Cannes Film Festival 2024

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Cannes Film Festival

The 77th annual Cannes Film Festival took place from 14 to 25 May 2024, and I had the honour to be present at this exclusive event.

This year Sean Baker won the Palme d’Or for “Anora”, being the first American filmmaker to cinch the festival’s top prize since Terrence Malick earned the Palme for “The Tree of Life” in 2011. During the ceremony, an honorary Palme d'Or was given to George Lucas by Francis Ford Coppola.

Shot over a 2-year period, the film "Invasion" by Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa was featured at the official selection of Cannes. It portrays the life of the civilian population all over Ukraine and presents a unique and ultimate statement of Ukrainian resilience in the face of a barbaric invasion.

May 2024: amfAR in Cannes celebrated its 30th edition this year, proving again that art and cinema are intertwined.
Celebrities and influencers in film, art, fashion, and entertainment gathered for an evening of music, fashion, and fundraising in support of the breakthrough research that is the only path to a cure for AIDS. Some of the biggest stars in the French Rivera for the Cannes Film Festival made appearances at the annual amfAR gala to raise money. Demi Moore, whose film “The Substance” caused a stir at Cannes, hosted this year’s gala, a role launched by Elizabeth Taylor in 1993.
Taylor’s image appeared again during the evening – at the art auction, led at amfAR by Simon de Pury. Many of the works of art and sculptures from the auction were on display around the grounds including an iconic hand-signed Andy Warhol lithograph of Taylor, which later raised 350,000 euros ($378,289).

A specially commissioned hand-drawn picture of the Queen with Swarovski crystals on an aluminium frame, from royal artist Chris Levine, reached 475,000 euros ($513,392) for the charity. Sarah Ferguson took to the podium to help auction this lot.
Sold at the auction Damien Hirst’s spot painting was generously donated by Christian Levett, the philanthropist who in early June will open a museum entirely devoted to art made by female artists in Mougins. Also, donated for the auction was the quadriptych by Kenny Scharf, which he painted while in residence at the Hotel du Cap.