the films of David Cronenberg, James Gray and Claire Denis among the 18 films in competition

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The president of the Cannes Film Festival Pierre Lescure and his general delegate Thierry Frémaux presented the official selection of the 75th Cannes International Film Festival on Thursday. Ellei remains in line with a mixture of regular directors, including David Cronenberg, James Gray, the Dardenne brothers or even Ruben Östlund, and the presence of newcomers,

A total of 18 films have been announced for the most prestigious film competition in the world, including that of Valeria Bruni Tedeschi French side, with Almond trees, a film on the theater around the director Patrice Chéreau. The Dardenne brothers are back in a Franco-Belgian co-production with Tori and Lokita, on two African immigrants arriving in France. Arnaud Desplechin will be present with Siblingwhich takes up its family theme in line with Christmas tale, with Marion Cotillard, Melvil Poupaud. Claire Denis is in the running with Stars at Noona thriller set in the business world in South America.

Also in the running for the Palme d’Or: David Cronenberg, James Gray, the Dardenne brothers or even Ruben Östlund. David Cronenberg will present The crimes of the future with an enticing poster bringing together Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart. The Dardenne Brothers return to Cannes with Tori and Lokita. James Gray will deliver with Armageddon Time a chronicle of adolescence, with Anne Hattaway and Anthony Hopkins. Ruben Ostlund, after the much noticed The Square, will climb the stairs with The Triangle of Sadness. “A great general mockery of what we have become”summarizes Thierry Frémaux.

We will also find the great South Korean director Park Chan-wook with Haeojil Gyeolsim (il won the Grand Prix du Festival in 2004 with old boy) or the Romanian Cristian Mungiu, present with NMR (Palme d’or in 2007 with 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days).

Léa Seydoux and Viggo Mortensen in "The crimes of the future" by David Cronenberg (Nikos Nikolopoulos)

The Russian filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov, who left his country and now lives in Berlin, will be in official competition with a historical film around the composer Tchaikovsky: Tchaikovsky’s Wife. The director, for the third time in competition (Leto, Petrov Fever)is also a director and will open the Festival d’Avignon in July with a fantastic short story by Anton Chekhov, The Black Monk.

Films out of competition are always an opportunity to discover the latest films by important directors. This year, Top Gun: Maverick by Joseph Kosinski will see the presence of Tom Cruise on the red carpet, to which Thierry Frémaux paid a sincere tribute. The biopic Elvisby Baz Luhrmann, around the stormy relationship between Elvis Presley and his manager, Colonel Parker, played by Tom Hanks, will undoubtedly be a great moment.

Cédrix Jimenez returns out of competition after North ferry with November on the investigation following the attacks of 13 November. Nicolas Bedos will come to present a “Nice detective comedy”, Masquerade, with Pierre Niney, Isabelle Adjani, Francois Cluzet. The director of madmaxGeorge Miller, will also be on view with 3000 years waiting for youon a history of humanity: ambitious.

Ethan Coen will present a documentary on rocker Jerry Lee Lewis, and Brett Morgen, another, on David Bowie. Thierry Frémaux revealed about him that he had asked him in his last years to be a member of the Cannes jury, which unfortunately could not be done.

Z (Like Z)a film on the set of a zombie film directed by Michel Hazanavicius with Bérénice Bejo and Romain Duris, will open the Festival.

In the Cannes Première selection, we note a film around the death of Malik Oussekine: Our Brothers of Rachid Bouchareb.

“The composition of the juries will be announced in the coming days”specified Thierry Frémaux, indicating that “all this is not over”, some films to complete this official selection next week. The poster will also be unveiled in the coming days.


The 18 films in competition for the Palme d’Or at the 75th Cannes Film Festival:

-“Crimes of the Future” by David Cronenberg

– “Holy Spider” by Ali Abbasi

– “Triangle of Sadness” by Ruben Ostlund

– “Broker” by Hirokazu Kore-eda

– “Decision to leave” by Park Chan-Wook

– “Showing up” by Kelly Reichardt

– “Boy from Heaven” by Tarik Saleh

-“Tchaikovsky’s Wife” by Kirill Serebrennikov

-“The Almond Trees” by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

-“Tori and Lokita” by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

– “Armageddon Time” by James Gray

-“Nostalgia” by Mario Martone

– “Stars at Noon” by Claire Denis

-“Close” by Lukas Dhont

-“Brother and sister” by Arnaud Desplechin

-“RMN”, by Cristian Mungiu

-“Leila’s Brothers” by Saeed Roustaee

-“Hi-han”, by Jerzy Skolimowski

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