The new-look President of the Cannes Film Festival Iris Knobloch unveiled on Thursday by press release the highly anticipated lineup for the 76th edition of the festival. The slate that will be featured at the Croisette looks poised to live up to Knobloch’s promise of “going back to the future of cinema” with their competition and out-of-competition selections highlighting some of the biggest names in international cinema.
Not only does the festival’s competition lineup feature Cannes returners from the likes of Wes Anderson, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Ken Loach, Todd Haynes, Nanni Moretti, and Aki Kaurismäki, but is also recommitting to screening Hollywood blockbusters out-of-competition with Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon.
Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City was expected to appear for its world premiere starring Anderson’s A-list ensemble. As far as other notable returners, Hirokazu Kore-eda who won the Palme d’Or in 2018 with Shoplifters is back with Monster, although little is known about the story. Ken Loach, a two-time Palme winner, will also be returning with The Old Oak, a drama exploring relevant social issues in England in relation to Syrian refugees. Nanni Moretti is another previous Palme winner who first appeared at the festival 45 years ago is bringing Il Sol Dell’Avvenire set in the circus and cinema spheres of Rome.
Wim Wenders in a surprising double bill rounds out the former Palme winners coming back to the Croisette this year. Wenders, a long-time Cannes centerpiece who won with Paris, Texas in 1984 returns to competition with Perfect Days and out-of-competition for the documentary Anselm which takes a look at German painter Anselm Keifer.
Other notable inclusions are Todd Haynes’ May December starring Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, and Charles Melton, Jonathan Glazer’s Zone of Interest (Glazer who will be making his first appearance at the festival), and Steve McQueen’s Occupied City, a documentary examining his adopted home in Amsterdam.
Of the 19 films in competition, only six are directed by women, an all-time high for the festival that has long been criticized for its lack of gender parity in the selection process. Even so, Cannes still demonstrates that it has work to do to ensure an inclusive lineup.
Running from May 16-27, the jury will be headed by Ruben Östlund (The Square, Triangle of Sadness). The selection committee’s full lineup can be seen below for Competition and Out of Competition categories, as well as Midnight Screenings, Special Screenings, and Un Certain Regard.
Club Zero, Jessica Hausner
The Zone of Interest, Jonathan Glazer
Fallen Leaves, Aki Kaurismaki
Four Daughters, Kaouther Ben Hania
Asteroid City, Wes Anderson
Anatomie d’Une Chute, Justine Triet
Monster, Hiokazu Kore-eda
Il Sol dell’Avvenire, Nanni Moretti
La Chimera, Alice Rohrwacher
L’Eté Dernier, Catherine Breillat
La Passion De Dodin Bouffant, Tran Anh Hung
About Dry Grasses, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
May December, Todd Haynes
Rapito, Marco Bellocchio
Firebrand, Karim Ainouz
The Old Oak, Ken Loach
*Banel et Adama, Ramata-Toulaye Sy
Perfect Days, Wim Wenders
Jeunesse, Wang Bing
Out of Competition
Killers of the Flower Moon, Martin Scorsese
Jeanne du Barry, Maïwenn
The Idol, Sam Levinson
Cobweb, Kim Jee-woon
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, James Mangold
Omar La Fraise, Elias Belkeddar
Acide, Just Philippot
Kennedy, Anurag Kashyap
Le Temps d’Aimer, Katell Quillevere
Kubi, Takeshi Kitano
Cerrar los Ojos, Victor Erice
Bonnar, Pierre et Marthe, Martin Provost
Anselm, Wim Wenders
Occupied City, Steve McQueen
Man in Black, Wang Bing
Un Certain Regard
How to Have Sex, Molly Manning Walker
The Delinquents, Rodrigo Moreno
Simple Comme Sylvain, Monia Chokri
The Settlers, Felipe Galvez
The Mother of All Lies, Asmae El Moodier
The Buriti Flower, Joao Salaviza & Renee Nader
Goodbye Julia, Mohammed Kordofani
Omen, Baloji Thasiani
The Breaking Ice, Anthony Chen
Rosalie, Stéphanie Di Giusto
The New Boy, Warwick Thornton
If Only I Could Hibernate, Zoljargal Purevdash
Hopeless, Kim Chang-hoon
Rien à Perdre, Delphine Deloget
Les Meutes, Kamal Lazraq
Terrestrial Verses, Ali Asgari & Alireza Khatami
La Regne Animal, Thomas Cailley
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Main Competition entry I’m most curious about is The Zone of Interest. On the one hand, Jonathan Glazer is one of the most interesting filmmakers in the world and this is his decade-long-awaited follow-up to the mesmerizing Under the Skin.
On the other hand… ugh, look, I haven’t read the book, but the premise just comes off as breathtakingly offensive and mawkish. “A love triangle between a Nazi officer, a concentration camp commandant, and the camp commandant’s wife” sounds like a parody of a poorly-conceived Oscar-baiting drama starring Kirk Lazarus that we’d see a fake trailer for at the beginning of Tropic Thunder.