LONDON (AP) — Films by David Cronenberg, Claire Denis and Park Chan-wook will compete for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, event organizers announced Thursday.
Films by previous winners Ruben Ostlund, Hirokazu Kore-eda and Cristian Mungiu will also be among the 18 titles vying for the festival’s top prize, as will a film by noted Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov.
Cannes artistic director Thierry Frémaux announced an initial lineup of nearly 50 films to be screened at this year’s festival at an online press conference on Thursday.
The event will open its 75th edition on May 17 with a comedy called “Z (Comme Z)” by Michel Hazanavicius, a French director best known for “The Artist.” The festival runs until May 28.
Cronenberg’s competition entry, “Crimes of the Future,” is his first film since “Maps to the Stars,” which also premiered at Cannes, in 2014. “Crimes of the Future” stars Léa Seydoux and Viggo Mortensen , and Frémaux noted that it would bring some glamor to the red carpet.
Denis’s “Stars at Noon” will be the director’s fifth film at Cannes. Set in Nicaragua, it tells the story of a blossoming romance between an English businessman and an American journalist.
Park is presenting a detective film, “Decision to leave”. Although he never won the Palme d’Or, he did win the Grand Prix, the festival’s second-highest prize, for his violent thriller “Oldboy” in 2004.
Most of the high-profile films to be screened out of competition at Cannes were known before Wednesday’s announcement. Baz Luhrmann will return to the Croisette to present “Elvis,” his biopic of the singer, starring Austin Butler as Elvis and Tom Hanks as his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
On May 18, Tom Cruise will appear at the premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick,” the long-awaited and repeatedly delayed sequel to the fighter pilot movie that helped make Cruise a superstar.
Frémaux on Thursday announced a few more titles out of competition from high-profile directors. Ethan Coen will present the first film directed without his usual collaborator, his brother Joel: a documentary titled “Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind” about the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer.
George Miller, the creator of the “Mad Max” franchise, will also return to Cannes with “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” a fantasy romance starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba, which Frémaux says is a “philosophical reflection on the history of the world.”
In the days leading up to Thursday’s announcement, there were suggestions that the lineup would include a new David Lynch movie, his first feature since “Inland Empire” in 2006. But on Tuesday, Lynch laughed off the suggestion in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. . . “I don’t have a new movie coming out,” he said. “That’s a total rumour.”
Of the 18 films in competition, only three are directed by women, with Kelly Reichardt’s “Showing Up” and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s “Les Amandiers” joining Denis’s “Stars at Noon.” Cannes has faced criticism in recent years for a shortage of female contestants for its top prize. Julia Ducournau took last year’s Palme d’Or for “Titane,” her violent horror film about a woman sexually obsessed with cars. However, she was only the second woman to win the award, after Jane Campion won in 1993 for “The Piano.”
The war in Ukraine will also cast a shadow over this year’s event. Since the Russian invasion, some of Ukraine’s leading film directors have called on film festivals to boycott Russian directors as a sign of support for Ukraine. Cannes said in a statement in March that it would no longer “welcome official Russian delegations, nor would it accept the presence of anyone linked to the Russian government,” but added that it would not bar entry to Russian directors, several of whom have faced difficulties operating in your country. country of origin.
Serebrennikov, who is hosting a competition film about the marriage of a Russian cultural icon, “Tchaikovsky’s Wife,” spent nearly two years under house arrest in Russia on fraud charges. His conviction was widely seen in Russia as an attempt to stifle artistic freedom.
Frémaux announced that two films by Ukrainian directors will appear at the festival, including Maksim Nakonechnyi’s “Butterfly Vision”, which will screen in the “Un Certain Regard” sidebar.
The jury for this year’s festival has not been defined, Frémaux said Thursday, adding that the list of films was also not entirely complete. The list of films would be “fine-tuned” next week, he added, because “many films were late” to the selection committee.