Leos Carax’s Annette, which stars Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver, will open the 2021 Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, July 6.
Annette will premiere internationally at Cannes and will enter the competition.
It is Carax’s first feature since Holy Motors, which debuted in competition at Cannes in 2012, and his first film in English.
The French director’s other notable films include Boy Meets Girl and Les Amants du Pont-Neuf.
The Los Angeles-set Annette tells the story of a stand-up comedian (Driver) and internationally-known singer Ann (Cotillard). Their seemingly perfect relationship is changed forever by the arrival of their mysterious first-child, Annette.
The film co-stars Simon Helberg and is produced by Charles Gillibert. Amazon Studios will release the film theatrically in the US in late summer and on Amazon Prime Video.
Cannes general delegate Thierry Frémaux commented: “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”.
Cannes president Pierre Lescure added: “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.”
The rest of the official selection will be announced on May 27.
Cannes is scheduled to run July 6-21. Organisers said: “Mindful of the evolution of the public health situation in Europe and across the world, and the reopening of cultural venues mid-May, The Festival de Cannes continues with confidence and determination the planning of its next edition.”