Cannes is the annual film festival to which all directors invariably want to be invited, and there is no room for everyone in its program. And while describing it as a problem is like listening to someone complain that a dozen ‘Manolos’ won’t fit in their shoe closet, in practice this mismatch poses a dilemma for those responsible. While preparing the candidate list PalmShould they fill it with famous names or should they revolutionize the bench on fresh blood like Luis Enrique in the Spanish team?
In the 75th edition, they tried to swim and take off their clothes as usual. Their roster has past victories on one side, the Dardenne brothers, Hirokazu Koreedada, Jerzy Skolimowski and others who have undoubtedly lost some of their ability to surprise and excite until now, other names with stakes for the future –Lukas Dhont, Leonor Serraille-; and by the way, right, a little bit of everything. This is what we call among the 21 titles competing for that precious prize. But let’s not forget that the Cannes festival is a giant showcase of hundreds of films. And while it may seem silly to highlight just 10 of them, it’s not just Cannes that has a space problem.
“Top Gun: Maverick” by Joseph Kosinski
The sequel to the movie that made Tom Cruise a star – ‘Top Gun’: idols of the air’ (1986), the eighties classic about dangerous acrobatic moves in fighter planes and beach volleyball matches filled with homerotic subtext, isn’t just one of those movies. ‘blockbusters‘ but it’s also said to be a nostalgic affirmation of the Hollywood show that demands to be experienced in front of a giant screen. It will be released worldwide next week.
‘Pacific’ by Albert Serra
Despite Serra being as regular at Cannes as Pedro Almodóvar – first visiting in 2006 to present his second work, ‘Honor de cavalleria’ – he had not had the opportunity to compete for Palme until now. d’Or. tells the story of a writer returning home from his seventh feature film, Girona. French Polynesia after a huge success with one of his books and once there he faces a creative crisis. It is a co-production of Spain, France, Germany and Portugal.
“Showing” by Kelly Reichardt
The reason why it took so many years to be invited to the official competition of this event, which is undoubtedly one of the most distinguished names of today’s cinema, is unknown, but as it is often said -although it is not true- it is never too much. It’s too late to fix mistakes. In the fourth collaboration with the actress michelle williamsReichardt stars as a New York artist who uses the vital chaos that surrounds him for creative inspiration, on the verge of opening the most important exhibition of his career.
‘Triangle of Sorrow’ by Ruben Östlund
‘ five years after becoming one of the most unexpected Palme d’Or winners in recent historySquare’ (2017), Östlund is competing again in this competition with her first film in English. Focusing on a group of characters who end up on a deserted island when their luxury yacht capsizes, the film promises to be a new showcase of the Swedish director’s skills in black comedy and critique of human decay.
‘The Noon Stars’ by Claire Denis
It’s the second film Denis has presented at festivals so far this year – it won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlinale just a few months ago. ‘The Two Sides of the Knife’- It is also her first filmography to compete in the official division since then.Chocolate‘ (1988). Adapted from the 1986 novel by Denis Johnson and set in Nicaragua during the Sandinista revolution, the film tells how a British businessman and an American journalist begin a passionate love affair and soon find themselves trapped in a maze of lies. and conspiracies.
‘Crimes of the Future’ by David Cronenberg
Cronenberg is one of the most beloved directors of Cannes, who never won the Palme d’Or -Almodóvar. Jim Jarmusch for example, they are also a part of that group and they are returning to the festival after eight years without making a film this year. The title of his new movie is the same as the mid-length film he directed in 1970, but it tells a different story: in a future where accelerated human evolution is possible, an artist decides to transform the removal of some of his new body organs. sprouted in a theatrical performance.
‘The best ones’ by Rodrigo Sorogoyen
Sorogoyen has been exhibiting his editing at the most important festivals of the world for years, but his sixth film is the first to be included in the selection of the French competition. In which two great acting talents of French cinema take the leading roles, Denis Menochet and Marina Fois Accompanies a couple who face hostility from the residents of their newly moved Galician town. As usual in his cinema, the man from Madrid is co-signing the script with Isabel Peña.
Irma Vep by Olivier Assayas
In 1996, Assayas presented his sixth feature film ‘Irma Vep’ at this festival. In this film, the great Maggie Cheung played an actress hired to play the title character in the remake of the legendary silent movie ‘Les Vampires’ (1915). Louis Feuillade. Almost thirty years later, he became a regular during this time. croissant The French director, who won the Best Director award for ‘Personal Shopper’ (2016), returns to Cannes for this eight-part ‘remake’ starring Alicia Vikander.
‘The decision to leave’ by Park Chan-wook
Park won two major awards at this festival thanks to ‘Oldboy’ (2004) -Grand Jury Prize- and ‘Thirst’ (2009). -Jury Award– and was unfairly ignored by the judges after presenting ‘La doncella’ here in 2016. His new film tells the story of a detective who falls in love with a mysterious widow who is the prime suspect in the murder he is investigating.
‘Holy Spider’ by Ali Abbasi
A serial killer embarks on what he sees as his divine mission to cleanse the holy city of Mashhad from the prostitutes who roam the streets and corrupt them. But after killing a few, he despairs over the public’s indifference to his business. This is the story told in the new film by Danish-based Iranian filmmaker Abbasi, which was acclaimed and awarded for ‘The Border’ at Cannes in 2018. romance, horror movies and Scandinavian folklore.