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Highlights from the Opening Ceremony of Cannes Film Festival 2024

The 2024 Cannes Film Festival commenced with an opening ceremony hosted by French actress Camille Cottin on Tuesday, in the Grand Théâtre Lumière. The event attracted notable figures from the film industry, setting the stage for the festival.

A significant moment of the evening was the arrival of Greta Gerwig on the Croisette. Gerwig, the first American female director to lead the Official Competition Jury, garnered anticipation from cinephiles worldwide. Camille Cottin used her role as host to highlight Gerwig's achievements, notably her film "Barbie" released in 2023, and underscored its relevance amidst ongoing gender disparities in the industry.

The performance by Zaho de Sagazan, a rising star in the music scene, also left an impression. Her rendition of David Bowie's "Modern Love" paid homage to the film "Frances Ha" (2012), featuring Greta Gerwig. The energy and emotion of Sagazan's performance resonated with the audience.

The evening's climax occurred during the presentation of the Honorary Palme d'Or to Meryl Streep. Streep returned to the Croisette for the occasion, where fellow esteemed actress Juliette Binoche bestowed the award. Streep expressed admiration for Binoche's recent roles, and both actresses shared mutual appreciation. Binoche commended Streep for her influence on the portrayal of women in cinema, underscoring the medium's capacity to drive change.


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