10 best movies that premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival

In this world, there are a few things that every filmmaker hopes for: a budget of several million dollars, an Oscar and the premiere of his film at the Cannes film festival. The prestigious festival has given many films their first push into the spotlight and launched the careers of people like Bernardo Bertolucci, Jeanne Campionand Guillermo del Toro. This Côte d’Azur festival has a very special place in the history of cinema, and it should be no less revolutionary this time around. Many new directors as well as veterans returned to the festival and once again turned the world of cinema upside down with what are sure to be classics. With a jury made up of personalities such as Vincent London, Asgar Farhadiand Joachim Treveshere are some of the films that caused a stir at Cannes.

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For the many Baz Luhrmann fans out there, it’s been a very long wait. His last movie, Gatsby the magnificent, was released in 2013 and wowed audiences around the world with its vibrant visuals, engaging soundtrack, and compelling performances. Luhrmann is finally back with a movie that should be just as good, if not better. As the title suggests, Elvis tells the story of Elvis Presley from his childhood days to becoming a rock and roll and movie star, as well as his complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. With Luhrmann at the helm, you can be sure this isn’t just another Hollywood biopic, but rather a tribute to the glamor of an era and a departed figure starring Austin Butler, in what is surely a star performance. Although many critics were divided, Presley’s family stood firm in their overwhelming approval of the film!


In the 80s and 90s, David Cronenberg was the only horror and sci-fi director who didn’t sell himself to a franchise and managed to stay fresh and relevant. Recently, he has ventured more into crime or psychological dramas, but his new film, Future Crimes (not to be confused with his other film of the same name) marks his return to the horror/sci-fi genre since 1999 exist. The film serves as a deep dive into the not-so-distant future in which humanity learns to adapt to its synthetic environment. With a cast including Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydouxand Kristin StewartCronenberg seems to have struck gold!

The last time Park Chan Wook presented a film at Cannes in 2016 with The servant. He blew audiences away with his erotic imagery and wild plot. After six years of absence, this South Korean author returned and won the prize for best director for Decision to leave. The film tells the story of a detective who falls in love with a mysterious widow after she becomes the prime suspect in his latest murder investigation and delves into an underworld of ghosts and shape-shifting humans. Park Chan-Wook never disappoints when it comes to thrillers that challenge what it is to be human and this was certainly no different.

In 2017, the movie world was blown away when The place won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The director Ruben Ostlund gleefully showed us how ridiculous the art world could be and cemented his place as one of the darkest and hilarious directors working in arthouse cinema. His new film Palme d’Or, triangle of sadness, focuses on a supermodel celebrity couple invited on a luxury cruise for the super rich and seems to pack the same punch as the rest of his films. This is Ostlund’s first venture into English-language cinema and it looks set to become a hit not only in Europe but also in the United States after receiving an eight-minute standing ovation.

Many movies on this list will not be blockbuster hits and become household names for the average American. This movie is different. In 1986, Superior gun set an era and launched Tom Cruise’s career as a viable and consistent action star. Now, nearly 36 years later, we finally get a sequel. Top Gun: Maverick picks up 30 odd years later as promotion-avoided Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise) is tasked with training a group of Top Gun graduates for a specialized assignment. Among the recruits is Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, son of Maverick’s late best friend, Nick “Goose” Bradshaw. Alongside this premiere, the festival paid tribute to Cruise and marked a return to his status as an action star after a few years of absence.

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Another former Palme d’Or winner, Hirokazu Kore-eda brought everyone to tears with his sentimental yet utterly realistic classic Shoplifters. After working in France, Kore-eda returned to Asia to shoot a movie with some of South Korea’s brightest stars. Broker revolves around characters associated with baby boxes, which allow infants to be dropped off anonymously to be picked up by others. With that kind of plot, a director like Kore-eda can do magic. His skills in creating painfully true stories that also carry a healthy dose of romance and nostalgia are incredible. With a cast of legends like Song Kang-ho and Bae Doonawill break your heart in the most beautiful way!

The stars at noon

Claire Dennis returns to Cannes with another future classic. Denis has shown over the years that she is a master at weaving personal stories with the politics of privilege, particularly around France’s colonial violence in Africa with films like white material and Good work. His new movie, The stars at noon, follows that same tradition but focuses on a new part of the world. The story revolves around a mysterious English businessman and an American journalist who strike up a romantic relationship and now must team up to flee Nicaragua during the Nicaraguan Revolution. Denis’ familiarity with colonial injustice definitely translates well in Latin America and proved to be one of the most talked about films at the festival.

The last time george miller went to Cannes, he created what some would call the greatest, most feminist and thrilling action film of all time with Mad Max: Fury Road. Now he’s back with another epic fantasy film. Three thousand years of nostalgia tells the story of a scholar (Tilda Swinton) who meets a Djinn (Idris Elbe) who offers him three wishes in exchange for his freedom. What follows is a romantic and unexpected journey that no one could have expected. The film unfolds like an encounter between Dunes and The English Patient and could bring epic, fleeting romances back into vogue.

In recent years, one of the biggest collaborations in cinema has been between the director Kelly Reichard and actress michelle williamsbut unfortunately, their last collaboration was six years ago with Some women. The two finally returned to Cannes this year with To show up, a film about an artist on the brink of exposure who changes his career and finds inspiration in the chaos of life. Time and time again, Reichardt proved she was more than capable of finding poetry in everyday life, and Williams showed herself to be one of the most criminally underrated actresses of her generation. Together they make for an intimate and beautiful cinematic experience.

In 2013, the director James Gray came to the Cannes Film Festival with The immigrant. This period drama told the story of her grandmother, a young Polish immigrant (Marion Cotillard) who is forced into prostitution after losing her sister at the border. He returned this year with an even more personal story of his own upbringing in Queens, New York with armageddon time. The stars of 1980s coming of age history Anne Hathaway, Anthony Hopkinsand Jeremy Strong. Although many liked his recent adventure and space filmsIt’s a pleasure to see Gray return to his roots in style with such an amazing cast!

Honorable Mention: Irma Vep

Although not a movie, this mini-series marked a fine return to Cannes not only for the illustrious director, Olivier Assayas, but for the source material. In 1996, Assayas created his inventive and very meta-film, Irma Vepin Cannes and showed the world why Maggie Cheung was a unique talent in a generation. This year he returned, expanding the story and giving Alicia Vikander the opportunity to show off their belongings. New Irma Vep revolves around Mira, an American film star disappointed in her career and personal life, who comes to France to play the role of “Irma Vep” in a remake of the French silent film classic The vampires. This miniseries dives deep into the human psyche and what it means to be a good actor. For fans of the original, this is the miniseries to watch!

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