On the eve of the Oscars, where 21 nominations concern films that had their world premiere on the Croisette, including Alice Rohrwacher’s short film Le Pupille (and the Palme d’Or winner Triangle of sadness by Ruben Ostlund who will be president of the jury in May ), it’s already time for rumors about the selection of the Cannes 2023 festival (May 16-27). And these are rumors that also point to Italy considering that three protégés of director Thierry Fremaux have films in post-production, which is why Screen Daily titles it ‘the year of Italy’ as well as Deadline. We are talking about Alice Rohrwacher with La Chimera, Nanni Moretti with Il sol dell’avvenire, Matteo Garrone with the very current Io Capitano on the desperate journey of two migrants and then again Marco Bellocchio with La Conversione, although great career honors and Finally Dawn by Saverio Costanzo, which follows an aspiring actress (Rebecca Antonaci) during a single night at Cinecittà and stars Lily James and Willem Dafoe in the cast. Killers of the Flower Moon the awaited new film by Martin Scorsese with the killer trio Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Brendan Fraser (the Oscar favorite with The Whale) is one of the safest considering that despite being an Apple TV it will have a exit to the cinema. Following in the formidable footsteps of Top Gun: Maverick, the film with Tom Cruise who turned the lights back on, this year Harrison Ford could arrive on the Croisette for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. More than hypotheses Asteroid City by Wes Anderson and above all Jeanne du Barry by the French Maiwenn with Johnny Depp returning as an actor (as Louis XV) after all the litigation with his ex-wife Amber Heard. Also a regular at Cannes is Pedro Almodovar who has completed a queer western in the form of a short film starring Jake (Ethan Hawke) and Silva (Pedro Pascal), retired gunslingers. Nor should we underline the more than probable arrival of Ken Loach, the master of English cinema, 86 years old, two Palme d’Or and 16 films all launched by Cannes: The Old Oak is (must!) sure. And still speaking of myths, it would be a formidable coup for Cannes to have the latest film from animation giant Hayao Miyazaki, 82, who finished How Do You Live. Hypothesis Cannes for the return of Sofia Coppola with Priscilla and for Napoleon, in which Ridley Scott has fulfilled one of Kubrick’s dreams a blockbuster on the rise and fall of the leader played by Joaquin Phoenix and also focused on love for the Empress Josephine (Vanessa Kirby). There is talk of the romantic thriller with Kristen Stewart Love Lies Bleeding by Rose Glass, of Dry Grasses by the famous author and loved by Cannes Nuri Bilge Ceylan, of May December by Todd Haynes which would bring Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore to the Croisette as well as Memory by the Mexican Michel Franco with Jessica Chastain and Peter with Emma Stone, Margaret Qualley, Willem Dafoe and Mark Ruffalo. From France rumors about The Beast by Bertrand Bonello, the one that was supposed to reunite Gaspard Ulliel and Léa Seydoux, ;;until Ulliel’s tragic sudden death in a ski accident in January 2022 replaced in the film by George MacKay. Other directors in contention Kore-eda, Kaurismaki, Hausner, Dumont, Abderrahmane Sissako, Breillat. To these first rumors about Cannes we must add two enormous questions that will probably remain so: the new films by Roman Polanski, The Palace and Woody Allen’s Coupe de chance.
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