Tom Cruise, Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway – and Elvis – ready for the Cannes Film Festival | Cannes Film Festival

After a virtual event in 2020 and a scaled-down festival last year, the 75th Cannes Film Festival has announced a lineup packed with former Palme d’Or winners and festival favorites for what it hopes will be a return to full capacity – and buzzing to the max.

New films by Ruben Östlund, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Cristian Mungiu, Michel Hazanavicius and the Dardenne brothers – all of whom have already triumphed at the festival – will be in competition.

Meanwhile, Croisette favorites such as David Cronenberg, Claire Denis, Park Chan-wook and James Gray will also be vying for the prize.

No UK director has so far been announced as having films that will star in the official competition selection or sidebars. But at least one movie is set in the UK: Silent Twins, which stars Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance as June and Jennifer Gibbons, twins from the only black family in a small town in Wales in the 1970s who are sent to Broadmoor after a crime party.

Only three of the 21 directors with films in competition are women, meaning the festival is far from meeting the gender parity pledge it signed in 2018.

The festival will open on a bloody note, with a French remake of the famous Japanese zombie film One Cut of the Dead by the director of The Artist. Hazanavicius’ Final Cut stars Romain Duris, Bérénice Bejo, and Bejo and Hazanavicius’ daughter, Simone.

The horror theme continues with Future Crimes, Cronenberg’s visceral sci-fi about the future of human evolution. Viggo Mortensen embodies a notorious avant-garde artist who, with his companion (Léa Seydoux), “publicly presents the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances”. Kristen Stewart is a National Organ Registry investigator who makes an uncomfortable discovery.

Broker by Hirokazu Kore-eda is set in a world in which infants can be placed in baby boxes and dropped off anonymously to be cared for by others, while in Decision to Leave, Park Chan-wook directs the story of a detective who falls in love with a mysterious widow.

Cristian Mungiu, whose abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days won the Palme d’Or in 2007 returns to the festival with RMN, a long-awaited multi-part drama set in contemporary Romania.

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, double Palmes d’Or, return with Tori and Lokita, the story of two African refugees whose friendship is put to the test when they settle in Belgium.

Joe Alwyn and Margaret Qualley play a couple struggling to escape the Nicaraguan revolution in Les étoiles à midi, a romantic thriller by Claire Denis.

Triangle of Sadness, the latest film from Force Majeure director Ruben Östlund is a social satire about a group of celebrity fashionistas shipwrecked on a desert island with their yacht’s Marxist captain (Woody Harrelson) and his crew.

Two American directors are selected: James Gray, whose autobiographical drama Armageddon Time about his childhood in Queens stars Anne Hathaway, Anthony Hopkins and Jeremy Strong; and Kelly Reichardt, back with her fourth collaboration with Michelle Williams. Showing Up is billed as a “very funny portrait of an artist on the verge of a career-changing exhibition”. Judd Hirsch shares the limelight.

Out of competition, documentaries include Ethan Coen’s study of Jerry Lee Lewis and The Natural History of Destruction, Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa’s third film dealing with the tragedies of 20th century European history.

A retrospective of Tom Cruise’s career was previously announced, along with the premiere of the belated sequel Top Gun: Maverick. The film will premiere just over a week before it opens in the United States.

Triangle of Sadness by Ruben Östlund. Photographer: © Deck Production

Cruise, who will celebrate his 60th birthday shortly after the festival at the end of May, will discuss his 40-year career during an audience in conversation on the Croisette.

Cannes’ affectionate relationship with blockbusters peaked about seven years ago with the premiere of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, which won rave reviews before winning six Oscars the following spring.

Miller’s sequel to that film, Three Thousand Years of Longing, starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba, will also premiere at the festival.

Nine years ago, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby opened Cannes, repeating the Moulin Rouge tour in 2001.

This year, the stage is set for the first screening of Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic, starring Austin Butler as lead singer and Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker.

Notable premieres elsewhere in the lineup include Saim Sadiq’s Joyland, the first Pakistani film to make the Official Selection, which stars in Un Certain Regard. In the Midnight Screening section, Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae’s debut film Hunt will premiere.

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