10 Must-See Movies at the Festival

The 77th Cannes Film Festival is poised to serve up a feast for movie lovers, together with new motion pictures from celebrated administrators similar to Yorgos Lanthimos and Paolo Sorrentino, in addition to dwelling legends like Francis Ford Coppola, David Cronenberg and George Miller.

Lanthimos will convey Poor Things follow-up Sorts of Kindness to the Cannes competitors. The Greek auteur’s newest, that includes the Oscar-winning Poor Issues star Emma Stone, alongside Jesse Plemons and Willem Dafoe, can be excessive on each Cannes attendee’s must-see listing. Sorrentino’s Parthenope, the Italian director’s tenth characteristic, will even premiere in competitors on the Croisette.

In the meantime, Coppola will unveil the highly anticipated Megalopolis, starring Adam Driver, Shia LaBeouf, and Aubrey Plaza, in the competition lineup, while Canada’s Cronenberg returns with The Shrouds, a horror thriller with Vincent Cassel, Diane Kruger and Guy Pearce.

And among the Hollywood highlights at Cannes this year is Miller’s Max Max: Fury Road prequel Furiosa, starring Anya Taylor-Pleasure, which is screening out of competitors.

However there may be lots extra within the Cannes 2024 lineup to excite movie buffs. Here’s a have a look at a few of the must-see titles on the pageant.


Sean Baker made a splash within the Administrators Fortnight in 2017 with The Florida Challenge earlier than graduating to the primary Cannes competitors 4 years later with Crimson Rocket. He’s a Palme d’Or contender once more with this comedy a few younger Brooklyn intercourse employee, performed by Mikey Madison, who impulsively marries an oligarch’s son and finds her Cinderella story in hassle as soon as the information will get again to Russia.

The Apprentice

Iranian-Danish Holy Spider director Ali Abbasi, demonstrated his expertise working in English on two killer episodes of The Final of Us. He takes the subsequent step with what guarantees to be a juicy probe into the Faustian pact that fueled an American dynasty. It stars Sebastian Stan as Donald Trump, Jeremy Robust as notorious lawyer and political fixer Roy Cohn, Maria Bakalova as Trump’s first spouse, Ivana, and Martin Donovan as his father, Fred Trump, the true property developer identified for his discriminatory rental insurance policies.


Andrea Arnold’s Chicken

Atsushi Nishijima

After dipping into documentary (Cow), tv (Clear, Massive Little Lies) and U.S. youth subculture (American Honey), Andrea Arnold’s new characteristic seems to be a return to the Brit kitchen-sink realism of her breakout works Crimson Highway and Fish Tank. The movie stars Barry Keoghan as Bug, a father elevating a son and daughter in a squat in Northern Kent. One of many kids goes on the lookout for journey, which is presumably the place the title character performed by Franz Rogowski is available in.

Caught by the Tides

Jia Zhangke’s sixth Cannes competitors entry surveys China’s Twenty first-century transformation through the delicate love story of a pair spanning twenty years, reportedly mixing dramatic realism with documentary strategies. As soon as once more starring Jia’s spouse and good muse, Zhao Tao — most not too long ago seen in a memorable flip as a gangster’s powerful girlfriend in 2018’s Ash Is Purest White — the brand new characteristic, which began taking pictures in 2001, traverses not solely time and area but additionally Jia’s complete filmography.

Emilia Perez

Jacques Audiard, director of A ProphetRust and Bone and Palme d’Or winner Dheepan, ventured into English-language options in 2018 with the Jake Gyllenhaal Western, The Sisters Brothers. He continues his international attain with this Mexico-set musical crime comedy starring Selena Gomez, Zoe Saldaña and Édgar Ramírez, a few girl serving to an escaped cartel chief endure gender-affirming surgical procedure, partly to evade the authorities. Initially conceived as a four-act opera, the movie options authentic songs by French chansonnière Camille.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

George Miller‘s Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Taking its place within the pantheon of all-time nice motion motion pictures, George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Highway kicked up the mud in Cannes 2015 after which blazed a path to the Oscars the next yr, touchdown 10 nominations and successful six. This prequel to the postapocalyptic survival thriller appears again to the youthful years of the renegade warrior performed by Charlize Theron within the earlier movie, earlier than her encounter with Max. Behind the wheel this time as Furiosa is Anya Taylor-Pleasure, co-starring with Chris Hemsworth.

Sorts of Kindness

In her third collaboration with always-original Greek maverick Yorgos Lanthimos, following The Favorite and Poor Issues, Emma Stone stars with Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe, Hong Chau and Margaret Qualley on this triptych spinning tales of a person in search of to take management of his life, a policeman whose lacking spouse appears a distinct particular person upon her return and a girl on a quest to seek out somebody destined to grow to be an important non secular chief.


A lot ink has been spent on Francis Ford Coppola‘s $120 million manufacturing, the eminent director’s first characteristic in 13 years. Adam Driver, Giancarlo Esposito, Aubrey Plaza and Shia LaBeouf are among the many stars of what’s described as a Roman epic fable set in modern-day America, during which idealistically opposed leaders struggle for the way forward for a divided metropolis, and maybe for humanity itself. The Cannes competitors premiere will reveal whether or not Coppola’s self-funded undertaking — and the massive marketing push he has envisioned for it — is a piece of genius or folly.

Motel Destino

Brazilian filmmaker Karim Aïnouz’s English-language debut, the historic drama Firebrand with Alicia Vikander and Jude Regulation, drew a combined response within the 2023 Cannes competitors. He’s again a yr later with a return to dwelling turf — and what looks like materials nearer to the beguiling sensuality of his earlier works — with this erotic thriller, a tropical noir in regards to the love between a younger man with a goal on his again and a girl chafing towards the controlling brutality of her abusive husband.

The Substance

French writer-director Coralie Fargeat debuted in 2017 with the grindhouse rape payback thriller Revenge, a subversive feminist response to I Spit on Your Grave, drenched in grisly carnage. Her second characteristic assembles a higher-profile forged — Demi Moore, Margaret Qualley and Dennis Quaid — in an explosive dose of physique horror that appears to vow extra blood and guts.

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