2019 Lineup Contains ‘Rocketman’ and Movies by 13 Ladies


The 72nd Cannes Movie Competition has introduced its lineup, unveiling an official choice that features 13 feminine filmmakers, plenty of style films, extra American titles than final yr and a chance for Elton John to make a star activate the Croisette.

Twelve of the 47 movies introduced Thursday are directed by girls (one was co-directed by two girls), with 4 of these titles chosen to compete for the distinguished Palme d’Or. The U.S. might be represented by the likes of Terrence Malick (along with his German-language wartime drama “A Hidden Life”), Ira Sachs (who unveils Portugal-set Isabelle Huppert starrer “Frankie”), and director Jim Jarmusch, whose zombie satire “The Lifeless Don’t Die” was beforehand introduced because the opening night time movie. And the largest star to stroll the crimson carpet will doubtless be rock famous person John, whose early profession is immortalized in British director Dexter Fletcher’s “Rocketman” – described as “a sign of the return of main studios to Cannes” by inventive director Thierry Frémaux throughout his Paris press convention Thursday morning.

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Conspicuously absent from the titles introduced was Quentin Tarantino’s “As soon as Upon a Time in America,” which remains to be in enhancing, in accordance with Frémaux, and which he hopes might be accomplished in time to premiere at Cannes. For the second, the competitors slate stands at 19 movies, though Frémaux indicated that there are nonetheless a number of movies they haven’t seen and hope to think about.

Different high-profile movies within the lineup embody Pedro Almodóvar’s “Ache and Glory,” now taking part in in Spanish cinemas, and new movies from two-time Palme d’Or winners Ken Loach (“Sorry We Missed You”) and Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (“The Younger Ahmed”). Italian director Marco Bellocchio has by no means received, however his newest, “The Traitor,” marks his seventh time in competitors.

Canadian director Xavier Dolan, who shared the Grand Prix with Jean-Luc Godard at Cannes three years earlier, returns with “Matthias and Maxime,” during which he additionally stars, whereas French director Arnaud Desplechin, who opened the competition with “Ismael’s Ghosts” in 2017, will compete with “Oh Mercy!”

Throughout the press convention, Frémaux and Cannes president Pierre Lescure underscored the competition’s resolution to not permit any Netflix movies into competitors, though the principles for non-theatrical experiences are extra versatile in different classes, which explains the inclusion of two episodes from Nicolas Winding Refn’s Amazon sequence, “Too Previous to Die Younger” (the fourth and fifth of the upcoming season), starring Miles Teller, out of competitors.

Frémaux and Lescure started by paying tribute to late French cinema legend Agnès Varda, who’s featured on this yr’s poster, mentioning the pioneering spirit of this feminine director who made her first function on the age of 26. In response to criticism of its historically male-dominated choices up to now, Frémaux has diversified his choice committee to mirror parity between women and men, which little doubt contributed to the inclusion of 4 feminine administrators in competitors, tying the document set in 2011.

Amongst these, French-Senegalese actress-director Mati Diop will current her narrative debut, “Atlantique,” which is ready in a suburb of Dakar and follows a lady in love with a younger employee who disappears at sea however who returns with a number of of his colleagues to hang-out their outdated neighborhood. Austrian helmer Jessica Hausner’s science-fiction entry “Little Joe,” starring Ben Whishaw and Emily Beecham, is one among simply three English-language movies in competitors.

“Tomboy” director Celine Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Girl on Fireplace” stars Adèle Haenel (“BPM”) as a reluctant bride-to-be who has simply left the convent and falls in love with the painter commissioned to do her wedding ceremony portrait. Additionally from France, Justine Triet graduates from Critics’ Week to competitors with “Sibyl,” which re-teams the director with Virginie Efira (“Victoria”), who performs a novelist-turned-psychoanalyst in a sensual psychological thriller co-starring Gaspard Ulliel and Adèle Exarchopoulos.

In different classes, Cannes will present Cinéfondation quick movie winner Pippa Bianco’s “Share” (which premiered at Sundance) as a particular screening. The Un Sure Regard part options two English-language movies by girls: Danielle Lessovitz’s “Port Authority,” government produced by Martin Scorsese and set on the earth of New York’s ballroom voguing scene, and “Bull,” from Austin, Texas-based Annie Silverstein, one other Cinéfondation winner for her quick movie “Skunk.”

Other than Diop (who made the documentary “A Hundreds Suns”), the one debut in the primary competitors is director Ladj Ly’s “Les Misérables,” which was impressed by the 2005 riots in Paris. Half a dozen of the movies chosen for Un Sure Regard are first options.

One other vital development on this yr’s program is the sheer variety of style movies, starting from American zombie films to people who take care of suspense in much less express methods, resembling “Aquarius” director Kleber Mendonça Filho’s political parable “Bacarau,” co-directed with Juliano Dornelles. Korean auteur Bong Joon Ho (“Okja”) returns with “Parasite,” whereas his countryman Lee Received-Tae will unleash “The Gangster, the Cop, the Satan” at a midnight screening (to date the one movie in that part).

Cannes included one animated function, “The Swallows of Kabul” from feminine co-directors Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobé Mévellec, in addition to a number of documentaries, amongst them “Amy” director Asif Kapadia’s “Diego Maradona,” concerning the well-known soccer participant; Werner Herzog’s Japan-made “Household Romance, LLC”; and a sensible (however not completely nonfiction) movie from Abel Ferrara entitled “Tommaso,” that includes Willem Dafoe.

The competition runs Might 14-25. The parallel Administrators’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week packages will happen throughout the identical dates, however technically fall exterior the “official choice,” and as such, will announce their lineups later this month.


“The Lifeless Don’t Die” (Jim Jarmusch), pictured


“Atlantique” (Mati Diop)

“Bacarau” (Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles)

“Frankie” (Ira Sachs)

“A Hidden Life” (Terrence Malick)

“It Should Be Heaven” (Elia Suleiman)

“Les Misérables” (Ladj Ly)

“Little Joe” (Jessica Hausner)

“Matthias and Maxime” (Xavier Dolan)

“Oh Mercy!” (Arnaud Desplechin)

“Ache and Glory” OR “Dolor y Gloria” (Pedro Almodóvar)

“Parasite” OR “Gisaengchung” (Bong Joon Ho), pictured

“Portrait of a Girl on Fireplace” OR “Portrait de la jeune fille en feu” (Céline Sciamma)

“Sibyl” (Justine Triet)

“Sorry We Missed You” (Ken Loach)

“The Traitor” OR “Il Traditore” (Marco Bellocchio)

“The Whistlers” OR “La Gomera” (Corneliu Porumboiu)

“The Wild Goose Lake” OR “Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui” (Diao Yinan)

“The Younger Ahmed” (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne)


“Adam” (Maryam Touzani)

“Beanpole” OR “Dylda” (Kantemir Balagov)

“A Brother’s Love” (Monia Chokri)

“Bull” (Annie Silverstein)

“The Climb” (Michael Covino)

“Evge” (Nariman Aliev)

“Freedom” OR “Liberté” (Albert Serra)

“Invisible Life” OR “Vida Invisivel” (Karim Aïnouz)

“Joan of Arc” OR “Jeanne” (Bruno Dumont)

“Chambre 212” OR “Room 212” (Christophe Honoré)

“Papicha” (Mounia Meddour)

“Port Authority” (Danielle Lessovitz)

“Summer time of Changsha” OR “Liu Yu Tian” (Zu Feng)

“The Swallows of Kabul” (Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobé Mévellec)

“A Solar That By no means Units” OR “O Que Arde” (Olivier Laxe)

“Zhuo Ren Mi Mi” (Midi Z)


“The Finest Years of a Life” (Claude Lelouch)

“Diego Maradona” (Asif Kapadia)

“La Belle Époque” (Nicolas Bedos)

“Rocketman” (Dexter Fletcher)

“Too Previous to Die Younger – North of Hollywood, West of Hell” (Nicolas Winding Refn), pictured


“The Gangster, the Cop, the Satan” (Lee Received-Tae)


“Household Romance, LLC.” (Werner Herzog)

“For Sama” (Waad Al Kateab, Edward Watts)

“Que Sea Ley” (Juan Solanas)

“Share” (Pippa Bianco)

“To Be Alive and Know It” OR “Être vivant et le savoir” (Alain Cavalier)

“Tommaso” (Abel Ferrara)

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