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It has been two years since Cannes officially closed its 2019 festival with a bang; a finale that showcased new works from Bong Joon-Ho, Celine Sciamma, Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, Xavier Dolan, Jessica Hausner, and a bunch of other notable auteurs. Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic — the festival had to unfortunately skip a 2020 in-person bow. Adopting an official laurel certificate, the festival still managed to showcase and provide a brief glimmer of what could have been. But now, after years of anticipation, another edition of Cannes is right around the corner. With Thierry Frémaux once again announcing a grandiose list of notable titles, this year proves to be yet another great edition. What is also particularly noteworthy to mention is the addition of a brand new section entitled Cannes Premieres; a brilliant new category that takes auteur fanfare outside of the competition sphere. 

In Cannes Premieres, Frémaux has programmed a brilliant concoction of new work from a variety of beloved filmmakers. Kornél Mundruczó returns with ‘Evolution’; after his critically acclaimed English-language Venice-winning feature Pieces of A Woman. Arnaud Desplechin the brilliant mind A Christmas Tale & Ismael’s Ghosts returns with a seductive new feature titled ‘Deception’. After the success of American Honey, Andrea Arnold returns with a far more subdued project with her documentary ‘Cow’. Eva Husson’s star-studded ‘Mothering Sunday’ will also mark a significant premiere at the festival, alongside ‘In Front of Your Face’ from Korean master Hong Sang-Soo.

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In the special screenings category, Charlotte Gainsbourg marks her first directional feature with her aptly self-referential film titled ‘Jane Par Charlotte’, while Oliver Stone makes yet another political splash with his extensive Kennedy documentary ‘JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass’. In the Un Certain Regard category, Frémaux and his team decided to revert back to the section’s original routes. Now primarily focusing on new films from up-and-coming directors, the program features a variety of rich cinematic variations; including Kogonoda’s ‘After Yang’, Eskil Vogt’s ‘The Innocents’, and Justin Chon’s ‘Blue Bayou’. As for the out of competition category — the genre-bending ‘Emergency Declaration’ garnered the attention of various critics, due to the leading star power from the one and only Song Kang-Ho. 

Finally, there’s the official competition; the full course meal of the festival. Like always, Frémaux has programmed a five-star buffet of some of the most promising films from a variety of renowned international filmmakers. Asghar Farhadi, François Ozon, Nanni Moretti, Julia Ducournau, Wes Anderson, Sean Baker, Bruno Dumont, Justin Kurzel, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Jacques Audiard, Catherine Corsini, Nadav Lapid, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Mia Hansen-Løve, Paul Verhoeven, and Leos Carax all have films in this year’s competition lineup. For my own money however, one of the titles that is seemingly behind dismissed in opening reactions is the latest feature from Finnish auteur Juho Kuosmanen  After his Un Certain Regard hit with ‘The Happiest Day in the Life with Olli Maki’ a film in which I largely considered to be one of the best romance films of the past decade his latest feature ‘Compartment No 6’ is bound to draw in an even bigger crowd of cinephiles. After all, Cannes is all about the celebration and preservation of cinema, alongside discovering a variety of new cinematic hidden gems!

 

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In Competition

UN HÉROS (A Hero), Asghar Farhadi

TOUT S’EST BIEN PASSÉ, François Ozon

TRE PIANI, Nanni Moretti

TITANE, Julia Ducournau

THE FRENCH DISPATCH, Wes Anderson

RED ROCKET, Sean Baker

PETROV’S FLU, Kirill Serebrennikov

PAR UN DEMI CLAIR MATIN, Bruno Dumont

NITRAM, Justin Kurzel

MEMORIA, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

LINGUI, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

LES OLYMPIADES (Paris 13th District), Jacques Audiard

LES INTRANQUILLES (The restless), Joachim Lafosse

LA FRACTURE, Catherine Corsini

JULIE (EN 12 CHAPITRES) (The worst person in the world), Joachim Trier

HYTTI NRO 6 (Compartment NO.6), Juho Kuosmanen

HAUT ET FORT (Casablanca beats), Nabil Ayouch

HA’BERECH (Le genou d’Ahed / Ahed’s knee), Nadav Lapid

DRIVE MY CAR, Ryusuke Hamaguchi

BERGMAN ISLAND, Mia Hansen-Love

BENEDETTA, Paul Verhoeven

A FELESÉGEM TÖRTÉNETE (The story of my wife), Ildikó Enyedi

ANNETTE, Leos Carax

FLAG DAY, Sean Penn

 

Out of Competition

DE SON VIVANT, Emmanuelle Bercot

EMERGENCY DECLARATION, Han Jae-Rim

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, Todd Haynes

STILLWATER, Tom McCarthy

ALINE (Aline, the voice of love), Valérie Lemercier

BAC NORD, Cédric Jimenez

 

Drive My Car – The Match Factory

Special Screenings

H6, Yé Yé

CAHIERS NOIRS (Black notebooks), Shlomi Elkabetz

O MARINHEIRO DAS MONTANHAS (Mariner of the mountains), Karim Ainouz

JFK REVISITED: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, Oliver Stone

JANE PAR CHARLOTTE, Charlotte Gainsbourg

THE YEAR OF THE EVERLASTING STORM, Jafar Panahi, Anthony Chen, Malik Vitthal, Laura Poitras, Dominga Sotomayor, David Lowery and Apichatpong Weerasethakul

BABI YAR. CONTEXTE (Babi Yar. Context), Sergei Loznitsa

 

Midnight Screenings

ORANGES SANGUINES (Bloody oranges), Jean-Christophe Meurisse

 

Un Certain Regard

THE INNOCENTS, Eskil Vogt

AFTER YANG, Kogonada

COMMITMENT HASAN, Hasan Semih Kaplanoglu

LAMB, Valdimar Johansson

NOCHE DE FUEGO, Tatiana Huezo

BONNE MÈRE, Hafsia Herzi

DELO (House arrest), Alexey German Jr.

BLUE BAYOU, Justin Chon

MONEYBOYS, C.B Yi

FREDA, Gessica Geneus

UN MONDE, Laura Wandel

WOMEN DO CRY, Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova

LA CIVIL, Teodora Ana Mihai

UNCLENCHING THE FISTS, Kira Kovalenko

ET IL Y EUT UN MATIN (Let there be morning), Eran Kolirin

REHANA MARYAM NOOR, Abdullah Mohammad Saad

Cannes Premiere

EVOLUTION, Kornél Mundruczo

TROMPERIE (Deception), Arnaud Desplechin

COW, Andrea Arnold

CETTE MUSIQUE NE JOUE POUR PERSONNE (Love songs for tough guys), Samuel Benchetrit

MOTHERING SUNDAY, Eva Husson

SERRE-MOI FORT (Hold me tight), Mathieu Amalric

IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE, Hong Sang-Soo

VAL, Ting Poo and Leo Scott

 

Deception – Still Courtesy Wild Bunch
The 74th Cannes Film Festival runs from July 6th – July 17th

By David Cuevas

David Cuevas is a writer, reporter, and the official festivals editor (US/Canada) for FilmHounds Magazine. In his spare time, you can find him watching a bunch of movies while contemplating on his own existence.

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