For more than seven decades, everyone who’s anyone in the film world has migrated to the French Riviera in May for the Cannes Film Festival, which combines star-studded red-carpet premieres with long days of screenings, meetings, networking, and parties.
The festival’s 72nd installment runs from May 14 to 25. Its programming slate features the premieres of Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John biopic Rocketman, Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die, Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory, Ira Sachs’s Frankie, Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life, and many more. Whether Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will make an appearance is still uncertain; it depends on whether the director finishes the film in time.
Netflix is skipping the festival, for the second year in a row. The streaming giant is in a battle with French movie theater owners as well as festival director Thierry Frémaux over Cannes’ disqualification of Netflix’s films from its main competition. The issue at stake is the French law that mandates 36 months between a film’s theatrical release and its streaming release.