The streets of France are buzzing as the world’s biggest film festival returns home. The Cannes Film Festival 2023 promises to be the most incredible showcase of the cinema, from summer blockbusters to restored classics.
As always, those not in attendance are already making a list of the most exciting titles at the film festival. From Martin Scorsese’s latest to Johnny Depp’s comeback vehicle, there’s no shortage of films that you’d want to see.
10 Hotly-Anticipated Titles At Cannes Film Festival 2023
1. Killers Of The Flower Moon By Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese brings his two favorites, Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio, for his first epic-Western film. ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon‘ is based on a series of 1920s Oklahoma murders in the Osage Nation committed after oil was discovered on tribal land. Jesse Plemons plays 29-year-old former Texas Ranger, Tom White. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Ernest Burkhart, nephew of William Hale (Robert De Niro). He experiences shifting loyalties toward his uncle and Osage’s wife, Mollie (Lily Gladstone).
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2. The Idol By Sam Levinson And The Weeknd
Despite being mired in controversies, the makers of ‘The Idol’ have been persistent in bringing their vision on screen. Straight from the underbelly of Hollywood, ‘The Idol’ focuses on Jocelyn, an aspiring pop idol played by Lily Rose-Depp, embarking on a complex relationship with a self-help coach and cult leader (played by The Weeknd).
3. Strange Way Of Life By Pedro Almodóvar
Spanish filmmaker returns to Cannes after his 2019 film ‘Pain And Glory.’ Almodovar brings the audience a queer mini-western starring Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal. They star as gunslingers, Jake, a sheriff, and Silva, a rancher, who may or may not have a romantic past. This is the filmmaker’s second English language project after ‘The Human Voice’ starring Tilda Swindon.
4. Asteroid City By Wes Anderson
Another Wes Anderson affair with a star-studded cast that’s likely to make a significant impact on the revered film festival. Written and directed by Wes Anderson, ‘Asteroid City’ is set at a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention in an American desert town circa 1955, interrupted by a series of world-changing events.
5. Jeanne du Barry By Maïwenn
The opening film is historically an unpleasant slot at every film festival, but Johny Depp fans will come rushing to ‘Jeanne du Barry.’ French actress and filmmaker plays the titular heroine, with Johnny Depp as Louis XV. The film chronicles the life of Jeanne, a young working-class woman hungry for culture and pleasure, and her rise to power in the upper echelons of the French kingdom.
6. The New Boy By Warwick Thornton
Cate Blanchett’s follow-up to ‘Tár’ is the Australian film ‘The New Boy.’ Two-time Academy Award winner plays a renegade nun whose life takes a turn when she finds herself caring for a 9-year-old Aboriginal boy. The nun and the monastery’s intricate world are lost forever.
7. Monster By Hirokazu Koreeda
Having won Palme d’Or with ‘Shoplifters,’ filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda returns to the festival with ‘Monster,’ his take on the ‘Rashomon’ trope told through the eyes of a mother, a young boy, and a teacher embroiled in a school incident. The film features a score from the late Ryuichi Sakamoto.
8. May December By Todd Haynes
The ‘Carol’ filmmaker’s latest stars Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore. The official synopsis reads, “Twenty years after their notorious tabloid romance, a married couple buckle under the pressure when a Hollywood actress (Natalie Portman) meets them to research a film about their past.”
9. La Chimera By Alice Rohrwacher
Josh O’Connor of ‘The Crown’ plays Arthur, an Englishman with a supernatural ability to connect to the land. He joins a group of archaeologists and the black market of historical artifacts, and so the plot thickens!
10. Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny By James Mangold
Harrison Ford fan base finally gets to see their favorite archaeologist on another global adventure. Almost on the verge of retirement, he’s pulled back in when a relic from his past appears and threatens to destroy the world.
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