American director Wes Anderson’s latest film, “The French Dispatch”, will be screened in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival this year, organizers announced on Friday.
The star-studded cast of the film includes Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Timothée Chalamet, Adrien Brody, Benicio del Toro and Saoirse Ronan, as well as French actors Lea Seydoux and Mathieu Amalric.
The film – originally slated to be screened in Cannes last year before the festival was canceled due to Covid-19 – “will have its world premiere in the Cannes competition,” the festival tweeted.
It follows the events of the French foreign press office of a Kansas newspaper located in a fictional French town of the 20th century.
Two other films have already been confirmed for the official selection which includes films in competition for the Palme d’Or, one of the biggest awards in world cinema.
One is “Annette”, a musical film planned to open the festival, by Frenchman Leos Carax with Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver and with the 70s pop duo Sparks for the score and, in collaboration with Carax, the screenplay.
# photo1 The other is “Benedetta” by Dutchman Paul Verhoeven – famous for “Basic Instinct” – about the life of a novice nun in the 17th century who has a love affair with another woman.
The full schedule for the official competition will be released on June 3.
At the last Cannes Film Festival in 2019, the Palme d’Or went to the South Korean film “Parasite” by Bong Joon-ho.
The festival, the world’s largest film gathering which is usually held in May, has been postponed this year by almost two months due to Covid restrictions and is now scheduled for July 6-17.
American director Spike Lee will chair the main jury.
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