By Elen Nivrae from Paris, France – Quentin Dupieux
Quentin Dupieux’s Le Deuxième Acte (The Second Act), the latest film from the prolific French director/screenwriter/musician, will open the 77th Festival de Cannes. Presented out of competition as a world premiere on the Croisette on Tuesday, May 14, this four-part comedy will be released in all French cinemas on the same day.

A filmmaker who embraces freedom – in tone, form and subject – Dupieux has freed himself from convention through an already extensive body of work, boasting 13 feature films in 17 years, establishing the absurd as a genre in its own right.

A road movie set against a backdrop of plastic surgery (Steak), a killer tire (Rubber), cops without crime (Wrong Cops), a director in search of the best scream (Reality), a giant fly trained by thugs (Mandibles), a cellar with time-space powers (Incredible but True)…
Like Dupieux’s previous works, The Second Act shows itself to be a new mise en abyme around acting – already one of the central themes of films Yannick and Daaaaaali! 

The cast features Léa Seydoux, Vincent Lindon and Louis Garrel, all who enter Quentin Dupieux’s zany universe for the first time, while Raphaël Quenard, who returns for the fourth time, after MandiblesSmoking Causes Coughing and Yannick.

The Opening Ceremony of the 77th Festival de Cannes will be broadcast live on France Télévisions and Brut. on Tuesday, May 14. Camille Cottin will serve as Master of Ceremony. Numerous cinemas in France will screen the ceremony and the opening film with the support of the Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français  (FNCF) and in partnership with France Télévisions and Brut.
© Chi-Fou-Mi Productions
The Second Act by Quentin Dupieux
with Léa Seydoux, Vincent Lindon, Louis Garrel, Raphaël Quenard and Manuel Guillot
Synopsis: Florence wants to introduce David, the man she’s madly in love with, to her father Guillaume. But David isn’t attracted to Florence and wants to throw her into the arms of his friend Willy. The four characters meet in a restaurant in the middle of nowhere.
Production: Chi-Fou-Mi Productions 
French Distribution: Diaphana Distribution 
International sales: Kinology The film will be released in French cinemas on May 14, 2024.