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Festival de Cannes announces 2024 full lineup

The anticipation has reached a fever pitch, and finally, the curtain has been lifted! The prestigious Festival de Cannes has unveiled its complete lineup for 2024 on Thursday, April 11. At a press conference, Film Festival Director Thierry Frémaux and President Iris Knobloch announced this year's selection of films throughout the various sections from Competition to Un Certain Regard.

From May 14 to May 25, the 77th Cannes film festival will take place on the Côte d'Azur. A few films have already been confirmed to participate. Francis Ford Coppola's independently funded epic film "Megalopolis" has already screened in the US for an elite group of people, sparking great admiration and conjecture over which film distributor would be willing to take on Coppola's avant-garde vision. Coppola has already won two Palme d'Or awards for "The Conversation" and "Apocalypse Now," and it was already known that "Megalopolis" will have a Competition premiere, qualifying Coppola for the Palme once more, before Thursday's lineup release. At the film festival's closing ceremony, George Lucas, a friend of Coppola's, will be awarded the Honorary Palme d'Or.

Frémaux has officially unveiled 19 of the 22 films that will be in competition this year, with more announcements to come. Yorgos Lanthimos, Andrea Arnold, David Cronenberg, Ali Abbasi, Sean Baker, Jia Zhangke, Paul Schrader, and Paolo Sorrentino are among the filmmakers competing this year. The prequel to George Miller's 2015 Cannes premiere "Mad Max: Fury Road," "Furiosa," is also scheduled to screen outside of competition at the film festival. Stars from the movie, including Chris Hemsworth and Anya Taylor-Joy, will be present at the Grand Théâtre Lumière for a few glamorous red carpet moments. As promised, the film festival expanded its selection of titles on April 22. Among them is Mohammad Rasoulof's "The Seed of the Sacred Fig," which is currently up for competition. The Iranian film director's  anti-establishment political beliefs prevented him from traveling outside of his nation to serve on the Un Certain Regard jury in Cannes last year. It's uncertain if he will be able to make it in person. He was condemned to a two-year ban from leaving Iran in 2023 for opposing government-led brutality against protestors in 2022. Rasoulof's works usually screen in Un Certain Regard or have their Berlin premieres; this is his first time participating in the main Competition.

In the Special Film Screenings, Oliver Stone will premiere his documentaryLula,” about Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who was incarcerated in 2018 before later returning to power.

Arnaud Desplechin, a frequent participant at Cannes, has also added "Spectateurs" to the Special Film Screenings section. A Desplechin film is always guaranteed at Cannes, even though his most recent picture, "Brother and Sister," debuted in the official Competition in 2022.

This year’s Cannes follows a banner 2023 edition that featured the premieres of three films that went on to win best-picture nominations at the Academy Awards: Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon”; Jonathan Glazer’sThe Zone of Interest”; and Justine Triet’s Palme d’Or winner “Anatomy of a Fall.”

Anatomy of a Fall” was only the third film directed by a woman to win the Palme. This year, there are four female filmmakers in competition. Fremaux said he may add further selections in the coming weeks.

Cannes had already lined up a few notable world premieres playing out of competition including George Miller’s “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” and Kevin Costner’s “Horizon, An American Saga.” George Lucas is set to received an honorary Palme d’Or at the closing ceremony. The film festival will kick off May 14 with the French comedy “The Second Act,” starring Léa Seydoux and Vincent Lindon. Greta Gerwig, coming off the success of “Barbie,” is heading the jury that will decide the Palme d’Or.

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