Wes Anderson, Hirokazu Koreeda, Wim Wenders, Ken Loach, Todd Haynes and Marco Bellochio will compete for the Palme d’Or at the 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, in a section that will only feature one Ibero-American filmmaker, the Brazilian Karim Aïnouz.
Anderson returns to Cannes with “Asteroid City”, a film shot in part in the Madrid town of Chinchón and which has a cast full of stars, such as Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody and Maya Hawke.
The general delegate of the festival, Thierry Frémaux, presented at a press conference in Paris the programming of the 70th edition of Cannes, which in its competition for the Palme d’Or will have 19 films, although there could be some incorporation. The Japanese Koreeda, one of the usual names in Cannes, will seek his second Palme d’Or with “Monster” -he already took it for “A family affair” (“Shoplifters”)- in 2018.
While the British Ken Loach will seek to be the first to achieve the third with “The Old Oak”, the previous ones were for “The wind that shakes the barley” (2006) and “I, Daniel Blake” (2016).
For the German Wim Wenders it would be the second, after the one achieved by his most emblematic title, “Paris, Texas” in 1984. Now he competes with “Perfect Days”, in an edition in which he will also present “Anselm” in Special Sessions.
“Il sole dell’avenire” is the title of the work with which the Italian Nanni Moretti will fight for his second Palme d’Or (“The Son’s Room” won it in 2001), as will the Turkish Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who presents “About Dry Grasses” (he won the top prize at Cannes for “Winter Sleep” in 2014).
The veteran Marco Bellochio, who in 2021 received the Palme d’Or of honor, enters the official competition with “Rapito” and the American Todd Haynes with “May December”, starring Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore.
The always original Akis Kaurismaki will compete with “Fallen Leaves”, with which he will try to win the Palme d’Or in his fifth attempt, and the Chinese Bing Wang will participate with “Jeunesse”.
The competition will also feature “Club Zero”, by the Austrian Jessica Hausner; “The Zone of Interest”, by the American Jonathan Glazer; “Les filles d’Olfa”, by the Tunisian Kaouther Ben Hania; “Anatomie d’une chute”, by the French Justine Triet; “La chimera”, by the Italian Alice Rohrwacher; “L’été dernier” by the French Catherine Breillat.
“La passion de Dodin Bouffant”, by the Vietnamese Tran Anh Hung, and “Banel et Adama”, the debut feature by the Franco-Senegalese Ramata-Toulaye Sy, complete an official selection that only has one Ibero-American competitor, the Brazilian Karim Aïnouz, with “ Firebrand”.
Cannes Film Festival General Delegate Thierry Fremaux and Cannes Film Festival French Director Iris Knobloch pose after announcing the Official Selection of the 76th Cannes Film Festival in Paris. AFP
Actor Harrison Ford will arrive in Cannes for the world premiere of “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate.” AFP
Chiara Mastroianni, the master of ceremonies at the Cannes Film Festival
French-Italian actress and singer Chiara Mastroianni, daughter of iconic actors Catherine Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni, will emcee the opening and closing events of the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 16-27. .
The news was revealed yesterday by the public television group France Télévisions and the digital medium Brut, specialized in social networks, which will be in charge of broadcasting the ceremonies, in association with the festival.
“I have immense stage fright, but I am delighted. I experience it as total luck to be able to attend the most beautiful film selection in the world,” said the actress, according to a message broadcast by France Télévisions.
“The Festival is a promise of dizzying sensations, a place where there is always the possibility of the unexpected,” added Mastroianni, who won the performance award in the Un Certain Regard section in 2019 for her role in “Room 212” (“Chambre 212″), by Christophe Honoré.
Mastroianni’s choice as master of ceremonies was announced one day after the Cannes Film Festival presented the films that will make up the official selection of its 76th edition.
In total, 19 titles will compete for the Palme d’Or, but some additions to the list are expected in the coming days.
Master of ceremony, Chiara Mastroianni, French actress. AFP
voice of the expert
Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival
“Marvelization” of Hollywood hurts great movies
The “marvelization” of Hollywood cinema is bad news for many great American films, which no longer have the success they once had in theaters, according to the general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Frémaux, who cited the latest film as an example. Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans.”
Speaking to the press after discovering in Paris the list of films that will participate in the Official Selection of the 76th edition of the festival, Frémaux spoke of Cannes as a “photograph” of world cinema, with a universalist vocation.
The festival began as a kind of “dialogue” between Europe and Hollywood, he recalled, but today it is open to the whole world. His selection seeks a “certain balance” between countries, added the director of the festival, although the privileged criterion is always “quality”.
This year, in addition, there will be an unprecedented number of films signed by women, six, and a greater presence of African cinema. Regarding the presence of streaming platforms, Frémaux acknowledged that today they give cinema energy and money, but also “new artistic adventures”, so the door to Cannes is open as long as their criteria are met.
“Cannes has been at the center of this debate for a long time,” he stressed.
In this case, the title that stands out of this nature is “Killers of the Flower Moon”, for which Martin Scorsese has allied himself with a platform. The American filmmaker, who received the Palme d’Or there in 1976 for “Taxi Driver”, had not been part of the Official Selection since he presented “After Hours” in 1986, with which he won the award for best director.
His new title will be presented, in principle, out of competition, but Frémaux does not rule out that he will finally join the race for the Palme d’Or, since the “invitation has been made” and the final response from those interested is missing. “It is a question that I leave open in all transparency,” he said, admitting that it is always a risk for the big names in cinema to enter the competition and not win prizes.
Wes Anderson, Hirokazu Koreeda, Wim Wenders, Ken Loach, Todd Haynes and Marco Bellocchio will compete for the Palme d’Or at the 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, in a section that will only feature one Ibero-American filmmaker, the Brazilian Karim Aïnouz. As for Spanish cinema, it was left out of the official competition, but it will be represented by Pedro Almodóvar and Víctor Erice.
Highlights of Cannes 2023
stars – Like every year, Cannes will have its dose of glamor and this 2023 will have the presence of Leonardo DiCaprio, Pedro Pascal, Ethan Hawke, Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore; as well as Harrison Ford, who will arrive for the world premiere of “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate.”
legends – This year several “sacred cows” who are former Palme d’Or winners will compete: Nanni Moretti, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ken Loach and Wim Wenders.
directors – One of the outstanding debts of the Cannes Film Festival is the approach to gender parity in its selection of titles. Of the nineteen titles in the Official Competition, six are directed by women: Jessica Hausner, Kaouther Ben Hania, Justine Triet, Alice Rohrwacher, Catherine Breillat and Ramata-Toulaye Sy.
absences – The Cannes Film Festival has reduced the Latin American presence to an anecdotal space. Last year there was no title in the Official Competition and for this 2023 the Latino representation is compressed to the film “Firebrand” by the Brazilian Karim Aínouz.
forgotten – Several productions that sounded like possible competitors for the Palme d’Or were left in the pipeline; among them are: “Poor Things”, from the Greek Yorgos Lanthimos; “Napoleon” by Ridley Scott. Both films become favorites for the Official Selection of the Venice Festival.
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