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Cannes Film Festival launches with star-studded premieres and honorary awards

15.05.2024 12:00
The Cannes Film Festival, one of the most iconic events in the global film calendar, commenced on Tuesday with the out-of-competition premiere of Quentin Dupieux's "The Second Act."
Meryl Streep, Palme dOr dHonneur, the Honorary Golden Palm award attends the Le Deuxieme Acte (The Second Act) screening and opening ceremony of the 77th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, 14 May 2024.
Meryl Streep, 'Palme d’Or d'Honneur', the Honorary Golden Palm award attends the 'Le Deuxieme Acte' (The Second Act) screening and opening ceremony of the 77th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, 14 May 2024.Photo: EPA/GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO

The film features a stellar cast including Léa Seydoux, Vincent Lindon, and Louis Garrel, and is directed by Dupieux, known for his uniquely eccentric approach to European cinema. The film's narrative cleverly unfolds within a movie-within-a-movie scenario, adding layers of complexity to the unfolding drama set against the backdrop of a restaurant meeting.

During the festival's opening ceremony at the Grand Theatre Lumiere, Meryl Streep was honored with the Honorary Palme d'Or. French actress Juliette Binoche delivered an emotional tribute to Streep, highlighting her transformative impact on cinema and her ability to inspire audiences worldwide. "You help us to love, to cry, to dream, to be inspired. You have made a lasting mark in the history of cinema. You are an international treasure," Binoche remarked.

Main competition

This year's competition is fierce, with 22 films vying for the coveted Palme d'Or. Notable entries include Francis Ford Coppola’s "Megalopolis," Yorgos Lanthimos' "Kinds of Kindness," and Paolo Sorrentino's "Parthenope." The lineup is rounded out by a mix of established and emerging filmmakers, including works like "The Apprentice" by Ali Abbasi, "Motel Destino" by Karim Ainouz, and "The Shrouds" by David Cronenberg, among others.

While Poland does not have an official entry in the main competition, the festival features a Polish connection with "The Girl with the Needle." This Danish-Swedish-Polish co-production is directed by Magnus von Horn, a graduate of Poland’s renowned Łódź Film School.

Described as a "fairytale about a horrible truth," the film explores themes of love and morality through the story of Karoline, a young factory worker in post-WWI Copenhagen, and her developing bond with a woman she meets under dire circumstances.


Source: IAR, PAP