After a glamorous Red Carpet star-studded with international stars, the Opening Ceremony kicked off the competition with the screening of Maïwenn’s Jeanne du Barry.
Festival de Cannes 2023: the Competition Jury, chaired this year by two-time “Palme d’Or” director Ruben Östlund, was welcomed on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals by the Master of Ceremonies, actress Chiara Mastroianni, who took over from last year’s Master of Ceremonies, Virginie Efira, pregnant. More than 1,800 feature films have been submitted to the Official Selection, with some 20 films competing in the Official Competition. The competition for the Caméra d’or brings together feature films from the Official Selection, Critics’ Week and the Directors’ Fortnight.
An international jury
To assist the President of the Jury, who has already won the Palme d’Or twice, including Triangle of Sadness last year, in the selection of the various prizes, we find the Moroccan director Maryam Touzani, the French actor Denis Ménochet, the British-Zambian writer and director Rungano Nyoni, American actress and director Brie Larson, American actor Paul Dano, Afghan writer Atiq Rahimi, Argentinian director Damián Szifrón, and French director Julia Ducournau, who won the award in 2021.
The Ceremony in cinemas
The Opening Ceremony was broadcast live on France 2 and internationally on Brut. as well as in many cinemas (344 last year). Thousands of spectators were thus able to experience this exceptional evening – Opening Ceremony and film – broadcast live thanks to an operation initiated by the Cannes Film Festival in partnership with France Télévisions, the Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français and the CNC.
The Prize List to be unveiled on Saturday 27 May
The Jury will have the difficult task of awarding the Palme d’Or to one of the 21 films already announced in Competition as well as the various prizes that make up the prize list. The winners will be revealed on 27 May at 8.30pm during the Closing Ceremony, broadcast live by France Télévisions in France and by Brut. internationally. It will be followed by the screening, for the last session of the Festival, of Peter Sohn‘s animated film Elemental.
Many actors presented with an honoray palme
After Jodie Foster in 2021 and actor Forest Whitaker in 2022, it was Michael Douglas who was the guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the 76th Cannes Film Festival, like a host of other famous actors and directors, such as Jeanne Moreau, Bernardo Bertolucci, Manoel de Oliveira, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Agnès Varda and Alain Delon.
Palme d’honneur for Michael Douglas
The great actor received an honorary Palme d’Or in recognition of his brilliant artistic career: in his 50-year in front of the camera, he has appeared in 80 films ! In
Maïwenn et Johnny Depp
A film event opened the Cannes Film Festival 2023 and was released in theatres the same day. It was a Franco-American pair who walked up the famous Red Steps to open the 76th Cannes Film Festival: Maïwenn and Johnny Depp for the film Jeanne du Barry, the actress-director’s sixth feature.
Jeanne du Barry, getting out of her condition
A film event opened the Cannes Film Festival 2023 and was released in theatres the same day. It was a Franco-American pair who walked up the famous Red Steps to open the 76th Cannes Film Festival: Maïwenn and Johnny Depp for the film Jeanne du Barry, the actress-director’s sixth feature. Maïwenn caused a sensation on the Croisette with Polisse in 2011. Eight years after Mon Roi, which reunited Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot, and three years after ADN, Maïwenn has signed a historical drama in costumes in which Johnny Depp plays the role of Louis XV, and in which she plays the title role. The film tells the story of the life, rise and fall of Jeanne Vaubernier, a commoner’s daughter eager to rise socially who uses her charms to rise above her condition and become the favourite of King Louis XV.
A girl from nothing ready for anything!
Maïwenn’s film is a grandiose historical reconstruction of French royalty before the Revolution and of the king’s court at the Château de Versailles. If the beginning of Jeanne Vaubernier’s life – whose father was said to be a monk – the film is a bit slow, but comes alive and becomes scintillating when Jeanne arrives in Versailles. Sumptuous costumes, radiantly beautiful scenes, charming dialogue, all underpinned by a subtle humour, like the king (speaking with a hint of an accent) who is half amused and half perplexed by the life his office imposes on him. If Johnny Depp is less magnetic than in Tim Burton‘s films or as a Pirate, his presence is strong enough to sustain the film, as well as the impressive performance of the sassy and natural Maïwenn as a favourite who shatters court etiquette. Alas, this will earn her jealousy and resentment…
The Opening Ceremony Red Carpet in pictures
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