Guests of Honour 2021
Laurent Cantet made his first feature film, Human Resources, in 1999 and received two Césars: Best First Feature and Best Emerging Talent for Jalil Lespert. In 2001, he directed Time Out, which won him an award in Venice. He then adapted François Bégaudeau's novel Entre les murs (The Class) and won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008. In 2013, he directed the feminist Foxfire, based on Confessions of a Girl Gang by Joyce Carol Oates. In 2014, he directed Return to Ithaca, which recounts the reunion of five friends. In 2017, he presented his new film, The Workshop, in Cannes, in which Marina Foïs slips into the skin of a renowned novelist supervising young people via a writing workshop. Arthur Rambo, his last film, will be released in 2022.
Matthias Schoenaerts was revealed in 2011 thanks to Michaël Roskam's film Bullhead. His performance earned him international and critical recognition. The film was also nominated in 2012 for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. In 2012, Jacques Audiard cast him opposite Marion Cotillard in the film Rust and Bone. The film was selected for the Official Competition at Cannes, and was nominated at the Golden Globe, the BAFTAs and César awards, where Matthias was awarded the César for Best Actor. Schoenaerts has made a string of films in Europe and the United States, including Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd, Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl, Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash, Alice Winocour's Disorder and Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's The Mustang. The films Canterburry Glass by David O. Russell, The Way Of The Wind by Terrence Malick and the series Django will be released shortly.