If 2020 was the year in which the festival went virtual, 2021 is poised to be the year in which in-person events make a roaring comeback. From the Tilda Swinton–starring Memoria to the zany-looking Adam Driver musical Annette, this year’s festival is packed with attention-grabbing films. We may not all make it to the Riviera, but here are 12 to watch out for.
The French Dispatch
A year after it was set to bow at Cannes, Wes Anderson’s ode to eccentric journalists working in 20th-century France finally arrives in all its symmetrical, pastel-hued glory. It’ll be worth watching for the cast alone, which includes Timothée Chalamet, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton.
The announcement that the festival would open with a sweeping, surreal musical directed by Leos Carax and starring Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver sent the industry into a frenzy. The pairs play a singer and a stand-up comic whose lives are upended by the birth of their child.
Beloved for his woozy visuals and heart-wrenching storytelling in Tangerine (2015) and The Florida Project (2017), Sean Baker returns with this pitch-black comedy centered on a washed-up porn star (Simon Rex) traveling to his Texas hometown. Angling for a fresh start, he falls back into old habits.
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