36 of the Biggest Directors at Cannes 2024: Oliver Stone, Yorgos Lanthimos and More | Exclusive Photos

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Here are the filmmakers lighting up this year’s festival, photographed around the world from L.A. to Buenos Aires to Tokyo

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As we do every year, TheWrap is celebrating the Cannes Film Festival by spanning the globe in photos of directors from all sections of the festival. This year’s portfolio consists of three dozen directors shot in 18 cities on four continents and stretches from Buenos Aires to Burbank, Avignon to Zgierz, Shanghai to Strasbourg — with, as usual, plenty of stops in Paris, Los Angeles and New York. Yorgos Lanthimos, Sean Baker, Kirill Serebrennikov and Nabil Ayouch are back for their second appearances in our pages, while Michel Hazanavicius is back for his third. But 2024 also marks the first appearances for Oliver Stone, Jacques Audiard and Sergei Loznitsa, esteemed auteurs we’ve admired for years.

By the way, this year’s jury president, Greta Gerwig, has participated in our portfolio in the past even though she’s never directed a film that has screened at the festival. Back in 2017, Gerwig’s husband, writer-director Noah Baumbach, came to Cannes with “The Meyerowitz Stories” — and when he agreed to appear in our portfolio, we were delighted to learn that he wanted Gerwig to shoot the photo for us. She became the first future jury president to supply us with photos, though she wouldn’t be the last spouse to do so: Two years after Gerwig shot Baumbach, Lena Herzog snapped her husband Werner on a train traveling through Japan. Creativity and continuity — in a way, that’s Cannes in a nutshell.

This story originally appeared in the Cannes issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine. Read the full issue here.

Diane Kruger photographed for TheWrap by Guerin Blask

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