Monday, May 27, 2024

Cannes Exclusive: Scorsese In, Indiana Jones, Almodovar, Depp, Nolan Oppenheimer, All Point to Blow Out Festival This Spring


Cannes do!

The next Cannes Film Festival, set for mid- May on the Cote d’Azur, will be fairly sensational from what I hear.

Sources tell me that Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” — long or short, whatever length it is– is in, definitely. It won’t be the opening film and probably not in competition, but Cannes impresario Thierry Fremaux will have Scorsese, De Niro, and DiCaprio on his his red carpet at the Palais du Festivals!

The opening night film will be very special. Pedro Almodovar’s short, “A Strange Way of Life,” will be the premiere, with Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal in the famed Spanish director’s first movie with English spoken. A short film — 40 minutes? — is unusual and not easy for theaters to program without a companion piece. But for Cannes opening night, it’s perfect!

I’m told other titles headed for Cannes 2023 include possibly Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer,” James Mangold’s “Indiana Jones Dial of Destiny,” and Johnny Depp in “Jeanne du Barry.” The latter is said to be set for the night after Almodovar.

Sacre bleu! Stay tuned. All those stars in one place. Cannes is back, baby!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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