The gesture of Judith Godrèche, the joy of the actors of “Un ptit truc en plus”, the highlights of the festival

The gesture of Judith Godrèche, the joy of the actors of “Un ptit truc en plus”, the highlights of the festival
The gesture of Judith Godrèche, the joy of the actors of “Un ptit truc en plus”, the highlights of the festival

A few hours before the closing ceremony of the Cannes festival, we look back at the strong, moving and joyful moments that marked this 77th edition.

The red carpet is soon folded and the stars are leaving. Before the closing ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival, brought forward due to football, let’s look back at the strong, moving and joyful moments that marked this edition.

• The song of Zaho de Sagazan, the emotion of Greta Gerwig

This is one of the first images of this festival. During the opening ceremony, singer Zaho de Sagazan sang, in homage to Greta Gerwig, Modern Love, song by David Bowie. The title appears on the film’s soundtrack, Frances Ha, by Noah Baumbach, in which she plays. And the interpretation of the French singer greatly moved the president of the jury.

Zaho de Sagazan and Greta Gerwig during the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival, May 14, 2024 – Valery Hache – AFP

Zaho’s version of Sagazan was so successful that she recorded it the next day, once she had recovered from her emotions.

• The gesture of Judith Godrèche

It was one of the highly anticipated moments of this festival, the screening of the short film by Judith Godrèche, a figure in the fight against sexual violence in French cinema. As she climbs the steps of the Palais des Festival, the actress and director, surrounded by the team of her short film entitled Me too, of which her daughter Tess Barthélémy made a very symbolic gesture. She placed her hands over her mouth, in reference to the silence imposed on victims of sexual violence.

• Cate Blanchett’s dress

Was it a political gesture? If the actress Cate Blanchett, ambassador of the High Commission for Refugees, did not say a word, her dress, in the colors of the Palestinian flag, when climbing the steps for the film The Apprenticeon May 20, was widely commented on.

A few days earlier, Laura Blajman-Kadar, survivor of the October 7 terrorist attack against Israel, wore on the red carpet a dress with photos of the hostages still held by Hamas, and a scarf bearing the inscription “Bring the home”.

• The joy of the casting of “A little thing more”

The joy was palpable when the actors of Artus’ film, A little something extra, climbed the steps before the screening of The Count of Monte Cristo. If the designers were initially reluctant to dress these actors with disabilities, helped by the success of the film, Kering announced that the group’s luxury brands would dress the team.

It was therefore dressed in suits and dresses from Gucci, Alexander McQueen or Saint Laurent that they danced on the red carpet, celebrating the crazy success of their film.

A little something extra, a low-budget film shunned by producers, has a nice revenge. This feel-good comedy is now heading towards 4 million admissions since its release on May 1st.

• The ovation of Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof

Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, who fled the mullahs’ regime at the risk of his life to come and present his film in person, received a long ovation on Friday, May 25. The political context of this screening in Cannes, as well as the strength of the film itself, make Seeds of the wild fig treeone of the most serious candidates for the Palme d’Or, awarded on Saturday evening.

Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof, May 24, 2024 at the Cannes Film Festival – Sameer Al-Doumy © 2019 AFP

On the red carpet Mohammad Rasoulof held up photos of two of his main actors, Missagh Zareh and Soheila Golestani, the father and mother in the film.

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