Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Cannes 2019: No Tarantino So Far, But Elton John “Rocketman” Will Debut with Rock Star Present, a Piano on Stage if “He Wants to Play”


Thierry Fremaux and Pierre Lescure announced the selections of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival this morning. It’s so far very light on Hollywood films and stars. Elton John bio pic “Rocketman” will be there. But Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a  Time in Hollywood” is so far not ready and not announced. I was first to tell you this would happen.

“It’s not ready. We hope it will be ready,” says Fremaux. The post production isn’t finished. Also James Gray’s “Ad Astra” isn’t ready.

They first discussed the new poster, featuring the recently gone Agnes Varda taken when she was just 26 years old. She was the first female director of the French New Wave. The photo is an icon of Cannes. They also talked about celebrating the 72nd year of the Cannes film market. Fremaux thanked Christine Aime, who is moving from dealing with the press to a new role of heading Archive and Memory.There was also mention of Claude Lansmann, director of “Shoah,” who recently passed away. Fremaux said the theme of this year is many thing including love and revolt. This year, he says, is very important because it’s the anniversary of the Festival that didn’t happen, in 1939, because of World War II.

This is 90% of the official selection. Some films aren’t ready, cross your fingers they’ll be ready. He’s referring to Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which this column was FIRST to report is not ready so far and can’t be announced.

Opening film is Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die,” which will open in the Cannes on the same day it opens in France. This is the biggest American film, with Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, and Adam Driver— who’s had his Broadway schedule rearranged so he can be there.

Terrence Malick – “The Hidden Life,” about World War II.  No American actors, and Malick will not be there, or if he is, we won’t see him.

Pedro Almodovar– “Pain and Glory” with Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.

Ira Sachs — “Frankie” Isabelle Huppert stars with Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear, and Brendan Gleeson.

Marco Bellocchio – “The Traitor”

Dardennes Brothers — “The Young Ahmed”

Claude Lelouch– Out of competition. An update of “A Man and a Woman” starring Monica Bellucci.

Nicolas Winding Refn — Two episodes of a new TV series.

Werner Herzog — a documentary.

Abel Ferrara — sent a film from Rome. Willem daFoe stars in not a documentary but a “realistic” movie (good luck with that)



Xavier Dolan — “Matthias and Maxime”

“Les Miserables”




Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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