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  • Writer's pictureJameson Farn

Official Selection for the 2024 Cannes Film Festival Unveiled

The 2024 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection has been unveiled, showcasing a diverse blend of emerging global talents and renowned Hollywood figures.

Scheduled from Tuesday, May 14th to Saturday, May 25th, the 77th installment of the legendary Cannes Film Festival promises to uphold its reputation as one of the premier and most eagerly awaited events of the year.

The 2024 rendition will be notable for appointing the inaugural American female President of the Jury. Greta Gerwig, the 40-year-old director of "Barbie," will also be one of the youngest presidents in the esteemed event's history. It's been nearly six decades since someone as youthful as 31-year-old Sophia Loren assumed this prestigious position back in 1966.

Mega-director George Lucas, aged 79, famed for creating the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, has been named as the recipient of an honorary Palme d’Or. The prestigious award will be bestowed upon him during the Festival's closing ceremonies on Saturday, May 25th.

This year's event will welcome back familiar faces, including actor-director Kevin Costner, presenting his latest cinematic endeavor, a western titled "Horizon: An American Saga." The ensemble cast features Costner alongside talents such as Sienna Miller, Abby Lee, and Jamie Campbell.

"I couldn't imagine a more fitting venue than the Cannes Film Festival to unveil the culmination of such a magnificent journey," Costner remarks.

The iconic Mad Max series will make its mark at Cannes, as George Miller unveils his latest film, "Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga," featuring a star-studded cast including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Burke, and Anya Taylor-Joy.

The opening film of the Festival comes from the imaginative mind of French filmmaker and DJ Quentin Dupieux: "The Second Act." While not included in the list of competition entries, it's poised to become one of the year's standout French-language comedy successes. Starring Léa Seydoux and Vincent Lindon, it promises to captivate audiences with its unique charm.

Drawing considerable anticipation with its world premiere is Ali Abbasi’s "The Apprentice," a fictionalized biopic shedding light on Donald Trump’s real estate endeavors during the 1970s and 1980s. Sebastian Stan steps into the shoes of the man himself, while Jeremy Strong portrays Trump’s infamous lawyer and fixer, Roy Cohn. The film is a notable inclusion in the official In Competition selection.

Among the array of titles vying for recognition in the competition are Magnus von Horn’s "The Girl with the Needle"; Karim Aïnouz’s "Motel Destino"; Jia Zhang-Ke’s "Caught by the Tides"; "Bird" by Andrea Arnold; "Emilia Perez" by Jacques Audiard; Sean Baker’s "Anora"; Francis Ford Coppola’s "Megalopolis"; "The Shrouds" by David Cronenberg; "The Substance" by Coralie Fargeat; Miguel Gomes’ "Grand Tour"; Christophe Honoré's "Marcello Mio"; "All We Imagine as Light" by Payal Kapadia; Yórgos Lánthimos’s "Kinds of Kindness"; "L’Amour Ouf" by Gilles Lellouche; Agathe Riedinger’s "Wild Diamond"; Paul Schrader’s "Oh Canada"; Kirill Serebrennikov’s "Limonov – The Ballad"; and "Parthenope" from Paolo Sorrentino.

The Un Certain Regard category has narrowed down its selection to 15 films, with six of them marking the directors' debut feature-length productions. These include Julien Colonna’s "Le Royaume"; Louise Courvoisier’s "Vingt Deux !"; Laetitia Dosch’s "Dog on Trial"; "The Village Next to Paradise" by Mo Harawe; Ariane Labed’s "September Says"; and "Armand" by Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel.

For more details about the films both in and out of competition, click here.


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