The 2023 Cannes Film Festival continues with a Sunday full of interesting titles, from the period project Firebrand to the post-apocalyptic stories of Acide and Project Silence.
After the extremely positive reception given to Killers of the Flower Moon directed by Martin Scorsese, Cannes 2023 proposes a Sunday full of apocalyptic thrillers and costume films FirebrandBritish project from the cast led by Alicia Vikander.
The program is particularly rich in proposals and, as always, there will be opportunities to attend the star parades on the red carpet.
The films in competition
The first film competing for the Palme d’Or is Anatomy of a Fall directed by Justine Triet which tells the story of Sandra, Samuel and their children, who live in the mountains. One day the man is found dead at the foot of their house and his wife is blamed, starting a lawsuit that brings out the couple’s secrets.
Karim Ainouz has instead signed the direction of Firebrand in which Alicia Vikander plays Katherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII who is appointed regent during the sovereign’s military campaigns, trying to influence the king’s advisers. When Enrico returns, Katherine will have to fight for her own survival. To play the sovereign is Jude Law and in the cast there are also Eddie Marsan Erin Doherty, Simon Russell Beale and Sam Riley.
Apocalyptic stories coming to the Croisette
Out of competition, two titles dedicated to post-apocalyptic situations full of tension will be presented.
Just Philippot proposes with Acide the story of Selma, a fifteen year old raised as the daughter of separated parents. When acid rain clouds tear France apart, wreaking havoc and death, the family will have to join forces to survive the climate catastrophe. The cast includes Guillaume Canet, Laetitia Dosch and Patience Munchenbach.
The Korean Project Silence by Tae Gon Kim, on the other hand, tells what happens when a catastrophe releases unknown creatures among the survivors.
In some perspective
The Un Certain Regard section continues to offer particularly interesting titles from all over the world.
Only the River Flows by Shujun Wei tells the investigation of a policeman into three murders committed in the city of Banpo that bring out the darkness of the human soul.
Zoljargal Purevdash’s If Only I Could Hybernate follows a teenager who must win a school competition in order to get a scholarship, also finding himself having to take care of his brother and sister after their mother abandons them to go to work.
The Breaking Ice by Anthony Chen follows Haofeng, a man who arrived from Shanghai to attend a wedding, who feels lost until he meets the tour guide Nana, who introduces him to his friend chef Xiao, bringing out his past and own secrets.
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Out of competition
Bread and Roses will be presented at the festival with which Sahra Mani portrays the world of women after the return to power of the Taliban in Kabul.
Mona Achache’s Little Girl Blue shows the director as she immerses herself in her mother’s life through photos, letters and documents.
Bonnard, Pierre et Marthe directed by Martin Provost tells the story of the painter Pierre Bonard. The cast includes André Marcon, Vincent Macaigne, Cécile de France, Stacy Martin and Anouk Grinberg.
La Semaine de la critique proposes Sleep by Jason Yu, in which a husband sleepwalks and takes on completely different characteristics during the night, frightening his wife.
The Quinzaine des Cineastes offers three titles. The first is Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry by Elene Naveriani with a forty-eight year old who lives and works alone, having to face comments and criticisms.
Michel Gondry is instead the director of The Book Of Solutions with the story of Marc, a bipolar and paranoid filmmaker who struggles to make a feature film the way he wants. The cast includes Pierre Niney, Blanche Gardin, Françoise Lebrune and Vincent Elbaz.
The last title in the program is Mambar Pierrette by director Rosine Mbakam in which we follow a young woman who takes care of her children and her mother alone, combining reality and fiction.