Cannes Film Festival in France with Stars and New Movies
Festival workers lay the red carpet at the Palais des Festivals on opening day of the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. The Cannes film festival runs from May 14 until May 25, 2024. (Photo by Andreea Alexandru/Invision/AP)

Cannes Film Festival in France with Stars and New Movies

May 14th, 2024

A big movie party called the Cannes Film Festival is happening in France. It starts on May 14 and ends on May 25, 2024. People put a red carpet on the ground for stars to walk on. They give two special people, Meryl Streep and George Lucas, a big prize. A new movie, "Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga," will be shown for the first time. Lots of people from different countries come to Cannes for this movie party. They talk about movies, sell movies, and show movies. There are many movies people can watch, and they give prizes to the best ones. There is a group of nine people, called a jury, who choose the best movie. This year, a woman named Greta Gerwig is the leader. They also give a fun prize for the best dog in a movie. Last year, a dog named Messi won. This movie party in Cannes is very famous and important for movies. It has a long history and started many years ago. People wear nice clothes and have big parties by the sea. It's a special time for people who love movies.
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💭 Discussion Questions

. What is the name of the big movie party in France?
. What color is the carpet for stars to walk on?
. What special prize do two people named Meryl Streep and George Lucas get?

📖 Vocabulary

🌐 Cultural context

The Cannes Film Festival is an annual event in France celebrating films. It is prestigious and attended by international movie stars and filmmakers. It includes award ceremonies and film premieres.

🧠 Further reading

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