The opening of the 75th Cannes International Film Festival, four highlights spark carnival


On May 17, French time, the 75th Cannes International Film Festival opened. The Cannes Film Festival will run from May 17 to 28.

This year’s Cannes Film Festival’s main competition jury is chaired by French actor and director Vincent Lindon. The jury includes British actor Rebecca Hall, American director Jeff Nichols, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, Indian actor Deepika Padukone, and Swedish actor Noomi Rapace. , Italian actor Jasmine Trinca, French director Ladj Ly, Norwegian director Joachim Trier.

Highlight 1: Asian directors compete for the Palme d’Or again

The 75th Cannes Film Festival announced the main competition unit of famous directors, such as Hirokazu Koreeda’s “Broker”, Chan-wook Park’s “Decision To Leave”, David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future‎”, James Gray’s “Armageddon” Time‎”, etc., a total of 18 films were shortlisted for the main competition unit.

The opening of the 75th Cannes International Film Festival, four highlights spark carnival

As representatives of Asian directors, Hirokazu Koreeda and Chan-wook Park’s new films are also strong contenders for this year’s Palme d’Or.

Hirokazu Koreeda’s “Shoplifters” has already won the Palme d’Or and will make history if he wins again.

The complete list of the main competition unit:
Hirokazu Koreeda “Broker”
Chan-wook Park “Decision To Leave”
David Cronenberg”Crimes of the Future‎”
Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne “Tori et Lokita‎”
James Gray”Armageddon Time‎”
Cristian Mungiu “RMN”
Mario Martone”Nostalgia‎”
Ali Abbasi “Holy Spider”
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi “Forever Young”
Claire Denis”The Stars at Noon‎”
Arnaud Desplechin “Frère et Sœur‎”
Tarik Saleh”Boy from Heaven‎”
Jerzy Skolimowski “HI-HAN”
Kirill Serebrennikov “Tchaikovsky’s Wife”
Saeed Rousayi”Leila’s Brothers‎”
Kelly Reichardt “Showing Up‎”
Ruben Östlund “Triangle of Sadness‎”
Lukas Dhont”Close‎”

Highlight 2: “Top Gun: Maverick” “Elvis” and other Hollywood blockbusters

This year’s Cannes Film Festival screening list is also very bright. The film “Z (comme Z)‎” (French “One Cut of the Dead”) directed by “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius debuted as the festival’s opening film. Many international filmmakers took to the red carpet of “Z (comme Z)‎”.

The opening of the 75th Cannes International Film Festival, four highlights spark carnival

In the future, “Top Gun: Maverick‎” starring Tom Cruise will also be screened during the festival, which is also the first time that a film starring “Tom Cruise” will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Baz Luhrmann’s musical biopic “Elvis” starring Tom Hanks will also be screened out of competition at Cannes. In the film, Austin Butler plays Elvis Presley, the “King of Rock and Roll”, and Tom Hanks plays Elvis Presley’s manager, Tom Parker.

The film tells how the young singer rose to fame from a poor family.

In addition, Korean actor Jung-jae Lee is the director for the first time, and the film “Hunt” co-starring Woo-sung Jung, Hye-jin Jeon, Seon-kyu Jin, Ji-hun Ju, etc. is also shortlisted for the midnight screening of this Cannes Film Festival. .

“Irma Vep‎”, based on the film of the same name starring Maggie Cheung and written and directed by Olivier Assayas, was shortlisted in the Cannes Premiere category.

Highlight 3: Wei Tang becomes the most watched Chinese filmmaker

Although no Chinese-language films entered the main competition section of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Wei Tang, who starred in Chan-wook Park’s new film “Decision To Leave”, has become the most watched Chinese-language filmmaker in Cannes this year.

The opening of the 75th Cannes International Film Festival, four highlights spark carnival

At the same time, the starring work was shortlisted in the main competition unit of Cannes, which means that Wei Tang has the opportunity to compete for the best actress in Cannes this year.

“Decision To Leave” tells the story of the detective Hae-jun (Hae-il Park) who takes over a mountaineering blunder and encounters Seo Rae (Wei Tang), the wife of the cliff faller, during the investigation.

Contrary to the reactions of relatives around him, Seo Rae was calm about her husband’s death, so she was listed as the main suspect by the police. During the interrogation and surveillance of Seo Rae, detective Hae-jun gradually realizes that he is interested in her.

As an actor, Wei Tang has always had a deep relationship with Korean movies. Previously, Wei Tang starred in South Korean director Tae-Yong Kim’s film “Late Autumn”, and the two became married because of the play.

Highlight 4: The most open Cannes Film Festival after the epidemic

Three years have passed since the epidemic, and this year’s Cannes Film Festival is significantly more open than the previous two years. Last year, the Cannes Film Festival was postponed to July, and this year it finally met with fans in May.

The opening of the 75th Cannes International Film Festival, four highlights spark carnival

Some forum events that could only be held online in the past two years can finally be held on the ground.

Due to the epidemic, the popularity of Cannes in the first two years has dropped significantly, and the screening halls are often not full. This year, the situation has improved significantly.

Due to the relaxation of immigration control, more movie stars went to Cannes this year, and the red carpet in Cannes was lively again.

Interlude: Asghar Farhadi responds to plagiarism controversy

On the opening day of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, there was a small episode. As a member of the main competition jury, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has publicly responded to the controversy over allegations of plagiarism from his film “A Hero”.

The opening of the 75th Cannes International Film Festival, four highlights spark carnival

“A Hero” won the Grand Jury Prize in the Main Competition at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film tells the story of the male protagonist, Rahim, who is imprisoned for not being able to pay his debts. He is looking forward to being reunited with his girlfriend, sister and son, who has a speech impediment.

During his two-day parole period, his girlfriend found a handbag containing gold coins on the street.

If the gold coins are sold, there may be enough money to pay off the debt. However, when the value of the gold coins was lower than they thought, Rahim decided to put up a notice to return the gold coins to their original owners.

The film was accused by a female student of Farhadi of plagiarizing her documentary work.

This time, Farhadi responded that his films and student documentaries were adapted from a real event, and the event was a public resource after it was reported by the media and did not involve copyright issues.

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