Friday, April 14, 2023

76th Cannes Film Festival Lineup

Update 2 - May 12, 2023 - Today organizers uploaded info, available trailers and more for each movie in the Official Selection and post becomes final after the current update. There are some incongruences that still have to figure out but generally speaking what has been announced in previous press releases is included in the correspondent section. So, there are only 6 days to opening day and I am looking forward to the start of the greatest cinema feast. Enjoy!!!

Update 1 - April 27, 2023 -Recently festival organizers released the Additions to the Selection and list includes film that were expected but nevertheless are not only great additions but also extraordinary films by some great master filmmakers.
In Competition Black Flies and Le Retour were added, in Cannes Premier Perdidos en la Noche, L'amour et les forets, and Eureka; in Out of Competition L'abbe pierre-une vie de combats; in Un Certain Regard Only the River Flows and Une Nuit; in Short Film Filles du Feu; in Special Screenings, Little Girl Blue, Bread and Roses and Le theoreme de Marguerite; in Midnight Screening Hypnotic and Project Silence.

Above films means that more well-known actors and directors will/could walk the red carpet to delight of all who also appreciates the light side of the festival. So, Viggo Mortensen, Chiara Mastroianni -who is this edition Master of Ceremonies-, Marion Cottillard, Amat Escalante, Lisandro Alonso, Virginie Efira, Ben Affleck, Alice Braga, and more.

Seems no more films will be announced but will wait until info about each film is uploaded to official site to make this post final.
-end of update-

April 14, 2023

Yesterday the much awaited press conference with the announcement of the Official Selection for the Cannes Film Festival took place and, besides the long speeches, the list of films was out-of-the-ordinary and gave absolute feeling that festival wishes to recoup its past glories and top-of-mind in the festival circuit and the film industry.

Nineteen (19) films were announced in Competition and we know that at least four (4) more could come in the following days but the quality of the filmmakers is truly extraordinary. On a personal note two of my most admired directors have slots in this year competition, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Aki Kaurismäki, but even when film went to Cannes Premiere, worth mentioning is none other that Victor Erice with his first film after 30 years!

Much buzz generated the news of the "many" female directors in Competition, news that were promoted as "milestone" for Cannes by Cannes organizers but truth is that five (5) female directors in Competition is still far from parity, specially when has been proven several times that women can and do make extraordinary films; so, undoubtedly in each year there are (could be) many films available for consideration.

Among the nineteen films already announced there are two (2) documentaries which also is highly unusual to say the least and more so if we consider that one doc is a French-Chinese coproduction and the other a French, Germany and Tunisia coproduction. None of the two docs come from large and "traditional" documentary markets.

There is one film from Africa, a France, Senegal and Mali coproduction by Ramata-Toulay Sy, it is his first film and already opens in the most famous event in cinema world. I'm very curious as in the surface (do not like to learn much about films before watching) seems like a "regular" love story which I have to believe will not be.

So, after cruising the net and get basic info about each movie let's see what or better, who we have in these 19 films -besides film director, of course. One film absolutely called my wild imagination as reunites Juliette Binoche with Benoît Magimel and is all about gastronomy and love as Binoche portraits a cook and Magimel a famous gastronome, al in Pot au Feu by Trần Anh Hùng. Then there is Firebrand the first international film by Braziliam Karim Aïnouz starring none other than Alicia Vikander along side to Jude Law. On another competition slot is none other than Todd Haynes with a film starring Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore. Also in Un Certain Regard section there is a film with none other than Cate Blanchett (!!!); the film: The New Boy by Warwick Thornton.  Last you have Wes Anderson's film with "everybody" as usual; but, as it happens often, it is a true guess game to find who will come to Cannes and who will not, my best guess are Tom Hanks, Maya Hawke, Scarlett Johannson and perhaps Margot Robbie or Tilda Swinton, plus other Anderson regulars like Jason Schwartzman.

Worth mentioning that this year multiplicity goes to Sandra Hüller (remember Toni Erdmann?), she has two (2) films in competition as is starring in Triet's Anatomy of a Fall and Glazer's The Zone of Interest. Was forgetting club Zero by Jessica Hausner starring none other that Mia Waskowska and Sidse Babett Knudsen! Gee, there will be nice red carpets but most of all, great actors also means great movies that with extraordinary directors make this year's Cannes lineup outstanding.

It's not clear where Pedro Almodovar short film will be presented as actually could be included in any section except the Competition. Imagine will go to Short Films perhaps Out of Competition as IF short is in the short films competition then we all know which short has to be the winner (lol!). Nevertheless doubt will be in any competition.

Post will be In Progress until festival site uploads info about all films and/or announced all films in all festival sections.

The award ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 27th, 2023.

The List

Official Selection

Anatomie d'une chute (Anatomy of A Fall), Justine Triet, France
Asteroid City, Wes Anderson, USA
Banel e Adama (Banel and Adama), Ramata-Toulaye Sy, France, Senegal and Mali -1st Film
Black Flies, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire. USA
Club Zero, Jessica Hausner, Austria, UK, Germany, France and Denmark
Firebrand, Karim Aïnouz, UK
Il sol dell'avvenire (A Brighter Tomorrow), Nanni Moretti, Italy and France
怪物 Kaibutsu (Monster), Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan
Kuolleet lehdet (Fallen Leaves), Aki Kaurismäki, Finland and Sweden
Kuru Otlar Üstüne (About Dry Grasses), Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey, France, Germany and Sweden
La Chimera, Alice Rohrwacher, Italy
La Passion de Dodin Bouffant (The Pot au Feu), Trần Anh Hùng, France
Le Retour, Catherine Corsini, France
بنات ألفة Les Filles d'Olfa (Four Daughters), Kaouther Ben Hania, France, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Germany (documentary)
L'été dernier, Catherine Breillat, France
May December, Todd Haynes, USA
Perfect Days, Wim Wenders, Japan
青年 Qing Chun (Chun) (Youth (Spring)), Wang Bing, France, Luxemburg and Netherland (documentary)
Rapito (Kidnapped), Marco Bellocchio, Italy, France and Germany
The Old Oak, Ken Loach, UK, Belgium and France
The Zone of Interest, Jonathan Glazer, Poland, UK and USA

International Jury
President: Ruben Östlund, director, Sweden
Maryam Touzani, director and screenwriter, Morocco
Denis Ménochet, actor, France
Rungano Nyoni, screenwriter and director, Zambia and UK
Brie Larson, actress, director and producer, USA
Paul Dano, actor, screenwriter and director, USA
Atiq Rahimi, writer and director, Afghanistan
Damián Szifron, director and writer, Argentina
Julia Ducournau, director and screenwriter, France

Out of Competition
Opening Film: Jeanne du Barry, Maïwenn, France, Belgium and UK
Closing Film : Elemental, Peter Sohn, USA (animation)
거미집 Geomijip (Cobweb), Kim Jee-woon, South Korea
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, James Mangold, USA
Killers of the Flower Moon, Martin Scorsese, USA
L'Abbé Pierre - Une vie de combats, Frédéric Tellier, France
The Idol, Sam Levinson, USA (TV Series)

Special Screenings
Anselm (Das Rauschen der Zeit), Wim Wenders, Germany (documentary)
Bread and Roses, Sahra Mani, Afghanistan documentary
Le Théorème de Marguerite, Anna Novion, Switzerland and France
Little Girl Blue, Mona Achache, France (Docudrama)
Man in Black, Wang Bing, China, France and USA (video artwork)
Occupied City, Steve McQueen, UK, Netherlands, and USA (documentary)
Retratos Fantasmas (Pictures of Ghosts), Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brazil (documentary)
Robot Dreams, Pablo Berger, Spain and France (animation)
Short Films
As Filhas do Fogo, Pedro Costa, Portugal 9'
Extraña Forma de Vida (Strange Way of Life), Pedro Almodóvar, Spain 31'

Cannes Premiere
Bonnard, Pierre et Marthe, Martin Provost, France
Cerrar Los Ojos (Close Your Eyes), Victor Erice, Spain and Argentina
Eureka, Lisandro Alonso, Argentina, France, Germany and Portugal
Kubi (Neck), Takeshi Kitano, Japan
L'Amour et les Forêts (Just the Two of Us), Valérie Donzelli, France
Le Temps d'Aimer, Katell Quillévéré, France and Belgium
Perdidos en la Noche (Lost in the Night), Amat Escalante, Mexico, Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany

Midnight Screenings
Acide, Just Philippot, France
Hypnotic, Robert Rodriguez, USA
Kennedy, Anurag Kashyap, India
Omar La Fraise (The King of Algiers), Elias Belkeddar, France
사일런스 Sa-il-leon-seu (Project Silence), Kim Tae-gon, South Korea

Un Certain Regard
Opening Film: Le Règne animal, Thomas Cailley, France
Augure (Omen), Baloji, Congo, Netherlands and Belgium 1st Film
Ayeh haye zamini (Terrestial Verses), Ali Asgari and Alireza Khatami, Iran
Crowrã (The Buriti Flower), João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora, Brazil and Portugal
Goodbye Julia, Mohamed Kordofani, Sudan, Egypt, Germany, France, Sweden and Saudi Arabia 1st Film
河边的错误 He bian de cuo wu (Only the River Flows), Wei Shujun, China
How to Have Sex, Molly Manning Walker, UK, Greece and Belgium 1st Film
화란 Hwaran (Hopeless), Kim chang-hoon, South Korea 1st Film
Баавгай Болохсон If Only I Could Hibernate, Zoljargal Purevdash, Switzerland, Qatar, France and Mongolia 1st Film
كذب أبيض Kadib Abyad (The Mother of All Lies), Asmae El Moudir,  Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Egypt (documentary)
Les Meutes (Hounds), Kamal Lazraq, France 1st Film
Los Colonos (The Settlers), Felipe Gálvez, Dinamarca, Chile and Argentina 1st Film
Los Delincuentes (The Delinquents), Rodrigo Moreno, Argentina, Luxembourg, Chile and Brazil
燃冬 Rang Dong (The Breaking Ice), Anthony Chen, China
Rien à perdre, Delphine Deloget, France 1st Film
Rosalie, Stéphanie Di Giusto, France
Salem, Jean-Bernard Marlin, France
Simple Comme Sylvain (The Nature of Love), Monia Chokri, Canada
The New Boy, Warwick Thornton, Australia

Out of Competition
Closing Film: Une Nuit (One Night), Alex Lutz, France

Un Certain Regard Jury
President: John C. Reilly, actor, USA
Alice Winocour, director and screenwriter, France
Paula Beer, actress, Germany
Davy Chou, director and producer, France and Cambodia
Emilie Dequenne, actress, Belgium

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,  La Semaine de la Critique or Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. It is designed to encourage 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.

The Jury
President: Anaïs Demoustier, actress, France
Raphaël Personnaz, actor, France
Natalie Durand, Cinematographer, France
Mikael Buch, director and screenwriter, France
Sophie Frilley, Titrafilm CEO, France
Nicolas Marcadé, Film critic, France

Cannes Classics
Section highlights an homage to Jean-Luc Godard and goes to list a pletora of wonderfull cinema that makes my head spin, specially when considering the two Yasujirō Ozu films that hope eventually revisit one and watch for the first time the other. As always there area some recent cinema-related documentaries, and include tribute to Michael Douglas. To check all films in the section go official site here.

Cinéma de la Plage
Cannes beach cinema has films from Kusturica, Ridley Scott, Jean Becker, Éric Tolédano and Olivier Nakache, Géraldine Danon, Carlos Saura, Jérémie Périn, Terrence Malick and many more. Noteworthy, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bruce Lee's death a film directed by himself and Robot Dreams by Pablo Berger will be screened in the Official Selection - Out of Competition- for a screening intended for young audiences as is an animated film. To read about the films in this section go official site here.

Short Films
27, Flóra Anna Buda, France and Hungary, 11' (animation)
As It Was, Anastasia Solonevych and Damian Kocur, Poland and Ukraine, 15'
Aunque Es De Noche, Guillermo García López, Spain and France 14'
Basri & Salma Dalam Komedi Yang Terus Berputar (Basri and Salma in a Never Ending Comedy), Khozy Rizal, Indonesia 15'
Fár (Intrusion), Gunnur Martinsdóttir Schlüter, Iceland 5'
La Perra, Carla Melo Gampert, Colombia and France, 14' (animation)
Le Sexe de ma mère, Francis Canitrot, France 14' (animation)
Nada de Todo Esto (None of That), Patricio Martínez and Francisco Canton, Argentina and Spain 15'
Poof, Margaret Miller, USA 10'
Tits, Eivind Landsvik, Norway, 12'
Wild Summon, Karni Arieli and Saul Freed, UK 14'

CINEF Selection
For its 26th edition, La Cinef selected among 2000 films submitted by film schools from all around the world, 14 short fictions and 2 animated short films, among which 10 films are directed by women and 7 films by men. 13 countries from 4 continents are represented including Morocco, for the first time in selection.

A Bright Sunny Day, Yupeng He, Columbia University, USA 20'
Al Toraa' (The Call of the Brook), Jad Chahine, High Cinema Institute, Egypt 12'
Ayyur (Moon), Zineb Wakrim, ÉSAV Marrakech, Morocco 13'
Daroone Poust (Inside the Skin), Shafagh Abosaba and Maryam Mahdiye, Karnameh Film School, Iran 16'
Electra, Daria Kashcheeva, FAMU, Czech Republic 27' (animated)
Hole, Hwang Hyein, KAFA, South Korea 24'
Imogene, Katie Blair, Columbia University, USA 19'
Killing Boris Johnson, Musa Alderson-Clarke, NFTS, UK 24'
La Voix des Autres (The Voice of Others), Fatima Kaci, La Fémis, France 30'
Nehemich, Yudhajit Basu, FTII, India 23'
Norwegian Offspring, Marlene Emilie Lyngstad, Den Danske Filmskole, Denmark 44'
Osmý den, Petr Pylypčuk, FAMU, Czech Republic 20'
Solos, Pedro Vargas, FAAP, Brazil 13'
The Lee Families, Seo Jeong-mi, Korea National University of Arts, South Korea 25'
Trenc d'Alba, Anna Llargués, ESCAC, Spain 28'
Uhrmenschen (Primitive Times), Yu Hao, Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, Germany 6'  (animation)

Short Films and CINEF Jury
President: Ildikó Enyedi, Director and screenwriter, Hungary
Ana Lily Amirpour, Director and screenwriter, Iran and USA
Charlotte Le Bon, Actress and director, Canada
Karidja Toure, Actress, France
Shlomi Elkabetz, Director, screenwriter and producer, Israel

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: Kirsten Johnson, Director, USA
Ovidie, Director, France
Sophie Faucher, Actress and author, Canada
Pedro Pimienta, Producer and director of Dockanema Festival, Mozambique
Jean-Claude Raspiengeas, film critic, France

Press Conference video with English translation

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