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The IndieWire Cannes 2021 Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

After nearly more than two years away, the essential festival returns, kickstarting the return of in-person film events.

General views of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on July 6, 2021.

General views of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on July 6, 2021

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Lineup and Pre-Festival Announcements and News

Cannes Film Festival 2021 Lineup: Gaspar Noé, Sean Baker, Wes Anderson, and More

Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2021 Lineup Includes Joanna Hogg’s ‘The Souvenir Part II’ and More

Cannes Critics’ Week Unveils 2021 Lineup: 13 World Premieres, No U.S. Directors

Spike Lee’s Cannes 2021 Jury: Song Kang-Ho, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, and More

Spike Lee Makes History as Cannes Film Festival 2021 Jury President

Cannes Film Festival Pushed to July 2021

Pre-Festival Analysis

Cannes 2021 Lineup: 10 Surprises and Snubs, from Sean Penn to Park Chan-wook

Cannes Remains Male-Dominated, Don’t Let the Record Number of 2021 Female Filmmakers Fool You

Cannes 2021: 12 Most Anticipated Films Playing at This Year’s Festival

10 Films That Might Sell Big at the Cannes Market, from Natalie Portman to Zoe Kravitz’s ‘Pussy Island’


‘Belle’ Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Meets ‘The Matrix’ in Mamoru Hosoda’s Dazzling Anime

‘Memoria’ Review: Apichatpong’s Latest Is More Meditation Than Movie and Masterful for That Reason

‘Paris, 13th District’ Review: Céline Sciamma Assists Jacques Audiard’s Sexy, Shallow Tomine Adaptation

‘Red Rocket’ Review: Simon Rex Plays a Trumpian Ex-Porn Star in Sean Baker’s Explosive Character Study

‘La Fracture’ Review: The Most Annoying People in the World Converge on a Beleaguered Hospital

‘Titane’ Review: Julia Ducournau Follows ‘Raw’ with One of the Wildest Films to Ever Screen at Cannes

‘Mi Iubita, Mon Amour’ Review: An Uncomfortable Love Story, Told with Equal Parts Sweat and Boredom

‘A Hero’ Review: Asghar Farhadi’s Latest Moral Dilemma Is His Best Film Since ‘A Separation’

‘Lamb’ Review: Noomi Rapace Stars in A24 Horror with a Concept So Ridiculous It Shouldn’t Be Spoiled

‘The French Dispatch’ Review: Wes Anderson Doubles Down on His Style in Endearing Journalism Salute

‘Lingui, the Sacred Bonds’ Review: A Powerful Abortion Drama Honors the Resilience of Chad’s Women

‘Bergman Island’ Review: Mia Hansen-Løve’s Meta Knockout Reimagines Scenes from a Marriage

‘Drive My Car’ Review: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s Three-Hour Murakami Adaptation Speeds By

‘Benedetta’ Review: Paul Verhoeven’s Erotic Lesbian Nun Drama Won’t Reward Your Faith

‘Where Is Anne Frank’ Review: A Visionary Animated Update of a Holocaust Story That Needed Retelling

‘Annette’ Review: Adam Driver Is a Deranged Force of Nature in Carax’s Mind-Blowing Musical Fantasia

‘The Souvenir Part II’ Review: Joanna Hogg’s Dazzling Meta Sequel Ends an Essential Coming-of-Age Story

‘The Velvet Underground’ Review: Todd Haynes’ Loving Doc Captures a Rare Moment in Rock History

‘Ahed’s Knee’ Review: An Israeli Filmmaker Searches for Hope in the People of His Irredeemable Homeland

‘The Worst Person in the World’ Review: Joachim Trier Spins a Fun Norwegian Riff on ‘Frances Ha’

‘Stillwater’ Review: Matt Damon Is a Dad on a Mission in Tom McCarthy’s Affecting Turducken of a Movie

‘After Yang’ Review: Kogonada’s Second Film Is a Cozy Sci-Fi Stunner

‘The Hill Where Lionesses Roar’ Review: A Teen’s Directorial Debut Promises Much More to Come


‘Benedetta’ Director Paul Verhoeven Is Still Controversial, and Still Doesn’t Understand Why

Vincent Lindon Worked Out for Two Years to Prep for Cannes Hit ‘Titane’

Todd Haynes Got Stuck in LA During the Pandemic and The Velvet Underground Kept Him Sane

Cannes 2021: Thierry Frémaux on Netflix, Gender Parity, and Safety Protocols at This Year’s Festival

How Decades of Val Kilmer’s Home Movies Became an Intimate Documentary Years in the Making

How Mark Cousins Connected Cinema, Again, in ‘The Story of Film: A New Generation’

Why Cannes Favorite Mahamat-Saleh Haroun Is One of Africa’s Most Essential Working Directors


Cannes 2021 Contenders: Here’s a Look at the Likely Winners (UPDATED)

Cannes Cinematography: Here Are the Cameras and Lenses Used to Shoot 52 Films

World-Building at Cannes: Filmmakers Are Creating Low-Budget Franchises More Compelling Than the MCU

Audacious Cannes Opener ‘Annette’ Is No Crowdpleaser

Oscar Micheaux Finally Premieres at Cannes, 70 Years After His Death

Matt Damon Pushed Sean Penn to Star in Cannes Family Drama ‘Flag Day’ Opposite His Daughter

Starry ‘French Dispatch’ Cast Adds Cannes Red Carpet Wattage — but Oscar Will Focus on Its Crafts

Cannes: Film Community Expresses Shock, Excitement as First Day of Festival Somehow Takes Off

Spike Lee’s Long Journey to Becoming Cannes’ Unabashed and Adored Jury President

Cannes Plans Summer Domination, but American Film Industry May Not Be Ready for a Comeback

Cannes 2021: The Lineup Is Impressive, but the Media Frenzy May Be in Short Supply

Don’t Call It a Comeback: 2021 Film Festivals Remain Vital in Whatever Form They Take

Podcasts, Press Conferences, Panels, and Events

IndieWire Hosts Filmmakers and Industry for Cannes 2021 Rooftop Toast

Velvet Underground and Andrea Arnold’s ‘Cow’ Among Early Highlights as Cannes 2021 Takes Off

Cannes 2021 Red Carpet: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Spike Lee, and More (Photos)

Cannes Hype Is Real: Here’s Why You Should Follow All the Buzz From the 2021 Festival

Film Festivals Prepare for a 2021 Comeback: Cannes, Telluride, and More Aim to Prove Their Worth

Cannes 2021 Is a Cinephile Delight, but the Absence of Netflix Is Still a Problem


Cannes 2021 Deals: The Complete List of Festival Acquisitions

MGM Snags Sean Penn’s Cannes Title ‘Flag Day’


Clips, Trailers, Posters, and More

Cannes 2021 Has 8 Palme D’Or Entries Shot on Film, Including Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’

‘Memoria’ Trailer: Tilda Swinton Stars in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s English-Language Debut

‘Val’ Trailer: Val Kilmer Tells His Life Story Through Four Decades of Home Videos

‘Titane’ Trailer: Julia Ducournau Returns After ‘Raw’ with Intense Cannes Contender

Alexander Payne, Paul Giamatti Set ‘Sideways’ Reunion with Prep School Comedy ‘The Holdovers’

Todd Haynes to Direct Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore in ‘May December,’ Set for Cannes Market

‘Vortex’ First Look: Gaspar Noé Returns with Surprise Movie Starring Dario Argento

Edgar Wright Adores Leos Carax’s Cannes-Bound ‘Annette’: A Bold, Brilliant, ‘Cinematic Opera’

‘Year of the Everlasting Storm’ Trailer: Neon’s Secret Cannes Project Has Films by Lowery, Weerasethakul, and More

‘Benedetta’ Trailer: Paul Verhoeven Returns After ‘Elle’ with Erotic Lesbian Nun Romance

‘Evolution’ Trailer: ‘Pieces of a Woman’ Director Kornél Mundruczó Returns to Cannes with Time-Jumping Journey

‘Deception’ Trailer: Léa Seydoux Has a Torrid Affair in Arnaud Desplechin’s Steamy Philip Roth Adaptation

Cannes Chief: Netflix Declined Invites to Premiere Campion’s ‘Dog’ and Dominik’s ‘Blonde’

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