Mubi has acquired all UK and Ireland rights to Leos Carax’s romantic musical Annette, which is set to open the 74th Cannes Film Festival (July 6-21).
The London-based streaming platform and distributor struck the deal with Paris-based Kinology, which is handling international sales, and will release the feature theatrically on September 3.
Set in Los Angeles, the film stars Adam Driver as a stand-up comedian who falls in love with a famous opera singer, played by Marion Cotillard. Their seemingly perfect relationship is changed forever by the arrival of their mysterious first child, Annette. The cast also includes Simon Helberg and Belgian singer-songwriter Angéle.
The film will play in Competition at Cannes and marks French filmmaker Carax’s first feature since Holy Motors, which debuted in Competition at Cannes in 2012. Annette is also Carax’s first film in English and was scripted by Ron Mael and Russell Mael of innovative rock band Sparks, who also composed original songs and the score for the feature.
Amazon Studios will release Annette theatrically in the US in late summer and on Amazon Prime Video. The film will be released in France by UGC on July 6, the same day it premieres at Cannes.
Producers are Charles Gillibert of CG Cinéma International, Paul-Dominique Vacharasinthu of Tribus P. Films and Adam Driver, in association with Amazon Studios, Arte and Canal+.
It marks the second high-profile Cannes 2021 acquisition for Mubi, which recently secured UK and Ireland rights to Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta - also set to play in Competition on the Croisette next month.