The world’s most amazing film festival is just underway for its 75th year, which means stars from all over the world are taking to the French Riviera (lucky).
But unless you’re a movie buff, you might not be up to date on what to expect from this year’s red carpets.
Don’t worry, our inside guide is all you need to get ready for that captivating event — and if you want to keep up with hot movie rumors, we’ve got your social media accounts and podcasts to follow.
The stars to look out for on the red carpet
This year Cannes is feeling the need…the need for speed!
To start your Cannes at cruising altitude, start with, Tom Cruise.
Peter Pan will be heading out of Hollywood to the French Riviera today to show Top Gun: Maverick, which will be released in general release next Friday (May 27) after the storm parade. He will come home with a lifetime achievement award.
But he’s not the only Tom in town – Hanks will be there for him Music by Baz Luhrmann, Elvis, while Robert De Niro, Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams will all hit the red carpet.
In addition, Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux and Viggo Mortensen, all of whom will likely star in David Cronenberg’s sci-fi thriller The Crimes Of The Future, will also star.
And what about the British?
Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton appeared on the channel in Three Thousand Years Of Longing, a fantasy romance film directed by George Miller Mad Max.
Also on the red carpet will be Sir Anthony Hopkins, marking the appearance of The Time of Armageddon, while Jesse Buckley will join Ordinary People’s Paul Mescal in representing The Irish Legion.
Buckley plays Alex Garland’s cerebral horror men, while the no longer ordinary Mescal has two films at the festival: Creatures of God and the father-daughter drama Afterson.
Expect a lot of gloom.
Social media and podcast gods
After a quieter 2021, the Cannes party scene should be back in style, from glamorous villa and beach parties to celebrity-studded gala dinners that will bring Le Croisette and Cap-Eden-Roc to your Insta.
To give you an idea, live tonight, you’ll be engulfed in a sumptuous L’Oréal Paris dinner, where the star-studded guest list will include Gemma Chan, Viola Davis, Andy McDowell, Kate Winslet…
Elvis director Baz Luhrmann is lively on Instagram at bazluhrmann, so expect some fun posts from the uh-hu-hu premiere.
Want a feast for the ears instead of the eyes?
Film critic Jason Solomons will report on the festival via his podcast Seen Any Good Films?, the Seventh Row segment will focus on some of the competition’s best female filmmakers, and industry podcasts like IndieWire: Screen Talk are already giving their predictions for the big winners.
Anticipate the Golden Palm
The top prize might go to a French movie, if not Stars At Noon, then Brother And Sister.
But the time of Armageddon is loosely based on childhood memories of James Gray, an excellent filmmaker of Ukrainian-Jewish descent, so it could be a timely pick.
Find out all the nominees, winners and information on the Festival de Cannes website.
Palme d’Or: The craziest movie award winners
A sensual dancer is impregnated by a car – this was a new one even for Cannes.
Her manager, Julia Docornau, became the second woman in history to win the Palme d’Or last year.
Uncle Boonmi Who Can Remember His Previous Life, 2010
Beat the title. Gorgeous Thai reincarnation dramas and bananas in equal measure include ghosts and sex in a monkey spirit and exotic black Chewbacca with red eyes.
The year the jury for David Cronenberg baffled everyone, including awarding three prizes to this relentless Franco-Belgian mystery rape drama that one critic called “utterly insane.”
The Square, 2017
This confused Swedish satire features Elisabeth Moss and a 12-minute sequence where a topless man on crutches pretends to be a chimpanzee terrorizing a black-tie party.
Keeper of Promises, 1962
A completely forgotten film in which a farmer pulls a huge wooden cross 30 miles across Brazil after his best friend, a donkey, survives a terrible disease. Not a classic, as it turns out.
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