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Two new titles enter the Cannes competition


- Abdellatif Kechiche and Quentin Tarantino have entered the hunt for the Palme d’Or; Lorenzo Mattotti is in Un Certain Regard, while Gael García Bernal and Patricio Guzmán get Special Screenings

Two new titles enter the Cannes competition
Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo by Abdellatif Kechiche

As expected, the Official Selection of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival (14-25 May) has been finalised today. The 19 initial contenders for the Palme d'Or (see the news) have now become 21, and the overall line-up oozes class and style, as two former winners will now be locking horns: France’s Abdellatif Kechiche (who emerged victorious in 2013 with Blue Is the Warmest Colour), who will be unveiling Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo, and the USA’s Quentin Tarantino (triumphant in 1994 with Pulp Fiction and subsequently back in competition in 2007 and 2009), who will be bringing Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood to the Croisette. These two massive names from the upper echelons of the international film world thus herald a supersize and extremely exciting competition that will pit six directors who already have at least one Palme d’Or in their trophy cabinets (two in the case of the Dardenne brothers and Ken Loach, and one for Terrence Malick) against eight filmmakers who are participating in the competition for the first time.

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The 15 titles in the Un Certain Regard selection (see the news) have now been fleshed out to 17, with the addition of the animated film The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily by Italy’s Lorenzo Mattotti and Odnazhdy v Trubchevske by Russia’s Larissa Sadilova.

The Official Selection has also been enriched by Special Screenings for Chicuarotes by Mexico’s Gael García Bernal and three documentaries: The Cordillera of Dreams by Chile’s Patricio Guzmán, Ice on Fire by the USA’s Leila Conners and 5B by her fellow countryman Dan Krauss. Lastly, Lux Æterna, a medium-length film of 50 minutes’ duration by Gaspar Noé, starring Béatrice Dalle and Charlotte Gainsbourg, will unspool as a Midnight Screening.

Here is the complete list of the films in the Official Selection, for the time being:


The Dead Don't Die - Jim Jarmusch (USA/Sweden) (opening film)
Pain & Glory - Pedro Almodóvar (Spain)
The Traitor - Marco Bellocchio (Italy)
Parasite - Bong Joon-ho (South Korea)
The Wild Goose Lake - Diao Yinan (China/France)
Young Ahmed - Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne (Belgium/France)
Oh Mercy! - Arnaud Desplechin (France)
Atlantique - Mati Diop (France/Senegal/Belgium)
Matthias and Maxime - Xavier Dolan (Canada)
Little Joe - Jessica Hausner (Austria/UK/Germany)
Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo - Abdellatif Kechiche (France)
Sorry We Missed You - Ken Loach (UK/France/Belgium)
Les Misérables - Ladj Ly (France)
A Hidden Life - Terrence Malick (Germany/USA)
Bacurau - Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles (Brazil/France)
The Whistlers - Corneliu Porumboiu (Romania/France/Germany)
Frankie - Ira Sachs (France/Portugal/Belgium/USA)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire - Céline Sciamma (France)
It Must Be Heaven - Elia Suleiman (France/Germany/Canada/Turkey)
Once Upon a Time… in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino (USA)
Sibyl - Justine Triet (France/Belgium)

Un Certain Regard

A Brother's Love - Monia Chokri (Canada) (opening film)
The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão
 - Karim Aïnouz (Brazil/Germany)
Homeward - Nariman Aliev (Ukraine)
Beanpole - Kantemir Balagov (Russia)
The Swallows of Kabul - Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobé Mévellec (France/Switzerland/Luxembourg)
The Climb - Michael Covino (USA)
Joan of Arc - Bruno Dumont (France)
On a Magical Night - Christophe Honoré (France/Belgium/Luxembourg)
Fire Will Come - Óliver Laxe (Spain/France/Luxembourg)
Port Authority - Danielle Lessovitz (USA)
The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily - Lorenzo Mattotti (France/Italy)
Papicha - Mounia Meddour (France/Belgium/Algeria)
Once in Trubchevsk - Larisa Sadilova (Russia)
Liberté - Albert Serra (Spain/France/Portugal)
Bull - Annie Silverstein (USA)
Adam - Maryam Touzani (Morocco/France/Belgium/Qatar)
Nina Wu (Zhuo ren mi mi) - Midi Z (Taiwan)
Summer of Changsha (Liu Yu Tan) - Zu Feng (China)

Out of Competition

La Belle époque - Nicolas Bedos (France)
Rocketman - Dexter Fletcher (UK/USA)
Diego Maradona - Asif Kapadia (UK)
The Best Years of a Life Claude Lelouch (France)
Too Old to Die Young - Nicolas Winding Refn (USA) (TV series)

Midnight Screenings

The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil - Lee Won-Tae (South Korea)
Lux Æterna - Gaspar Noé (France) (medium-length film)

Special Screenings

Share - Pippa Bianco (USA)
Living and Knowing You’re Alive - Alain Cavalier (France)
Ice on Fire - Leila Conners (USA)
Tommaso - Abel Ferrara (Italy)
Chicuarotes - Gael García Bernal (Mexico)
The Cordillera of Dreams - Patricio Guzmán (France/Chile)
Family Romance, LLC. - Werner Herzog (USA)
For Sama - Waad Al Khateab & Edward Watts (UK/USA)
5B - Dan Krauss (USA)
Let It Be Law - Juan Solanas (Argentina/France)

(Translated from French)

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