Cannes Films 2023 Guide

With Cannes Film Festival just weeks away, the final additions to the lineup are being announced along with news regarding who will jury the competitions and honorary awards being presented this year.  The lineup this year currently totals 21 feature films In competition, 10 short films and 20 in the Un Certain Regard section plus the special screenings, industry events, parties and celebrations, and here CineVino offers our film radar and coverage report for this year’s 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes Film Festival 2023 Dates and What to Know

The 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will take place 16 to 27 May 2023.

Cannes 2023 Film Radar

The CineVino Cannes film radars starts with the films that are Out of Competition and the Cannes Premieres with the lineup of film screening including the Cannes 2023 opening film ‘Jeanne du Barry’ directed by Maïwenn. The French actor and director is also starring in the film alongside Johnny Depp, Louis Garrel, and Piere Richard.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

James Mangold has been passed the torch of the Indiana Jones legacy and will be premiering Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny at Cannes Film Festival this year. Mangold co-wrote it with Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, and David Koepp. The fifth and final installment of the Indiana Jones franchise, the crew includes cinematography by Phedon Papamichael. It is the final installment of the Indiana Jones saga and is the only film not directed by Steven Spielberg and not written by George Lucas. 

Let’s think of James Mangold as a filmmaker’s filmmaker and hope that Dial of Destiny delivers the same result. I can be confident walking into a James Mangold movie that I will be entertained and inspired to some degree. He is known for his breakout indie-film ‘Heavy’ starring Liv Tyler, and Shelley Winters, ‘3:10 to Yuma’ ‘Ford vs. Ferrari’ and ‘Girl Interrupted’. 

Killers of the Flower Moon

Martin Scorsese and Killers of the Flower Moon will have it’s World Premier at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and recently debuted the first trailer for the film along with a collection of stills. Rodrigo Prieto is the cinematographer on the film. Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, and Leonardo Dicaprio.

The question is will it compete? Strongly urged by Martin Scorsesie has directed twenty-five feature length narrative films.

Occupied City (World Premiere)

Steve McQueen will screen his documentary out of competition this year at Cannes. With a run time over 4 hours, the film promises an in depth reflection of Amsterdam under Nazi occupation during World War II, between the years 1940 and 1945. The documentary is based on his wife Bianca Stigter’s Dutch-language book Atlas of an Occupied City.

Cobweb (World Premiere)

“Will KIM be able to find a way through this chaos to fulfill his artistic ambitions and complete his masterpiece?”

An experimental, genre-defying comedic drama taking place in 1970’s censorship restricted South Korea, and shot entirely on sound stages in support of a film-within-a-film narrative. South Korean director Kim Jee-woon heads to Cannes with ‘Cobweb’. The cast includes Song Kang-ho, Im Soo-jung, Oh Jung-se, Jeon Yeo-been, and Krystal Jung.

The Idol

Sam Levinson will be heading to Cannes with the much anticipated HBO series, ‘The Idol’.

Kubi – dir. Takeshi Kitano

Films In Competition On the Radar

Monster (World Premiere)

One of the must see films at Cannes Film Festival this year will be ‘Monster’ by Hirokazu Kore-eda. Starring Ando Sakura (“Shoplifters”), Nagayama Eita, Kurokawa Soya, Hiiragi Hinata and Tanaka Yuko.  Hirokazu Kore-eda received the Palme d’Or in Cannes in 2018 with ‘Shoplifters’ and returned to Cannes last year with ‘Broker’.

The synopsis of Monster follow Minato and his mother. When Minato begins to behave strangely, his mother feels that there is something wrong. Discovering that a teacher is responsible, she storms into the school demanding to know what’s going on. But as the story unfolds through the eyes of mother, teacher and child, the truth gradually
emerges.

Le Retour (World Premiere)

Khédidja works for a wealthy Parisian family who offered her to mind their children for a summer in Corsica. Bringing along her own two teenage daughters Jessica and Farah, it is an opportunity for them to go back to the island they left 15 years earlier, in tragic circumstances. While their mother grapples with her memories, the two girls indulge in all the summer temptations: unexpected encounters, mischief and first love experiences. Meanwhile, questions are surfacing about their distant past on the island, leading them to dig deeper into their mother’s version of the family story.

Fallen Leaves (World Premiere)

Finnish film director Aki Kaurismäki heads to Cannes with his 20th feature film and the fourth installment of Proletariat Trilogy, following Shadows in Paradise (1986), Ariel (1988) and The Match Factory Girl (1990).

Perfect Days – dir. Wim Wenders

“Hirayama seems utterly content with his simple life as a cleaner of toilets in Tokyo. Outside of his very structured everyday routine he enjoys his passion for music and for books. And he loves trees and takes photos of them. A series of unexpected encounters gradually reveal more of his past.”

About Dry Grasses – dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Asteroid City (World Premiere)

Before heading out to select theatres in the US on 16 June, Wes Anderson will compete for the Palme d’Or with ‘Asteroid City’, a film from a story he cowrote with Roman Coppola. The film takes place naturally, in a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention in an American desert town circa 1955. And it kind of feels like Wes Anderson might bring most of Hollywood’s best with him to Cannes. The cast of Anderson’s 11th feature film includes Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johannson, Tom Hanks, Tild Swinton, and Jeff Goldblum just to name a few. 

Banel & Adama (Banel e Adama) 

The directorial debut from Ramata-Toulaye Sy.

The Passion of Dodin Bouffant (The Pot au Feu) – dir. Tran Anh Hùng

Firebrand – Karim Aïnouz (UK/USA)

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