Alongside Cannes mainstays, fresh faces try to stand out

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival will feature zombies, Elton John, Quentin Tarantino’s latest and the first black woman in competition for the festival’s top honor, the Palme d’Or.

This year’s edition of the French Riviera extravagance begins Tuesday with the premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy “The Dead Don’t Die.” Also on tap is Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, and the Elton John biopic “Rocketman.”

Many Cannes regulars will be in competition, including Terrence Malick, Pedro Almódovar and Ken Loach. But part of this year’s excitement is in the new faces, like Mati Diop. The French-born filmmaker is the first black woman director in Cannes’ main slate. She says this year marks “a turning point” for the festival.

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