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How Cannes works, from the standing ovations to the juries to the Palm Dog

The star-studded Cannes Film Festival opens Tuesday, with highlights including the presentation of an honorary Palme d鈥橭r to both Meryl Streep and George Lucas, plus the premiere of George Miller鈥檚 鈥淔uriosa: A Mad Max Saga.鈥 (May 14)

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CANNES, France (AP) 鈥 The Cannes Film Festival is hallowed ground in cinema but understanding its unique landscape can be confounding.

The C么te d鈥橝zur festival, which kicked off Tuesday, is a 10-day ballet of spectacle and film where even the photographers wear tuxedos, standing ovations are timed with stopwatches and movies tend to be referred to by the names of their directors 鈥 鈥渢he Almod贸var,鈥 鈥渢he Malick,鈥 鈥渢he Coppola.鈥

From the outside, it can seem mad. From the inside, it can be hardly less disorienting. But grasping some of Cannes鈥 quirks and traditions can help you understand just what is unspooling in the south of France and what, exactly, a Palm Dog is.

The 2024 Cannes Film Festival is underway. Here鈥檚 what to know:

WHY DOES CANNES MATTER?

The short answer is that Cannes is the largest and arguably most significant film festival, and few care more deeply about the art of cinema than the French. This is where cinema was born and it鈥檚 where it鈥檚 most closely guarded. It鈥檚 not a coincidence that to enter the Palais des Festivals, the central hub, you must climb 24 red-carpeted steps, as if you鈥檙e ascending into some movie nirvana.

Cannes is also singularly global, attracting filmmakers, producers and journalists from around the world. It鈥檚 a little like an Olympics for film; countries set up their own tents in an international village. Because Cannes is also the largest film market in the world, many who come here are trying to sell their movies or looking to buy up rights. Deal-making, though not quite the frenzy it once was, happens in hotel rooms along the Croisette, aboard yachts docked in the harbor and, yes, on Zoom calls.

But aside from being a beacon to filmmakers and executives, Cannes is a draw for its shimmering French Riviera glamour. Since the days of stars like Grace Kelly and Brigitte Bardot, Cannes has been renown as a sun-kissed center stage for fashion.

HOW OLD IS CANNES?

Originally called the International Film Festival, Cannes was born in the lead-up to 老澳门六合彩 War II. Venice had launched the first major film festival in 1932, but in 1938, fascist influence on Venice was pervasive. The French government in 1939 chose the tourist destination of Cannes as the place for a new festival 鈥 though because of the war, the first edition wasn鈥檛 held until 1946. This year鈥檚 festival is the 77th edition.

HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE 鈥楥ANNES鈥?

Many people say the name of the French city and its eponymous festival wrong. Here鈥檚 what you should picture in your head: A can of soup. The pronunciation is closer to 鈥渃an鈥 than it is 鈥渃on.鈥 And definitely not several cans of soup 鈥 the 鈥渟鈥 is silent.

WHAT IS IT LIKE ON THE GROUND?

The hive of activity is the Palais, a massive complex by the sea full of cinemas with names like Bu帽uel, Bazin and, the granddaddy, the Grand Th茅芒tre Lumi猫re. This is where the red carpet runs in Cannes, nightly hosting two or three world premieres beneath a glass canopy flanked by rows of photographers. Festival cars ferry stars and directors who are ushered down the carpet and up the steps. Unlike most movie premieres, there are no reporters on the carpet.

Jury president Greta Gerwig enters the opening ceremony of the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Jury president Greta Gerwig enters the opening ceremony of the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Filmmakers and casts instead face questions from the media the day after their premieres, at a press conference preceded by a photo call. The press conferences can be atypically newsy, too; after Danish director Lars von Trier declared 鈥淚 am a Nazi鈥 at a Cannes press conference in 2011, he was named 鈥減ersona non grata鈥 by the festival for years.

Interpreters translate live for headphone-wearing reporters. Inside the Palais, bleary-eyed attendees are treated to gratis espresso.

Down the Croisette, the oceanside, palm tree-lined promenade of Cannes, there are regal old hotels like the Carlton and the Martinez from where festival attendees flow in and out, interviews might be happening on balconies as autograph-seeking fans gather outside in throngs. After-parties are typically held in clubs across the Croisette, by the beach.

People play chess on the Boulevard de la Croisette ahead of the 77th international film festival in Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2024. The Cannes film festival runs from May 14 until May 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
People play chess on the Boulevard de la Croisette ahead of the 77th international film festival in Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2024. The Cannes film festival runs from May 14 until May 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
A person walks along the Croisette ahead of the Cannes film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 12, 2024. The 77th edition of the film festival runs from May 14 until May 25. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
A person walks along the Croisette ahead of the Cannes film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 12, 2024. The 77th edition of the film festival runs from May 14 until May 25. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

WHO ATTENDS?

Unlike public festivals like Toronto or SXSW, Cannes is industry-only and largely out of reach for most moviegoers. That doesn鈥檛 stop the desperate, tuxedo-clad ticket seekers who hold signs outside the Palais on the chance someone has an extra, or the photo-takers who stand on small ladders near the red carpet.

Cannes is rigorously hierarchical, with a system of color-coded badges regulating access. If you hear about a film being booed at Cannes 鈥 even Martin Scorsese鈥檚 鈥淭axi Driver鈥 was famously jeered before winning the Palme d鈥橭r 鈥 it鈥檚 usually at a press screening.

The premieres, largely attended by industry professionals, are where the prolonged standing ovations take place. But this, like many things at Cannes, is a bit of stagecraft to boost the mythology. After the credits role, a cameraman rushes in, with his footage fed live to the screen. He goes down the aisles, giving the audience a chance to applaud for the director and each star. No one is just cheering for a dark movie screen.

The Cannes sign is pictured above the old town ahead of the the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2024. The Cannes film festival runs from May 14 until May 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

The Cannes sign is pictured above the old town ahead of the the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2024. The Cannes film festival runs from May 14 until May 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

WHAT DOES 鈥業N COMPETITION鈥 MEAN?

Cannes hierarchy is in the lineup, too. Attention focuses most on the films 鈥渋n competition鈥: usually around 20 movies competing for the Palme d鈥橭r, the festival鈥檚 top award. Past winners include 鈥淎pocalypse Now,鈥 鈥淧ulp Fiction,鈥 and 鈥淧arasite.鈥 Last year, it went to Justine Triet鈥檚 鈥淎natomy of a Fall.鈥 Winners are chosen by a jury of nine that changes every year. This year鈥檚 is presided over by Greta Gerwig.

Jury president Greta Gerwig, second form left, poses with jury members Omar Sy, from left, Lily Gladstone, Nadine Labaki, Ebru Ceylan, Kore-eda Hirokazu, J.A. Bayona, Eva Green, and Pierfrancesco Favino upon arrival at the awards ceremony and the premiere of the film 'The Second Act' during the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Jury president Greta Gerwig, second form left, poses with jury members Omar Sy, from left, Lily Gladstone, Nadine Labaki, Ebru Ceylan, Kore-eda Hirokazu, J.A. Bayona, Eva Green, and Pierfrancesco Favino upon arrival at the awards ceremony and the premiere of the film 鈥楾he Second Act鈥 during the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Competition is only one section, though. Many high-profile films might play out of competition, as 鈥淔uriosa: A Mad Max Saga鈥 is this year. Un Certain Regard gathers a lineup of original or daring films. First and second films play in the sidebar Critics鈥 Week. There are also midnight selections and the recently launched Premiere sidebar, which also takes some overflow for films that didn鈥檛 fit into competition. Restorations and documentaries play in Cannes Classics.

And down the Croisette, separate from the official selection, is the Directors鈥 Fortnight or the Quinzaine, a parallel showcase launched in 1969 by a group of French filmmakers after the 1968 Cannes was canceled.

The Palme d'Or is displayed at 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 Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

The Palme d鈥橭r is displayed at 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 Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE PALM DOG?

There are many other prizes, too, even an unofficial one created by journalists called the Palm Dog (sadly, not the Palme D鈥橭g), for the best canine in Cannes. Last year, that honor went to Messi, the 鈥淎natomy of a Fall鈥 pooch.

Messi the dog poses for photographers upon arrival at the awards ceremony and the premiere of the film 'The Second Act' during the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (Photo by Daniel Cole/Invision/AP)
Messi the dog poses for photographers upon arrival at the awards ceremony and the premiere of the film 'The Second Act' during the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (Photo by Daniel Cole/Invision/AP)
Messi the dog poses for photographers upon arrival at the awards ceremony and the premiere of the film 'The Second Act' during the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (Photo by Daniel Cole/Invision/AP)
Messi the dog poses for photographers upon arrival at the awards ceremony and the premiere of the film 'The Second Act' during the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (Photo by Daniel Cole/Invision/AP)

Created in 2001, the annual award and its spinoff categories is decided by a jury of reporters. Past winners have included Uggie from 鈥淭he Artist鈥 (2011) and Sayuri, who played the heroic pit bull in 鈥淥nce Upon A Time ... In Hollywood鈥 (2019).

As for the reigning champ, Messi captivated the carpet on opening day this year, in town again as a correspawndent of sorts for French television.

Film writer and critic