Cannes Film Fest 2022: Official Selection Expanded with 12 New Titles

Cannes 2022: Completes Official Selection of 2022 Lineup

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The Cannes Film Festival has added a dozen new titles to its Official Selection.

They include 3 movies in competition: Léonor Serraille’s “Un Petit Frere,” Albert Serra’s “Tourment sur les iles” and “The Eight Mountains” by Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groeningen (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”).

“The Eight Mountains” is an Italian film based on Paolo Cognetti’s 2016 novel. It revolves around a young man who returns to a young man who finds refuge in the Italian village where he spent a summer as a child with his parents.

Other movies that have been added to the lineup include:

Serge Bozon’s musical romantic comedy “Don Juan” with Virginie Efira and Tahar Rahim (pictured);

Dominik Moll’s politically charged drama “Nuit du 12;”

Cannes Premiere

Emmanuel Mouret’s adultery drama “Chronique d’une liaison passagère” with Sandrine Kiberlain and Vincent Macaigne which will bow in Cannes Premiere, a new section launched last year.

Out of Competition

Another French movie, “L’innocent,” helmed by actor-director Louis Garrel will play out of competition.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah Belgium’s movie “Rebel” has been added to the Midnight Screenings section.

Un Certain Regard will screen 4 more films:

“Plus que Jamais” by Emily Atef, “Mediterranean Fever” by Palestinian helmer Maha Haj, and “Le bleu du caftan” by Moroccan director Maryam Touzani, as well as Lofty Nathan’s “Harka” from Tunisia.

Women Directors: 5 out of 21 (Cannes Record)

With the new additions, the Official Selection now includes 5 films made by female directors — a Cannes record.

Last year, 4 of the 21 titles were from female filmmakers.

That matched previous high of 4 female moviemakers from the 2019 edition.

The other female-directed movies in the competition roster include:

American filmmaker Kelly Reichardt’s “Showing Up” with Michelle Williams;

French-Italian actor-turned-helmer Valeria Bruni Tedeschi with “Forever Young,”

Vet helmer Claire Denis with “Stars at Noon,” starring Margaret Qualley.

No Jury Yet

The jury of the competition is expected to be announced in the next few days, which is surprisingly late compared with previous years. Fremaux said assembling the jury has been challenging this year due to talent availability.

Among the big names who have been approached for the gig are Brad Pitt and Penelope Cruz.

Spike Lee presided over last year’s jury.