Three Prestigious Australian Films Line Up at Cannes Film Festival 2022
Seasoned and Established Australian filmmakers continue to showcase their talent internationally. From Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last year to Cannes Film Festival 2022.
Festival de Cannes (also known as Cannes Film Festival) is the most popular and largest film festival in the world. Taking place from May 17 to 28, 2022, it aims to celebrate and promote the cinema industry worldwide by showcasing top quality films.
This includes Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis and Dr George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing in the Out of Competition category and Thomas M Wright’s The Stranger in the Un Certain Regard.
Out of Competition showcases historically significant films whilst Un Certain Regard features works with a unique aim and aesthetic, that relay a strong impact on audiences all over the world.
Australian director, screenwriter, and producer Baz Luhrmann is back again at Festival de Cannes to present Elvis, his latest film shot in Queensland.
An established household name, Baz has seen previous success at the festival with the award-winning Moulin Rouge! and his film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Both films were shown at the premieres in 2001 and 2013, respectively.
Elvis will be featured in the Out of Competition category this year. It delves into the late legend and King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley’s life and music, from his complicated relationship with his manager to how he achieved success in the industry.
Starring Austin Butler, best known for Switched at Birth, cultural icon Tom Hanks, and Australian stars Olivia DeJonge and Richard Roxburgh, Elvis will also be released in Australia on 23 June 2022.
Three Thousand Years of Longing
Prestigious filmmaker and Cannes regular Dr George Miller returns with a fantasy romance, Three Thousand Years of Longing. He is well known for his work on the Mad Max series and award-winning films Babe and Happy Feet.
In addition, his incredible Mad Max Fury Road premiered at Cannes in 2015, and he presided over the jury at the 69th festival in 2016.
Three Thousand Years of Longing revolves around Dr Alithea Binnie, played by Tilda Swinton, and a Djinn, played by Idris Elba, best known for his role in the HBO series The Wire.
In exchange for his freedom, Djinn grants Dr Alithea three wishes. But, as a narrative scholar who has heard all the stories about wishes gone wrong, Dr Alithea declines.
As a result, Djinn shares his previous fantastical stories as a means of pleading his case. After a while, Dr Alithea becomes enchanted and makes a wish that surprises them both.
“A superb cast and crew brought the best of themselves to the crafting of this movie. It’s a lovely thing that its first showing will be at that magnificent theatre on the Croisette at Cannes,” says Dr Gerge Miller.
Director and Writer Thomas M Wright shows off his skills and passion for his craft again in the second feature and crime thriller, The Stranger. It is selected to premiere in Un Certain Regard, starring Sean Harris and Joel Edgerton.
Sean joined the Mission: Impossible series as Solomon Lane, a recurring antagonist in all the movie parts, whilst Joel appeared in Star Wars films and is best known for The Secret Life of Us TV series.
This movie is about a friendship that sparks between two strangers, Henry and Mark. It is like a dream come true for Henry as Mark becomes his saviour and ally.
However, neither of them is the person they expected to be. Each has secrets that threaten to destroy them – and in the background, one of the country’s largest police operations is closing in.
To know more about the official selection of films, click here.
And visit this page for the full list of Australian titles featured at the Festival de Cannes.
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