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Be Blown Away (and Baffled) By the Trailer for Leos Carax’s Annette

Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard co-star in an original movie musical, which is set to open the 74th Cannes Film Festival

Ever since we first heard that Holy Motors filmmaker Leos Carax, known for his strange, surreal and largely impenetrable creative efforts, was making an original musical – with none other than Adam Driver! – it has mostly proven impossible to stop thinking about said musical. And now, the trailer has arrived, along with the news that Annette, which co-stars Marion Cotillard and features original songs by cult band Sparks, will kick off the 2021 edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which is apparently going ahead. Watch it below:

It's almost too much to take. But what can we glimpse from this enigmatic two minutes of footage? Well, the story will centre around a long-haired stand-up comedian/motorcyclist (Driver) who falls in love with an opera singer (Cotillard), leading to the birth of their child, the titular Annette, “a mysterious little girl with an exceptional destiny.” The rest… well, in typical Carax form, defies easy explanation and will almost certainly be met with a mix of bafflement and adoration. We wouldn't want it any other way.

Annette will open the 74th Cannes Film Festival on 6 July.

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