Until May 28, 21 films will be competing for the coveted palm trees on the Côte d’Azur, including new works by greats such as David Cronenberg, Kelly Reichardt, Ruben Östlund or the Dardenne brothers. In addition to all sorts of Hollywood celebrities, you can also look forward to Marie Kreutzer’s Sisi drama “Corsage”, which is part of the “Un certain regard” series.
But it all starts with an opening film that caused a stir even before the festival started. The zombie comedy by Frenchman Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”) now has a different title than originally planned because of the war in Ukraine. After complaints from Ukraine, Hazanavicius agreed to rename “Z (comme Z)” to “Coupez!”. The “Z” was reminiscent of the mark on Russian tanks and became a symbol of support for Russia’s war of aggression among the international public.
A jury headed this year by the French actor Vincent Lindon decides on the prizes in the international competition. At his side are the Swedish actress Noomi Rapace and the Norwegian filmmaker Joachiem Trier.
However, two works that are out of competition are likely to evoke the greatest flurry of flashbulbs: on the one hand, director Baz Luhrmann brought Tom Hanks in front of the camera for his music biopic “Elvis”, on the other hand, Hollywood star Tom Cruise presents the sequel to the action blockbuster “Top Gun”, which has been postponed several times.
You can see how Cannes is dressing up for the film festival in our picture gallery: