Cannes, 4th day.
The highlights of yesterday
If Matt Damon was already the star of the evening, thanks to the screening of Stillwater preceded by the traditional red carpet (he climbed the stairs with the Frenchie Camille Cottin), he will be back today for a masterclass. Movies Cow and The hill where the lionesses roar also marked the editorial staff.
Cannes 2021 – Day 3: Matt Damon, a cow, François Ozon, the Velvet Underground and Benedetta
Paul Verhoeven will finally present Benedetta, his second film shot in French after It, in competition at Cannes, in 2016. Worn by Virginie Efira, it follows a 15th century nun who falls madly in love with another sister from her convent. Then Catherine Corsini (The beautiful season) will reveal The divide, whose title evokes as much the couple in crisis played by Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi and Marina Foïs, as that of France, which is divided in the heart of a Parisian demonstration, or the crisis of overworked caregivers of a hospital.
More info in our special Cannes festival file
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Out of competition
Three films will be in the spotlight on this Friday: Where’s Anne Frank?, the new animated work by Ari Folman (Waltz with Bachir) freely inspired by Diary of Anne Frank, Mothering Sunday, Ava Husson and Blood oranges, by Jean-Christophe Meurisse. The director of Girls of the Sun traces a sex scandal within an aristocratic family of the early 20th century, including Colivia Colman and Colin Firth in the cast. The director ofApnea will make him cross paths with several protagonists during a crazy night: “At the same time in France, a retired couple in debt tries to win a rock contest, a minister is suspected of tax evasion, a young teenager meets a sexual freak. A long night will begin. The dogs are released.” The pitch ofBlood oranges This justifies his selection in the Midnight Screening.
As for those of the new category “Cinema & climate”, they will be dedicated to Walk on water, in which the actress Aïssa Maiga, who signs her third production here, tells the daily life of villagers in northern Niger who are victims of global warming, and Mountain sailor, by Karim Ainouz, where the latter returns to Algeria in search of his roots.
Where’s Anne Frank! : the sublime trailer for the new Ari Folman, selected at Cannes [exclu]
In some perspective
Aleksey German Jr. and Teodora Ana Mihai are in the spotlight today, the first with Delo (In residence), where the filmmaker awarded in 2008 at the Venice Film Festival for Papy’s soldierr denounces the corruption that reigns in Russia. The second will propose Civil, where a Mexican goes in search of her daughter, kidnapped by a Mexican cartel, considering that the authorities are botching their investigation.
Cinema de la Plage and Cannes Classics
After Tony Gatlif, it is Emir Kusturica, famous for having received two Palmes d’Or (for Dad is on a business trip and Underground) which will set the mood at the Cinéma de la Plage, at 9:30 p.m., thanks to the broadcast of Black cat, white cat, his 1998 film where music holds a predominant place.
On the side of Cannes Classics, a new “meeting with” is hosted by Matt Damon. The actor, who presented yesterday Stillwater, by Tom McCarthy, will talk about his career at 3 p.m., between two screenings of Repentance, by Tenguiz Abouladzè, I know where i’m going, by Michael Powel and Emeric Pressburger or even Lumumba: the death of the prophet, by Raoul Peck.
Directors ‘Fortnight and Critics’ Week
At the Fortnight, Jonas Carpignano, Vincent Mael Cardona and Manuel Nietozas will show respectively In Chiara, The Magnetics and The Employer and the Employee. The first follows not a Mexican mother, but a young Italian girl in search of her father who disappeared during the night, during a big family celebration organized in Calabria; the second is interested in two brothers from the 1980s, who live their last moments of freedom before enlisting in the army; the third worn by Nahuel Perez Biscayart (Goodbye up there) and Christian Borges, tells how an accident will upset the relationship of trust between an employer and his employee.
At the week, place at Olga, Elie Grappe and Small type, Samuel Theis who will follow respectively a Ukrainian teenager training for the gymnastics Olympics, and a ten-year-old boy, who will meet a teacher capable of giving him self-confidence.