May 23rd, 2024

‘Furiosa’ speeds into the Cannes Film Festival

By The Associated Press on May 15, 2024.

CANNES, France (AP) – Start your engines. “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” rolls into the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, returning George Miller’s dystopia-on-wheels to the Croisette promenade and launching one of the most anticipated movies of the summer.

The latest “Mad Max” film, starring Anya Taylor-Joy as a young Furiosa, is premiering in Cannes almost exactly nine years after “Mad Max: Fury Road” debuted at the French festival. Miller, who has served on the jury in Cannes several times, also premiered his “Three Thousand Years of Longing” in 2022 here.

“To show it in that cinema with about 2,000 people with impeccable sound and screening is a big thing. It’s kind of optimal cinema, really,” Miller said in advance of the premiere. “The moment that they said, “˜OK, we’re happy to show this film here,’ I jumped at it.”

For Taylor-Joy, “Furiosa” in Cannes is a full circle moment. The first time she came to the festival was to receive a Chopard trophy as an emerging actor in 2017. It was presented by the original Furiosa, Charlize Theron, the star of “Fury Road.”

“Furiosa” opens in North American theaters on May 24.

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