Top image: Still, Harris Dickinson (2019) dir. Xavier Dolan

This year’s programme of films competing for the Palme d’Or is as notable for the names included as those that aren’t. Ken Loach, Werner Herzog, Pedro Almodóvar, Terrence Malick, Jim Jarmusch and Nicolas Winding Refn will all be premiering new projects, while Scorcese, Tarantino, Noah Baumbach, Steven Soderbergh, James Gray and last year’s winner Hirokazu Kore-eda make up the notable absentees.

For the second year running, no Netflix film will feature at the festival, thereby ruling out both Scorcese’s mob flick, The Irishman, starring Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci and Steven Soderbergh’s highly anticipated The Laundromat, starring Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman. Although the festival’s artistic director Thierry Fremaux is receptive to the streaming service, having shown Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories and Bong Joon Ho’s Okja in 2017, the impasse stems from a piece of legislation unique to France. Under French law, if a company releases a film in cinemas, it is required to wait a full three years — 36-months — before the movie can be streamed online.

In spite of the legal small print, the 72nd edition of the festival promises plenty of outstanding movies. Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You offers a typically moving story of a delivery man, fighting to make ends meet in what promises to be a poignant look into the gig economy and its effects on family life. Terrence Malick explores the extraordinary story of Franz Jägerstätter in A Hidden World, the Austrian conscientious objector who paid the ultimate price for his commitment to pacifism during World War II. Elsewhere, Pedro Almodóvar will show his loosely biographical film Pain and Glory, while esteemed documentarian Werner Herzog will show his hugely ambitious Family Romance LLC, shot in Japan using non-actors speaking Japanese and Xavier Dolan returns with his latest work Matthias and Maxime, starring HERO 20 star Harris Dickinson, amongst others.

Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn is showing his new TV series Too Old to Die Young out of competition and Jim Jarmusch’s star-studded zombie flick The Dead Don’t Die will be making its eagerly awaited debut. Speaking of eagerly awaited, Tarantino’s new title Once Upon A Time In Hollywood remains absent from the official selection despite being rumoured as a front-runner at this year’s festival. The film’s editing process (which Tarantino is reportedly still in the middle of) has been complicated by the fact it was shot on 35mm, meaning it will likely premiere in July instead. Five-time Oscar-winning Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will head the jury for films running for the Palme d’Or, while Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, whose Capernaum was Oscar-nominated for best foreign-language film this year, will lead the jury for Un Certain Regard.

Still, 'A Hidden Life' (2019) dir. Terrence Malick

See the full line-up below.

Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodovar
The Traitor, Marco Bellocchio
Wild Goose Lake, Yinan Diao
Parasite, Bong Joon-ho
Young Ahmed, The Dardenne Brothers
Oh Mercy!, Arnaud Desplechin
Atlantique, Mati Diop
Matthias and Maxime, Xavier Dolan
Little Joe, Jessica Hausner
Sorry We Missed You, Ken Loach
Les Miserables, Ladj Ly
A Hidden Life (previously known as Radegund), Terrence Malik
Nighthawk, Kleber Mendonca Filho, Juliano Dornelles
The Whistlers, Corneliu Porumboiu
Frankie, Ira Sachs
The Dead Don’t Die, Jim Jarmusch
Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Celine Sciamma
It Must Be Heaven, Elia Suleiman
Sybil, Justine Triet

Out of Competition
Rocketman, Dexter Fletcher
The Best Years of Life, Claude Lelouch
Maradona, Asif Kapadia
La Belle Epoque, Nicolas Bedos
Too Old to Die Young, Nicolas Winding Refn (TV series screening 2 episodes)

Special Screenings
Share, Pippa Bianco
Family Romance LLC, Werner Herzog
Tommaso, Abel Ferrara
To Be Alive and Know It, Alain Cavalier
For Sama, Waad Al Kateab and Edward Watts

Midnight Screenings
The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil, Lee Won-Tae

Un Certain Regard

Invisible Life, Karim Aïnouz
Beanpole, Kantemir Balagov
The Swallows of Kabul, Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobé Mévellec
A Brother’s Love, Monia Chokri
The Climb, Michael Covino
Joan of Arc, Bruno Dumont
A Sun That Never Sets, Olivier Laxe
Chambre 212, Christophe Honoré
Port Authority, Danielle Lessovitz
Papicha, Mounia Meddour
Adam, Maryam Touzani
Zhuo Ren Mi Mi, Midi Z
Liberte, Albert Serra
Bull,  Annie Silverstein
Summer of Changsha, Zu Feng
EVGE, Nariman Aliev

The Cannes film festival runs 14-25 May.

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