Cannes Film Festival

This year, the inimitable event on the Côte d’Azur will take place on the Croisette from 14-25 May. The 72nd edition of the International Film Festival, the world’s most prestigious film event, will be full of new films, new talents, and glamour – as always!

Every year in May, Cannes rolls out the red carpet to the biggest movie stars.

For this 72nd year, Mexican director, producer and screenwriter Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu will preside over the jury.

“Cinema flows in the veins of the planet and this festival is at the heart of it. Together with the jury, I will have the privilege of being the first spectator of the new films from our fellow filmmakers from all over the world. It’s a great responsibility that I accept with passion and dedication,” said the director when announcing his appointment.

19 films in competition

The president and his jury will have the difficult task of judging the 19 films in competition this year, among which are Sorry We Missed You by British director Ken Loach, Young Ahmed by the Dardenne brothers, and A Hidden Life of Terence Malick. Read the official selection here (External link) .

The ‘Un Certain Regard’ category will be chaired by Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, awarded the Jury Prize in 2018 for her film Capharnaüm.

Created on the initiative of Jean Zay – Minister of Fine Arts at the time – the first edition of the Cannes Film Festival took place on 20 September 1946.

From 1952 the festival became the annual rendez-vous of the cinema world, of which the rise of the steps at the Palais des Festival is symbolic.

A festival of reference, many famous directors have come to present their films here, including the likes of Fellini, Bergman, Buñuel, Coppola, Tarantino, Cronenberg and Lars von Trier.


Palais des festivals et des congrès de Cannes, 1 Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes
14-25 May 2019

Cannes Festival