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The Cannes Film Festival is an international film festival. The 76th edition will be held from May 16 to 27, 2023.

May 16, 2023

76th Festival de Cannes is open!

May 16

The 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will take place from May 16 to May 27, 2023, at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. The president of the jury will be Swedish director Ruben Östlund. The mistress of ceremonies will be French actress Chiara Mastroianni.

The festival was founded in 1939 based on an idea by Philippe Erlanger, submitted to Jean Zay, Minister of National Education and Fine Arts of the Popular Front, and Albert Sarraut, Minister of the Interior. The first planned edition, scheduled for September 1, 1939, was canceled due to the outbreak of World War II. The first edition of the festival eventually took place in 1946.

In addition to the official selection of the festival (films in and out of competition), several sections have been created over the years, including the Directors’ Fortnight, which became the Directors’ Fortnight of Filmmakers, the Cinéfondation, the Critics’ Week, and Un Certain Regard.

Originally a simple tourist and social event, the Cannes Film Festival has become over the years the most media-covered film festival in the world, especially during the opening ceremony and the red carpet walk: the red carpet and its twenty-four “steps of glory.”

Every year, during the second half of May, filmmakers, celebrities, film industry professionals (producers, distributors, international sales agents…), and thousands of journalists gather in Cannes. The main screenings take place at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès located on the Croisette promenade.

Today, the official selection aims to reflect the global film production. The competition generally highlights auteur cinema or films that are experimental in nature.

The 2023 edition will give prominence to French cinema!

The opening film will be a French film, as it will be the historical drama “Jeanne du Barry” directed by Maïwenn. Among the 19 films competing for the Palme d’Or, 4 are French:

  • “Anatomie d’une chute” (Anatomy of a Fall) by Justine Triet: After “Sibyl” in 2019, the director returns to competition. Her fourth feature film tells the story of a woman accused of her husband’s murder, with German actress Sandra Hüller in the lead role, who captured the Cannes audience in 2016 with “Toni Erdmann.”
  • “L’été dernier” (Last Summer) by Catherine Breillat: Ten years after her last film “Abuse of Weakness” and serious health problems, the provocative director focuses on a mother whose life takes a turn after an affair with her stepson.
  • “La passion de Dodin Bouffant” (The Passion of Dodin Bouffant) by Tran Anh Hung: A French-Vietnamese director who previously made “The Scent of Green Papaya” in the 90s, Tran Anh Hung adapts a novel about gastronomy, featuring Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel.
  • “Le retour” (The Return) by Catherine Corsini: Khedidja, a woman of African origin, goes to Corsica to take care of the children of a wealthy family. Her daughters, Jessica and Farah, accompany her. This is an opportunity for this family to revisit the island they left years ago following a tragedy.

In the Un Certain Regard section, there are also 4 French films:

  • “Le règne animal” (Animal Kingdom) by Thomas Cailley, which will open the section.
  • “Rien à perdre” (Nothing to Lose) by Stéphanie Deloget.
  • “Rosalie