Cannes Film Festival 2022: the list of films in competition

Thierry Frémaux, general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, and Pierre Lescure, president of the Festival, during the presentation of the official selection of the 75th Festival on April 14, 2022 in Paris.


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This Thursday, April 14, the list of 18 films in the running for the Palme d'or of the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which will take place from May 17 to 28, 2022, was unveiled. 2,200 films were viewed by the Festival team. .


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The composition of the jury and the festival poster will be announced in the coming days, said the general delegate Thierry Frémaux.

The 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will open with an out-of-competition zombie comedy by Michel Hazanavicius, one of the four directors already awarded the Palme d'Or and present in this 2022 edition

. Z (Comme Z)

is the title, will evoke the passion for cinema and the decisive force of the collective in cinema.

Boy From Heaven

by Egyptian director Tarik Saleh will be the only film from the African continent present in the competition of the biggest cinema event in the world.

The story tells of the day of the start of a prestigious religious university in Cairo when the grand imam collapses, dead, in front of the students.

Seventeen years after presenting

A History of Violence

, David Cronenberg will show

Crimes of the Future

, a dive into a world of transformed and mutated human bodies, with Viggo Mortenson, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart.

The double Palmes d'or Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne will return with

Tori and Lokita


Two unknown actors, Pablo Schils and Joely Mbundu, portray two young exiles in Belgium.

Claire Denis' last appearance in official competition dates back to 1988, with



This year, she celebrates her return with

The Stars at Noon

, a " 

diplomatic thriller

 ", according to Thierry Frémaux.

The last participation of Jerzy Skolimowski, 83, in the Cannes competition dates back to 1989, with

Torrents of Spring

, with Nastasia Kinski.

The filmmaker, considered one of the great names of New Polish Cinema of the 1960s, will present

Hi-Han (Eo)


Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, Palme d'Or in 2018 with

A Family Affair

, returns with the road movie



Romanian Cristian Mungiu, also winner of the Palme d'or with 

4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days 

in 2007, will defend his new film, 


American director James Gray, another regular on the Croisette, will present

Armageddon Time

, starring Anthony Hopkins and Anne Hathaway.

And Swedish Ruben Ostlund, five years after winning the Palme d'or with

The Square

, he directed 

Triangle of Sadness,

 a comedy with Woody Harrelson.

Opening film (out of competition)

Z (like Z)

 by Michel Hazanavicius (France)

In competition

Holy Spider

 by Ali Abbasi (Iran)

The Almond Trees

 by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi (France)

Crimes of the Future

 by David Cronenberg (Canada)

Tori and Lokita 

by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Belgium)

Stars at Noon

 by Claire Denis (France)

Brother and Sister

 of Arnaud Desplechin (France)


by Lukas Dhont (Belgium)

Armageddon Times

 by James Gray (USA)


 by Hirokazu Kore-Eda (Japan)


 by Mario Martone (Italy)


 by Cristian Mungiu (Romania)

Triangle of Sadness

 by Ruben Östlund (Sweden)

Decision to Leave

 by Park Chan-Wook (South Korea)

Showing Up

 by Kelly Reichardt (USA)

Leila's Brothers

 by Saeed Roustaee (Iran)

Boy From Heaven

 by Tarik Saleh (Egypt)


 's Wife by Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia)

Hi-Han (Eo)

 by Jerzy Skolimowski (Poland)

Special screenings

All We

 Breathe by Shaunak Sen (India)

The Natural History of Destruction

 by Sergei Loznitsa (Ukraine)

Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind

 by Ethan Coen (USA)

Midnight sessions


 by Lee Jung-Jae (Korea)

Moonage Day Dream

 by Brett Morgen (USA)

Smoking makes you cough

 by Quentin Dupieux (France)

Out of competition

Top Gun: Maverick

 by Joseph Kosinski (USA)


 by Baz Luhrmann (Australia)


 by Cédric Jimenez (France)

3000 Years of Longing

 by George Miller (USA)


 by Nicolas Bedos (France)

Cannes Premiere

Our brothers

 by Rachid Bouchareb (France)

Esterno Notte (Nightfall)

 by Marco Bellochio (Italy)


 by Panos H. Koutras (Greece)

Irma Vep,

 a series by Olivier Assayas (France)

In some perspective

Les Pires 

by Lise Akoka and Romane Guéret (France)

Kurak Günler (Burning Days) 

by Emin Alper (Turkey)


 by Alexandru Belc (Romania)

Return to Seoul (All the People I'll Never Be)

 by Davy Chou (France, Cambodia)

Sick of Myself

 by Kristoffer Borgli (Norway)

Domingo y la Niebla (Domingo and the Mist)

 by Ariel Escalante Meza (Costa Rica)

Plan 75

 by Hayakawa Chie (Japan)


 by Riley Keough and Gina Gammell (USA)


by Marie Kreutzer (Austria)

Bachennya Metelyka (Butterfly vision)

 by Maksim Nakonechnkyi (Ukraine)

Vanskabte Land / Volada Land (Godland)

 from Hlynur Palmason (Denmark)


 by Lola Quivoron (France)


by Saim Sadiq (Pakistan)

The Stranger

 by Thomas M. Wright (Australia)

The Silent Twins

 by Agnieszka Smoczynska (Poland)


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