three months of the opening of the 72nd Festival of Cannes, which starts on Tuesday 14 may, the time has come for predictions. Which films join the competition? What filmmakers and actors see it climb the stairs? Who will be named president of the jury? The Croisette will she finally Netflix? Who has the best odds for strutting on the red carpet of the 14 to 25 next may? The French Movie and Paris Match began this exercise divination and traditional.

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credit to the filmmakers who have the card, those whose names have already figured in the prestigious list. Ken Loach and Hirokazu Kore-eda, respectively winners of the palme d’or in 2016 and 2018, are part of that small circle of filmmakers expected on the market in the spring. The British should have finished the editing of Sorry We Missed You , a social drama of naturalistic turned Newcastle around from a food bank, while the japanese filmmaker could make a comeback to the arms of Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche with The truth (tentative title) . The Dardenne brothers, duo, multi-award-winning (winner of, among others, the palme d’or with Rosetta in 1999, should also be at the rendezvous with Ahmed , a film about the islamic radicalization of a young Belgian. Pedro Almodóvar, awarded to All about my mother and Volver (winner of the stage and the timeline), could come to enjoy the Côte d’azur with Pain and glory , a feature-length film at synopsis fellinien involving Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas. The Spanish would look for that palme d’or that he hopes to as.

Mystery and horror

on the side of The american directors, the name of Quentin Tarantino is flowing more and more. With Once Upon a Time in Hollywood , in which Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt crossed the road bloody of the “Manson Family” in Los Angeles hippie drunk LSD and derock psyche, the director of Pulp Fiction appears as a serious contender in the competition. In its way, it may be that the director of Pulp Fiction (palme d’or 1994) finds the child prodigy of the art of cinema Xavier Dolan ( Matthias and Maxime ), the promising Diao Yi’nan discovered with Black Coal ( The Wild Goose Lake ), the surprising Bong Joon-ho ( Parasite ) or even the elusive Justin Kurzel ( The True History of the Kelly Gang ), found on the Croisette in 2011 with the squalid Crimes of Snowtown . Unless, like last year, some filmmakers (Audiard or Dolan rightly) prefer to make the dead end on Cannes to spin at the Mostra of Venice, in a better position in time for the Oscar race.

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Still need to know then what feature-length films could be finalized in time. One thinks in particular of Guillaume Nicloux and its extra or the second part of the triptych of Mektoub, My Love by Abdellatif Kechiche. Bertrand Bonello could have ended his fantastic Zombie Child . We shudder already. As much as we look forward to tremble before the horror of The Dead Don’t Die of Jim Jarmusch, in which the scenario is kept secret. Finally, will there be Claude Lelouch on the French Riviera? The latter was attended by Jean-Louis Trintignant and Anouk Aimée in The most beautiful years , 53 years after a man and A woman , crowned at Cannes in 1966 (tied with Signore e signori of Pietro Germi, what we often forget to point out). Going to a jubilee to these monsters of cinema?

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Where are the women in all this? To confirm their presence in number when editing, 2018, the general delegate Thierry Frémaux wishes to enroll in this dynamic and inclusive, with more female directors to the forefront in competition. And why not Céline Sciamma, with her Portrait of the girl on fire , with Adèle Haenel. Or Aude-Léa Rapin with heroes never die . Eva Green will send the Croisette on orbit? In Proxima Alice Winocour, it would put the combination of astronaut with Matt Dillon. To watch also, sweet Song , an adaptation of the novel by Leïla Slimani, by Lucie Borleteau and A couch in Tunis , filmmaker Manele Labidi with Golshifteh Farahani in the worshiper of Freud.

The return of Netflix?

Finally, there’s a name that whispers to be a successor to Cate Blanchett to the president of the jury : Alfonso Cuarón. No feature film of mexican director – who had been a member of the jury Sean Penn in 2008 – has been presented on the Croisette. Not even Roma , an autobiographical account rewarded at the Venice film Festival, the Golden Globes and the Bafta – the film is also on track to snag the set for the Oscars.

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Thierry Frémaux in person has encouraged the filmmaker to return to Mexico for this film. Ironically, this is Netflix, which distributes Roma . The same Netflix that the general delegate, responding to the orders of its board of directors, strives to banish from his festival. The 72nd edition could mark the end of this disenchantment? Thierry Frémaux hope to be able to find a compromise with the platform . It would avoid missing out on another masterpiece. All the more that accept Netflix at Cannes this year could attract Martin Scorsese ( The Irishman ) and his cast of four stars (Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel). In brief, the beautiful world for the most beautiful walks in the world.