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Owing to the Coronavirus pandemic, the coveted Cannes Film Festival was cancelled last year. The film festival is now set to return in July (6-17) this year. Cannes has also unveiled the films that will compete in its 74th edition.

According to Reuters, Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch and Sean Penn’s Flag Day will be competing for the top honours i.e the Palme d’Or. And Oscar-winner Jodie Foster will be presented the honorary Palme d’Or.

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Apart from The French Dispatch and Flag Day, 22 other films will be competing for the Palme d’Or. Apart from French filmmakers, films from Japan, Iran and Hungary will also be competing at Cannes. Festival director Thierry Fremaux, during a press conference on Thursday, said, “Cinema is not dead, and the return of audiences to movie halls around the world was the first good news. And the festival will be the second good news. If France’s reopening occurs as expected, You will be able to fill the room 100%.”

All the necessary Covid-19 precautions will be undertaken and everyone will have to get them tested before entering the venue.

On July 6, the 74th edition of the festival will open with the world premiere of Annette. The film is a new musical drama by director Leos Carax starring Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver. The lineup of films this year is impressive and hopefully, everyone will be able to enjoy the festival like the pre-covid era.

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