Top film festival begins – zombie alarm in Cannes

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First the stars walk the red carpet. And then there is wading in the blood.

The most important film festival in the world begins on Tuesday – and the zombies are loose in the opening film.

Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”) spills plenty of blood in the horror comedy “Final Cut”. The film was originally going to be called Z (Comme Z). Since this letter has now become a symbol for Russia’s war in Ukraine, the director found the title no longer appropriate and renamed it.

21 films are fighting for the Palme d’Or until May 28th, unfortunately none from Germany. Eleven films are out of competition. Including two blockbusters that are guaranteed to fill the cinema halls. With two stars causing a lot of fanfare in Cannes: Tom and Tom from Hollywood.

► Tom Cruise introduces his action sequel Top Gun 2: Maverick. 30 years ago he was there for the first – and so far last – time.


Tom Cruise (59) brings action to Cannes with “Top Gun 2: Maverick” – and soon to our cinemas.  German launch: May 25th.  The first

Tom Cruise (59) brings action to Cannes with “Top Gun 2: Maverick” – and soon to our cinemas. German launch: May 25th. The first “Top Gun” (1986) brought in 343 million euros worldwidePhoto: action press

► Tom Hanks stars in “Elvis” as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s legendary manager, Colonel Parker.


Tom Hanks (65, left) and Austin Butler (30) in

Tom Hanks (65, left) and Austin Butler (30) in “Elvis” (with us from June 22nd). Butler starred in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…. He is now world famous as a rock ‘n’ roll kingPhoto: action press

Four former winners are in the running for the palm tree: in addition to the Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the Japanese Hirokazu Koreeda and the Romanian Christian Mungiu, the Swede Ruben Östland wants to score points with a satire from the fashion world.

In “Triangle of Sadness” a ship with models goes down. In addition to Woody Harrelson as captain, Iris Berben and Sunnyi Melles are also on board.


Sweden's star director Ruben Östlund (48, 2nd from right) with Woody Harrelson (60) while shooting

Sweden’s star director Ruben Östlund (48, 2nd from right) with Woody Harrelson (60) while shooting “Triangle of Sadness”. The fashion satire can be seen here from October 13thPhoto: Instagram / Fiona Erdmann

A number of competition films provide topics of conversation.

► Viewers need a stable stomach for the new shocker by David Cronenberg (“The Fly”). In Crimes of the Future, surgeries are a kind of sex substitute. The trailer alone starring Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart is not for the faint of heart. Cronenberg himself believes that a number of viewers flee the cinemas – after the first five minutes.



“The Crimes of the Future”: Extreme body horror with Lea Seydoux (36, from left), Viggo Mortensen (63), Kristen Stewart (32). Who can survive the 107 shocking minutes of the film?Photo: PR


Cannes 2022: The world's most important film festival begins with a zombie alarm

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► The Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov, who has been under house arrest for a long time by Vladimir Putin, now lives in Berlin and presents “Tchaikovsky’s Wife”. In it, the wife of the famous composer loses her mind because she despairs of his homosexuality.

► US director James Gray recalls his time at New York’s Kew Forest School in “Armageddon Time” with Anthony Hopkins and Anne Hathaway. Donald Trump had also attended – until he was sent to a military school at the age of 13.

Another topic of conversation – unfortunately: only four female directors made it into the competition. Maybe that will change when the German manager Iris Knobloch (59) takes over the presidency of the film festival from July 1st.


Running out of competition: Tilda Swinton (61) and Idris Elba (49) in the fantasy genre remix “Three Thousand Years of Longing” by “Mad Max” director George Miller

Running out of competition: Tilda Swinton (61) and Idris Elba (49) in the fantasy genre remix “Three Thousand Years of Longing” by “Mad Max” director George MillerPhoto: Festival De Cannes


Two-time Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (84) with Anne Hathaway (39, left) and Michael Banks Repeta (14) in the school drama

Two-time Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (84) with Anne Hathaway (39, left) and Michael Banks Repeta (14) in the school drama “Armageddon Time” (not yet released in cinemas)Photo: GC Images

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