Hollywood stars and cult directors announced for Cannes

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Paris (AFP) – The Cannes Film Festival announced the lineup for its 75th edition on Thursday with a mix of cult arthouse film directors and Hollywood glamor heading to the French Riviera in May.

Canadian horror maestro David Cronenberg, American filmmaker James Gray and France’s Claire Denis will compete among the 18 films announced to compete for the Palme d’Or top prize.

They’re expected to bring an all-star bevy to the red carpet, with Cronenberg’s sci-fi/horror crossover “Crimes of the Future,” starring Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux and Viggo Mortensen.

Denis returns with a thriller set in Central America, “The Stars at Noon,” with Taron Egerton and Robert Pattinson.

Gray’s entry, “Armageddon Time,” is a story based on his teenage years in New York with Anne Hathaway, Oscar Isaac, Cate Blanchett and Anthony Hopkins.

Two of the biggest shows had already been confirmed for the festival, which runs from May 17-28.

Tom Cruise will attend the long-delayed world premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick,” the sequel to his 1986 blockbuster, which is being shown out of competition.

And Tom Hanks will be in town for “Elvis,” in which he co-stars as rock’n’roll star manager Colonel Tom Parker in the latest from Australian director Baz Luhrmann, who previously lit up Cannes with “Moulin Rouge!” and “Gatsby”.

Tom Cruise will be in Cannes for the first time in 30 years, for the premiere of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Alberto PIZZOLI AFP

Also joining the out-of-competition premieres is Australian George Miller, the man behind “Mad Max,” who takes a new direction with “Three Thousand Years of Longing” about a djinn (played by Idris Elba) who offers him three wishes. to Tilda. Swinton.

‘Sadness and war’

Festival director Thierry Fremaux winked at the difficult global situation, saying the announcement came “after two years of crisis from which we will not quickly recover, and at a time of sadness and war in Europe.”

A Ukrainian film will be screened out of competition: “The Natural History of Destruction” by director Sergei Loznitsa about the destruction of German cities by Allied bombers in World War II, which Fremaux said the festival was “particularly happy to receive.” this year”. .

The main competition will also mark the third nomination for Russia’s Kirill Serebrennikov.

He was unable to attend Cannes last year when his film “Petrov’s Flu” was in competition due to a controversial court case that barred him from leaving Russia.

He has moved to Germany since the ban was lifted earlier this year and returns to Cannes with “Tchaikovsky’s Wife” about the famous composer’s private life.

Four previous Palme d’Or winners are back in the competition: Belgium’s Dardenne brothers, Sweden’s Ruben Ostlund, Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda and Romania’s Cristian Mungiu.

Kirill Serebrennikov was unable to attend Cannes last year due to a court case that barred him from leaving Russia.
Kirill Serebrennikov was unable to attend Cannes last year due to a court case that barred him from leaving Russia. MORRIS MAC MATZEN AFP/Files

One thing that remains uncertain is who will decide the winner.

The jury is normally announced before selection, but Fremaux said it would be appointed “in the next few days”, alluding to a challenging task as many filmmakers returned to work after the pandemic shutdown.

Out of competition, two exciting additions to the recent wave of high-profile music documentaries are presented: one on David Bowie and one on American rocker Jerry Lee Lewis by one half of the Coen brothers, Ethan Coen.

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