Festival de Cannes 2024 - Ones To Watch

6th May 2024

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The film industry is soon to descend upon the Côte d’Azur for the 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which is one of the world's most widely publicised events and certainly the most important film festival in terms of worldwide impact.

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The 2024 event takes place between Tuesday 14th - Saturday 25th May at Le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes.

The films are screened in world preview showings, meaning it’s often the first time they come under the watchful gaze of a demanding audience made up of professionals and film lovers.

These are our top picks vying for the prestigious Palme d’Or.



Director: Andrea Arnold

Production country: United Kingdom

Starring: Barry Keoghan, Franz Rogowski, Jasmine Jobson

Synopsis: Bailey lives with his brother Hunter and his father Bug, who raises them alone in a squat in northern Kent. Bug doesn't have much time to devote to them. Bailey looks for attention and adventure elsewhere.


Director: Paolo Sorrentino

Production country: Italy

Starring: Gary Oldman, Isabella Ferrari, Stefania Sandrelli

Synopsis: Partenope is a woman who bears the name of her city. Is she a siren or a myth?

Oh Canada

Director: Paul Schrader

Production country: United States

Starring: Uma Thurman, Jacob Elordi, Richard Gere

Synopsis: Leonard Fife, one of sixty thousand draft evaders and deserters who fled to Canada to avoid serving in Vietnam, shares all his secrets to de-mythologize his mythologized life.


Director: Alain Guiraudie

Production country: France

Starring: Félix Kysyl, Catherine Frot, Jacques Develay

Synopsis:  Returning to Saint-Martial for his late boss's funeral, Jérémie's stay with widow Martine becomes entangled in a disappearance, a threatening neighbor, and an abbot's shady intentions.

Grand Tour

Director: Miguel Gomes

Production country: Portugal

Starring: Jani Zhao, Lang Khê Tran, Gonçalo Waddington

Synopsis: Edward, civil servant, flees fiancee Molly on their wedding day in Rangoon, 1917. His travels replace panic with melancholy. Molly, set on marriage, amused by his escape, trails him across Asia.


Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Production country: United States

Starring: Adam Driver, Giancarlo Esposito, Aubrey Plaza, Laurence Fishburne, Dustin Hoffman

Synopsis: An architect wants to rebuild New York City as a utopia following a devastating disaster.

The Balconettes

Director: Noémie Merlant

Production country: France

Starring: Souheila Yacoub, Noémie Merlant, Sanda Codreanu

Synopsis: Three women in a Marseille apartment gets stuck in a heat wave. They find themselves trapped in a terrifying affair and longing for freedom.

Kinds of Kindness

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Production country: United States

Starring: Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe

Synopsis: A man seeks to break free from his predetermined path, a cop questions his wife's demeanor after her return from a supposed drowning and a woman's quest to locate an extraordinary individual prophesied to become a renowned spiritual guide.

Marcello Mio

Director: Christophe Honoré

Production country: France

Starring: Benjamin Biolay, Wilfried Capet, Catherine Deneuve

Synopsis: Chiara is an actress and daughter of Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve. One summer, she decides to live like her father. She dresses, speaks, and breathes like him with such conviction that others start calling her "Marcello".

The Shrouds

Director: David Cronenberg

Production country: Canada

Starring: Vincent Cassel, Diane Kruger, Guy Pearce

Synopsis: Karsh, an innovative businessman and grieving widower, builds a device to connect with the dead inside a burial shroud.