A tradition of Excellence at the 77th Cannes Film Festival!

77th Cannes Film Festival, Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival
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This year I was honored to attend the 77th Cannes Film Festival. A tradition of excellence and excitement in the South of France. The Cannes Film Festival, one of the most anticipated events in the film industry opened with the extraordinary and versatile Meryl Streep at a beautiful ceremony, receiving a Palme d’Or from Juliette Binoche.

This spectacular celebration of cinema, bringing together filmmakers, actors, critics, and enthusiasts from around the world was founded in 1947. Since then, it has grown from a small but influential gathering into an international phenomenon, showcasing the finest in global cinema and has become a prestigious platform for both established and emerging filmmakers to present their work, often setting the stage for future award-winning films.

Almost 35.000 attendees and more than 1.000 very strict security officers and policemen tried to co exist in a sensible manner. At the same time, a diverse lineup of films that span various genres, styles, and cultures, from thought-provoking dramas and heartwarming comedies to groundbreaking documentaries and avant-garde art films, offer a delightful taste for every cinephile. The selection committee, composed of renowned critics and industry professionals, has meticulously curated a program that reflects the evolving landscape of contemporary cinema.

Pushing the boundaries, using Virtual Reality and cutting edge technology and offering audiences a glimpse into the future of cinema is what this Festival was mostly about. Worldwide premieres, small workshops, press conferences and random or scheduled meet-ups will have a major impact on the film industry.

Glamour and glitz were present. The red carpet events were haute couture gown and sharp tuxedos paraded, gave the glamour and glitz such a Festival needed.

Beyond the screenings and star-studded events, the Canes Film Festival is deeply committed to engaging with the local community. Free outdoor screenings were held at various locations around the town and especially when it was not raining at La Plaz, ensuring that everyone can partake in the cinematic celebration. Educational programs for aspiring filmmakers and film enthusiasts were also conducted, fostering a deeper appreciation for the art of filmmaking.

This year’s festival not only highlighted the diversity and creativity in the cinematic world but also honored the exceptional individuals and teams behind these groundbreaking works. Let’s then delve into the winners of the 77th Cannes Film Festival.

Palme d’or

ANORA
Sean BAKER

Grand Prix

ALL WE IMAGINE AS LIGHT
Payal KAPADIA

Jury Prize

EMILIA PÉREZ
Jacques AUDIARD

Best Director

Miguel GOMES
for GRAND TOUR

Special Award

MOHAMMAD RASOULOF
for THE SEED OF THE SACRED FIG

Best performance by an actor

Jesse PLEMONS
in KINDS OF KINDNESS directed by Yorgos LANTHIMOS

Best performance by an actress

Adriana PAZ
Zoe SALDAÑA
Karla Sofía GASCÓN
Selena GOMEZ
in EMILIA PÉREZ directed by Jacques AUDIARD

Best Screenplay

Coralie FARGEAT
for THE SUBSTANCE

The 2024 Cannes Film Festival has once again proven to be a magnificent celebration of cinematic artistry and in a way a medium that shapes our world. This year’s nominees, with their diverse and powerful stories, have captivated audiences and pushed the boundaries of film. As we celebrate their achievements, we acknowledge the profound impact of cinema in reflecting, shaping, and understanding our world. Congratulations to all the winners for their extraordinary contributions to the art of filmmaking!

Photos: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

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    Christina P. Mallaki is a Parsons School of Design NY graduate, with a vast experience in Fashion, Boutique Hotels, Travel & Lifestyle journalism. She has worked for ELLE Accessories NY and VOGUE Hellas. Currently, she designs Costume Jewellery for her own line, cwilhelmina, that she sells to exclusive stores around the globe, while writing about what she loves ...

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Christina P. Mallaki is a Parsons School of Design NY graduate, with a vast experience in Fashion, Boutique Hotels, Travel & Lifestyle journalism. She has worked for ELLE Accessories NY and VOGUE Hellas. Currently, she designs Costume Jewellery for her own line, cwilhelmina, that she sells to exclusive stores around the globe, while writing about what she loves ...

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