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72nd Cannes Film Festival Announces Lineup for 2019, Jim Jarmusch’s ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ to Open Fest

Officials for the 72nd Cannes Film Festival have announced their official lineup for the 2019 fest. In total, 18 films are in competition this year, including the opening night film, Jim Jarmusch‘s “The Dead Don’t Die.”

Earlier in the week, news broke that Quentin Tarantino‘s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” considered a likely opening night selection, would not be ready in time to premiere in the south of France. This led to speculation that Sony, which is producing the film, would replace it with another of their anticipated titles, Greta Gerwig‘s “Little Women.”

Instead, those fortunate enough to score a ticket to the opening night gala will experience another attention-grabbing film, Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die.” The zombie horror/comedy stars Chloë Sevigny, Adam Driver, and Bill Murray.

Bong Joon-Ho returns to Cannes with “Parasite,” a story about a family that faces an “unexpected incident” while trying to support themselves through unemployment. Terrence Malick is back with his three-hour-long “A Hidden Life,” starring Matthias Schoenarts and Michael Nyqvist.

Just a year after celebrated director Agnès Varda condemned Cannes organizers for its lack of female representation among directors, the festival slates only four out of eighteen competition films directed by women. Greta Gerwig is not among the selections. They are: Jessica Hausner‘s “Little Joe,” Mati Diop‘s “Atlantique,” Justine Triet‘s “Sibyl,” and Céline Sciamma‘s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.”

Here is the complete list of films selected for the 72nd Cannes Film Festival:


  • “The Dead Don’t Die” (dir. Jim Jarmusch) – Opening Film
  • “Atlantique” (dir. Mati Diop)
  • “Bacarau” (dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles)
  • “Frankie” (dir. Ira Sachs)
  • “A Hidden Life” (dir. Terrence Malick)
  • “It Must Be Heaven” (dir. Elia Suleiman)
  • “Les Misérables” (dir. Ladj Ly)
  • “Little Joe” (dir. Jessica Hausner)
  • “Matthias and Maxime” (dir. Xavier Dolan)
  • “Oh Mercy!” (dir. Arnaud Desplechin)
  • “Parasite” (dir. Bong Joon-ho)
  • “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (dir. Céline Sciamma)
  • “Sibyl” (dir. Justine Triet)
  • “Sorry We Missed You” (dir. Ken Loach)
  • “Pain and Glory” (dir. Pedro Almodóvar)
  • “The Traitor” (dir. Marco Bellocchio)
  • “La Gomera” (dir. Corneliu Porumboiu)
  • “The Wild Goose Lake” (dir. Diao Yinan)
  • “The Young Ahmed” (dir. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)

Un Certain Regard

  • “Adam” (dir. Maryam Touzani)
  • “Dylda” (dir. Kantemir Balagov)
  • “A Brother’s Love” (dir. Monia Chokri)
  • “Bull” (dir. Annie Silverstein)
  • “The Climb” (dir. Michael Covino)
  • “Evge” (dir. Nariman Aliev)
  • “Liberté” (dir. Albert Serra)
  • “Invisible Life” (dir. Karim Aïnouz)
  • “Jeanne” (dir. Bruno Dumont)
  • “Room 212” (dir. Christophe Honoré)
  • “Papicha” (dir. Mounia Meddour)
  • “Port Authority” (dir. Danielle Lessovitz)
  • “Summer of Changsha” (dir. Zu Feng)
  • “The Swallows of Kabul” (dir. Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobé Mévellec)
  • “A Sun That Never Sets” (dir. Olivier Laxe)
  • “Zhuo Ren Mi Mi” (dir. Midi Z)

Out of competition

  • “The Best Years of a Life” (dir. Claude Lelouch)
  • “Diego Maradona” (dir. Asif Kapadia)
  • “La Belle Époque” (dir. Nicolas Bedos)
  • “Rocketman” (dir. Dexter Fletcher)
  • “Too Old to Die Young – North of Hollywood, West of Hell” (TV series – dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)

Midnight screenings

  • “The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil” (dir. Lee Won-Tae)

Special screenings

  • “Family Romance, LLC” (dir. Werner Herzog)
  • “For Sama” (dir. Waad Al Kateab, Edward Watts)
  • “Que Sea Ley” (dir. Juan Solanas)
  • “Share” (dir. Pippa Bianco)
  • “To Be Alive and Know It” (dir. Alain Cavalier)
  • “Tommaso” (dir. Abel Ferrara)

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival runs from May 14-25.

Which films are you most excited to see included in the 72nd Cannes Film Festival lineup? Comment below and share!


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Written by Karen M. Peterson

Karen Peterson is a writer from Southern California. When she is not at the ballpark cheering on her LA Angels, she can usually be found in a movie theater or in front of the television. Karen is obsessed with awards shows, and loves everything from the smallest indie film to the biggest of big budget spectacles. She is also unapologetically in love with Tom Cruise.


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