Cannes Film Festival 2024: French comedy sets the opening act; Meryl Streep to bag the Palme d’Or

Meryl Streep looked stunning at the photocall ceremony wearing a white shirt and white pants with a blue pattern shirt.


The Cannes Film Festival has arrived! For its 77th year, one of the most prominent and extensively publicized film festivals globally opens its red carpet tonight. The opening night film is set to be the French comedy The Second Act. And lastly, at the opening ceremony, Meryl Streep will receive an honorary Palme d’Or.

French comedy as the opening act

Cannes Film Festival 2024 | Cannes Film Festival 2024 to open with Quentin  Dupieux's The Second Act starring Léa Seydoux - Telegraph India

A surreal French comedy with a cast of stars, including Raphaël Quenard, Vincent Lindon, Léa Seydoux, and Louis Garrel, is called The Second Act by Quentin Dupieux. On the same day, the movie will be released in French theaters and compete in the Out of Competition category. “Florence wants to introduce David, the man she’s madly in love with, to her father Guillaume. But David isn’t attracted to Florence and wants to throw her into the arms of his friend Willy. The four of them meet in a restaurant in the middle of nowhere,” reads the official synopsis read.

Meryl at the festival

Meryl Streep won the Best Actress award last year at the festival

As for Meryl Streep, she’ll be the center of attention as she walks onto the Grand Theatre Lumiere stage to accept the honorary Palme d’Or.

“I am immeasurably honored to receive the news of this prestigious award. To win a prize at Cannes, for the international community of artists, has always represented the highest achievement in the art of filmmaking. To stand in the shadow of those who have previously been honored is humbling and thrilling in equal part. I so look forward to coming to France to thank everyone in person this May!” Meryl mentioned in a statement.

While Greta Gerwig will preside over the competition phase of the Cannes jury. The top prize list includes, among other films, Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis and Yorgos Lanthimos’ Kinds of Kindness, as well as the Indian film All We Imagine as Light, directed by Payal Kapadia.