Festival de Cannes

The hunt for the Palme d’Or is on

With one former winner, the return of 14 directors to these dizzy heights, five newcomers and 11 European filmmakers, the Cannes competition looks set to get pulses racing

“Long, fraught and intense.” These were the words used by General Delegate Thierry Frémaux (flanked by president Pierre Lescure) to describe the process that eventually led them to choose the 18 titles (for the time being) in the running for the Palme d’Or of the 70th Cannes Film Festival (17-28 May), the Official Selection of which was unveiled late this morning in Paris, following a period of particularly heightened suspense. “The films arrived late in the day,” continued the selector, who also highlighted the fact that the criticism often levelled at the festival for presenting a large number of “regulars” was relative after all, as it’s not easy to find films worthy of the level of the Cannes competition when so many of the great filmmakers are not available. But this doesn’t stop the world’s most stunning showcase of global cinema from once again being incredibly attractive, with its batch of safe bets and a handful of surprises.

"Rodin", Jacques Doillon.

“Rodin”, Jacques Doillon.

Shining bright in competition are a former winner, in the guise of Austria’s Michael Haneke (Palme d’Or in 2009 and 2012, Best Director Award in 2005, Grand Prix in 2001 – his seventh time taking part), and six filmmakers who have already won awards (either directly or thanks to their actors) up on the legendary stage of Cannes’ Théâtre Lumière: Japan’s Naomi Kawase (fourth time), Russia’s Andrey Zvyagintsev (third), American director Todd Haynes (third), France’s Michel Hazanavicius (third), Greece’s Yorgos Lanthimos (second) and Germany’s Fatih Akin (second).

Also marking their return to the hunt for the Palme d’Or are Korea’s Hong Sang-soo (fourth), Hungary’s Kornél Mundruczó, Ukraine’s Sergei Loznitsa, and France’s Jacques Doillon (selected 33 years after his last appearance at this level) and François Ozon, all for the third time, and, for the second time, US director Sofia Coppola and Scotland’s Lynne Ramsay.

Making their debut appearances at these dizzy heights are France’s Robin Campillo, Korea’s Bong Joon-ho and three Americans: Noah Baumbach and brothers Ben and Joshua Safdie (…)

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