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2021. 69th Edition
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Films
Films
Opening Film (In competition)
Competencia oficial / Official Competition
Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn
Spain - Argentina 
In search of significance and social prestige, a billionaire businessman decides to make a film to leave his mark. To do it, he hires the best: a stellar team made up of the famous filmmaker Lola Cuevas and two renowned actors, both with enormous talent, but with even bigger egos: the Hollywood actor Félix Rivero and the radical thespian Iván Torres. Both are legends, if not ...

In search of significance and social prestige, a billionaire businessman decides to make a film to leave his mark. To do it, he hires the best: a stellar team made up of the famous filmmaker Lola Cuevas and two renowned actors, both with enormous talent, but with even bigger egos: the Hollywood actor Félix Rivero and the radical thespian Iván Torres. Both are legends, if not exactly the best of friends. Through a series of increasingly eccentric challenges set by Lola, Felix and Iván must face not only each other, but also their own legacies.

Closing Night Film
The Velvet Underground
Todd Haynes
USA 
Not in competition
The Velvet Underground created a new sound that changed the world of music, cementing its place as one of rock ’n’ roll’s most revered bands. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes, The Velvet Underground shows just how the group became a cultural touchstone representing a range of contradictions: the band is both of their time, yet timeless; literary yet realistic; ...

The Velvet Underground created a new sound that changed the world of music, cementing its place as one of rock ’n’ roll’s most revered bands. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes, The Velvet Underground shows just how the group became a cultural touchstone representing a range of contradictions: the band is both of their time, yet timeless; literary yet realistic; rooted in high art and street culture. The film features in-depth interviews with the key players of that time combined with a treasure trove of never-before-seen performances and a rich collection of recordings, Warhol films and other experimental art that creates an immersive experience into what founding member John Cale describes as the band's creative ethos: “How to be elegant and how to be brutal.”

Drive My Car
Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Japan 
Not in competition
Yusuke Kafuku is a stage actor and a stage director. He is married to Oto, who works as a playwright. Although they have a happy marriage, Oto suddenly disappears, leaving behind a secret. Two years later, Yusuke lands a job as the director of a theatre festival and heads to Hiroshima, driving his car. There, he meets his exclusive chauffeur Misaki, a woman of few words. While ...

Yusuke Kafuku is a stage actor and a stage director. He is married to Oto, who works as a playwright. Although they have a happy marriage, Oto suddenly disappears, leaving behind a secret. Two years later, Yusuke lands a job as the director of a theatre festival and heads to Hiroshima, driving his car. There, he meets his exclusive chauffeur Misaki, a woman of few words. While spending time with her, Yusuke learns things he has ignored.

Titane
Julia Ducournau
France 
Not in competition
Following a series of unexplained crimes, a father is reunited with the son who has been missing for 10 years. TITANIUM: A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, with high tensile strength alloys.

Following a series of unexplained crimes, a father is reunited with the son who has been missing for 10 years. TITANIUM: A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, with high tensile strength alloys.

Benedetta
Paul Verhoeven
France - Netherlands 
In the late 15th century, with plague ravaging the land, Benedetta Carlini joins the convent in Pescia, Tuscany, as a novice. Capable from an early age of performing miracles, Benedetta's impact on life in the community is immediate and momentous.

In the late 15th century, with plague ravaging the land, Benedetta Carlini joins the convent in Pescia, Tuscany, as a novice. Capable from an early age of performing miracles, Benedetta's impact on life in the community is immediate and momentous.

Guzen to sozo / Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Japan 
Three stories driven by chance and the imagination in which the lives of the female characters are marked by their choices and regrets. An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap and an encounter resulting from a misunderstanding lend shape to a triptych connected by memory, deceit and fate.

Three stories driven by chance and the imagination in which the lives of the female characters are marked by their choices and regrets. An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap and an encounter resulting from a misunderstanding lend shape to a triptych connected by memory, deceit and fate.

Jane par Charlotte / Jane by Charlotte
Charlotte Gainsbourg
France 
With the tremor of time passing by, Charlotte Gainsbourg started to look at her mother Jane Birkin in a way she never did, both overcoming a shared sense of reserve. Through the camera lens, they expose themselves to one another, begin to step back, leaving space for a mother-daughter relationship to unfold.

With the tremor of time passing by, Charlotte Gainsbourg started to look at her mother Jane Birkin in a way she never did, both overcoming a shared sense of reserve. Through the camera lens, they expose themselves to one another, begin to step back, leaving space for a mother-daughter relationship to unfold.

La croisade / The Crusade
Louis Garrel
France 
Abel and Marianne discover that their 13-year-old son Joseph has secretly sold their most precious possessions. They soon find out that Joseph is not the only one - all over the world, hundreds of children have joined forces to finance a mysterious project. Their mission is to save the planet.

Abel and Marianne discover that their 13-year-old son Joseph has secretly sold their most precious possessions. They soon find out that Joseph is not the only one - all over the world, hundreds of children have joined forces to finance a mysterious project. Their mission is to save the planet.

Les illusions perdues / Lost Illusions
Xavier Giannoli
France 
Lucien is a young unknown poet in 19th century France. He has great hopes and wants to forge his destiny. He leaves the family printing house in his native province to try his luck in Paris on the arm of his patroness of the arts. Quickly left to fend for himself in this fabulous town, the young man will discover what goes on behind the scenes in this world devoted to the law o...

Lucien is a young unknown poet in 19th century France. He has great hopes and wants to forge his destiny. He leaves the family printing house in his native province to try his luck in Paris on the arm of his patroness of the arts. Quickly left to fend for himself in this fabulous town, the young man will discover what goes on behind the scenes in this world devoted to the law of profit and pretense. A human comedy where everything can be bought or sold, literary success like the press, politics like sentiments, reputations like souls.

Les intranquilles / The Restless
Joachim Lafosse
Belgium - France 
Leila and Damien are deeply in love. Despite his bipolarity, he tries to pursue his life with her, knowing he may never be able to offer her what she desires.

Leila and Damien are deeply in love. Despite his bipolarity, he tries to pursue his life with her, knowing he may never be able to offer her what she desires.

Ouistreham / Between Two Worlds
Emmanuel Carrère
France 
Best-selling author Marianne Winckler decides to write a book about precarious working conditions and sets out to experience the reality for herself. Without revealing her true identity, she lands a job as a cleaner in a town in Normandy, in northern France, discovering a life ignored by the rest of society where every euro earned or spent counts. Despite the harshness of the s...

Best-selling author Marianne Winckler decides to write a book about precarious working conditions and sets out to experience the reality for herself. Without revealing her true identity, she lands a job as a cleaner in a town in Normandy, in northern France, discovering a life ignored by the rest of society where every euro earned or spent counts. Despite the harshness of the situation, the solidarity between colleagues creates a strong bond of friendship between Marianne and her co-workers. Lending one another a hand leads to friendship and friendship leads to trust. But what happens to that trust when the truth comes to light?

Petite maman
Céline Sciamma
France 
8-year-old Nelly has just lost her grandmother. While helping her parents, she explores the surroundings of the house where her mother, Marion, used to play as a child. There she discovers the treehouse she’s heard so much about. One day her mother abruptly leaves. Nelly meets a girl her own age in the woods and together they set about building a treehouse. Her new friend is ...

8-year-old Nelly has just lost her grandmother. While helping her parents, she explores the surroundings of the house where her mother, Marion, used to play as a child. There she discovers the treehouse she’s heard so much about. One day her mother abruptly leaves. Nelly meets a girl her own age in the woods and together they set about building a treehouse. Her new friend is called Marion.

Re Dai Wang Shi / Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Wen Shipei
China 
A young man who believes he has caused a fatal accident develops an ambiguous relationship with the dead man's widow, while a policeman tries to resolve the investigation that will change his life forever.

A young man who believes he has caused a fatal accident develops an ambiguous relationship with the dead man's widow, while a policeman tries to resolve the investigation that will change his life forever.

Red Rocket
Sean Baker
USA 
Mikey Saber is a washed-up porn star who returns to his small Texas hometown, not that anyone really wants him back.

Mikey Saber is a washed-up porn star who returns to his small Texas hometown, not that anyone really wants him back.

The French Dispatch
Wes Anderson
USA 
The film is a love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th Century French city and brings to life a collection of stories published in The French Dispatch magazine. The cast includes Benicio Del Toro, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Timothée Chalamet, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Mathieu Amalric, Lyna Khoudri, Steph...

The film is a love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th Century French city and brings to life a collection of stories published in The French Dispatch magazine. The cast includes Benicio Del Toro, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Timothée Chalamet, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Mathieu Amalric, Lyna Khoudri, Stephen Park, Owen Wilson and Bill Murray. 

The Power of the Dog
Jane Campion
New Zealand - Australia 
Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.

Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.

Tout s'est bien passé / Everything Went Fine
François Ozon
France 
Emmanuèle’s father is hospitalised following a stroke, aged 85. When he wakens, debilitated and unable to fend for himself, this man, curious by nature and with a passion for living, asks his daughter to help him end his life.

Emmanuèle’s father is hospitalised following a stroke, aged 85. When he wakens, debilitated and unable to fend for himself, this man, curious by nature and with a passion for living, asks his daughter to help him end his life.

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