The Dardenne brothers, David Cronenberg, Léa Seydoux… Discover the 18 films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival

Who will win the 2022 Palme d’Or? One month before the climb of the steps on the Croisette, the 18 films selected (among 2,200 candidates!) In the official selection of the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival was revealed this Thursday by the general delegate of the event, Thierry Frémeaux , andPierre Lescure. The co-founder of Canal+ is preparing to preside over the high mass of the seventh art for the last time. In office since 2014, the columnist of “C à vous”, now 76 years old, will be replaced in office by Iris Knobloch, former president of the Warner Bros France group. As a reminder, France Télévisions will be the official partner of the festival this year instead of Canal+.

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For this anniversary edition, the big names in cinema have once again taken the lion’s share. The Palmes d’or 1999-2005, 2007, 2017 and 2018, just that, will go up the steps between May 17 and 28.

The Dardenne brothers are seeking a third Palme

Winner of the supreme award five years ago with “The Square”, Ruben Ostlund is in competition in 2022 with “The triangle of sadness”, a satirical comedy where he follows the passengers of a luxury cruise, stranded on a desert island and led by a Marxist ship captain. Hirokazu Kore-eda is making his “comeback” and is also seeking a second Palme d’Or, after “A Family Affair” in 2018, for “Broker” with Song Kang-ho (“Parasite”) and Bae Doona ( “Cloud Atlas”, “The Host”).

Twice awarded in 1999 with “Rosetta” and in 2005 with “L’enfant”, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne want to achieve the pass of three with “Tori et Lokita”, a film with Anne Hathaway and Anthony Hopkins in which they friendship of two teenagers exiled to Belgium from Africa in precarious living conditions. Palme d’or fifteen years ago for “4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days”, a drama about abortion and corruption, Cristian Mungiu continues to examine the ills of Romania with “RMN”, a film shot in a village in Transylvania, evoking the effect of European policies, the relations between communities and the destiny of a country.

“The Crimes of the Future” by David Cronenberg, with Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortensen, also competes in the official competition. “Les amandiers” by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi will represent the French chances.

The list of 18 films

Future Crimes by David Cronenberg
Ali Abbasi’s “Holy Spider”
“The Triangle of Sadness” by Ruben Ostlund
“Broker” by Hirokazu Kore-eda
“Decision to Leave” by Park Chan-Wook
“Showing Up” by Kelly Reichardt
“Boy from Heaven” by Tarik Saleh
“Tchaikovsky’s Wife” by Kirill Serebrennikov
“The Almond Trees” by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
“Tori and Lokita” by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
“Armageddon Time” by James Gray
Nostalgia by Mario Martone
“Stars at Noon” by Claire Denis
Close by Lukas Dhont
“Brother and Sister” by Arnaud Desplechin
“NMR”, by Cristian Mungiu
“Leila’s Brothers” by Saeed Roustaee
Hi-han by Jerzy Skolimowski

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The Dardenne brothers, David Cronenberg, Léa Seydoux… Discover the 18 films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival