“The Crimes of the Future” by David Cronenberg (Canada)
The director of “Crash” (1996) is not used to sparing his audience: at 79, he should prove it once again, with this science fiction film about transhumanism and organ removal with Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart. In theaters May 25.
“Brother and Sister” by Arnaud Desplechin (France)
In the continuity of his “Conte de Noël” (2008), Arnaud Desplechin films a family drama with two brothers and sisters in long-term conflict reunited by the death of their parents. With Marion Cotillard and Melvil Poupaud.
“Holy Spider” by Ali Abbasi (Denmark)
Rewarded at Un Certain Regard in 2018, with “Border”, the Dane of Iranian origin tackles the theme of the religious quest in a thriller set in Iran.
“Without Filter” by Ruben Ostlund (Sweden)
The most scathing of Swedish directors is seeking a second Palme d’Or, after “The Square” (2017), with this satirical comedy where he follows the passengers of a luxury cruise, stranded on a desert island and led by a captain of Marxist ship. This film, initially baptized “Triangle of Sadness” finally changed its name to “Without Filter”.
“Broker” by Hirokazu Kore-eda (South Korea)
After his Palme d’Or for “A family affair” (2018), the great regular on the Croisette took a step aside towards South Korea, taking on the star of “Parasite”, Song Kang-ho, for a new story of families, where it will be a question of baby boxes.
“Decision to leave” by Park Chan-Wook (South Korea)
He marked the Croisette with the ultra-violent “Old boy” (Grand Prix 2004), the Korean Park Chan-Wook should once again intrigue with an investigator who must elucidate the murder of a man found in the mountains, whose main suspect is none other than the victim’s wife.
“Showing up” by Kelly Reichardt (USA)
A great figure in independent cinema, the American in minimalist cinema (“First Cow”) finds one of her favorite actresses, Michelle Williams, for a film on the daily life of an artist and how she draws inspiration from her life.
“Boy from Heaven” by Tarik Saleh (Sweden)
After the success of “Confidential Cairo” (2017), a sticky thriller on corruption, the Swede of Egyptian origin Tarik Saleh reconnects with his favorite actor, Fares Fares, for a new dive into contemporary Egypt.
“Tchaikovsky’s Wife” by Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia)
The terrible child of the Russian scene, settled in Berlin after leaving Russia in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine, is in competition for the third time, with a historical film around the composer Tchaikovsky. He could for the first time climb the stairs.
“The Almond Trees” by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (France)
The actress who went on to direct successfully is one of the three women vying for the Palme d’Or, with a film about the Amandiers theater school founded by the French director Patrice Chéreau, against the backdrop of AIDS which rages.
“Tori and Lokita” by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Belgium)
The Dardenne brothers, the most famous representatives of social cinema, already doubly palmed in Cannes, this time share the friendship of two teenagers exiled in Belgium from Africa in precarious living conditions.
“Armageddon Time” by James Gray (USA)
After “Ad Astra”, behind closed doors space carried by Brad Pitt, the director returned to Earth with a chronicle of adolescence carried by Anne Hathaway and Anthony Hopkins located in the heart of New York in the 1980s, in a school governed by the father of Donald Trump.
“Nostalgia” by Mario Martone (Italy)
For his first steps in competition, the Neapolitan Mario Martone pays homage to his city through a dramatic adaptation of the novel “Nostalgia” by the Italian writer and journalist Ermanno Rea.
“Stars at noon” by Claire Denis (USA)
Rewarded in February for “With love and determination” at the Berlinale, Claire Denis returns a few months later with a “film of expectation, atmosphere, on the edge of the diplomatic thriller” according to Thierry Frémaux, shot in Central America.
“Close” by Lukas Dhont (Belgium)
His first film “Girl” on transidentity won him the Camera d’or in 2018. With “Close”, the Belgian Lukas Dhont deals with friendship through two teenagers who are suddenly separated by a tragedy.
“RMN”, by Cristian Mungiu (Romania)
Palme d’or for “4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days”, a drama on abortion and corruption, Cristian Mungiu continues to examine the ills of Romania with a film, shot in a village in Transylvania, evoking the effect of European policies, relations between communities and the destiny of a country.
“Leila’s Brothers” by Saeed Roustaee (Iran)
The Iranian Saeed Roustaee has already impressed with his punchy thriller, “The Law of Tehran”, on drug trafficking. The 30-year-old arrives in Cannes with “Leila’s Brothers”, directly selected in competition, on which nothing has filtered so far.
“Hi-han”, by Jerzy Skolimowski (Poland)
At 83, this great Polish name in cinema, pillar of the new wave in this country in the 1960s, who also took up boxing, jazz, poetry and painting, returned to Poland after having lived in California, tells the story of a donkey in this film about which little information has filtered.
“Torment on the Islands”, by Albert Serra (Spain)
Spaniard Albert Serra, 46, (“The death of Louis XIV” in 2016 with Jean-Pierre Léaud in the role of the dying sovereign) will try his luck with “Tourment sur les Îles”, a story of love and writing with Benoît Magimel.
“A little brother”, by Léonor Serraille (France)
“A little brother”, second feature film by Léonor Serraille (“Young girl” in 2017), tells the story of a family of immigrant origin, from the end of the 1980s to the present day in the Paris suburbs.
“Le Otto Montagne”, by Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groeningen (Belgium)
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