We know the list of films in competition for the Palme d’Or at Cannes

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

Cannes Premiere

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

Special screenings

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?

Midnight sessions

Quentin Dupieux – Smoking makes you cough

LEE Jung-Jae – Hunt

Brett Morgen – Moonage Daydream

Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah – Rebel

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We know the list of films in competition for the Palme d’Or at Cannes