2019 Cannes Film Festival Lineup Is Announced!


Earlier in the week, the lineup for this year’s Cannes Film Festival was revealed. Every year, this announcement is hotly anticipated, as it’s one of the signifiers that we’re going to soon get some looks at potential Academy Award players. 2019 will be no exception, as a handful of possible contenders are poised to launch in France next month at the 72nd incarnation of the event. From May 14th until May 25th, the South of France will be home to some of cinema’s finest offerings, that much goes without saying. Some will be Oscar hopefuls, some will be flops, but all will contribute to getting us even more excited for the rest of the cinematic year.

Cannes looks to premiere some very interesting titles this year. Some of the highest profile offerings include The Dead Don’t Die from Jim Jarmusch, which will open the festival, Frankie from Ira Sachs, A Hidden Life from Terrence Malick, Matthias and Maxime from Xavier Dolan, Pain and Glory from Pedro Almodovar, Parasite from Bong Joon-ho, Rocketman from Dexter Fletcher, and Sorry We Missed You from Ken Loach, among others. Plus, there’s a preview of the Nicholas Winding Refn show Too Old to Die Young, which should be exciting. Below you can see the full lineup for the fest, at least as it stands now.


Here now is the complete Cannes Film Festival lineup for 2019:

Opening Night Film
“The Dead Don’t Die,” Jim Jarmusch (also in Competition)

In Competition
“Pain and Glory,” Pedro Almodovar
“The Traitor,” Marco Bellocchio
“The Wild Goose Lake,” Diao Yinan
“Parasite,” Bong Joon-ho
“Young Ahmed,” Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
“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,” Terrence Malick
“Bacurau,” Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles
“The Whistlers,” Corneliu Porumboiu
“Frankie,” Ira Sachs
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” Céline Sciamma
“It Must Be Heaven,” Elia Suleiman
“Sibyl,” Justine Triet

Un Certain Regard
“Invisible Life,” Karim Aïnouz
“Beanpole,” Kantemir Balagov
“The Swallows of Kabul,” Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobé Mévellec
“A Brother’s Life,” Monia Chokri
“The Climb,” Michael Covino
“Joan of Arc,” Bruno Dumont
“A Sun That Never Sets,” Olivier Laxe
“Room 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

Out of Competition
“The Best Years of Life,” Claude Lelouch
“Rocketman,” Dexter Fletcher
“Too Old to Die Young” (2 Episodes), Nicolas Winding Refn
“Diego Maradona,” Asif Kapadia
“Belle Epoque,” Nicolas Bedos

Special Screenings
“Share,” Pippa Bianco
“For Sama,” Waad Al Kateab & Edward Watts
“Family Romance, LLC,” Werner Herzog
“Tommaso,” Abel Ferrara
“To Be Alive and Know It,” Alain Cavalier
“Que Sea Ley,” Juan Solanas

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

As you can see, there’s plenty to look forward to here. Keep in mind, this is not the complete list. More titles will be added to the lineup, including potentially a huge one in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Rumor has it, if the movie isn’t ready for the festival, Sony could still put forward one of the potential contenders in Greta Gerwig’s remake of Little Women. Who knows, maybe both end up playing at the fest? That will be one of the storylines to follow with this year’s Cannes lineup. For now, the list is an eclectic one, to be sure. Sit tight for any updates that might come down the pike in the weeks to come about Cannes 2019…


Stay tuned for much more on the 72nd Cannes Film Festival!

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A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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