Cannes 2021 opener “Annette,” directed by Leos Carax and starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, has been snapped up by MUBI, the theatrical distributor and global “curated film” streaming service. The company has secured all rights to the movie for the U.K. and Ireland.
“Annette,” which stars Marion Cotillard (“Inception”) and Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”) as well as “The Big Bang Theory’s” Simon Helberg, is now set for a Sept. 3 theatrical release in the U.K. and Ireland.
Carax’s anticipated musical film features songs from pop duo Sparks (who wrote the screenplay) and music producer Marius de Vries (“La La Land”). It will also mark Belgian singer-songwriter Angèle’s acting debut.
The film is set in Los Angeles, with Driver playing a stand-up comedian and Cotillard a famous opera singer. The film follows the couple’s journey as they get together and welcome their first child, Annette, who turns out to be a gifted and enigmatic figure that will upend her parents’ lives.
In April, Cannes unveiled “Annette” was set for its prestigious opening slot, with festival president Pierre Lescure saying: “Every Leos Carax film is an event. And this one delivers on its promises! ‘Annette’ is the gift that lovers of cinema, music and culture were hoping for, one that we have been yearning for during the past year.”
“Annette” is written by Ron Mael and Russell Mael of Sparks and produced by Charles Gilibert, p.g.a., Paul-Dominique Win Vacharasinthu and Adam Driver. Kinology is handling international sales.
Amazon Studios have snapped up North American rights to the film, releasing it in late summer in theaters. It will also be available on Amazon Prime Video.