The Hollywood entourage descended on Cannes on Saturday for the premiere of Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese’s original American crime epic, “Killers of the Flower Moon.”
The three-and-a-half-hour film, which stars Scorsese’s other longtime muse Robert De Niro, traces a wave of murders in the 1920s among wealthy Osage Indians and the birth of the FBI.
After waiting hours of rain in the French Riviera town all week, fans went wild as DiCaprio, De Niro and Scorsese arrived for the premiere in traditional garb, along with several Native Americans.
Jesse Plemons, who also stars in the film, arrived with his wife Kirsten Dunst, while Salma Hayek, Cate Blanchett and former Spiderman Tobey Maguire were also seen on the red carpet.
Another round of Hollywood royalty will arrive for Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore’s premiere of “May/December,” which looks at the relationship between an older woman and a schoolboy, still married years after their relationship became a tabloid scandal. Is.
The competition is heating up for the Palme d’Or, the festival’s top prize.
An early front-runner is British director Jonathan Glazer’s “The Zone of Interest,” a unique and terrifying look at the private life of a Nazi officer working at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Critics were almost unanimous in their praise, with Variety calling it “chilling and profound, meditative and immersive, a film that holds human darkness up to the light and examines it as if under a microscope”.
But there was also a lot of enthusiasm for “Four Daughters,” a heart-wrenching documentary about bigotry within a Tunisian family that is both inventive and fascinating.
That might go down well with jury president Ruben Ostlund, last year’s winner of “Triangle of Sadness,” who likes his artsy films with a few light touches.
There are a total of 21 films in the main competition, which ends on May 27, including past winners such as Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda, Germany’s Wim Wenders and Britain’s Ken Loach.
– Aging Icon –
The weather has been unusually wet this year, but Cannes has had no shortage of spectacular moments since Tuesday kicked off with a controversial appearance from Johnny Depp.
In his first film since a bitter trial with ex-wife Amber Heard, Depp played French King Louis XV in “Jeanne du Barry”, which received mediocre reviews, and festival director Thierry Frémaux in “I Care”. Hasn’t” irked online critics. Regarding Depp’s legal woes.
The festivities also saw an emotional appearance from Harrison Ford receiving the Honorary Palme d’Or at the world premiere of “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.”
At the risk of turning this year’s Cannes into a celebration of aging Hollywood men, there was also an honorary Palme d’Or for Michael Douglas, and an appearance from Sean Penn as a grizzled New York paramedic in “Black Flies.”
– Italian-American Icon –
But all eyes were on the Scorsese film uniting three icons of Italian-American cinema.
DiCaprio and De Niro are both longtime collaborators of Scorsese. But the director has never cast her in the same film before, apart from a funny short film “The Audition” in 2015, in which she competed to be cast in his next film.
The film world is also painfully aware that this could be one of the last films from the master behind “Goodfellas”, “Raging Bull” and “Taxi Driver”.
In a poignant interview earlier this week, the 80-year-old Scorsese told Deadline, “I’m old…I want to tell stories, and now’s not the time.”
“Taxi Driver” won the Palme d’Or in 1976, but he hasn’t returned to Cannes competition since 1985’s less well-known “After Hours,” although he did serve as jury president in 1998.
“Colors of the Flower Moon”, which was funded by Apple, looks out of competition.