Cannes Day 7 highlights: Santosh premieres; Studio Ghibli receives Palme d'Or

Sakshi Sharma
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Cannes Day 7 highlights

Cannes Day 7 highlights

Studio Ghibli received an honorary Palme d'Or, the Indian film Santosh, and Donald Trump's biopic The Apprentice premiered on day 7 of the 77th Cannes Film Festival! 

The Mediterranean blue French Rivieria glistened with more star power and film screenings on day 7 of Cannes Film Festival 2024. After a jam-packed few days, these last days offer a bit of a breather with some impending exciting titles. On the screen, there were premieres of in-competition films The Apprentice, The Shrouds, Santosh, and others, while on the red carpet, we saw Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Sebastian Stan, Jeremy Strong, Bella Hadid, Jacqueline Fernandez, and others with their eye-catching ensembles. The Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli was also bestowed the honorary Plame d'Or. 

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Here are some highlights from Day 7! 

Studio Ghibli was honored with Palme d'Or 

The highly popular Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli, which gave us films like Spritied Away, The Boy and The Heron, was given the honorary Plame d'Or, making history as it was the first group to receive such an honor from Cannes. Hayao Miyazaki, who founded the studio in 1985 with Isao Takahata and Tokuma Shoten, was not present to receive the award but sent a message: 'I don't understand any of this, but thank you'. 

Indian film Santosh had its premiere

Sandhya Suri's feature debut, Santosh, starring the formidable Shahana Goswami in the lead, had its standout premiere at the Cannes Un Certain Regard section. It is about how a recent widow who inherits her husband’s job as a police constable in the rural badlands of Northern India is pulled into a murder investigation of a low-caste girl under the wing of a feminist inspector. 

In Competition films The Apprentice and The Shrouds had their premiere

The debatable Donald Trump biopic directed by Iranian-Danish filmmaker Ali AbbasiThe Apprentice, starring Sebastian Stan and Jeremy Strong, premiered at Cannes and received an 8-minute standing ovation. It explores Trump's rise in 1980s America under the influence of firebrand attorney Roy Cohn. The horror auteur David Cronenberg’s latest film, The Shrouds, also premiered at Cannes and received a 3.5-minute standing ovation. It is about a widow who invents technology to look inside his late wife’s grave. 

Jacqueline Fernandez and Bella Hadid on the red carpet 

Jacqueline Fernandez, in a radiant gold sequin gown by Mikael D Couture, dazzled as she made her Cannes debut appearance, while US model Bella Hadid made waves with her bold fashion choice of adorning a brown Saint Laurent midi-length cocktail dress with its sheer mesh top. 


Women In Motion Award to Dame Donna Langley

Kering held its annual dinner, awarding Women In Motion to Dame Donna Langley, NBCUniversal Studios Group chairman and chief content officer, and the Young Talent Award to Amanda Nell Eu, Malaysian director. In 2015, the Women In Motion program was launched in partnership with Cannes, intending to highlight women’s contribution to cinema in front of and behind the camera.


More films that were screened 

Apart from the films mentioned above, the Un Certain Regard section had The Kingdom, Midnight screening had I, Executioner, and Cannes premieres had Misericordia

With this wrap-up, you are all caught up with the highlights from Cannes Day 7! As this 10-day festival goes on, catch up on everyday highlights and snippets from Indian content creators attending the festival with us! 

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