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

While the market is on the quieter side this year, the first week of the festival has delivered several strong movies.

Preparation of the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival, Palais des Festivals, La Croisette Cannes FRANCE - 06/05/2018 (Sipa via AP Images)

The Cannes Film Festival

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A few weeks ago, many regular attendees of the Cannes Film Festival weren’t sure if they would make the trip. For some, it was hard to believe that the crowded and ever-chaotic media event could happen at all in these pandemic times. But here we are, heading into the first weekend of Cannes 2021, and it turns out that there’s plenty to write home about.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, fresh from a posh dinner at the festival, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson sit down at their Cannes apartment to discuss their experiences on the ground. They debate a few of the higher-profile entries so far, including documentaries on Val Kilmer and the Velvet Underground as well as “Cow,” the experimental effort from Andrea Arnold. They also touch on the relative quietness of the market, why it doesn’t seem to be getting in the way of anyone doing business at the festival, and then close by looking ahead to their expectations for next week.

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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