Cannes Film Festival 2024 Preview

The 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is set to dazzle audiences from May 14 to May 25, 2024. The event will unfold at the iconic Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes, France.

Cannes Film Festival 2024 Preview

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The Cannes Film Festival will kick off with the screening of “The Second Act,” directed by Quentin Dupieux. This is the beginning of a 12-day extravaganza filled with screenings, red carpet events, and more.

The grand finale will take place on May 25, featuring the closing ceremony where the winners of the competition will be revealed.

Filmmaker and actress Greta Gerwig is set to lead the jury in selecting the victors from 22 films competing for recognition.

Entries in this year’s competition include “All We Imagine As Light” by Indian director Payal Kapdia, marking the first Indian film to contend for the prestigious Palm d’Or in three decades.

Competing alongside are acclaimed works such as Francis Ford Coppola’s “Megalopolis,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Kinds Of Kindness,” and Paul Schrader’s “Oh, Canada.”

For cinephiles unable to attend the event in person, exclusive coverage of the Cannes Film Festival 2024 will be available for streaming.

France Télévisions will provide live telecast of the event within France, while international audiences can tune in via Brut.

The Cannes Film Festival’s official YouTube channel and website will offer live streams of red carpet events, photocalls, press conferences, and more.

The Cannes red carpet is synonymous with glamour and prestige attracting A-list celebrities and film personalities from around the world.

This year, luminaries such as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sobhita Dhulipala, and Aditi Rao Hydari are set to grace the event.

Since its inception in 1946, the Cannes Film Festival has been a beacon of excellence in the world of cinema.

It serves as a platform for filmmakers, actors, producers, and industry professionals to showcase their work, connect with peers, and celebrate the art of filmmaking. Over the years, Cannes has become synonymous with cinematic innovation and artistic expression.

The heart of the festival lies in its diverse selection of films, ranging from independent productions to international cinema.

The prestigious competition awards coveted prizes such as the Palme d’Or, Best Director Prize, Jury Prize, and more, recognizing excellence in filmmaking.

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Top 10 Films in the Cannes Festival 2024

  1. The Apprentice
    • Director: Ali Abbasi
    • Countries: Canada, Ireland, Denmark
    • Synopsis: Sebastian Stan stars as a young Donald Trump in this film exploring corruption and deception in 1970s New York. With a Faustian deal at its core and cast including Jeremy Strong, Abbasi’s first English-language feature promises to make waves at Cannes.
  2. Anora
    • Director: Sean Baker
    • Country: US
    • Synopsis: Baker, known for his storytelling, brings us a tale of love, as a young sex worker from Brooklyn navigates an unexpected marriage to the son of a Russian oligarch. With a cast of relative unknowns led by Yuriy Borisov.
  3. Caught By The Tides
    • Director: Jia Zhangke
    • Country: China
    • Synopsis: Jia Zhangke returns to Cannes with a romantic epic shot over 23 years, following a woman’s quest to find her lover after his mysterious disappearance. With Zhao Tao leading the cast, “Caught By The Tides” promises audiences with its organic storytelling and breathtaking visuals.
  4. Emilia Perez
    • Director: Jacques Audiard
    • Country: France
    • Synopsis: Jacques Audiard delivers a Mexico-set musical melodrama about a cartel boss undergoing gender affirmation surgery to escape the criminal underworld. With cast including Karla Sofía Gascón, Zoe Saldaña, Édgar Ramírez, and Selena Gomez.
  5. The Shrouds
    • Director: David Cronenberg
    • Countries: Canada, France
    • Synopsis: Vincent Cassel stars in Cronenberg’s latest venture into body horror, portraying a grieving widower who creates a controversial technology to communicate with the dead. With personal resonance for the director and a trademark blend of horror and introspection.
  6. The Substance
    • Director: Coralie Fargeat
    • Countries: UK, US
    • Synopsis: Demi Moore, Margaret Qualley, and Dennis Quaid headline Fargeat’s gore-filled tale, drawing comparisons to Julia Ducournau’s “Titane.” With feminist themes and a penchant for visceral storytelling.
  7. Bird
    • Director: Andrea Arnold
    • Country: UK
    • Synopsis: Andrea Arnold teams up with Barry Keoghan and Franz Rogowski to explore the fringes of UK society in this tale of familial discord and longing. With newcomer Nykiya Adams making her mark.
  8. Kinds Of Kindness
    • Director: Yórgos Lanthimos
    • Countries: UK, US
    • Synopsis: Lanthimos reunites with Emma Stone for an anthology picture described as a “triptych fable,” promising surrealism, dark comedy, and existential exploration. With a great cast and Lanthimos’ penchant for the unconventional.
  9. Megalopolis
    • Director: Francis Ford Coppola
    • Country: US
    • Synopsis: Francis Ford Coppola returns to Cannes with a self-funded epic starring Adam Driver as an architect with a grand vision for post-apocalyptic New York City. With influences ranging from H.G. Wells to the Roman Empire.
  10. The Seed Of The Sacred Fig
    • Director: Mohammad Rasoulof
    • Countries: Iran, France
    • Synopsis: Rasoulof’s first Cannes Competition entry is in controversy, as the director faces imprisonment in Iran for his outspoken critiques of the regime.

In addition to these top contenders, Cannes 2024 also has a lineup of Out of Competition and side section films. From George Miller’s return to the Mad Max franchise with “Furiosa” to Quentin Dupieux’s meta-comedy “The Second Act,” there’s something for every cinephile to enjoy.

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