After the health crisis, the 75th Cannes Film Festival dreams of a big restart

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Vincent Lyndon as president, Tom Cruise returned to Croisette and several topical issues in the spotlight. France 24 reveals the highlights of the 75th Cannes Film Festival, which starts on May 17.

International stars returned to Cannes at 75and edition of the festival, which takes place from 17 to 28 May. Following the cancellation in 2020 and the poor release of 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, organizers hope that 2022 will be a year of relaunch for both the festival and the film industry, which has been hit hard by health restrictions.

The official selection consists of 72 films, 21 of which claim the prestigious Golden Palm Branch, which will be awarded this year by a jury chaired by French actor Vincent Lyndon.

French actor Vincent Lyndon, president of the 75th Cannes Film Festival. © Eric Gayard, Reuters

Permanent and newcomers to competitions

Among the big names in the official competition are Canadian director David Cronenberg with “Crimes of the Future”, Frenchmen Arno Depleshen and Claire Denny with “Brother and Sister” and “Noon Stars” or even South Korea’s Chan Park. -wook on “Deciding to Leave”. Four directors have already received the Palme d’Or: Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenni, Romanian Christian Mungiu, Japanese Hirokazu Kore-Eda and Swede Ruben Ostlund.

Several newcomers were also able to break into the most popular list. This is the case of Iranian director Saeed Rustai, who was impressed by the Tehran Law (2019), Swedish-Egyptian director Tariq Saleh, author of the thriller “Secret Secret” (2017) or French Leonor Serral, winner of the 2017 Golden Chamber with the Women’s Girl ».

Ukraine, terrorism and colonization

As is often the case at the Cannes Film Festival, the main relevant topics are in the program. Lithuanian documentary Mantas Kvedaravičius’s “Mariupol 2” covers the lives of civilians in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, which was shelled by the Russian army. Its director was arrested and killed by the Russian army in April. His fiancée, Anna Bilobrova, who accompanied him there, has finished the film and will be present in Cannes to defend him.

Although calls for a cultural boycott of Russia have increased in recent months, Kirill Serebrennikov is the only Russian director to have been elected. A well-known opponent of the Moscow regime, the director, who shows a film about the wife of composer Peter Tchaikovsky, left the country in March after the war.

Other topics present in this issue are ecology, with the Indian film All that breathes, the 2015 attacks with November and Return to Paris, and two historical feature films about the colonial question.

“Tirailleurs”, created by Omar Si and presented at the opening of Un a certain view, tells the story of the Senegalese sent to the front during World War II. Philippe Focona’s film Les Harkis tells the story of Algerians living in France who joined the French army during the War of Independence.

Tom Cruise, James Gray and Ethan Cohen on Croisette

Finally, Hollywood stars are not left out. If James Gray and Kelly Reichardt are the only two American directors among the lucky winners of the competition, the festival will host the world premiere of “Top Gun Maverick”, a sequel to the film that marked the beginning of Tom Cruise’s international career in 1986. On this occasion, the star, invited only once to Croisette in 1992, will return.

Installation for the film
Installation for the film “Top Gun: Maverick” in front of the Grand Hotel in Cannes. © Vianney Le Caer, Invision, AP

Director of “Moulin Rouge!” and “The Great Gatsby” by Baz Luhrmann will present his biographical film about Elvis, and Ethan Cohen will present “Jerry Lee Lewis: Problems in the Mind”, his first solo film.

Cannes Film Festival 2022
Cannes Film Festival 2022 © FMM Graphic Studio


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