Cannes Film Festival 2024 Guide 2

The biggest film event of the year, the Cannes Film Festival, took place from May 14-25, 2024. As we look back at Cannes 2024, we have compiled this article to provide an overview of the festival, information about the films we had the chance to watch, the main competition films, and to create a recommendation list.

In the second part of the series, we examine Special Screenings, Cinema on the Beach, Cannes Classics, La Cinef, and short films.

Special Screenings

The selection committee chooses a special environment suitable for the identity of each of the 14 films in the selection.

  • An Unfinished Film – Dir. Ye Lou: A film crew reunites near Wuhan to continue shooting a film that was halted ten years ago, but this time they face the obstacle of Covid. A semi-documentary, semi-fiction drama about cinema, incorporating China’s 2020 Covid crisis.
  • Apprendre (Elementary) – Dir. Claire Simon: A documentary revealing the profound impact of teachers’ dedication to their students. Simon sincerely observes the students at Makarenko Primary School, presenting a documentary in line with the school’s values, uncovering small miracles within the ordinary.
  • Ernest Cole: Lost and Found – Dir. Raoul Peck (Award: Golden Eye): South African photographer Ernest Cole was the first to reveal the horrors of Apartheid to the global public. Raoul Peck narrates Cole’s travels, his turbulent life as an artist, and his anger against the Apartheid regime. The film also reveals the discovery of 60,000 negatives found in a Swedish bank vault in 2017.
  • Le Fil (An Ordinary Case) – Dir. Daniel Auteuil: The fifth film directed by actor Auteuil, giving the impression of an ordinary courtroom drama.
  • Spectateurs! (Filmlovers!) – Dir. Arnaud Desplechin: In the director’s words, “What does it mean to go to the cinema? Why have people been going for over a century?” A fictional documentary celebrating cinemas and their various charms.

Personal Favorite in the Section: An Unfinished Film

Other Films in the Section:

  • Angelo, dans la forêt mystérieuse (In The Wonderwoods) – Dir. Alexis Ducord & Vincent Paronnaud
  • L’arte della gioia (The Art of Joy) (Mini Series) – Dir. Valeria Golino
  • La belle de Gaza (The Belle from Gaza) – Dir. Yolande Zauberman
  • Lula – Dir. Oliver Stone & Robert S. Wilson
  • Moi aussi (Me Too) (Short Film) – Dir. Judith Godrèche
  • Nasty – Dir. Tudor Giurgiu & Cristian Pascariu & Tudor D. Popescu
  • Olympiques! La France des Jeux – Dir. Mickaël Gamrasni
  • Sauvages – Dir. Claude Barras
  • The Invasion – Dir. Sergey Loznitsa


Cannes Classics

This section celebrates the legacy of film, highlighting works from the past and bringing them to the big screen with new or restored copies. This year, the selection includes 32 films:

  • Scénarios (2024) – Dir. Jean-Luc Godard: His final work, which can be interpreted as an artistic farewell manifesto to cinema.
  • Jacques Demy, le rose et le noir (2024) – Dir. Florence Platarets: A dive into the colorful and evolving world of Jacques Demy.
  • François Truffaut, le scénario de ma vie (2024) – Dir. David Teboul: A documentary exploring the life and cinema of François Truffaut.
  • FAYE (2024) – Dir. Laurent Bouzereau: An intimate documentary about legendary actress Faye Dunaway.
  • Hayao Miyazaki and the Heron (2024) – Dir. Kaku Arakawa: A documentary narrating the production process of Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Boy and the Heron.”

Other films in the selection:

  • Bona (1980) – Dir. Lino Brocka
  • Bye Bye Brazil (1980) – Dir. Carlos Diegues
  • The Camp at Thiaroye (1988) – Dir. Ousmane Sembene & Thierno Faty Sow
  • Elizabeth Taylor: The Lost Tapes (2024) – Dir. Nanette Burstein
  • Gilda (1946) – Dir. Charles Vidor
  • Once Upon a Time: Michel Legrand (2024) – Dir. David Hertzog Dessites
  • Jacques Rozier, d’une vague à l’autre (2024) – Dir. Emmanuel Barnault
  • Jim Henson: Idea Man (2024) – Dir. Ron Howard
  • Johnny Got His Gun (1971) – Dir. Dalton Trumbo
  • Army of Shadows (1969) – Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville
  • La rose de la mer (1946) – Dir. Jacques de Baroncelli
  • Law and Order (1969) – Dir. Frederick Wiseman
  • La vérité est révolutionnaire – L’Aveu (2024) – Dir. Yannick Kergoat
  • Les années déclic (1984) – Dir. Raymond Depardon
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) – Dir. Jacques Demy
  • Manthan (1976) – Dir. Shyam Benegal
  • Napoléon vu par Abel Gance (1927) – Dir. Abel Gance
  • Paris, Texas (1984) – Dir. Wim Wenders
  • Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971) – Dir. Robert Bresson
  • Rosaura a las 10 (1958) – Dir. Mario Soffici
  • Slap the Monster on Page One (1972) – Dir. Marco Bellocchio
  • Shanghai Blues (1984) – Dir. Hark Tsui
  • Seven Samurai (1954) – Dir. Akira Kurosawa
  • Tasio (1984) – Dir. Montxo Armendáriz
  • The Sugarland Express (1974) – Dir. Steven Spielberg
  • Walking in the Movies (2024) – Dir. Lyang Kim

Cinéma de la Plage (Cinema on the Beach)

At the Cinéma de la Plage, after a program dedicated to film music, classic films and selected new films are screened for the public. This year, 13 films were shown:

  • After Hours (1985) – Dir. Martin Scorsese
  • Armour of God 2: Operation Condor (1991) – Dir. Jackie Chan
  • Exils (2004) – Dir. Tony Gatlif
  • Tales from Earthsea (2006) – Dir. Gorô Miyazaki
  • Days of Glory (2006) – Dir. Rachid Bouchareb
  • Porco Rosso (1992) – Dir. Hayao Miyazaki
  • My Way (2024) – Dir. Lisa Azuelos & Thierry Teston
  • Nine Queens (2000) – Dir. Fabián Bielinsky
  • Phantom of the Paradise (1974) – Dir. Brian De Palma
  • Silex & The City (2024) – Dir. Jean-Paul Guigue & Julien Berjeaut
  • Slocum et moi (2024) – Dir. Jean-François Laguionie
  • Trainspotting (1996) – Dir. Danny Boyle
  • Transmitzvah (2024) – Dir. Daniel Burman

La Cinef

Eighteen short and medium-length films from film schools around the world are presented in the Salle Buñuel. Award-winning films:

  • Sunflowers Were the First Ones to Know… – Dir. Chidananda S Naik
  • Out the Window Through the Wall – Dir. Asya Segalovich
  • To Chaos Pou Afise Piso Tis (The Chaos She Left Behind) – Dir. Nikos Kolioukos
  • Bunnyhood – Dir. Mansi Maheshwari

Other films in this section:

  • Banished Love – Dir. Xiwen Cong
  • Crow Man – Dir. Yohann Abdelnour
  • Echoes – Dir. Robinson Drossos
  • Elevación – Dir. Gabriel Esdras
  • Forest of Echos – Dir. Yoori Lim
  • In spirito – Dir. Nicolò Folin
  • It’s Not Time for Pop – Dir. Amit Vaknin
  • Mauvais coton (Us and Them) – Dir. Nicolas Dumaret
  • Plevel (Weeds) – Dir. Pola Kazak
  • Praeis (It’ll Pass) – Dir. Dovydas Draksas
  • Terminal – Dir. East Elliott
  • The Deer’s Tooth – Dir. Saif Hammash
  • Three – Dir. Amie Song
  • Withered Blossoms – Dir. Lionel Seah

Short Films

Short films competing for the Palme d’Or are presented in the Buñuel and Debussy theaters. The 11 films shown in this competition are:

  • The Man who could not Remain Silent – Dir. Nebojsa Slijpcevic (Award: Palme d’Or)
  • Bad for a Moment – Dir. Daniel Soares (Award: Special Mention)
  • Across the Waters – Dir. Viv Li
  • Amarela – Dir. Andre Hayato Saito
  • Les Belles Cicatrices – Dir. Raphael Jouzeau
  • Ootide – Dir. Egle Razumaite
  • Perfectly a Strangeness – Dir. Alicon McAlpine
  • Rruges – Dir. Samir Karahoda
  • Sanki Yoxsan – Dir. Azer Guliev
  • Tea – Dir. Blake Rice
  • Volcelest – Dir. Eric Briche

The series continue at:

Cannes Film Festival 2024 Guide 1

For a series of articles detailing personal festival experiences:

Cannes Diaries #1
Cannes Diaries #2

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