From Tuesday May 17 to Saturday May 28, the city of Cannes will rediscover the excitement of the Festival and the Croisette will vibrate to the rhythm of films and stars. Here, in figures, are the strong points of this edition like no other.
The Cannes Film Festival celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. In three quarters of a century, the most publicized event in the world has been canceled five times: in 1939 due to the war, in 1948 and 1950 for budgetary reasons, in 1968 due to the student revolt and in 2020 for cause of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The film “The Truman Show” celebrates its 24th anniversary this year and it is a scene from the feature film – the one where Jim Carrey climbs the steps of the staircase leading to the outside – which appears on the official Festival poster. .
This year, 65 feature films are presented at the Festival, both in competition and out of competition. The opening film, out of competition, is “Cut!” by Michael Hazanavicius. The latter, known for his “The Artist”, changed the title of his feature film a few weeks ago. Indeed, the work was called “Z (like Z)” – a reference to zombie films – but the war in Ukraine and the use of the letter “Z” by the Russian army convinced Michel Hazanavicius to change his title.
Of the 65 works, 15 are produced or co-directed by women, i.e. 23.8%, a record for the cultural event. In addition, five films in the Official Selection are directed by women, another record, the previous one was four.
Among the 21 films in competition, one is signed by a Canadian filmmaker. It is David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future” with Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart and Scott Speedman. The feature film hits theaters with us on June 3.
Each participant in the Festival must now, and for the first time, pay 20 euros to the organizers. Why? This is a contribution requested in order to neutralize the carbon footprint of Cannes.
Among the 20 films presented in Un certain regard, eight are first works. This is particularly the case with “War Pony”, directed by Gina Gammell and Riley Keough, granddaughter of Elvis Presley.
Six highly anticipated feature films are presented out of competition. These are “Top Gun: Maverick” by Joseph Kosinski, “Elvis” by Baz Luhrmann, “Mascarade” by Nicolas Bedos, “November” by Cédric Jimenez, “Three thousand years waiting for you” by George Miller and “ The Innocent” by Louis Garrel.
Five film industry professionals make up the short film jury. Monia Chokri sits, this year, on the jury which will have to evaluate nine works.
To mark the 70th anniversary of “Singing in the rain”, a musical with Gene Kelly, the feature film will be screened as part of “Cannes Classics”.
The palme d’or for the best feature film is made up of 19 sheets of 18-carat gold. The trophy, worth US$23,700, is made by Swiss jeweler Chopard.
Only eight directors or co-directors have won the Palme d’Or twice. They are Bille August, Francis Ford Coppola, the Dardenne brothers, Shohei Imamura, Ken Loach, Emir Kusturica, Michael Haneke and Alf Sjoberg.
This is, in euros, the Festival’s annual budget, half of which comes from the various levels of government, the rest being provided by numerous sponsors.
Cannes 2022 at a glance:
- Honorary Palme d’Or: Forest Whitaker
- Opening Film: “Cut!” by Michel Hazanavicius
- President: Vincent Lindon
- Rebecca Hall
- Deepika Padukone
- Noomi Rapace
- Jasmine Trinca
- Asghar Farhadi
- Ladj Ly
- Jeff Nichols
- Joachim Trier
In some perspective:
Opening film: “Tirailleurs” by Mathieu Vadepied
- President: Valeria Golino
- Debra Granik
- Joanna Kulig
- Benjamin Biolay
- Edgar Ramirez
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The Cannes Film Festival in numbers
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