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Cannes: All the Movies from the 2021 Festival That Will Make Some Noise This Year

A few weeks ago, it was hard to believe Cannes would happen. Now that it has, the conversation has just begun.

A view of the Palais des Festival prior to the preparations for the 74th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, July 5, 2021. The Cannes film festival runs from July 6 - July 17, 2021. (AP Photo/ Brynn Anderson)


A few weeks ago, it was hard to believe that the Cannes Film Festival would actually happen. Now, as the 74th edition winds down, it’s still hard to believe what transpired over the past two weeks: a whole lot of movies, many of which will continue to make some noise in the year ahead. In a return to form, this year’s Cannes delivered a wide range of cinematic experiences, from studio projects like “The French Dispatch” and Matt Damon in “Stillwater” to provocations from Julia Ducournau (“Titane”) and Leos Carax (“Annette”). Reliable auteurs like Asghar Farhadi (“A Hero”) and Sean Baker (“Red Rocket”) delivered some of their best work, while Paul Verhoeven stirred up the conversation per usual with “Benedetta.”

And there was a whole lot more than that. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson unpack this year’s Cannes experience as they readjust to their respective time zones and look ahead to the future. Which films will make some noise this fall? To answer that question, start here.

Listen to the full episode below.

Screen Talk is produced by Leonardo Adrian Garcia and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter. Browse previous installments here, review the show on Apple Podcasts, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. Check out the rest of IndieWire’s podcasts on Apple Podcasts right here.

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