The Cannes Film Festival’s influence should not be underestimated.
While last year, after the 2020 edition was canceled due to the pandemic, the impressive line-up included critical darling The Worst Person in The World and the winner of the best international film Oscar, Drive My Car.
So, what’s going to enchant the Croisette this time?
With Austin Butler as the King and Tom Hanks as his manipulative manager, Baz Luhrmann brings his typical truckload of spangly glitter and sugar-rush entertainment to the biography of Elvis Presley.
2. Crimes of The Future
Cannes regular David Cronenberg returns with his own long-gestating script, about a future world in which people have to adapt to transhumanism. Evolution accelerates, bodies sprout new organs and human identities are in a state of flux.
3. The Stars at Noon – Cannes 2022
European cinema icon Claire Denis brings a movie with a hint of Peter Weir’s The Year of Living Dangerously and her own keynote theme of colonial agony: Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn star as a journalist and businessman in 1980s Nicaragua.
Hirokazu Kore-eda, a Japanese auteur, has developed his first Korean language film alongside Korean singer Song Kang-ho, an intense emotional drama based on a true story of “baby boxes” where people can abandon unwanted infants.
5. One Fine Morning – Cannes 2022
Transgressive passion is the foundation of this movie from Mia Hansen-Løve, with Léa Seydoux as Sandra, a single mum with a young daughter, trying to find care for her elderly father, and embarking on an intense affair with an old friend.
6. Silent Twins – Cannes 2022
Agnieszka Smoczyska, a Polish director, takes up the narrative of the British “silent twins.” June and Jennifer Gibbons, played by Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance, were identical twins who spoke to no one but each other, created “outsider art” books, and were finally committed to Broadmoor for arson and theft.
7. Paris Memories – Cannes 2022
Virginie Efira plays a lady caught up in a terrorist strike in a Paris café in Alice Winocour’s drama. Some months later, stricken with PTSD and amnesia, and plagued with fragmented memories, she makes a determined attempt to reconstruct her past.
8. Men – Cannes 2022
A frisson of League-of-Gentlemen unease in a creepy English country village where all the men (played by Rory Kinnear) have a weird resemblance to each other: Jessie Buckley stars in this scary movie from Alex Garland.
9. Showing Up – Cannes 2022
Michelle Williams is Kelly Reichardt’s usual main actress, and she returns as Lizzie, a sculptor whose life is about to be flipped upside down by a new exhibition. André 3000, Judd Hirsch, and Amanda Plummer are among the other talents.
10. Triangle of Sadness – Cannes 2022
Pitch-black comedies are something of a specialty for Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure, The Square), who’s back with his strangest satire yet: The story of a supermodel power couple (Harris Dickinson and Charlbi Dean) who board a luxury cruise ship unknowing that its Marxist captain intends to turn the tables on the passengers.
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