The 2023 Cannes Film Festival begins: outstanding films and star guests

The curtain opens at the Cannes Film Festival in one edition, number 76, which opens this Tuesday May 16 and will close on Saturday May 27. Twelve days, and very intense, with the best auteur cinema, the works of promising newcomers and an official poster in black and white that has chosen the image of an actress as revered as she is the French Catherine Deneuve.

One of the muses of the Nouvelle Vague, also of numerous prestigious filmmakers and whose love relationship with Cannes is certified with a special career award given in 2008 and another Palme d’Honneur in 2005. She was also vice president of the official section jury, along with Clint Eastwood, in the 1994 edition. And this year, even her daughter Chiara Mastroianni has been designated as the official master of ceremonies.

But, not only author’s works will capture the attention of the most moviegoers. There will also be an opportunity to present on the Croisette some of the most anticipated titles of the season at a commercial level. If last year Tom Cruise was with Top Gun: Maverick and the Elvis by Baz Luhrmann, in this one they are not going to be far from short with the presentation of Indiana Jones and the dial of fatethe new of Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moonand the latest from Pixar in animation.

Precisely Pixar, with Elementary directed by Peter Sohnhas been chosen for the closing gala in a contest that will also feature Jeanne-du-Barrydirected and co-starring Maiwennand with the media hook of having Johnny Depp, for the opening.

21 films for the Palme d’Or

If the Official Section of this edition stands out for something, it is for the large number of films by highly established filmmakers and regulars at Cannes. Aki Kaurismaki with Fallen LeavesWes Anderson with Asteroid CityHirokazu Kore-eda with MonsterNanni Moretti with the sun of the futureNuri Bilge Ceylan with About Dry GlassesMaco Bellocchio with quickieTodd Haynes with May DecemberKen Loach with The Old Oak or Wim Wenders with Perfect Days.

Still from ‘Asteroid City’

An Official Section in which the feature films of seven directors will also compete: the Austrian jessica hausner (from Little Joe) with Club Zerothe Italian Alice Rohwarcher (Happy Lazzaro) with the chimerathe Franco-Senegalese and rookie Ramata-Toulaye Sy with Banel and Adamathe Tunisian Kaouther Ben Hania (The man who sold his skin) with The girls of Olfa and the French Justine Triet (Victoria’s cases) with anatomy of a fallalso Catherine Corsini (A summer love) with I returned him and Catherine Breillat (Anatomy of Hell) with L’été dernier.

complete the selection, The Zone of Interest by Jonathan Glazerunder the skin), Trần Anh Hùng (The smell of green papaya) with The Passion of Dodin BouffantWang Bing (Mrs Fang) with Youth (and also present in special Sessions with man in black), Karim Aïnouz (The invisible life of Eurídice Gusmão) with firebrand and Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire with Black Flies.

The Spanish representation

There will be no Spanish productions in the main section for the Palme d’Or, although the presence will be important. On the one hand, the scoop on the medium-length film strange way of life of Pedro Almodovara gay western in which they star Peter Pascal and ethan hawke in Special Sessions, and what’s new in Victor Erice, Close the eyes, movie with whichthat the Biscayan man has returned to directing feature films 31 years after the quince sunand with Ana Torrentthe girl protagonist of his emblematic The spirit of the hive of 1973, in the cast. It will be screened in the Cannes Première section. In addition, the Barcelona Elena Martin will present his second feature film, creaturein the Directors’ Fortnight.

Filming photo of 'Strange way of life'
Filming photo of ‘Strange way of life’
The desire

And, contrary to what happened with the In Memoriam of the Oscars, Cannes will remember the figure of the late Carlos Saura with the projection of a restored copy in 4K of Carmen at Cannes Classics, Cinéma de la Plage, with which he competed in 1983, obtaining the award for best artistic contribution. Before, he had been recognized with the Grand Jury Prize in 1976 for Breeding ravens (exaequo with The Marchioness of O by Éric Rohmer), and the Jury Prize in 1973 for Cousin Angelica.

To all this add five short films, two of them in competition in the official section, Although it is night by Guillermo García López (co-produced with France) and nothing of all this by Patricio Martínez and Francisco Cantón (co-produced with Argentina). For his part, accountants of Irati Gorostidi and the Spanish-Croatian The Real Truth about the Fight by Andrea Slaviček at Critics’ Week. While Trenc d’alba by Anna Llargués, a student at ESCAC (Higher School of Cinema and Audiovisuals of Catalonia), will be at La Cinef, dedicated to the works of students from film schools around the world.

the other sections

From the rest of the wide repertoire at Cannes, titles such as lost in the night of the mexican Amat Escalantein the section of scoops and of which ester foundling is its main female lead. Also Occupied Citythe documentary that the Londoner Steve McQueen has dedicated to Amsterdam, his adopted city, connecting its current situation with that of the years of German occupation in World War II. It can be seen in Special Sessions. And in the Midnight Sessions, the thriller hypnotic directed by robert rodriguez and starring Ben Affleck.

Lily-Rose Depp in 'The Idol'
Lily-Rose Depp in ‘The Idol’

No less expected is the presentation of the series the idol from HBO and from which sam levinsonthe creator of Euphoria, is also one of the architects. Set in the world of music, she promises plenty of morbidity, sex and controversy in her story about an up-and-coming pop star (lily rose depp) who will begin a relationship with a self-help guru and leader of a sexual sect (played by the singer The Weeknd).

For its part, another of the most emblematic sections, Un certain mirada, will open with le régne animal of Thomas Cailley, a curious science fiction proposal in which some mysterious mutations cause some humans to become animals. they star in it Romain Duris and Adele Exarchopoulos.

The stars of the red carpet

Actor and producer Michael Douglas will receive at the age of 78 the Cannes Palm of Honor 2023 as a tribute to his film career, which includes such well-known films as After the Green Heart, Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct either Wall Street (for which he won the Oscar), and that more recently we have been able to see him playing Dr. Hank Pym in the Marvel movies of ant man.

Michael Douglas in 'The Kominsky Method'
Michael Douglas in ‘The Kominsky Method’

Nor will there be a lack of stars as regards the members of the jury of the official section that will be chaired by the Swede Ruben Östlundwinner of the Palme d’Or on two occasions, in the last edition with The triangle of sadness and with the square in 2016. The jury will also be made up of the actor Paul Danothe actress Brie Larsonthe French Denis Menochet (protagonist of as beasts by Rodrigo Sorogoyen), the Moroccan director Maryam Touzanithe Zambian filmmaker Rungan NyoniFrench-Afghan writer and director Atik Rahimothe Argentine director and screenwriter Damian Szifron and the director Julia Ducournau (Palme d’Or at Cannes for titane in 2021).

But, without a doubt, most of the media spotlight will focus on the team Indiana Jones and the dial of fatewith Harrison Ford, Mads Mikkelsen, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas and the same manager James Mangold, disembarking on the Croisette. she also troupe of Almodóvar with Peter Pascal to the head or Scorsese accompanied by the two interpreters with more hook of Killers of the Flower Moon, Leonardo Dicaprio and robert deniro.

Let’s also not forget that Johnny Depp is the male lead in the opening film, his daughter lily rose depp and the singer The weekend of the aforementioned series the idol. Also that Alice Vikander and Jude Law are the protagonists of firebrandthat Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore of May December, and how much Scarlett Johansson and margot robbie have already confirmed their presence to support Wes Anderson for his presentation of Asteroid City which has an amazing cast.

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