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The Dardenne Brothers Return to Cannes!

Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate, and Pierre Lescure, President of the Cannes Film Festival, announced the films in the Official Selection on Thursday 14 April. The new film by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Tori et Lokita, will feature in the competition.

The 75th Festival, set to take place from 17 to 28 May, will mark the return of the Dardenne Brothers on the Croisette. It will be their ninth film to feature in the competition. Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, let us not forget, have already won no fewer than 2 Palmes d'or: in 1999 with Rosetta and in 2005 with L'Enfant.

In Belgium today, a young boy and a teenage girl who have travelled alone from Africa pit their invincible friendship against the trials of their life in exile.

The film is produced by Les Films du Fleuve, with the support of the Cinema and Audiovisual Centre of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Wallimage, and the Tax Shelter of the Federal Government of Belgium. Tori et Lokita has also benefit the support of broadcasters RTBF and BeTV.

Sold internationally by Wild Bunch, the film will be distributed in Belgium by Cinéart and in France by Diaphana.

We draw attention to a further film in the competition line-up, supported by the Cinema and Audiovisual Centre of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation: Close de Lukas Dont, co-produced by Versus production.

In 2018, Lukas Dont presented his first film Girl in the Un Certain Regard section, which saw him carrying off the Camera d’or.

In the Cannes Premiere section will discover the new feature film by greek director Panos Koutras, Dodo, co-produced by par Tarantula.

The Midnight Screening section will feature Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah's latest feature, Rebel, produced by Beluga Tree.

In the section Un certain regard, will be presented the Belgian-Moroccan co-production, Le bleu du caftan by Maryam Touzani, co-produced by Velvet Films.

Finally, we greet production companies from Wallonia-Brussels that are credited with two selected films: Les Films du Fleuve (R.M.N by Cristian Mungiu) in the competition line-up and Frakas Productions (All the people I’ll never be by Davy Chou) and Wrong Men (Harka by Lotfy Nathan) at Un Certain Regard.

After two years impacted by the pandemic, this 2022 edition of the Cannes Film Festival is highly anticipated. As the must-attend meeting of the international world of cinema, the festival and its Marché du Film are set to celebrate the return of thousands of professionals from across the globe. As regards the Festival’s sidebars selections, these will be announced in the coming days.


Tori and Lokita

Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Feature film / Fiction


Panos H.Koutras

Feature film / Fiction


Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah

Feature film / Fiction