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2021 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 1 – Leos Carax’s Annette

2021 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 1 – Leos Carax’s Annette

He thrusted onto the film scene with Boy Meets Girl (1984), Mauvais Sang (1986) and The Lovers on the Bridge (1991) but it was 1999’s Pola X that made him a mainstay at the Cannes Film Festival. To celebrate an odd festival (re)opening, it made plenty of sense to open with Annette. Prior to the sing-a-long two plus hour film starring Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard and a marionette with a heart and singing voice, Carax saw was showcased twice in the Un Certain Regard section with invites in Mister Lonely (2007) and Tokyo! (2008) and obviously scored big in 2012 with Palem contender Holy Motors.

We begin the 24 film line-up with a bang – with three critics giving perfect scores of five for an average of 3.4 total with almost all the grades having rolled in.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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