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Cannes readies glitzy return with lockdown films in the mix

Organisers of the world’s largest movie competition mentioned on Thursday they had been assured of having the ability to host dinners and seashore screenings alongside the primary competitors as some COVID-19 measures are lifted in France.

Normally held in Might, the extravaganza was cancelled final 12 months because of the pandemic, and can run between July 6 and 17 this 12 months. Whereas there can be no “kissing on the high of the crimson carpet”, restrictions shouldn’t be too onerous, competition director Thierry Fremaux mentioned.

Travellers from some international locations akin to Britain are nonetheless dealing with quarantine measures in France for now, however there’ll not be night curfews.

After a Hollywood-heavy version of Cannes in 2019, the comeback line-up options fewer big-name U.S. stars.

The choice competing for the Palme d’Or options some movies anchored in COVID-19 occasions, with characters sporting face masks.

“Cinema will even have been marked by this,” Fremaux instructed a news convention.

French director Catherine Corsini’s La Fracture is about in a hospital within the current day.

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Highlights will embrace The French Dispatch by Wes Anderson, identified for his quirky The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Resort. Anderson’s newest movie, a few fictional U.S. newspaper workplace in France starring Invoice Murray and Tilda Swinton, has been delayed since 2019.

Flag Day, a drama directed by Sean Penn, will even be among the many 24 movies competing, with a jury headed by U.S. filmmaker Spike Lee.

Italy’s Nanni Moretti, who gained in 2001, returns with Tre Piani, whereas Paul Verhoeven will current Benedetta, a few love story in a convent.

Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard star in Annette, a musical by Leos Carax that can premiere on the opening night time.

French administrators Francois Ozon and Jacques Audiard will even be presenting movies, as will Iran’s Asghar Farhadi, Russia’s Kirill Serebrennikov and Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who gained the Palme d’Or in 2010.

Exterior the competitors, Oliver Stone will display a reworked model of his 1991 political thriller JFK, with new materials.

Oscar-winner Jodie Foster, who first walked the crimson carpet at Cannes as a 13-year-old when she starred in Taxi Driver, can be introduced with an honorary Palme d’Or.

Cannes’ organisers have lengthy been at loggerheads with streaming big Netflix, which produces its personal movies and has proven them some at festivals, however has objected to strict French guidelines about giving movies in competitors a cinema launch.

Fremaux mentioned two Netflix motion pictures had been potential Cannes contenders, however no settlement had been reached on methods to showcase them.

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