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The friendship between the Festival de Cannes, Studio Pixar and Pete Docter is not new: together at the opening with Up in 2009, we met again for the out-of-competition presentation of Inside Out in 2015. Since then, Pete Docter has taken over the studio but has lost none of his touch: it's as a director that returns to the Official Selection with Soul, the story of a music teacher who is a reincarnation… well, not really – but hey, we’re not giving the game away. It’s the first Pixar that takes place in New York. Screenplay by Pete Docter, Mike Jones and Kemp Powers, with a score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and it all adds up.
the Selection Committee
What is it that makes you...YOU? “Soul” introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) – a middle-school band teacher who has a passion for jazz. “Joe wants more than anything to become a professional jazz pianist,” says director Pete Docter. “So when he’s offered a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play with one of the greats, Joe feels he’s reached the top of the ultimate mountain.”
But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. According to Docter, the idea for this unique world was 23 years in the making. “It started with my son—he’s 23 now—but the instant he was born, he already had a personality,” says Docter. “Where did that come from? I thought your personality developed through your interaction with the world. And yet, it was pretty clear that we’re all born with a very unique, specific sense of who we are.
Jamie FOXX / Omar SY
Tina FEY / Camille COTTIN
Graham NORTON / Ramzy BEDIA
Ahmir-Khalid "Quest Love" Thompson
Pete Docter, Mike Jones