cannes 2019

The Cannes Lineup Doesn’t Have Tarantino, But It Does Have 4 Women

Thierry Frémaux
Cannes artistic director Thierry Frémaux. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

It turns out that the 72nd Cannes Film Festival won’t get Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring Brad Pitt wearing sunglasses and Leonardo DiCaprio’s sideburns. Instead, the lineup was announced Thursday morning with a little victory: The festival will have films by four women in competition for the Palme d’Or, the most since four women-directed movies were in competition in 2011.

The buzzy titles among the slate include Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory, Xavier Dolan’s Matthias & Maxime, Terrence Malik’s A Hidden Life, Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die, and the Elton John biopic Rocketman.

For Tarantino-heads, there’s still hope. Per Deadline, Cannes artistic director Thierry Frémaux told reporters Thursday morning that it might be added to the lineup when the director is finished editing it. “The Tarantino was not ready. It was abusively and prematurely announced (in the press) which is too bad because it creates an appetite,” he said. “God knows we have the appetite for it, but it’s in a sprint. It’s one of the ones we hope to have good news on, to announce that it will be added.” See the full lineup below:

Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodóvar
The Traitor, Marco Bellocchio
Wild Goose Lake, Yinan Diao
Parasite, Bong Joon-ho
Young Ahmed, The Dardenne Brothers
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 (previously known as Radegund), Terrence Malik
Nighthawk, Kleber Mendonca Filho, Juliano Dornelles
The Whistlers, Corneliu Porumboiu
Frankie, Ira Sachs
The Dead Don’t Die, Jim Jarmusch
Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Celine Sciamma
It Must Be Heaven, Elia Suleiman
Sybil, Justine Triet

Out of Competition
Rocketman, Dexter Fletcher
The Best Years of Life, Claude Lelouch
Maradona, Asif Kapadia
La Belle Epoque, Nicolas Bedos
Too Old to Die Young, Nicolas Winding Refn (TV series screening 2 episodes)

Special Screenings
Share, Pippa Bianco
Family Romance LLC, Werner Herzog
Tommaso, Abel Ferrara
To Be Alive and Know It, Alain Cavalier
For Sama, Waad Al Kateab and Edward Watts

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

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

Cannes Lineup Doesn’t Have Tarantino (Yet)