With the 76th Cannes Film Festival just a few weeks away, WS magazine is here to give you a rundown of the most highly anticipated premieres and events of the festival. New films by Ken Loach, Wim Wenders, Wes Anderson, and others are in competition.
The Cannes Film Festival is a prestigious event that showcases the best of the film industry from all around the world. This year, the festival will open with a historical drama called «Favorita» (Jeanne Du Barry), directed by Maïwenn Le Besco, who will also play the lead role. The film revolves around the turbulent relationship between French King Louis XV and his mistress Jeanne Du Barry, whom he installed in Versailles. Johnny Depp will play the role of the king, and the movie also features actors such as Pierre Richard, Louis Garrel, Melvil Poupaud, Pascal Greggory, and others.
The filming took place in Versailles and other castles in Paris and its surroundings. For Johnny Depp, this is his first film after a few years of boycott, and it will also be the first time he speaks French in a movie, which should not be a problem since he has lived in France for a long time.
In addition, the festival will also showcase the premiere of the highly-anticipated «Indiana Jones and the Fate of the Cypher» with Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role as the titular character. However, the film’s director, Steven Spielberg, has stepped down from the franchise, and James Mangold will take his place. The movie also stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, John Rhys-Davies, Antonio Banderas, Toby Jones, and Boyd Holbrook. Although the plot details have not been revealed, it is likely to be the last film in the franchise.
The previous Indiana Jones movie was released 14 years ago, and it also premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. This latest film will hit theaters on June 30, 2023, just two weeks before Harrison Ford’s 81st birthday.
The Cannes Film Festival will also feature the highly-anticipated out-of-competition premiere of Martin Scorsese’s latest movie «Killers of the Flower Moon», which is a thriller-western hybrid based on the book by David Grann. The film tells the story of the FBI investigation in the 1920s in the Osage Indian Nation where oil was discovered, leading to the locals’ wealth and subsequent murders.
These films are just a few of the highlights at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which promises to be an exciting and memorable event for both the film industry and moviegoers alike.
Italian filmmaker, Paolo Sorrentino, will serve as the president of the jury for the 2023 edition. Paolo Sorrentino is a highly acclaimed Italian filmmaker known for his distinctive style and bold visual storytelling. In addition to his Best Foreign Language Film Oscar win for «The Great Beauty» in 2014, Sorrentino has also received numerous awards and nominations for his work, including a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film for the same movie.
Sorrentino’s filmography includes critically acclaimed titles such as «Il Divo», «Youth», and «The Young Pope», among others. He is known for his visually stunning and atmospheric films, which often explore themes such as power, corruption, and human relationships.
As the president of the jury for the 2023 festival, Sorrentino will play a key role in selecting the winners of the various awards and prizes. His expertise and experience in the film industry make him a highly respected figure in the international film community, and his appointment as jury president is sure to generate excitement and anticipation for the upcoming festival.
by VERA KAMENKOVA