The dates, the president of the jury, the theme: Here, Vogue Paris breaks down one of the most important events in international cinema, this year led by Mexican director, Alejandro González Iñárritu.
When will the Cannes Film Festival take place?
The 72nd Cannes Film Festival will take to the Croisette between May 14 and 25, 2019. Like last year, the festival will stretch across 11 days.
The festival poster pays tribute to a shining light of French cinema
Unveiled on April 15, 2019, the poster for the 72nd edition pays homage to Agnès Varda who passed away on March 29, 2019, with a still taken from her 1994 film, La Pointe Courte. A member of the Jury in 2005, she was awarded an honorary Palme d’Or in 2015. Her light will continue to shine at the Cannes Film Festival 2019.
Who will be on the jury?
Alejandro González Iñárritu will lead the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. Following in the footsteps of Cate Blanchett. The multi-award winning Mexican director, (who has received Oscars for Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay in 2015 for Birdman, as well as the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Director for The Revenant in 2016) is no stranger to the Croisette. “Cannes is a festival that has been important to me since the beginning of my career. I am humbled and thrilled to return this year with the immense honor of presiding over the Jury, he has declared. Cinema runs through the veins of the planet and this festival has been its heart. We on the jury will have the privilege to witness the new and excellent work of fellow filmmakers from all over the planet. This is a true delight and a responsibility that we will assume with passion and devotion.” Alejandro González Iñárritu has been making waves in Hollywood since his first film in 2000, Amores Perros, thanks to his unique perspective and daring style. The director will award the Palm d’Or on the evening of May 25 with a jury composed of Elle Fanning, Maimouna N’Diaye, Kelly Reichardt, Alice Rohrwacher, Enki Bilal, Robin Campillo, Yorgos Lanthimos & Paweł Pawlikowski at his side.
The 19 films in competition are:
Opening film: The Dead Don’t Die, Jim Jarmusch
Dolor y gloria (Pain and Glory), Pedro Almodovar
Il Traditore (The Traitor), Marco Bellocchio
The Wild Goose Lake, Diao Yinan
Gisaengchung (Parasite), Bong Joon-Ho
Le jeune Ahmed (Yound Ahmed), Frères Dardenne
Roubaix, une lumière (Oh Mercy!), Arnaud Desplechin
Atlantique, Mati Diope
Matthias et Maxime (Matthias and Maxime), Xavier Dolan
Little Joe, Jessica Hausner
Sorry We Missed You, Ken Loach
Les Misérables, Ladj Ly
A Hidden Life, Terrence Malick
Bacurau, Kleber Mendonça
La Gomera (The Whistlers), Corneliu Porumboiu
Frankie, Ira Sachs
Portrait de la jeune fille en feu, Céline Sciamma
It must be heaven, Elia Suleiman
Sibyl, Justine Triet
Films out of competition:
The Best Years of a Life, Claude Lelouch
Rocketman, Dexter Fletcher
Too Old To Die Young – North of Hollywood, West of Hell, Nicolas Winding Refn
Diego Maradona, Asif Kapadia
La Belle époque, Nicolas Bedos
The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil, Lee Won-Tae
Share, Pippa Bianco
For Sama, Waad Al Kateab and Edward Watts
Family Romance, LLC., Werner Herzog
Tommaso, Abel Ferrara
Etre Vivant Et Le Savoir, Alain Cavalier
A Certain Regard:
Vida Invisivel (Invisible Life), Karim Aïnouz
Dylda (Beanpole), Kantemir Balagov
The Swallows of Kabul, Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobé Mévellec
A brother’s love, Monia Chokri
The Climb, Michael Covino
Joan of Arc, Bruno Dumont
O Que Arde (A Sun That Never Sets), Olivier Laxe
Chambre 212, Christophe Honoré
Port Authority, Danielle Lessovitz
Papicha, Mounia Meddour
Adam, Maryam Touzani
Zhuo Ren Mi Mi, Midi Z
Liberté, Albert Serra
Bull, Annie Silverstein
Liu Yu Tian (Summer of Changsha), Zu Feng
Evge, Nariman Aliev
Who is the master of the ceremony?
Following Monica Bellucci in 2017, it is Edouard Baer to again present the opening and closing ceremonies of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, a task he rose to brilliantly in 2008, 2009 and last year.
The selection for Semaine de la Critique :
Abou Leila (Algeria), Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
Ceniza Negra / Cendre Noire (Costa Rica), Sofía Quirós Ubeda
Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur / A White, White Day (iceland), Hlynur Pálmason
J’ai perdu mon corps, Jérémy Clapin
Nuestras Madres / Our Mothers (Guatemala), César Díaz
The Unknown Saint / Le Miracle du Saint Inconnu (Morocco), Alaa Eddine Aljem
Vivarium (Ireland), Lorcan Finnegan
Dia de festa / Jour de fête (Portugal), Sofia Bost
Fakh / The Trap (Egypt), Nada Riyadh
Ikki illa meint (Denmark), Andrias Høgenni
Journey Through a Body (France), Camille Degeye
Kolektyviniai sodai / Community Gardens (Lithuania), Vytautas Katkus
Lucía en el limbo (Belgium), Valentina Maurel
The Manila Lover (Norway), Johanna Pyykkö
Mardi de 8 à 10 (France), Cecilia de Arce
She Runs (France), Qiu Yang
Ultimul Drum Spre Mare / Le Dernier Voyage à la Mer (Romania), Adi Voicu
Litigante (Colombia), Franco Lolli – Film d’ouverture
Tu mérites un amour (France), Hafsia Herzi
Les héros ne meurent jamais (France), Aude Léa Rapin
Demonic (Australia), Pia Borg
Naptha (United Kingdom), Moin Hussain
Please Speak Continuously and Describe Your Experiences as They Come to You (Canada), Brandon Cronenberg
Invisível Herói / Invisible Hero (Portugal), Cristèle Alves Meira
Tenzo (Japan), Katsuya Tomita
Chun hiang shui nuan / Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains (China), Gu Xiaogang
Who will open the festival?
The Dead Don’t Die
Jim Jarmusch will present The Dead Don’t Die on May 14. In competition and shown as a world première, this horror film with a twist has an all-star of Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez, Iggy Pop, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny and Danny Glover, all off whom will be surprised by a zombie invasion in the peaceful town of Centerville.
Alain Delon will be receive the honorary Palme d’Or
The French cinema icon has earned it. Following in the footsteps of Jeanne Moreau, Woody Allen, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Fonda, Clint Eastwood, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Manoel de Oliveira, Agnès Varda and Jean-Paul Léaud, it is Alain Delon who is next to receive the honorary Palme d’Or in recognition of his immense career.
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