Camille Cottin as mistress of ceremonies, Olympic flame: what you need to know about the 2024 edition of the Cannes Film Festival

Camille Cottin as mistress of ceremonies, Olympic flame: what you need to know about the 2024 edition of the Cannes Film Festival
Camille Cottin as mistress of ceremonies, Olympic flame: what you need to know about the 2024 edition of the Cannes Film Festival

The 2024 Cannes Film Festival opens this Tuesday, May 14. Here’s what you need to know about this 77th edition.

The 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival unveils its red carpet this Tuesday. Between the new wave of the #MeToo movement, a desire not to make “controversies”, according to its director, and the presence of the Olympic flame, we take stock of what you need to know.

“Many women on stage”

Actress Camille Cottin will lead the opening ceremony of the 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. She has already announced to our colleagues at - the presence of many women on stage.

“There are women who are very powerful in their personality, their energy, their intellect and their talent who are going to take the stage. When I say probably, I don’t know yet what they are going to say,” she said .

Call for the resignation of Dominique Boutonnat

This ceremony will take place while this Monday, May 13, a good hundred people, including actress Judith Godrèche, gathered in front of the headquarters of the National Cinema Center (CNC) in Paris to demand the departure of its president Dominique Boutonnat, who is to be tried in June for sexual assault.

On the eve of the opening of the Cannes Film Festival and at the call of several collectives, this gathering aims to “request the withdrawal of Boutonnat from the presidency of the CNC”, declared to AFP Fanny de Casimacker, general delegate of the Collective 50/50, which campaigns for equality, parity and diversity in the film and audiovisual industry.

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“No controversies”, according to Thierry Fremaux

“There are no controversies coming from the Cannes festival,” its general delegate, Thierry Frémaux, told the press on Monday, while rumors linked to #MeToo hover over the 7th art meeting, which starts Tuesday.

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“Last year was a great year for cinema (…) and at the same time, I am not giving away a secret by saying that last year there were some controversies,” recalled Thierry Frémaux. “So we realized that and we decided to do a festival without controversy and there is none.”

Last year, the Cannes Film Festival presented Maïwenn’s film “Jeanne du Barry” as its opening. The film marked the comeback of Johnny Depp, after his trials for defamation surrounding accusations of domestic violence.

This year, “there are no controversies coming from the festival. We have precisely taken care to ensure that the major interest of what we are all here for remains cinema”, further underlined the general delegate .

Olympic flame

In the Olympic year, the flame will appear on the red carpet of the festival on May 21, according to information from RMC. It is in the hands of Paralympic athlete Arnaud Assoumani that the flame will take its turn up the steps.

This same May 21, the film “Olympiques! La France des Jeux” will be screened in session. It is a documentary by Mickaël Gamrasni, retracing “a century of participation in the Olympic Games, which have forever marked our collective memory”, according to the festival organizers.

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