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2022 Cannes: Abbasi, Dhont, Reichardt, Mungiu & Claire Denis Among 18 Titles Vying for Palme d’Or

2022 Cannes: Abbasi, Dhont, Reichardt, Mungiu & Claire Denis Among 18 Titles Vying for Palme d’Or

The likes of first-time comp contenders Kelly Reichardt, Ali Abbasi and Lucas Dhont are joining former Palme d’Or winners Ruben Östlund, Kore-eda Hirokazu, the Dardennes and Cristian Mungiu in the competition line-up for the 75th Cannes Film Festival. Among the major surprises we find Claire Denis returning to the comp for the first time in over three decades with her second film (Stars at Noon) to premiere this year (she was just at the Berlinale). We have a film by Jerzy Skolimowski in Eo – which was originally going by the title of Baltazar (and is said to be a contemporary interpretation of Au Hasard, Balthazar and was set to star Sophia Loren – this is yet to be confirmed). We have another Iranian helmer in the comp as well with Saeed Roustayi (who was at Venice with in 2019 with Just 6.5) brings his third feature film Leila’s Brothers to the comp.

We expect at least two to three additional features to be unveiled as early as next week to close out the 2022 comp. Remember that The Square was a late addition to the 2017 line-up and went onto win the Palme. Here are the 18 film selections (we included official stills).

Les Amandiers (The Almond Tree) – Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

Armageddon Time – James Gray

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Boy From Heaven – Tarik Saleh

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Broker – Kore-eda Hirokazu

Frère et Sœur – Arnaud Desplechin

Close – Lucas Dhont

Crimes of the Future – David Cronenberg

Decision to Leave – Park Chan-Wook

Eo – Jerzy Skolimowski

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Holy Spider – Ali Abbasi

Leila’s Brothers – Saeed Roustaee

Nostalgia – Mario Martone

RMN – Cristian Mungiu

Showing Up – Kelly Reichardt

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Stars at Noon – Claire Denis

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Tchaïkovski’s Wife – Kirill Serebrennikov

Tori et Lokita – Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

Triangle of Sadness – Ruben Östlund

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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