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Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodovar, and Rocketman headline this year's Cannes Film Festival

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The Cannes Film Festival got off to a great start this year when it revealed a zombie movie would open the high-minded French event. Jim Jarmusch, a Cannes veteran, will see his horror-comedy The Dead Don’t Die usher in the festival on May 14, and now the organizers have revealed the majority of what will follow, from its Competition entries to its Un Certain Regard, Out Of Competition, Special Screening, and Midnight Screening films. Nowhere on the list, unfortunately, is Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which, as of now at least, just isn’t ready.


What is ready are new films from Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodovar, and the Dardenne brothers, which will compete with new flicks from Snowpiercer’s Bong Joon-ho, I, Daniel Blake’s Ken Loach, and twenty-something wunderkind Xavier Dolan, among several others. Birdman and The Revenant director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, a Cannes veteran himself, will head the 2019 competition jury.

Also of the note is the premiere of splashy Elton John biopic Rocketman, as well as Werner Herzog’s latest documentary, Family Romance LLC, and Tommaso, a new Abel Ferrara film. Attendees will also be able to catch the first two episodes of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Amazon series Too Old To Die Young. Deadline also reports that Alfonso Cuarón will present a restored version of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, which, yes.

See the full lineup below, which, as of now, highlights 13 female filmmakers, an improvement over previous years.

Opening Night
The Dead Don’t Die (Jim Jarmusch)

Pain & Glory (Pedro Almodovar)
Parasite (Bong Joon-ho)
The Wild Goose Lake (Diao Yinan)
The Traitor (Marco Bellocchio)
Young Ahmed (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
Matthias And Maxime (Xavier Dolan)
Oh Mercy (Arnaud Desplechin)
A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick)
Sorry We Missed You (Ken Loach)
Little Joe (Jessica Hausner)
Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (Céline Sciamma)
Atlantique (Mati Diop)
Sibyl (Justine Triet)
It Must Be Heaven (Elia Suleiman)
Frankie (Ira Sachs)
Bacurau (Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles)
The Whistlers (Corneliu Porumboiu)
Les Misérables (Ladj Ly)

Out Of Competition
Les Plus Belles Années D’Une Vie (Claude Lelouch)
Rocketman (Dexter Fletcher)
Too Old To Die Young – North Of Hollywood, West Of Hell (two episodes) (Nicolas Winding Refn)
Diego Maradona (Asif Kapadia)
La Belle Epoque (Nicolas Bedos)

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

Special Screenings
Tommaso (Abel Ferrara)
Share (Pippa Bianco)
For Sama (Waad Al Kateab & Edward Watts)
Etre Vivant Et Le Savoir (Alain Cavalier)
Family Romance LLC (Werner Herzog)


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)
Jeanne (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)
Liberté (Albert Serra)
Bull (Annie Silverstein)
Summer Of Changsha (Zu Feng)
Evge (Nariman Aliev)

The 2019 Cannes Film Festival begins May 14 and runs through May 25.


Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.