The 21 films in competition at Cannes – Cinema – Arts & Culture

The Palme d’Or trophy is pictured at the Maison de Joaillerie Chopard on May 10, 2022 in Meyrin near Geneva before the 75th Cannes Film Festival from May 17 to 28, 2022. (Photo PIERRE ALBOUY / AFP)

The festival begins on Tuesday and the winners will be announced at the closing ceremony on May 28.

“Future Offenses”,

The horrific genius behind ‘The Fly’ and ‘Crash’, David Cronenberg returns to his body horror roots with a tale starring Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart about people engaging in revolting surgical alterations for the artistic and sexual pleasure. Buckets ready.

“Triangle of Sadness”

The king of cringe, Sweden’s Ruben Ostlund took a scalpel to modern bourgeois niceties with his Palme d’Or “The Square” in 2017. In a similar vein, his latest features two models and a cleaning lady. on a desert island with a group of billionaires.

“Tchaikovsky’s Wife”

A terrible child of Russian cinema and theatre, Kirill Serebrennikov has clashed with the authorities with his caustic attacks on conservative values ​​and has been banned from traveling to Cannes for two previous nominations. Now in exile, he should be present for his historical account of the famous composer.

“Hour of Armageddon”

James Gray has directed big, high-profile dramas, from the space odyssey “Ad Astra” starring Brad Pitt to the Amazon adventure “The Lost City of Z.” This one is based on his teenage years in 1980s New York and a school run by Donald Trump’s father, starring Anne Hathaway and Anthony Hopkins.


The Japanese Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d’or in 2018 for his beautiful and touching family tale “Shoplifters”. Featuring “Parasite” star Song Kang-ho, this one is about people dropping off infants in “baby boxes” to be picked up by other families.

“Decision to leave”

Park Chan-wook had international success with the nightmarish thriller “Old Boy” which won him the second Grand Prix in 2004. This time, the South Korean brings his unique style to the familiar trope of a detective falling in love with the main suspect in a murder investigation.

‘To show up’

Kelly Reichardt has steadily built a cult following with her mini-masterpieces about life on the fringes of American society, including the 2019 hit “First Cow.” She reunites with her favorite muse Michelle Williams for an introspective look at a small-town artist trying to overcome distractions.

“Tori and Lokita”

Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne make simple but devastating slices of life and are among a handful to have won the Palme d’Or twice. Their latest follows the friendship of two exiled African teenagers in Belgium.

“Stars at Noon”

One of France’s best-loved playwrights, Claire Denis is having a busy year, having already won the prize for directing at this year’s Berlinale. Its Cannes entry is a political thriller set in Central America starring Robert Pattinson.


Romanian Cristian Mungiu won the Palme d’Or in 2007 for his dark but vital abortion film ‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days’. This one explores the ethnic and political tensions in a remote village in Transylvania.


Belgian Lukas Dhont won the Camera d’Or newcomer award in 2018 for his debut album “Girl” about a trans ballet dancer. Here he tackles two teenagers separated by a tragedy.

‘Sky Boy’

A daring film about the power struggles in the high place of Sunni Islam, Al-Azhar University in Egypt, from Swedish director Tarik Saleh.

“Holy Spider”

Winner of the Un Certain Regard section in 2018 with “Border”, the Danish-Iranian Ali Abbasi takes the direction of the Iranian religious city of Mashhad where a father seeks to rid the streets of prostitutes.

‘Forever Young’

A story of love, life and tragedy in a Parisian theater group against the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s by Franco-Italian director Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.


Italian director Mario Martone pays homage to his hometown of Naples.


Marion Cotillard stars in a drama about conflicted siblings brought together by the death of their parents, directed by Cannes veteran Arnaud Desplechin.

“Leila’s Brothers”

Iranian Saeed Roustaee caused a stir last year with his crime thriller “Just 6.5”. His new film examines the economic struggles of a family in a country hit by international sanctions.


Following a donkey from the circus to the slaughterhouse, this treatise against cruelty to animals is from the 84-year-old Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, first in competition at Cannes in 1972.


Spanish director Albert Serra travels to Tahiti to explore diplomatic tensions surrounding French nuclear testing.

‘Mother and son’

Frenchwoman Leonor Serraille follows a Senegalese mother from the 1980s to the present day as she tries to settle in the suburbs of Paris.

“The Eight Mountains”

The story of a longtime friendship between boys and their rural home of Belgian husband and wife team Felix Van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch.

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Helen D. Jessen