The Legendary Cannes Film Festival Announces Its Full 2021 Lineup, Including Director Oliver Stone’s Upcoming Follow-up Doc on the Assassination of President Kennedy

When the Cannes Film Festival broke ground and got the ball rolling back in 1946 (after some major hiccups, least of them being a little something known as World War II), few could have imagined it would one day transform into one of the – if not THE  -premiere film festivals in all of the world. But there must have been a glimmer of something in the waters of that glorious French Riviera resort town, as was evidenced by the stellar lineup of film gems that were presented in that freshman year: Brief Encounter, The Lost Weekend and The Last Chance were among that first years offerings and the legend that was Cannes quickly snowballed until it became a one-stop destination for any film looking to find a.) a distributor b.) the cache that recognition from the Festival afforded a movie, or c.) all of the above.

 Fast forward to 2021 and, having endured a grueling pandemic, the vaunted Cannes Film Festival is back in business with a whole new slate of hopeful movies vying for your love (and, incidentally, your money). The official lineup was announced today and courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter we at Vents are proud to provide you, Dear and Constant Readers, with the latest crop of Hollywood hopefuls. Of particular note is the premiere of an Oliver Stone film we’ve devoted some ink to in these pages, his long-awaited reexamination of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, an assassination many firmly believe was a conspiracy. It should be interesting to see what reaction surfaces from Stone’s new documentary…


Opening Film
Annette, Leos Carax (France)
The Story of My Wife, Ildikó Enyedi (Hungary)
Benedetta, Paul Verhoeven (Netherlands)
Bergman Island, Mia-Hansen-Love (France)
Drive My Car, Rysuke Hamaguchi (Japan)
Ha’Berech (Ahed’s Knee), Nadav Lapid (Israel)
Casablanca Beats, Nabil Ayouch (Morocco)
Compartment No. 6, Juho Kuosmanen (Finland)
The Worst Person in the World, Joachim Trier (Norway)
La Fracture, Catherine Corsini (France)
The Restless, Joachim Lafosse (Belgium)
Paris 13th District, Jacques Audiard (France)
Lingui, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chad)
Memoria, Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand)
, Justin Kurzel (Australia)
, Bruno Dumont (France)
Petrov’s Flu, Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia)
Red Rocket
, Sean Baker (USA)
Flag DaySean Penn (USA)
The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson (USA)
Titane, Julia Ducournau (France)
Tre Piani, Nanni Moretti (Italy)
Tour S’Est Bien Passe, François Ozon (France)
A Heros, Asghar Farhadi (Iran)

Un Certain Regard

Moneyboys, C.B Yi (Austria)
Blue Bayou, Justin Chon (USA)
Freda, Gessica Geneus (Haiti)
Delo (House Arrest), Alexey German Jr. (Russia)
Bonne Mere, Hafsia Herzi (France)
Noche de Fuego, Tatiana Huezo (Mexico)
Lamb, Valdimar Johansson (Iceland)
Commitment Hasan, Hasan Semih Kaplanoglu (Turkey)
After Yang, Kogonada (USA)
Let There Be Morning, Eran Kolirin (Israel)
Unclenching the Fists, Kira Kovalenko (Russia)
Women Do Cry, Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova (Bulgaria)
Rehana Maryam Noor, Abdullah Mohammad Saad (Bangladesh)
Great Freedom, Sebastian Meise (Austria)
La Civil, Teodora Ana Mihai (Romania / Belgium)
Gaey’s Wa’r, Na Jiazuo (China)
The Innocents, Eskil Vogt (Norway)
Un Monde, Laura Wandel (Belgium)

Out of Competition

De Son Vivant, Emmanuelle Bercot (France)
Emergency Declaration, Han Jae-Rim (Korea)
The Velvet Underground, Todd Haynes (USA)
Bac Nord, Cédric Jimenez (France)
Aline, The Voice of Love, Valérie Lemercier (France)
Stillwater, Tom McCarthy (USA)

Midnight Screenings

Bloody Oranges, Jean-Christophe Meurisse (France)

Cannes Premiere

Hold Me Tight, Mathieu Amalric (France)
Cow, Andrea Arnold (UK)
Love Songs for Tough Guys, Samuel Benchetrit (France)
Deception, Arnaud Desplechin (France)
Jane Par Charlotte, Charlotte Gainsbourg (France)
In Front of Your Face, Hong Sang-Soo (Korea)
Mothering Sunday, Eva Husson (France)
Evolution, Kornél Mundruczo (Hungary)
Val, Ting Poo, Leo Scott (USA)
JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass, Oliver Stone (USA)

Special Screenings

Mariner of the Mountains, Karim Ainouz (Brazil)
Black Notebooks, Shlomi Elkabetz (Israel)
Babi Yar. Context, Sergei Loznitsa (Ukraine)
H6, Yé Yé (France)
The Year of the Everlasting Storm, Jafar Panahi (Iran), Anthony Chen (Singapore), Malik Vitthal (USA), Laura Poitras (USA), Dominga Sotomayor (Chile), David Lowery (USA), and Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand)

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