Cannes Film Festival 2022: when is it, films that premiere and program

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Celebran la 75 edición del Festival de Cannes (AP).

After the cannes film festival The 2020 edition will be canceled due to the pandemic and the 2021 edition will be held in a reduced way — even kissing on the red carpet has been banned — the lavish movie soiree on the French Riviera is set to celebrate its 75th anniversary, which promises to be something more normal.

What passes for ordinary in Cannes has never been particularly ordinary, but it has remarkably withstood the fluctuations of time. From the first festival in 1946, immediately after the WWIIthe festival has remained a maximalist extravaganza that puts world cinema and the glamor of the Côte d’Azur in the spotlight.

“Hopefully now it will be a normal Cannes again,” says Ruben Östlund, who returns this year with the social satire The triangle of sadnessa follow-up to his 2017 Palme d’Or-winning film, The Plaza, the farce of art.

When does the 2022 Cannes Film Festival start?

This year, Cannes, which begins on Tuesday, May 17 with the premiere of the zombie film Z by Michel Hazanavicius, not only coincides with the latest ebbs of the pandemic, but also with the biggest war Europe has seen since World War IIin Ukraine. Cannes, which began as a product of the war — the festival was initially launched as a French rival to the Venice Film Festival, in which Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler had begun to interfere — will once again resonate with the echoes of an unseen conflict. so far.

Visibility to Ukrainian cinema

Organizers have banned Russians with government ties from entering the festival. Several films by prominent Ukrainian filmmakers will be screened, including the documentary by Sergei Loznitsa The natural history of destruction. Footage shot by Lithuanian filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravičius before he was assassinated in Mariupol in April will also be presented by his fiancee, Hanna Bilobrova.

At the same time, Cannes will host more Hollywood stars than in the last three years. Top Gun: Maverick by Joseph Kosinski, whose release was delayed due to the pandemic, will be screened shortly before its theatrical release. Tom Cruise will walk the red carpet and sit down for a rare career-spanning interview.

“Every director’s dream is to be able to go to Cannes one day,” says Kosinski. “Going there with this film and with Tom, screening it there and being a part of the retrospective they’re going to do for him, it’s going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Films premiering at Cannes 2022

Warner Bros will release the ostentatious Elvis by Baz Luhrmann, starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks. George Miller will arrive with his fantasy epic A thousand years of longing with Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton. Ethan Coen will present his first film without his brother Joel, Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in the Mind, a documentary about the rock and roll legend made with archive footage.

and debut too Armageddon time by James Gray, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story, set in New York, with Anthony Hopkins Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong.

But Hollywood’s presence will actually be reduced. Cannes regulations regarding theatrical releases have essentially ruled out streaming services from the competition for the top prize, the Palm of Gold. This year’s jury is chaired by the French actor Vincent Lindon.

Last year’s winner, the explosive Titanium from Julia Ducournau, starring Lindon, it was only the second time Cannes’ top honor went to a female filmmaker. This year, there are five films directed by women in competition for the Palm, a record for Cannes but a low percentage compared to other international festivals.

Who will be at Cannes 2022

This year’s lineup is also packed with veterans and festival winners, including Hirokazu Kore-eda (Runner) by Christian Mungiumagnetic resonance) Y Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes (tori and lokita). Iconoclastic filmmakers like claire lairis (stars at noon), David Cronenberg (crimes of the future) Y chan-wook park (decision to leave) also compete for La Palma, as do Kelly Reichardt, who re-teamed with Michelle Williams in appearing.

What probably won’t be back soon is the number of parties that characterized the years when Harvey Weinstein was a ubiquitous figure at the festival. Thes concerns about covid-19 have not gone away. Attendees will not be tested but are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering. Few non-streaming companies have the budgets to throw lavish parties. The crowds will return to Cannes, but to what extent?

“It’s going to be different than it’s been,” says Tom Bernard, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Classic and a longtime Cannes regular. “Are you going to have parties? Are they going to have covid concerns? Or is everyone going to go in there and just try to ignore things?”

Measures continue due to covid-19

Bernard has noticed that some practices in the Cannes market, where movie distribution rights are bought and sold, They are still virtual. Initial meetings with vendors, in which executives and producers typically go from hotel to hotel along the Croisette, have been conducted primarily by Zoom before the festival, he says. The negotiation has become more focused. Cannes, known for being altruistic and frivolous, has perhaps become a bit more austere.

“It’s a reorganization of an event that has always been more or less the same, in every way,” says Bernard. “I think the routine will change.”

If anything can be expected with absolute certainty at Cannes, it is the frequent and ardent bid for the primacy of the big screen, despite the continuous changes in the film industry. Some films like Östlund’s, which co-stars Woody Harrelson, hope to span the disparate worlds colliding at Cannes.

“The goal we set for ourselves,” says Östlund, “was to combine the best of American cinema with European cinema, to try to make something that was really entertaining and at the same time thought-provoking.”

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