The 75th Cannes Film Festival will take place from May 17th. Whether in competition or out of competition: the line-up is impressive.

When the doors of the Cannes International Film Festival open again from May 17th to 28th, they will do so in a special way. For the 75th time, national and international works on the Côte d’Azur will compete for the Palme d’Or. Of course, all kinds of well-known stars also make a pilgrimage with them to the dream setting – after the recent difficult Corona years with even more vigor than ever before. Who can be expected, who judges the competition films and which films will cause a sensation outside of the competition is compiled here.

Die Jury

The successor to last year’s jury president, US director Spike Lee (65), will be French star Vincent Lindon (62) in 2022. He recently caused a stir in the much-discussed gender horror film “Titane” by Julia Ducournau (38). The eight-member jury under his leadership is also impressive.

Among other things, the actresses Rebecca Hall (40, “Prestige – The Masters of Magic”) and Noomi Rapace (42, “Prometheus – Dark Signs”) as well as the filmmaker Jeff Nichols (43, “Loving”) and jury prize winner Asghar Farhadi decide (50, “A Hero – The Lost Honor of Mr. Soltani”) about the awards.

The films in competition and their stars

A total of 21 films from all over the world will compete for the Palme d’Or in 2022. The USA is represented by the films “Stars at Noon” by Claire Denis (76), “Showing Up” by Kelly Reichardt (58) and the Brazilian co-production “Armageddon Time” by James Gray (53). Germany is only co-producing two works this year: the thriller “Holy Spider” (alongside Denmark, France and Sweden) and the drama “Pacifiction – Tourment sur les îles” (alongside France, Portugal and Spain).

Plenty of international appeal will again be provided. For example, thanks to the return of body horror icon David Cronenberg (79) and his film “Crimes of the Future”, which unites Kristen Stewart (32), Viggo Mortensen (63) and Léa Seydoux (36). “Armageddon Time” meanwhile comes up with the Oscar duo Anne Hathaway (39) and Anthony Hopkins (84). And also from the visit of Michelle Williams (41, “Showing Up”), Margaret Qualley (27, “Stars at Noon”), Woody Harrelson (60, “Triangle of Sadness”) and Marion Cotillard (46, “Frère et sœur “) can at least be assumed.

Well-known out of competition

It’s not unusual for the Cannes Film Festival to see the biggest films and stars appearing out of competition – 2022 is no exception. For example, the much-anticipated sequel to the action hit ‘Top Gun’ will have its world premiere out of competition at Cannes. It’s quite possible that thanks to “Top Gun: Maverick” Tom Cruise (59), Val Kilmer (62), Miles Teller (35), Ed Harris (71) and Jon Hamm (51) jet towards the Côte d’Azur.

Also out of competition and also as a world premiere is the case with the biopic “Elvis” by Baz Luhrmann (59). The biopic, in which Austin Butler (30) plays the king of rock ‘n’ roll, shows the meteoric rise of the simple guy from Tupelo, Mississippi. Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks (65) can be seen in the role of his notorious advisor Colonel Tom Parker.

Two other notable films out of competition: “Three Thousand Years of Longing” by “Mad Max” veteran George Miller (77) and starring Idris Elba (49) and Tilda Swinton (61). And the French zombie comedy “Coupez!”, a remake of the low-budget Japanese hit “One Cut of the Dead”. The film by Michel Hazanavicius (55) will open the 75th edition of Cannes bloody.