The 75th edition Cannes film festival will run from May 17-28, 2022 and will host a series of highly anticipated films. The Cannes Film Festival is revered as one of the most prestigious in the world and has been partly responsible for launching the careers of prestigious filmmakers, such as Quentin Tarantino and Guillermo del Toro after their films performed well at the festival. Although the jury for this year’s festival has yet to be announced, last year it was led by Spike Lee and other members including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Melanie Laurant.
In addition to the Best Director, Actress, Actor and Screenplay awards, the Cannes Film Festival has three separate awards for films. These are the Jury Prize, the Grand Prix, and the most prestigious is the Palme d’Or which rewards the best film. Previous winners of the award are Bong Joon-ho Parasiteby Tarantino pulp Fictionand Martin Scorsese Taxi driver. Although the 2020 edition of the festival was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 Palme d’Or was awarded to Julia Ducournau’s Titanium.
There are 18 films competing for the awards at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. They include new and old auteur films from all over the world, meaning the festival is arguably a much better celebration of world cinema than the Oscars. Although the majority of the competition is led by non-English language films, this year’s Cannes lineup includes films that are likely to be big hits with Western audiences. A disappointment in this year’s lineup is the absence of a rumored new movie from Dunes director David Lynch, who claimed he had no projects in development. Regardless of this disappointment, there are plenty of films at Cannes that will delight moviegoers, and here are all of the most anticipated films from the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.
Z – Michel Hazanavicius
French director Michel Hazanavicius is best known for his 2011 film The artistwhich won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The artist may seem unattainable at first glance as the film is mostly silent and shot in black and white, however, it is heartwarming and, more importantly, hilarious. Hazanavicius’ next film Z is another comedy but works in a completely different stage of The artist. Z (also known as final cut) is a zombie comedy that is a remake of the Japanese film by Shinichirou Ueda A cup of the dead, which received great acclaim upon its release. Due to the accessibility of zombie movies, Z may be Hazanavicius’ opportunity to introduce himself to a wider audience and if he’s as revered as Ueda’s film, he’s sure to be a hit.
Decision to leave – Park Chan-wook
Decision to leave is an upcoming mystery film from South Korean master Park Chan-wook. Chan-wook is best known for the Vengeance trilogy, which included Old boyand his 2016 erotic thriller The servant – all of which demonstrate his penchant for violence and morally ambivalent characters. Decision to leave stars Park Hae-il (memories of murder) and Lee Jung Hyun (Peninsula) among other things, and traces a detective who investigates a murder and falls in love with the widow, who is also the main suspect in the crime. Yes Decision to leave is something like previous Park Chan-wook films, there are sure to be plenty of twists and eccentricities along the way. Decision to leave has been selected to compete for the 2022 Palme d’Or.
Elvis – Baz Luhrmann
Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic will star Austin Butler (Once upon a time in Hollywood) in the lead role, with a strong supporting cast that includes Tom Hanks and Kodi Smit-McPhee, and stranger things‘Dacre Montgomery. The trailer for Elvis promises the film will chronicle the king of rock ‘n roll’s entire life, and director Baz Luhrmann has said he hopes the film “paint a canvas of American life in the 50s, 60s and 70s.” Luhrmann has proven his ability to work with huge stars and convincingly portray historical periods with his previous efforts, such as Gatsby the magnificent, red Milland Romeo + Juliet. The stylized vision of the director must marry well with Elvis‘ and Butler’s vocals, and the film currently has a release date of June 24, 2022.
Top Gun: Maverick – Joseph Kosinski
After a seemingly eternal wait for the 1986 sequel Superior gun, Top Gun: Maverick will finally be released on May 27, 2022, shortly after its Cannes screening. The release of Top Gun: Maverick has been delayed several times due to complications from COVID-19 and Paramount is waiting for the summer to ensure the film is a box office sensation. Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer will reprise their roles from the original film and will be joined by newcomers Miles Teller and Jennifer Connelly. Superior gun director Tony Scott was originally set to return before his tragic death by suicide. Since, Oversight and tron the legacy director Joseph Kosinski took his place in the director’s chair. After years of delay, audiences will be equally relieved and thrilled to finally see Top Gun: Maverick on the big screen.
Armageddon Time – James Gray
Ad Astra director James Gray will launch his latest film armageddon time at Cannes 2022, where it will also compete for the Palme d’Or. Although little is known about the plot of armageddon time, it is said to be a coming of age story set against the backdrop of 1980s America. Robert DeNiro, Oscar Isaac and Cate Blanchett were originally meant to star in the film , but they have since left the project. Nonetheless, the movie still boasts an impressive roster that includes Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong, and Anthony Hopkins.
Three Thousand Years of Nostalgia – George Miller
George Miller was never afraid to work in different genres. the happy feet the director’s newest film is the action masterpiece Mad Max: Fury Road, demonstrating Miller’s ability to shine regardless of his audience or subject. This makes his next film Three thousand years of nostalgia particularly exciting. The film has been described as a romantic fantasy of epic scope and stars Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton in the lead roles. Three thousand years of nostalgia will tell the story of a scholar who meets a Djinn (a supernatural being in Islamic mythology who is often anglicized as a demon or genie), who offers him three wishes in exchange for his freedom.
Future Crimes – David Cronenberg
Future Crimes is a body horror film directed by blood baron, David Cronenberg, a pioneer of the body horror genre. Although Cronenberg first rose to prominence with his body horror efforts Fly and Thrillhe has since explored other genres with films such as Eastern promises, A story of violence and Accident (which won the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1996). Cronenberg reunited with actor Viggo Mortensen for the film, which also stars Kristen Stewart and Léa Seydoux. Previously, Cronenberg directed a film titled Future Crimes in 1970, however, the film was generally negatively reviewed and its final outing would not be a remake of his 1970 effort. Either way, it will be thrilling to see Cronenberg return to the horror genre that made from him a familiar name.
Stars at noon – Claire Denis
The stars at noon is Claire Denis’ second film of 2022 after Both sides of the blade debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival in February and won Denis the Silver Bear for Best Director. The stars at noon will star Margaret Qualley and will be Denis’ second film in English after 2018 high life, starring Robert Pattinson. To like high life, The stars at noon will be distributed by the independent central A24. The film is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Denis Johnson and will trace the romance between a mysterious English businessman and an American journalist as they attempt to flee Nicaragua during the Nicaraguan revolution. Denis has established herself as one of the world’s greatest directors and The Stars at Noon should once again prove her abilities.
Broker – Hirokazu Kore-eda
Hirokazu Kore-eda is best known for his touching 2018 drama Shoplifters which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival that year. Kore-eda’s success at the festival did not stop there, he also won the Jury Prize in 2013 for Like father, like son. His previous accomplishments at Cannes mean his latest film Broker is one of the favorites for this year’s Palme d’Or. Although Hirokazu Kore-eda is a Japanese filmmaker, Broker is a South Korean film and will be his second consecutive film not in his native language, after directing the French film The truth in 2019. Most often compared to Japanese master Yasukirō Ozu, Kore-eda’s latest film will tell another story that examines the intricacies of personal and family relationships.
Introduce yourself – Kelly Reichardt
To show up will be Kelly Reichardt’s first film to compete for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. To show up will be Reichardt’s fourth collaboration with actress Michelle Williams, and will also feature Hong Chau and André 3000. by Reichardt has always been appreciated by critics and festival authorities.
Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind – Ethan Coen
The upcoming documentary Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind will be Ethan Coen’s first solo release, after his brother Joel Coen also released his first solo effort Macbeth’s Tragedy Last year. Together, the Coen brothers have become two of the most influential directors of the past thirty years with films like Fargo, There is no country for old peopleand The great Lebowski. The documentary is based on American singer-songwriter Jerry Lee Lewis, who has been hailed as a pioneer of rock n roll and rockabilly music. Although Ethan Coen has apparently taken a break from filmmaking to focus on acting, the upcoming documentary is a pleasant surprise that will showcase his talents in a new medium. The film will not compete for any award, however, as it is planned to be a “special screening” to 2022 Cannes film festival.
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