CINEMA – There were more than 2000 films, there are only about twenty left. Pierre Lescure, president (for the last time) of the Cannes Film Festival, and Thierry Frémaux, its general delegate, presented the official selection of this 75th edition, this Thursday April 14 during a press conference.
While we already knew that Tom Cruise would climb the steps with the sequel to Top Gun -out of competition- and that Baz Luhrmann would unveil the biopic he is devoting to Elvis, we now know the complete program of films screened from May 17 to 28 on the Croisette.
This year, 2200 films were seen by Thierry Frémaux and his team of “selectors” to keep only about fifty distributed in the different categories of this official selection.
Claire Denis and David Cronenberg in competition
In the prestigious competition, there are 18 films, including regulars at the Cannes Film Festival as usual – including four directors who have already won a Palme d’Or – but also a few surprises. In addition to the Dardenne brothers, the Japanese Kore-Eda Hirokazu or the Swedish Ruben Östlund, there are (only) three female directors.
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi will be there with The Almond Trees, a feature film “very universal on what it is to live in a troupe, the vocation and also the ability of actors to endure difficulties to become what they are”, describes Thierry Frémaux. Claire Denis will present the “diplomatic thriller” stars at noon with Margaret Qualley or Robert Pattinson, while the American Kelly Reichardt is in the running with Showing-up.
As expected, Kirill Serebrennikov, an enfant terrible of contemporary creation who fled Russia and now lives in Berlin, is also in competition with Tchaikovsky’s wife. In another register, the feature film The crimes of the future by David Cronenberg promises a long-awaited climb of the steps with notably Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortensen.
Cédric Jimenez and Olivier Assayas also in selection
In “special screenings”, we find the Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa with The Natural History of Destructiona film about the destruction of German cities by the Allies at the end of the Second World War, alongside, among others, the barred director Quentin Dupieux with Smoking makes you cough.
A year after creating controversy in Cannes with North ferryCédric Jimenez returns this time “out of competition” with his film November, a dive into the heart of Anti-Terrorism during the 5 days of tracking which followed the attacks of November 13th. While Nicolas Bedos will present his thriller Masquerade with Pierre Niney, Isabelle Adjani and François Cluzet.
Cannes will also make a small place for series in its “Cannes Première” section where director Olivier Assayas (Sils Maria, Personal Shopper) “will come to show some episodes” of his series Irma Vep with notably Alicia Vikander and Vincent Macaigne in the cast.
So much for this “almost complete” selection warns Thierry Frémaux, who as often plans to “tweak” his choices in the days to come with a few possible additions to the key. The Festival will open on Tuesday May 17 with a film by Michel Hazanavicius Z (like Z). The composition of the jury, meanwhile, remains for the time being one of the great unknowns of this 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.
Find the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival 2022:
Ali Abbasi – Holy Spider
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi – The Almond Trees
David Cronenberg – Crimes of the future
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne – Tori and Lokita
Claire Denis – Stars at Noon
Arnaud Desplechin – Brother and sister
Lukas Dhont – Close
James Gray – Armageddon Time
Kore-Eda Hirokazu – Broker
Mario Martone – Nostalgia
Cristian Mungiu – RMN
Ruben Östlund – The triangle of sadness
Park Chan-Wook – Decision to leave
Kelly Reichardt – Showing up
Saeed Roustaee – Leila’s brother
Tarik Saleh – The child of paradise
Kirill Serebrennikov – Tchaikovsky’s Wife
Jerzy Skolimowski – Eo
Albert Serra – Pacifiction: Torment on the Islands
Léonor Seraille – A little brother
Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groeningen – The Otto Mountain
Rachid Bouchareb – Our brothers
Marco Bellocchio – Nightfall
Panos H. Koutras – Dodo
Olivier Assayas – Irma Vep
Serge Bozon – Don Juan
Dominique Moll – The Night of 12
Emmanuel Mouret – Chronicle of a temporary liaison
Out of competition
Joseph Kosinski – Top Gun: Maverick
Baz Luhrmann – Elvis
Cedric Jimenez – November
George Miller – 3 Thousand Years of Longing
Nicolas Bedos – Masquerade
Louis Garrel – The Innocent
In some perspective
Lise Akoka and Romane Guéret – The worst
Emin Alper – Burning Days
Alexandru Belc – Metronom
Davy Chou – Return to Seoul (All the People I’ll Never Be)
Kristoffer Borgli – Sick of Myself
Ariel Escalante Meza – Domingo y la Niebla (Domingo and the Mist)
Hayakawa Chie – Map 75
Riley Keough and Gina Gammell – Beast
Marie Kreutzer – Bodice
Maksim Nakonechnkyi – Butterfly vision
Hlynur Palmason – Godland
Lola Quivoron – Rodeo
Saim Sadiq – Joyland
Thomas M. Wright – The Stranger
Agnieszka Smoczynska – The silent twins
Emily Atef – More Than Ever
Shaunak Sen – All We Breathe
Sergei Loznitsa – The Natural History of Destruction
Ethan Cohen – Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in mind
Patricio Guzman – Mi Pais Imaginario
Doroteya Drumeva – The Vagabonds
Marie Perrennès, Simon Depardon – Feminist response
Tiago Guedes – Restos do vento
Amandine Fredon, Benjamin Massoubre – Le Petit Nicolas: what are we waiting for to be happy?
Quentin Dupieux – Smoking makes you cough
LEE Jung-Jae – Hunt
Brett Morgen – Moonage Daydream
Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah – Rebel
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