Annette by Leos Carax
Annette by Leos Carax © CG Cinéma International

The musical film Annette, director Leos Carax’s first film in English, will open the Cannes 74th International Film Festival on Tuesday, July 6th.

The director’s sixth feature film, based on Carax’s original idea, featuring a soundtrack composed by Sparks and starring Marion Cotillard, Adam Driver and Simon Helberg, will premiere internationally and will enter the Competition, following the opening ceremony at the Grand Théâtre Lumière in Cannes’ Palais des festivals. It will simultaneously be released in French cinemas.

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

Leos Carax last competed in Cannes in 2012 with the fantasy drama film Holy Motors, described as “a meandering filmic experience that puts magic in reality and everyday life in fantasy.”

“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,” says Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival de Cannes.

“We couldn’t have dreamed of a more beautiful reunion with cinema and the silver screen, in the Palais des festivals where films come to assert their splendor”, concludes Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate. “Carax’ cinema is an expression of these powerful gestures, these mysterious alchemies that makes the secret of cinema’s modernity and eternity.”

Watch first look trailer for Annette

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