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Cannes ’21: “Val”, “The Velvet Underground” docs among lineup

Todd Haynes’ The Velvet Underground, Oliver Stone’s JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass and Ting Poo and Leo Scott’s Val are among the documentaries selected for the 74th Cannes Film ...
June 3, 2021

Todd Haynes’ The Velvet Underground, Oliver Stone’s JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass and Ting Poo and Leo Scott’s Val are among the documentaries selected for the 74th Cannes Film Festival.

The festival is scheduled to run in-person July 6 to 17.

Running in the Out of Competition section, The Velvet Underground tells the story of how the iconic New York City band become a cultural touchstone; while JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, a Cannes Premiere, delves into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Apple TV+ landed the worldwide distribution rights to Haynes’ portrait of the seminal avant-garde rock band in October.

Also a Cannes Premiere, Val chronicles the life and career of actor Val Kilmer (pictured). Amazon Studios recently acquired the U.S. and Latin American rights to the A24-produced documentary.

Additional selections include Cow from UK director Andrea Arnold, a close-up portrait of the daily lives of two cows; and The Year of the Everlasting Storm, a pandemic-inspired film from producer-distributor Neon.

The Year of the Everlasting Storm is directed by Jafar Panahi (Iran), Anthony Chen (Singapore), Malik Vitthal (U.S.), Laura Poitras (U.S.), Dominga Sotomayor (Chile), David Lowery (U.S.), and Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand).

Finally, the lineup also includes the documentary O Marinheiro Das Mountanhas (Mariner of the Mountains), from Brazil-based director Karim Aïnouz.

Photo: Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images

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