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Cannes season sets in from May 14 this year and many new films are waiting to be unspooled. Film aficionados are converging in this seaside resort to watch, to sell, to acquire, to write about the films and the setting, to soak in the sun and sand with celebrities, to cut deals while they savour sea food or salads. We say, let the celebrations begin.

So, what’s in store for us in the 72e Festival de Cannes? Twenty-one films in competition vying for that glory called Palm d’Or – Golden Palm from veterans like Jim Jarmusch whose THE DEAD DON’T DIE will open the festival, Pedro Almodovar (PAIN AND GLORY), Marco Bellocchio (THE TRAITOR), Bong Joon Ho (PARASITE), Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne (YOUNG AHMED), Arnaud Desplechin (OH MERCI!), Xavier Dolan (MATTHIAS AND MAXIME), Abdellatif Kechiche (MEKTOUB, MY LOVE : INTERMEZZO), Ken Loach (SORRY WE MISSED YOU), Terrence Malick (A HIDDEN LIFE), Corneliu Porumboiu (THE WHISTLERS), Elia Suleiman (IT MUST BE HEAVEN) and Quentin Tarantino (ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD). 

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The competition will screen only one debut feature – LES MISERABLES by Ladj Ly. In comparison, Un Certain regard will give opportunity to eight debut oeuvres, opening the section with the first film of Monia Chokri (A BROTHER’S LOVE)

Compare this with the eight debut oeuvres out of the eighteen films included in Un Certain Regard! Asif Kapadia (DIEGO MARADONA), Nicolas Winding Refn (TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG – NORTH OF HOLLYWOOD, WEST OF HELL) and Claude Lelouch (LES PLUS BELLE ANNEES D’UNE VIE) will be presented out of competition.

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Celebrated actor Gael Garcia Bernal’s CHICUAROTES, Bad Lieutenant fame Abel Ferrara’s TOMMASO, feisty documentary maker Patricio Guzman’s LA CORDILLERA DE LOS SUENOS, Veteran Werner Herzog’s FAMILY ROMANCE, LLC and Juan Diego Solans’ QUE SEA LEY will feature as Special Screenings.

Cannes Classics this year will screen a large selection of 27 films. “The 25 years of La Cité de la peur, a Midnight Screening of The Shining presented by Alfonso Cuarón, the 50 years of the mythical Easy Rider in the company of Peter Fonda, Luis Buñuel in the spotlight with three films, the attendance of Lina Wertmüller, the Grand Prix of 1951 Vittorio De Sica's Miracle in Milan, a final salute to Milos Forman, the first Japanese animated film in colour, the World Cinema Project and the Film Foundation of Martin Scorsese, documentaries about cinema and History, masterpieces known and rare films in restored version from countries rarely honoured, this is the new edition of Cannes Classics – the first section dedicated to heritage cinema ever created in a major festival”.
Cinema de la Plage will screen Oliver Stone’s THE DOORS. Add to this grand feast the twenty-five films that will be screened under Directors’ Fortnight, which will include Bertrand Bonello’s ZOMBi CHILD, Afghan filmmaker Sharbanoo Sadat’s THE ORPHANAGE and Takashi Mike’s HATSUKOi.

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The Critics’ Week will screen seven features in competition format and three films under Special Screenings.
And the Juries for these competitions!!! Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the acclaimed Mexican director-script writer, well known for his AMORES PERROS, BABEL, BIUTIFUL and BIRDMAN will chair the Feature Film Jury. He will have the company of equally acclaimed film makers Pawel Pawlikovski from Poland, Yorgos Lanthimos from Greece and Alice Rohrwacher from Italy among others.

The well known Lebanese Filmmaker and actress Nadine Labaki whose last film CAPERNAUM was nominated for Academy Awards in the Foreign Language category will head the Un Certain Regard Jury. The French Film maker and scriptwriter Claire Denis will head the Short Films and Cinefondation Jury.

American Jim Jarmusch’s competition selection THE DEAD DON’T DIE will open the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s new film THE SPECIALS will be the Last Screening of the Festival after the awards function on the 2th of May. It will be the Last Screening and will no more be called the Closing Film.

Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb lead a cast of non-professional actors and young autistic teens in THE SPECIALS.
“This film is more than contemporary and carries great promises for the future," declares Thierry Frémaux, Festival Director. “With The Specials as the Last Screening, and as with the other French films presented in the Official Selection, cinema in 2019 will showcase its ability to talk about cities, streets, shopping centres, filming all the faces of youth, their commitments, their music, the places they live in, their rage for life and their questioning of the world."

Let us enjoy the “fete.”

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