Prepare for an enthralling showcase of cinematic brilliance as the 2024 Cannes Film Festival, the 77th edition running from May 14 to 25, unveils its official lineup of 19 competition films. Among the prestigious selections, Ali Abbasi presents ‘The Apprentice,’ a gripping exploration of Donald Trump’s formative years. Andrea Arnold returns with ‘Bird,’ featuring the mesmerizing Barry Keoghan, promising a captivating narrative. Meanwhile, Jacques Audiard introduces ‘Emilia Perez,’ a unique blend of music and crime comedy. Cannes 2024 promises an unforgettable journey through the art of storytelling, with each film offering a distinct perspective on the human experience.

Meanwhile, American filmmaker Sean Baker will bring Anora to the Croisette. Poor Things filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos will launch his latest collab with Emma Stone, Kinds of Kindness. David Cronenberg returns with The Shrouds, and Paul Schrader will debut Oh Canada, starring Jacob Elordi, Uma Thurman, and Richard Gere. 

In the main competition, robust English language and American representation stand tall, as auteurs from all over the world will be present at the festival. Acclaimed Indian filmmaker Payal Kapadia, who picked up the festival’s Best Documentary prize in 2021, will mark her Cannes debut with All We Imagine As Light, an Indian-shot feature produced by Thomas Hakim and Julien Graff of the French-based Petit Chaos. Debut feature filmmaker Agathe Riedinger also landed a competition spot with Wild Diamond.

Outside of the main competition, notable highlights include Saudi Arabia’s inaugural film at the festival, Norah, directed by Tawfik Alzaidi. Additionally, French actress-turned-filmmaker Noémie Merlant is set to unveil her sophomore feature, The Balconettes, as a midnight screening. Furthermore, the satirical Rumors also joins the lineup, which features Cate Blanchette and is helmed by Guy Maddin.

Zoe Saldana in Emilia Perez by Jacques Audiard - Cannes 2024 Lineup.
Zoe Saldana in “Emilia Perez” by Jacques Audiard.

As already announced, big-ticket titles confirmed today include Francis Coppola’s latest big-budget film, Megalopolis, which has locked a gala premiere slot at the Palais on Friday evening, May 17. The film will be screened in competition. Out of Competition, Kevin Costner will debut the first part of Horizon: An American Saga as a world premiere. 

Moreover, George Miller’s anticipated sequel, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, has been confirmed for an out-of-comp slot. The new installment will be released theatrically in France on May 22, two days ahead of its U.S. launch.

The 2024 Cannes kicks off with Quentin Dupieux’s French comedy road movie, Le Deuxième Acte (The Second Act), and was among the first movies to be announced beyond the lineup. The film stars Léa Seydoux, Vincent Lindon, Louis Garrel, and Raphaël Quenard, who will also attend the premiere at Cannes. The film will debut out of competition at the festival on Tuesday, May 14, and will hit French theaters on the same day. Following last year’s billion-dollar Barbie, visionary auteur Greta Gerwig will preside over this year’s competition jury.

The Cannes Film Festival runs May 14-25, 2024. Here is the Official Lineup:

COMPETITION

The Apprentice, Ali Abbasi

Motel Destino, Karim Aïnouz

Bird, Andrea Arnold

Emilia Perez, Jacques Audiard

Anora, Sean Baker

Megalopolis, Francis Ford Coppola

The Shrouds, David Cronenberg

The Substance, Coralie Fargeat

Grand Tour, Miguel Gomes

Marcello Mio, Christophe Honoré

Feng Liu Yi Dai (Caught by the Tides), Jia Zhang-Ke

All We Imagine as Light, Payal Kapadia

Kinds of Kindness, Yórgos Lánthimos

Kinds of Kindness Trailer

L’amour Ouf, Gilles Lellouche

Diamant Brut (Wild Diamond), Agathe Riedinger (First Film)

Oh Canada, Paul Schrader

Limonov – The Ballad, Kirill Serebrennikov

Parthenope, Paolo Sorrentino

Pigen Med Nålen (The Girl with the Needle), Magnus Von Horn

The Most Precious of Cargoes, Michel Hazanavicius

Trois kilomètres jusqu’à la fin du monde, Emanuel Parvu

The Seed of the Sacred Fig, Mohammad Rasoulof

Cannes 2024 Lineup: The Shameless by<br />Konstantin Bojanov.
A still from The Shameless by
Konstantin Bojanov.

UN CERTAIN REGARD

Norah, Tawfik Alzaidi

The Shameless, Konstantin Bojanov

Le Royaume, Julien Colonna (First Film)

Vingt Dieux!, Louise Courvoisier (First Film)

Le Procès Du Chien (Who Let the Dog Bite?), Lætitia Dosch (First Film)

Gou Zhen (Black Dog), Guan Hu

The Village Next to Paradise, Mo Harawe (First Film)

September Says, Ariane Labed (First Film)

L’histoire De Souleymane, Boris Lojkine

Les Damnés (The Damned), Roberto Minervini

On Becoming A Guinea Fowl, Rungano Nyoni

Boku No Ohisama (My Sunshine), Hiroshi Okuyama

Santosh, Sandhya Suri

Viet and Nam, Truong Minh Quý

When the Light Breaks, Rúnar Rúnarsson

Niki, Céline Sallette

Flow, Gints Zilbalodis

OUT OF COMPETITION

Mad Max (Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga), George Miller

Horizon: An American Saga — Kevin Costner

She’s Got No Name, Chan Peter Ho-Sun

Rumours, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, Guy Maddin

Le Comte de Monte-Cristo, Alexandre de La Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS

Twilight of the Warrior Walled In, Soi Cheang

I, The Executioner; Seung Wan Ryoo

The Surfer, Lorcan Finnegan

Les Femmes au Balcon (The Balconettes), Noémie Merlant

Cannes 2024 Lineup: Les Femmes au balcon directed by Noémie Merlant
Les Femmes au Balcon directed by Noémie Merlant

CANNES PREMIERE

Miséricorde, Alain Guiraudie

C’est Pas Moi, Leos Carax

Everybody Loves Touda, Nabil Ayouch

En Fanfare (The Matching Bang), Emmanuel Courcol

Rendez-Vous Avec Pol Pot, Rithy Panh

Le Roman de Jim, Arnaud Larrieu, Jean-Marie Larrieu

Vivre, Mourir, Renaitre, Gaël Morel

Maria, Jessica Palud

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

La Belle de Gaza, Yolande Zauberman

Learn, Claire Simon

The Invasion, Sergei Loznitsa

Ernest Cole, Photographe, Raoul Peck

Le Fil, Daniel Auteuil

Spectateurs, Arnaud Desplechin

Nasty, Tudor Giurgiu

Also, Read: Cannes Critics’ Week Announces Lineup for 2024

Editor’s Note: The article was updated on 23rd April 2024

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