Cannes Film Festival 2024: A Preview of the Most Anticipated Films and Stars

The 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, set to take place from May 14 to May 25, 2024, is gearing up to be an extraordinary celebration of cinema. This year’s festival not only promises the return of celebrated filmmakers but also introduces fresh talents poised to captivate audiences with their innovative storytelling and cinematic prowess.

A Star-Studded Opening

The festival will open with George Miller's highly anticipated "Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga", a prequel to the critically acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road. The film features a stellar cast including Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, and Tom Burke. Critics and audiences alike are eager to see Miller's expansion of the dystopian universe that has become a hallmark of visionary storytelling and action-packed sequences​ (The Playlist)​.

Noteworthy Premieres

  • "The Shrouds" by David Cronenberg, featuring Vincent Cassel, Diane Kruger, and Guy Pearce, is expected to be a standout with its deep dive into themes of mortality and legacy, resonating with Cronenberg’s signature provocative style​ (Film Stage)​.
  • "The Substance" by Coralie Fargeat is anticipated for its intense narrative and is expected to build on Fargeat’s reputation for delivering gripping action and powerful storytelling​ (Film Stage)​.

Detailed Film Schedule and Highlights

Opening Night - May 14

  • The Second Act - Celebrates the beginning of the festival with a special appearance by Meryl Streep.

May 15

  • Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga by George Miller
  • Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Charlee Fraser, Tom Burke
  • A narrative filled with action and a deep dive into the backstory of the fierce warrior Furiosa.

May 17

  • Oh Canada by Paul Schrader
  • Stars: Jacob Elordi, Uma Thurman, Richard Gere, Michael Imperioli
  • A drama expected to explore nuanced and deep character studies.
  • The Surfer by Lorcan Finnegan
  • Stars: Nicolas Cage, Nicholas Cassim, Alexander Bertrand
  • A suspenseful thriller delving into mysterious and possibly supernatural events.

May 18

  • Emilia Perez by Jacques Audiard
  • Stars: Zoe Saldana, Selena Gomez, Edgar Ramírez
  • Audiard’s drama likely explores themes of identity and resilience.
  • Rumours by Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, and Guy Maddin
  • Stars: Alicia Vikander, Cate Blanchett, Charles Dance, Takehiro Hira
  • Expected to be a visually striking film that challenges conventional narratives.

May 19

  • Limonov - The Ballad by Kirill Serebrennikov
  • Horizon: An American Saga by Kevin Costner
  • Stars: Kevin Costner, Jena Malone, Sienna Miller, Sam Worthington
  • The Substance by Coralie Fargeat
  • Stars: Margaret Qualley, Dennis Quaid, Demi Moore
  • A narrative filled with intense performances and gripping storytelling.

May 20

  • The Shrouds by David Cronenberg
  • Stars: Vincent Cassel, Diane Kruger, Guy Pearce
  • Cronenberg's latest is anticipated to be a thought-provoking exploration of horror and mystery.

Additional Premieres and Events

  • Megalopolis by Francis Ford Coppola, featuring Adam Driver, is one of the most awaited films with its ambitious scope and narrative exploring utopian themes​ (Film Stage)​.

Critical Perspectives

Critics are particularly excited about the diversity of this year's lineup at Cannes, highlighting the blend of genres and storytelling techniques that promise to push cinematic boundaries. The festival is seen as a crucial platform for films that challenge the status quo and offer new perspectives, setting the tone for global cinema trends​ (Festival de Cannes)​​ (Screen)​.
This year's Cannes Film Festival not only celebrates the achievements of established filmmakers but also serves as a launching pad for emerging talents, making it a landmark event in the international film calendar. The discussions and premieres promise to be a reflection of the current zeitgeist in cinema, offering insights into both the artistic and societal narratives resonating around the world.