The Cannes Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 76th edition which will be held from May 16 to 27, 2023. The list of feature films selected in Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition, Midnight Screenings, Cannes Premiere and Special Screenings is regularly updated on the official website.
The festival will feature Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” and the highly anticipated blockbuster, “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”.
Killers of the Flower Moon – Martin Scorsese
Killers of the Flower Moon is a 2023 film by Martin Scorsese, based on a book by David Grann. It tells the story of the Osage murders, a series of crimes against Native Americans in Oklahoma in the 1920s.
The film focuses on the relationship between Ernest and Mollie Burkhardt (Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone), a couple who are involved in the case. The film also stars Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Brendan Fraser and John Lithgow. It is a mix of different genres, such as Western, crime drama and history. It is one of the most anticipated movies of 2023.
The Idol – The Weekend
If you are a fan of Euphoria, you might be curious about the new HBO series The Idol, created by Sam Levinson and The Weeknd. The show stars Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn, a pop star who falls in love with Tedros, a cult leader played by The Weeknd. The show has been controversial for its explicit and violent scenes, as well as its troubled production history. Here are some facts you need to know about The Idol before you watch it:
- The show is set in the same universe as Euphoria, according to Levinson.
- The show was originally directed by Amy Seimetz, but she left after Levinson and The Weeknd decided to change the creative direction of the show. They reportedly felt that the show had become too focused on a female perspective.
- Levinson and The Weeknd reshoot most of the show using The Weeknd’s own home as a set.
- The show premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and received a five-minute standing ovation .
- The show has been criticized by some reviewers for its degrading portrayal of Depp’s character and its reliance on shock value .
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny – James Mangold
The fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2023. The film, directed by James Mangold and starring Harrison Ford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, received a mixed reception from critics and audiences. Some praised Ford’s performance and Mangold’s direction, while others found the film to be dull, predictable and lacking in charm.
The film is set in 1969 and follows Indy’s quest to stop a group of Nazis from using an ancient artifact that can alter time and space. The film also features Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook and a de-aged Ford in some scenes. Ford, who received an honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes, said that this would be his last time playing the iconic character.
Last Summer – Catherine Breillat
Catherine Breillat is a French filmmaker who explores women’s sexuality and social taboos in her provocative films. Her last film was Abuse of Weakness in 2013, based on her own experience of having a stroke and being swindled by a scammer. Her new film, Last Summer, is about Anne (Léa Drucker), a successful lawyer who has an affair with her stepson, risking her marriage and career.
The film promises to be another challenging and controversial work by Breillat, who is not afraid to confront the dark and complex aspects of human relationships. Last Summer could be seen as a counterpart to Todd Haynes’s May December, which also deals with an unconventional romance between an older woman and a younger man.
The New Boy – Cate Blanchett
If you are looking for a gripping drama with a stellar cast and a unique setting, you might want to check out The New Boy, a new film co-produced by Cate Blanchett and her company Dirty Films. The film is directed by Warwick Thornton, who won acclaim for his debut feature Samson & Delilah in 2009.
The New Boy tells the story of a young Aboriginal boy who is orphaned and sent to a remote monastery run by a renegade nun, played by Blanchett. There, he faces a spiritual struggle and a fight for survival as he disrupts the status quo of the isolated community. The film promises to be a powerful and provocative exploration of identity, faith and colonialism in Australia.
Asteroid City – Wes Anderson
Asteroid City is a new film by Wes Anderson, set in the 1950s, that tells the story of a family of stargazers who witness a UFO landing in a remote desert town. The Movie is a mix of comedy, drama and romance, with Anderson’s trademark visual style and quirky characters. It stars Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Tilda Swinton and many more.
The film is based on a story by Anderson and Roman Coppola, and was shot in black and white to evoke the era of classic sci-fi movies. The film also features a play-within-a-film structure, with a narrator (Bryan Cranston) introducing each act as a “fanciful telling” of the events.
Asteroid City is a tribute to the wonder and mystery of the universe, as well as a reflection on the human condition and the power of love. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2023 and received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike.
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“Room 666” is a documentary film made by Wim Wenders in 1982.
He invited famous film directors to talk about the future of cinema in a hotel room during the Cannes Film Festival. The film is a fascinating snapshot of the opinions and visions of different filmmakers at a time when cinema seemed to be in crisis. Now, almost 40 years later, a new film called “Room 666: The Sequel” has been made by Lubna Playoust.
She followed the same format as Wenders and asked contemporary directors like James Gray, Baz Luhrmann, Claire Denis, and Ruben Ostlund to share their thoughts on cinema today. The film will premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Club Zero – Mia Wasikowska
Jessica Hausner’s fourth film to play at the festival is Club Zero. The film follows a teacher at an elite school who forms a bond with five students, which takes a shocking turn. The students begin to reduce their food consumption until things get out of hand. The film stars Mia Wasikowska and is directed by an Austrian writer-director.
May December – Todd Haynes & Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore and Todd Haynes present their twisted take on the Mary Kay Letourneau story in their fourth collaboration.
The movie stars Julianne Moore as Gracie, a woman whose relationship with her now-husband Joe inspired a national tabloid obsession 20 years earlier. As the two prepare to send their children off to college, a famous actress named Elizabeth temporarily moves in to study Gracie before she goes on to play her in a movie based on said tabloid drama. The couple begins to buckle under the pressure of the whole thing. Natalie Portman stars as Elizabeth.