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Hollywood stars and cult directors announced at Cannes

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Paris (AFP)- The Cannes Film Festival announced Thursday the lineup for its 75th edition with a mix of cult art house directors and Hollywood glamor heading to the French Riviera in May.

Canadian horror maestro David Cronenberg, American filmmaker James Gray and Frenchwoman Claire Denis will compete among the 18 films announced in competition for the Palme d’Or.

They’re expected to bring a host of stars to the red carpet, with Cronenberg’s sci-fi/horror crossover “Crimes of the Future” starring Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux and Viggo Mortensen.

Denis returns with a thriller set in Central America — “The Stars at Noon” — starring Taron Egerton and Robert Pattinson.

Gray’s entry, “Armageddon Time,” is a tale based on his growing up in New York with Anne Hathaway, Oscar Isaac, Cate Blanchett, and Anthony Hopkins.

Two of the biggest shows had already been confirmed for the festival, which runs from May 17-28.

Tom Cruise will attend the much-delayed world premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick,” the sequel to his 1986 blockbuster, played out of competition.

And Tom Hanks will be in town for “Elvis,” in which he plays the rock ‘n’ roll star’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, in the latest from Australian director Baz Luhrmann who has already lit up Cannes with “Moulin Red!” and “Gatsby.”

Tom Cruise will be in Cannes for the first time in 30 years, for the premiere of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Alberto PIZZOLIAFP

Australian George Miller, the man behind ‘Mad Max’, also added to the out-of-competition premieres Australian George Miller, who takes a new direction with ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’ about a djinn (played by Idris Elba) offering three wishes to Tilda. Swinton.

“Sadness and War”

Festival director Thierry Fremaux gave a nod to the difficult global situation, saying the announcement came “after two years of crisis from which we will not recover quickly, and at a time of sadness and war in Europe”.

A Ukrainian film will play out of competition — director Sergei Loznitsa’s ‘Natural History of Destruction’ about the destruction of German cities by Allied bombers during World War II — which Fremaux said the festival was “particularly pleased to ‘welcome this year’.

The main competition will also mark Russian Kirill Serebrennikov’s third nomination.

He was unable to make it to Cannes last year when his film ‘Petrov’s Flu’ was in competition due to a contentious court case that barred him from leaving Russia.

He has moved to Germany since the ban was lifted earlier this year and returns to Cannes with “Tchaikovsky’s Wife” about the famous composer’s private life.

Four former Palme d’Or winners are back in the competition: the Dardenne brothers from Belgium, Sweden’s Ruben Ostlund, Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda and Romania’s Cristian Mungiu.

Kirill Serebrennikov couldn't make it to Cannes last year due to a court case that barred him from leaving Russia
Kirill Serebrennikov couldn’t make it to Cannes last year due to a court case that barred him from leaving Russia MORRIS MAC MATZEN AFP/File

One thing that remains uncertain is who will decide the winner.

The jury is normally announced before the selection, but Fremaux said he would be appointed “in the next few days”, hinting at a difficult task as so many filmmakers were back at work after the pandemic shutdown.

Playing Out of Competition are two exciting additions to the recent string of high-profile music documentaries: one about David Bowie and another about American rocker Jerry Lee Lewis by the Coen brothers’ half, Ethan Coen.