Thursday, April 14, 2022

75th Festival de Cannes Line Up

Update May 11th, with only six (6) days to the opening day post has been updated with several news. Most interesting are the Honorary Palme d'or to Forest Whitaker, some extraordinary films in Cannes Classics section plus more movies in the Cinéma de la Plage section.

Post will be kept In Progress as official site hasn't upload any info regarding the many films in current edition; consequently, will become final when organizers release info and after list is check to confirm films, add and/or correct info.

Update: Yesterday, April 21st, a week after the press release with the announcement of the festival lineup, a total of seventeen (17) new films were added to complete the Official Selection. There are three (3) films in the Competition, three (3) in Cannes Premiere, one (1) in Midnight Screenings, four (4) in Un Certain Regard, one (1) Out of Competition and five (5) in Special Screenings. Notable is that out of the 17 new films, sixteen (16) are French produced or co-produced.

As organizers inform that the Official Selection is complete adding 3 more films to the competition make this edition competition with a total of twenty-on (21) films and female directors have increased to five (5).
April 14, 2022

Today the much expected press conference for the Cannes film festival took place and seems that this edition could resemble more to what the festival was before the pandemic which undoubtedly is most welcomed by film industry, film festivals organizers and film audiences, especially me, sigh. Did I miss Cannes!!! ... and still do as every year hope France government and film industry start to adapt to the new reality and allow streamers to participate without the theater first release.

This year the festival has a milestone anniversary as has reached the seventy-five-years-old mark, seems there will be some celebrations but we still have to wait for the related announcements.

No doubt current edition will have fantastic red carpets as films in competition (and other sections) will bring to the press conference, photocall and red carpet Marion Cotillard, Kristen Stewart, Léa Seydoux, Michelle Williams, Alicia Vikander, Tilda Swinton, Vigo Mortensen, Louis Garrel and more.

Will confess that no longer appreciate Tom Cruise work so all the fuzz and buzz about his movie comes and goes for me; then, the opposite is Baz Luhrmann' Elvis that calls my attention no matter if film is center on Tom Hank's character. That's it for the two films that where announced before today and now we know both are out-of-competition. Most attention graber is the fact Elvis will be highligthed in Cannes and also his grandaughter Riley Keough makes her directorial debut with Beast (also know as Untitled Pine Ridge Project) co-directed with Gina Gammell to be screened at Un Certain Regard section.

During the press conference eighteen (18) films where announced in the Competition section but we know that number will increase perhaps up to 20 during the coming weeks when organizers announce more films in the festival different sections.

The Competion has four (4) Palm D'Or winners coming back: Cristian Mungiu, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Dardene brothers, and Ruben Östlund, all must-be-seen directors for me, especially the Romanian director that always gives us high quality cinema with puzzling quite common stories. Also there are master filmmakers in the competition like the "comeback" of David Cronenberg after 8 years of silence with Crimes of the Future; a movie with an outstanding cast: Viggo Mortensen (love the team Cronenberg-Mortensen) plus Léa Seydoux and none other than Kristen Stewart.

Then there is Claire Denis with The Stars at Noon, a movie that had several lead changes and is set in some Central American countries which continues her recurrent theme of empire and colonialism. My biggest surprise yet is a film by Jerzy Skolimowski that seems no one expected or suspected could be in Cannes much less in the main competition. Have to mention a director that blew my mind with The Handmaiden in 2016 and since then has done TV series and a short, so he also "comesback" to feature films with Decision to Leave, Park Chan-wook.

Yes, up-to-this-announcement, there are several (11) female directors (highlighted in dark blue); then, most are in the Un Certain Regard section as there are only three (3) in Competition and none in other sections.  So, it's not that bad that eight (8) female directors with six (6) films were selected in the section that by definition recognizes new and/or less-known filmmakers as no doubt will now make them known.

Talking about Un Certain Regard section there is no doubt that there are many rising talents (seven films are feature debuts) but still some big names as Emin Alper who already has Biennale Cinema 2015 Special Jury Prize and was in 2019 Berlinale competition and there are three filmmakes that were on Cannes before via Semaine de la Critique, Hlynur Pálmason, Davy Shou, and Agnieszka Smoczynska.

Post will be In Progress until festival site uploads info about all films which could happen around seven days before opening day (hope is earlier as have lots of doubts!).

The award ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 28, 2022.

The List

Official Selection

Armageddon Time, James Gray, USA
برادران لیلا Baradarane Leila (Leila's Brothers), Saeed Roustaee, Iran
브로커 Broker, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Korea
Close, Lukas Dhont, Belgium, Netherlands and France
Crimes of the Future, David Cronenberg, Canada, Greece and France
EO, Jerzy Skolimowski, Italy and Poland
Frère et soeur (Brother and Sister), Arnaud Desplechin, France
헤어질 결심 Heeojil Gyeolsim (Decision to Leave), Park Chan-Wook, Korea
Holy Spider, Ali Abbasi, France, Germany, Sweden and Denmark
Le Otto Montagne (The Eight Mountains), Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groeningen, Italy and Belgium
Les Amandiers (Forever Young), Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, France and Italy
Nostalgia, Mario Martone, France and Italy
Pacifiction, Albert Serra, Spain, France, Portugal and Germany
R.M.N., Cristian Mungiu, Romania, Belgium, and France
Showing Up, Kelly Reichardt, USA
Stars at Noon, Claire Denis, France
Tori et Lokita (Tori and Lokita), Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, France and Belgium
Triangle of Sadness, Ruben Östlund, Sweden, UK, France and Greece
Walad min al janna (Boy From Heaven), Tarik Saleh, Sweden, Finland and France
Un petit frère (Mother and Son), Léonor Serraille, France
жена Чайковского Zhena Chaikovskogo (Tchaikovsky's Wife), Kirill Serebrennikov, Russia and France

International Jury
President: Vincent Lindon, actor, France
Rebecca Hall, actress, producer, screenwriter and director, UK and USA
Deepika Padukone, actress, India
Noomi Rapace, actress, Sweden
Jasmine Trinca, actress and director, Italy
Asghar Farhadi, director, producer and screenwriter, Iran
Ladj Ly, director, screenwriter, actor and producer, France
Jeff Nichols, director and screenwriter, USA
Joachim Trier, director and screenwriter, Norway

Out Of Competition
Opening Film: Coupez! (Final Cut), Michel Hazanavicius, France 
Elvis, Baz Luhrmann, Australia
L'innocent, Louis Garrel, France
Mascarade (Masquerade), Nicolas Bedos, France
Novembre (November), Cédric Jimenez, France
Three Thousand Years of Longing, George Miller, Australia and USA
Top Gun: Maverick, Joseph Kosinski, USA and China

Special Screenings
All That Breathes, Shaunak Sen, UK and India (documentary)
For The Sake of Peace, Christophe Castagne and Thomas Samentin, USA
Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind, Ethan Coen, USA (documentary)
Le Petit Nicolas - Qu'est-ce qu'on attend pour être heureux? (Little Nicholas - Happy As Can Be), Amandine Fredon and Benjamin Massoubre, France and Luxembourg (animation)
Marcel!, Jasmine Trinca, Italy and France
Mariupol 2, Mantas Kvedaravicius, Lithuania
Mi País Imaginario (My Imaginary Country), Patricio Guzmán, Chile and France (documentary)
Restos do vento (Remains of The Wind), Tiago Guedes, Portugal and France
Riposte féministe (Feminist Ripost), Marie Perennès and Simon Depardon, France (documentary)
Salam, Mélanie Georgiades, Houda Benyamina, and Anne Cissé, France (documentary)
The Natural History of Destruction, Sergei Loznitsa, Germany, Lithuania and Netherlands (documentary)
The Vagabonds, Doroteya Droumeva, Germany

Cannes Premiere
As Bestas (The Beasts), Rodrigo Sorogoyen, France and Spain
Chronique d'une liaison passagère (Diary of a Fleeting Affair), Emmanuel Mouret, France
Dodo, Panos H. Koutras, Greece, France and Belgium
Don Juan, Serge Bozon, Belgium and France
Esterno Notte (Exterior Night), Marco Bellocchio, Italy (TV series)
Irma Vep, Olivier Assayas, France and USA (TV series)
La Nuit du 12 (The Night of the 12th), Dominik Moll, France and Belgium
Nos Frangins, Rachid Bouchareb,  France

Midnight Screenings
Fumer Fait Tousser, Quentin Dupieux, France
헌트 Heonteu (Hunt), Lee Jung-Jae, Korea
Moonage Daydream, Brett Morgen, USA (documentary)
Rebel, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Belgium

Un Certain Regard
Opening Film: Tirailleurs (Father and Soldier), Mathieu Vadepied, France and Senegal
Bachennya Metelyka (Butterfly Vision), Maksim Nakonechnyi, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Croatia and Sweden
Corsage, Marie Kreutzer, Austria, France, Germany and Luxembourg
Domingo y La Niebla (Domingo and the Mist), Ariel Escalante Meza, Qatar and Costa Rica
Harka (Before the Spring), Lotfy Nathan, Tunisia, Luxembourg, Belgium and France
Joyland, Saim Sadiq, Pakistan
Kurak Günler (Burning Days), Emin Alper, France, Germany, Netherlands, Greece and Turkey
Le Bleu du Caftan (The Blue Caftan), Maryam Touzani, Morocco, Belgium and France
Les Pires (The Worst Ones), Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret, France
Mediterranean Fever, Maha Haj, Germany, France, Cyprus and Palestine
Metronom, Alexandru Belc, France and Romania
Plan 75, Hayakawa Chie, Japan, France and Philippines
Plus que Jamais (More Than Ever), Emily Atef, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway and France
Retour à Séoul (All The People I'll Never Be), Davy Chou, Germany, Qatar, Belgium and France
Rodéo (Rodeo), Lola Quivoron, France
Syk Pike (Sick of Myself), Kristoffer Borgli, Norway and Sweden
The Silent Twins, Agnieszka Smoczyńska, Poland and UK
The Stranger, Thomas M. Wright, Australia
Vanskabte Land (Godland), Hlynur Pálmason, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden and France
War Pony, Riley Keough and Gina Gammell. USA

Un Certain Regard Jury
President: Valeria Golino, director, actress and producer, Italy
Debra Granik, director, USA
Joanna Kulig, actress, Poland
Benjamin Biolay, singer-songwriter, producer and actor, France
Edgar Ramírez, actor and producer, Venezuela

Camera d'Or
Created in 1978 by Gilles Jacob, who was then the General Delegate. It's awarded to the best first feature film presented in the Official Selection, int La Semaine de la Critique or in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. It is designed to ecourage young creation and it's a catalyst for the career of filmmakers as it offers a unique, international showcase. In accordance with the tradition, the jury consists of French representatives of the industry and two guest along with the President which this year is none other than Rossy de Palma.

The Jury
President: Rossy de Palma, actress, Spain
Natasza Chroscicki, CEO of ARRI, France
Jean-Claude Larrieu, cinematographer, France
Éléonore Weber, dirctor and screenwriter, France
Olivier Pelisson, journalist and film critic, France
Lucien Jean-Baptiste, director, screenwriter and actor
Salmuel Le Bihan, actor, France

Cannes Classics
Current edition has numerous exciting events like the restored film that opens the section, The Mother and the Whore by Jean Esustache, Ethan Hawke event series on Joanne and Paul Newman, a close-up on Romy Schneider and more. Also, India is the Country of Honor and many documentaries about cinema like Jane Campion, Cinema Woman by Julie Bertuccelli. Finally the Festival will host a screening to celebrate the film work of the International Olympic Committee, one film by Naomi Kawase and the 1973 film Visions of Eight by eight well-known directors. To read about the section and each film go official site here.

Cinéma de la Plage
Open to all festival-goers and casual cinephiles , the Cinéma de la Plage will take place on the beach every evening and will be free of charge. The program will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s E.T., and Peter Weir’s The Truman Show. Also an homage to French singer Christophe, to iconic French actor Belmondo and much more. To check the section films go to Official Site here.

Short Films
After watching 3,507 short films from more than 140 countries, 9 shorts were selected for the section competition.

Gakjil (Persona), Sujin Moon, South Korea, 6'
Hai bian sheng qi yi zuo xuan ya (The Water Murmurs), Story Chen, China, 14'
Le Feu au lac (Fire at the Lake), Pierre Menahem, France, 15'
Lori (Melancholy of my Mother's Lullabies), Abinash Bikram Shah, Nepal and Hong Kong 14'
Luz Nocturna (Night Light), Kim Torres, Costa Rica, 14'
Po sui tai yang zhi xin (A Short Story), Bi Gan, China, 15'
Same Old, Lloyd Lee Choi, USA 15'
Tsutsué, Amartel Armar, Ghana and France, 15'
Uogos (Cherries), Vytautas Katkus, Lithuania, 15'

Cinef Selection
Seems the Cinéfondation name has been shortened to "Cinef" (???), tried to find info for the reason why but couldn't find any news. Imagine they are trying to follow the trend that everything has to be fast and short, so, now is La Cinef!

For its 25th edition, La Cinef has selected thirteen (13) live-action and three (3) animated shorts directed by 6 male directors and 10 female directors, a selection that comes from 1,528 submitted shorts by film schools all over the world. Four (4) of them are from schools taking part for the first time and these sixteen (16) shorts reflect the diversity of filmmaking education in the world.

La Cinef three (3) prizes will be handled at the ceremony preceding of the awarded films on Thursday May 26 in the Buñuel Theatre.

100% Flået Kærlighed (That's Amore) Malthe Saxer, Den Danske Filmskole, Denmark, 49'
Chlieb náš každodenný (Liquid Bread), Alica Bednáriková, TF VŠMU-Film and Television Faculty, Slovakia, 26'
Di Er (Somewhere), Li Jiahe, Hebei University of Science and Technology School of Film and Television, China, 23'
Feng Zheng (The Silent Whistle), Li Yingtong, Emerson College, USA, 18’
Glorious Revolution, Masha Novikova, London Film School, UK, 20"
Hajszálrepedés (Craze), Bianka Szelestey, Eötvös Loránd University Department of Film Studies, Hungary, 22'
Il Barbiere Complottista (A Conspiracy Man), Valerio Ferrara, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italia, 19'
Jutro nas tam nie ma (We Are Not There Tomorrow), Olga Kłyszewicz, The Polish National Film School in Łódź, Poland, 8'
Les humains sont cons quand ils s'empilent (Humans are Dumber When Crammed Up Together), Laurène Fernandez, La Fémis, France, 4'
Mistida, Falcão Nhaga, ESTC, Portugal, 30'
Mumlife, Ruby Challenger, AFTRS, Australia, 15'
Nauha, Pratham Khurana, Whistling Woods International, India, 26’
Sheherut (Kinship), Orin Kadoori, The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television Tel Aviv University, Israel, 24'
Spring Roll Dream, Mai Vu, NFTS, UK, 9'
The Pass, Pepi Ginsberg, NYU, USA, 15'
Tout ceci vos reviendra (All of This Belongs to You), Lilian Fanara, La Fémis, France, 29'

Short Films and Cinef Jury
President: Yousry Nasrallah, director, Egypt
Monia Chokri, actress and director, Canada
Laura Wandel, director and screenwriter, Belgium
Felix Moati, actor and director, France
Jean-Claude Raspiengeas, journalist and film critic, France

Check available info and trailers at MOC.
Check Un Certain Regard section available info and trailers at MOC.
Check available posters at pinterest here.

L’Œil d’or Prize
Since 2015 LaScam (Société civile des auteurs multimedia) has been awarding the prize to a documentary screened in one of the Festival categories: Official Selection (Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Copetition, Midnight Screenings, Special Screenings, Short Films, Cannes Classics and Cannes Premiere), Directors' Fortnight and Semaine de la Critique. Since last year, 2021, the winning documentary becomes eligible to be submitted to Oscar consideration.

The Jury
President: Agniezka Holland, director, Poland
Iryna Tsilyk, director, Ukraine
Pierre Deladonchamps, actor, France
Alex Vicente, film critic, Spain
Hicham Falah, general director of Fidadoc, Morocco

Press Conference video with English Translation

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