Here are the 21 films vying for the Palme d’Or at the 75th Cannes Film Festival, five of which are directed by women.
Future Crimes by David Croenberg
The director of “Crash” (1996) is not used to sparing his audience: At 79 years old, the Canadian had to prove it once again with this film, which is about transhumanism and ablation of organs. With Viggo Mortensen and Léa Seydoux.
“Holy Spider” (“Nights of Mashhad”) by Ali Abbasi
Revealed in “Un Certain Regard” in 2018 with “Border”, the Dane of Iranian origin follows a journalist from Tehran who is investigating a number of murders of women. These crimes would be the work of a man who claims to cleanse the city of its sins.
“The Triangle of Sorrow” by Ruben Østlund
The sharpest of Swedish directors is to search for another Palme d’Or after “The Square” (2017) with this satirical comedy, in which he follows the passengers on a luxury cruise, stranded on a desert island and led by a Marxist captain. ship.
“Broker” (“The Good Stars”) by Hirokazu Kore-eda
After his Golden Palm for “A family affair” (2018), the big regular on the Croisette took a side step towards South Korea, where he introduced the star of “Parasite”, Song Kang-ho, to a new family story where it is about baby boxes.
“Decision to Leave” by Park Chan-Wook
He marked the Croisette with the ultra-violent “Old boy” (Grand Prix 2004); the Korean Park Chan-Wook should again intrigue with an investigator to shed light on the murder of a man, with the main suspect: the victim’s wife.
“Showing Up” by Kelly Reichardt
A major figure in independent cinema, the American in minimalist cinema (“First Cow”) reunites with one of her favorite actresses, Michelle Williams, into a film about an artist’s daily life and the way she draws inspiration from her life. .
“Boy from Heaven” by Tarik Saleh
Following the success of “Confidential Cairo” (2017), the Swede of Egyptian origin Tarik Saleh restores his favorite actor, Fares Fares, and films a power struggle between the country’s religious and political elites.
“Tchaikovsky’s Wife” by Kirill Serebrennikov
The dreaded 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 privacy of composer Tchaikovsky.
“The Almond Trees” by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
The French-Italian actress, who continued to direct successfully, is one of the five women vying for the Palme d’Or. His film about the theater school Amandiers, founded by the French director Patrice Chéreau in the Paris region, has the raging AIDS as a background.
“Tori and Lokita” by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
The Dardenne brothers, famous representatives of social cinema, have already been to Cannes twice, and this time they are happy with the friendship between two African teenagers in exile in Belgium and living in insecure conditions.
“Armageddon Time” by James Gray
After “Ad Astra,” the American director returns to Earth with a youth chronicle carried by Anne Hathaway and Anthony Hopkins and placed in the heart of New York in the 1980s, in a school run by Donald Trump’s father.
Nostalgia by Mario Martone
For his first steps in the competition, Neapolitan Mario Martone pays homage to his city through a dramatic adaptation of the novel “Nostalgia” by Italian author and journalist Ermanno Rea.
“Stars at Noon” by Claire Denis
Awarded in February for “Avec amour et acharnement” at the Berlinale, French director Claire Denis returns with a “film of expectation, atmosphere, on the edge of the diplomatic thriller” – according to the general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry Frémaux – shot in Central America .
Close to Lukas Dhont
His first film “Girl” about transidentity won him Camera d’or in 2018. With “Close”, the Belgian Lukas Dhont deals with friendship through two teenagers separated by a tragedy.
“Brother and Sister” by Arnaud Desplechin
In the continuity of his “Conte de Noël” (2008), the French director Arnaud Desplechin films a family drama with a brother and a sister in a long-running conflict, reunited after the death of their parents. With Marion Cotillard and Melvil Poupaud.
“NMR”, by Cristian Mungiu
The Golden Palm in “4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days”, a drama about abortion and corruption, Cristian Mungiu continues to investigate Romania’s ills with a film, shot in a village in Transylvania, which evokes the effect of European policies, the relationship between society and the fate of a country.
“Leila’s Brothers” by Saeed Roustaee
Iranian Saeed Roustaee has already impressed with his punchy thriller, “The Law of Tehran”, about drug trafficking. He arrives in Cannes with “Leila’s Brothers”, about a young woman whose family is full of debt, who is trying to start a family business.
“Hi-Han” (EO), by Jerzy Skolimowski
As an 84-year-old, this big name in Polish cinema, the pillar of the new wave in this country in the 1960s, returned to Poland after living in California, tells the story of a donkey that was rejected from a Polish circus to a stable of horses before being driven to the Alps through several adventures.
“Pacification – Torment on the Islands” by Albert Serra
The Spaniard Albert Serra, who filmed “The Death of Louis XIV” in 2016 with Jean-Pierre Léaud in the role of the dying sovereign, settled in Tahiti for this story of love and authorship, with Benoît Magimel as French diplomat.
“A Little Brother” by Léonor Serraille
The third French woman in the competition, Léonor Serraille, marked in 2017 with “Jeune fille”, tells the story of a family of immigrant origin, from the late 1980s to today in the Paris suburbs.
“The Eight Mountains” (“Otto Montagne”) by Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groeningen
Actress Charlotte Vandermeersch co-directs with the director of “The Merditude of Things” and “Alabama Monroe” the novel by Italian Paolo Cognetti about the bond of friendship between Pietro and Bruno, a town boy and another from the mountain.