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  • Writer's pictureJameson Farn

Cannes Film Festival: Free Films at Cinéma de la Plage

The 2024 Cannes Film Festival features nightly open-air screenings showcasing iconic classics from French and international cinema, as well as premieres of French and global films. From May 14th to May 25th, audiences can enjoy a curated selection of movies at the Cinéma de la Plage, the festival's outdoor theater.Cinéma de la Plage offers a nightly event that is accessible to everyone, whether accredited or not, making it the epitome of inclusivity at the Cannes Festival. Attendees can come dressed in a glamorous gala suit or opt for a more casual attire of jeans and sneakers, ensuring that all are welcome to enjoy the cinematic experience by the sea. Featuring a colossal cinema screen set up on Macé Beach, beside the Mediterranean Sea and the Palais des Festivals, the outdoor film screenings cater to the general public. Whether you're a regular attendee lounging on a deckchair or simply strolling along the renowned Croisette, everyone is invited to partake in this cinematic experience. All can relish in this assortment of beloved, high-quality films, presented in restored editions or as previews ahead of their theatrical debuts for certain titles.

In addition to the contemporary films "Transmitzvah" by Daniel Burman will be shown, and "My way" by Lisa Azuelos and Thierry Teston (which recounts the birth of the legendary song, at the edge of a swimming pool in private mansion by Claude François). Along with the animated films “Silex and the city” by Jul, taken from his comic book series with the voices of Guillaume Gallienne, Clément Sibony and Léa Drucker.And “Slocum et moi” by Jean-François Laguionie. We can once again watch one of the classics "After Hours" by Martin Scorsese (1985), and “Phantom of the Paradise” by Brian de Palma (1974) or, the equally entertaining, “Operation Condor” by Jackie Chan (1991). 

It will also be an opportunity to rediscover Hayao Miyazaki's somewhat forgotten masterpiece "Porco Rosso" (1992). 

Also available to watch, "Exils" with Romain Duris, Lubna Azabal in the film by Tony Gatlif (2004) and, "Indigènes", about forgotten soldiers of the first French army recruited in Africa by Rachid Bouchareb (2006).

More offbeat, the film "The Nine Queens" by Fabian Bielinsky (2000) will immerse the beach in the world of Argentine burglars.

This event offers free admission, with screenings starting at 21:30. Space is limited though, so it's advisable to arrive early if you wish to secure a deck chair and blanket, or alternatively, you can bring your own beach towel.

More information can be found on the Cannes Film Festival website.


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