Johnny Depp returns to the spotlight on the opening day of the 2023 Cannes Film Festival
On the opening day of the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, ohnny Depp made a triumphant return to the international film stage.
The Hollywood actor plays the role of King Louis XV in the historical drama Jeanne Du Barry. alongside French actresses Maiwenn, Pierre Richard and Benjamin Lavernhe.
Depp was pictured with his castmates on the red carpet on Tuesday, posing in a simple three-piece black suit for photos ahead of the film’s premiere – which kicked off the two-week festival.
The project is his first major film appearance since his high-profile defamation case with ex-wife Amber Heard last year.
Depp is suing the Aquaman star over an article she wrote for the Washington Post in 2018 about her experiences as a domestic violence survivor in which his attorneys falsely accused him of being an abuser.
His appearance in Cannes comes after Adele Haenel, one of France’s top actresses, announced she was leaving the industry because she denounced “complacency towards sexual aggressors”.
Her criticism was dismissed by Cannes Film Festival boss Thierry Fremaux earlier this week.
Depp was greeted upon his arrival on Tuesday by crowds of fans, some holding banners that read ‘viva Johnny’ and ‘we love Johnny’.
Directed by Maiwenn, Jeanne Du Barry tells the story of Jeanne, a young working-class woman who uses her intelligence and attractiveness to climb the social hierarchy and eventually get on King Louis XV’s radar. to land.
Depp reportedly became visibly emotional after the film received a seven-minute standing ovation after the screening.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, veteran actor Michael Douglas received the Palme d’Or – the highest award bestowed at Cannes.
He arrived at the event with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and daughter Carys Zeta Douglas.
Zeta-Jones wore a flowy red dress with a cape detail on the sleeves.
Her daughter opted for a semi-sheer white mesh dress with delicate detailing and cut-outs at the back and sides by Elie Saab.
According to the media in attendance, upon accepting the award on stage prior to the Jeanne Du Barry screening, Douglas became emotional and received a standing ovation.
He was then joined by renowned French actress Catherine Deneuve and the couple officially declared the 76th Cannes Film Festival open.
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