Cannes Film Festival to begin today in France

We may not know yet who will win such a precious award - Golden Palm, but what we know for sure is what will be the most talked-about at the Cannes Festival.

May 17, 2022 - 07:26
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Cannes Film Festival to begin today in France

We may not know yet who will win such a precious award - Golden Palm, but what we know for sure is what will be the most talked-about at the Cannes Film Festival, the jubilee seventy-fifth, which starts tonight.

Tom Cruise, shocking scenes from the movie "Crimes of the Future", a biographical story about Elvis Presley, and the expulsion of Russian authors from the official program, are just some of the leading themes of this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Finally, after last year's edition held in July due to the epidemic, festival visitors and movie stars are returning to the traditional time in May. For the first time since the beginning of the epidemic, there will be no health restrictions. Kisses and hugs on the inevitable red carpet are allowed. However, what makes the festival recognizable - fantastic parties that have been retold for years will be reduced. "It will be different than ever before," said Tom Bernard, co-president of Sony Pictures and a longtime guest of Cannes.

The jubilee 75th Cannes Film Festival opens with the zombie comedy "Final Cut" By French director Michel Hazanavicius. The original name was "Z", but the director decided to change the name due to the "symbolic charge" of the letter Z since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.

Director Ruben Ostlund, who returns this year with the social satire "Triangle of Sadness", the sequel to the film "The Square" (2017), winner of the Golden Palm, hopes that the worst days are behind the festival. “Let's hope normal Cannes returns now. It's an absolutely fantastic place for any filmmaker. You feel like you're attracting the attention of the whole world. I can't wait to hear the noise of people talking about different movies. You always hope that they talk about yours” - he stated for the world agency AP.

According to the AP, Cannes has managed to survive since its founding in 1946 as a "maximalist spectacle that puts world cinema and the glamor of the Cote d'Azur in the center of attention."

This year, the festival will be marked by the conflict in Ukraine, and the organizers have banned authors from Russia from attending the event. The Cannes Film Festival opens tonight with Michel Hazanavicius’ new film "Final Cut", which will be shown out of competition, as well as two long-awaited films - the biographical story "Elvis" by Baz Luhrmann, the story King of Rock and the sequel to the cult hit "Top Gun: Maverick".

This year's Cannes will certainly mark the presence of the planetary star Tom Cruise and his arrival on the red carpet as well as the rest of the sequel to the movie "Top Gun". A retrospective of films by this Hollywood star will also be organized as part of the festival.  

“Every director's dream is to go to Cannes one day. And to go there with Cruise and with this film, to show it and be a part of the retrospective that he will prepare, it only happens once in a lifetime” - said the director of the film "Top Gun: Maverick", Joseph Kosinski.

One of the most shocking films and one of the favorites to win the Golden Palm is the film "Crimes of the Future", David Cronenberg's great return to horror and science fiction. It is interesting that the Canadian director stated that he expects that some viewers will be so disgusted with its content in the first five minutes of his film that they will leave the cinema hall.

Actor Forest Whitaker, known for his role as the famous jazz musician Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwood's "Bird", is the winner of this year's honorary Golden Palm. French actor Vincent Lindon is this year's president of the jury. 21 films will compete for the Golden Palm this year.

The Golden Palm Award, worth about 20,000 euros, is traditionally handed over to the jury just before the winner is announced. Although it is subject to many criticisms, Cannes still remains a litmus test for the best in cinema that we will see during the year, the AP agency concludes.