Come back the Cannes Film Festival, in full attendance, on the traditional dates of May (from 17 to 28) after the canceled edition due to covid and that of last year in full July and tampon regime. The beautiful poster of the event tells all the hope we are attached to: Jim Carrey walks up the ladder of The Truman Show which fades into a Magrittian sky, because “this is a special edition”, say the organizers, “like those of 1939 and 1946, and cinema contributes to the invention of a new world”. In short, the hope is that it will be soon after the war.
The offer is strong and rich, perhaps even bulimic, the latest addition speaks of cinema and glam, is the series by Ethan Hawke The last movie star, produced by Scorsese, the love story between Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. The shadow of the conflict however leaves traces, Hazanavicius’ opening film was originally called Z such as zombies because this tells in a fantasy-horror key, but the Ukrainian protests against that menacing symbol of the Russian invasion advised a more peaceful Final cut (Coupez!), while the official Russian delegations remain at home by decision of the festival but the great author Kiril Serebrennikov, in exile in Berlin and disliked by Putin, will be welcomed with his film Tchaikovsky’s wife (apparently financed by the fund of the oligarch Abramovich), absolutely not to be missed.
Contradictions of these absurd times, and glory in the cinema, even the Italian one. It is a beautiful sign that two actress-authors, Valeria Golino and Jasmine Trinca, are respectively president of the jury of A certain regard and member of the official jury. Jasmine premieres her directorial debut Marcel !, with Alba Rohrwacher and Giovanna Ralli in the fictional mother and grandmother of the director. Three of our great protagonists are in official competition: Pierfrancesco Favino in Nostalgia by Mario Martone, from the entirely Neapolitan novel by Ermanno Rea, and The eight mountains by Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groeningen, from the beautiful book by Paolo Cognetti, comparison to white heat between Luca Marinelli and Alessandro Borghi. In short, all Italian literature and history, and the series on the kidnapping of Aldo Moro is also highly anticipated, Night exterior by Marco Bellocchio, announced by a poster with a crusader shield made of thorns and red roses, political Christology with Fabrizio Gifuni, Toni Servillo, Margherita Buy, while The envol of our Pietro Marcello, magical realism and pacifism, French production, opens the Directors’ Fortnight.
For those who still believe in stars and those who prefer great authors, Cannes 75, godmother Virginie Efira, is the stairway to heaven: Tom Cruise, physique du rôle intact, it will be on the Croisette to present Top Gun: Maverick and Tom Hanks, legendary Colonel Parker in the musical, will also arrive Elvis, dedicated to Presley and directed by the great Baz Luhrmann.
Jolts between sex, mutations and surgery are ensured by David Cronenberg’s return to body horror, which with Crimes of the future bets everything on Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart and Léa Seydoux (also starring in A beau matin by Mia Hansen-Love), while James Gray, magnificent return, brings together under a title in tune with the present, Armageddon time, the five gold Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Oscar Isaac, Robert De Niro and Donald Sutherland. Icon Tilda Swinton meets a djin who fulfills his three wishes in philosophical fantasy Three thousand years of longing by George Miller (out of competition), Margaret Qualley, daughter of Andie MacDowell, in absolute ascendancy, will compete as protagonist in the romantic thriller Stars at noon by Claire Denis.
Marion Cotillard, interpreter of Frère et sœurby Arnaud Desplechin, and Jean Dujardin, who stars in the film November sugli attacks in Paris. There is something for everyone, the victims of hypnosis Squid gamefor example, they can run to see series star Jung-Jae Lee doing his first directing at midnight Hunt80s spy genre, super pop appeal, just as it is certain that paradox and irony will win with Fumer fait tousser by Quentin Dupieux, where Vincent Lacoste sparkles, and in Les cinq diables, where Adèle Exarchopoulos is the mother of a little girl with the disturbing superpower of hearing and reproducing all smells. The drama is funny inside too Les amandiersthe adventures of the actors of the famous theater school of Patrice Chereau revisited by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, who faces the competition as a director.
Of course, the noble and honest authors of Palme d’Oro are all on the Riviera, from the Dardenne to Hirokazu Kore’eda, Cristian Mungiu, Park Chan-wook. Among so many titles and roles, three already strike our curiosity: the series Irma Vep by Olivier Assayas, produced by the same creators as Euphoria and inspired by her cult film from 1996, starring Alicia Vikander in the actress’s leather jumpsuit remake of Les vampires by Louis Feuillade. Unmissable. To stay on the female theme, we focus a lot on the presence in the competition of director Kelly Reichardt who finds her accomplice Michelle Williams for Showing up, set in the world of art. His previous film First cow, recently awarded at the Independent Spirit Awards, it is a true small masterpiece, so we expect a lot. It remains to point out, among the many unknown titles, a curiosity for the most romantic (and ancient): Corsage by Marie Kreutzer, torments and matchless crinolines of the empress of Austria, the beloved Princess Sissi. Sometimes they come back.
Cannes 2022 – Films in competition
Holy spider – by Ali Abbasi
Les amandiers – by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Crimes of the future – by David Cronenberg
Tori et Lokita – by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Stars at noon – by Claire Denis
Frère et sœur – by Arnaud Desplechin
Close – by Lukas Dhont
Armageddon time – by James Gray
Broker – by Hirokazu Kore’eda
Nostalgia – by Mario Martone
RMN – by Cristian Mungiu
Triangle of sadness – by Ruben Östlund
Haeojil gyeolsim (Decision to leave) –by Park Chan-wook
Showing up – by Kelly Reichardt
Leila’s brothers – by Saeed Roustaee
Boy from Heaven – by Tarik Saleh
Zhena Chaikovskogo (Tchaïkovski’s wife) – by Kirill Serebrennikov
Hi-han (Eo) – by Jerzy Skolimowski
Pacification – by Albert Serra
Mother and Son – by Léonor Serraille
The eight mountains – by Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groeningen
Cannes 2022 – Films out of competition
Top Gun: Maverick – by Joseph Kosinski
Elvis – by Baz Luhrmann
November – by Cédric Jimenez
Three thousand years of longing – by George Miller
Mascarade – by Nicolas Bedos
The innocent – by Louis Garrel
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