Cannes Film Festival lineup 2019: Full list of films includes Malick, Almodovar and more, but women still underrepresented

The 2019 Cannes Film Festival announced its official lineup of films on Thursday, April 18. The 72nd annual event is one of the most prestigious showcases for films from around the world, and this year’s selections include familiar festival names like Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodovar, Ken Loach and the Dardenne brothers. But what about women? Last year, 82 women, including Cannes jury president Cate Blanchett, protested the fest’s gender inequality. Women are better represented in 2019, but is it enough? Scroll down for the full list of titles.

There are 13 films from female directors scheduled for the festival, but only four out of the 19 films in competition for the Palme d’Or (21%) are by women: “Atlantics” by Mati Diop, “Little Joe” by Jessica Hausner, “Portrait of a Young Lady on Fire” by Celine Sciamma and “Sibyl” by Justine Triet. Despite making up less than a quarter of the competition, that actually ties the festival’s 2011 record for the most women up for the top prize.

That’s still better than the Oscars, though. This year, none of the Best Picture nominees were helmed by women, and there were no female nominees up for Best Director. Clearly there’s still a long way to go before the industry at large achieves anything close to gender parity.

But American films will be well represented on the Croissette. The only two US films in competition are Malick’s “A Hidden Life” and Jim Jarmusch‘s “The Dead Don’t Die,” the latter of which will open the festival on May 14. But other American productions will be screened, including “Tommaso” by Abel Ferrara, “Too Old to Die Young” by Nicolas Winding Refn and “Port Authority” by Danielle Lessovitz.

Might we see future Oscar contenders among this slate of films? Maybe, but maybe not. Though the summer/fall festivals like Toronto, Venice and Telluride are usually awards season launchpads, there’s less overlap between the Cannes winners and the Academy Awards. In the 21st century so far, only three Palme d’Or winners have also been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars: “The Pianist” (2002), “The Tree of Life” (2011) and “Amour” (2012).

But there will be an Oscar winner deciding who takes top honors at this year’s fest: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Birdman,” “The Revenant”) will be this year’s jury president. The event will run from May 14 to May 25. Who do you think this year’s top contenders are? Check out the list below.


“The Dead Don’t Die” (Jim Jarmusch)


“Atlantics” (Mati Diop)
“Bacarau” (Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles)
“Frankie” (Ira Sachs)
“A Hidden Life” (Terrence Malick)
“It Must Be Heaven” (Elia Suleiman)
“Les Misérables” (Ladj Ly)
“Little Joe” (Jessica Hausner)
“Matthias and Maxime” (Xavier Dolan)
“Oh Mercy!” (Arnaud Desplechin)
“Pain and Glory” OR “Dolor y Gloria” (Pedro Almodóvar)
“Parasite” OR “Gisaengchung” (Bong Joon Ho)
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” OR “Portrait de la jeune fille en feu” (Céline Sciamma)
“Sibyl” (Justine Triet)
“Sorry We Missed You” (Ken Loach)
“The Traitor” OR “Il Traditore” (Marco Bellocchio)
“The Whistlers” OR “La Gomera” (Corneliu Porumboiu)
“The Wild Goose Lake” OR “Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui” (Diao Yinan)
“The Young Ahmed” (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne)


“Adam” (Maryam Touzani)
“Beanpole” OR “Dylda” (Kantemir Balagov)
“A Brother’s Love” (Monia Chokri)
“Bull” (Annie Silverstein)
“The Climb” (Michael Covino)
“Evge” (Nariman Aliev)
“Freedom” OR “Liberté” (Albert Serra)
“Invisible Life” OR “Vida Invisivel” (Karim Aïnouz)
“Joan of Arc” OR “Jeanne” (Bruno Dumont)
“Chambre 212” OR “Room 212” (Christophe Honoré)
“Papicha” (Mounia Meddour)
“Port Authority” (Danielle Lessovitz)
“Summer of Changsha” OR “Liu Yu Tian” (Zu Feng)
“The Swallows of Kabul” (Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobé Mévellec)
“A Sun That Never Sets” OR “O Que Arde” (Olivier Laxe)
“Zhuo Ren Mi Mi” (Midi Z)


“The Best Years of a Life” (Claude Lelouch)
“Diego Maradona” (Asif Kapadia)
“La Belle Époque” (Nicolas Bedos)
“Rocketman” (Dexter Fletcher)
“Too Old to Die Young – North of Hollywood, West of Hell” (Nicolas Winding Refn)


“The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil” (Lee Won-Tae)


“Family Romance, LLC.” (Werner Herzog)
“For Sama” (Waad Al Kateab, Edward Watts)
“Que Sea Ley” (Juan Solanas)
“Share” (Pippa Bianco)
“To Be Alive and Know It” OR “Être vivant et le savoir” (Alain Cavalier)
“Tommaso” (Abel Ferrara)

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