Wes Anderson, Sean Penn and more set for Cannes line up

The line-up for this year’s Cannes film festival has been unveiled – you can see the full list of films below.

More than 2500 films were submitted for consideration to be included in this year’s festival, of which just 24 were selected for the event’s main competition.

Two of the films included are carried forward from last year’s event after being unveiled but not formally screened.

One of these is Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch. Set in a newspaper office in France, Anderson’s follow-up to 2018’s Isle of Dogs stars Benicio Del Toro, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Timothée Chalamet, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and more.

Other standout films on show will be Flag Day which has been directed by Sean Penn; he also stars in the film as a bank robber alongside his daughter Dylan.

Another is Mothering Sunday, Eva Husson’s adaptation of Graham Swift’s WW1-set novel about a doomed romance. Starring Colin Firth, Olivia Colman and Josh O’Connor, their presence at Cannes looks unlikely due to ongoing travel restrictions with the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, musical film Annette, which is written by Sparks brothers Ron and Russell Mael, and stars Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, is set to open the festival. Directed by Holy Motors‘ Leos Carax, the film sees the Star Wars actor play a standup comedian opposite Oscar-winner Cotillard’s internationally famous singer.

The official synopsis says the film describes it as “the story of Henry, a standup comedian with a fierce sense of humour, and Ann, a singer of international renown…They are the perfect couple, healthy, happy, and glamorous. The birth of their first child, Annette, a mysterious girl with an exceptional destiny, will change their lives.”

Jodie Foster meanwhile is set to receive an honorary award at this year’s Cannes film festival. Foster will be the festival’s guest of honour at the event’s opening ceremony on July 6 where she will receive an honorary Palme d’Or.

Speaking about the award, Foster said: “Cannes is a festival to which I owe so much, it has completely changed my life. Although I had directed before, my first time on the Croisette was a defining moment for me.

“Showcasing one of my films here has always been a dream … Cannes is a festival by auteur film-makers who honour artists.”

The festival runs for 10 days from July 6.

Competition films


Annette, Leos Carax (opening film)


The Story of My Wife, Ildikó Enyedi


Benedetta, Paul Verhoeven


Bergman Island, Mia-Hansen-Love


Drive My Car, Rysuke Hamaguchi


Ha’Berech (Ahed’s Knee), Nadav Lapid


Casablanca Beats, Nabil Ayouch


Compartment No 6, Juho Kuosmanen


The Worst Person in the World, Joachim Trier


La Fracture, Catherine Corsini


The Restless, Joachim Lafosse


Paris 13th District, Jacques Audiard


Lingui, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun


Memoria, Apichatpong Weerasethakul


Nitram, Justin Kurzel


France, Bruno Dumont


Petrov’s Flu, Kirill Serebrennikov


Red Rocket, Sean Baker


Flag Day, Sean Penn


The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson


Titane, Julia Ducournau


Tre Piani, Nanni Moretti


Tour S’Est Bien Passe, François Ozon


A Hero, Asghar Farhadi

Out of Competition


De Son Vivant, Emmanuelle Bercot


Stillwater, Tom McCarthy


The Velvet Underground, Todd Haynes


Bac Nord, Cédric Jiminez


Aline, Valérie Lemercier


Emergency Declaration, Han Jae-Rim





Midnight Screenings


Bloody Oranges, Jean-Christophe Meurisse

Cannes Premiers


Evolution, Kornel Mundruczo


Cow, Andrea Arnold


Mothering Sunday, Eva Husson


Love Songs For Tough Guys, Samuel Benchetrit


In Front Of Your Face, Hong Sang-soo


Hold Me Tight, Mathieu Amalric


Deception, Arnaud Desplechin


Val, Ting Poo, Leo Scott


JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass, Oliver Stone


Jane By Charlotte, Charlotte Gainsbourg

Special Screenings


H6, Yi Yi


Black Notebooks, Shlomi Elkabetz


Mariner Of The Mountains, Karim Ainouz


Babi Yar. Context, Sergei Loznitsa


The Year Of The Everlasting Storm, Jafar Panahi, Anthony Chen, Malik Vitthal, Laura Poitras, Dominga Sotomayor, David Lowery, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Un Certain Regard


Moneyboys, CB Yi


Blue Bayou, Justin Chon


Freda, Gessica Geneus


Delo (House Arrest), Alexey German Jr


Bonne Mere, Hafsia Herzi


Noche de Fuego, Tatiana Huezo


Lamb, Valdimar Johansson


Commitment Hasan, Hasan Semih Kaplanoglu


After Yang, Kogonada


Let There Be Morning, Eran Kolirin


Unclenching the Fists, Kira Kovalenko


Women Do Cry, Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova


Rehana Maryam Noor, Abdullah Mohammad Saad


Great Freedom, Sebastian Meise


La Civil, Teodora Ana Mihai


Gaey Wa’r, Na Jiazuo


The Innocents, Eskil Vogt


Un Monde, Laura Wandel