“ANNETTE” A FILM BY LEOS CARAX
MUSIC & ORIGINAL STORY BY SPARKS BROTHERS
VOCALS BY THE FILM’S STARS ADAM DRIVER & MARION COTILLARD
Directed by: Leos Carax
Starring: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg, Rila Fukushima, Natalie Mendoza as well as Ron and Russell Mael
Genres: Drama, Musical
NEW YORK, NY (June 25, 2021) – Making its World Premiere as the Opening Night Film of the Cannes Film Festival on July 6, “Annette” marks the first English-language film from visionary director Leos Carax, with music by Sparks’ Ron and Russell Mael and based on their original story.
Following Amazon Studios’ debut of the U.S. trailer this week, Milan Records today released “WE LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH,” a new track from the musical love story. Written by Sparks, the stirringly romantic track features a duet between the film’s stars Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard.
The new track follows the debut last month of the lead single “SO MAY WE START,” an ensemble number performed by Sparks, Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard and Simon Helberg, with lyrics by Sparks and Leos Carax.
With a career spanning over five decades and 25 albums, Sparks is recognized as a groundbreaking pioneer in pop music and contemporary songwriting. Yet another reminder of their everlasting influence and innovation, the story of “Annette,” originally intended to be a Sparks studio album, was developed with director Leos Carax after a meeting at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.
The final soundtrack collection features lyrics co-written by Sparks and Leos Carax, performed by Sparks and the cast of “Annette” and produced by Sparks.
“WE LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH”
ADAM DRIVER & MARION COTILLARD
Los Angeles, today. Henry (Adam Driver) is a stand-up comedian with a fierce sense of humor who falls in love with Ann (Marion Cotillard), a world-renowned opera singer. Under the spotlight, they form a passionate and glamorous couple. With the birth of their first child, Annette, a mysterious little girl with an exceptional destiny, their lives are turned upside down. A film by visionary director Leos Carax (Holy Motors), with story & music by Ron & Russell Mael of Sparks, this original musical is a journey of love, passion & fame.
The groundbreaking band Sparks was founded by brothers Ron and Russell Mael in 1969. Recognized across the globe, their career spans 25 distinctive albums and is the perfect lesson in how to stay relevant in the music industry for over half a century. Releasing their eponymous full-length debut in 1972, the Los Angeles natives relocated to London where they released their breakout album Kimono My House, which remains influential today. Setting the tone for what was to follow, Sparks has since created a lasting legacy as a pioneering pop group with their studio albums and live appearances.
Eternal masters of the musical vignette, Sparks has shown no signs of slowing down when it comes to adventures in songwriting. Echoing the critical and commercial success of 2017’s Hippopotamus, the band’s latest release, 2020’s A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip, became their fourth album to reach the UK Top 10 since 1974, when both Kimono My House and Propaganda reached No. 4 and No. 9 respectively.
*In March of 2021, the band revealed they’d begun work on their 26th studio album, planned for a 2022 release to coincide with an upcoming tour.
Now entering their sixth decade, as well as the release of Annette, in 2021 the band’s singular career is explored and celebrated in The Sparks Brothers, the eagerly-anticipated feature-length film by Shaun Of The Dead/Baby Driver director Edgar Wright, which saw its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was released in U.S. cinemas on June 18 before its international release.
Below is the video by Sparks, Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard called “So May We Start.”
Ron Mael & Russell Mael
Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg, Rila Fukushima, Natalie Mendoza, Ron and Russell Mael
Available in THEATERS on Friday, 8/6/2021, and on AMAZON PRIME VIDEO on Friday, 8/20/2021