Cannes Film Festival: Jodie Foster and “Annette” by Leos Carax in the spotlight for the opening

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The Croisette was bubbling this Tuesday with this effervescence typical of the last hours of preparation for a major event. The 74th Cannes Film Festival is being held this year in July, not May, due to the pandemic. Black masks are required on the red carpet and you must show a white paw, with health pass or negative test of less than 48 hours.

The jury is again chaired by Spike Lee. The American director was to officiate in 2020 but the Covid-19 pandemic has decided otherwise. This year, he therefore has the opportunity to really exercise his functions with, at his side on the jury, three men and five women, including actress and director Mélanie Laurent, singer Mylène Farmer, director Jessica Hausner or again Tahar Rahim.

The French actor was discovered in Cannes in 2009 in “A Prophet” by Jacques Audiard. This year, he has a strong topicality, with the series “The Serpent” on Netflix and the title role of “Designated Guilty”, a film in which he plays a Guantanamo detainee defended by a lawyer played by Jodie Foster.

The American actress and director was the guest of honor at the opening ceremony, during which she received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Jodie Foster has a very close relationship with Cannes, a festival she is particularly fond of since she came to defend Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver” in 1976, when she was 13 years old.

The opening ceremony honored Leos Carax’s latest film “Annette”, a musical in the form of a fable about love, fame and violence, whose soundtrack is signed by the Sparks. Marion Cotillard plays Ann, a lyric singer, and Adam Driver plays his companion, Henry McHenry, a provocative comic, father of his daughter Annette. The two artists burn with a devouring passion for each other but their relationship deteriorates … Marion Cotillard, Adam Driver and the Sparks have granted an interview to France 24.

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