At the Cannes Film Festival 2022, which films will be in competition?


CINEMA – Who will the Palme d’Or go to? Less than a year after the coronation of the film Titanium by Julia Ducournau, it’s time to find out about the feature films in competition for the 2022 edition of the Cannes Film Festival. The general delegate, Thierry Frémaux, announces the list of elected officials in the official selection this Thursday, April 14 at 11 a.m. from the Champs-Élysées cinema.

“My routine is: watch films, watch films and watch films”, described the general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival to the specialized magazine variety a few days ago. And for good reason, more than 2000 films were submitted for this 75th anniversary edition from which a choice had to be made.

Out of competition, the Festival has already announced the presence of Tom Cruise, back in the cockpit to present, 35 years later, a sequel to the mythical Top Gunand the highly anticipated biopic Elvis by Baz Luhrmann (Red Mill).

This Thursday, around twenty contenders for the Palme d’Or are expected to compete. Big names would be in the ranks: professionals are hoping for a return to competition from David Cronenberg, a horror science fiction film for which he rallied Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart and Léa Seydoux, or from the Australian George Miller, the father of madmax.

Also mentioned are the Swede Ruben Ostlund, Palme d’Or 2017 with the creaky The Squarewhich again dissects contemporary mores in Triangle of Sadnessor Terrence Malick’s ambitious project on the life of Christ, with Mark Rylance in the role of Satan.

Few female directors are mentioned, apart from the American Kelly Reichardt, prized by critics, or the French Rebecca Zlotowski or Alice Winocour, each for films with Franco-Belgian Virginie Efira, who is also mistress of the ceremonies. opening and closing this year.

The director’s return Parasite?

Cannes could be tempted to play the South Korean card again, after betting right in 2019 by crowning Parasite by Bong Joon-ho, who went on to win the Best Picture Oscar. The latter could return with his latest film, just like his compatriot Park Chan-Wook.

If French cinema will probably once again be well represented, the Cannes rules, which exclude from the competition platform films that are not released in French cinemas, should on the other hand exclude the Netflix film from the Croisette. Blonde haira re-reading of the life of Marilyn Monroe with Ana de Armas.

The Cannes Film Festival, which returns to its usual dates before the pandemic, from May 17 to 28, could also offer a platform to Ukrainian filmmakers, or to Russians breaking with the Putin regime.

After the invasion, Cannes immediately announced that it would not host official “Russian delegations”, but could invite well-known filmmakers like Kantemir Balagov (Tesnota), 30, who fled Russia, or his eldest, Kirill Serebrennikov (Leto), 52 years old, enfant terrible of contemporary creation who, as a director, is to open the Festival d’Avignon.

On the Ukrainian side, we could count on the filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa, who submitted a film on the destruction of German cities by the Allies at the end of the Second World War.

A week before the announcement of this selection, Thierry Frémaux confided in the columns of variety not having “seen any Russian film likely to join the official selection. But, while we don’t forget the people of Ukraine who are suffering under the Russian bombs, we must also remember that the artists are trying to make their voices heard in Moscow and they are doing it with great courage”.

Among the other surprises expected from this press conference, perhaps the Festival will finally reveal the name of the person who will succeed Spike Lee as president of the jury. The names of Penelope Cruz or Marion Cotillard are on everyone’s lips.

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