The Cannes Juries for 2021

Spike Lee – President

Director, producer, screenwriter (United States)

Mati Diop

Director (France, Senegal)

Mylène Farmer

Singer, songwriter (Canada, France)

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Actress, producer, screenwriter, director (États-Unis)

Jessica Hausner

Director, producer, screenwriter (Austria)

Mélanie Laurent

Actress, director, screenwriter (France)

Kleber Mendonça Filho

Director, producer, screenwriter (Brazil)

Tahar Rahim

Actor (France)

Song Kang-ho

Actor (South Korea)

Andrea Arnold
Director, screenwriter – United Kingdom

Mounia Meddour
Director, screenwriter, producer – Algeria

Elsa Zylberstein
Actress – France

Daniel Burman
Director, producer, screenwriter – Argentina

Michael Covino
Director, producer, actor – United States

Kaouther Ben Hania
Director, Writer

Tuva Novotny
Director, writer, actress

Alice Winocour
Director, writer

Sameh Alaa
Director, producer, writer

Carlos Muguiro
Filmmaker, teacher

Nicolas Pariser
Director, screenwriter

“Cannes Uncut”: New documentary will tell the story of the Cannes Film Festival’s 75 years…

CANNES UNCUT…Movies, Moguls and Money… Behind the Curtain at the Cannes Film Festival

  • Documentary will film at Cannes this year and be ready for 75th anniversary in 2022
  • Cannes Uncut will be the first major documentary covering the history of the Cannes Film Festival

With 2022 marking the 75th anniversary of the world’s best known film festival, the feature documentary Cannes Uncut will delve behind the scenes of the gloriously glamorous and glitzy event that has come to represent the best in cinema and the business of showbusiness.

The creative and production team behind Cannes Uncut – Colin Burrows, Mark Adams, Chris Pickard and Richard Blanshard – will be filming and conducting interviews at Cannes this year to sit alongside archive material, with the film being ready for next year’s festival to coincide with diamond jubilee celebrations. Sales agents negotiations are being finalised.

The Cannes Film Festival is famous as an event brimming with stories and characters as outlandish and dramatic as the films that have premiered there, and Cannes Uncut will celebrate the great films as well as the wild parties; the spectacular promotional stunts as well as the iconic talents; the glorious successes and the infamous failures. 

This is the documentary that dares to detail all the glamour, red carpets, craziness, deals, parties, movies, and personalities that saw the business of show business implant itself at the Cannes Film Festival. It offers an exciting high-adrenaline, roller-coaster experience of what has played out over the years.

In the decades following its launch in 1946 this initially modest French event established itself as the world’s pre-eminent film festival, and grew to define sophisticated film glamour as the world came to love the images and stories of the stars and starlets as they romped the sunny Cannes beaches by day, looked resplendent in sparkling jewellery and the finest of fashions on the red carpet and partied hard and late into the night.

Some 75 years on, the glorious excesses, triumphs and failures of Cannes is a story that is ready to be told. A story brought together by a band of brothers and sisters who have spent far too many decades pounding the Croisette, sweeping up the red carpet, hiding in the sales bunker, and drinking and carousing late into the night at the Petit Carlton and glamorous parties.

The team behind “Cannes Uncut”…

  • Colin Burrows is an independent producer, publicity consultant and CEO of the Special Treats Production Company, Europe’s leading production house for audio-visual coverage of the film industry. Clients include all the Hollywood majors, the Bond films for over 25 years, the Harry Potter films, and the The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit films. 
  • Richard Blanshard is an award-winning photographer producer, director and director of photography. His career began with special still photography on feature films and television and he was the official photographer to the US and UK film industries at the Cannes film Festival for more than 20 years.
  • Chris Pickard has covered the global film and television industries as a journalist, commentator and critic for more than three decades. He was editor-in-chief of Moving Pictures International, and edited and produced publications at the Cannes, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, Sundance, Rotterdam and Karlovy Vary film festivals. He has attended and covered Cannes for more than 20 years.
  • Mark Adams is a critic, writer and film festival consultant. He was most recently Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, joining the festival in 2015. He was Chief Film Critic and Reviews Editor for film trade paper Screen International for four years, and has also been a film critic for Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Moving Pictures International.

Honorary Palme d’Or for Marco Bellocchio

Cannes will present Italian director Marco Bellocchio with an honorary Palme d’Or on the closing night of the festival, a tribute to his “unique œuvre that has marked contemporary cinema with force and freedom.”

Bellocchio will also present in the festival’s Official Selection, “Marx Can Wait”, the Italian filmmaker’s attempt to understand his twin brother’s suicide at the age of 29. A family tragedy that he has never really recovered from, both a source of guilt and inspiration.

Honorary Palme d’Or for Jodie Foster

The director, actress and American producer, Jodie Foster, will be the guest of honour at the Opening Ceremony of the 74th Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday 6 July. Foster will also receive the Festival’s Honorary Palme d’or in recognition of her “brilliant artistic journey, and a unique personality with a modest yet strong commitment to some of the major issues of our time.” She follows in the footsteps of Jeanne Moreau, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Fonda, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Manoel de Oliveira, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Agnès Varda and Alain Delon.

“Cannes is a festival to which I owe so much, it has completely changed my life,” says Foster. “Although I had already directed before, my first time on the Croisette was a defining moment for me. Showcasing one of my films here has always been a dream of mine. In fact, I have had several opportunities to fulfil my dream. Cannes is a film festival by auteur-filmakers who honour artists. And I greatly appreciate that.”

In May 1976, at only 13 years of age, Foster climbed the stairs at the Palais Croisette for the screening of “Taxi Driver” by Martin Scorsese, and left with a Palme d’or. Since 1976 she has split her time between acting and directing, and has received Oscars for “The Accused” in 1989 and “The Silence of the Lamb” in 1992.

A trusted friend of Festival de Cannes – seven of Foster’s films have been showcased at the festival. “Jodie never ceases to reinvent herself,” says General Delegate, Thierry Frémaux. “She questions with her piercing gaze, learns from others, and is willing to step back from her beliefs in order to forge new morals. Do what is fair. An idea that she strives to convey in the decisions she makes as an actress and director, and which makes her so precious during our confusing times. We will honour her with warmth and admiration!”

Leos Carax’s “Annette” to open 74th Cannes

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.”