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Demi Moore, Selena Gomez, Adam Driver, Richard Gere, Kevin Costner, Nicolas Cage Lead Eclectic Group of Cannes Films

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The 2024 Cannes line up is… different.

There are a lot of American films actors on the list. But they’re not the usual fare.

Demi Moore and Selena Gomez star in a horror film. Richard Gere reunites with his “American Gigolo” direcor Paul Schrader. Adam Driver commands Francis Ford Coppola’s “Megalopolis.” Kevin Costner is bringing his vanity western.

Coppola’s movie is notable because it has no distributor and cost him personally $100 million — not even the total price. Will he sell it? Who will buy it? How many times will it be shown? More than once?

Demi Moore? Richard Gere? There’s an 80s nostalgia there, certainly. Moore will get a lot of red carpet attention without a doubt. For Gere, this is vindication after he’s said that his political views about Tibet have cancelled him as a studio player — they’re all afraid of insulting China.

Sean Baker is back, this time with a film called “Anora” that has not only no star but no one who’s name is recognizable.

Andrea Arnold has “Bird,” with two hot stars — Barry Keoghan and Franz Rogowski. You can only imagine the bidding war, with A24 cracking open its piggy bank to get a film with the eccentric star of “Saltburn.”

On the what I would call more Oscar-y side of things, Cate Blanchett and Emma Stone each have films which will raise the bar a lot. There will also be plenty of French stars like Catherine Deneuve, Melvil Poupad, and Adele Exarchopolous.

Thierry Fremaux and Iris Knobloch say more films may be added in the days ahead, and I’m sure they’re right.

A deeper dive later today…

OPENING FILM

LE DEUXIEME ACTE (THE SECOND ACT)
Quentin Dupieux
Out of Competition

COMPETITION

THE APPRENTICE
Ali Abbasi

MOTEL DESTINO
Karim Aïnouz

BIRD
Andrea Arnold

EMILIA PEREZ
Jacques Audiard

ANORA
Sean Baker

MEGALOPOLIS
Francis Ford Coppola

THE SHROUDS
David Cronenberg

THE SUBSTANCE
Coralie Fargeat

GRAND TOUR
Miguel Gomes

MARCELLO MIO
Christophe Honoré

FENG LIU YI DAI (CAUGHT BY THE TIDES)
Jia Zhang-Ke

ALL WE IMAGINE AS LIGHT
Payal Kapadia

KINDS OF KINDNESS
Yórgos Lánthimos

L’AMOUR OUF
Gilles Lellouche

WILD DIAMOND
Agathe Riedinger
1st film

OH CANADA
Paul Schrader

LIMONOV – THE BALLAD
Kirill Serebrennikov

PARTHENOPE
Paolo Sorrentino

PIGEN MED NÅLEN (THE GIRL WITH THE NEEDLE)
Magnus von Horn

UN CERTAIN REGARD

NORAH
Tawfik Alzaidi

THE SHAMELESS
Konstantin Bojanov

LE ROYAUME
Julien Colonna
1st film

VINGT DIEUX !
Louise Courvoisier
1st film

WHO LET THE DOG BITE? (LE PROCÈS DU CHIEN)
Laetitia Dosch
1st film

GOU ZHEN (BLACK DOG)
Guan Hu

THE VILLAGE NEXT TO PARADISE
Mo Harawe
1st film

SEPTEMBER SAYS
Ariane Labed
1st film

L’HISTOIRE DE SOULEYMANE
Boris Lojkine

THE DAMNED
Roberto Minervini

ON BECOMING A GUINEA FOWL
Rungano Nyoni

BOKU NO OHISAMA (MY SUNSHINE)
Hiroshi Okuyama

SANTOSH
Sandhya Suri

VIET AND NAM
Truong Minh Quý

ARMAND
Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel
1st film

OUT OF COMPETITION

SHE’S GOT NO NAME
Chan Peter Ho-Sun

HORIZON
Kevin Costner

RUMOURS
Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson & Guy Maddin

FURIOSA : A MAD MAX SAGA
George Miller

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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