- The 2021 Cannes Film Festival kicks off today with “Annette.”
- The musical stars Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard as a couple with a gifted daughter.
- The songs were all sung live on set, leading to some interesting singing situations.
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Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver star in a new movie premiering on the first night of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival tonight.
Directed by Leos Carax, the comedy-drama musical “Annette” will surprise a lot of fans according to Cotillard, while the movie’s shoot was a tough one as all songs were sung live on set as opposed to the traditional method of pre-recording songs.
“On most classic musicals, you record your songs in advance and then you do playback on the set. But there, Leos wanted everything to be completely live,” Cotillard said in the movie’s official Cannes Press Pack interview. This method made for some interesting singing situations for Cotillard and Driver.
“It added to the complexity of the set: we found ourselves singing in very complicated positions, doing back-crawling or mimicking cunnilingus; acrobatic positions that technically modify your song [the way you sing].”
She added: “But that was the effect Leos was looking for: he wanted the voices are modified, thwarted, by the real [situation].”
Cotillard said that fans will see a lot of things in the film that don’t usually feature in movie musicals, such as “sexual tickling.”
“We strangely never see people f—ing or doing trivial things in musical comedies,” Cotillard said of “Annette,” which follows a stand-up comedian and an opera singer who have a young daughter with a special gift.
The 2021 Cannes Film Festival kicks off tonight after last year’s edition was cancelled due to the pandemic. As well as “Annette,” there are some other big movies playing at the festival including Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch,” which will bring a host of A-list stars to the French Riviera, including Timothee Chalamet, Frances McDormand, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, and more.