Following a virtual event in 2020 and a scaled-down festival last year, the 75th Cannes Film Festival has announced a lineup filled with former Palme d’Or winners and festival favorites for what it hopes will be a return to full capacity – and maximum sum.
New films from Ruben Östlund, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Cristian Mungiu, Michel Hazanavicius and the Dardenne brothers – who have all already won at the festival – will play in competition.
Meanwhile, Croisette favorites like David Cronenberg, Claire Denis, Park Chan-wook and James Gray will also be vying for the award.
No British directors have so far been announced to have films that will play in either the official competition committee or the side bars. But at least one film takes place in the UK: Silent Twins, in which Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance play June and Jennifer Gibbons, twins from the only black family in a small town in Wales in the 1970s, who are sent to Broadmoor after a crime. spree.
Only three of the 21 directors with films in competition are women, which means that the festival does not live up to the promise of gender equality it signed in 2018.
The festival opens on a bloody tone with a French remake of the acclaimed Japanese zombie film One Cut of the Dead by the director of The Artist. Hazanavicius ‘Final Cut stars Romain Duris, Bérénice Bejo and Bejo and Hazanavicius’ daughter, Simone.
The horror theme continues with Future Crimes, Cronenberg’s sci-fi about the future of human evolution. Viggo Mortensen plays a notorious avant-garde artist who, together with his partner (Léa Seydoux), “publicly presents the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances”. Kristen Stewart is an investigator from the National Organ Registry who makes an unpleasant discovery.
Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Broker takes place in a world where infants can be placed in baby boxes and handed over anonymously to be cared for by others, while Park Chan-wook in Decision to Leave instructs the story of a detective who falls for a mysterious widow.
Cristian Mungiu, whose abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days won the Palme d’Or in 2007, returns to the festival with RMN, a long-awaited multi-stranded drama set in modern Romania.
The two-time gold palm winners Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne return with Tori and Lokita, about two African refugees whose friendship is put to the test as they settle in Belgium.
Joe Alwyn and Margaret Qualley play a couple struggling to escape the Nicaraguan revolution in The Stars at Noon, a romantic thriller by Claire Denis.
Triangle of Sadness, the latest film from Force Majeure director Ruben Östlund, is a social satire about a group of famous fashionistas who sank on a desert island with their yacht’s Marxist captain (Woody Harrelson) and crew.
Two American directors have made their mark: James Gray, whose autobiographical drama Armageddon Time about his childhood in Queens stars Anne Hathaway, Anthony Hopkins and Jeremy Strong; and Kelly Reichardt, back with her fourth collaboration with Michelle Williams. Showing Up is considered a “sharp funny portrait of an artist on the brink of a career-changing exhibition”. Judd Hirsch teammates.
Out of Competition include the documentary Ethan Coen’s study of Jerry Lee Lewis and The Natural History of Destruction, the third film by Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa that deals with the tragedies of 20th century European history.
Previously announced is a look back at Tom Cruise’s career, as well as the premiere of the delayed sequel Top Gun: Maverick. The film premieres just over a week before it opens in the United States.
Cruise, who turns 60 shortly after the festival in late May, will discuss her 40-year career with an in-conversation audience on the Croisette.
Cannes’ loving relationship with blockbusters peaked about seven years ago with the premiere of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, which won rave reviews before winning six Oscars the following spring.
Miller’s follow-up to the film, Three Thousand Years of Longing, starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba, will also be shown at the festival for the first time.
Nine years ago, Baz Luhrmann opened The Great Gatsby Cannes and repeated the trick of the Moulin Rouge in 2001.
This year, the stage is set for the first screening of Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biography, with Austin Butler as singer and Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker.
Notable firsts elsewhere in the series include Saim Sadiq’s Joyland, the first film from Pakistan to make the official choice, starring in Un Certain Regard. In the Midnight Screening section, Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae’s first film, Hunt, premieres.