The Film Festival gets underway for the 75th anniversary celebrations

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The Cannes Film Festival is gearing up for a terrific 75th anniversary edition with a lineup of Hollywood big names, newcomers and previous Palme d’Or winners – a spectacular comeback even as the conflict in Ukraine looms over the festivities. .

“Honestly, I think this is one of the best Cannes lineups in years,” said Scott Roxborough, European bureau chief for The Hollywood Reporter.

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The festival takes place from May 17 to 28, resuming its traditional calendar after two years of interruptions due to the pandemic. It was canceled in 2020 and was moved to July last year, when it was held under strict COVID protocols.

This year, the holidays are back and Hollywood heavyweights will include Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun Maverick,” which brings the star to Cannes for the first time in three decades, as well as Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic. , starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks.

“It is a tradition to have our American friends. Let us not forget that the Cannes Film Festival, in 1939 and in 1946, was practically co-constructed, co-invented by France and Hollywood,” festival director Thierry Fremaux said in a statement. Press conference.
Actor Forest Whitaker will be present to receive the festival’s Honorary Palme d’Or for his career.

David Cronenberg will mark his return to horror movies with Crimes of the Future, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart and Lea Seydoux.
Asia will have a big presence, despite China’s absence, with films by Park Chan-wook and Hirokazu Kore-eda in competition and “Squid Game” actor Lee Jung-jae premiering his new film “Hunt.”

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“Everyone wants to come back for this moment, a kind of cinematic awakening here in Cannes,” Roxborough said.

The festival opens Tuesday with a zombie movie, “Final Cut,” by French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius, who changed the title from “Z, like Z” to remove a reference to the lyrics that have been associated with the war in Ukraine.

The festival has barred official Russian delegations from the event but will present “Tchaikovsky’s Wife” by exiled Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov, who has been outspoken about the war.

Also screening is “Mariupolis 2” by Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravicius, 45, who was killed in Mariupol, the Ukrainian city heavily bombed by Russian forces, nearly a month ago while working on the film. He will be introduced by his fiancee Hanna Bilobrova, who finished the project.

Another Ukrainian entry is a debut film by Maksim Nakonechnyi, “Butterfly Vision,” the story of a young Ukrainian woman who returns to her country after being captured and later released in a prisoner exchange.

“We will think a lot about cinema, but we will never stop thinking about what is happening in Ukraine as well,” said Fremaux, who was asked about the festival’s position on the war.


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