Nine years after Holy Motors premiered in competition, Leos Carax will unveil Annette, his new feature and first in English, when it opens the 74th Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, 6 July.
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, will change their lives.
Produced by Charles Gillibert, Annette, the director’s sixth feature, is based on Carax’s original idea, stars Marion Cotillard, Adam Driver and Simon Helberg and features a soundtrack by Sparks. Following its Cannes premiere it will be released in French cinemas.
“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.”