Like most major media events last year, the Cannes Film Festival went dark in 2020. While the pandemic is hardly over, the festival isn’t waiting any longer: The 2021 edition will open on Wednesday with the world premiere of “Annette,” and keep rolling along for the next 10 days as jury president Spike Lee and his cohorts make their way through a promising international competition featuring some of the most exciting filmmakers working today. But is Cannes really worth the hype in 2021? IndieWire’s Eric Kohn and David Ehrlich certainly think so.
In this episode of Screen Talk, Ehrlich makes a guest appearance in place of Kohn’s usual sparring partner Anne Thompson for a conversation about festival expectations and how they fit into the larger conversations about the state of film culture, including the blockbuster arena. Stay tuned for more Cannes coverage in the days ahead, from films to watch and reviews from the frontlines to industry analysis. Thompson returns to Screen Talk next week.
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