The Cannes Film Festival, which will take place in from May 17 to May 28 in the spring of 2023, which is fast approaching. In the wee hours of Thursday morning (or, for those in the United States, in the very hours of Thursday morning), festival director Thierry Fremaux and outgoing president Pierre Lescure unveiled the roster for the Official Selection. See the complete list of performers below.
Cannes Film Festival 2023
On Thursday, the organisers of the Cannes Film Festival revealed that films by David Cronenberg, Claire Denis, and Park Chan-wook would compete for the Palme d’Or award at this year’s festival.
Previous festival winners Ruben Ostlund, Hirokazu Kore-Eda, and Cristian Mungiu’s films will be among the 18 titles competing for the festival’s top prize, as will a film by the well-known Russian filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov, who has previously won the award.
The artistic director of the Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Frémaux, unveiled an initial roster of over 50 films that would be shown at this year’s festival on Thursday during an online press conference.
Cannes Festival Films 2023
The 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will take place this year, with jury members and the many supplementary sidebars, ranging from Quinzaine to Critics’ Week, to be revealed in the following weeks. In his introduction, Fremaux said that 47 films would be shown, with more to be announced the next week. This year’s competition has 18 movies in total.
There’s a new order on the Croisette, as it was reported only a few months ago that Iris Knobloch had been chosen as the first female president of the Cannes Film Festival, which took place in March.
To refresh your memory, last year’s jury was presided over by Spike Lee, whose panel awarded the Palme d’Or to Julia Ducournau’s body-horror “Titane,” which was directed by Spike Lee. Asghar Farhadi shared the Grand Prix for “A Hero” (a filmmaker and project that is now mired in legal quagmire) and Juho Kuosmanen for “Compartment No. 6,” both of which were released this year.
Cannes Film Festival Winners 2023
Only 49 titles were released during the press conference, down from the 80 titles announced last year as a manner of (prematurely) celebrating the end of the epidemic. However, Frémaux suggested that a few more titles might be announced next week. More female-directed films, maybe even some from Africa, are expected to be included in the expansion.
During the press conference, Fremaux said that the selection committee had had a problematic year owing to the vast number of films submitted — more than 2,200 films — and the fact that many of them arrived late in the process. The number of films submitted used to be always less than 2,000 titles, according to him, before the epidemic.
Even though the epidemic is not yet ended and several countries are still seeing a rise in infections, Fremaux said that “the international cinema scene is beginning to get back in shape, and this year marks the return to a quasi-normality.”
Cannes Film Festival Awards 2023
“Decision to Leave,” a detective film directed by Park, will be shown. Even though he has never received the Palme d’Or, he was awarded the Grand Prix, the festival’s second-highest honor, in 2004 for his violent thriller “Oldboy.”
The majority of the most high-profile films shown outside of competition at Cannes were already known before Thursday’s official announcement. “Elvis,” a biography of the musician starring Austin Butler as Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks as his manager, Col. Tom Parker, will be presented on the Croisette by Baz Luhrmann, who will make his return to the Croisette.
Frémaux said “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” a fantasy romance starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba, would be a philosophical “reflection on the history of the world,” and that Miller. The “Mad Max” franchise’s creator would also return to Cannes with “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a sci-fi thriller starring Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain.
Cannes Film Festival Lineup 2023
No major film festival was more affected by the pandemic than Cannes, which was forced to postpone the 2020 event and move the dates to the middle of July for an overcrowded return event the following year due to the outbreak.
Now, thanks to a diverse lineup that includes everything from Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” to the directorial debut of Presley’s real-life granddaughter, Riley Keough. Whose “Beast” (co-directed by Gina Gammell) is set on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This all-important showcase for global art cinema appears to be finding its feet again.
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