What’s going down at the Cannes Film Festival 2024?

What’s going down at the Cannes Film Festival 2024?

by Robyn Pullen
4 min

Tomorrow, film snobs will some out of hibernation and all start talking about the same thing: Cannes. Last year, the Cannes Film Festival – the inaugural festival putting a spotlight on the world’s most anticipated movies – brought us standing ovations at “Anatomy of a Fall,” future Oscars at “Zone of Interest,” and walkouts at the first airing of “The Idol.” Scorsese premiered his already cult-followed film “Killers of the Flower Moon,” and Molly Manning Walker left us sobbing at “How to Have Sex.” So, what’s in store at Cannes 2024?

Whilst we come for the movies, the fashion in Cannes is iconic too. Historic fashion moments on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival have included Princess Diana’s Catherine Walker gown in 1987, Madonna’s Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra in 1991, and Amal Clooney’s Atelier Versace gown in 2016. 

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Every year, they show up and show out for the event, donning couture to sit in the dark and watch movies – although, it’s totally worth it. Last year, some of the standout looks in Cannes included Natalie Portman who wore archival Christian Dior, Jennie Kim on the red carpet in Shushu/Tong, and Elsa Hosk in an iconic off-kilter Victor & Rolf gown. 

The judges – the festival’s jury of experts who decide which movies will win awards – who always dress to impress, are headed up by Greta Gerwig this year, who’ll be joined by the likes Ebru Ceylon, Lily Gladstone, Omar Sy, Eva Green, Juan Antonio Bayona, and more. They’ve already decided one winner at Cannes 2024 (not unusual): Meryl Streep, who will receive the Palme d’Or, a prestigious award previously given to people including Harrison Ford and Jodie Foster, and movies such as “Parasite” and “Fahrenheit 9/11” in the past. 

But what can we expect from the big screens at the Cannes Film Festival this year? One to watch is A24, which has already acquired the rights to one movie pending its world premiere at Cannes, titled “Parthenope.” Written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, and starring Gary Oldman, the IMDB synopsis of this drama/fantasy movie reads: “Partenope is a woman who bears the name of her city. Is she a siren or a myth?” Well, that doesn’t give much away…

You should also expect to hear a lot about a movie dissecting the life of Donald Trump, directed by Ali Abbasi and starring Sebastian Stan as the man himself, as it’s anticipated to cause a stir not only because of its controversial protagonist but also because Abbasi has yet to settle that the film is satire.

Barry Keoghan is riding his post-Saltburn high into a new film called “Bird,” and although we’re excited to see him return to the screen in Cannes, he’s technically not the star of this one. The Andrea Arnold written and directed movie’s protagonist is actually newcomer Nykiya Adams who plays a 12-year-old living with her dad and brother in poverty.

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And last on our “must watch list” at the Cannes Film Festival 2024, nine years after “Mad Max: Fury Road” was revealed at the Cannes Film Festival, the Oscar-winning movie is getting a sequel. With director, George Miller, returning to direct “Furious: A Mad Max Saga,” fans of the original movie are anticipating big things from the franchise’s second instalment, featuring Anya Taylor-Joy who stars as a younger version of Charlize Theron’s character from the first movie. 

With all that in store, and undoubtedly some dark horses we don’t even know should be on our radar yet, make sure you keep an eye on Cannes this week as the fashion, film, and cultural moments start flooding in.

We know we will be, so hit up our socials channels to stay posted. 

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