In Competition at Cannes 2024

The moment many filmmakers from around the world have been waiting for is here as the Official Selection of the 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival has been announced.

Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis is In Competition

Decades in the making, Francis Ford Coppola’s long-awaited epic ‘Megalopolis’ will grace the Côte d’Azur with a Gala screening scheduled for Friday, May 17th. Self-funded by the master of cinema, with a reported budget of $120 million, the epic sci-fi thriller ‘Megaopolis’ centers on the destruction of a utopian society struggling with adapting to future global circumstances. Frances Ford Coppola brough together a cast of massive talent that includes Adam Driver as an ambitious architect and Giancarlo Esposito as a greedy mayor alongside a dynamic ensemble that includes Aubrey Plaza, Shia LaBeouf, Grace Vanderwaal, Jon Voight, Jason Schwartzman, Chloe Fineman, Kathryn Hunter, Laurence Fishburne, Dustin Hoffman, D.B. Sweeney, Baily Ives, and James Remar.

Yorgos Lanthimos ‘Kinds of Kindness’ with Emma Stone

Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Parthenope’ starring Gary Oldman is one of three films from Italy In Competition alongside Grand Tour by Miguel Gomes, and ‘Marcello Mio’ the upcoming 2024 French-Italian comedy film written and directed by Christophe Honoré.

A notable mention to Agathe Riedinger who enters the competition with her feature debut ‘Diamant brut’ (‘Wild Diamond’). Another young wild card in the mix is ‘All We Imagine as Light’, the upcoming 2024 film and the debut feature of film director Payal Kapadia. After winning the Golden Eye award for best documentary film at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, Payal Kapadia

Hollywood legend of screenwriting Paul Schrader will present ‘Oh Canada’ with a cast that includes Uma Thurman, Jacob Elordi, and Richard Gere who Paul Schrader worked with on ‘American Gigolo’. And speaking of Canadian, David Cronenberg returns to the Croissette with ‘The Shrouds’.

Jacques Audiard’s ‘Emilia Perez’

Jacques Audiard’s ‘Emilia Perez’ is an upcoming musical crime comedy film starring Karla Sofía Gascón, Selena Gomez, Zoe Saldaña, and Édgar Ramírez. Another musical comedy that will be gracing La Croisette is L’AMOUR OUF by Gilles LELLOUCHE

Karim Aïnouz returns to Cannes with ‘Motel Destino’, an erotic thriller of a love story that takes place in the Directors home country of Brazil. Karim Aïnouz brought ‘Firebrand’ to Cannes in 2023 with Jude Law. Hélène Louvart is the cinematographer of ‘Motel Destino’.

Andrea Arnold’s ‘Bird,’ starring Barry Keoghan and Franz Rogowski is distributed by A24. Andrea Arnold is another favorite of Cannes Film Festival, winning the Jury Prize multiple times.

Anora is an upcoming American drama film directed by Sean Baker, and is starring Mikey Madison. The road for Sean Baker to being In Competition included a stop at The Directors Fortnight in 2017 with his film ‘The Florida Project.

Caught by the Tides is an upcoming 2024 Chinese drama film directed by Jia Zhangke. 

LIMONOV – THE BALLAD by Kirill Serebrennikov EREBRENNIKOV is based on Emmanuel Carrère’s 2011 book Limonov

Ali Abbasi takes hold of the Trump narrative with The Apprentice, and the story of how a young Donald Trump started his real estate business in 1970s and 80s New York with the helping hand of infamous lawyer Roy Cohn.

The Girl With the Needle by Magnus Von Horn tells the story of A young pregnant factory worker takes on the job of a wet-nurse for a charismatic woman in order to escape poverty. Under the fake storefront of a candy shop, the woman runs a hidden adoption agency, helping poor mothers find foster homes for their unwanted infants. The Girl with the NeedleDirected by Magnus von Horn.

And finally In Competition we have ‘The Substance’ directed by Coralie Faraget. Starring Demi Moore, Margaret Qualley and Dennis Quaid. This clever synopsis is as follows.

You, only better in every way. 
You should try this new product, it’s called The Substance. 
With the Substance, you can generate another you: younger, more beautiful, more perfect. 
You just have to share time – one week for one, one week for the other.  
A perfect balance of seven days each…
Easy right?
If you respect the balance…what could possibly go wrong?

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