Cannes adds 17 films and sets a record for female directors in competition
A week after announcing its official selections, the 2022 Cannes Film Festival added 17 new films, increasing the number of films directed by women in its main competition from three to five.
The addition of ‘Un Petit Frère’ by French director Leonor Serraille and ‘Le Otto Montagne’ by the Belgian team of Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groeningen means that this year’s competition line-up contains five films by female directors, a more than the record of four set in 2011 and equaled in 2019 and 2021.
The section now includes 21 films, meaning films directed by women still make up less than a quarter of the competition lineup at a festival long criticized for its paltry representation of women’s films.
The other novelty in competition is “Torment Sur les Iles” by Spanish director Albert Serra. Other additions to the festival lineup include Dominik Moll’s “La Nuit du 12” and Emmanuel Mouret’s “Chronique D’une Liaison Passagere” in the Cannes Premiere section, Maryam Touzani’s “Le Blue du Caftan” and “More Que Ever” by Emily Atef in Un Certain Regard”, “L’Innocent” by Louis Garrell out of competition and “Mi Pais Imaginario” by Patricio Guzman and “Restos do Vento” by Tiago Guedes in Special Screenings.
Four of the new additions are debut films, two are documentaries, and one is animated.
After being canceled in 2020 and postponed to July 2021, the 2022 Cannes Film Festival will return to its usual May slot and will take place from May 17 to 28.
New in the range:
“The Otto Mountain”, Charlotte Vandermeersch and Félix Van Groeningen
“A Little Brother”, Leonor Serraile
“Torment on the Isles”, Albert Serra
“Don Juan”, Serge Bozon
“The Night of 12”, Dominik Moll
“Chronicle of a temporary liaison”, Emmanuel Mouret
“Rebel”, Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
In some perspective
“More Than Ever”, Emily Atef
“Mediterranean Fever”, Maha Haj
“The Blue of the Caftan”, Maryam Touzani
“Harka”, Lofty Nathan (first film)
Out of competition
“The Innocent”, Louis Garrell
“Mi Pias Imaginario”, Patricio Guzman (documentary)
“Vagabonds”, Doroteya Drumeva (first film)
“Feminist Riposte”, Marie Perennes, Simon Depardon (documentary, first film)
“Restos do Vento”, Tiago Guedes
“Little Nicolas What are we waiting for to be happy?” Amandine Fredon, Benjamin Massoubre (animation, first film)