The Cannes Film Festival hopes to attract the likes of Baz Luhrmann, George Miller and David Cronenberg for its 75th anniversary. The landmark edition of the sun-drenched celebration of all things movie-related might even land a megastar in the form of Tom Cruise, whom festival organizers bet the bank may be convinced to unveil “Top Gun: Maverick,” giving Cannes the kind of dazzling premiere that makes the French festival an unforgettable experience.
The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 17-28 and the full selection will be revealed the third week of April. Of course, things can change and the films that were supposed to arrive on the Croisette can end up taking a detour, either because they won’t be finished in time, or because their teams have rethought their deployment plans. That said, Variety has gathered information from a host of knowledgeable sources to compile the most detailed list yet of the highly anticipated titles we expect to see in May in the south of France.
Sources say Variety that Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux hopes to select a female jury president, and insiders say Marion Cotillard and Penelope Cruz are among the names that have been discussed so far. Both have films considered for the official selection, with Cotillard in “Brother and Sister” by Arnaud Desplechin and Cruz in “L’immensità” by Emanuele Crialese. For Cruz or Cotillard to chair the jury, their films would have to play out of competition.
While the volume of film submissions for Cannes is comparable to pre-pandemic levels, the 2022 edition will likely enjoy a larger US presence than in 2021. Several studio films are looking to premiere on the French Riviera, according to insiders.
Elsewhere, Variety confirmed that Claire Denis’ “Stars at Noon” and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “On Barren Weeds” – both of which are still in post-production – will not play on the French Riviera in May.
Denis told the Berlinale presser for his latest film ‘Both Sides of the Blade’ that ‘Stars at Noon’, starring Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn, was still in early post-production and suggested it wouldn’t open. not in Cannes. Meanwhile, a source close to the production of ‘On Barren Weeds’ said the film requires heavy post-production work and would be a likely contender for Cannes in 2023.
Other films that could roll out in the fall include Wes Anderson’s ‘Asteroid City,’ which has no plans to debut at Cannes despite previous reports; and Maria Schrader’s “She Said”, which will be released on November 18. As previously reported by VarietyNetflix will also skip the festival due to the country’s windowing rule, meaning Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde” won’t play there.
Nonetheless, Cannes will still have plenty of glitzy titles to choose from. Here are some of the titles that may be considered:
Top Gun: Maverick
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly
It’s the “planetary blockbuster” that Thierry Fremaux has been dreaming of since 2020, and he was already securing it for an out-of-competition slot in 2020 before the physical edition of the festival was scrapped due to the pandemic. After several delays, Paramount has now dated the film for May 27, just days before the festival ends.
“The Time of Armageddon”
Director: James Gray
Cannes has been trying to bring Gray back for years, and he has a good chance of succeeding with “Armageddon Time,” a coming-of-age tale set in 1980s Queens (Donald Trump and his father Fred are auxiliary characters). Although the film is still in the works, it should be ready by May. Gray, who previously hinted that he had a painful experience at the world premiere of “The Immigrant” in Cannes in 2013, is now open to the idea of returning to the festival with this more intimate film which should be his strongest film since “Two Lovers”. .”
Director: Florian Zeller
Zeller, whose feature debut “The Father” had its world premiere in Venice and won two Oscars, is seeking to have his second film, “The Son,” open at Cannes. The film, which shot in London and is – like “The Father” – adapted from a play by Zeller, is currently in post. Zeller is working on the original score with a prestigious composer.
“Three thousand years of nostalgia”
Director: George Miller
With: Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba
This film, which has been under the radar, is an epic fantasy romance. It’s a smaller but ambitious film from Cannes regular Miller. He was even president of the jury in 2016 and his last film “Mad Max: Fury Road” was presented at the festival in 2015.
Director: David Cronenberg
With: Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen
The sci-fi thriller will mark Cronenberg’s return to the Croisette 8 years after “Maps to the Stars”. The film, which reunites Cronenberg and Mortensen, who last worked together on “A Dangerous Way,” is set in the not-too-distant future where humans have evolved beyond their natural state.
Director: Baz Luhrman
Starring: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge, Natasha Bassett
Although Luhrmann opened Cannes with a bang with “Moulin Rouge!” in 2001 and “The Great Gatsby” in 2013, this highly anticipated biopic headlined by Austin Butler as The King cannot open the festival due to its June 24 release date. The festival has had a new rule in recent years that requires the opening night film to premiere in French theaters on the same day. That said, the Warner Bros. will probably have its world premiere at the festival.
Director: Angus MacLane
Voice cast: Taika Waititi, Chris Evans, Keke Palmer
“Lightyear,” Pixar’s upcoming origin story of the favorite “Toy Story” character, is set to have its out-of-competition world premiere at the festival, continuing the long tradition of Disney/Pixar family films that opened at Cannes. Although the festival is a main showcase for auteur films worldwide, it has also proven to be a brilliant launch pad for animated blockbusters, including “Up”, which even opened the festival in 2009, and “Inside Out” in 2015.
“To show up”
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Starring: Michelle Williams, John Magaro, James Le Gros
The film A24 portrays Williams as an artist on the verge of career-changing exposure. Reichardt, who was last in competition with another Williams film, “Wendy and Lucy,” may be one of many female directors to feature in the lineup.
“Tori and Lokita”
Director: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne
The two Palme d’Or brothers should return to the Croisette with their latest political film which follows the friendship between two young refugees from Africa exiled in Belgium. The Dardennes brothers were last at Cannes with their 2019 film “Ahmed” which revolved around a young man who becomes radicalized.
Director: Emanuele Crialese
Stars: Penelope Cruz
Cruz, who just won an Oscar nomination for his performance in Pedro Almodovar’s “Parallel Mothers” at Cannes, stars in this 1970s Italian film directed by Crialese, the critically acclaimed director of “Respiro.” Presented at Cannes, the film Pathé delivers an intimate portrait of a family in the 1970s, depicting Italian society at a turning point.
“Baby, Box, Broker”
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Stars: Song Kang-ho (“Parasite”), Bae Doona (“Cloud Atlas”, “The Host”), Gang Dong-won (“Peninsula”, “The Priests”).
Kore-eda, who was last at Cannes in 2018 with his Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters,” is set to return with his first Korean-language album, “Baby, Box, Broker.” The film follows a group of individuals who cross paths in a world where boxes are left out for people to anonymously drop off their unwanted babies.
Director: Park Chan-wook
Stars: Tang Wei (“Lust, Caution”, “Black Hat”) and Korean actor Park Hye-il (“The Host”)
The famous Korean director of “Oldboy” and “The Handmaiden” is expected in Cannes with this new film which revolves around a diligent detective who investigates a possible murder case in the mountainous countryside.
“Triangle of Sadness”
Director: Ruben Ostlund
Stars: Woody Harrelson
Ostlund, who won the Palme d’Or at Cannes with his latest film ‘The Square’ in 2017, wrapped filming his ambitious satire ‘Triangle of Sadness’ a year and a half ago and is currently working to cut his cut three hours. Starring Harrelson as a rabid Marxist who captains a cruise for the super-rich, the film was shot on a desert island in Greece and aboard the Christina O, a prestigious yacht whose passengers have included Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe.
Untitled “Hamlet” adaptation
Director: Ali Abbassi
Stars: Noomi Rapace
Swedish-Danish-Iranian filmmaker Abbasi won Cannes’ Un Certain Regard award with ‘Border’ and could make his competition debut at this year’s festival with that genre twist on William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, titled by Rapace.
Director: Lola Quivoron
Each year, the Cannes competition honors a young director who makes his debut in a daring feature film, such as “Les Misérables” by Ladj Ly. This year’s list could boast Quivoron’s “Rodeo,” which is produced by “Annette” producer Charles Gillibert and revolves around a young woman who infiltrates an underground dirt-bike community in France. Quivoron is one of the many directors expected in the Official Selection. With women winning top prizes at Cannes (“Titane” by Julia Ducournau), Venice (“Happening” by Audrey Diwan) and Berlin this year (“The Two Sides of the Blade” by Claire Denis), Fremaux will increase probably gender balance, especially in competition. .
Manori Ravindran, Peter Debruge, Brent Lang and Nick Vivarelli contributed to this report.