With a massive lineup of festival veterans, high-profile Indie titles, and a curiosity-peaking Genre Fare, Cannes & Top Gun is again

With a massive lineup of festival veterans, high-profile Indie titles, and a curiosity-peaking Genre ...

Despite the fact that David Lynch had already used wild rumors that he would be attending with a top-secret project (reportedly featuring Laura Dern), many observers watching the 75th edition of the festival on Thursday were still patiently waiting for artistic director Thierry Fremaux to work his way through the alphabet to arrive at the Ls.

While Lynch's name wasn't declared out, the films and directors that were should be able to demonstrate Cannes' credentials as the world's premiere film festival returns to full form following a quieter, pushback event in 2021 and non-existent 2020.

Several festival veterans and previous Palme d'Or winners, a very decent selection of A-list indie titles, a substantial selection of interesting genre fare out, and as was already known at least one major tentpole all in all this. In all these scenes, there's the kind of Hollywood star-power that should see the crowds and cameras return in force.

While a return to form is likely to be celebrated by the industry as it begins searching for appropriate Riviera attire, it's not always something to be hailed. Cannes' pursuits for gender parity (aa pledge was signed in 2018) have dropped again, with just three female films in the main competition out of 18 titles, down from four last year.

James Gray (Armageddon Time), Claire Denis (Decision to Leave), Ruben stlund (Triangle of Sadness), Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Tori and Lokita), Hirokazu Kore-eda (Broker), Kelly Reichardt (Showing Up), the Dardennes and Kore-eda also among the previous Palme winners. Reichardt from this impressive selection of writers has kept several especially Cronenberg and Cron

With the Un Certain Regard preview, Anil Abbasi gets the nomination for the 2018 Film, including Justice, with the title "Un Certain Regard," while Lukas Dhont joins the cast of "Butterfly Vision," allowing for more production, while Arna McCoy, who plays the role in the film, has established a new cast. Chie Hayakawa (Plan 75), Lise Akoka, and Romane Gueret, Saim Sadiq, Lola Qui

All of this isn't without forgetting the two major films previously announced in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis and, arguably the hottest ticket in town, Tom Cruise's return to the skies for Top Gun: Maverick.

Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, Tom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Lea Seydoux, Miles Teller, Viggo Mortensen, Margaret Qualley, and Song Kang-ho, Woody Harrelson, and Tilda Swinton are some of the stars who should be hitting the red carpet, as well as Cruise.

Due to COVID-19 and the timing of its various iterations and mutations, Thursday's announcement even without Lynch shows one clear sign: Cannes is coming back.

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was a very late entrant to the 2019 edition. Who is wondering what might happen?

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