Cannes Film Festival 2024

The 77^ Cannes Film Festival will occur on La Croisette at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès from May 14th to 25th.

The first time the possibility of a French film festival was considered, it was in 1938 when France, USA and UK decided not to participate in the Venice Film Festival, considered corrupted by the Nazi propaganda, at that time. Although armed with all the good intentions and initiative, it was only in the 1946 that the actual first Festival de Cannes took place. Today, it is a global international event, one of the most prestigious film gathering and a staple in the filmmaking industry.

Many years and editions have passed but the Festival remained true to its principles and its original message:

“The Festival aims to encourage the development of the cinematographic art in all its forms and to create and to foster a spirit of collaboration between all film-producing Countries.” [extract from the Festival regulations, 1948]

Following Italian actress Chiara Mastroianni, Camille Cottin will be this year Master of Ceremonies for the 77th Cannes Film Festival. Mrs. Cottin, renowned for acting in the original version of Call my Agent, became one of the French actresses most beloved by Hollywood directors, starring in several productions.

A year after the Barbie sensation, actress and director Greta Gerwig will be the jury president of the Cannes Film Festival, the first female American film-maker to ever have the honor.

“Cannes has always been the pinnacle of what the universal language of movies can be … I am stunned and thrilled and humbled to be serving as the president of the Cannes Film Festival jury. I cannot wait to see what journeys are in store for all of us!”[extract from Greta Gerwig, Jury President of the 77th Cannes Film Festival, Festival de Cannes official website, Press Area].

The Second Act (Le Deuxième Acte) by Quentin Dupieux will be the opening film of the Festival in the Out of Competition Official Selection category. Starring Léa Seydoux, Louis Garrel and Vincent Lindon, it is a surreal-comedy film in four acts that will be presented in World Premiere.

Other memorable events will be the return to the Festival of Francis Ford Coppola with Megalopolis, a dystopic science fiction written in the 80s and only recently produced, as well as Parthenope by Paolo Sorrentino, a life depiction of woman from 1950 until today.

Moreover, George Lucas, acclaimed Hollywood director and screenwriter, author of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones sagas, will receive the Palme d’Or for his careers in the film industry, on the closing night.

It is safe to say the 77th Edition of the Cannes Film Festival will be quite eventful, if not historic,  with the comeback of some of the most acclaimed and celebrated industry directors and film-makers, not to mention the debut of Greta Gerwig as the first American at the head of the Festival jury.

For any other information on the event, please visit the official website.

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