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Cannes Film Festival

Everything you need to know about the film world’s most famous festival in 2019

By Time Out editors

This year’s festival says ‘bonjour’ and ‘ça fait longtemps’ to some old friends: Quentin Tarantino is back 25 years after picking up a Palme d’Or for ‘Pulp Fiction’; Ken Loach has a film to share with the world; Terrence Malick has returned from a mini-break to show off his latest; and Elton John, who famously filmed his video for ‘I’m Still Standing’ in Cannes, may just make an appearance in the town when Dexter Fletcher’s film about him – ‘Rocketman’ – is premiered.

After last year’s #MeToo protest on the red carpet and some Netflix shenanigans, Cannes is likely to see further heated debate over its representation of female filmmakers and its relevance in the modern world of streaming. Make no mistake: it’s still the place to be for 11 straight days of movie heaven.  

This year, the jury to award the festival’s big prize, the Palme d’Or, is headed by Alejandro González Iñárritu of ‘The Revenant’ and ‘Birdman’ fame. The list of contenders is filled with heavyweights, but who will prevail? Find out on May 25.

Here’s the full list of films screening at Cannes 2019 in contention for the Palme d’Or, updated with Time Out reviews as soon as we've seen them.

The 72st Cannes Film Festival runs from Tuesday May 14 to Saturday May 25.

The 2019 Palme d’Or contenders

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