‘Stars at Noon’ to ‘Boy from Heaven’


This year’s Cannes Film Festival has 21 films in competition, including films by four former Palme d’Or winners, as well as several cult films.

The winners of the 75th event will be announced during the closing ceremony on Saturday May 28.

Here are the 21 films competing at the festival this year:

“Future Crimes”

The dark genius behind Fly and AccidentDavid Cronenberg returns to his body horror roots with a tale starring Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart about people indulging in revolting surgical modifications for artistic enjoyment.

“Triangle of Sadness”

The king of teeth-grinding, Sweden’s Ruben Ostlund took a scalpel to modern bourgeois niceties with his Palme d’Or The place in 2017. In the same vein, his latest film features two models and a cleaning lady on a desert island with a group of billionaires.

“Tchaikovsky’s Wife”

The enfant terrible of Russian cinema and theatre, Kirill Serebrennikov, has clashed with the authorities with his caustic attacks on conservative values ​​and has been banned from traveling to Cannes for two previous nominations. Now in exile, he should be present for his historical account of the famous composer.

“Hour of Armageddon”

James Gray did some great high-profile dramas, from a space odyssey Ad Astra with Brad Pitt, on the Amazon adventure The Lost City of Z. This one is based on his teenage years in 1980s New York and a school run by Donald Trump’s father, starring Anne Hathaway and Sir Anthony Hopkins.


Japanese Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or in 2018 for his beautiful and touching family story Shoplifters. With the star of Parasite, Song Kang-ho, this one is about people dropping off babies in “baby boxes” to be picked up by other families.

‘Sky Boy’

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A daring film about the power struggles in the beacon of Sunni Islam, Al Azhar University in Egypt, by Swedish-Egyptian director Tarik Saleh.

“Decision to leave”

Park Chan-wook had international success with a nightmarish thriller Old boy which won him the second Grand Prix in 2004. This time, the South Korean brings his unique style to the familiar trope of a detective falling in love with the prime suspect in a murder investigation.

‘To show up’

Kelly Reichardt has gradually built a cult following with her mini-masterpieces about life on the fringes of American society, including 2019’s sleeper hit first cow. She reunites with Michelle Williams for an introspective look at a small-town artist trying to overcome distractions.

“Tori and Lokita”

Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne make simple but devastating slices of life and are among a handful to have won the Palme d’Or twice. Their latest film follows the friendship of two exiled African teenagers in Belgium.

“Stars at Noon”

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One of France’s best-loved playwrights, Claire Denis is having a busy year, having already won the prize for directing at this year’s Berlinale. Its Cannes entry is a political thriller set in Central America starring Robert Pattinson.


Romanian Cristian Mungiu won the Palme d’Or in 2007 for his dark but vital abortion film, 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days. This one explores the ethnic and political tensions in a remote village in Transylvania.


Belgian Lukas Dhont won the Camera d’Or newcomer award in 2018 for his debut Daughter about a trans ballet dancer. Here, he tackles two teenagers separated by a tragedy.

“Holy Spider”

Winner of the Un Certain Regard section in 2018 with FrontierDanish-Iranian Ali Abbasi heads to the Iranian religious city of Mashhad, where a family man seeks to rid the streets of sex workers.

‘Forever Young’

A story of love, life and tragedy in a Parisian theater troupe against the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s by Franco-Italian director Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.


Italian director Mario Martone pays tribute to his hometown of Naples after spending 40 years away.


Marion Cotillard stars in a drama about conflicted siblings brought together by the death of their parents, directed by Cannes veteran Arnaud Desplechin.

“Leila’s Brothers”

Iranian Saeed Roustayi caused a stir last year with his hard-hitting crime thriller Just 6.5. His new film examines the economic struggles of a family in a country hit by international sanctions.


'EO' by Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski.

Following a donkey from the circus to the slaughterhouse, this treatise against cruelty to animals is from the 84-year-old Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, first in competition at Cannes in 1972.


Spanish director Albert Serra travels to Tahiti to explore diplomatic tensions surrounding French nuclear testing.

‘Mother and son’

Frenchwoman Leonor Serraille follows a Senegalese mother from the 1980s to the present day as she tries to settle in the suburbs of Paris.

“The Eight Mountains”

The story of a longtime friendship between boys and their rural home of Belgian husband and wife team Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch.

Updated: May 17, 2022, 1:08 p.m.

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