The world’s most prestigious, glamorous, and sometimes controversial film festival, Cannes is a can’t-miss event even if you’re thousands of miles from the Croisette. This year features high-profile premieres ranging from star-studded Hollywood fare (Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City) to the auteur-driven work the festival is famous for (see: virtually everything in competition). Last year’s festival debuted future Oscar contenders Elvis, Top Gun: Maverick, Aftersun, and Palme d’Or winner Triangle of Sadness, which means that, yes, awards season in some ways starts here too.
This year, Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson and Rebecca Ford will be on the ground at Cannes to catch all the gala premieres, headline-making interviews, and all the moments that will define Cannes this year. Of course, the festival is as famous for parties as for its films, and Vanity Fair has a major one to look forward to this year. In our live blog below, we’ll be chronicling the films, the fashion, and the moments from inside our party you can’t find anywhere else. On se voit au cinéma!
Martin Scorsese can’t seem to shake his fascination with America’s dark economy. The director’s latest film, which made its debut on Saturday, adapts David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, a chronicle of the murders of Osage people in 1920s Oklahoma.
Read VF chief critic Richard Lawson’s review:
I saw down with director Steve McQueen at the festival, to talk all about the past and the present. He reminisced about his first time in Cannes, with his directorial debut Hunger. He also talked to me about his current film, Occupied City, a four-hour documentary that both captures present-day Amsterdam and tells a detailed story about the Nazi occupation of the city in the 1940s. It’s an ambitious project that demands a lot of its audience. But McQueen says he knows no other way to make a film. “Our responsibility is not to be comfortable, but to push. You have to throw yourself off kilter.”At an elegant beachside event on Friday night, Natalie Portman served as Chopard’s Godmother, bestowing the 2023 Trophee Chopard onto I Wanna Dance With Somebody actor Naomi Ackie and Good Luck to You, Leo Grande star Daryl McCormack.
The annual event, which spotlights two rising stars, is a star-studded affair, with actors, filmmakers, and jury members all in attendance. Past honorees include Marion Cotillard, Gael García Bernal, Diane Kruger, Shailene Woodley, and Anya Taylor-Joy, so the future looks bright for this year’s pair of honorees.