After two disrupted years due to the health crisis, the 2022 Cannes Film festival returns to its usual date, it starts today !

Cannes film festival 2022
Marion Cotillard will present her last movie at the Festival, Copyright AFP

Many stars on the red carpet

Many stars will walk the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival 2022: Tom Cruise for the new Top Gun, , Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux and Viggo Mortensen for David Cronenberg’s movie, or the promising Austin Butler, who will play the King in an Elvis biopic by Baz Luhrman. The actor Forest Whitaker, prize for interpretation in 1988 for his incarnation of the jazzman Charlie Parker in Bird by Clint Eastwood, will also be there, for an honorary Palme d’Or.

Virginie Efira will host the opening

Actress Virginie Efira (present in Revoir Paris, out of competition, which addresses the painful memory of the attacks in the capital), will host the opening ceremony on Tuesday evening. Then it’s time for the cinema, with Cut!, bloody parody of zombie comedy and ode to cinema made with a lot of love and bits of string, signed Michel Hazanavicius – the king of Oscar-winning pastiche for The Artist.

Russian and Ukrainian filmmakers

The Festival has not forgotten the situation in Ukraine and last week added to the selection the posthumous film by Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravicius, who was killed in early April in Mariupol. His fiancée who accompanied him was able to bring back the images shot there and put them together. The competition will open on Wednesday with the latest film by Kirill Serebrennikov, who has become a symbol of Russian artists breaking with the regime since he was able to legally reach Europe after the outbreak of war.

21 movies in competition

On the competition side, 21 films are in the running to succeed Titane, Palme d’Or 2021. Among the filmmakers expected: David Cronenberg (Crash), who once again promises to shake the public with The crimes of the future or James Gray (Ad Astra) who will present Armageddon Time, in New York of the 80s, in full rise of the Trump family. Several already crowned directors are in the running: the Belgians Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Rosetta) with Tori and Lokita, the grittier of Swedish filmmakers, Ruben Östlund (The Square), with Triangle of Sadness, the Japanese Hirokazu Kore-eda ( A Family Affair), who this time filmed Broker with South Korean Parasite star Song Kang-ho and Romanian Cristian Mungiu (4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days), with his latest film, RMN.

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