The Biggest Surprises From The Cannes 2019 Line-Up

Say what you will about Cannes, it’s never dull. The world’s most glamorous celebration of film announced its 72nd line-up this morning, and it’s markedly different from what had been predicted. For starters, despite persistent rumours that Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood would open, the festival’s artistic director Thierry Fremaux revealed that the “magnificent” film will likely not be ready in time for May 14 at the Paris-based conference.

“I have seen a large part of it, but it is not out until the end of July,” he explained. “Tarantino is putting all his effort into having it ready. He wants it to be shown in 35mm so the post-production is a bit longer.” Fremaux did say that he hoped to add Once Upon A Time In Hollywood to the festival at a later date. The screening would mark 25 years since Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction won the Palme d’Or in 1994.

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Then, of course, there was the pointed lack of any Netflix titles – which means that some of the buzziest films of the year will have no place on the Riviera, including Martin Scorsese’s epic mob drama The Irishman; Steven Sodeberg’s Panama Papers-inspired The Laundromat starring Meryl Streep; and Noah Baumbach’s Henry V drama The King with Timothée Chalamet. Other notable absences from the competition? American director James Gray’s hotly anticipated sci-fi thriller Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt and Ruth Negga as well as Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Truth. Kore-eda’s Shoplifters won the Palme d’Or last year, and his first film shot outside of Japan stars both Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche. It is now slated to premiere at Venice.

The good news? There will be a screening of Dexter Fletcher’s Rocketman, which virtually guarantees a major red-carpet moment from Elton John, while Jim Jarmusch’s zombie satire of dreams The Dead Don’t Die will serve as the opening night film. Included in the cast? Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, and Tom Waits in a role named…Hermit Bob.

Other major films of note: Terence Malick’s A Hidden Life about a conscientious objector under the Third Reich; Pedro Almodovar’s semi-autobiographical Pain & Glory starring Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz; and Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You about a delivery man and his wife struggling to make ends meet in 21st-century Britain.

See below for the full line-up.

In Competition

Atlantiquee (Mati Diop)

Bacarau (Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles)

Frankie (Ira Sachs)

A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick)

It Must Be Heaven (Elia Suleiman)

Les Misérables (Ladj Ly)

Little Joe (Jessica Hausner)

Matthias and Maxime (Xavier Dolan)

Oh Mercy! (Arnaud Desplechin)

Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodóvar)

Parasite (Bong Joon Ho)

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Céline Sciamma)

Sibyl (Justine Triet)

Sorry We Missed You (Ken Loach)

The Traitor (Marco Bellocchio)

The Whistlers (Corneliu Porumboiu)

The Wild Goose Lake (Diao Yinan)

The Young Ahmed (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne)

Un Certain Regard

Adam (Maryam Touzani)

Beanpole (Kantemir Balagov)

A Brother’s Love (Monia Chokri)

Bull (Annie Silverstein)

The Climb (Michael Covino)

Evge (Nariman Aliev)

Freedom (Albert Serra)

Invisible Life (Karim Aïnouz)

Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont)

Chambre 212 (Christophe Honoré)

Papicha (Mounia Meddour)

Port Authority (Danielle Lessovitz)

Summer of Changsha (Zu Feng)

The Swallows of Kabul (Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobé Mévellec)

A Sun That Never Sets (Olivier Laxe)

Zhuo Ren Mi Mi (Midi Z)

Out of Competition

The Best Years of a Life (Claude Lelouch)

Diego Maradona (Asif Kapadia)

La Belle Époque (Nicolas Bedos)

Rocketman (Dexter Fletcher)

Too Old to Die Young – North of Hollywood, West of Hell (Nicolas Winding Refn)

Special Screenings

Family Romance, LLC. (Werner Herzog)

For Sama (Waad Al Kateab, Edward Watts)

Que Sea Ley (Juan Solanas)

Share (Pippa Bianco)

To Be Alive and Know It (Alain Cavalier)

Tommaso (Abel Ferrara)

Midnight Screenings

The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (Lee Won-Tae)


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