The 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival it will be held “exceptionally” from 6 to 17 July and will be “a fantastic eruption back to life” he announces Pierre Lescure, the president of the famous French film event. Naturally, the immortal artistic director echoes him Thierry fremaux who strongly wanted the festival despite the persistent organizational difficulties that will entail various restrictive measures, very complex to manage for the participants (the European vaccination pass, or buffer every 48 to be done free on site …). But the cinema, as it should be, does not stop and wants to start again, and the festival responds with a selection of good value, made up of 24 titles in competition, 18 in Un Certain Regard (“Which returns to the cinema of beginners, young people, research, as it was conceived”), 11 out of competition (including Midnight and Special Screenings) e 10 titles in the new Cannes Premières section.
It must immediately be said that, contrary to the rumors that he gave two or three, there will be only one Italian in the running for the Palme d’Or and it will be Nanni Moretti which comes from the 2020 selection, “Moretti has been patient and has waited this year, we thank him” said Frémaux joking that “Moretti and patience sound like an oxymoron”. Alongside the Roman filmmaker who, of course, concurs with the expected Three floors (already scheduled in Italian cinemas from 23 September), 23 of her colleagues from all over the world will parade, including four directors: the award-winning Hungarian Ildikó Enyedi (co-produced by Rai Cinema), and the three French ones Mia Hansen-Love, Catherine Corsini and Julia Ducournau.
Among the competing authors also appear the ones already announced Leos Carax (Annette, opening film) e Paul Verhoeven (Benedetta), and with them the Americans Sean Penn (Flag Day), Wes Anderson (The French Dispatch, also selected as Moretti for 2020) e Sean Baker, the Israeli Navad Lapid, the Belgian Joaquim LaFosse, the Iranian Asghar Farhadi, the french Francois Ozon, Bruno Dumont (co-produced by Rai Cinema) e Jacques Audiard and the Thai already Palme d’Or Apichatpong Weerasethakul. In the other sections, in no particular order, there are a couple of films about musicians: The Velvet Underground by Todd Haynes and Aline, The Voice of Love (on Celine Dion) by Valérie Lemercier. But there will also be the new work of Oliver Stonand (a doc on his JFK) as well as the British filmmaker’s return to the Croisette Andrea Arnold, next to the French Arnaud Desplechin e Mathieu Amalric, to the South Korean minimalist Hong Sang-soo and the on-camera debut of Charlotte gainsbourg with a documentary about the mother Jane Birkin (Jane par Charlotte).
A complicated year, it was said, reflected in the cinema that we will see in Cannes with some films featuring characters with masks: “A testimony of this unique period for our history. A strong identity theme for how we are now and how we are eventually becoming. But – added Frémaux – other themes are also very present, such as that of weapons, young people, beauty: as always, everything flows into the magic of cinema ”. As expected, the controversy persists with Netflix (“Until he releases the films in French theaters he will not be able to compete”) while the novelty is the construction of the new 12-screen multiplex Cineum (a few km from the center, in the Bocca area) which will be inaugurated shortly before the start of the festival. In short, an edition to be “experimented” that will be shared by both summer tourists who will certainly flock to the Côte d’Azur as well as by Euro 2020 which will not fail to “distract” the people of cinema.