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The Cannes Film Festival will celebrate its 75th edition in May with the return of David Cronenberg’s shock cinema, a new place in competition for the Russian Kirill Serebrennikov, breaking with the line of the Putin regime, and only three directors in the running for the Palme.

Among the expected cult filmmakers: David Cronenberg (“Crash”), who once again promises to shake the public. “The crimes of the future” brings together Viggo Mortensen, who rubs shoulders with Kristen Stewart and Léa Seydoux.

Another big caliber on the red carpet: James Gray (“Ad Astra”) will present “Armageddon Time”, with Anne Hathaway and Oscar Isaac, in the New York of the 80s, in full rise of the Trump family.

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Eighteen films are currently running for the Palme d’Or, among the 2,200 submitted to the selectors, from 155 countries.

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Five already crowned filmmakers will be in the running for a new Palme: Belgians Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (“Rosetta”) with “Tori and Lokita”, the most squeaky of Swedish filmmakers, Ruben Östlund (“The Square”), with “Triangle of Sadness”, the Japanese Hirokazu Kore-eda (“A Family Affair”), who this time shot “Broker” with the South Korean star of “Parasite”, Song Kang-ho, and the Romanian Cristian Mungiu (“4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days”), with his latest film, “RMN”.

Only three directors are on the ranks to succeed the French Julia Ducournau, Palme d’Or 2021 for “Titanium”. His compatriot Audrey Diwan then won in Venice, before the Spaniard Carla Simon in Berlin, but this exceptional series does not mask the imbalance that remains between men and women in world production, and the distribution of prizes.

The Cannes Film Festival will celebrate its 75th edition with Cronenberg, James Gray and Serebrennikov

The Cannes Film Festival will celebrate its 75th edition with Cronenberg, James Gray and Serebrennikov

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In Cannes, the French Claire Denis will present “Stars at noon”, a “film of waiting, of atmosphere, on the edge of the diplomatic thriller” dixit Thierry Frémaux, shot in Central America, and his compatriot Valéria Bruni Tedeschi “Les Amandiers”, on the theater and the figure of Patrice Chéreau. Popular with critics, the American Kelly Reichardt will be in the running with “Showing Up”.

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The presence in this list of the enfant terrible of Russian cinema Kirill Serebrennikov with a film about Tchaikovsky’s wife is quite a symbol, in the middle of the war in Ukraine.

The Festival, which very quickly announced that it would not invite an “official delegation” from Russia, chose this director prevented from defending in person his two previous opuses in competition, “Leto” and “Petrov fever”, because he was not allowed to leave his country.

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He was finally able to leave legally to join Europe, after the invasion, and his voice will also bring to the Festival d’Avignon, in July, which he will ensure the opening.

Two Ukrainian filmmakers are also selected, out of competition: a big name, Sergei Loznitsa, for “The Natural History of Destruction”, in special screening, and a newcomer, Maksim Nakonechnyi, who directs his first film, “Bachennya Metelyka”, selected at Un Certain Regard.

The Cannes Film Festival will celebrate its 75th edition with Cronenberg, James Gray and Serebrennikov


“In times of sadness and war in Europe and around the world celebrating an anniversary will not necessarily be celebrating the past,” said the delegate general in presenting this 75th edition, the last of the president, Pierre Lescure.

The Festival does not forget the party and the glitter: Tom Cruise must present in person the new “Top Gun”, 36 years later. Out of competition too, will resonate the music of Elvis (biopic signed Baz Luhrmann), Jerry Lee Lewis (at Ethan Coen), David Bowie in a documentary.

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Australian George Miller promises an “anti Mad Max” with a film reuniting Idriss Elba and Tilda Swinton.

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After the testosterone of “Bac Nord”, the Frenchman Cédric Jimenez will return to the attacks of November 13, with Jean Dujardin.

The Festival doesn’t have many days left to find who will succeed Spike Lee as president of the jury. A puzzle this year: with the restart of post-pandemic cinema and the rise of series, “all artists are working,” said Frémaux.

The opening film on the other hand is already known: it will be the gore comedy “Z (as Z)” by Michel Hazanavicius, the author of “The Artist”.

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