Pickle Picks from 77th Cannes Film Festival

By Pickle  May 13, 2024
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An Unfinished Film by Lou Ye

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An Unfinished Film is an upcoming 2024 documentary film directed by Lou Ye, and written by Yingli Ma and Ye. It will have its world premiere on 16 May 2024 at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival, in the Special Screenings section. January 2020. A film crew reunites near Wuhan to resume the shooting of a film halted ten years earlier, only to share the unexpected challenges as cities are placed under lockdown. Lou Ye born 1965, is a Chinese screenwriter-director who is commonly grouped with the “Sixth Generation” directors of Chinese cinema.

Anora by Sean Baker

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Anora is an upcoming American drama film written and directed by Sean Baker and starring Mikey Madison. The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, where it is set to premiere on May 21, 2024. The movie is about a young sex worker from Brooklyn marries the son of a Russian oligarch. Her fairytale marriage is threatened when the man’s parents travel to New York to force an annulment.

Beating Hearts (L’Amour ouf) by Gilles Lellouche

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Beating Hearts (French: L’Amour ouf) is an upcoming romantic comedy musical film directed by Gilles Lellouche from a screenplay he co-wrote with Audrey Diwan, Ahmed Hamidi and Julien Lambroschini, based on the 1997 Irish novel Jackie Loves Johnser OK? by Neville Thompson. It stars François Civil and Adèle Exarchopoulos. The story spans 20 years and begins in the North East of France with two teenagers who fall madly in love, a girl from an upper-middle-class family and a boy from a working-class family. Their love story is quickly doomed to failure when he ends up becoming a criminal and spends 12 years in prison. The film is a co-production between France and Belgium. It will have its world premiere at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on 23 May 2024 in official competition, and will be released theatrically in France by StudioCanal on 16 October 2024.

Being Maria by Jessica Palud

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Being Maria is an upcoming 2024 biographical drama film co-written and directed by Jessica Palud. It is an adaptation of Vanessa Schneider’s 2018 memoir My Cousin Maria Schneider. It is about the actress Maria Schneider (1952–2011) and dramatizes her experiences working on Bernardo Bertolucci’s feature film Last Tango in Paris (1972). It stars Anamaria Vartolomei in the title role, with Yvan Attal and Matt Dillon in supporting roles. 19-year-old Maria Schneider, daughter of French actor Daniel Gélin, features in the 1972 erotic drama Last Tango in Paris by Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci. In the work she stars alongside the celebrated American actor Marlon Brando. The story follows an older American man who meets a young French woman in an apartment in Paris where they begin an anonymous sexual relationship. Maria becomes a star overnight through the role of Jeanne, but is unprepared for the fame and scandal that the film triggers. Jessica Palud is known for Revenir (2019), Marlon (2017) and The Dreamers (2003).

Bird by Andrea Arnold

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Bird is an upcoming drama film written and directed by Andrea Arnold and starring Barry Keoghan. The film is scheduled to have its world premiere at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on 16 May 2024. Andrea Arnold, OBE (born 5 April 1961) is an English filmmaker and former actor. She won an Academy Award for her short film Wasp in 2005. Her feature films include Red Road (2006), Fish Tank (2009), and American Honey (2016), all of which have won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

C’est Pas Moi” (It’s Not Me) by Leos Carax

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It’s Not Me (French: C’est pas moi) is an upcoming 2024 French film written and directed by Leos Carax. It will have its world premiere in the non-competitive Cannes Premiere section at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on 18 May 2024.

It’s Not Me is self-portrait written in the first person. It is described by CG Cinéma as a “free-form” and “cut-up” film which features Leos Carax rediscovering the figures from his oeuvre. Traversing his 40-year filmography, it visits the decisive moments of his career, while capturing the political evolution of that time. He won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Director at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival for Annette (2021). Carax’s 2012 film Holy Motors also stars Lavant. The film competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Caught By The Tides (FENG LIU YI DAI) by Jia Zhang-Ke

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Caught by the Tides is an upcoming 2024 Chinese drama film directed by Jia Zhangke. The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, where it is set to premiere on 18 May 2024. In early 2000s China, Qiao Qiao and Guao Bin share a passionate but fragile love. When Guao Bin disappears to try his luck in another province, Qiao Qiao decides to go looking for him. Jia Zhangke is a Chinese-language film and television director, screenwriter, producer, actor and writer.

Emilia Perez by Jacques Audiard

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Emilia Pérez is an upcoming musical crime comedy film written and directed by Jacques Audiard. Jacques Audiard 2015 film Dheepan won the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The movie is about a woman who is tasked with assisting an escaped Mexican cartel leader undergo sex reassignment surgery to both evade the authorities and affirm her gender.

It stars Karla Sofía Gascón in the title role, with Selena Gomez, Zoe Saldaña, and Édgar Ramírez in supporting roles. The film is selected to compete for the Palme d’Or and Queer Palm at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, where it is set to premiere on 18 May 2024.

Ernest Cole, Lost And Found by Raoul Peck

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The movie follows Ernest Cole’s journey as the first Black freelance photographer in apartheid South Africa. The film is directed by Raoul Peck and stars LaKeith Stanfield. Raoul Peck is a Haitian filmmaker of both documentary and feature films. He is known for using historical, political, and personal characters to tackle and recount societal issues and historical events. Peck was Haiti’s Minister of Culture from 1996 to September 1997.

Furiosa : A Mad Max Saga by George Miller

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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is an upcoming post-apocalyptic action adventure film co-produced and directed by George Miller, who co-wrote it with Nico Lathouris. It is the fifth installment in the Mad Max franchise, serving as both a spin-off and prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). The film stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Alyla Browne as the titular character Imperator Furiosa, with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Burke also starring. In October 2018 it was announced that Miller would direct Three Thousand Years of Longing, which began filming in November 2020. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2022.

Grand Tour by Miguel Gomes

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Grand Tour is an upcoming 2024 period drama film co-written and directed by Miguel Gomes. The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, where it is set to premiere on 22 May 2024.

In 1917, Rangoon, Burma is a city under British colonial rule. Civil servant Edward abandons his fiancée Molly on the day they are to be married. He flees in a state of melancholy, contemplating Molly’s condition. Determined to be married, Molly follows his trail. Miguel Gomes (born 1972) is a Portuguese film director. He studied cinema at Lisbon Theatre and Film School. Tabu was a winner of the Alfred Bauer Prize for Artistic Innovation and the FIPRESCI Jury Prize at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival, as well as the Grand Prix at Film Fest Gent.

Horizon: An American Saga by Kevin Costner

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Horizon: An American Saga is an upcoming two-part American epic Western film co-written with Jon Baird, and produced by, directed by and starring Kevin Costner. Set in the American Civil War period depicting the expansion of the American west.

Described as a two-part event, the film is scheduled to premiere at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2024, with Chapters 1 and 2 scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on June 28, 2024 and August 16, 2024, respectively, by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Kinds Of Kindness by Yorgos Lanthimos

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Kinds of Kindness is an upcoming anthology film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos from a screenplay he co-wrote with Efthimis Filippou. The film stars Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley, Hong Chau, Joe Alwyn, Mamoudou Athie, and Hunter Schafer.

Kinds of Kindness will have its world premiere at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2024, and is scheduled to be released in the United States by Searchlight Pictures on June 21, 2024, and in Ireland and the United Kingdom on June 28, 2024.

Limonov – The Ballad by Kirill Serebrennikov

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Limonov: The Ballad is a 2024 film directed by Kirill Serebrennikov. It is based on Emmanuel Carrère’s 2011 book Limonov, a novelized biography of the Russian dissident writer and politician Eduard Limonov, who founded the National Bolshevik Party.

The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, where it is set to premiere on 19 May 2024. In May 2022 Serebrennikov became the only Russian director to participate in the Cannes Film Festival with his film Tchaikovsky’s Wife.

Marcello Mio by Christophe Honore

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Marcello Mio is an upcoming 2024 French-Italian comedy film written and directed by Christophe Honoré. In the film, actress Chiara Mastroianni confronts living in the shadow of her real-life father Marcello Mastroianni’s legacy. She portrays a version of herself alongside her real-life mother, French actress Catherine Deneuve. Chiara is an actress and the daughter of Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve. One summer, she tells herself that she should rather live her father’s life. She now dresses like him, speaks like him, breathes like him and she delivers it with such command that others around her end up believing it and begin calling her “Marcello”. Christophe Honoré is a French writer and film and theatre director.

Meeting with Pol Pot (RENDEZ-VOUS AVEC POL POT) by Rithy Panh

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Three French journalists are invited by the Khmer Rouge to conduct an exclusive interview of the regime’s leader, Pol Pot. The country seems ideal. But behind the Potemkin village, the Khmer Rouge regime is declining and the war with Vietnam threatens to invade the country. Directed by Rithy Panh, the movie stars Irène Jacob, Grégoire Colin and Cyril Gueï. Rithy Panh is a Cambodian documentary film director and screenwriter. The French-schooled director’s films focus on the aftermath of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. Rithy Panh’s works are from an authoritative viewpoint, because his family were expelled from Phnom Penh in 1975 by the Khmer Rouge

Megalopolis by Francis Ford Coppola

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Megalopolis is an upcoming American epic science fiction drama film written, directed, and produced by Francis Ford Coppola. The film is selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, where it is set to premiere on May 16, 2024. An accident destroys a New York City-like metropolis already in decay. Cesar Catilina, an idealist architect with the power to control time, aims to rebuild the city as a sustainable utopia, while his opposition, corrupt Mayor Franklyn Cicero, remains committed to a regressive status quo. Coming between the opposing men and their visions is Franklyn’s socialite daughter, Julia. Tired of the attention and power she was born with, Julia searches for her life’s meaning.

Motel Destino by Karim Ainouz

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Motel Destino is an upcoming 2024 erotic thriller film directed and co-written by Karim Aïnouz. It stars Iago Xavier, Nataly Rocha and Fábio Assunção in the lead roles. The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or and Queer Palm at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, where it is set to premiere on 22 May 2024. The neon-hued Motel Destino, a roadside sex hotel shimmering (or a similar word) under the burning blue skies of the northeastern coast of Brazil, is run by hot-headed Elias and his restless younger wife Dayana. The unexpected arrival of 21-year-old Heraldo, on the run after a botched hit, disrupts the established order. As the tropical noir plays out, loyalties and desires intertwine to reveal that destiny has its own enigmatic design. Karim Aïnouz is a Brazilian film director and visual artist. He is best known for his film The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão.

Oh, Canada by Paul Schrader

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Oh, Canada is an upcoming American drama film written and directed by Paul Schrader, based on the 2021 novel Foregone by Russell Banks. It stars Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Michael Imperioli, Jacob Elordi, Victoria Hill, and Kristine Froseth.This marked the second collaboration between Gere and Schrader after American Gigolo as well as Schrader’s second adaptation of a novel by Banks after 1997’s Affliction. The film will have its world premiere at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2024. The story delves into the life of a tormented writer on the brink of death, a Canadian-American leftist who fled to Canada to avoid the Vietnam War draft.

Parthenope by Paolo Sorrentino

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Parthenope is an upcoming 2024 Italian-French film written, produced and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, where it is set to premiere on 21 May 2024. According to Sorrentino, the film is about a woman named Partenope “who bears the name of her city but is neither siren nor myth.”

Rumours by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson

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Rumours is an upcoming dark comedy film directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson, and starring Cate Blanchett and Alicia Vikander. The film will have its world premiere at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on 18 May 2024. World leaders meet at the G7 but get lost in the woods whilst trying to compose a joint statement.

September Says by Ariane Labed

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September Says is an upcoming internationally co-produced drama film, written and directed by Ariane Labed, in her directorial debut. It is based upon the novel Sisters by Daisy Johnson. It stars Mia Tharia, Rakhee Thakrar and Pascale Kann. It will have its world premiere at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival in May 2024, in the Un Certain Regard section. When September is suspended from school, her sister, July, begins to explore her own independence, leading to tension on a holiday in Ireland. Ariane Labed (born 8 May 1984) is a Greek-French actress and film director. She is known for her feature film debut in Attenberg, for which she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress, and appearing in Helen Edmundson’s film Mary Magdalene in 2018.

Substance by Coralie Fargeat

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The Substance is an upcoming 2024 body horror film written and directed by Coralie Fargeat, and starring Demi Moore, Margaret Qualley and Dennis Quaid. The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, where it is set to premiere on 19 May 2024. “The Substance” is produced by Fargeat, and Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan for Working Title. Alexandra Loewy of Working Title and Nicolas Royer of A Good Story are executive producers.

The Apprentice by Ali Abbasi

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The Apprentice is an upcoming biographical drama film directed by Ali Abbasi and written by Gabriel Sherman. Starring Sebastian Stan as Donald Trump, the film examines Trump’s career as a real estate businessman in New York in the 1970s and 80s. The film also stars Jeremy Strong, Maria Bakalova and Martin Donovan. The film will have its world premiere at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on 20 May 2024. Ali Abbasi is an Iranian-Danish filmmaker. He is best known for his films Shelley (2016), Border (2018), and Holy Spider (2022). Abbasi also directed the last two episodes of the first season of the series The Last of Us.

The Balconettes (LES FEMMES AU BALCON) by Noemie Merlant

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The Balconettes is an upcoming 2024 French comedy horror film directed by, co-written by, and starring Noémie Merlant. Also starring Souheila Yacoub and Sanda Codreanu, the film follows three young women during a heatwave in the south of France. The film is set to premiere in the non-competitive Midnight Screenings section at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on 18 May 2024, where it will compete for the Queer Palm. Noémie Merlant is a French actress. She has been nominated for her performances three times at the César Awards, including a nomination for her breakout role in Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) and a win for The Innocent (2022).

The Most Precious of Cargoes (LA PLUS PRÉCIEUSE DES MARCHANDISES} by Michel Hazanavicius

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The Most Precious of Cargoes is an upcoming French animated drama film, directed by Michel Hazanavicius and with a screenplay by Jean-Claude Grumberg and Hazanavicius.[1] The film is an adaptation of Grumberg’s 2020 novel of the same name. The story centers on a Holocaust-surviving Jewish girl whose father throws her from a moving train heading to Auschwitz and ultimately found by a woodcutter and his family. The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, where it is set to premiere on 24 May 2024. Michel Hazanavicius is a French film director, screenwriter, editor, and producer. He is best known for his 2011 film, The Artist, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 84th Academy Awards.

The Seed Of The Sacred Fig by Mohammad Rasoulof

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The Seed of the Sacred Fig is an upcoming Iranian drama film written and directed by Mohammad Rasoulof. The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, where it is set to premiere on 24 May 2024. The story centers on Iman, an investigating judge in the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, who grapples with mistrust and paranoia as nationwide political protests intensify and his gun mysteriously disappears. Mohammad Rasoulof is an Iranian independent filmmaker. He is known for several award-winning films, including The Twilight (2002), Iron Island (2005), Goodbye (2011), Manuscripts Don’t Burn (2013), A Man of Integrity (2017) and There Is No Evil (2020). For the latter, he won the Golden Bear at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival.

The Shrouds by David Cronenberg

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The Shrouds is an upcoming horror film from David Cronenberg. It features a cast including Diane Kruger, Vincent Cassel and Guy Pearce. The film the will have its world premiere at the Main Competition of the 2024 Cannes Film Festival on 20 May 2024, and will be released theatrically in France on 25 September 2024, by Pyramide Distribution. Karsh, 50, is a prominent businessman. Inconsolable since the death of his wife, he invents GraveTech, revolutionary and controversial technology that enables the living to monitor their dear departed in their shrouds. One night, multiple graves, including that of Karsh’s wife, are desecrated. Karsh sets out to track down the perpetrators.

Twilight Of The Warriors: Walled In by Soi Cheang

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Twilight of the Warriors: Walled In, previously known as Kowloon Walled City, is a 2024 Hong Kong action crime film directed by Soi Cheang and starring Louis Koo, Sammo Hung, Richie Jen and Raymond Lam. The film is an adaptation of the manhua City of Darkness by Andy Seto. Soi Cheang (born 11 July 1972), also known as Bob Cheng or by his birth name Cheang Pou-soi is a Macau-born Hong Kong filmmaker. Known for his big blockbuster action crime films, his works Motorway (2012), Limbo (2021) and Mad Fate (2023) earned him three Best Director nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards, which he won for the latter.

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