Cannes 2023 schedule: The film festival’s most exciting films to watch out for
The Annes Film Festival, one of the most prestigious events in the film industry, opened today. So get ready to whet your appetite as the reviews pour in for the movies that will have everyone talking for the rest of the year.
In anticipation of the next 11 days of the big film festival, here’s our pick of some of the most exciting or hottest films from this year’s selection. Keep an eye on this lot.
In a Competition
All eyes will no doubt be on Maïwenn’s latest film Jeanne Du Barry – which opened the festival today – partly because it marks Johnny Depp’s return to the big screen after his very public libel trial, and also because it shows Depp at his finest play french king Depp portrays Louis XV, grandfather of the last king of France, Louis XVI, while director and actor Maïwenn stars as Madame du Barry, his last maîtresse-en-titre. It’s about her rise to the top of the French court.
Wes Anderson’s latest story is a story about a group of students and parents who gather in a 1955 American desert town for a youth stargazing conference. But then a larger disturbance occurs, which is likely aliens. Parents and children are soon cordoned off by the army, and then the real fun begins. As always, there’s a stellar cast: Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Tilda Swinton, Liev Schreiber and Margot Robbie join Anderson favorites Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe.
In Alice Rohrwacher’s latest film, The Crown’s Josh O’Connor plays a British archaeologist who gets sucked into the illicit world of bootlegging historical artifacts in the 1980s. Isabella Rossellini also plays a retired opera singer, while Alba Rohrwacher portrays an artifact dealer.
The old oak
The Old Oak will be Ken Loach’s last film as the 86-year-old director of The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) and I, Daniel Blake (2016) announced his retirement from filmmaking back in April. He plans to end his career on hope with “The Old Oak” telling the worthy story of a bartender in a former Durham mining town who eventually befriends a woman who has come to town as part of a group of Syrian refugees. The Guardian described the film as a film about “people coming together and trying to do the impossible”.
Todd Haynes, the latest film from Carol (2015) and Dark Waters (2019), will tell the story of actress Elizabeth Berry (Natalie Portman) who moves to Maine to study Gracie Atherton-Yu (Julianne Moore) – a woman , to which she is going to star in a film. But as Berry begins to ask harder questions about Atherton-Yu’s life, she also begins to really pressure Atherton-Yu’s relationship with her husband, Joe (Charles Melton).
Brazilian film director Karim Aïnouz brings historical drama Firebrand to Cannes this year. It stars Alicia Vikander as Katherine Parr and Jude Law as Henry VIII, which means we were drawn to the film from the start. But the premise is also quite exciting. The film follows Katherine as she moves around the English court and becomes King Henry’s sixth and last wife. The screenplay was written by Jessica Ashworth and Henrietta Ashworth, who wrote episodes of Killing Eve and Dixi.
Strange way of life
Pedro Almodóvar’s western short drama Strange Way of Life is only half an hour long and is still going to make a splash. Ethan Hawke also stars the internet’s current favorite dad, Pedro Pascal. The pair play Silva and Sheriff Jake: two former Wild West gunslingers who worked together decades ago. Silva rides across the desert to meet Jake, but it becomes clear that the meeting isn’t just a friendly get-together. Yee haw!
Out of competition:
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
How is an Indiana Jones film doing in Cannes, you might be wondering. And you’re not the only one. But the world premiere of James Mangold’s latest film has a role model: in 2008 “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (director: Steven Spielberg) was also shown at the festival. This time, the final part of the saga will include a special tribute to Harrison Ford and his extraordinary career. Set in 1969, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny follows the archaeologist once again as he embarks on a great adventure.
Killer of the Flower Moon
Martin Scorsese’s latest film made the papers running a whopping three hours and 26 minutes. Despite the amazing running time – or perhaps because of it – it’s still one of the most anticipated films at the festival. Not only will it star Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, John Lithgow, Brendan Fraser and Jesse Plemons, it will also mark the first time Scorsese has screened a film at Cannes in 37 years.
The story is based on the 2017 bestselling nonfiction book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by New York contributor David Grann. It describes a series of murders by a Midwestern Native American tribe known as The Osage Nation in Oklahoma in the 1920s. The killings coincided with the discovery of large deposits of oil on their land.
Closing of the festival:
Peter Sohn’s Elemental will conclude in Cannes, making it the fourth feature film from Pixar Animation Studios to be screened in the festival’s Official Selection. Produced by Disney and Pixar, the film tells the story of a city where different elements – fire, water, land and air – all live together. The story focuses on the friendship between Ember Lumen (Leah Lewis), a fire element, and Wade Ripple (Mamoudou Athie), a water element.
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