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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga World Premiere at the 77th Festival de Cannes

Anya Taylor-Joy as Furiosa in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ action adventure “FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. © Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Nine years after Mad Max: Fury Road, the Australian director, screenwriter and producer George Miller’s famous saga’s is back on the Croisette! The highly anticipated Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga will be revealed in the presence of the director and the cast, led by Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Burke, on the occasion of an Out of Competition gala screening at the Grand Théâtre Lumière at the Palais des Festivals on Wednesday May 15.

Mad Max (1979), Mad Max II: The Challenge (1981), Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (2024): in 5 episodes and in almost 5 decades, George Miller has created a cathartic myth, even a cathartic mythology. Mad Max is a chronicle of societal and environmental collapse, playing with genre codes to question these themes, initially visionary and now cruelly topical. Originally filmed in the Australian Outback, this revisited “Western on wheels” describes a dystopian world where speed and movement are just as synonymous with life energy as with death as a result of resource depletion, offering the viewer a dose of adrenaline rarely equalled on the big screen.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is the latest episode. It returns to the origins of Furiosa, the new saga-heroine who appeared in Mad Max: Fury Road, rewarded with several Oscars. Actress Anya Taylor-Joy plays the young Furiosa, trying to return home, despite numerous hostile armed gangs.

“The idea of this prequel has been with me for over a decade,” said George Miller. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to return to the Festival de Cannes – along with Anya, Chris and Tom – to share Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. There is no better place than La Croisette to experience this film with audiences on the world stage.”

George Miller, the singular and unclassifiable filmmaker, passing from post-apocalyptic films to young audiences – Babe (1995), Happy Feet (2006) – was twice a Festival de Cannes Jury member before becoming its President in 2016 for the 69th edition. In 2022, he presented Three Thousand Years of Longing with Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba, Out of Competition.

The Festival de Cannes would like to thank the entire Warner Bros. Pictures team – who will distribute the film worldwide – for their loyalty.

 

(L to r) Anya Taylor-Joy, director George Miller and Chris Hemsworth on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ action adventure FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Jasin Boland

FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA

A film directed by George Miller

Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Burke
Written by George Miller and Nico Lathouris
Produced by Doug Mitchell and George Miller
Released in France by Warner Bros. Discovery France
French release date: May 22, 2024
U.S. release date, only in theatres: May 24, 2024

Synopsis

As the world fell, young Furiosa is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and falls into the hands of a great Biker Horde led by the Warlord Dementus. Sweeping through the Wasteland, they come across the Citadel presided over by The Immortan Joe. While the two Tyrants war for dominance, Furiosa must survive many trials as she puts together the means to find her way home.

The 77th Festival de Cannes will take place from Tuesday May 14 to Saturday May 25, 2024. 

The Official Selection will be unveiled on Thursday, April 11, 2024.

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