The 72nd edition of the Cannes International Film Festival takes place from Tuesday 14 May until Saturday 25 May. Twenty films co-financed by the European Union will be screened in various sections of the Cannes Film Festival and its parallel competitions: the Directors' Fortnight (La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) and La Semaine de la Critique.

6 MEDIA-supported films competing for the Palme d'Or

These films have been supported through the development, co-production and distribution schemes of the Creative Europe MEDIA programme, for a total amount of €1.5 million.

Cannes Film Festival official selection

Official Competition

The six MEDIA-supported films competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or are:

  • Pain and Glory by Pedro Almodóvar (Spain)
  • The Traitor by Marco Bellocchio (Italy)
  • Le Jeune Ahmed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne (Belgium)
  • Little Joe by Jessica Hausner (Austria, UK, Germany)
  • Sorry we missed you by Ken Loach (UK)
  • The whistlers by Corneliu Porumboiu (Romania, France, Germany)

 Un Certain Regard

Three films supported by MEDIA have been included in this category which showcases works that offer a unique, non-traditional perspective.

  • The swallows of Kabul by Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobé Mévellec (France, Luxembourg)
  • Port Authority by Danielle Lessovitz (France, US)
  • La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia by Lorenzo Mattotti (Italy, France)

Hors competition

  • Diego Maradona by Asif Kapadia (UK)

Cannes Classics Documentaries

  • Forman vs Forman by Helena Trestikova (Czech Republic, France)
  • La passione di Anna Magnani by Enrico Cerasuolo (Italy, France)

Directors' Fortnight 

Three MEDIA-supported films directed by emerging talents will be participating at the Directors' Fortnight of la Quinzaine des réalisateurs:

  • Huo Zhe Chang Zhe (To love To sing) by Johnny Ma (China, France)
  • The orphanage by Shahrbanoo Sadat (Danemark, Afghanistan, France, Luxembourg)
  • Tlamess by Ala Eddine Slim (Tunisia, France)

The full selection of Directors’Fortnight is available here.

Semaine de la critique

Finally, five films are part of the programme of La Semaine de la Critique, focusing on emerging talents:

  • Ceniza negra by Sofía Quirós Ubeda (Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, France)
  • HVÍTUR, HVÍTUR DAGUR (A white, white day) by Hlynur Pálmason (Iceland, Danemark, Sweden)
  • Vivarium by Lorcan Finnegan (Ireland, Belgium, Danemark)
  • Lucía en el limbo by Valentina Maurel (Belgium, France, Costa Rica)
  • Litigante by Franco Lolli (Colombia, France)

MEDIA films at the Cannes Film Festival

Throughout the years the Cannes Film Festival has acknowledged the quality of European filmmaking. Since 1991, the Creative Europe MEDIA programme has provided support to strengthen Europe’s audiovisual sector investing in European content, creativity and cultural diversity.  From Jacques Rivette's La belle noiseuse in 1991 to Ruben Östlund’s The Square in 2017, 43 films co-financed by MEDIA have been awarded Cannes Film Festival's top prizes: the Palme d'Or, the Grand Prix and the Prix de la mise en scène/Best Director.

MEDIA events at Cannes 2019

In addition to the supported films, the Creative Europe MEDIA will be present in Cannes to engage with the audiovisual industry through various discussions, roundtables and conferences as part of its ongoing dialogue with stakeholders.

In the context of the European Film Forum, the debate will address “A Europe of talents: empowering creativity”. The event will take place on Monday, 20 May from 3 to 5.30pm at the Salon des Ambassadeurs, in Palais des Festivals. All the information about the EFF can be found here.

What’s more, Creative Europe MEDIA has a full programme of showcases that will take place in its stand. Organised by thematic days, MEDIA will cover the challenges and trends of the audiovisual industry from Friday, 17 May until Wednesday, 22 May, with at least two showcases per day. Check the programme here.

#euFilmContest - The 10 winners in Cannes

The 10 winners of the EU Film Contest will be also present in Cannes from 17 to 19 May to learn more about European films and the audiovisual industry directly from professionals and experience the richness of European cinema. Meet them here.

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