Here are the 21 films competing for the Palme d’Or at the 75th Cannes Film Festival, five of which were directed by women.
Future Crimes by David Kronberg
The director of Crash (1996) isn’t used to spare his audience: At 79 years old, the Canadian has to prove it once again, with this movie about transhumanism and organ removal. With Viggo Mortensen and Lea Seydoux.
The Holy Spider by Ali Abbasi
He was revealed in “Un Certain Regard” in 2018 with “Border,” a Dane of Iranian origin who follows a journalist from Tehran who investigates a series of femicides. These crimes will be the work of a man who claims to cleanse the city of its sins.
“The Triangle of Grief” by Robin Ostlund
Sweden’s most ruthless director is to seek a second Palme d’Or, after The Square (2017), with this satirical comedy where he follows the passengers of a luxury cruise stranded on a desert island led by the Marxist captain of a ship.
“Broker” (“The Good Stars”) by Hirokazu Kuri Ida
After the Palme d’Or on “A Family Affair” (2018), Croisette’s great regular took a side step into South Korea, beginning “Parasite” star Song Kang-ho in a new family saga where baby cans are concerned.
‘Decision to leave’ Park Chan Wook
He characterized the Croisette as the very violent “old boy” (Grand Prix 2004); The Korean Park Chan-wook must conspire again with the detective who must explain the murder of a man, with the main suspect: the victim’s wife.
“Appearance” by Kelly Richardt
A fascinating character in independent cinema, the American in simple cinema (“The First Cow”) meets one of her favorite actresses, Michelle Williams, in a film about the artist’s daily life and the way her life is inspired by it.
A Boy From Heaven by Tariq Saleh
After the success of Confidential Cairo (2017), Swede of Egyptian descent, Tarek Saleh, reconnected with his favorite actor, Fares Fares, and depicted a power struggle between the country’s religious and political elites.
“Tchaikovsky’s Wife” by Kirill Serebrenkov
The terrible child of the Russian scene, who settled in Berlin after leaving Russia in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine, is competing for the third time, with a historical film about the private life of composer Tchaikovsky.
Almond Trees by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
The successful French-Italian actress is one of five women competing for the Palme d’Or. His film about the theater school in Amandiers, founded by French director Patrice Chéreau in the Paris region, had his background on the raging AIDS.
“Tori and Luketa” by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
The Dardenne brothers, famous actors of social cinema, have already made peace twice in Cannes, this time contented with the friendship of two African teenagers exiled in Belgium and living in precarious conditions.
“Armageddon Time” by James Gray
After “Ad Astra,” the American director returns to Earth with the story of a teen borne by Anne Hathaway and Anthony Hopkins, set in the heart of 1980s New York City, at a school ruled by Donald Trump’s father.
nostalgic mario marton
For his first steps in competition, Neapolitan Mario Marton revives his city with the dramatic adaptation of the novel “Nostalgia” by Italian writer and journalist Ermanno Ría.
“Stars at Noon” by Claire Dennis
French director Claire Denis won an award in February for “Avec amour et acharnement” at the Berlinale, returning “with a film of expectations and atmosphere on the edge of diplomatic excitement” — according to Cannes Film Festival delegate general Thierry Frémaux. Filmed in Central America.
Near Lukas Dhont
His debut film ‘Girl’ about trans identity won the Camera d’Or in 2018. With Belgium’s ‘Close’ Lukas Dhont deals with friendship through two teens separated by tragedy.
“Brother and Sister” by Arnaud Distribution
In a continuation to Conte de Noel (2008), French director Arnaud Desplechin portrays a family drama with a brother and sister in a long-running struggle who are reunited by the death of their parents. With Marion Cotillard and Melville Bobod.
“NMR” by Christian Mungiu
Palme d’or In “4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days”, a drama about abortion and corruption, Christian Mungiu continues to examine Romania’s diseases with a film, shot in a village in Transylvania, evoking the impact of European politics, the relations between societies and the fate of the country.
“Laila Brothers” by Saeed Rustaei
Iranian Saeed Rosati has already impressed with his thriller “Tehran’s Law” on drug smuggling. He arrives in Cannes with the film “The Brothers of Leila”, the story of which is about a young woman who is heavily indebted to her family and tries to start a family business.
“Hee Han” (EO), by Jerzy Skolimowski
At the age of 84, this great name in Polish cinema, this country’s New Wave columnist in the 1960s, returned to Poland after living in California, telling the story of a donkey who was rejected from a Polish circus into a stable. Horses, before being driven into the Alps Through many adventures.
Tranquility – Torment on the Islands by Albert Serra
The Spaniard Albert Serra, who portrayed “The Death of Louis XIV” in 2016 with Jean-Pierre Loud as the dying king, settled in Tahiti for this love and writing story, Benoit Magimel being a French diplomat.
“Little Brother” Leonor Serail
The third French woman in competition, Leonor Serail, noted in 2017 with the song Jeune fille, tells the story of a family of emigration, from the end of the eighties to the present day in the outskirts of Paris.
“Eight Mountains” (“Otto Montaigne”) by Charlotte Vandermerch and Felix van Groningen
Actress Charlotte Vandermerch, director of the novels “The Merditude of Things” and “Alabama Monroe” written by Italian Paolo Cognetti, adapts to the bond of friendship between Pietro and Bruno, a city boy and another mountaineer.