"The Dead Do not Die" by Jim Jarmusch, the opening film, was the only title known in the competition for the maximum distinction of the Cannes festival.
This Thursday, in addition to "Frankie", were joined by long-awaited titles from consecrated directors such as "Pain & Glory" (Pedro Almodóvar), "A Hidden Life" (Terrence Malick), Matthias And Maxime (Xavier Dolan) , "Oh Mercy" (Arnaud Desplechin), "Sorry We Missed You" (Ken Loach), "The Traitor" (Marco Bellocchio), "Young Ahmed" (Brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne), "Parasite" -ho) and "It Must Be Heaven" (Elia Suleiman).
Last year, the organization committed to help increase the presence of female filmmakers' films and this year includes four in the competition, matching a 2011 record: Mati Diop's "Atlantique", Jessica Hausner's "Little Joe" Celine Schiamma's "Portrait of a Young Lady on Fire" and Justine Triet's "Sibyl". The works of nine other directors are included in other sections.
The competing section also includes "The Wild Goose Lake" (Diao Yinan), "Bacurau" (Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles), "The Whistlers" (Corneliu Porumboiu) and "Les Misérables" (Ladj Ly).
From the outside is "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", the ninth Quentin Tarantino film with Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt: Thierry Frémaux has made quite a few compliments to what he has seen, but stressed that he is still in the assembly stage, more complex because it was shot in 35mm and not in digital, but has hopes that can still be displayed.
Regarding the absence of the Netflix streaming platform, Thierry Frémaux stressed that, in addition to not having titles ready, Cannes will not waive the principle of including in the competition the titles that respect the French rules to debut in theaters.