CANNES 2024 PREMIERES: BIRD, ON BECOMING A GUINEA FOWL AND KINDS OF KINDNESS

21.05.2024

It was a busy Cannes this year, with three features premiering at the film festival. 

Andrea Arnold's BIRD, centres around 12 year-old Bailey (Nykiya Adams), who lives with her brother, Hunter (Jason Buda) and father, Bug (Barry Keoghan) in a squat in northern Kent. Bug struggles to devote much time to his children and so Bailey begins to look for attention elsewhere - she meets Bird (Franz Rogowski). Andrea returns to Cannes with her fifth project, having previously won the jury prize on three separate occasions for RED ROAD (2006), FISH TANK (2009) and AMERICAN HONEY (2016).

ON BECOMING A GUINEA FOWL screened at Un Certain Regard. Directed by Rungano Nyoni, the film focuses on Shula, and her cousins, who, after the death of an uncle, bring to light the buried secrets of their middle-class Zambian family. This is Rungano's third feature, after NORDIC FACTORY (2014) and I AM NOT A WITCH (2017), which was also nominated for a Camera d'Or at Cannes in 2017. 

After recently winning four Academy Awards for POOR THINGS, Yorgos Lanthimos' next feature, KINDS OF KINDNESS premiered as part of the In Competition Selection. Starring Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons and Willem Defoe, the film is a dark comedy of three chronicles; a man who seeks to take control of his life, a policeman who finds his wife lost at sea and doesn’t recognize her, and a woman in search of a person with exceptional power. The film is set for a June 28th release date. 

We are wishing them all the best of luck in the 77th Edition - the winners are announced Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th May.

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