The Cannes Film Festival 2023 has announced 14 New Titles for its 76th edition in May: As anticipated, the 76th Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection has been completed. However, a far larger number of films than anticipated have been disclosed, as 13 features and one short film have been added to the schedule.

The most prestigious film festival will take place from 16 to 27 May 2023, and it will be held at The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. The festival will open with Jeanne du Barry, directed by Maïwenn, and it will close with Pixar’s film Elemental directed by Peter Sohn

French filmmakers Catherine Corsini and Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire are now competing for the Palme d’Or with their films Homecoming and Black Flies, a US production starring Sean Penn and Tye Sheridan.

The Cannes Première line-up is enriched by Just the Two of Us by France’s Valérie Donzelli, Lost in the Night by Mexico’s Amat Escalante, and Eureka by Argentinian helmer Lisandro Alonso. Additions to the 17 titles previously announced for the Un Certain Regard selection include Only the River Flows by China’s Wei Shujun and Une Nuit by France’s Alex Lutz, which will close the selection out of competition.

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Out of the competition, we have Abbé Pierre – A Century of Devotion by Frédéric Tellier.

Standing out among the Special Screenings are Le Théorème de Marguerite by Anna Novion, the docufiction Little Girl Blue by Mona Achache (starring Marion Cotillard), and Bread and Roses by Afghan director Sahra Mani. As for the Midnight Screenings, they now include Hypnotic by US filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and Project Silence by South Korea’s Kim Tae-gon. Finally, film buffs will also be able to savor Filles du Feu, a short film helmed by Portugal’s Pedro Costa.

Jean-Stephane Sauvaire’s Black Flies and Catherine Corsini’s Le Retour take the Competition total up to 21 and increase the record number of films in Competition directed by women to seven. Black Flies is a US thriller based on Shannon Burke’s 2008 novel of the same name; Sean Penn stars alongside Tye Sheridan, Katherine Waterston, Michael Pitt, and Mike Tyson. Le Retour follows a 40-something woman working for a wealthy Parisian family who joins them on a summer trip.

After festival head Thierry Fremaux had initially said the film would be in Competition, Corsini’s film was pulled from the Official Selection announcement on April 13 following allegations that the director had harassed crew members on set. The festival said it would investigate the allegations before coming to a decision on the film, which it has now chosen to include.

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Three films have been added to the Cannes premiere section: Amat Escalante’s Lost In The Night, which The Match Factory is selling; Valerie Donzelli’s Just The Two Of Us, co-written with Happening director Audrey Diwan; and Lisandro Alonso’s Eureka.

The festival will host the international premiere of Robert Rodriguez’s thriller Hypnotic starring Ben Affleck as a Midnight Screening; with Kim Tae-gon’s Project Silence also joining the Midnight strand. Completing the additions are three special screenings: Mona Achache’s Little Girl Blue, Sahra Mani’s Bread And Roses, and Anna Novion’s Le Theoreme de Marguerite; plus Pedro Costa’s short film Filles Du Feu.

Here is the full lineup of the Cannes Film Festival:

Competition

  • Firebrand – Karim Aïnouz (UK/USA)
  • Asteroid City – Wes Anderson (USA)
  • Four Daughters – Kaouther Ben Hania (France/Tunisia/Germany)
  • About Dry Grasses – Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey/France/Germany)
  • Last Summer – Catherine Breillat (France)
  • Kidnapped – Marco Bellocchio (Italy/France/Germany)
  • Homecoming – Catherine Corsini (France)
  • The Zone of Interest – Jonathan Glazer (UK/Poland/USA)
  • Club Zero – Jessica Hausner (Austria/UK/Germany/France/Denmark)
  • May December – Todd Haynes (USA)
  • Fallen Leaves – Aki Kaurismäki (Finland/Germany)
  • Monster – Hirokazu Kore-eda (Japan)
  • The Old Oak – Ken Loach (UK/France/Belgium)
  • Il sol dell’avvenire [+] – Nanni Moretti (Italy/France)
  • La Chimera – Alice Rohrwacher (Italy/Switzerland/France)
  • Black Flies – Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire (USA)
  • Banel & Adama – Ramata-Toulaye Sy (France/Senegal)
  • The Passion of Dodin Bouffant – Tran Anh Hung (France/Belgium)
  • Anatomy of a Fall – Justine Triet (France)
  • Youth (Spring) – Wang Bing (Hong Kong/Luxembourg/Netherlands/China/France)
  • Perfect Days – Wim Wenders (Germany/Japan)

Out of Competition

  • Jeanne du Barry [+] – Maïwenn (France/Belgium/UK) (opening film)
  • Strange Way of Life – Pedro Almodóvar (Spain) (short film)
  • Filles du feu – Pedro Costa (Portugal) (short film)
  • Cobweb – Kim Jee-woon (South Korea)
  • The Idol – Sam Levinson (USA)
  • Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny – James Mangold (USA)
  • Killers of the Flower Moon – Martin Scorsese (USA)
  • Abbé Pierre – A Century of Devotion – Frédéric Tellier (France)
  • Elemental – Peter Sohn (USA) (final screening/closing film)

Cannes Première

  • Eureka – Lisandro Alonso (France/Germany/Mexico/Portugal/Argentina)
  • Just the Two of Us – Valérie Donzelli (France)
  • Close Your Eyes – Víctor Erice (Spain)
  • Lost in the Night – Amat Escalante (Mexico/Germany/Netherlands)
  • Kubi – Takeshi Kitano (Japan)
  • Bonnard, Pierre et Marthe – Martin Provost (France)
  • Le temps d’aimer – Katell Quillévéré (France)

Special Screenings

  • Little Girl Blue – Mona Achache (France)
  • Occupied City – Steve McQueen (Netherlands/USA/UK)
  • Le théorème de Marguerite – Anna Novion (France)
  • Pictures of Ghosts – Kleber Mendonça Filho (Brazil)
  • Man in Black – Wang Bing (France/USA/UK)
  • Anselm (Das Rauschen der Zeit) – Wim Wenders (Germany)
  • Bread and Roses – Sahra Mani (USA)

Midnight Screenings

  • Omar La Fraise – Elias Belkeddar (France)
  • Kennedy – Anurag Kashyap (India)
  • Project Silence – Kim Tae-gon (South Korea)
  • Acide – Just Philippot (France/Belgium)
  • Hypnotic – Robert Rodriguez (USA)

Un Certain Regard

  • Le Règne Animal – Thomas Cailley (France) (opening film)
  • Terrestrial Verses – Ali Asgari and Alireza Khatami (Iran)
  • The Breaking Ice – Anthony Chen (China)
  • Simple comme Sylvain – Monia Chokri (Canada)
  • Rien à perdre – Delphine Deloget (France)
  • Rosalie – Stéphanie di Giusto (France)
  • The Mother of All Lies – Asmae El Moudir (Morocco/Germany)
  • Los colonos – Felipe Gálvez
  • (Chile/Argentina/UK/Taiwan/France/Denmark/Sweden/Germany)
  • Hopeless – Kim Chang-hoon (South Korea)
  • Goodbye Julia – Mohamed Kordofani (Sudan/Egypt/Germany/France/Saudi
  • Arabia/Sweden)
  • Hounds – Kamal Lazraq (France/Morocco/Belgium/Qatar)
  • How to Have Sex – Molly Manning Walker (UK)
  • The Delinquents – Rodrigo Moreno (Argentina/Luxembourg/Chile/Brazil)
  • If Only I Could Hibernate – Zoljargal Purevdash (Mongolia)
  • The Buriti Flower – João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora (Portugal/Brazil)
  • The New Boy – Warwick Thornton (Australia)
  • Omen – Baloji Tshiani (Belgium/DR Congo/Netherlands/Germany/South Africa)
  • Only the River Flows – Wei Shujun (China)
  • Une nuit – Alex Lutz (France) (closing film, out of competition)

Source: ScreenDaily, Cineuropa.

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