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The Buzzworthy Movies from The Cannes Film Festival 2023
May 27, 2023
The Cannes Film Festival always introduces some of the most amazing films of the year. Whether they're future award-winning movies or great vehicles to push a new actor to superstardom, the event never fails to highlight the best of the best in the film industry. And of course, the 2023 edition is no different. This year, lots of movies left quite an impression on the audiences. There's “Killers of The Flower Moon” by Martin Scorsese, for example, which reunites him with Leonard DiCaprio. Wes Anderson's “Asteroid City,” on the other hand, boasts a star-studded cast with the likes of Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie, Scarlett Johansson, and more.
Killers of the Flower Moon by Martin Scorsese
It's only natural to start this list with a film by Martin Scorsese. Any movie made by this highly-acclaimed Academy Award-winning director is sure to fascinate and excite fans. And by the looks of “Killers of the Flower Moon” which is based on the book of the same name by David Grann, this Cannes Film Festival 2023 entry will be no different. Set in the 1920s, it tells the story of a series of murders of wealthy Osage people in the Osage Country in Oklahoma. Leonardo DiCaprio, who has worked with Scorsese in many other critically-acclaimed films, takes on the lead role. That alone is enough to make this a must-see movie!
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Jeanne du Barry by Maïwenn
Truth be told, the buzz around the “Jeanne du Barry” biopic by French actress and filmmaker Maïwenn, is more about its choice of lead actor than anything else. The historical drama marks Johnny Depp's first movie after his much-publicized trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard. Though this issue has certainly left an impact on how the film will be received, it nevertheless looks like an interesting movie. Maïwenn stars as Jeanne du Barry herself, a commoner woman who went on to become King Louis XV's favorite mistress during his reign. It's the type of costume drama that audiences in Cannes usually go gaga over.
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May December by Todd Haynes
“May December” stars Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore, two powerhouse actresses who have both won the Academy Award for Best Actress. If that's not enough to draw you in, then its gripping romantic drama will. Directed by Todd Haynes, Julianne Moore and Charles Melton portray Gracie and Joe Yoo, a married couple with a considerable age difference. Their unusual romance made tabloid news years prior to the start of the film. And when an actress (played by Portman) comes to stay at their home to research for portraying Gracie in a movie about their love story, things start to get tense.
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Asteroid City by Wes Anderson
Known for his signature whimsy and pastel colors, any film by Wes Anderson is bound to be a good time. Perhaps even “Asteroid City” too, his entry at the Cannes Film Festival 2023. This sci-fi comedy-drama is set in 1955, where a group of students and their parents gather at a Junior Stargazer convention held in the fictional titular town. As these various personalities clash and collide, drama, romance, and hilarity ensue. And with a cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johannson, Maya Hawke, Bryan Cranston, Adrien Brody, and the legendary Tom Hanks, who wouldn't want to watch this movie?
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Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny by James Mangold
James Mangold's “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” is a huge moment in cinema history. Why? Because it's set to be the fifth and final installment of the iconic 'Indiana Jones' franchise. Not to mention the last time that legendary actor Harrison Ford will portray his most iconic role. So what better place to hold its premiere than at the Cannes Film Festival? It's one of the biggest movie-related events in the world after all. There's no day in Cannes that people won't think about the annual festival and the fine films that premiered here. Perhaps “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” will be one of them!
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Strange Way of Life by Pedro Almodóvar
Finally, there's “Strange Way of Life” by Pedro Almodóvar. Like Scorcese and Anderson, Almodóvar is one of those prominent directors whose name alone already draws countless people to the theaters. And since his new short film stars Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke, it's sure to generate a lot of buzz. Even more so since this is also his first foray into the Western genre and only his second effort to include the English language in the screenplay. The film is mostly Spanish though, complete with famous Spanish actors like Manu Rios and Sara Salamo.
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From Martin Scorcese's period epic to Wes Anderson's colorful collab with Tom Hanks, the Cannes Film Festival 2023 had some pretty buzzworthy movies. They're sure to be some of the most memorable films to ever come out this year.