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    Cannes 2022, remote notes



    'FESTIVAL DE CANNES' begins today, May 17, 2022

    For the full Reuters story go HERE

    For the full list of Cannes 2022 selections go HERE
    CANNES, France, May 16 (Reuters) - The Cannes Film Festival is gearing up for a bumper 75th anniversary edition with a selection of big Hollywood names, buzzy newcomers and previous Palme d'Or winners – a splashy return even as the conflict in Ukraine looms over festivities.

    "I honestly think this is one of the best Cannes line-ups in years," said Scott Roxborough, European bureau chief for The Hollywood Reporter.

    The festival runs from May 17-28, resuming its traditional calendar following two years of pandemic disruptions. It was canceled in 2020, and last year moved to July, when it was held under strict COVID protocols.

    This year, the parties are back and Hollywood heavyweights will include Tom Cruise's "Top Gun Maverick" – bringing the star to Cannes for the first time in three decades – as well as Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic, starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks.

    "It's tradition to have our American friends – let's not forget that the Cannes Festival, in 1939 and in 1946, was practically co-built, co-invented by France and Hollywood," festival director Thierry Frémaux told a press conference.

    Actor Forest Whitaker will be on hand to receive the festival's Honorary Palme D'Or for lifetime achievement.

    David Cronenberg will mark his return to horror films with "Crimes of the Future," featuring Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart and Léa Seydoux.
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    CANNES 2022 FILMS IN COMPETITION

    ARMAGEDDON TIME - James Gray United States
    BOY FROM HEAVEN - Tarik Saleh Sweden
    BROKER / 브로커 - Hirokazu Kore-eda South Korea
    BROTHER AND SISTER / Frère et sœur - Arnaud Desplechin France
    CLOSE -Lukas Dhont Belgium, Netherlands, France
    CRIMES OF THE FUTURE David Cronenberg Canada, Greece, France
    DECISON TO LEAVE / 헤어질 결심
    - Park Chan-wook South Korea
    THE EIGHT MOUNTAINS / LE OTTO MONTAGNE - Charlotte Vandermeersch, Felix van Groeningen Italy, Belgium
    EO - Jerzy Skolimowski Italy, Poland
    FOREVER YOUNG / LES AMANDIERS - Valeria Bruni Tedeschi France
    HOLY SPSIDER - Ali Abbasi France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark
    LEILA'S BROTHERS / برادران لیلا - Saeed Roustayi Iran
    MOTHER AND SON / UN PETIT FRÈRE - Léonor Serraille France
    NOSTALGIA -- Mario Martone Italy
    PACIFICTION / TOURMENT SUR LES ÎLES -- Albert Serra France, Spain, Portugal, Germany
    R.M.N. -- Cristian Mungiu Romania, France
    SHOWING UP -- Kelly Reichardt United States
    THE STARS AT NOON Claire Denis United States, France
    TCHAIKOVSKY'S WIFE / Жена Чайковского -- Kirill Serebrennikov Russia, France
    TORI AND LOKITA / TORI ET LOKITA -- Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Belgium, France
    TRIANGLE OF SADNESS -- Ruben Östlund Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, France, Greece
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    COUPEZ ! (FINAL CUT) (FINNEGAN OLDFIELD, CENTER)

    CANNES 2022 FILMS OUT OF COMPETITION

    ELVIS - Baz Luhrmann Australia, United States
    FINAL CUT (opening film) / COUPEZ ! - Michel Hazanavicius France
    THE INNOCENT/L'INNOCENT - Louis Garrel France
    MASCARADE - Nicolas Bedos France
    NOVEMBRE - Cédric Jimenez France
    THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING- George Miller Australia, United States
    TOP GUN: MAVERICK - Joseph Kosinski United States
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    CANNES 2022 UN CERTAIN REGARD and PREMIERE LISTS

    UN CERTAIN REGARD
    *Les Pires, dirs: Lisa Akoka, Romane Gueret
    Burning Days, dir: Emin Alper
    *Metronom, dir: Alexandru Belc
    All The People I’ll Never Be, dir: Davy Chou
    Sick Of Myself, dir: Kristoffer Borgli
    Domingo And The Mist, dir: Ariel Escalante Meza
    *Plan 75, dir: Hayakawa Chie
    *Beast, dirs: Riley Keough, Gina Gammell
    Corsage, dir: Marie Kreutzer
    *Butterfly Vision, dir: Maksim Nakonechnyi
    The Silent Twins, dir: Agnieszka Smocynska
    The Stranger, dir: Thomas M Wright
    *Joyland, dir: Saim Sadiq
    *Rodeo, dir: Lola Quivoron
    Godland, dir: Hlynur Palmason

    CANNES PREMIERE
    Nos Frangins, dir: Rachid Bouchareb
    Nightfall, dir: Marco Bellocchio
    Dodo, dir: Panos H Koutras
    Irma Vep (series), dir: Olivier Assayas
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    Some comments on the Competition films.

    ARMAGEDDON TIME (James Gray).
    It stars Anne Hathaway, Anthony Hopkins, and Jeremy Strong. The film was shot in the state of New Jersey with cinematographer Darius Khondji, dp for other Gray films as well as UNCUT GEMS. Earlier Robert De Niro, Oscar Isaac, Donald Sutherland, and Cate Blanchett were to be involved but dropped out. The subject is reportedly related to Gray's own youth in Queens growing up in the 1980's. I hope it's great. I love James Gray. His work seems to have fallen off and become less personal since THE IMMIGRANT with Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix in 2013 (NYFF), which I called "an impressive-looking wrong turn." This should be personal.
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    There are at least a dozen other big names, who are: Hirakasu Kore-eda (who everybody loves), Cronenberg (a return to horror), Arnaud Desplechin (important current French director who is uneven), Park Chan-wook (the Korean shock-master of OLDBOY), Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (the bilingual actress, sister of former Sarkozy spouse Carla Bruni; tens to be lightweight as a director; this one features Louis Garrel), Albert Serra (who I can't stand), Cristian Mungiu (prince of the humorless, fun-free Romanian school), Kelly Reichardt (strong American indie filmmaker who's always one to look forward to), Claire Denis (one of France's greatest living directors, whose new feature is from a novel by Denis Johnson, in English, set in Latin America), Kirill Serebrennikov (what I've seen by this Russian - Cannes isn't excluding them - has been interesting-to-great), the Dardennes brothers (the eminent Belgian social-issue filmmakers, multiple Golden Palm winners), and Ruben Östund (known for the THE SQUARE - winner of the Palme d'Or in 2017 - and other skillful provocations).

    STARS AT NOON (Claire Denis).
    In 1984's Nicaragua, a mysterious English businessman and a headstrong American journalist strike up a romance as they soon become embroiled in a dangerous labyrinth of lies and conspiracies and are forced to try and escape the country. Mostly unknown cast, but John C. Reilly and Benny Safdie have roles.
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    ROSCHDY ZEM, LOUIS GARREL IN L'INNOCENT

    OUT OF COMPETITION FILMS

    FINAL CUT / COUPEZ ! (Michel Hazanavincius). Out of Competition opening night film.
    A little film crew making a budget zombie movie is cut short when they're attacked by real zombies. A remake of the Japanese film included and reviewed here as part of the 2018 New York Asian Film Festival, Shin'ichirô Ueda: ONE CUT OF THE DEAD (2017). This French version looks promising with a cast including Romain Duris, Bérénice Bejo, and Finnegan Oldfield, among others. It has possibilities, but the original was hilarious, and remakes are risky.

    L'INNOCENT / THE INNOCENT (Louis Garrel). Out of Competition.
    Garrel's fourth feature as a director/writer/star is a twistier tale that features himself with Roschdy Zem, Anouk Grinberg, Manda Touré. Abel, his usual alter ego, is horrified when he learns his mother Sylvie (Grinberg) is going to marry a man in prison. But when he meets Michel (Zem), he changes his opinion. The premise sounds like a serious turn, but the stills suggest otherwise. Opening in French theaters in October.
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