PARIS — Lights, cameras, glamour. The cannes film festival is set for a star-studded return with films from Tilda Swinton, Kristen Stewart and Anne Hathaway in the lineup, which was revealed at a press conference on Thursday by festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux and president Pierre Lescure.
The South of France festival had already turned up the star power with the long-awaited “Top Gun: Maverick,” which will bring Tom Cruise and the face of Louis Vuitton Jennifer Connelly to the Croisette, and Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic “Elvis,” starring Tom Hanks, Austin Butler and Olivia De Jonge, which was previously announced as opening out of competition.
Swinton’s epic fantasy romance “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” co-starring Idris Elba and directed by George Miller, will be among the big movies opening out of competition. Rounding out the out-of-competition premieres will be Nicolas Bedos’ “Masquerade,” starring Isabelle Adjani and Marine Vacth.
Among the films vying for the coveted Palme d’Or are James Gray’s “Armageddon Time,” starring Anne Hathaway and Anthony Hopkins. There will also be David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future,” starring chanel ambassador Stewart, Louis Vuitton loyalist Lea Seydoux and Viggo Mortensen. The sci-fi speculative film set in the near future was written by Cronenberg 20 years ago and filmed in Greece last summer.
Michelle Williams will reunite with “Certain Women” director Kelly Reichardt for “Showing Up,” an intimate portrait of an artist on the verge of a career breakthrough.
chanel spokeswoman Marion Cotillard will star opposite Melvil Poupaud in Arnaud Desplechin’s “Brother and Sister,” about brothers who are reunited after a dispute.
Margaret Qualley, who appears in Chanel’s latest campaign and previously appeared as the face of Celine and Kenzo, will hit the red carpet for Claire Denis’ romantic thriller “The Stars at Noon,” opposite Joe Alwyn.
Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda will make his Korean debut with “Broker,” starring “Parasite” star Song Kang-Ho and Lee Ji-Eun. Lee, better known as IU, is South Korea’s biggest pop star and a gucci world ambassador.
In Un Certain Regard, Elvis’ actress-granddaughter Riley Keough moves behind the camera in “Beast,” co-directed with Gina Gammell, set on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Austrian director Marie Kreutzer’s “Corsage,” a period film about Empress Sisi that kept star Vicky Krieps strapped in uncomfortable corsets for months, and Agnieszka Smoczynska’s “The Silent Twins,” starring “Black Panther” Letitia Wright, will also premiere in this section.
French style star Anaïs Demoustier will have two films at the festival. He appears in Quentin Dupieux’s “Fumer fait tousser” opposite Adèle Exarchopoulos and Blanche Gardin, which will get a spot in Midnight Screening, and “November”, Cédric Jimenez’s film about the terrorist attacks in Paris, with Oscar winner Jean Dujardin. .
Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius’ “Final Cut,” a comedy about a zombie movie gone wrong, will bring Cannes best actress winner Bérénice Bejo back to the red carpet for its premiere at the opening night gala.
As always, Fremaux reserved the right to make additions to the lineup and teased more in the coming days, but did not reveal the jury foreman. That position usually fills up in February, so expect a name soon.
To further cement its power in the entertainment business, TikTok joined the festival as one of its official partners, despite Fremaux denouncing social media and banning red carpet selfies a few years ago. The platform, which launched a tech hub in Cannes earlier this year, will deliver exclusive backstage content, talent interviews and red carpet shots to its massive global user base.
Additional Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week sidebars, which typically showcase emerging talent, will be revealed later this week.
This year’s edition returns to its traditional spring position, after being moved to July 2021 due to the pandemic, and will take place from May 17 to 28.