Ecstatic Adam Driver Claps for Return of Cannes at ‘Annette’ Premiere

Cotillard was dressed in old Hollywood glam — Chanel couture, of course —  reminiscent of the one she wore to the Oscars the year she won best actress for her performance in “La Vie en Rose." Masks were removed briefly on the red carpet, offering photographers the full faces of attendees including Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain. The enduring pandemic inspired some safety workarounds. Lee cut an impressive figure in a loud pink suit with matching sunglasses.
Making the humid French Riviera evening even more poignant were homages to a pair of American legends, Foster and Lee, the latter serving as this year's jury president. It made for a symbolic reunion of the film world, from actors to filmmakers and industry figures — many of whom hadn't seen each other in person since 2019. While last year's Venice Film Festival took place last fall with a two-meter wall obscuring the red carpet and blocking fans, Cannes has largely returned in its original form.
As the first festival gathering to be hosted without socially-distanced screenings since the start of the pandemic a year and half ago, Cannes pulled it off in a big way with the premiere of "Annette," director Leos Carax's musical starring Driver and Marion Cotillard.
For the first time since World War II, Cannes was cancelled last year as the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world. This year's festival, postponed from its usual May timeslot, takes place in the sweltering July heat, as men dabbed sweat from their foreheads while decked out in wool tuxedos.
Foster, who attended a French school as a child and gives her Cannes speeches in fluent French, is receiving an honorary Palme d'Or for her career. The evening began as the opening night at Cannes always does, with a lengthy presentation.
Driver and his cast ascended the stairs to the Lumière to the original music composed by the rock band Sparks, which is featured in the movie. Driver even joined along in the clapping. Driver, who is also a co-producer on "Annette," was also able to attend the world premiere even though he’s mid-shoot on Noah Baumbach's "White Noise" opposite Greta Gerwig. Perhaps as a sign of how eager the crowd was to be back at Cannes, the cast of “Annette” received a lengthy standing ovation even before the movie started.
” /> Matt Donnelly contributed to this report.
I wish I could speak French like Jodie Foster." The director's audacious and celebrated work was shown via montage set to Nina Simone. Just before Lee received a standing ovation, he said, "I got one thing to say before I sit down.
An ecstatic Adam Driver, a French-speaking Jodie Foster, a pink-suited Spike Lee and surprise guest Pedro Almodovar all marked the return of the Cannes Film Festival at a glamorous, emotional opening ceremony on Tuesday evening.
Foster dazzled the French crowd by speaking their native tongue perfectly, asking the audience, "So it feels good to come out, to dress up? Did you miss the glamor?" The Oscar winner went on to say that cinema faced some setbacks during the pandemic but was still there, "more alive than ever to move us, entertain us. and give us shivers or make us laugh."
While many of the visitors at Cannes have been vaccinated, there have been added precautions as the Delta variant sweeps across the globe. The festival requires that attendees from outside the European Union submit to a saliva COVID test every 48 hours to be allowed into non-theater indoor venues, the Cannes Market, press conferences and market presentations.
Inside the auditorium, Cotillard dangled a black mask in her hand but didn’t put it on as she took her seat. Many spectators ditched the masks as soon as they were seated. Thierry Fremaux, the Cannes festival director, skipped his customary ritual of hugging and kissing movie stars at the top of Palais stairs.

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