On April 14 at 11 a.m., on the Champs-Élysée in Paris, the artistic director of the Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Frémaux, accompanied by the outgoing president of the festival Pierre Lescure, unveiled the Official Selections for the 2022 event. The estimated event will have held in person May 17-28.

The opening night film of the festival will be The artist the new zombie apocalypse feature from director Michel Hazanvicius, Z, with Romain Duris and Bérénice Bejo. The film was originally slated to screen at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, but the filmmakers pulled out when the festival became a virtual event, following January’s ramp-up of the Omicron variant. Awaiting an in-person premiere at another event, Hazanvicius hit the lottery with that prime Cannes placement. Other high-profile world premieres announced include Joseph Kosinski’s Upper gun after, Top Gun: MaverickBaz Lurmann’s highly anticipated biopic ElvisGeorge Miller’s New Mad Max: Fury Road and Three thousand years of lonelinesswith Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton.

Of the 49 films announced to date, as always, French films were well represented. Competing French suitors include Brother and Sister (Brother and Sister)directed by Arnaud Desplechin and performed by Marion Cotillard, Forever young (The Almond Trees) directed by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and starring Louis Garrel and Nadia Tereszkiewicz, and The stars at noon by revered and Cannes regular director Claire Denis. While his movie 35 glasses of rum premiered at Un Certain Regard in 2008 and Let the sun in was the opening film of the 2017 Directors’ Fortnight, Denis has not had a film in competition since Chocolate in 1988, a film on colonial France in Cameroon. In the context of the Nicaraguan revolution, The stars at noon stars Margaret Qualley and Robert Pattison. In Un Certain Regard, French entries include Rodeo by Lola Quivoron and The Worst (The Worst) by Lise Akora and Romane Gueret.

French films out of competition include Masquerade by director Nicolas Bedos and November by Cedric Jimenez. Midnight sessions include Smoking makes you cough by Quentin Dupieux. Irma Vepa new HBO series based on the 1996 film by director Olivier Assayas, will be included in the Cannes Premieres, as well as Our Brothers by Rachid Bouchareb.

After pledging to increase representation of films by female directors, Cannes has failed to meet its parity commitment with rights organization 50/50×2020. This year’s lineup features just three female directors women’s films. Besides Bruni Tedeschi and Denis, beloved American director Kelly Reichart To show up will also compete for the Palme d’Or, Cannes’ top prize. Last year, French director Julia Ducournau won the honor for her racy, divisive, Titanium.

The programs for the Quinzaine and the Semaine de la Critique should be announced this week.

All Cannes 2022 programming announced to date:

COMPETITION

“Armageddon Time”, James Gray (USA)

“Boy from Heaven”, Tarik Saleh (Sweden)

“Broker”, Kore-eda Hirokazu (Japan)

“Brother and Sister” OR “Brother and Sister”, Arnaud Desplechin (France)

“Close”, Lucas Dhont (Belgium)

“Crimes of the Future”, David Cronenberg (Canada)

“Decision to leave” OR “Haeojil Gyeolsim”, Park Chan-Wook (South Korea)

“Eo” OR “Hi-Han”, Jerzy Skolimowski (Poland)

“Forever Young” OR “Les Amandiers”, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (France)

“Holy Spider”, Ali Abbasi (Iran)

“Leila’s brothers”, Saeed Roustaee (Iran)

“Nostalgia”, Mario Martone (Italy)

“RMN”, Cristian Mungiu (Romania)

“Introduce”, Kelly Reichardt (USA)

“Stars at noon”, Claire Denis (France)

“Tchaikovsky’s wife”, Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia)

“Tori and Lokita”, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne (Belgium)

“Triangle of sadness”, Ruben Östlund (Sweden)

IN SOME PERSPECTIVE

“All the People I’ll Never Be” OR “Back to Seoul”, Davy Chou (Cambodia)

“Beast”, Riley Keough and Gina Gammell (USA)

“Burning Days”, Emin Alper (Turkey)

“Butterfly vision”, Maksim Nakonechnyi (Ukraine)

“Corsage”, Marie Kruetzer (Austria)

“Domingo and the mist”, Ariel Escalante Meza (Costa Rica)

“Godland”, Hlynur Pálmason (Iceland)

“Joyland”, Saim Sadiq (Pakistan)

“Metronom”, Alexandru Belc (Romania)

“Plan 75”, Hayakawa Chie (Japan)

“Rodeo”, Lola Quivoron (France)

“Sick of myself”, Kristoffer Borgli (Norway)

“The silent twins”, Agnieszka Smocynska (Poland)

“The Stranger”, Thomas M. Wright (Australia)

“The Worst” OR “Les Pires”, Lise Akora and Romane Gueret (France)

OUT OF COMPETITION

“Elvis”, Baz Luhrmann (USA-Australia)

“Final Cut” OR “Z (Comme Z)”, Michel Hazanvicius (France) – OPENING

“Masquerade”, Nicolas Bedos (France)

“November”, Cédric Jimenez (France)

“Three thousand years of nostalgia”, George Miller (Australia)

“Top Gun: Maverick”, Joseph Kosinski (USA)

MIDNIGHT SESSIONS

“Smoking makes you cough”, Quentin Dupieux (France)

“Hunt”, Lee Jung-Jae (South Korea)

“Moonage Daydream”, Brett Morgen (USA)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

“All that breathes”, Shaunak Sen (India)

“The natural history of destruction”, Sergei Loznitsa (Ukraine)

“Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind”, Ethan Coen (USA)

CANNES PREMIERE

“Dodo”, Panos H. Koutras (Greece)

“Irma Vep”, Olivier Assayas (France)

“Nightfall”, Marco Bellocchio (Italy)

“Our Brothers”, Rachid Bouchareb (France)