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Festival de Cannes

Festival de Cannes: The Official Selection of the 77th Edition

todayApril 11, 2024

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A Glittering Showcase of Cinematic Excellence: The 77th Festival de Cannes

The Festival de Cannes, renowned for its glitz, glamour, and celebration of cinematic excellence, is gearing up for its 77th edition with an enticing official selection that promises to captivate audiences worldwide. From May 14th to May 25th, the French Riviera will again become the epicentre of the film world as filmmakers, actors, and cinephiles converge to revel in the magic of the silver screen.

A Star-Studded Competition

This year’s official competition at the Festival de Cannes presents a rich tapestry of cinematic delights featuring seasoned filmmakers and emerging talents. Among the standout entries is “Megalopolis” by Francis Ford Coppola, marking his return to Cannes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first Palme d’Or win. With a sprawling epic narrative and an ensemble cast led by Adam Driver, the film promises to showcase Coppola’s legendary storytelling prowess.

Jacques Audiard, known for his emotionally resonant dramas, presents “Emilia Perez,”  combining music, mystery, and intrigue.

David Cronenberg, the master of body horror, brings “The Shrouds” to Cannes, a chilling thriller starring Vincent Cassel and Diane Kruger. With his signature blend of visceral storytelling and thought-provoking themes, Cronenberg is set to deliver another riveting cinematic experience.

Following the success of “Poor Things,” Yorgos Lanthimos returns to the Festival de Cannes with “Kinds of Kindness,” a stylized three-part story set in the present. Featuring an ensemble cast including Emma Stone, Joe Alwyn, Jesse Plemons, and Willem Dafoe, Lanthimos’ film offers a unique and thought-provoking exploration of human relationships.

These films represent a glimpse into the diverse and captivating selection of entries in this year’s official competition at the Festival de Cannes. With their compelling narratives, stellar performances, and innovative storytelling techniques, they exemplify the festival’s commitment to celebrating cinematic excellence and artistic innovation.

New Voices and Perspectives

Amidst the stalwarts of cinema, the Cannes lineup also spotlights emerging talents making their mark on the international stage.

Among the debut features, Agathe Riedinger‘s “Wild Diamond” emerges as a poignant coming-of-age tale, delving into the complexities of adolescence in a digital era. Payal Kapadia, with her inaugural narrative feature “All We Imagine as Light,” crafts a lyrical exploration of love and longing against the backdrop of India. Meanwhile, Coralie Fargeat takes a daring leap into the horror genre with “The Substance,” injecting a female-powered narrative that challenges traditional conventions.

Ali Abbasi, whose previous film “Holy Spider” garnered acclaim at Cannes, presents “The Apprentice,” a riveting biopic exploring Donald Trump’s early years. This provides a unique lens through which to view one of modern history’s most polarizing figures. Karim Aïnouz transports audiences to Saudi Arabia with “Motel Destino,” a poignant reflection on love and loss set against the vast desert landscape.

Directors like Riedinger, Kapadia, and Abbasi offer nuanced reflections on contemporary society in these films, inviting audiences to engage with themes of identity, empathy, and societal change.

Jeremy Strong and Sebastian Stan in a scene of "The Apprentice" by Ali Abbasi
Jeremy Strong and Sebastian Stan in a scene of “The Apprentice” by Ali Abbasi

A Daydreaming Red Carpet

Anticipation runs high as we eagerly await this year’s Montées des Marches at the Festival de Cannes. This year’s lineup includes iconic figures like Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, who bring a sense of cinematic history with Coppola’s “Megalopolis” and Lucas receiving an Honorary Palme d’Or.

Hollywood heavyweights such as George Miller and Paul Schrader add further star power to the festival, with highly anticipated films like Miller’s “Furiosa,” featuring Anya Taylor-Joy and Liam Hemsworth, and Paul Schrader‘s “Oh Canada,” featuring renowned actors like Jacob Elordi, Uma Thurman, and Richard Gere.

The Festival de Cannes will also feature established stars like Nicolas Cage in the Midnight Screening’s “The Surfer” by Lorcan Finnegan, Gary Oldman in Paolo Sorrentino‘s “Parthenope,” Catherine Deneuve and Fabrice Luchini in “Marcello Mio” by Christophe Honoré.

In addition to Sebastian Stan, who takes on the challenging role of portraying a young Donald Trump in the already mentioned Ali Abbasi‘s “The Apprentice,” stars like Margaret Qualley and Demi Moore, protagonists of Coralie Fargeat‘s “The Substance,” will probably walk on the red carpet.

The festival also spotlights actors-turned-directors, such as Laetitia Dosch and Noémie Merlant, whose films bring fresh perspectives and creative storytelling to the screen.

The Official Selection

  • In Competition
    • Opening Film: Le Deuxième Acte by Quentin Dupieux (Out of Competition)
    • The Apprentice by Ali Abbasi
    • Motel Destino by Karim Aïnouz
    • Bird by Andrea Arnold
    • Emilia Perez by Jacques Audiard
    • Anora by Sean Baker
    • Megalopolis by Francis Ford Coppola
    • The Shrouds by David Cronenberg
    • The Substance by Coralie Fargeat
    • Grand Tour by Miguel Gomes
    • Marcello Mio by Christophe Honoré
    • Feng Liu Yi Dai by Jia Zhang-Ke (Caught by the Tides)
    • All We Imagine as Light by Payal Kapadia
    • Kinds of Kindness by Yórgos Lánthimos
    • L’Amour Ouf by Gilles Lellouche
    • Diamant Brut by Agathe Riedinger (Wild Diamond)
    • Oh Canada by Paul Schrader
    • Limonov – The Ballad by Kirill Serebrennikov
    • Parthenope by Paolo Sorrentino
    • Pigen Med Nålen by Magnus Von Horn (The Girl with the Needle)

      Limonov – The Ballad by Kirill Serebrennikov
      Limonov – The Ballad by Kirill Serebrennikov
  • Un Certain Regard
    • Norah by Tawfik Alzaidi
    • The Shameless by Konstantin Bojanov
    • Le Royaume by Julien Colonna
    • Vingt Dieux! by Louise Courvoisier
    • Le Procès du Chien by Laetitia Dosch (Who Let the Dog Bite?)
    • Gou Zhen by Guan Hu (Black Dog)
    • The Village Next to Paradise by Mo Harawe
    • September Says by Ariane Labed
    • L’Histoire de Souleymane by Boris Lojkine
    • The Damned by Roberto Minervini
    • On Becoming a Guinea Fowl by Rungano Nyoni
    • Boku No Ohisama by Hiroshi Okuyama (My Sunshine)
    • Santosh by Sandhya Suri
    • Viet and Nam by Truong Minh Quý
    • Armand by Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel
  • Out of Competition
    • She’s Got No Name by Chan Peter Ho-Sun
    • Horizon, An American Saga by Kevin Costner
    • Rumours by Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, Guy Maddin
    • Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga by George Miller
  • Midnight Screenings
    • Twilight of the Warrior Walled In by Soi Cheang
    • The Surfer by Lorcan Finnegan
    • Les Femmes au Balcon by Noémie Merlant (The Balconettes)
    • I, the Executioner by Ryoo Seung Wan

      Nicolas Cage in a scene of The Surfer by Lorcan Finnegan
      Nicolas Cage in a scene of The Surfer by Lorcan Finnegan
  • Cannes Premiere
    • Everybody Loves Touda by Nabil Ayouch
    • C’est Pas Moi by Leos Carax
    • En Fanfare by Emmanuel Courcol (The Matching Bang)
    • Miséricorde by Alain Guiraudie
    • Le Roman de Jim by Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu
    • Rendez-vous avec Pol Pot by Rithy Panh
  • Special Screenings
    • Le Fil by Daniel Auteuil
    • Ernest Cole, Lost and Found by Raoul Peck
    • The Invasion by Sergei Loznitsa
    • Apprendre by Claire Simon
    • La Belle de Gaza by Yolande Zauberman

Written by: Federica Scarpa



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