Annette: Leos Carax Film To Open Cannes Film Festival, Trailer Released Online

It's been announced that Leos Carax's upcoming drama musical Annette, his first feature film in nine years and his first in English, will premiere and open the Cannes 74th International Film Festival.

It’s been announced that Leos Carax’s upcoming drama musical Annette, his first feature film in nine years and his first in English, will premiere and open the Cannes 74th International Film Festival.

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Set in contemporary Los Angeles, Annette tells the story of Henry, a stand-up comedian with a fierce sense of humour and Ann, a singer of international renown. In the spotlight, they are the perfect couple, healthy, happy and glamorous. The birth of their first child, Annette, a mysterious girl with an exceptional destiny, will change their lives.

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The President of the Festival de Cannes, Pierre Lescure, released a statement saying:

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.

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Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate, also released a statement, adding:

We couldn’t have dreamed of a more beautiful reunion with cinema and the silver screen, in the Palais de festivals where films come to assert their splendour. Carax’s cinema is an expression of these powerful gestures, these mysterious alchemies that makes the secret of cinema’s modernity and eternity.

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The film will premiere internationally and will enter the competition following the opening ceremony at the Grand Theatre Lumiere in Cannes’ Palais des festival, and will also simultaneously be released in French cinemas on the 6th July 2021. The film is produced by Charles Gillibert of CG Cinéma International, Paul-Dominique Vacharasinthu of Tribes P. Films, and Adam Driver.

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Annette stars Marion Cotillard, Adam Driver and Simon Helberg.