Cannes 2024

Cannes 2024: Coppola, Miller, Costner Films Lead Star-Studded Line-Up

The 77th Cannes Film Festival has unveiled a dazzling line-up for its 2024 edition, featuring new films from acclaimed directors Francis Ford Coppola, George Miller, and Kevin Costner.

The festival, set to run from May 14-25, will open with Quentin Dupieux’s comedy “Le Deuxième Acte” starring Léa Seydoux and Vincent Lindon.

The most anticipated title is undoubtedly Coppola’s epic “Megalopolis,” which will premiere in competition.

The film, Coppola’s first since 2011’s “Twixt,” boasts an all-star cast including Adam Driver, Aubrey Plaza, Laurence Fishburne, and Dustin Hoffman.

Coppola has invested over $120 million of his own money into this passion project.

George Miller’s “Furiosa,” a prequel to his hit “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and Kevin Costner’s Western saga “Horizon” are also generating buzz.

Other notable titles include Steve McQueen’s “Blitz,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Poor Things” starring Emma Stone, and Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Hand of God”.

In a major announcement, George Lucas will receive an Honorary Palme d’Or at the closing ceremony on May 25. Lucas’ first film, the sci-fi “THX 1138,” premiered at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 1971.

The Festival de Cannes has held a special place in my heart since my first film,” Lucas said in a statement.

The festival continues its push for gender parity, with a record six female directors in competition. These include Alice Rohrwacher, Jessica Hausner, and Catherine Breillat.

Festival director Thierry Frémaux hailed this as a sign of positive change in the industry.

Frémaux also addressed the ongoing tensions with Netflix, expressing his wish for the streamer to return to Cannes.

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We miss David Fincher. We want him to be back in our world,” Frémaux said, calling Fincher “one of the most important filmmakers in recent decades“.

Netflix has been absent from Cannes since 2017 due to the festival’s rule requiring competition films to have a French theatrical release.

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The festival is implementing COVID-19 safety measures, including requesting attendees to wear masks and encouraging testing, though proof of vaccination will not be required. Organizers are determined to stage a successful in-person event after two years of disruptions.

With a star-studded line-up, a celebration of George Lucas, and a continued commitment to discovering new voices, Cannes 2024 promises to be an exciting return to form for the world’s most prestigious film festival. As always, all eyes will be on the Croisette this May.

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