On Thursday April 14, the list of 18 films in the running for the Palme d’or of the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival was unveiled, which will take place from May 17 to 28, 2022. 2,200 films were viewed by the festival team . Only one African film will be in competition for the Palme d’Or, “Boy From Heaven” by Egyptian director Tarik Saleh.
By Mame Woury THIOUBOU (With Rfi)
The 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will take place from May 17 to 28, 2022. This year, Africa is represented by only one film in the official competition, that of Egyptian director Tarik Saleh. Boy From Heaven tells the story of Adam, a simple son of a fisherman, who enters the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the epicenter of power in Sunni Islam. On the first day of school, the grand imam at the head of the institution suddenly dies. Adam then finds himself, unbeknownst to him, at the heart of a relentless power struggle between the country’s religious and political elites. Born in 1972 in Stockholm, Tarik Saleh is a Swedish director, animator, editor, journalist and television producer of Egyptian origin who had already stood out in 2017 by winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for his film Le Caire confidential . Last year, after an unprecedented virtual edition, the Croisette reconnected with its festival-goers and the continent was represented by 6 films, including Lingui les liens sacrés by Chadian Mahamat Saleh Haroun and Haut et fort by Nabil Ayouch in the running for the Palme d’ gold. Other African films were also registered in different sections of the festival. At Critics’ Week, we found The Gravedigger’s Wife, which later won the Yennenga Gold Stallion at Fespaco 2021, A Story of Love and Desire by Leyla Bouzid and Feather from the Egyptian Omar El Zohairy. Neptune Frost was also there.
But this year 2022 is not as prosperous for the 7th art of the continent. Unless the selection of the Directors’ Fortnight, which will be made public today, and that of Critics’ Week hold good surprises, we can already say that films from the continent will be rare .
Z by Michel Hazanavicius in opening
At a press conference, the general delegate, Thierry Frémaux, unveiled the list of films in competition. Thierry Fremaux has announced that the festival will open with an out-of-competition zombie comedy by Michel Hazanavicius, one of the four directors already awarded the Palme d’Or and present in this 2022 edition. Z (Comme Z) is the title , will evoke the passion for cinema and the decisive force of the collective in cinema. As always, the official selection includes big names in world cinema, in particular the double Palmes d’or Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Absent in official competition since 1988, with Chocolat, Claire Denis returns to present The Stars at Noon, a “diplomatic thriller”, according to Thierry Frémaux. Seventeen years after presenting A History of Violence, David Cronenberg will show Crimes of the Future, a dive into a world of transformed and mutated human bodies, with Viggo Mortenson, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart. The Japanese filmmaker, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Palme d’or in 2018 with A family affair, returns with the road-movie Broker. The Romanian, Cristian Mungiu, also winner of the Palme d’Or with 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days in 2007, will defend his new film, RMN The American director James Gray, another great regular on the Croisette, will present Armageddon Time, performed by Anthony Hopkins and Anne Hathaway. And the Swede, Ruben Ostlund, five years after winning the Palme d’Or with The Square, is directing Triangle of Sadness, a comedy with Woody Harrelson. Kirill Serebrennikov, and his biopic, Tchaikovsky’s wife, Jerzy Skolimowski with Hi-Han (Eo) will also be in the running.
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