Harrison Ford (80 years old) walks the red carpet while presenting his fifth and possibly last installment as Indiana Jones (“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate”).
Martin Scorsese of this generation will do the same, who with Leonardo DiCaprio directed “Killer of the Flower Moon”, a long film (3h10) about a series of murders of indigenous peoples in the United States in the 1920s Was.
Pedro Almodovar, one of the great Spanish names associated with Cannes, will present a 25-minute short film with a western and gay air, alongside Ethan Hawke and Chilean Pedro Pascal (“The Last of Us”).
Michael Douglas (78), star of films such as “Basic Instinct”, will receive an honorary Palme d’Or for a career spanning decades.
This year, Cannes, also in official competition, is dominated by feature films, with 21 films, seven of them directed by women, a record.
Turkish movie “Nuri Bilge Ceylan” lasts 3h17; Chinese documentary “Youth Spring”, 3h40. Both condemn the environment of countries under repressive regimes.
British film legend Ken Loach (86 years old) is competing for his third Palme d’Or with “The Old Oak”, which is also of a social nature.
Another legend, the Spanish Victor Aris (82 years old), who presented his last feature film at Cannes exactly three decades ago, returns in a parallel segment with “Cerar los ojos” (Close Your Eyes) (almost three hours) Is.
Italian Marco Bellocchio (83 years old) will also participate to present “Rapito”, a work that describes the abduction of a Jewish boy to be educated as a Christian in mid-19th century Italy.
But Cannes is also a showcase for the next generation, like Wes Anderson, who used an impressive cast for his “Asteroid City”: Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Willem Dafoe, Margot Robbie…
or “Le Retour” by the French Catherine Corsini, surrounded by some controversy over its treatment of adolescent sexuality.
Also featured is the young Franco-Senegalese Ramata-Toule Si, with her major opera “Banelle à Adama”.