Cannes 2019 Lineup Includes ‘Rocketman’, New Films from Terrence Malick and Bong Joon Ho

     April 18, 2019


The initial 2019 Cannes Film Festival lineup has been revealed. While more titles may be added at a later date, this first burst of films is quite promising, including new work from Terrence Malick (his German-language wartime drama A Hidden Life), Jim Jarmusch (the zombie satire The Dead Don’t Die), Bong Joon ho (Parasite), and Pedro Almodovar (Pain and Glory). The most high-profile debut currently set is director Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John biopic Rocketman, while Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is not yet ready—although festival director Thierry Frémaux noted during his press conference that he hopes the film will be ready in time to premiere, and there are still several films under consideration.

13 of the 19 films announced today are directed by women, including four in competition—an improvement over last year’s male-dominated lineup. Those include the animated feature The Swallos of Kabul from directors Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobé Mévellec, director Jessica Hausner sci-fi film Little Joe, and Mati Diop’s narrative debut Atlantics.


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Also of note, Nicolas Winding Refn will be showcasing episodes four and five from his upcoming Amazon series Too Old to Die Young, starring Miles Teller, and French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan returns with Matthias and Maxime.

Nowhere to be seen are Netflix titles like The Laundromat or The Irishman, the latter of which is not yet completed. We learned earlier this year that while Netflix and Fremaux have been taking place, the streaming service wouldn’t be coming to Cannes this year in the wake of last year’s last-minute shakeup that forced Netflix to pull Roma out of the lineup.

Check out the 2019 Cannes Film Festival lineup 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), pictured

“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)


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“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), pictured 


“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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