Cannes 2019: Competition

Little Joe 

Jessica Hausner
Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a very special crimson flower, remarkable not only for its beauty but also for its therapeutic value: if kept at the ideal temperature, fed properly and spoken to regularly, this plant makes its owner happy. Against company policy, Alice takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. They christen it ‘Little Joe’ but as it grows, so too does Alice’s suspicion that her new creations may not be as harmless as their nickname suggests. Sales Agency: Coproduction Office (

Matthias & Maxime 

Xavier Dolan
Two childhood best friends are asked to share a kiss for the purposes of a student short film. Soon, a lingering doubt sets in, confronting both men with their preferences, threatening the brotherhood of their social circle, and, eventually, changing their lives. Sales Agency: Ruby Rondina, Seville International (

Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo 

Abdellatif Kechiche 
Intermezzo is the second part of a planned trilogy of epic duration: first part Mektoub, My Love Canto Uno — a three-hour story of young love and lust set in the summer of 1994 — premiered at Venice in 2017. Sales Agency: Pathé Films (

Roubaix, Une Lumière (Oh Mercy!) 

Arnaud Desplechin
Christmas night in Roubaix. Police chief Daoud roams the city in which he grew up. Burned-out cars, altercations… At the station, Louis Coterelle is the new arrival, fresh out of the academy. Daoud and Louis will be confronted with the murder of an old woman. Two young women are being questioned. Claude and Marie – destitute, alcoholic, lovers… Sales Agency: Antoine Guilhem, Wild Bunch (

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood 

Quentin Tarantino
TV star Rick Dalton and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. Sales Agency: Sony Pictures

Dolor y Gloria (Pain And Glory)

Pedro Almodovar
Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline, experiences a series of reencounters. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered. His childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity; the first desire; his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s and the pain of the breakup while this love was still alive and intense; writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable; the early discovery of cinema; and the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it and, in that need, he also finds his salvation. Sales Agency: FilmNation Entertainment (

Gisaengchung (Parasite)

Bong Joon Ho
Ki-taek’s family of four is close, but fully unemployed, with a bleak future ahead of them. The son Ki-woo is recommended by his friend, a student at a prestigious university, for a well-paid tutoring job, spawning hopes of a regular income. Carrying the expectations of all his family, Ki-woo heads to the Park family home for an interview. Arriving at the house of Mr. Park, the owner of a global IT firm, Ki-woo meets Yeon-kyo, the beautiful young lady of the house. But following this first meeting between the two families, an unstoppable string of mishaps lies in wait. Sales Agency: CJ Entertainment (

Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu (Portrait Of A Lady On Fire) 

Céline Sciamma
France, 1770. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day, to paint her secretly. Sales Agency: mk2 Films (


Justine Triet
Sibyl, a jaded psychotherapist, returns to her first passion: writing. But her newest patient Margot, a troubled up-and-coming actress, proves to be a source of inspiration that is far too tempting. Fascinated almost to the point of obsession, Sibyl becomes more and more involved in Margot’s tumultuous life, reviving volatile memories that bring her face to face with her past. Sales Agency: mk2 Films (

Sorry We Missed You 

Ken Loach
Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. It’s hard work, and his wife’s job as a carer is no easier. The family unit is strong but when both are pulled in different directions everything comes to breaking point. Sales Agency: Antoine Guilhem, Wild Bunch (

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Il Traditore (The Traitor) 

Marco Bellocchio
In the early 1980’s, an all out war rages between Sicilian mafia bosses over the heroin trade. Tommaso Buscetta, a made man, flees to hide out in Brazil. Back home, scores are being settled and Buscetta watches from afar as his sons and brother are killed in Palermo, knowing he may be next. Arrested and extradited to Italy by the Brazilian police, Buscetta makes a decision that will change everything for the Mafia: He decides to meet with Judge Giovanni Falcone and betray the eternal vow he made to the Cosa Nostra. Sales Agency: The Match Factory (

La Gomera (The Whistlers) 

Corneliu Porumboiu 
Cristi, a Romanian police officer who is a mafia whistleblower, is going to La Gomera Island to learn an ancestral whistling language. In Romania he is under police surveillance and by using this coded language he will continue to communicate with the mobsters to get Zsolt out of prison. Zsolt is the only one who knows where 30 millions of euros are hidden. Sales Agency: mk2 Films (

Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui (The Wild Goose Lake) 

Diao Yinan
A gang leader on the run seeking redemption… A girl in trouble risking everything to gain her freedom… Both hunted on the hidden shores of The Wild Goose Lake. They set a deadly gamble for what may be their last day. Sales Agency: Memento Films (

Le Jeune Ahmed (Young Ahmed) 

Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
In Belgium, today, the destiny of young Ahmed (13), caught between his imam’s ideals of purity and life’s temptations. Sales Agency: Antoine Guilhem, Wild Bunch (

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