After intense speculation, the competition lineup for the 2022 Cannes Film Festival was revealed today. The new David Lynch film that has been rumoured to exist was not among them, but there will be new work from the likes of Claire Denis, David Cronenberg, Kelly Reichardt, Park Chan-wook, James Gray, Arnaud Desplechin and Hirokazu Koreeda. 

Ruben Östlund returns to the competition after he won the Palme d’Or in 2017 for The Square. His new film, Triangle of Sadness, is backed by the BFI Film Fund (awarding funds from the National Lottery), whose editor-at-large, Lizzie Francke, comments: “Congratulations to all those in selection and we are incredibly proud to see the audaciously brilliant Triangle of Sadness premiering in competition. We are committed to furthering our creative relationships across Europe, so through the BFI Film Fund it’s wonderful to support Ruben Östlund, a world class talent, and UK producer Mike Goodridge, who has a vibrant international outlook for cinema.”

Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) will open the festival with his zombie comedy Z, while high-profile films screening out of competition include Top Gun: Maverick, George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing and Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis.

The festival runs 17 to 28 May, with further sections still to be announced.

Opening Night

Z, Michel Hazanavicius

Competition

Holy Spider, Ali Abbasi

Les Amandiers, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

Crimes of the Future, David Cronenberg

The Stars at Noon, Claire Denis

Frere et Soeur, Arnaud Desplechin

Tori and Lokita, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Close, Lukas Dhont

Armageddon Time, James Gray

Broker, Hirokazu Koreeda

Nostalgia, Mario Martone

R.M.N., Cristian Mungiu

Triangle of Sadness, Ruben Ostlund

Decisions to Leave, Park Chan-wook

Showing Up, Kelly Reichardt

Leila’s Brothers, Saeed Roustayi

Boy from Heaven, Tarik Saleh

Tchaikovsky’s Wife, Kirill Serebrennikov

Hi-Han (Eo), Jerzy Skolimowski

Un Certain Regard

Les Pires, Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret

Burning Days, Emin Alper

Metronom, Alexandru Belc

Sick of Myself, Kristoffer Borgli

Retour à Seoul, Davy Chou

Domingo y La Niebla, Ariel Escalante Meza

Plan 75, Hayakawa Chie

Beast, Riley Keough and Gina Gammell

Corsage, Marie Kreutzer

Butterfly Vision, Maksym Nakonechnyi

Volada Land, Hlynur Palmason

Rodeo, Lola Quivoron

Joyland, Saim Sadiq

The Silent Twins, Agnieszka Smoczynska

The Stranger, Thomas M. Wright

Cannes Premiere

Outside Night, Marco Bellocchio

Nos Frangins, Rachid Bouchareb

Irma Vep, Olivier Assayas (Series)

Dodo, Panos H. Koutras

Special Screenings

The Natural History of Destruction, Sergei Loznitsa

Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind, Ethan Coen

All That Breathes, Shaunak Sen

Midnight Screenings

Moonage Daydream, Brett Morgen

Smoking Makes You Cough, Quentin Dupieux

Hunt, dir: Lee Jung-Jae

Out of Competition

Top Gun: Maverick, Joseph Kosinski

Elvis, Baz Luhrmann

Three Thousand Years of Longing, George Miller

November, Cédric Jimenez

Masquerade, Nicolas Bedos