Cannes Film Festival has just come to a close, but what were the must-see family moments of this year’s edition?

Words by: Gilda Bruno

July 17th has just rung down the curtain on the 74th edition of Cannes Film Festival, an event that saw the resurgence of international cinema after a troublesome year and a half. If there is a theme that caught the audience’s attention without going unnoticed that was the recurring child-parent relationship that permeated the plot of many of the competing films, as also reflected by the attendees that walked the French Riviera’s red carpet.

From Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin’s daughter-mother matching suits to Julia Roberts’s teenage daughter having her Cannes debut accompanied by her father Daniel Moder, here’s a collection of the best family moments from this edition of the international film festival, curated for you by Collectible DRY.

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Sean Penn stars alongside his daughter Dylan Penn, at her film debut, in Flag Day (2021)

Actor, filmmaker, and author Sean Penn (playing John Vogel) made an iconic appearance on Cannes red carpet joined by his daughter Dylan Penn (Jennifer Vogel) and Canadian actress Katheryn Winnick (Patty Vogel) at the premiere of Flag Day (2021): a coming-of-age drama retracing the father and daughter relationship between John Vogel, a caring, inspiring parent who also happens to be “the most notorious counterfeiter in U.S. history,” and his child Jennifer, struggling to reconcile with the contrasting nature of her father’s story. 

Matt Damon tears up during the 5-minute standing ovation for Stillwater (2021)

Despite not being directly related to any of the actors playing in the cast of his latest film, Stillwater (2021)Matt Damon’s participation at Cannes was all about family. As a matter of fact, his newly-released crime drama follows the misadventures of Bill Baker (Matt Damon), an oil worker from Stillwater, Oklahoma, as he attempts to rescue his estranged daughter Alison (Abigail Breslin), falsely arrested pending trial and charged with murdering her friend and partner Lina while studying for a year in France. After visiting his daughter in prison, Baker decides to relocate to Marseille to provide support for her legal battle. Here, he is called to face numerous cultural issues, from a language barrier to the pitfalls of the French penal code, which will lead to the birth of a new unexpected bond with Virginie (Camille Cottin), a French single mother, and her eight-year-old daughter, Maya.

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin rock matching tuxedos at the premiere of Jane by Charlotte (2021)

At Cannes, Charlotte Gainsbourg and her mother Jane Birkin spoke loud and clear, and this picture could not have captured their manifesto any better. What manifesto? Like mother, like daughter, quite obviously. The fashionable duo enchanted the audience of the Palais des festivals wearing matching black suits at the premiere of Gainsbourg’s Jane par Charlotte (2021) — which translates to Jane by Charlotte in English —, an honest, tender look into the mother-daughter bond between the two as seen by Lars Von Trier’s muse. 

Julia Roberts’s daughter Hazel Moder makes her Cannes red carpet debut

For those of you who missed out on her Cannes red carpet look, it might be worth saying that Hazel Moder, the 16-year-old daughter of Julia Roberts, has already been described as “a fashion star in the making.” Making her debut on one of the world’s most-coveted red carpets accompanied by her father Daniel Moder —who worked on the cinematography for Flag Day (2021) — Moder appeared to be following in her mother’s footsteps by wearing a 90s-nostalgia-fueled butterscotch yellow button-up lace dress, paired with iconic Mary-Jane sandals.

A Chiara (2021), the Jonas Carpignano-directed feature film, wins the Europa Cinemas Label at the Directors’ Fortnight

Set in Gioia Tauro, Calabria, A Chiara (2021) is the third and last movie from Jonas Carpignano’s trilogy comprising, aside from the latest release, Mediterranea (2015) and A Ciambra (2017). In his newest work, the Italian-American director delves into the lives of the Guerrasio family, all set to celebrate Claudio and Carmela’s oldest daughter’s 18th birthday. Despite a reassuring, heart-warming incipit, the plot takes an abrupt U-turn as Claudio disappears the next day, leaving to Chiara the burden of discovering the truth about his life.