The 2023 Cannes International Film Festival is coming to an end with the awards ceremony for the 76th festival.
The closing ceremony has kicked off at the Palais des Festivals’ Grand Théâtre Lumière in Cannes Saturday night. This year’s jury, headed by Swedish director Ruben Östlund — a two-time Cannes’ winner, who last year took home the Palme d’Or for best film for Triangle of Sadness — will pick the winners among the 21 films in competition. This year’s jury also includes Brie Larson, Paul Dano, Maryam Touzani, Denis Ménochet, Rungano Nyoni, Atiq Rahimi, Damián Szifron and Julia Ducournau.
The closing ceremony, which marks the end of the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, is airing live on French network France 2 and streaming worldwide on the Brut international channel. The awards will be followed by the world premiere screening of Disney/Pixar’s Elemental from director Peter Sohn.
In a change this year, the festival will have a series of celebrity actors and filmmakers hand out the main 2023 honors. Orlando Bloom will hand out the jury prize. Parasite star Song Kang-ho, last year’s best actor winner for Brokerwill present the best actress honor, with Cannes 2022’s best actress, Holy Spider star Zar Amir Ebrahimi, presenting the best actor award. John C. Reilly, president of this year’s Un Certain Regard Jury, will award the trophy for best screenplay. Pixar Studios’ creative director Pete Docter will present the best director prize. The 1994 Palme d’Or winner, Quentin Tarantino, and legendary cult filmmaker Roger Corman will jointly present the runner-up Grand Prix award, with veteran star Jane Fonda capping the evening with the presentation of the Palme d’Or.
Of the 21 films in competition for the Palme this year, several are from previous winners, including two-timer Palmer Ken Loach, a winner in 2006 for The Wind that Shakes the Barleyand in 2016 for I, Daniel Blakeback on the Croisette with The Old Oak. Nanni Moretti, whose A Son’s Room took the Palme in 2001, is in the running with A Brighter Tomorrow. The 2018 winner, Kore-Eda Hirokazu (Shoplifters), is back with Monster; Turkish director, and 2015 Cannes winners Nuri Bilge Ceylan (for Winter Sleep), returning with About Dry Grasses; and Cannes’ 1984 winner Wim Wenders (Paris Texas) back in competition with Perfect Days. This year’s line-up also includes Kidnappedthe latest from Italian cinema maestro Marco Bellocchio, who received an honorary Palme d’Or for his life’s work in 2021.
But there is no clear favorite going into this year’s awards. Jonathan Glazer’s holocaust drama The Zone of InterestAki Kaurismäki’s droll Finnish dramedy Fallen LeavesAlice Rohrwacher’s archaeological thriller La ChimeraKaouther Ben Hania’s docudrama Four DaughtersCatherine Corsini’s French family drama HomecomingTodd Haynes’ May Decembera melodrama on fame and scandal, Tran Anh Hùng’s foodie romance The Pot-au-FeuWang Bing’s documentary on Chinese garment workers, Youth (Spring)Justine Triet’s French courtroom thriller Anatomy of a Falland Karim Aïnouz’s historical drama Firebrandall scored high with critics this year.
Jessica Hausner’s wellness satire Club ZeroJean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s paramedic thriller Black FliesSenegalese-set mythic romance Banel e Adama by first-time director Ramata-Toulaye Sy, Catherine Breillat’s Last Summeran erotic thriller about an intergenerational romance, and Wes Anderson’s star-studded Asteroid City were more divisive, but all had their supporters.
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