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Cannes 2022 Official Lineup

by Andrew J. Salazar
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Arguably the most important film event of the summer, the 75th Cannes Film Festival, taking place May 17-28, is looking to be a momentous occasion for cinema. The 2022 selection is packed with heavy-hitters, starting with David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future, Claire Denis’ The Stars at Noon, and James Gray’s Armageddon Time all in competition for the grand prize at Cannes: the Palme d’Or. The last two films to earn the award, Titane and Parasite, both made waves upon premiering at the festival and went on to be lauded as among the very best of their respective years, with the latter of course winning Best Picture at the Oscars. To make matters more interesting, Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook (most known for 2003’s Oldboy) will too be premiering his new mystery thriller Decision to Leave, making it an even tighter competition at Cannes this year.

Out of competition for the Palme d’Or, all eyes will be on Top Gun: Maverick, Elvis, and George Miller’s highly-anticipated return, Three Thousand Years of Longing. Miller takes a break from the scorched deserts of Mad Max to bring moviegoers a new original fantasy epic. Led by Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton, Three Thousand Years of Longing is sure to be one of the most talked-about films of Cannes 2022. On another note, Squid Game star Lee Jung-Jae will be premiering his directorial debut Hunt as well, which has been described as a dark 1980s-set spy flick. Aside from directing, Lee Jung-Jae also wrote the screenplay and stars in the film. With more lineup announcements on the way, read on to see the full list of films that have been so far officially selected for the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes 2022 Official Selections

Opening Night Film

“Z,” Michel Hazanavicius

In Competition

“Holy Spider,” Ali Abbasi
“Les Amandiers,” Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
“Crimes of the Future,” David Cronenberg
“The Stars at Noon,” Claire Denis
“Frere et Soeur,” Arnaud Desplechin
“Tori and Lokita,” Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
“Close,” Lukas Dhont
“Armageddon Time,” James Gray
“Broker,” Hirokazu Kore-eda
“Nostalgia,” Mario Martone
“R.M.N.,” Cristian Mungiu
“Triangle of Sadness,” Ruben Ostlund
“Decisions to Leave,” Park Chan-Wook
“Showing Up,” Kelly Reichardt
“Leila’s Brothers,” Saeed Roustayi
“Boy from Heaven,” Tarik Saleh
“Tchaikovsky’s Wife,” Kirill Serebrennikov
“Hi-Han (Eo),” Jerzy Skolimowski

Out of Competition

“Top Gun: Maverick,” Joseph Kosinski
“Elvis,” Baz Luhrmann
“Three Thousand Years of Longing,” George Miller
“November,” Cédric Jimenez
“Masquerade,” Nicolas Bedos

Un Certain Regard

“Les Pires,” Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret
“Burning Days,” Emin Alper
“Metronom,” Alexandru Belc
“Retour a Seoul,” Davy Chou
“Sick of Myself,” Kristoffer Borgli
“Domingo y La Niebla,” Ariel Escalante Meza
“Plan 75,” Hayakawa Chie
“Beast,” Riley Keough and Gina Gammell
“Corsage,” Marie Kreutzer
“Butterfly Vision,” Maksym Nakonechnyi
“Volada Land,” Hlynur Palmason
“Rodeo,” Lola Quivoron
“Joyland,” Saim Sadiq
“The Stranger,” Thomas M. Wright
“The Silent Twins,” Agnieszka Kmocynska

Cannes Premiere

“Outside Night,” Marco Bellocchio
“Nos Frangins,” Rachid Bouchareb
“Irma Vep,” Olivier Assayas (Series)
“Dodo,” Panos H. Koutras

Midnight Screenings

“Moonage Daydream,” Brett Morgen
“Smoking Makes You Cough,” Quentin Dupieux
“Hunt,” Lee Jung-Jae

Special Screenings

“The Natural History of Destruction,” Sergei Loznitsa
“Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind,” Ethan Coen
“All That Breathes,” Shaunak Sen

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