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Cannes 2022: Rialto's favorite films.

Our head of program shares her favorite films of Cannes Film Festival 2022.

The annual prestigious Cannes Film Festival took place in Cannes from 17 to 28 May. Rialto was present as well. Our head of program watched dozens of films, and shares her favorites.


The debut of 34-year-old Scottish Charlotte Wells. The film was made under the banner of the production company of Barry Jenkins (Moonlight). A small story about a single father who spends a holiday under the sun with his daughter. The film portrays the relationship between father and daughter in an extremely moving way. Beautiful. With actor Paul Mescal - a name to remember.

Les Cinq Diables

A super cool, genre-bending film by Léa Mysius. A queer, witchy thriller that we will definitely be screening in Rialto. Starring Adèle Exarchopoulos (La vie d'Adèle) in the lead role.

Holy Spider

An Iranian crime-style film by Ali Abassi about a serial killer who preys on female drug-addicted prostitutes. He kills them by strangling them with their own headscarf, in order to purify the world from these women. Journalist Areezo Rahimi helps solve the case with her courage and perseverance. Actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi deservedly won the prize for Best Actress for that role. The film is an impressive indictment of global violence against women. On the red carpet in Cannes, a protest took place in which women carried a banner with the names of all the women who have been murdered in France in the past year.

Triangle of Sadness

In this black comedy by Ruben Östlund (The Square) we travel on a boat trip for the super rich that completely derails and ends on a desert island. The film is a pamphlet against current (Western) society, disrupts, raises questions and is above all incredibly funny. The film was the big winner of the Golden Palm.


A film by Marie Kreutzer about Empress Sissi, her loneliness, her anger and her (repressed) passions. A must see: beautifully made and a feast for the eyes. Vicky Kriens takes on the role of the world-famous empress.

Plus que jamais

In this film by Emily Atef - again starring Vicky Kriens - a young woman finds her way after learning that she is seriously ill. A very gripping story that will probably make you weep. This film is also the last film with the French actor Gaspard Ulliel, who died in January.