(Paris) New films by Wim Wenders, Ken Loach, Wes Anderson, Catherine Breillat and Kore-Eda will be among the films in competition at the 76th Cannes Film Festival, General Delegate Thierry Frémaux announced on Thursday, unveiling a selection mixing veterans of the 7th art and newcomers.
A total of 19 films have been selected, which could be joined by a twentieth, Killers of the Flower Moon by Martin Scorsese, with his favorite actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert de Niro.
This film is for the moment planned out of competition, but the festival would like to see it compete for the Palme d’or: “the request has been made” to the producers Paramount and Apple TV, “the main thing being that we have an answer before until the festival begins”, underlined Thierry Frémaux.
Of the 19 films in the running for the Palme d’Or, six are signed by female directors, including the Italian Alice Rohrwacher and a newcomer, the Senegalese Ramata-Toulaye Sy, who is presenting her first film.
“Six female directors in competition is a number never reached”, Thierry Frémaux confirmed to journalists after the press conference. The Festival will also open with another film by a director, “ Jeanne du Barry ” by French director Maïwenn, which marks the great return of Johnny Depp.
Many filmmakers already palmed will return to competition, including the British Ken Loach, the Turkish Nuri Bilge Ceylan or the Italian Nanni Moretti, and the jury will be chaired by a filmmaker also already palmed: the Swedish Ruben Ostlund, awarded the year with No Filter.
The competition “mixes young filmmakers who come rarely or for the first time (to Cannes) with veterans whose name, work and work we know. When it comes to art, there is no expiry date for filmmakers or for works,” said Mr. Frémaux.
The official selection, which includes films in and out of competition, presented at Un Certain regard or special screenings, is strong in films from the United States and Italy, he underlined, with in the parallel sections a film from Mongolia – a first in the history of the festival – and a “ strong presence ” from the African continent.
Among the expected highlights of this 76th edition: the presentation of the 5th installment of Indiana Jones, with a planned tribute to its actor Harrison Ford.