele, from left Simon Helberg, Marion Cotillard, director Leos Carax, Adam Driver, Russell Mael, and Ron Mael pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film Annette and the opening ceremony of the 74th international film festival; Photo: AP/ Brynn Anderson
The 74th Cannes Film Festival has kicked off. The guests arrived in Cannes city of France two weeks before the start of the festival due to global coronavirus situation. Everyone has to stay in the mandatory quarantine for 10 days.
In the context of protecting guests, Festival director Thierry Fremont said “wearing a mask is mandatory” on the festival premises. Strict hygiene will be supervised.
The inaugural exhibition features Annette, directed by the famous French director Leos Carax. This is Leos’ 14th movie. 7 of his films have been screened so far in the Cannes. He had been nominated for Palme d’Or twice before.
Apart from this, the main competition of this year’s festival will be the inaugural screenings of the films of all the directors such as Paul Verhoeven, Asghar Farhadi, Wes Anderson, Mia Hansen-Love and Paul Verhoeven, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Francis Lee, Nanni Moretti and Sean Penn.
At Cannes, 24 movies will compete for the Palme d’Or. American actress Jodie Foster will be awarded the prestigious Palme d’Or this year.
Apart from this, more movies will be screened at Out of Competition, Midnight Screening, Special Screening, Un Certain Regard and Cannes Premiere. This is the first time the Cannes Premier category has been added. 10 movies will be shown in this category. Seven movies will be shown in the Cinema for Climate section.
In 2020, the Cannes Film Festival announced that inequality between men and women in all disciplines, including the competition section, would be reduced and made equal. This year, 20 women filmmakers have taken place in different categories.
This year’s Cannes Festival is also special for Bangladesh. Abdullah Mohammad Saad’s ‘Rehana Maryam Noor’ has been selected in the official category Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival for the first time. A team of seven including its filmmaker, producer and actress took part in the event. The Bangladeshi film will be screened at the Palais des Festivals on Wednesday.
This year, 2,300 movies were submitted to the festival. On June 3, the names of 63 films participating in the festival were announced.