The Opening of the 76th Festival de Cannes
Catherine Deneuve, to whom the Cannes Film Festival’s poster pays tribute this year, declared the 76th edition open. And Michael Douglas, the American actor and producer, received the trophy of honor Palme d’Or with a standing ovation from the audience.
The Feature Film jury is presided over by the Swedish director Ruben Östlund, presents Chiara Mastroianni, Moroccan director Maryam Touzani, the French actor Denis Ménochet, British-Zambian screenwriter and director Rungano Nyoni, the American actress and director Brie Larson, the American actor Paul Dano, the Afghan writer Atiq Rahimi, the Argentine director Damián Szifron and the French director Julia Ducournau.
The opening ceremony was followed by a screening of Maïwenn’s Jeanne du Barry, released in French theatres the same day. It is the premiere of Johnny Depp’s Louis XV period drama. The project is the actor’s first movie since his highly publicized defamation trial last year with his former wife, Amber Heard. Depp, who plays Depp Louis XV in the film, walked the red carpet at the premiere, stopping along the way to speak with fans and pose for photos.
The opening ceremony was broadcast live in France on France 2 and internationally on Brut. Thousands of spectators were also able to experience this exceptional evening in several theatres where the ceremony and the opening film were broadcast live thanks to the collaboration of the Festival de Cannes, France télévisions, the Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français and the National Centre of Cinematography and Animated Pictures (CNC).
Also screening at Cannes are “Indiana Jones and the Dial of the Destiny” and Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Natalie Portman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Sean Penn, Alicia Vikander, the Weeknd, and Scarlett Johansson are all scheduled to appear at the festival.