One of the world's main festivals ended last weekend movie.
The French Riviera said goodbye to the 76th Cannes International Film Festival, the closing ceremony took place in the famous Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. The jury was chaired by Swedish director Ruben Ostlund – last year his film “Triangle of Sorrow” won the main award – the Palme d'Or, which became the second for Ostlund – the first he received for the film “Square”.
This year, the festival presented a record number of films made by women directors. One of these tapes managed to win the love of the audience and the jury – the Frenchwoman Justine Trie, who shot “Trajectory of the Fall”, received the main prize. The plot of the tape is built around the dramatic story of a German writer, whose husband dies under mysterious circumstances, falling from a cliff. The woman begins to be suspected of the murder, and the only witness of what happened, her blind son, also doubts the mother's innocence.
Best Actress went to Merve Dizdar for her work on Dry Herbs, and Best Actor to Koji Yakushi for Perfect Days. Chan Anh Hung won Best Director for Doden Buffan's Stew, while Yuji Sakamoto wrote Best Screenplay for Monster. The Special Jury Prize went to director Aki Kaurismäki for Fallen Leaves, the Cannes Grand Prix to The Zone of Interest directed by Jonathan Glaser. The red carpet of the closing ceremony was not without bright images.
One of the most significant events of the festival took place on the opening day on May 16 – then the guests of the ceremony saw the first film in three years by Johnny Depp, who celebrated his incredible return to cinema in Cannes. The picture “Jeanne Dubarry”, in which the actor played the French King Louis XV, the hall met with a seven-minute standing ovation, and Depp himself could not hold back his tears.
The loudest premiere of Cannes 2023 was the out-of-competition screening of the acclaimed series “Idol” (“Idol”) with the famous singer The Weeknd and Johnny Depp's daughter Lily-Rose Depp in the lead roles. Also in the filming were singer Jennie from Blackpink, actor Troy Sivan and many others. The project of the HBO streaming platform is already being called the most scandalous in its history, although the first series of six will be released only on June 4. The series could have seen the light of day last year, but director Sam Levinson actually completely re-shot it.
After the premiere at Cannes, there was a five-minute applause, but many critics were not happy with it – the series is scolded for the abundance of very explicit sex scenes and the excessive nudity of the main character. The day before, Hollywood actress Sharon Stone stood up for “Idol”, having already managed to evaluate the first two episodes: “I admire the acting work of The Weeknd and Lily-Rose, they look very confident in their roles. Sam Levinson showed the root of the entertainment crisis: what is more important – genius or heartache? – Stone wrote in one of the social networks.