The Cannes Film Festival 2019 starts today! Discover which are the films selected, the organization and the stars planned for this 72nd edition of the festival.

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C'est parti ! #Cannes2019 — Let's go! #Cannes2019

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This year, the Cannes Film Festival is taking place this Tuesday, May 14 until Saturday, May 25, 2019. Throughout the ceremony, the cruise will live to the rhythm of the stars who will march on the red carpet of the Palais des Festivals. As last year, the opening and closing ceremonies will be hosted by Edouard Baer. The actor surrounded himself with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Javier Bardem to welcome the president of the jury on stage. 

The big question, which still remains unanswered, is the possible selection of films to be shown on streaming platforms such as Netflix or OCS. According to news in the American press, the Festival and the SVOD should not meet immediately. Maybe next year, who knows?

The Festival Jury 

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Le Jury de #Cannes2019 accueille, sous la présidence d'Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, quatre femmes, et quatre hommes venant de quatre continents et issus de sept nationalités différentes : Elle Fanning, Maimouna N’Diaye, Kelly Reichardt, Alice Rohrwacher, Enki Bilal, Robin Campillo, Yorgos Lanthimos & Paweł Pawlikowski. Le jury dévoilera son palmarès le samedi 25 mai au cours de la cérémonie de Clôture. — The Jury of #Cannes2019 welcomes, under the first ever presidence of a Latino-American filmmaker, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, four women and four men, from four continents and from seven different nationalities : Elle Fanning, Maimouna N’Diaye, Kelly Reichardt, Alice Rohrwacher, Enki Bilal, Robin Campillo, Yorgos Lanthimos & Paweł Pawlikowski. The Jury will reveal their prizes on Saturday, May 25 during the Closing Ceremony. — #Cannes72 #Jury @ellefanning

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Announced on Wednesday, February 27, Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu will have the privilege of chairing the jury of the Cannes Film Festival. An avid cruiser, he has won grand prizes for two of his films (Amours chiennes in 2000 and Babel in 2006). 

Other jurors will include the actress Elle Fanning, director and actress Maimouna N’Diaye, director Kelly Reichardt, director and screenwriter Pawel Pawlikowski, comic book author and director Enki Bilal, director Robin Campillo, director Yorgos Lanthimos and finally actress and director Alice Rohrwacher. 

For Un certain regard, the section derived from the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki was appointed president of the jury. Actress Marina Fois, producer Nurhan Sekerci-Porst, screenwriter Lisandro Alonso and director Lukas Dhont will compose the rest of the jury. 

The stars announced at the Festival 

For this 2019 edition, the Festival will feature internationally renowned stars. The crowd is eagerly awaiting the arrival of celebrities on the red carpet. He will be trampled by Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Pedro Almodovar, Ken Loach, the Dardenne brothers, Xavier Dolan and many other film names.

The parade starts tonight, 7:30 p. m. The ceremony will be launched with the film by Jim Jarmush, inviting Bill Murray, Iggy Pop, Selena Gomez and Tilda Swinton. Alain Delon should (the subject is still sensitive) receive the Golden Palm of Honour for his entire career on Sunday 19 May, during the Cannes Film Festival. Stallone will come to present images of Rambo V in person on May 24. Diego Maradona is expected for a documentary about his life. We can also meet Elton John, who will be attending the screening of his biopic Rocketman.

The programme of the 2019 Cannes Festival

The General Delegate, Thierry Frémaux, and the President of the Festival, Pierre Lescure, unveiled the official selection on Thursday, April 18 during a press conference. Jim Jarmusch will open the Festival’s hostilities on May 14 with “The Dead Don’t Die”.

So let’s go to discover all the films.

Films in competition for the Cannes Festival

The Dead Don’t Die / Jim Jarmusch (United States) – opening film

Douleur et gloire / Pedro Almodovar (Spain)

Il Traditore / Marco Bellochio (Italy)

The Wild Goose Lake / Diao Yinan (China)

Parasite / Bong Joon Ho (South Korea)

Le jeune Ahmed / Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Belgium)

Roubaix, une lumière / Arnaud Desplechin (France)

Atlantique / Mati Diop (Senegal)

Mathias et Maxime /  Xavier Dolan (Canada)

Little Joe / Jessica Hausner (Austria)

Mektoub My Love : Intermezzo / Abdellatif Kechiche (France)

Sorry we missed you / Ken Loach (U.K)

Les misérables / Ladj Ly (France)

A Hidden Life / Terence Malick (United States)

Bacurau / Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles (Brazil)

La Gomera / Corneliu Porumboiu (Romania)

Frankie /Ira Sachs (United States)

Portrait de la jeune fille en feu / Céline Sciamma (France)

It must be heaven / Elia Suleiman (Palestine)

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood / Quentin Tarantino (United States)

Sybil / Justine Triet (France)

Out-of-competition films

Les plus belles années d’une vie / Claude Lelouch (France)

Rocketman / Dexter Fletcher (United States)

Too old to die young – North of Hollywood, West of Hell / Nicolas Winding Refn (Denmark)

Diego Maradona / Asif Kapadia (U.K)

La belle époque / Nicolas Bedos (France)

Hors normes/ ‘Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache (France) – closing film

Midnight sessions

Lux Aeterna /  Gaspar Noé (France)

The Gangster, the cop and the devil / Lee Won-Tae (South Korea)

Special sessions

Share / Pippa Bianco (United States)

For Sama / Waad Al Kateab and Edward Watts (Syria)

Family Romance, LLC. / Werner Herzog (Austria)

Tommaso / Abel Ferrara (United States)

Être vivant et le savoir / Alain Cavalier (France)

Chicuarotes / Gael García Bernal (Mexico)

La Cordillère des songes / Patricio Guzman (Chile)

La glace en feu / Leila Conners (United States)

Ward 5B de Dan Krauss (United States)

Selection for Un certain regard

A Vida Invisivel / Karim Aïnouz (Brazil)

The Beanpole / Kantemir Balagov (Russia)

Les hirondelles de Kaboul / Zabou Breitmann and Eléa Gobé Mévellec (France)

La femme de mon frère / Monia Chokri (Canada)

The Climb / Michael Covino (United States)

Jeanne / Bruno Dumont (France)

Viendra le feu / Oliver Laxe (Spain)

Chambre 212 / Christophe Honoré (France)

Port Authority / Danielle Lessovitz (United States)

Papicha / Mounia Meddour (Algeria)

Liberté / Albert Serra (Spain)

Bull / Annie Silverstein (United States)

Summer Of Changsha / Zu Feng (China)

Evga / Nariman Aliev (Ukraine)

La fameuse invasion des ours en Sicile / Lorenzo Mattotti (Italy) 

Odnazhdy v Trubchevske / Larissa Sadilova (Russia)

Criticism week

Feature films

Le Miracle du saint inconnu / Alaa Eddine Aljem (Morocco)

J’ai perdu mon corps / Jérémy Clapin (France)

Our Mothers / César Diaz (Guatemala)

Vivarium / Lorcan Finnegan (Ireland)

A White, White Day / Hlynur Palmason (Iceland)

Cendre noire / Sofia Quiros Ubeda (Costa Rica)

Abou Leila / Amin Sidi-Boumédiène (Algeria)

Short films

Mardi de 8 à 18 / Cecilia de Arce (France)

Jour de fête / Sofia Bost (Portugal)

Journey Through a Body / Camille Degeye (France)

Sans mauvaise intention d’Andrias Hogenni (Denmark)

Community Gardens / Vytautas Katkus (Lithuania)

Lucia en el limbo / Valentina Maurel (Belgium)

The Manila Lover / Johanna Pyykkö (Norway)

She Runs / Qiu Yang (China)

The Trap / Nada Riyadh (Egypt)

Le Dernier Voyage à la mer / Adi Voicu (Romania)


Mickey and the Bear / Annabelle Attanasio (United States)

Vif-argent / Stéphane Batut (France)

Solo / Artemio Benki (Argentina)

L’Angle mort / Patrick-Mario Bernard and Pierre Trividic (France)

Indianara / Aude Chevalier-Beaumel and Marcelo Barbosa (France, Brazil)

Kongo / Hadrien La Vapeur and Corto Vaclav (France)

Des hommes / Alice Odiot and Jean-Robert Viallet (France)

Rêves de jeunesse / Alain Raoust (France)

Take Me Somewhere Nice / Ena Sendijarevic (Osnie-Herzegovina)

What to remember

This year the Cannes Film Festival is intended to be romantic and political. A great wave of freshness and renewal is hitting the Festival. Fifteen of the 47 films in the official selection were made by women. A great first. What are we waiting for? A woman director wins the Golden Palm!

Find all the informations about the Cannes Festival here.