Cannes 2024 | Programme additions

April 11th, 2024
Author: Meredith Taylor

Thierry Fremaux, festival director, has unveiled the long-awaited line-up for this year’s 77th edition of The Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25)

The competition includes a glittering selection of world premieres from David Cronenberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Jacques Audiard, Andrea Arnold, Yórgos Lánthimos, Paul Schrader and Paolo Sorrentino including the long-awaited latest outings from auteurs Leos Carax, Ali Abbasi, Alain Guiraudie, Jia Zhang-Ke and Miguel Gomes.

The Festival opens on the 14th May with Quentin Dupieux’s The Second Act (out of competition) with festival president Greta Gerwig leading the festival jury who will decide the winner of this Year’s Palme d’Or.



Megalopolis – Francis Ford Coppola

An architect wants to rebuild New York City as a utopia following a devastating disaster in this Sci-fi epic starring Adam Driver, Aubrey Plaza, Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight (image above)

The Apprentice – Ali Abbasi (above) copyright Apprentice Productions Ontario Inc.

A dive into the underbelly of the American empire that charts a young Donald Trump’s ascent to power during the 1970s through a Faustian deal with the influential right-wing lawyer and political fixer Roy Cohn.

Motel Destino – Karim Ainouz

The Brazilian Algerian director is back in Cannes a year after The Firebrand with a love story between a man and a woman struggling against their demons.

Bird – Andrea Arnold (above)

Following her Cannes 2021 triumph Cow, Arnold returns to her native Kent for this male-centric family story starring Franz Rogowski in the title role alongside Barry Keoghan.

Emilia Perez, Jacques Audiard (below)

Mexican drug carte thriller with – you guessed it – a trans twist.

Anora – Sean Baker (above)

Mikey Madison stars in this comedy about a sex worker in New York and Las Vegas

The Shrouds – David Cronenberg (above)

The Canadian ‘Baron of Blood’s eagerly awaited return stars Vincent Cassel and Diane Kruger in a sci-fi adventure that follows a grieving widower’s attempts to contact the dead.

The Substance – Coralie Fargeat (Qualley – above)

The Revenge director’s latest is simply billed as ‘a horror story’ and stars Margaret Qualley, Dennis Quaid and Demi Moore.

Grand Tour – Miguel Gomes (above)

A man desperate to leave his fiancée on their wedding day in Rangoon, 1917, flees across Asia with his bemused ‘ex’ in tow

Marcello Mio – Christophe Honoré

Chiaro Mastroianni takes on the guise of her father Roberto – right down to the last detail – in this curious but inspired drama that also stars her mother Catherine Deneuve, Fabrice Luchini, Melvil Poupaud and English funnyman Hugh Skinner. (image below)

Caught By The Tides – Jia Zhang-Ke (below)

All We Imagine As Light  Payal Kapadia

Kapadia returns to Cannes after winning the The Golden Eye for his feature-length debut A Night of Knowing Nothing (2021).

Kinds Of Kindness – Yórgos Lánthimos (below)

Three characters cross paths in the Greek auteur’s follow-up to Oscar- winning Poor Things that once again stars Emma Stone and Willem Dafoe, along with Jesse Plemmons and Margaret Qualley.

L’amour Ouf  – Gilles Lellouche (below)

Beating Hearts follows star-crossed lovers Francois Civil and Adele Exarchopoulos from different sides of the track: Audrey Diwan co-writes with three others (ouf!) based on a novel by Neville Thompson.

Wild Diamond – Agathe Riedinger (below)

This feature debut from the French director centres on tempestuous teen Liane, 19, who lives with her family in Frejus, Côte d’Azur and is hellbent on stardom when she lands an audition for TV show Miracle Island.

Oh Canada  Paul Schrader (below)

Great to see this much underrated director, and writer of cult classics Taxi Driver, American Gigolo and Raging Bull in the competition line-up with a drama about one of sixty thousand Canadians who refused to fight in Vietnam. Richard Gere stars alongside Uma Thurman.

Limonov – The Ballad, Kirill Serebrennikov (below)

Ben Wishaw stars in this drama, co-written by Oscar winning Pawel Pawlikovski, about the maverick Soviet poet Eduard Limonov.


Parthenope – Paolo Sorrentino (below)

Another gorgeously lensed drama from the Italian auteur that centres on a woman: is she a siren or a myth? Gary Oldman, Stefania Sandrelli and Luisa Ranieri star.

The Girl With The Needle – Magnus Von Horn (below)

Sweat, his feature debut, was an assured piece of filmmaking. Here the Swedish director dives back in to the past for a female centric “fairytale about a horrible truth” starring Trine Dyrholm.

THE SEED OF THE SACRED FIG (below) Mohammad Rasoulof – According to a press agent, Rasoulof has apparently escaped Iran without permission in order to be in Cannes for the screening of his competition hopeful, and asks the international community for ‘effective support”.


Another Second World War tale told in animation. Voiced by the late Jean-Louis Trintignant, along with Gregory Gadebois and Denis Podalydes, follows the story of French Jewish family deported to Auschwitz. During the journey the father throws one of his kids out the train where he’s discovered in the snow and taken in by a childless Polish couple. (below).


The Romanian director and actor won the Heart of Sarajevo (2017) for his feature debut Meda.


The Second Act – Quentin Dupieux
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga – George Miller
Horizon – An American Saga, Kevin Costner
She’s Got No Name – Peter Chan
Rumours, Evan Johnson – Galen Johnson, Guy Maddin


Twilight Of The Warrior Walled In – Soi Cheang
I, The Executioner  Seung Wan Ryoo
The Surfer  Lorcan Finnegan
The Balconettes – Noémie Merlant


Miséricorde – Alain Guiraudie
C’est Pas Moi  Leos Carax
Everybody Loves Touda  Nabil Ayouch
The Matching Bang  Emmanuel Courcol
Rendez-Vous Avec Pol Pot – Rithy Panh
Le Roman de Jim, Arnaud Larrieu – Jean-Marie Larrieu


La Belle De Gaza – Yolande Zauberman (documentary)
Apprendre – Claire Simon
The Invasion – Sergei Loznitsa
Ernest Cole, Lost And Found –  Raoul Peck
Le Fil – Daniel Auteuil


Norah – Tawfik Alzaidi
The Shameless – Konstantin Bojanov
Le Royaume – Julien Colonna
Vingt Dieux! – Louise Courvoisier
Who Let The Dog Bite?– Lætitia Dosch
Black Dog – Guan Hu
The Village Next To Paradise – Mo Harawe
September Says – Ariane Labed (below)

L’histoire De Souleymane – Boris Lojkine
The Damned – Roberto Minervini
On Becoming A Guinea Fowl – Rungano Nyoni
My Sunshine – Hiroshi Okuyama
Santosh – Sandhya Suri
Viet And Nam – Truong Minh Quý
Armand – Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel




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