Here are the twenty-one films in competition for the Palme d’Or at the 75th Cannes Film Festival, five of which were directed by women.
“Les Crimes du futur” by David Croenberg
The director of “Crash” (1996) is not used to sparing his audience: at 79, the Canadian must prove it once again, with this film about transhumanism and organ ablation. 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 investigates a series of femicides. These crimes would be the work of a man who intends to cleanse the city of its sins.
“Triangle of Sorrow” by Ruben Ostlund
The most forceful of Swedish directors seeks a second Palme d’Or, after “The Square” (2017), with this satirical comedy in which he follows passengers on a luxury cruise ship, stranded on a desert island and led by a ship’s captain.
“Broker” (“The Good Stars”) by Hirokazu Kore-eda
After the Palme d’Or for “A family affair” (2018), the great Croisette regular took a step to South Korea, boarding “Parasite” star Song Kang-ho for a new family story, where it’s about baby boxes.
Park Chan-Wook’s “Decision to Leave”
He scored the Croisette with the ultra violent “Old boy” (Grand Prix 2004); Korean Park Chan-Wook must again intrigue with an investigator who must solve the murder of a man, with the main suspect: the victim’s wife.
“Appearing” by Kelly Reichardt
A great figure in independent cinema, the American in minimalist cinema (“First Cow”) reunites with one of her favorite actresses, Michelle Williams, for a film about the daily life of an artist and the way she is inspired by her life.
“Sky Boy” by Tarik Saleh
After the success of “Cairo Confidential” (2017), Swedish-Egyptian Tarik Saleh reconnects with 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 terrible child of the Russian scene, based in Berlin after leaving Russia in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine, is in competition for the third time, with a historical film about the private life of the composer Tchaikovsky.
“Les Amandiers” by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
The French-Italian actress who went on to direct successfully is one of five women vying for the Palme d’Or. Her film about the theater school in Amandiers, founded by French director Patrice Chéreau in the Paris region, is set against the backdrop of the fury of AIDS.
“Tori and Lokita” by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
The Dardenne brothers, famous representatives of the social cinema, already twice defeated in Cannes, this time content the friendship of two African teenagers exiled in Belgium and living in precarious conditions.
“Time of Armageddon” by James Gray
After “Ad Astra”, the American director returns to Earth with a chronicle of adolescence transported by Anne Hathaway and Anthony Hopkins and set in the heart of New York in the 80s, in a school ruled by Donald Trump’s father.
“Nostalgia” by Mario Martone
For his first steps in the competition, the Neapolitan Mario Martone pays homage to his city through a dramatic adaptation of the novel “Nostalgia” by Italian writer 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 verge of the diplomatic thriller” – according to the delegate general of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry Frcalledx – filmed at Central America.
“Close” by Lukas Dhont
His first film “Girl” about transidentity won him the Camera d’or in 2018. With “Close”, Belgian Lukas Dhont deals with friendship through two teenagers separated by tragedy.
“Brother and Sister” by Arnaud Desplechin
In the continuation of his “Conte de Noël” (2008), French director Arnaud Desplechin films a family drama with a longtime conflicted brother and sister brought together by the death of their parents. With Marion Cotillard and Melvil Poupaud.
“NMR” by Cristian Mungiu
Palme d’or for “4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days”, a drama about abortion and corruption, Cristian Mungiu continues to examine Romania’s ills with a film, shot in a village in Transylvania, evoking the effect of European policies, relationships between communities and the destiny of a country.
“Leila’s Brothers” by Saeed Roustaee
Iranian Saeed Roustaee has already impressed with his hard-hitting thriller, “The Law of Tehran”, about drug trafficking. He arrives in Cannes with “Leila’s Brothers”, about a young woman whose family is deep in debt, who tries to start a family business.
“Hi-han” (EO) by Jerzy Skolimowski
At the age of 84, this great name of Polish cinema, pillar of the New Wave in this country in the 1960s, returned to Poland after living in California, tells the story of a donkey rejected from a Polish circus to a horse stable, before be led to the Alps through countless adventures.
“Peacemaking – Torment on the Islands” by Albert Serra
Spaniard Albert Serra, who filmed “The Death of Louis XIV” in 2016 with Jean-Pierre Léaud in the role of the dying sovereign, has settled in Tahiti for this love story and writing, with Benoît Magimel as French diplomat.
“A Little Brother” by Léonor Serraille
Third French in competition, Léonor Serraille, noted in 2017 with “Jeune fille”, tells the story of a family of immigrant origin, from the late 1980s to the present day in the suburbs of Paris.
“Les huit montagnes” (“Otto Montagne”) by Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groeningen
Actress Charlotte Vandermeersch adapts, 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 boy from the city and another from the mountains.