Vicki Krebs (“The Silken Thread”) starred alongside deceased Frenchman Gaspar Ulliel in German director Emily Atif’s “Plus que jamais” (“More than ever”).
A love drama about a long-term relationship in which Helen (Krebs) travels alone to Norway to reflect on their relationship. It is operated in the “Unertain Maine” series and is a co-production of Germany, Luxembourg, France and Norway. Atif is best known for her movie “3 Days in Quiberon” with Mary Bomer as Romy Schneider, a Lolas Award-winning NDR co-production.
The competition has also been expanded to include “Tourment sur les iles” by Albert Serra Kahn, a co-production between France, Spain, Germany and Portugal. The production was funded by broadcasters “BR” and “Arte”, the Moin Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein. It was co-produced by Tamtam Film in Hamburg.
Twenty-four films were screened in the festival’s 75th competition from May 17 to 28, six of them out of competition. This includes the opening film “Z”, a comedy by French Michel Hazanavicius, which was announced by the festival management at their press conference in Paris, where festival director Thierry Frémaux presented the 24 films that will be shown in the competition.
“The Triangle of Sorrow” and “The Holy Spider” – two North German co-productions in Cannes
With “Triangle of Sadness” and “Holy Spider” in competition were two North German films co-produced. both from Certain funding for films from Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, as well as from the Maidenboard of Berlin-Brandenburg. “Triangle of Sadness” is the latest social satire from Swedish director Robin Ostlund, who won the Palme d’Or in 2017 for “The Square.” In it, two models face disaster on a luxury cruise in the South Seas: A ship sinks, and survivors can save themselves on a deserted island. American star Woody Harrelson plays the Marxist captain of the ship. Part of the post-production and team come from Hamburg.
With director Ali Abbasi – best known for his offbeat mystery thriller “Border” – his dark German-Danish production is in the competition. In this thriller, a journalist delves into the dark side of the Iranian city of Mashhad to get to the truth about the serial murders of prostitutes at the hands of the so-called “spider killer”.
“We are very excited to be represented twice in Cannes with the MOIN-funded production this year,” says Helge Albers, Managing Director of MOIN Film Funding. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed for the film crew – as does Emin Alper and his thriller ‘Burning Days’ in the Un Certain Regard section.”
Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks at the Cannes Film Festival
Also out of competition were Top Gun: Maverick, starring Tom Cruise – and Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic, Elvis, starring Tom Hanks as director of rookie rock and hip-hop musician Austin Butler. Hollywood stars are expected to attend the world premieres of their films on Croisette.
Claire Denis and two other women compete at the Cannes Film Festival
It is not yet known who will chair the jury for the competition this year. It was rumored within the industry that David Lynch would be presenting a new movie on Croisette. However, Frémaux did not confirm this – but stated that the program is not yet complete. Among the 18 entries hoping to receive the Palme d’Or by May 28, three have been screened by female directors: French Claire Denis presenting her movie “Stars at Noon”, American Kelly Richart with her movie “Encore” and Italian Valeria Bruni Tedeschi with her contribution “Les Amandiers”.
Several star directors and some past winners of the Golden Palm award are represented on the programme. For example, Romanian Christian Mungiu with “RMN”, Japanese Kore-Eda Hirokazu with “Broker”, Swede Ruben Östlund with “Triangle of Sadness”, Park Chan-Wook with “The Decision to leave” and brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne With Tori and Lukita. The star director is being pursued by the Russian judiciary and Director Kirill Serebnikov presents “Tchaikovsky’s Wife” in Cannes. German directors were not represented at Croisette this year.
David Cronenberg presents the shocking horror film ‘Future Crimes’ with Léa Seydoux
The brutal action “Future Crimes” of Canadian David Cronenberg with Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux and Viggo Mortensen is eagerly awaited. It is said to be a disturbing science fiction movie. Ethan Coen will also present his documentary on Jerry Lewis, Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind, at an out-of-competition party.
Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa will screen his current film “The Natural History of Destruction”. The contribution was produced and co-financed in Germany, for example by broadcasters MDR and RBB. There is already a premiere before the Cannes Festival: because, first of all, a woman presides over the festival: German Iris Knobloch will start on July 1st.
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