The selection of the 72nd Cannes film Festival, which will take place from 14 to 25 may, will be “romantic and political”, has promised this on Thursday, Thierry Frémaux, who has announced nineteen of the lucky ones. All sections included, thirteen directors will stride down the Croisette. Four of them, one more than last year, will be competing to the Palme d’or to try to succeed in the unique and award winner, Jane Campion. The image of the opening film, the story of zombies. The Dead Don’t Die of Jim Jarmusch, this cru 2019 of the official competition will be the best of the genre cinema, “which will arise where one does not expect it”. Parasite and genetic manipulations are in the program. Thierry Frémaux has also promised political works at the height of the men and drop down in the privacy of houses and apartments”.

Cannes would not be Cannes without its regulars. This year, they are legion. As predicted, the players, Pedro Almodovar, with Pain and glory , focuses on a filmmaker melancholy embodied by Antonio Banderas, Xavier Dolan for Matthias and Maxime , and the veteran british director, Ken Loach ( Sorry We Missed You ), already twice crowned by the Palme d’or, will be of the party. Just as Terrence Malick and his drama during the Second world War, A Hidden Life.

The Dardenne brothers (doublings webbed) are back on the Croisette with Ahmed, , a movie about the islamic radicalization of a young Belgian. The south Korean director of Okja , Bong Joon Ho, with Parasite that is not distributed by Netflix . The Italian mafia will be again in the spotlight with The Traitor by Marco Bellocchio. The Brazilian Kleber Mendonça Filho will present Nighthawk . Side underdogs, the American Ira Sachs, who offer Isabelle Huppert a new invitation to the Croisette with Frankie , the Palestinian Elia Suleiman (It Must Be Heaven) , the Romanian Corneliu Porumboiu (La Gomera) and the Chinese, Diao Yinan (The Wild Goose Lake) slip also in the competition.

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As feared, the absence of be ready in time, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood was not able to be announced. Quentin Tarantino “is in full-sprint mount,” confirmed Thierry Frémaux who hope to be able to complete his list of appointed in the coming weeks with this dive in the Los Angeles hippie, bloodied by Charles Manson. Neither the French film from Kore-eda The Truth , or the new James Gray ( Ad Astra ) will not be completed in time, a “heart-breaking” for the breeder.

The return of Lelouch with the result of a man and A woman

The filmmakers are represented by the filmmaker in senegal Mati Diop, with Atlantic, the Austrian Jessica Hausner ( Little Joe ) and the French Céline Sciamma with Portrait of the girl on fire that meets Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, and Justine Triet with Sybil which account the generic Virginie Efira and Adèle Exarchopoulos. The contingent habs is complemented by the film of Arnaud Desplechin Roubaix, a light, with Léa Seydoux, and the story very much anticipated by Ladj Ly Les Misérables on the riots in the suburbs of 2005.

Still banned, Netflix will continue to be the great absent of the auditorium Light. “The disagreements are persistent, but we have still seen the day before yesterday,” said Thierry Frémaux. On the other hand Nicolas Winding Refn will unveil a special screening of the fourth and fifth episode of the series Amazon Too Old To Die Young . Elton John will attend in person at the launch on the Croisette of the biopic devoted to him, Rocketman. Taron Egerton portrays the singer in front of the camera of Dexter Fletcher. The British had saved the Bohemian Rhapsody of the rout, replacing Bryan Singer, accused of sexual abuse.

Claude Lelouch will present the result of A Man and A Woman , The most beautiful years of life. The Belle Epoque of Nicolas Bedos will be also projected out of competition but should be to shine the stairs with Guillaume Canet and Doria Tillier. A restored copy of Shining by Stanley Kubrick, will be presented by the director of Roma Alfonso Cuaron as part of Cannes Classics. And last but not least, the legendary Alain Delon will receive a Palme d’or of honor.

List of movies competing to the Palme d’or

The Dead Don’t Die of Jim Jarmusch (United States), opening

Pain and glory (Dolor y Gloria ) by Pedro Almodovar (Spain)

The traitor (Il Traditore ) Marco Bellocchio (Italy)

The Wild Goose Lake ( Nan fang che zhan ju today ), Diao Yinan (China)

Parasite (Gisaengchung ) of Bong Joon-Ho (South Korea)

The young Ahmed of Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne (Belgium)

Roubaix, a light of Arnaud Desplechin (France)

Atlantic Mati Diop (France/Senegal), the first feature film

Matthias and Maxime by Xavier Dolan (Canada)

Little Joe by Jessica Hausner (Austria)

Sorry we missed you of Ken Loach (Great Britain)

Les misérables of Ladj Ly (France), first long-feature film

A hidden life (A hidden life) Terrence Malick (United States)

Bacurau of Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles (Brazil)

La Gomera by Corneliu Porumboiu (Romania)

Frankie Ira Sachs (Usa)

Portrait of the girl on fire , by Céline Sciamma (France)

It must be heaven of the Palestinian Elia Suleiman

Sibyl by Justine Triet (France)