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72nd Cannes Film Festival: News and Details

Cannes favorites Terrence Malick, Xavier Dolan, and Pedro Almodóvar will hit the Croisette alongside newcomers like Mati Diop, who makes her feature film directorial debut with Atlantiques. Diop is the first black woman in the festival’s 72-year history with a film in the In Competition section.

The 2019 Cannes Film Festival announced the majority of its official lineup this morning, including films set to debut in sections such as In Competition, Out of Competition, Un Certain Regard, Special Screenings, and Midnight Screenings. The lineup was announced this morning during a press conference with additions, including the Camera d’Or and Critics’ Week selections and the announcement of the the juries in the coming days. The festival will run May 14th to May 25th.

Despite a pledge for parity to put more women directors in Cannes, the official 2019 selection announced today includes only 4 out of the 18 films in competition directed by women. Joining Diop are Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), Jessica Hausner (Little Joe) and Justine Triet (Sibyl). Last year’s festival established the parity pledge when a women’s filmmaker march that included jury member Ava DuVernay and jury president Cate Blanchett that ended on the red carpet steps of the Palais des Festivals.

In Competition

Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny, and Adam Driver in Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die (photo: Focus Features)

Opening Night film: The Dead Don’t Die. The 72nd Festival de Cannes will open with the Competition screening of Jim Jarmusch’s new film, The Dead Don’t Die. On Tuesday May 14th, on the screen of the Grand Théâtre Lumière, the film by the American director and screenwriter will be this year’s first Palme d’Or competition screening.

Adam Driver, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton highlight the star-studded first trailer for Jim Jarmusch’s ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ trailer

Opening filmJim JARMUSCH THE DEAD DON’T DIE 1h43
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Pedro ALMODÓVARDOLOR Y GLORIA(PAIN AND GLORY)1h52
Marco BELLOCCHIOIL TRADITORE(THE TRAITOR)2h25
BONG Joon HoGISAENGCHUNG(PARASITE)2h12
Jean-Pierre DARDENNE Luc DARDENNEYOUNG AHMED1h24
Arnaud DESPLECHINOH MERCY!1h59
DIAO YinanNAN FANG CHE ZHAN DE JU HUI(THE WILD GOOSE LAKE)1h53
Mati DIOPATLANTICS1h44
Xavier DOLANMATTHIAS AND MAXIME1h59
Jessica HAUSNERLITTLE JOE1h45
Abdellatif KECHICHEMEKTOUB, MY LOVE : INTERMEZZO4h
Ken LOACHSORRY WE MISSED YOU1h40
Ladj LYLES MISÉRABLES1st film  – 1h43
Terrence MALICKA HIDDEN LIFE2h53
Kleber MENDONÇA FILHO Juliano DORNELLESBACURAU2h12
Corneliu PORUMBOIULA GOMERA(THE WHISTLERS)1h37
Ira SACHSFRANKIE1h38
Céline SCIAMMAPORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE2h
Elia SULEIMANIT MUST BE HEAVEN1h37
Quentin TARANTINOONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD2h41
Justine TRIETSIBYL1h40
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Last Screening (Out of Competition)Eric TOLEDANO Olivier NAKACHEHORS NORMES(THE SPECIALS)

There are films screened on the last evening of the Festival that have branded the Cannes legend. With the desire to carry on with this tradition, the Festival is pleased to announce that Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s new film The Specials, in Official Selection 2019, will be the Last Screening of its 72nd edition, on Saturday May 25, in the Grand Théâtre Lumière, during the Closing ceremony.

Its name will no longer be the “Closing Film,” it will now be called the “Last Screening”, falling on the evening of the Closing ceremony. Its French name la « Dernière séance » is the same as Peter Bogdanovich’s French title for The Last Picture Show, and Eddy Mitchell’ song.

Since last year, the Festival de Cannes has ended on a Saturday and no longer on a Sunday. As the last night has retrieved the warmest colors of the party and celebration, the last film screened will be a beautiful end to an Official Selection launched eleven days earlier.

By renaming the closing film the “Last Screening”, the Festival de Cannes wishes to reconnect with its tradition of final great screenings, as it had been the case with the memorable nights where were shown Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (in the former Palais, in 1982), Ridley Scott’s Thelma and Louise (in the new one, in 1991) or Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote last year.

This year, the 72nd Festival de Cannes will end up on a major event : the premiere of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s new film The Specials, starring Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb.

Academy Award-winning director, writer, and producer, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, is one of the most acclaimed and respected filmmakers working today.

Iñárritu made his feature directorial debut at the Cannes Semaine de la Critique and was nominated for a Foreign Film Academy Award with Amores Perros, a drama that explored Mexican society through three intertwining stories connected by a car accident in Mexico City.

Iñárritu is the first Mexican filmmaker to be nominated for either director or producer in the history of the Academy Awards and the first Mexican filmmaker to receive a Best Picture award at the Festival de Cannes.

Most recently, Iñárritu created the VR installation “Carne y Arena”(Virtually present, Physically invisible),which previewed at the 2017 Festival de Cannes as the first VR project ever included in the Official Selection of the Festival, receiving international critical acclaim. The art installation was exhibited in Milan, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Washington DC. The Board of Governors of the Academy voted to present a Special Oscar to Iñárritu’s installation, an award given out only 15 times in the Academy’s history, and Iñárritu’s fifth Academy Award.

Alejandro G. Iñárritu succeeds Cate Blanchett, Jury President of the 71st Festival de Cannes, whose jury awarded the Palme d’or to Shoplifters by Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu. 

Jury

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu – President
(Director, producer & screenwriter / Mexico )

Elle Fanning
(Actress / United States)

Maimouna N’Diaye
(Actress & director / Burkina Faso)

Kelly Reichardt
(Director, screenwriter & editor / United States)

Alice Rohrwacher
(Director & screenwriter / Italy)

Enki Bilal
(Author of Graphic novels & director / France)

Robin Campillo
(Director, screenwriter & editor / France)

Yorgos Lanthimos
(Director, screenwriter & producer / Greece)

Paweł Pawlikowski
(Director & screenwriter / Poland)

Out of Competition

Nicolas BEDOSLA BELLE ÉPOQUE1h55
Dexter FLETCHERROCKETMAN2h01
Asif KAPADIADIEGO MARADONA2h10
Claude LELOUCHLES PLUS BELLES ANNÉES D’UNE VIE1h30
Nicolas WINDING REFNTOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG – NORTH OF HOLLYWOOD, WEST OF HELL
Rocketman (Dexter Fletcher) – May 16th

51st Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs)

Opening Night film: Deerskin, by Quentin Dupieux, will open the 51st Directors’ Fortnight on May 15th. Led by Jean Dujardin and Adèle Haenel, Deerskin is Dupieux’s seventh feature. Among the most singular directors in the contemporary film scene, Quentin Dupieux is also a screenwriter, director of photography, film editor and composer of electronic music, known internationally as Mr. Oizo.

Deerskin marks the return to Cannes of Jean Dujardin in a leading role after his worldwide breakout in The Artist in 2011, for which he won Best Actor awards both at Cannes and at the Oscars, among many other awards. Adèle Haenel, one of the most talented and highly regarded actresses in French cinema, again shows the breadth and fluidity of her range.

Directors’ Fortnight Lineup

Alice and the Mayor (Nicolas Pariser)
And Then We Danced (Levan Akin)
The Halt (Lav Diaz)
Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää)
Song Without a Name (Melina León)
Ghost Tropic (Bas Devos)
Give Me Liberty (Kirill Mikhanvovsky)
First Love (Takashi Miike)
The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers)
Lillian (Andreas Horwath)
Oleg (Juris Kursietis)
Blow It to Bits (Lech Kowalski)
The Orphanage (Shahrbanoo Sadat)
Les Particules (Blaise Harrison)
Perdrix (Erwan Le Duc)
For the Money (Alejo Moguillansky)
Sick Sick Sick (Alice Furtado)
Tlamess (Ala Eddine Slim)
To Live to Sing (Johnny Ma)
An Easy Girl (Rebecca Zlotowski)
Wounds (Babak Anvari)
Zombi Child (Bertrand Bonello)

Closing Film

Yves (Benoît Forgeard)

Special Screenings

Red 11 (Roberto Rodriguez)
The Staggering Girl (Luca Guadagnino)

Shorts

Two Sisters Who Are Not Sisters (Beatrice Gibson)
The Marvelous Misadventures of the Stone Lady (Gabriel Abrantes)
Grand Bouquet (Nao Yoshigai)
Je Te Tiens (Sergio Caballero)
Movements (Dahee Jeong)
Olla (Ariane Labed)
Piece of Meat (Jerrold Chong and Huang Junxiang)
Ghost Pleasure (Morgan Simon)
Stay Awake, Be Ready (An Pham Thien)

Un Certain Regard

Karim AÏNOUZA VIDA INVISÍVEL DE EURÍDICE GUSMÃO(THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURÍDICE GUSMÃO)2h19
Nariman ALIEVEVGE(HOMEWARD)1st film  –  1h37
Kantemir BALAGOVBEANPOLE2h10
Zabou BREITMANEléa GOBBÉ-MÉVELLECTHE SWALLOWS OF KABULanimation – 1h20
Monia CHOKRIA BROTHER’S LOVE1st film  –  1h57
Michael Angelo COVINOTHE CLIMB1st film  –  1h35
Bruno DUMONTJOAN OF ARC2h17
Christophe HONORÉCHAMBRE 2121h30
Oliver LAXEO QUE ARDE(FIRE WILL COME)1h25
Danielle LESSOVITZPORT AUTHORITY1st film  –  1h34
Lorenzo MATTOTTILA FAMOSA INVASIONE DEGLI ORSI IN SICILIA1st film – animation  – 1h22
Mounia MEDDOURPAPICHA1st film  –  1h46
Midi ZNINA WU1h43
Larissa SADILOVAODNAZHDY V TRUBCHEVSKE(ONCE IN TRUBCHEVSK)1h20
Albert SERRALIBERTÉ2h12
Annie SILVERSTEINBULL1st film  –  1h41
Maryam TOUZANIADAM1st film  – 1h38
ZU FengLIU YU TIAN(SUMMER OF CHANGSHA)1st film  –  1h56

Jury President: Nadine Labaki

After moving hearts and minds at the last Festival de Cannes with her Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated Capernaum, which won the Jury Prize in Cannes, Lebanese director Nadine Labaki will be taking over from actor Benicio Del Toro as President of the Un Certain Regard Jury for the 72nd edition of the Festival.

Nadine Labaki’s three feature films catapulted her to international fame, from the Festival de Cannes’ red carpet to the Oscars ceremony a few months ago. The director, actress and screenwriter’s career was first launched on the Croisette, and it is here that all her films have been unveiled.

Jury

President – Nadine Labaki, Director & actress / Lebanon

Marina Foïs, Actress / France

Nurhan Sekerci-Porst, Producer / Germany

Lisandro Alonso, Director / Argentina

Lukas Dhont, Director / Belgium

Camera d’Or

Rithy Panh (photo: Ted Aljibe / AFP)
Cambodian director Rithy Panh will preside over this year’s Caméra d’or Jury. Accompanied by a jury of industry professionals, he will award the prize among one of the 22 first works presented by the Official Selection, the Directors’ Fortnight and the Semaine de la Critique.
“I’m so glad to come back to Cannes to preside over the Caméra d’or Jury this year. I remember my first time in Competition at the Festival de Cannes in 1994 with The Rice People. I remember the pride, the faith, the eagerness I felt during the making of the film. Shooting in Cambodia which was just getting back to peace, working with a Cambodian crew, doing a Khmer speaking film … but nothing could have stopped me! And there the Cambodian flag was fluttering above the Croisette… After a genocide and two decades of war, that piece of colored cloth, found in a market in Phnom Penh, was flapping in the wind and I told myself: ‘We’re not dead. We achieved something.’ I’m very much looking forward to discovering these first films, presented for their very first time.”

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Rithy Panh was born in Cambodia and arrived in Paris after the Khmer Rouge fall in 1979. He has dedicated much of his career to investigating the campaign of genocide and memorializing its victims. His first documentary Site 2 won several international awards in 1989. His first feature film The Rice People was presented in Competition at the Festival de Cannes in 1994. He came back Out of Competition with S21 The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine presented in 2003, and The Burnt Theatre in 2005. Other film credit include The Sea Wall (2008).

He also directed The Missing Picture which won the Un Certain Regard Prize in 2013 and was the first Cambodian film nominated for an Academy Award as ‘Best Foreign Language Film. His last films Exile (2016) and Graves Without a Name (2018) explored again the lasting effects of the Cambodian genocide.
 THE CAMÉRA D’OR JURY 2019

 President – Rithy Panh
Director, screenwriter, producer – Cambodia /France 

Jury members

Alice Diop (SRF) Director – France 
Sandrine Marques (SFCC) Director, author & film critic – France 
Benoît Delhomme (AFC) Director of photography – France 
Nicolas Naegelen (FICAM) President Director of Polyson – France 
The Jury will award the Caméra d’or Prize for a first feature at the Closing Ceremony on Saturday May 25.The winning film will succeed to Girl by Lukas Dhont, presented in the Official Selection – Un Certain Regard in 2018.

International Critics’ Week (Semaine de la Critique)

COMPETITION, FEATURES

About Lelia, Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
Land Of Ashes, Sofía Quirós Ubeda
A White, White Day, Hlynur Pálmason
I Lost My Body, Jérémy Clapin
Our Mothers, César Diaz
The Unknown Saint, Alaa Eddine Aljem
Vivarium, Lorcan Finnegan

COMPETITION, SHORT FILMS

Party Day, Sofia Bost
The Trap, Nada Riyadh
Ikki Illa Meint, Andrias Høgenni
Journey Through A Body, Camille Degeye
Community Gardens, Vytautas Katkus
Lucia En El Limbo, Valentina Maurel
The Manila Lover, Johanna Pyykko
Tuesday From 8 To 6, Cecilia de Arce
She Runs, Qiu Yang
The Last Trip To The Seaside, Adi Voicu

SPECIAL SCREENINGS, FEATURES

Litigante, Franco Lolli (Opening Film)
Heroes Don’t Die, Aude Léa Rapin
Tu Mérites Un Amour, Hafsia Herzi
Dwelling In The Fuchun Mountains, Gu Xiaogang (Closing Film)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS, SHORT FILMS

Demonic, Pia Borg
Naptha, Moin Hussain
Please Speak Continuously And Describe Your Experience As They Come To You, Brandon Cronenberg
Invisible Hero, Cristèle Alves Meira
Tenzo, Katsuya Tomita

Midnight Screenings

LEE Won-TaeTHE GANGSTER, THE COP, THE DEVIL1h49
Gaspar NOÉLUX ÆTERNA

Special Screenings

Waad Al KATEABEdward WATTSFOR SAMA1h35
Gael García BERNALCHICUAROTES1h35
Pippa BIANCOSHARE1st film  –  1h29
Alain CAVALIERLIVING AND KNOWING YOU ARE ALIVE1h22
Leila CONNERSICE ON FIRE1h31
Abel FERRARATOMMASO1h55
Patricio GUZMÀNLA CORDILLERA DE LOS SUEÑOS1h25
Werner HERZOGFAMILY ROMANCE, LLC. 1h29
Dan KRAUSS5B1h33
Juan SOLANASQUE SEA LEY

Cannes Classics

The 25 years of La Cité de la peur, a Midnight Screening of The Shining presented by Alfonso Cuarón, the 50 years of the mythical Easy Rider in the company of Peter Fonda, Luis Buñuel in the spotlight with three films, the attendance of Lina Wertmüller, the Grand Prix of 1951 Vittorio De Sica’s Miracle in Milan, a final salute to Milos Forman, the first Japanese animated film in color, the World Cinema Project and the Film Foundation of Martin Scorsese, documentaries about cinema and History, masterpieces known and rare films in restored version from countries rarely honored, this is the new edition of Cannes Classics — the first section dedicated to heritage cinema ever created in a major festival.

The majority of the films will be screened at Buñuel Theater, Salle du 60e or at the Cinéma de la Plage, all presented by major players in the film heritage: directors, artists or restoration managers.

The 50 years of the mythical Easy Rider

Presented half a century ago on the Croisette, in Competition at the Festival de Cannes, the film won the Prize for a first work. Co-writer, co-producer and lead actor, Peter Fonda will be in Cannes at the invitation of the Festival to celebrate this anniversary.

Easy Rider (1969, 1h35, USA) by Dennis Hopper

Restored in 4K by Sony Pictures Entertainment in collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna. Restored from the 35mm Original Picture Negative and 35mm Black and White Separation Masters. 4K scanning and digital image restoration by Immagine Ritrovata. Audio restoration from the 35mm Original 3-track Magnetic Master by Chace Audio and Deluxe Audio. Color grading, picture conform, additional image restoration and DCP by Roundabout Entertainment. Colorist: Sheri Eisenberg. Restoration supervised by Grover Crisp.

Midnight Screening of The Shining

The ultimate horror film for an event screening presented by Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón.

The Shining (Shining) by Stanley Kubrick (1980, 2h26, UK / USA)

A Presentation of Warner Bros. The 4K remastering was done using a new 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative. The mastering was done at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging, and the color grading was done by Janet Wilson, with supervision from Stanley Kubrick’s former personal assistant Leon Vitali.

The 50 years of La Cité de la peur

The cult comedy of comic group Les Nuls will be screened at Cannes Classics au Cinéma de la Plage upon the occasion of the 4K restoration of the film for its 25th anniversary with Alain Chabat, Chantal Lauby and Dominique Farrugia in attendance.

La Cité de la peur, une comédie familiale (1994, 1h39, France) by Alain Berbérian

Presented by Studiocanal. A restoration by Studiocanal and TF1 Studio. 4K scanning 16bits from the original negative 35mm on Lasergraphics director. The pre-calibration was done in a projection room equipped by a 4k projector Christie Laser by Pascal Bousquet and additional work of filtering, dusting was done to compensate the imperfection due to the age of the film. Optical illusion composited on DI on Flame to remain close to the quality of the original negative. Calibration validated by Laurent Dailland, director of photography. Original digital sound was used without modification. Work of remastering done by VDM Laboratory.

Luis Buñuel in the spotlight with three films

Three films by Mexican director and screenwriter, with Spanish origin, will be shown this year.

Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned) (1950, 1h20, Mexico) by Luis Buñuel

Presented by the World Cinema Project. Restored by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project at L’Immagine Ritrovata in collaboration with Fundación Televisa, Cineteca Nacional Mexico, and Filmoteca de la UNAM. Restoration funding provided by The Material World Foundation.

Nazarín (1958, 1h34, Mexico) by Luis Buñuel

Presented by Cineteca Nacional Mexico. 3K Scan and 3K Digital Restoration from the original 35mm image negative (preserved by Televisa) and prints positive materials from Cineteca Nacional. Restoration made and financed by Cineteca Nacional Mexico. Mastered in 2K for Digital Projection.

L’Âge d’or (The Golden Age) (1930, 1h, France) by Luis Buñuel

Presented by La Cinemathèque française. A 4K restoration of The Golden Age was done by la Cinemathèque française and le Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Experimental cinema’s department, at Hiventy laboratory for the image and at L.E. Diapason’s studio for the sound, using the original nitrate negative, original sound and safety elements.

Tribute to Lina Wertmüller

The first woman director ever nominated as a director at the Academy Awards in 1977 for Pasqualino Settebellezze, Lina Wertmüller will introduce the film with lead actor Giancarlo Giannini in attendance.

Pasqualino Settebellezze (Pasqualino / Seven Beauties) (1975, 1h56, Italy) by Lina Wertmüller

Presented by Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale. Restored by Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale with the support of Genoma Films and Deisa Ebano from the original 35mm picture and optical soundtrack negative made available by RTI S.p.A. Digital scanning and restoration work carried out by Cinema Communications in Rome.

The 1951 “Palme d’or”

The Palme d’or was created in 1955 but the Grand Prix awarded to Miracle in Milan by Vittorio De Sica was the equivalent.

Miracolo a Milano (Miracle à Milan / Miracle in Milan) (1951, 1h40, Italy) by Vittorio De Sica

Presented by Cineteca di Bologna. Restored by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna and Compass Film, in collaboration with Mediaset, Infinity TV, Artur Cohn, Films sans frontières and Variety Communications at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory. 4K Scan and Digital Restoration from the original 35mm camera negative and a vintage dupe positive. Colour grading supervised by DoP Luca Bigazzi.

Milos Forman

A devotee of the Festival de Cannes, a former President of the Jury, a director with several lives, Milos Forman passed away one year ago. The restoration of his second film and a documentary will give us the opportunity to pay our tribute and remember him.

Lásky jedné plavovlásky (Les Amours d’une blonde / Loves of a Blonde) (1965, 1h21, Czech Republic) by Milos Forman

A presentation of the Národní filmový archiv, Prague. 4K digital restoration based on the original camera done by the Universal Production Partners and Soundsquare in Prague, 2019. The donors of this project were Mrs. Milada Kučerová and Mr. Eduard Kučera. Restored in partnership with the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and the Czech Film Fund. French distribution: Carlotta Films.

Forman vs. Forman (Czech Republic / France, 1h17) by Helena Trestikova and Jakub Hejna

Presented by Negativ Film Productions, Alegria Productions, Czech Television, ARTE. A powerful documentary that recounts with emotion the career of director Milos Forman, from the Czech New Wave to Hollywood. Oscars, politics and political upheavals for a life in the service of cinema.

All the restored films of Cannes Classics 2019

Toni by Jean Renoir (1934, 1h22, France)

Presented by Gaumont. First digital restoration in 4K presented by Gaumont with the support of the CNC. Restoration done by L’image retrouvée in Bologna and Paris.

Le Ciel est à vous (1943, 1h45, France) by Jean Grémillon

Presented by TF1 Studio. Restaured version in 4K using two intermediate and a duplicate done by TF1 studio, with the support of the CNC and Coin de Mire cinéma. Digital and photochemical work done by L21 laboratory.

Moulin Rouge (1952, 1h59, UK) by John Huston

Presented and restored by The Film Foundation in collaboration with Park Circus, Romulus Films and MGM with additional funding provided by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, a unique partnership between the Directors Guild of America (DGA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique (SACEM), and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW). Restored from the 35mm Original Nitrate 3-Strip Technicolor Negative. 4K scanning, color grading, digital image restoration and film recording by Cineric, Inc., New York. Colorist: Daniel DeVincent. Audio restoration by Chace Audio. Restoration Consultant: Grover Crisp.

Kanal (Ils aimaient la vie / They Loved Life) (1957, 1h34, Poland) by Andrzej Wajda

Presented by Malavida, in association with Kdr. Scanned, calibrated and restored in 4K under the artistic supervision of Andrzej Wajda and Jerzy Wójcik, second DOP, and regular collaborator of Wajda (Ashes and Diamonds) and one of the greatest Polish DOP. Technical supervision: Waldermar Makula. 4k Scan from the original negative, image and sound. Produced by Studio Filmowe Kadr with the participation of Filmoteka Narodowa. French distribution: Malavida. International Sales: Studio Filmowe Kadr.

Hu shi ri ji (Diary of a Nurse) (1957, 1h37, China) by Tao Jin

Presented by IQIYI et New Ipicture Media co., ltd (NIPM). 4K Scan and 3K Digital Restoration from the original 35mm print positive materials mastered in 2K. Restoration financed by IQIYI & NIPM, and made by L’Immagine Ritrovata (Italy) and Laser Digital Film SRL (Italy).

Hakujaden (Le Serpent blanc / The White Snake Enchantress) (1958, 1h18, Japan) by Taiji Yabushita

Presented by Toei Animation Company, ltd., Toei company, ltd. and National Archive of Japan. The project celebrates the 100th anniversary for the birth of Japan animation and 60th anniversary for the original theatrical release in 1958.4K scan and restoration from the original negative, 35mm print, tape materials, and animation cels by Toei lab tech co., ltd. et Toei digital center are carried out. The restored data is stored in 2K.

125 Rue Montmartre (1959, 1h25, France) by Gilles Grangier

Presented by Pathé. 4K Scan and 2k restoration, using the original safety negative (negative image, intermediate and negative optique sound) Work done by Eclair laboratory for the image and L.E Diapason (Léon Rousseau) for the sound part. Restored with the support of the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC).

A tanú (Le Témoin / The Witness) (1969, 1h52, Hongrie) by Péter Bacsó

The original uncensored version presented by the Hungarian National Film Fund – Film Archive. The film was restored in 4K using the original camera negative and outtakes, the only existing uncensored positive print and the original magnetic sound. The restoration was carried out at the Hungarian Filmlab. The digital colour grading was supervised by Tamás Andor (HSC, Hungarian Society of Cinematographers).

Tetri karavani (La Caravane blanche / The White Caravan) (1964, 1h37, Georgia) by Eldar Shengelaia and Tamaz Meliava

Presented by Georgian National Film Center. 4K Scan from 35mm, digital restoration (color, grading, stabilization). Restoration financed by the Georgian National Film Center, the restoration made by National Archives of Georgia. Director Eldar Shengelaia in attendance.

Plogoff, des pierres contre des fusils by Nicole Le Garrec (1980, 1h48, France)

Presented by Ciaofilm. Restored in 2k from the original negative 16mm image. Sound restoration from the 16mm magnetic. Work done by Hiventy laboratory under the supervision of Ciaofilm and Pascale Le Garrec, with the help of the CNC, Région Bretagne and the Cinemathèque de Bretagne. Distributed by Next Film Distribution. Director Nicole Le Garrec in attendance.

Caméra d’Afrique (20 ans de cinéma africain) (20 Years of African Cinema) by Férid Boughedir (1983, 1h38, Tunisia / France)

Presented by the CNC. Restoration: Laboratory of the CNC. 2K scan from the original 16mm image negative. Sound restoration : Hiventy. This movie fits into the restoration scheme initiated by L’Institut français and the CNC, supervised by the commitee for the African cinematographic heritage. Right-holders: Marsa film. French Distribution: Les Films du Losange. Director Férid Boughedir in attendance.

Dao ma zei (The Horse Thief / Le Voleur de Chevaux) (1986, 1h28, China) by Tian Zhuangzhuang and Peicheng Pan

Presented by Xi’An Film Studio. 4K Scan and 4K 48 fps digital restoration from the 35mm original camera negative. Restoration financed and made by China Film Archive. Director Tian Zhuangzhuang and Cinematographer Hou Yong in attendance.

The Doors (Les Doors) (1991, 2h20, USA) by Oliver Stone

Presented by Studiocanal, in partnership with Paramount, Lionsgate and Imagine Ritrovatta. Restored in 4k, initiated and supervised by Oliver Stone from the original negative, scanned in 4k 16 bits on ARRISCAN at Fotokem US. Restoration managed by Imagine Ritrovatta in Italy. Calibrated work supervised by Oliver Stone. Immersive soundtrack thanks to the Atmos mix created by Formosa Group, Hollywood, under the supervision of Dolby and original mixers of the film Wylie Stateman and Lon Bender. The movie can be seen in 7.1 and 5.1. Remastered 4K now available in 4K Cinema, UHD Dolby Vision and Atmos.

Documentaries

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (USA, 1h34) by Midge Costin

Presented by Dogwoof and Cinetic Media.

The biggest directors and artists make us immerse in the history and impact of sound in cinema: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Barbra Streisand, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Patty Jenkins, Robert Redford, Ryan Coogler, David Lynch, Sofia Coppola, Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee, Walter Murch. A rich, fascinating and essential documentary.

Les Silences de Johnny (55mn, France) by Pierre-William Glenn

Presented by les films du Phœnix in co-production with Ciné+.

A personal and moving portrait of actor Johnny Hallyday by great cinematographer, director and friend of Johnny’s Pierre-William Glenn.

La Passione di Anna Magnani (1h, Italy / France) by Enrico Cerasuolo

Presented by les Films du Poisson and Zenit Arti Audiovisive.

The destiny of legendary actress Anna Magnani through archive footage, often unpublished. To dive into the history of Italian cinema.

Cinecittà – I mestieri del cinema Bernardo Bertolucci (Italy, 55mn) by Mario Sesti

Presented by Erma Pictures in collaboration with Cinecittà Luce.

A presentation of Erma Pictures in collaboration with Cinecittà Luce.

The last interview of the Master Bertolucci who recalls his work with precision, delicacy and philosophy. A movie lesson.

Cinéfondation

Ambience – Wisam Al Jafari (Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Palestine)
Mano a mano – Louise Courvoisier (CinéFabrique, France)
One Hundred and Twenty-eight Thousand – Ondřej Erban (FAMU, Czech Republic)
Jeremiah – Kenya Gillespie (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
Pura vida – Martin Gonda (FTF VŠMU Film and Television Faculty, Academy of Performing Arts, Slovakia)
Adam – Shoki Lin (Nanyang Technological University NTU, Singapore) 
Rift – Yarden Lipshitz Louz (Sapir College, Israel)
Solar Plexus – David McShane (NFTS, UK)
Rosso: A True Lie About a Fisherman – Antonio Messana (La Fémis, France)
As Up to Now – Katalin Moldovai (Budapest Metropolitan University METU, Hungary)
Favourites – Martin Monk (Filmakademie Wien, Austria)
Roadkill – Leszek Mozga (University of the Arts London UAL, UK)
The Little Soul – Barbara Rupik (PWSFTviT, Poland)
Hiêu – Richard Van (CalArts, USA)
Bamboe – Flo Van Deuren (RITCS, Belgium)
Complex Subject – Olesya Yakovleva (St Petersburg State University of Film and Television, Russia)
Alien – Yeon Jegwang (Korea National University of Arts, South Korea)

Short Films

This year, the selection committee viewed 4240 short films. The 2019 Short Films Competition comprises 11 films (9 works of fictions, 1 documentary and 1 animation), from Albania, Argentina, France, Finland, Greece, Israel, Ukraine, Sweden and USA.

The Van – Erenik Beqiri (Albania/France)
Anna – Dekel Berenson (Ukraine/Israel/UK)
The Jump – Vanessa DumontNicolas Davenel (France) (documentary)
The Distance Between Us and the Sky – Vasilis Kekatos (Greece/France)
All Inclusive – Teemu Nikki (Finland)
Who Talks – Elin Övergaard (Sweden)
And Then the Bear – Agnès Patron (France) (animation)
Butterflies  Yona Rozenkier (Israel)
Monster God – Agustina San Martín (Argentina)
White Echo – Chloë Sevigny (USA)
The Nap – Federico Luis Tachella (Argentina)

These films are all in the running for the 2019 Short Film Palme d’or, to be awarded by President of the Jury, Claire Denis, at the Closing Ceremony of the 72nd Festival de Cannes on Saturday, May 25th.

Claire Denis (Photo: C. Alvarez / Getty Images)

President of the Short Films and Cinéfondation Jury: Claire Denis

Claire Denis will succeed Abderrahmane Sissako, Naomi Kawase, Cristian Mungiu and Bertrand Bonello. On Thursday May 23, along with her jury, she will award the three prizes of the Cinéfondation among the 17 film students’ works presented. On Saturday May 25, she will award the Short Film Palme d’or at the Closing Ceremony of the 72nd edition of the Festival de Cannes.

Claire Denis has occupied a unique place in contemporary cinema for more than 30 years. She has directed a compelling body of work, including 13 feature films, four of which were screened in the Festival de Cannes Official Selection. A true adventurer, she has established her taste for observation and experimentation throughout her artistic journeys, navigating between introspection and openness to the world.

Always daring, always free, Claire Denis has never stopped reforming the paths between the unknown and the familiar up to her latest High Life (2018), in which the power of her direction and expertise in the ellipsis were reinventing science fiction.

Cinéma de la Plage (TBA)

ACID Selection

ACID filmmakers are thrilled to present this year in Cannes, a program of 9 feature-length films of which 7 are first time features. Films will be shown in the presence of the film crews and of their supporting filmmakers from ACID. 5 fictions and 4 documentaries, 4 of which were directed or co-directed by women.
This program is enhanced by a focus on Argentinian cinema, ACID TRIP#3 ARGENTINE, in partnership with Argentinian filmmakers of the PCI.

Blind Spot, Pierre Trividic & Patrick-Mario Bernard Des Hommes, Jean-Robert Viallet & Alice Odiot Indianara, Aude Chevalier-Beaumel et Marcello Barbosa Kongo, Hadrien La Vapeur & Corto Vaclav Mickey and the Bear, Annabelle Attanasio Solo, Artemio Benki As Happy As Possible, Alain Raoust Take Me Somewhere Nice, Ena Sendijarevic Vif-Argent, Stéphane Batut

Alain Delon to receive Honorary Palme d’or at 72nd Cannes Film Festival

Alain Delon (photo: Harcourt)

He entirely belongs to cinema and its finest works and legends: in 2019, the Festival de Cannes has decided to award Alain Delon with an Honorary Palme d’or to pay tribute to his wonderful presence in the history of film.

After Jeanne Moreau, Woody Allen, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Fonda, Clint Eastwood, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Manoel de Oliveira, Agnès Varda and Jean-Pierre Léaud, the Festival de Cannes is proud and delighted that the legendary actor who starred in Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard (Palme d’or, 1963) has accepted this honour from the international community.

“Pierre Lescure and I are delighted that Alain Delon has accepted to be honoured by the Festival,” says Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate. He hesitated for a long time, having long been reluctant to this Palme d’or because he thought he should only come to Cannes to celebrate the directors he had been working with.”

We’re talking about a giant, a living legend and a global icon. In Japan, where he is revered, he is even known as the Spring Samurai. More than 80 films, countless masterpieces and superlatives are testament to the artistic reach and international aura of a man who burst onto the scene in Purple Noon(1960), a crime film and ode to his incredible beauty. René Clément invented Delon in this film. A diamond in the rough, he was just 25 at the time.

About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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