Rumors and expectations about the selection

This Thursday, the 75th Cannes Film Festival will lift the veil on its long-awaited selection…

Never in the memory of Cannes insiders had the situation been so ambiguous on the eve of the announcement of the official selection. No head (and) upstream jury has announced, nor is there a clear opening film – “Elvis” by Baz Luhrmann, which will be presented on Croisette, should not launch the festivities on May 17th. But the rumor, “information” immediately inflated and eventually expired. Movie fans will surely get mad at us, but the David Lynch secret film premise put forward by the serious Variety took too long. The American director himself denied … the film dedicated to “Buzz Lightyear” from the Pixar studios will not be shown in Cannes either. But do not worry, contrary to what we read here and there, American cinema will be well represented in the Croisette.

In addition to Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis,” with Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, the Cannes Film Festival will feature the world premiere of George Miller’s “Three Thousand Years of Longing” (Mad Max Fury Road”), with Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton, “Top “Gun: Maverick” by Joseph Kosinski with Tom Cruise and “Future Crimes” by David Cronenberg, with Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux and Viggo Mortensen, the cast that would also be a great opening. We dream about this quartet – even if it’s uncertain – for a show” Armageddon Time” by James Gray, with Anne Hathaway and Anthony Hopkins and directorial debuts in competition with director Kelly Richart for “Appearing with his muse Michelle Williams”, and director Ari Astor (“Disappointment Blvd.”) with Joaquin Phoenix.

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First choice in competition for Serge Bozon?

To represent France, the French coaches will be at a loss of choice as they are every year. Here again, little reliable information has been leaked but strong rumors about the “Mascarade” of Nicolas Bedos, with Pierre Nene, Isabelle Adjani, François Cluzette, Marine Fact, Emmanuel DeVos and Laura Morant – yes, she could make a great show -, about ” Don Juan” by Serge Bozon, a musical with Tahir Rahim and the lady of the party Virginie Evira and “The Five Demons” by Lea Messius, with Adele Exachopoulos and Noa Abita. Among the strangers, we can mention the “Origin of Evil” by Sebastien Marnier with Laure Calamy and Doria Teller. Arnaud Dispatch with Marion Cotillard and Melville Bobod. And we begin to dream of Claire Denis returning to compete with her American project “Des étoiles à midi” with Margaret Qualley. At a midnight session, Michel Hazanavicius was able to present “Z comme Z,” a shocking comedy he spoke to us at length at Les Arcs.

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For the rest of the world, the famous Cannes algorithm should be applied: new films by Palmés d’or – Swedish Ruben Ostlund will be ready with “Triangle of Sadness”, and Japanese Hirokazu Kore-Eda with “Baby, Box, Mediator, Roman Christian Mongiu with” RMN”, Belgians Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne with “Tori and Lukita”, great directors who have never been crowned – South Korean Park Chan-wook with “Decision to Leave”, Russian Kirill Serebrennikov with “Tchaikovsky’s Wife” or even Greek Yorgos Lanthimos with “Poor Things” , with Emma Stone and Willem Dafoe—and some newer, or less, long-toothed filmmakers not going through the competition box.Belgian Lukas Dhont (“Close” with Léa Drucker and Emilie Dequenne), Italian Emmanuele Criasele (“Immensita” with Penélope Cruz) And Pietro Marcello (“The flight”), German Angela Schanelec (“music”), Japanese Koji Fukada (“Love Life”), Filipino Lav Diaz (“When the waves roll in”) or English Joanna Hogg (“The Immortal Daughter”) are knocking The Door.

As for the sulfur, let’s bet that Lars von Trier is going on a short trip to Cannes, under his arm the first episodes of the new season of “The Hospital and Its Ghosts”. Unless another den makes the Croisette shiver, Ali Abbasi calls the “Holy Spider.” Judgment Thursday late this morning.

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