Here are the twenty-one films in competition for the Palme d’Or at the 75th Cannes Film Festival, five of which are directed by women.
Future Crimes by David Croenberg
The director of “Crash” (1996) is not used to sparing his audience: the 79-year-old Canadian is supposed to prove it again with this film, which deals with transhumanism and organ harvesting. With Viggo Mortensen and Lea Seydoux.
Holy Spider (Nights of Mashhad) by Ali Abbasi
The Dane of Iranian descent, revealed with “Border” in 2018’s Un Certain Regard, follows a journalist from Tehran who investigates a range of femicides. These crimes would be the work of a man who claims to cleanse the city of its sins.
“Triangle of Sadness” by Ruben Ostlund
Sweden’s most scathing director is seeking a second Palme d’Or after ‘The Square’ (2017) with this satirical comedy in which he follows the passengers on a luxury cruise who are stranded on a deserted island, led by a captain of the Marxist ship.
“Broker” by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Following his Palme d’Or for “A Family Affair” (2018), the big Croisette regular made a beeline for South Korea and embarked “Parasite” star Song Kang-ho for a new family story involving baby boxes.
“Decision to Leave” by Park Chan-Wook
He marked the Croisette with the ultra-violent “Old Boy” (Grand Prix 2004); The Korean Park Chan-Wook is said to once again scheme with an investigator who has to solve the murder of a man, with the main suspect: the wife of the victim.
“Emerge” by Kelly Reichardt
The American of minimalist cinema (“First Cow”), a great figure of independent cinema, reunites with one of her favorite actresses, Michelle Williams, for a film about the daily life of an artist and the way she moves away from her life inspires.
“Boy from Heaven” by Tarik Saleh
Following the success of ‘Confidential Cairo’ (2017), Egyptian-born Swede Tarik Saleh reconnects with his favorite actor Fares Fares and films a power struggle between the country’s religious and political elites.
“Tchaikovsky’s Wife” by Kirill Serebrennikov
The terrible child of the Russian scene, who settled in Berlin after leaving Russia after the invasion of Ukraine, is in competition for the third time with a historical film about the private life of the composer Tchaikovsky.
“The Almond Trees” by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
The French-Italian actress, who later successfully directed, is one of the five women competing for the Palme d’Or. His film about the theater school of Amandiers, which the French director Patrice Chéreau founded in the Paris region, has the rampant AIDS crisis as its background.
Tori and Lokita by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
The Dardenne brothers, famous exponents of social cinema, already seen twice in Cannes, this time content themselves with the friendship of two African teenagers living in exile in Belgium and living in precarious circumstances.
“Armageddon Time” by James Gray
After “Ad Astra”, the American director returns to earth with a chronicle of youth carried out by Anne Hathaway and Anthony Hopkins, set in the heart of 1980s New York, in a school ruled by Donald Trump’s father.
Nostalgia by Mario Martone
For his first steps in the competition, Neapolitan Mario Martone pays homage to his city through a dramatic adaptation of the novel “Nostalgie” by Italian writer and journalist Ermanno Rea.
Stars at Noon by Claire Denis
French director Claire Denis, honored in February for “Avec amour et acharnement” at the Berlinale, returns with a “film of anticipation, atmosphere, bordering on diplomatic thriller” – according to Cannes Film Festival Delegate General Thierry Frémaux – Shot in Central America .
Near Luke Dhont
His first film about trans identity, Girl, earned him the Camera d’or in 2018. In “Close” the Belgian Lukas Dhont addresses the friendship between two teenagers separated by a tragedy.
“Brother and Sister” by Arnaud Desplechin
In the sequel to his Conte de Noël (2008), French director Arnaud Desplechin brings to life a family drama about a brother and sister struggling with longstanding conflicts, who are reunited by the death of their parents. With Marion Cotillard and Melvil Poupaud.
“NMR”, by Cristian Mungiu
The Palme d’Or for “4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days”, a drama about abortion and corruption, Cristian Mungiu continues to investigate Romania’s grievances with a film shot in a village in Transylvania, evoking the impact of European politics, relationships between communities and the destiny of a country.
Leila’s Brothers by Saeed Roustaee
The Iranian Saeed Roustaee already impressed with his hard-hitting thriller “The Law of Tehran” about drug trafficking. He comes to Cannes with “Leila’s Brothers,” about a young woman whose family is in debt and who is trying to start a family business.
“Hi-han” (EO) by Jerzy Skolimowski
At 84, this big name of Polish cinema, a pillar of the new wave in this country in the 1960s, having returned to Poland after a life in California, tells the story of a donkey who was banished from a Polish circus to a horse stable before he lived there driven by numerous adventures in the Alps.
“Pacification – Agony in the Islands” by Albert Serra
Spaniard Albert Serra, who directed 2016’s The Death of Louis XIV starring Jean-Pierre Léaud in the role of the dying ruler, settled in Tahiti for this love and writing story, starring Benoît Magimel as the French diplomat.
“A Little Brother” by Léonor Serraille
The third French woman in the competition, Léonor Serraille, who attracted attention in 2017 with “Jeune fille”, tells the story of a family with an immigrant background from the late 1980s to the present day in the Parisian suburbs.
“The Eight Mountains” (“Otto Montagne”) by Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groeningen
Actress Charlotte Vandermeersch, with the director of The Merditude of Things and Alabama Monroe, adapts Italian Paolo Cognetti’s novel about the friendship between Pietro and Bruno, a boy from the city and another from the mountains.
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