After a virtual event in 2020 and a reduced festival last year, the 75. cannes film festival has announced a line-up packed with past Palme d’Or winners and festival favorites for what it hopes will be a return to full capacity and hype.
Meanwhile, Croisette favorites like David Cronenberg, Claire Denis, Park Chan-wook and James Gray will also compete for the prize.
So far, no British directors have been announced to have films that will be screened in the competition’s official selection or sidebars. But at least one film is set in the UK: Silent Twins, starring Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance as june and jennifer gibbonstwins from the only black family in a small Welsh town in the 1970s who are sent to Broadmoor after a crime spree.
The festival will kick off on a bloody note, with a French remake of the acclaimed Japanese zombie flick. A cut of the dead by the director of The Artist. Hazanavicius’ Final Cut stars Romain Duris, Bérénice Bejo and Bejo and Hazanavicius’s daughter, Simone.
The horror theme continues with Crimes of the Future, Cronenberg’s visceral sci-fi about the future of human evolution. Viggo Mortensen plays a notorious avant-garde artist who, together with his partner (Léa Seydoux), “publicly displays the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances”. Kristen Stewart is a National Organ Registry researcher who makes an uncomfortable discovery.
Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Broker is set in a world where babies can be placed in baby boxes and anonymously left for others to care for, while in Decision to Leave, Park Chan-wook directs the story of a detective who becomes falls in love with a mysterious widow.
Cristian Mungiu, whose drama about abortion 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days winner of the Palme d’Or in 2007, he returns to the festival with RMN, a long-awaited drama set in contemporary Romania.
Two-time Palme d’Or winners Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne return with Tori and Lokita, about two African refugees whose friendship is tested when they settle in Belgium.
Joe Alwyn and Margaret Qualley play a couple struggling to escape the Nicaraguan revolution in The Stars at Noon, a romantic thriller from Claire Denis.
Triangle of Sadness, the last film of Force Majeure Director Ruben Östlund is a social satire about a group of celebrity fashionistas who are shipwrecked on a desert island along with their yacht’s Marxist captain (Woody Harrelson) and crew.
Two American directors have made the cut: james gray, whose autobiographical drama Armageddon Time about his childhood in Queens stars Anne Hathaway, Anthony Hopkins and Jeremy Strong; Y Kelly Reichardt, returns with his fourth collaboration with Michelle Williams. Showing Up is billed as a “sharply funny portrait of an artist on the brink of a career-changing exhibition.” Judd Hirsch co-stars.
Out of competition, documentaries include Ethan Coen’s study of Jerry Lee Lewis and The Natural History of Destruction, the third film by Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa dealing with the tragedies of 20th-century European history.
A retrospective of Tom Cruise’s career was previously announced, as well as the release of the belated sequel. Top Gun: Maverick. The film will open just over a week before its US release.
Cruise, who turns 60 shortly after the festival at the end of May, will discuss his 40-year career in a conversation on the Croisette.
Cannes’ affectionate relationship with blockbusters reached its peak some seven years ago with the release of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Roadwhich garnered rave reviews before winning six Oscars the following spring.
Miller’s follow-up to that film, Three Thousand Years of Longing, starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba, will also screen for the first time at the festival.
Nine years ago, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby opened Cannes, repeating the Moulin Rouge stunt in 2001.
This year the stage is set for the first screening of Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic, starring Austin Butler as the singer and Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker.
Notable firsts elsewhere in the lineup include Saim Sadiq’s Joyland, the first Pakistani film to make the official selection, playing in Un Certain Regard. In the Midnight Screening section, Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae’s first film, Hunt, will premiere.