Romance and politics are the major themes uniting the films in the official selection of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival that takes place from May 14-25 this year.
According to the Delegate General of the festival, Thierry Fremaux, zombies, migrants and money, women, first-time filmmakers and genre cinema are going to be the other highlights of this year’s festival that fittingly kicks off with Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die. It will also be competing for the Palme D’Or.
Then there are the usual big names — masters like Pedro Almodovar, who, after having chaired the Palme D’Or jury in 2017, competes for the big prize this year with Pain and Glory. Ken Loach, whose I, Daniel Blakebegged the Palme D’Or in 2016 returns with Sorry We Missed You. Terrence Malick comes back with A Hidden Life, eight years after having won the Palme D’Or in 2011 for The Tree of Life. Bong Joon-Ho whose Okja kicked off the streaming giant Netflix’s short-lived romance with Cannes in 2017 competes this year with Parasite. Werner Herzog gets his new documentary Family Romance LLC to the French Riviera in Special Sessions section and the Dardennes Bros’ new work The Young Ahmed is in the competition.
Asif Kapadia’s documentary on footballer Diego Maradona and Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John biopic Rocketman are the titles to look out for in the Out of Competition section. Mr. John is expected to attend the festival and, according to Mr. Fremaux, a piano will be kept ready in the wings in case he would agree to perform impromptu.
Cannes has been notorious when it comes to the gender skewness. This year, its poster celebrates the legendary Agnes Varda, “the only woman director of the New Wave”, who passed away in March.