Is everything normal now? The Cannes Film Festival is getting ready to celebrate.

This year's Cannes will be the 75th anniversary of the festival . The festival began as a war product .

After the 2020 edition was cancelled due to the pandemic and the 2021 one was slashed, the extravagant French Riviera cinema soiree is set to return to Cannes, a very special version of normal, where formal attire and film merge for 12 days in sun-dappled splendor, stopwatch-timed standing ovations last for minutes, and director names like Kore-eda and Denis are listened to with skepticism.Cannes has endured as a maximalist spectacle that puts world cinema and Cote d'Azur glamour in the spotlight since its first festival, held in 1946, on the heels of World War II.This year is the 75th anniversary of Cannes, says Ruben stlund, who returns this year with the social satire Triangle of Sadness, a sequel to his Palme dOr-winning 2017 film The Square.It's a great place if you're a filmmaker.According to stlund, you get the attention of the cinema world.

Hopefully, they're talking about your film.This year's Cannes, which will premiere Michel Hazanavicius zombie movie Z on Tuesday, will feature not just the late ebbs of the pandemic and the rising tide of streaming, but also the largest war Europe has seen since WWII.The festival, which began as a war product, was initially scheduled to take place in France as a French competitor to the Venice Film Festival, which Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler had started ingratiating.This year, Cannes will again vibrate with the echoes of a not-so-far-away conflict.

Several films from well-known Ukrainian filmmakers are scheduled to premiere, including Sergei Loznitsas' The Natural History of Destruction.Mantas Kvedaraviius, a Lithuanian filmmaker who was killed in Mariupol in April, will be joined by his fiance, Hanna Bilobrova.At the same time, Cannes will have more Hollywood star wattage than it has for three years.The pandemic-delayed Top Gun by Joseph Kosinski will be shown shortly before it opens in theaters.According to Kosinski, every director's dream is to go to Cannes one day, walking the carpet and sitting for a rare, career-spanning interview.

Austin Butler and Tom Hanks will play Baz Luhrmann's splashy Elvis.George Miller, who last appeared in Cannes with Mad Max: Fury Road, will work with Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton to create his fantasy epic Three Thousand Years of Longing.Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind, a documentary about a rock n roll legend made from archive footage, will be Ethan Coen's first film without his brother Joel.Also out: James Grays Armageddon Time, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale starring Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway, and Jeremy Strong, will be released in New York.

Vincent Lindon, a French actor, is the head of this year's jury.Julia Ducournaus' explosive Titane, starring Lindon, was the second female filmmaker to win the Cannes top prize at the Cannes Festival this year.This year, there are five films made by women in competition for the Palme, a record for Cannes but a low number when compared to other international festivals.This years lineup includes Hirokazu Kore-eda (Broker), Christian Mungius (RMN), and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes (Tori and Lokita).

Last year's light-on-crowds edition included masking inside theaters and regular It also starred in some of the year's most popular movies, including the best picture-nominated Drive My Car, The Worst Person in the World, and A Hero.Cannes is still a recognized venue for the finest in cinema, but it is also prone to criticism of representation.The same amount of partying that characterized Harvey Weinstein's time at the festival isn't likely to diminish anytime soon.Concerns about COVID-19 arent over.

Few non-streaming companies have the funds for extravagant gatherings.The audience will return to Cannes, but to what degree?According to Tom Bernard, co-founder of Pictures Classic and a longtime Cannes fan, the festival will be different than ever before.Are they going to have parties?

Is it better to go there and just try to ignore stuff?Mernard has discovered that some practices in the Cannes market, where film distribution rights are purchased and sold, are still virtual.According to him, initial meet-and-greets with vendors, in which executives and producers frequently hop between hotels along the Croisette, took place largely on Zoom before the festival.Deal-making has become more focused.

Bernard believes it is a reshuffle of a classic event that has always been the same in every respect.Despite continuing technological shifts, the routine, I think, will change.One thing that can be relied on with ironclad certainty at Cannes is the frequent and ardent threats to the big screen.Some films, such as stlunds, which stars Woody Harrelson, will aim to cross the various film worlds that exist in Cannes.