PARIS (AP) — Films by David Cronenberg, Park Chan-wook and Kelly Reichardt will compete for the coveted Palme d’Or at a Cannes Film Festival taking place against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine.
Cannes film festival artistic director Thierry Frémaux and president Pierre Lescure announced the schedule for this year’s festival, the 75th Cannes, at a press conference in Paris on Thursday. After canceling the 2020 event and staging a slightly scaled-down 2021 edition, the French Riviera festival is looking to recapture its pre-pandemic charm with some 35,000 accredited attendees expected next month.
The 18 films announced in the prestigious Cannes competition line-up feature new works by several former Palm winners, including Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (“Broker”), Swedish social satirist Ruben Ostlund (“Triangle of Sadness”) and the Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre. and Luc Dardenne (“Tori and Lokita”).
Also in competition: Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future,” starring Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortensen; Kelly Reichardt’s “Showing Up,” which reunites her with “Wendy and Lucy” star Michelle Williams; Chan-wook’s Korean mystery thriller “Decision to Leave”; and “Stars at Noon” by French filmmaker Claire Denis with Margaret Qualley.
The 75th anniversary of the French Riviera film extravaganza “is happening under special circumstances: the pandemic, the war in Ukraine, a world that has changed and will continue to change,” Fremaux said.
The biggest Hollywood surprises expected at Cannes had already been announced, including a screening of “Top Gun: Maverick,” which will be accompanied by a tribute to star Tom Cruise. The “Top Gun” sequel will be screened out of competition, as will Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic “Elvis,” starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks.
The organizers will announce the jury at a later date.
Cannes’ international village of flag pavilions annually hosts more than 80 countries from around the world. But organizers earlier said no Russian delegation would be welcome this year due to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov, who recently fled Russia to Berlin after several years of travel ban, will premiere his latest film about composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
As usual, most of the contest directors are men. Only three of the 18 films that competed for the Palme d’Or were directed by women. Last year, Julia Ducournau became the second woman in Cannes history to win the top prize, for her film “Titane,” the body-horror thriller.
The festival will open on May 17 with the premiere of the zombie comedy “Final Cut,” from “The Artist” director Michel Hazanvicius. The film was previously scheduled to debut in January at the Sundance Film Festival, but was pulled when the festival switched to a virtual edition amid a virus surge.
Ethan Coen will premiere his first feature film without his brother, Joel, in the out-of-competition documentary “Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind.” Other highlights include George Miller’s first film since 2015’s “Mad Max: Fury Road”: “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” a fantasy romance with Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton. And Brett Morgan will premiere “Moonage Daydream”, a David Bowie documentary.
As has been the case since 2017, no Netflix movies are competing at Cannes. The streamer and the festival have been a dead end due to the country’s rigid window rules. Once a film is shown in theaters in France, it cannot be broadcast for 15 months. However, earlier this year, Netflix signed a three-year deal with the French film guilds to spend a minimum of $45 million to finance French and European films for showing in France.
The Cannes Film Festival will take place from May 17 to 28.