Cannes 2023: From Johnny Depp to Natalie Portman, list of celebs attending the film festival
The 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will be a who’s-who of Hollywood A-listers and veteran filmmakers this May, organizers announced on Thursday, adding a record six female filmmakers to the competition.
Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City” alone will bring a cavalcade of stars to the red carpet, including Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie and Scarlett Johansson.
It is among 19 films competing for the top prize Palme d’Or when the festival returns to the Côte d’Azur from 16 to 27 May.
Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore will star in director Todd Haynes’ “May/December” romance, while veteran filmmakers Ken Loach and Wim Wenders are also competing.
The festival had already received some great Hollywood premieres, including new Indiana Jones and Martin Scorsese films, as well as a returning Johnny Depp film.
Scorsese’s “Killer of the Flower Moon” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro currently has an out-of-competition slot but could end up in competition, festival director Thierry Fremaux said without giving specific details.
Also playing out of competition is a documentary about wartime Amsterdam, the “Occupied City” by renowned British director Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”), described by Fremaux as “several hours of very radical film”. has been described.
A win at Cannes could be a big boost for art cinema like last year’s winner “Triangle of Sadness,” which garnered multiple Oscar nominations.
Its director, Ruben Ostlund of Sweden, heads this year’s jury.
Hollywood also loves the French Riviera as a launchpad for its glitzy fare, with “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Elvis” receiving their world premieres at the festival last year.
This year will see “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” with Harrison Ford appearing as the guest of honor for his fifth and final appearance as the iconic daring archaeologist, alongside Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Antonio Banderas.
– Return of Johnny Depp –
A fiery start is already guaranteed for opening night’s film “Jeanne du Barry,” in which Johnny Depp stars as French King Louis XV in his first role since an explosive defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard.
Johnny Depp will be joined by his daughter Lily Rose Depp, who stars in “The Idol,” an out-of-competition TV series produced by musician Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye. The show has had a tumultuous production with reports of major rewrites in between.
As if this wasn’t enough to infuriate social media, Maven, the star and director of “Jeanne Du Barry,” last week filed a criminal complaint against him for allegedly assaulting a reporter — behind his head. Bowing down and spitting in his face – – in a restaurant in Paris.
Meanwhile, arthouse fans are especially excited for the return of British director Jonathan Glazer with “The Zone of Interest,” a Holocaust-set romance based on a novel by Martin Amis.
The competition also features renowned auteurs such as Hirokazu Kore-eda of South Korea and Aki Kaurismäki of Finland, alongside previous Palme winners Nanni Moretti and Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
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