Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Binoche or Catherine Deneuve: who will be on the red carpet? The organizers of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival will present on Thursday the list of films and stars that will meet on the Croisette from 14 to 25 May.
The selection will be announced from 11am in Paris (0900 GMT) during a press conference in the presence of festival president Pierre Lescure and his delegate general in charge of the selection, Thierry Frémaux.
Twenty films from around the world will compete for the Palme d'Or – to be awarded by a jury presided over by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu – alongside films shown outside the competition, special sessions or the parallel section Some look.
A film of the competition is already known: the one that will open, "The dead do not die" Jim Jarmusch, with Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton and a horde of zombies led by Iggy Pop and Tom Waits.
Until the last moment, forecasts are multiplying to try to guess which other films will be retained, out of about 1,8000 presented each year.
With or without Tarantino? This is one of the big questions while the American director is waiting "Once upon a time in Hollywood" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, one of the most anticipated films of 2019, revisiting Los Angeles 1969 through the story of a television star and his cover.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the director's ninth film to be screened on May 21, the 25th anniversary of the Cannes presentation of "Pulp Fiction".
From Delon to Elton John
Other names of star directors are mentioned. Pedro Almodovar, president of the jury in 2017, would be back with "Pain and Glory", centered on a melancholic director incarnated by Antonio Banderas.
Quebec's Xavier Dolan could once again hit the red carpet with "Matias and Maxime", three years after winning the Grand Prix of "Just the end of the world"and Terrence Malick could be in dispute with "A hidden life", eight years after his Palm of Gold to "The life tree".
British veteran Ken Loach, twice crowned by the Palme d'Or, could be there to "Sorry, we missed you.", about a modest couple trying to survive in some way, and the Dardenne brothers, already with two membranes too, could be back "Ahmed", about the radicalization of a teenager.
Hirokazu Kore-Eda of Japan, Palme d'Or from last year to "A family affair", it would be expected that "The truth", his film filmed in Paris with Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke.
In France, Arnaud Desplechin would be in line with "Roubaix, a light", as well as Guillaume Nicloux for "It's Extra" with Gérard Depardieu and Michel Houellebecq. Or several directors, including Céline Sciamma "Portrait of the girl on fire", Justine Triet for "Sibyl", Rebecca Zlotowski for "An easy girl" or Lucie Borleteau for "Sweet Song".
As for the stars, the Festival has already announced that a Palme d'Or will be awarded to Alain Delon, 83, for "His magnificent presence in the history of the seventh art", with more than 80 films to its credit, "Rocco and his brothers" and The cheetah scored by Luchino Visconti.
In addition to Iggy Pop and Tom Waits, another singer might be in the spotlight, but this time out of competition: Elton John, whose biopic "Rocketman", directed by the British Dexter Fletcher and Taron Egerton, is announced on May 16 in his presence, according to a statement from its producers at Variety.
Some also bet on the out-of-competition presentation of the "A man and a woman" Claude Lelouch, "The most beautiful years", with Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant.