The 74th Cannes Film Festival
After postponing and then cancelling its 2020 edition, the most influential cinema event in the world returns with a robust slate of nearly 100 new features, counting two dozen docs among that number – although none in either Competition or Un Certain Regard. Its parallel sidebars, meanwhile, offer just three nonfiction works among their combined 37 slots.
Among the offerings:
Out of Competition:
The Velvet Underground
Director: Todd Haynes
An exploration of how The Velvet Underground became a cultural touchstone representing a range of contradictions.
Director: Andrea Arnold
A close-up portrait of the daily lives of two cows.
JANE BY CHARLOTTE
Director: Charlotte Gainsbourg
The filmmaker makes a portrait of her famed mother Jane Birkin.
JFK REVISITED: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Director: Oliver Stone
Thirty years after JFK, filmmaker Oliver Stone examines recently declassified evidence in the assassination of President Kennedy.
Director: Ting Poo, Leo Scott
A portrait of Val Kilmer, constructed from more than 40 years of the actor’s self-documentation.
Director: Aïssa Maïga
12-year-old Houlaye lives in Tatiste, Niger, and travels several kilometers every day to fetch water, but now her village will construct a well.
BABI YAR. CONTEXT
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
A reconstruction of the massacre of more than 30,000 Jews by Nazi troops and Ukrainian police in September 1941.
Director: Yé Yé
Intersecting stories at No 6 People’s Hospital, one of the largest in Shanghai, create a portrait of today’s China, drawn between capitalism and traditional culture.
Director: Rahul Jain
In Delhi, a sprawling megacity where the dangers of climate change are present, not future, the filmmaker shows a world on the brink.
MARINER OF THE MOUNTAINS
Director: Karim Aïnouz
In January 2019, the filmmaker decides to take a boat, cross the Mediterranean, and embark on his first journey to Algeria.
THE VELVET QUEEN
Director: Marie Amiguet
In the heart of the Tibetan highlands, photographer Vincent Munier brings writer Sylvain Tesson on his quest to find the snow leopard.
FLICKERING GHOSTS OF LOVES GONE BY
Director: André Bonzel
Through the amateur and anonymous films he has collected since childhood, a filmmaker takes a look back over his turbulent life.
OSCAR MICHEAUX: THE SUPERHERO OF BLACK FILMMAKING
Director: Francesco Zippel
An exploration of the life and work of the pioneering but long-unheralded Black filmmaker.
Director: Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi, Alice Rohrwacher
A collective exploration of what youth think about the future, through a series of interviews filmed during a long journey across Italy.
A NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING
Director: Payal Kapadia
A university student in India writes letters to her estranged lover while he is away, merging reality with fiction, dreams, memories, fantasies and anxieties to provide a glimpse into the drastic changes taking place around her.
RETURNING TO REIMS (FRAGMENTS)
Director: Jean-Gabriel Périot
An intimate and political story of the French working class from the beginning of the 1950s to today.