Cannes Film Fest 2022: Competition Titles (21 Features, including 3 New Additions)

Elvis Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
Updated with the New Additions
During the pandemic, Cannes was shaken more than other major festivals, forced to cancel the 2020 event and shifting dates to mid-summer for an overstocked comeback event in 2021.

This showcase for global art cinema has been elevated, due to a diverse lineup that includes Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, the directorial debut of his granddaughter, Riley Keough, whose Beast (co-directed by Gina Gammell) is set on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Artistic director Thierry Frémaux announced new films from George Miller (“Three Thousand Years of Longing”), David Cronenberg (“Crimes of the Future”), Kelly Reichardt (”Showing Up”) and James Gray (“Armageddon Time”) in the official selection.

Zombie Films at Cannes

Outgoing festival president Pierre Lescure, Frémaux announced the opening film, Michel Hazanvicius’ “Final Cut,” which had originally been selected for Sundance, but was pulled after that festival went virtual amid a mid-January surge of the Omicron variant.

The year before the pandemic, Cannes opened with another zombie comedy, Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die.”

Frémaux had confirmed the world premiere of Top Gun: Maverick, alongside tribute to Tom Cruise, on the second day of the festival, scheduled to take place in person, May 17-28.

Joining Elvis in celebrating 20th-century rock legends are two music-focused features:

Ethan Coen’s out-of-competition docu, Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind and Moonage Daydream, montage-driven midnight-movie tribute to David Bowie from Brett Morgen in the vein of his Kurt Cobain film.

Competition Lineup:

Competition lineup includes new works from several Palme d’Or winners:

Ruben Östlund’s social satire Triangle of Sadness, Japanese helmer Kore-eda Hirokazu’s Korea-set Broker, Romanian director Cristian Mungiu’s politically charged RMN and Belgian duo the Dardenne brothers’ immigrant-focused Tori and Lokita.

Last year, celebrating the end of the pandemic, the official lineup swelled to 80 titles, whereas just 49 were announced at the press conference, though Frémaux indicated that a dozen more titles would follow.

Additions include more films by women, and from Africa.

Fremaux suggested it had been a challenging year for the selection committee due to the large number of films selected – above 2,200 films — and the fact that many came in very late.

Level of movies submitted used to be below 2,000 titles before pandemic.

Cannes was criticized in recent years for not recognizing and boosting female talent, falling egregiously short of its gender-parity pledge with the advocacy org 5050×2020 (which is now aptly called 50:50 Future). This year’s lineup includes just three films in competition by women: In addition to Reichardt, French directors Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (“Forever Young”) and fresh-from-Berlin Claire Denis (“Stars at Noon”) stand a shot at the Palme. It’s worth noting that women won the top prize at all the major festivals in the last year — Cannes (“Titane”), Venice (”Power of the Dog”), Toronto (“Yuni”), Berlin (“Alcarràs”) and Sundance (”The Nanny”) — suggesting that the Palme could well go to one of these three.

No first features in competition?

Camera d’Or winner Lukas Dhont (“Girl”) will screen his second feature, “Close,” alongside 83-year-old veteran Jerzy Skolimowski (“Deep End”), whose film “Eo” focuses on a donkey. Two Ukrainian filmmakers, Sergei Loznitsa (“The Natural History of Destruction”) and Maksim Nakonechnyi (“Butterfly Vision”), have been invited, along with one Russian, dissident director Kirill Serebrennikov, in competition with “Tchaïkovski’s Wife.”

Updated April 21, 2022


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‘Triangle of Sadness’©Plattform Produktion


(It includes 3 new titles, Added April 21, 2022)

“Armageddon Time,” James Gray (U.S.)

“Boy From Heaven,” Tarik Saleh (Sweden)

“Broker,” Kore-eda Hirokazu (Japan)

“Brother and Sister” OR “Frère et Sœur,” Arnaud Desplechin (France)

“Close,” Lucas Dhont (Belgium)

“Crimes of the Future,” David Cronenberg (Canada)

“Decision to Leave” OR “Haeojil Gyeolsim,” Park Chan-Wook (S. Korea)

“The Eight Mountains,” Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groeningen (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”)

“Eo” OR “Hi-Han,” Jerzy Skolimowski (Poland)

“Forever Young” OR “Les Amandiers,” Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (France)

“Holy Spider,” Ali Abbasi (Iran)

“Leila’s Brothers,” Saeed Roustaee (Iran)

“Nostalgia,” Mario Martone (Italy)

“RMN,” Cristian Mungiu (Romania)

“Showing Up,” Kelly Reichardt (U.S.)

“Stars at Noon,” Claire Denis (France)

“Tchaïkovski’s Wife,” Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia)

“Tori and Lokita,” Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne (Belgium)

“Tourment sur les iles,” Albert Serra’s (France)

“Triangle of Sadness,” Ruben Östlund (Sweden)

“Un Petit Frere,” Léonor Serraille (France)


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“All the People I’ll Never Be” OR “Retour à Séoul,” Davy Chou (Cambodia)

“Beast,” Riley Keough and Gina Gammell (U.S.)

“Burning Days,” Emin Alper (Turkey)

“Butterfly Vision,” Maksim Nakonechnyi (Ukraine)

“Corsage,” Marie Kruetzer (Austria)

“Domingo and the Mist,” Ariel Escalante Meza (Costa Rica)

“Godland,” Hlynur Pálmason (Iceland)

“Joyland,” Saim Sadiq (Pakistan)

“Metronom,” Alexandru Belc (Romania)

“Plan 75,” Hayakawa Chie (Japan)

“Rodeo,” Lola Quivoron (France)

“Sick of Myself,” Kristoffer Borgli (Norway)

“The Silent Twins,” Agnieszka Smocynska (Poland)

“The Stranger,” Thomas M. Wright (Australia)

“The Worst” OR “Les Pires,” Lise Akora and Romane Gueret (France)

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‘Top Gun: Maverick’Courtesy of Paramount Pictures


“Elvis,” Baz Luhrmann (U.S.-Australia)

“Final Cut” OR “Z (Comme Z),” Michel Hazanvicius (France) — OPENER

“Mascarade,” Nicolas Bedos (France)

“November,” Cédric Jimenez (France)

“Three Thousand Years of Longing,” George Miller (Australia)

“Top Gun: Maverick,” Joseph Kosinski (U.S.)

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‘Final Cut’Courtesy of Sundance Institute


“Fumer fait tousser,” Quentin Dupieux (France)

“Hunt,” Lee Jung-Jae (S. Korea)

“Moonage Daydream,” Brett Morgen (U.S.)


“All That Breathes,” Shaunak Sen (India)

“The Natural History of Destruction,” Sergei Loznitsa (Ukraine)

“Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind,” Ethan Coen (U.S.)


“Dodo,” Panos H. Koutras (Greece)

“Irma Vep,” Olivier Assayas (France)

“Nightfall,” Marco Bellocchio (Italy)

“Nos Frangins,” Rachid Bouchareb (France)