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The Jury of the 76th Cannes film festival, unveiled!

The 2023 Jury © Ruben Östlund © Julien Lienard / Getty Images - Julia Ducournau © Stephane Cardinale – Corbis / Getty Images - Damián Szifron © Gabriel Machado - Rungano Nyoni © Gabriel Gauchet - Paul Dano © Jay L. Clendenin / Getty Images - Atiq Rahimi © Frédéric Stucin - Maryam Touzani © Lorenzo Salemi - Denis Ménochet © Sabine Villiard - Brie Larson © Randy Holmes / Getty Images

On February 28, Ruben Östlund was named President of the Jury. In this new edition which follows the 75th anniversary, the Festival de Cannes wishes to welcome a new generation of artists who direct, act, sing and write. Alongside the President who was twice awarded the Palme d’or, the Jury features Moroccan director Maryam Touzani, French actor Denis Ménochet, British-Zambian screenwriter & director Rungano Nyoni, American actress & director Brie Larson, American actor Paul Dano, Afghan author Atiq Rahimi, Argentinian director & screenwriter Damián Szifrón and French director Julia Ducournau who won the top prize in 2021.

 

The Jury will have the task of awarding the Palme d’or to one of the 21 films announced in the Competition. The awards will be revealed on May 27 at the Closing ceremony which will be broadcast live by France Télévisions in France and by Brut. internationally. It will be followed by the Festival’s Last Screening: Elemental, the animated film by Peter Sohn.

RUBEN ÖSTLUND President Director Sweden

After studying cinema in Gothenburg, he directed his first feature film, The Guitar Mongoloid, in 2004. On the edge of the documentary genre, the film describes the intersecting destinies of outcasts in a fictional city that closely resembles Gothenburg. Humor as a tool of sociological description is already apparent.
His next short film, Autobiographical Scene Number 6882, gathers all the ingredients of his future work, which are affirmed in Involuntary, a feature film selected at Un Certain Regard in 2008. Östlund positions the camera at a relevant distance to better observe human behavior: small weaknesses and major flaws caused by group dynamics are then dissected to the point of discomfort. His third feature film, Play, which was presented at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2011, describes harassment between youth gangs. When it was released in Sweden it gave rise to a major debate across Swedish society.
In Force Majeure, which was screened at Un Certain Regard in 2014, the situation takes on the aspect of an avalanche where a father prefers to take cover rather than save his wife and children: how can he accept the aftermath, in bad faith and in fear of losing face? Such is the issue that the director examines with ferocious acidity.
Ruben Östlund repeatedly explores a provocative dialectic which has become his signature: an initial situation sets the stage for a sociological examination where the baser instincts of our humanity are painstakingly and uncompromisingly examined with corrosive humor.
In 2017, in The Square, he tells the fictional story of an artistic experiment he conducted in his native country. The film addresses brilliantly the boundaries of public space, art and the animal aspects within ourselves. Finally, in 2022, Triangle of Sadness chronicles a cruise ship caught in a storm that reshuffles the cards of class struggle in Western societies in a nauseating hullabaloo.

MARYAM TOUZANI Director & screenwriter Marocco

Having begun her career as a film critic, Maryam Touzani soon desired to express her vision in a different way and stepped behind the camera to direct two noteworthy short films, Quand ils dorment and Aya va à la plage. She then collaborated on Nabil Ayouch’s Much Loved. In 2019, she directed her first feature film, Adam, selected for the Un Certain Regard at the Festival de Cannes and shortlisted for the Oscars. She then collaborated once again with Nabil Ayouch, with whom she co-wrote Razzia, a film in which she also starred, and Casablanca Beats, selected in Competition for the Festival de Cannes in 2021. She returned to the Festival as a director with the highly acclaimed The Blue Caftan (2022), selected for Un Certain Regard and shortlisted for the Oscars. She is currently working on her first novel and her next feature film.

DENIS MÉNOCHET Actor France

Denis Ménochet became known to the general public in the opening scene of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, in Competition at the Festival de Cannes in 2009. He continued his career with French and international directors including Ridley Scott (Robin Hood, 2010), Julie Delpy (Skylab, 2011), Rebecca Zlotowski (Grand Central, selected for Un Certain Regard 2013), Stephen Frears (The Program, 2015), Wes Anderson (The French Dispatch, in Competition at the Festival de Cannes 2021) and François Ozon, with whom he has collaborated three times (In the House in 2012, By the Grace of God in 2018, Peter Von Kant in 2022). Hailed by critics in Xavier Legrand’s Custody (2016), he recently won the Goya Award for Best Actor for Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s The Beasts, presented in Cannes last year. He is starring in the upcoming Beau Is Afraid, by the American director Ari Aster.

RUNGANO NYONI Screenwriter & director Zambia/United Kingdom

Born in Zambia, Rungano Nyoni grew up in Wales, studied at the University of the Arts of London and now lives in Lisbon. Acclaimed since her debut in 2009 with 20 Questions and The List, winner of a BAFTA Cymru Award, she carried on with Mwansa the Great (2011), nominated at the BAFTA. Then, she co-wrote the short film The Mass of Men, Golden Leopard at Locarno in 2012. Her film Listen (2014) received the Best Narrative Short Award at the Tribeca Festival. Her first feature I’m Not a Witch caused a sensation, questioning the difficulty of individuals to free themselves from rules and norms, however absurd they may be. The film, written at La Résidence du Festival de Cannes, was premiered in Cannes and won Nyoni the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut in 2018. She is currently editing her upcoming feature On Becoming a Guinea Fowl.

BRIE LARSON Actress, director & producer United States

Academy Award-winning actress for her role in Room, Brie Larson is known for making cinematic history as the star of Marvel’s first female-led superhero film, Captain Marvel, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck in 2019. In 2013, Brie Larson starred in Short Term 12, her first collaboration with D. Daniel Cretton. Her dramatic role as Grace earned her the Best Actress award at the Locarno Film Festival. In 2016, she did not only win the Oscar for her breakthrough performance in L. Abrahamson’s Room, but also the Golden Globe and the BAFTA . Larson has worked with top directors on esteemed films including J. Apatow’s Trainwreck, J. Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now, J. Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon, P. Lord & C. Miller’s 21 Jump Street, and E. Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. She appeared on stage at the prestigious Williamstown Theater Festival. Larson will be next seen starring in this year’s Fast XThe Marvels and Lessons in Chemistry.

PAUL DANO Actor, screenwriter & director United States

Internationally celebrated for portraying characters with complex motives and morals, Paul Dano has starred in many acclaimed films, since his debut at the age of 17 including Little Miss Sunshine by Johnathan Dayton & Valerie Faris (2006), There Will Be Blood by Paul Thomas Anderson (2007), Prisoners by Denis Villeneuve (2013), Twelve Years a Slave by Steve McQueen (2013), Oscar winner for Best Picture in 2014 and Love & Mercy by Bill Pohlad. In 2015, he was cast in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, in Festival de Cannes’ Competition, where he came back in 2017 with Okja by Bong Joon-ho. In 2018, Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife, has met with critical acclaim debuting at Sundance. Last year, Dano starred in the Spielberg’s Oscar nominated drama, The Fabelmans, and The Batman by Matt Reeves. Dano’s upcoming films include Craig Gillespie’s Dumb Money and Johan Renck’s Spaceman.

ATIQ RAHIMI Writer & director Afghanistan

Born in Kabul, Atiq Rahimi took refuge in France after the invasion of Afghanistan. He is an esteemed writer whose work is precious and important. Published in 2000, his first book, Earth and Ashes is adapted by himself for the screen in 2004 and selected to the Festival de Cannes’ Un Certain Regard the same year. Prix Goncourt in 2008 for his book Syngué Sabour, Pierre de patience, he’s serving up another book-to-screen adaptation in 2012, universally acclaimed by critics and audience.
Atiq Rahimi’s books have been translated into more than 20 languages, they are published in France at P.O.L editions. In 2011, it’s A Curse on Dostoevsky and in 2015, La Ballade du Calame. His most recent novel is Les Porteurs d’Eau. In 2019, he finished shooting his third fiction film in Rwanda, based on Scholastique Mukasonga’s novel Our Lady of the Nile. In 2022, he wrote the libretto Shirine for the Lyon Opera house. Blessed with a visual eye, he also invented and exhibits his callimorphie, art made of drawings and Persian & Japanese calligraphy.

DAMIÁN SZIFRÓN Director & writer Argentina

In 2014, his film Wild Tales, which he wrote and directed, made the Competition of the Official Selection bend with laughter before doing the same around the world, up to the Oscars. Damián Szifron is an Argentinian director and screenwriter. The film, produced by Pedro Almodóvar, won the BAFTA, the Goya, and more than 40 international prizes while becoming the most successful Argentinian film of all time. Among his previous works are his debut film The Bottom of the Sea (2003), On Probation (2005) and the multi-award winning TV series The Pretenders (2002) which was remade in many countries around the world and remains the most successful original TV series ever in Argentina. His new film, To Catch a Killer, an original thriller where he partnered with Shailene Woodley who plays the lead role, has just been successfully released worldwide in this spring of 2023.

JULIA DUCOURNAU Director & screenwriter France

Palme d’or awarded for Titane in 2021, Julia Ducournau has established herself on the front scene of cinema thanks to her powerful and somewhat disturbing works. Her unique approach of genre cinema enables her to transcend taboos. After graduating from La Fémis, where she studied screenwriting she presented in Cannes in 2011 her short film Junior, which won awards in many Festivals. Her first feature film, Raw, allowed her to gain international recognition: it was awarded the FIPRESCI prize in 2016 and was presented at La Semaine de la Critique, Toronto and Sundance Festivals. In 2020, she directed two episodes of the American series Servant, created by M. Night Shyalaman. In 2022 she directed two episodes of the Apple series The New Look featuring Juliette Binoche and Ben Mendelsohn, which is soon to be released. She is currently working on her own series in the US with A24 TV and her next feature film.

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The Official Selection of the 77th Cannes Film Festival unveiled!

Announcement of the Official Selection 2024 © Mathilde Petit / FDC
Announcement of the Official Selection 2024 © Mathilde Petit / FDC

The Official Selection for the 77th Festival de Cannes was unveiled on 11 April at 11a.m., during the annual meeting with the French and international press, in the presence of Iris Knobloch, President of the Festival de Cannes, and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate.

Discover the list of feature films selected in Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition, Midnight Screenings, Cannes Premiere and Special Screenings.

IN COMPETITION

Film d’ouverture

LE DEUXIÈME ACTE by Quentin DUPIEUX – Out of Competition
(THE SECOND ACT)

THE APPRENTICE by Ali ABBASI

MOTEL DESTINO by Karim AÏNOUZ

BIRD by Andrea ARNOLD

EMILIA PEREZ by Jacques AUDIARD

ANORA by Sean BAKER

MEGALOPOLIS by Francis Ford COPPOLA

THE SHROUDS by David CRONENBERG

THE SUBSTANCE by Coralie FARGEAT

GRAND TOUR by Miguel GOMES

MARCELLO MIO by Christophe HONORÉ

FENG LIU YI DAI by JIA Zhang-Ke
(CAUGHT BY THE TIDES)

ALL WE IMAGINE AS LIGHT by Payal KAPADIA

KINDS OF KINDNESS by Yórgos LÁNTHIMOS

L’AMOUR OUF by Gilles LELLOUCHE

DIAMANT BRUT by Agathe RIEDINGER |  1er film
(WILD DIAMOND)

OH CANADA by Paul SCHRADER

LIMONOV – THE BALLAD by Kirill SEREBRENNIKOV

PARTHENOPE by Paolo SORRENTINO

PIGEN MED NÅLEN by Magnus VON HORN
(THE GIRL WITH THE NEEDLE)

UN CERTAIN REGARD

NORAH  by Tawfik ALZAIDI

THE SHAMELESS  by Konstantin BOJANOV

LE ROYAUME by Julien COLONNA | 1st film

VINGT DIEUX ! by Louise COURVOISIER | 1st film

LE PROCÈS DU CHIEN by Laetitia DOSCH | 1st film
(WHO LET THE DOG BITE?)

GOU ZHEN by GUAN Hu
(BLACK DOG)

THE VILLAGE NEXT TO PARADISE by Mo HARAWE | 1st film

SEPTEMBER SAYS by Ariane LABED | 1st film

L’HISTOIRE DE SOULEYMANE by Boris LOJKINE

THE DAMNED by Roberto MINERVINI

ON BECOMING A GUINEA FOWL by Rungano NYONI

BOKU NO OHISAMA by Hiroshi OKUYAMA
(MY SUNSHINE)

SANTOSH by Sandhya SURI

VIET AND NAM by TRUONG Minh Quý

ARMAND by Halfdan ULLMANN TØNDEL | 1st film

OUT OF COMPETITION

SHE’S GOT NO NAME by CHAN Peter Ho-Sun

HORIZON, AN AMERICAN SAGA by Kevin COSTNER

RUMOURS by Evan JOHNSON, Galen JOHNSON, Guy MADDIN

FURIOSA : A MAD MAX SAGA by George MILLER

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS

TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIOR WALLED IN by Soi CHEANG

THE SURFER by Lorcan FINNEGAN

LES FEMMES AU BALCON by Noémie MERLANT
(THE BALCONETTES)

I, THE EXECUTIONER by RYOO Seung Wan

CANNES PREMIÈRE

EVERYBODY LOVES TOUDA by Nabil AYOUCH

C’EST PAS MOI by Leos CARAX                                                                 

EN FANFARE by Emmanuel COURCOL
(THE MATCHING BANG)

MISÉRICORDE by Alain GUIRAUDIE

LE ROMAN DE JIM by Arnaud LARRIEU and Jean-Marie LARRIEU

RENDEZ-VOUS AVEC POL POT by Rithy PANH

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

LE FIL by Daniel AUTEUIL

ERNEST COLE, LOST AND FOUND by Raoul PECK

THE INVASION  by Sergei LOZNITSA

APPRENDRE by Claire SIMON

LA BELLE DE GAZA by Yolande ZAUBERMAN

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77th edition, the Cannes film festival launches its Immersive Competition

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© FDC

Because there are now original works that are pushing the boundaries of storytelling, the Cannes film festival  will introduce a new competition, the “Immersive Competition” for its 77th edition.

 

In 2017, Alejandro González Iñárritu made history at the 70th edition of the Cannes film festival with his groundbreaking virtual reality piece, Carne y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible) marking the first immersive work ever presented as an official selection at a major film festival. Recognized for his pioneering vision, Iñárritu received a special Academy Award for the project and continues to be a prominent figure at the Cannes film festival (even serving as President of the Jury in 2019).

Seven years since its first immersive selection and in line with the Marché du Film’s commitment to exploring new technologies and art forms through its innovative-focused programs, the Cannes film festival is thrilled to announce the creation of the new Immersive Competition for its upcoming 77th edition. The competition aims to spotlight the next generation of international artists who are redefining storytelling and inventing new narrative-driven experiences that move beyond the traditional two-dimensional cinema screen.

With the support of the CNC (National Center for Cinema and the moving image), the competition will feature immersive, collective and interactive works that utilize virtual reality, augmented reality and other cutting-edge technologies to transcend conventional storytelling and transport audiences to other worlds, narratives and eras.

For its inaugural edition, a committee of industry experts and Cannes film festival representatives, under the supervision of the General Delegate of the Cannes film festival, will select eight immersive works in competition. Additionally, a curated selection of non-competitive works, illustrating the synergy between immersive experiences and cinema, will complement the program.

The selected works will be accessible to Cannes film festival and Marché du Film attendees throughout the Festival, from May 15 to 24. The works will be displayed in a 1300m2 exhibition space at the Cannes Cineum – the cinema complex of Cannes La Bocca – and the Georges Méliès Campus, a university institution dedicated to creative writing and film.

The in-competition works will compete for the Best Immersive Work prize. An international jury composed of notable figures from cinema and immersive art will present the award at a special closing ceremony, celebrating the creativity and innovation of immersive artists.

Alongside the Immersive Competition, the Marché du Film will continue to explore the commercial and technical aspects of the immersive sector through a lineup of conferences, expert panels, demonstrations and professional networking events.

In what promises to be already a significant year, the City of Cannes is also set to announce the launch of Cannes Immersive, patronised by artist Jean-Michel Jarre and supported by the CNC. This new program aims to position Cannes as a global hub for immersive creations and the emerging artistic domain of artificial intelligence (AI). Cannes Immersive will unfold through the launch of innovative events, strategically designed to elevate Cannes’ status as a premier destination for immersive cultural experiences, which will be seamlessly integrated into both existing and future Cannes events. Furthermore, it will establish a permanent immersive venue in Cannes, serving as a showcase for the most exceptional immersive creations, whether assisted or generated by AI.

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George Lucas, Honorary Palme d’or of the 77th Cannes Film Festival

George Lucas © JAKS Productions. All rights reserved
George Lucas © JAKS Productions. All rights reserved

A Hollywood legend, the director, screenwriter and producer George Lucas will receive the Honorary Palme d’or on Saturday, May 25, at the Closing Ceremony of the 77th Cannes film festival, to be broadcast live on French TV channel France 2.

 

At the mere mention of his name, a whole section of the Seventh Art lights up, and you can hear a few unforgettable music notes (by John Williams!). Inseparable from the Star Wars and Indiana Jones sagas, George Lucas has forever given the blockbusters an illustrious history, and audiences the world over unrivalled pleasure.

“The Festival de Cannes has always held a special place in my heart. I was surprised and elated when my first film, THX-1138, was selected to be shown in a new program for first time directors called the Directors’ Fortnight. Since then, I have returned to the festival on many occasions in a variety of capacities as a writer, director and producer. I am truly honored by this special recognition which means a great deal to me.”

George Lucas’ debut in the film industry was marked by his close collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola, who helped him produce THX 1138 (1971), adapted from one of his experimental short films made at the University of Southern California. From his very first feature, George Lucas staged the themes that are dear to him: science fiction to denounce a society of surveillance, using love to fight fate and conformity, and reversing moral values to challenge the role of good and evil.

With American Graffiti, an ode to American youth, George Lucas revealed Harrison Ford and directed his first major success which enabled him to embark on his ambitious saga.

A visionary intergalactic odyssey that reinvented the codes of cinematic genres as part of the New Hollywood movement, Star Wars is nothing short of mythology, a study that has fascinated George Lucas since his university days, in the construction of characters and plots and the breadth of its cultural reach. Like Tolkien in literature, he imagined a universe, with its geography, populations, languages, moral values and even its vehicles. This exceptional ambition, which initially frightened 20th Century Fox’s producers and led to a grueling post-production period, was nonetheless the recipe for unprecedented success: the film captivated the American crowds and became a worldwide socio-cultural phenomenon, which continues to this day.

In the space of 40 years, George Lucas built a Hollywood empire through the nine episodes of the saga — four of which he directed himself. With his company Lucasfilm and its many subsidiaries, acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2012, George Lucas touched on everything. His unflagging passion for technology made him one of the pioneers of the visual effects industry: he founded Industrial Light & Magic and helped develop many new visual technologies, including the computer-assisted camera. In sound, he contributed to the evolution of stereo through his company THX. He also founded the famous animation studio Pixar. Moreover, George Lucas is an outstanding producer: in addition to the three Star Wars trilogies, he is associated with the development of mythical films by other directors, from Akira Kurosawa’s Kagemusha to the Indiana Jones saga, which he created.

The Honorary Palme d’or will be presented to him on stage at the Grand Théâtre Lumière during the Closing Ceremony on Saturday May 25, 2024.

The Festival de Cannes is delighted to pay tribute to one of the greatest figures of contemporary cinema, a man with an extraordinary career, who brings together great entertainment and innovation, mythology and modernity and cinephilia and technology.

The Closing Ceremony of the 77th Festival de Cannes will be broadcast live on France Télévisions and Brut. on Saturday, May 25. Camille Cottin will serve as Master of Ceremony.

The 77th Festival de Cannes will take place from Tuesday May 14 to Saturday May 25, 2024.

The Official Selection will be unveiled on Thursday, April 11, 2024.

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