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Cannes Film Festival 2023 Opening Ceremony Highlights with Michael Douglas Honored

Cannes Film Festival 2023 Opening Ceremony
Reported By: Taylor Lynn | Cannes Film Festival 2023 Opening Ceremony | Image: Aurelien Velia/FDC

The Cannes Film Festival 2023 opening ceremony took place on Tuesday 16th 2023. Actress Chiara Mastroianni served as Master of Ceremony and host of the 76th edition. She welcomed on the stage of the Palais des Festivals’ Grand Théâtre Lumière the Jury, which included Ruben Östlund as Jury President alongside Maryam Touzani, Denis Ménochet, Rungano Nyoni, Brie Larson, Paul Dano, Atiq Rahimi, Damián Szifron and Julia Ducournau.

Cannes Film Festival 2023: Opening Highlights

One of the highlights of the Ceremony was the presence of the 76th Festival’s guest of honor, American actor and producer Michael Douglas, who received an honorary Palme d’or at that time.

 Michael Douglas Honored with the Palme d’or  Award
Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas and Daughter Carys Zeta Douglas

“It is always a breath of fresh air to be at Cannes, which has long provided a wonderful platform for bold creators, artistic audacities and excellence in storytelling. From my first time here in 1979 for The China Syndrome to my most recent premiere for Behind the Candelabra in 2013, the Festival has always reminded me that magic of cinema is not just in what we see onscreen but in its ability to impact people all around the world. After more than 50 years in the business, it’s an honor to return to the Croisette to open the Festival and embrace our shared global language of film.”
Michael Douglas Honorary Palme d’or of the 76th Festival de Cannes

The screening of the opening film, Maïwenn’s by Jeanne du Barry followed the Opening Ceremony. The film was theatrically released in France on the same day with Johnny Depp in attendance to support the film.

Maïwenn’s Premiere at Cannes Film Festival 2023
Maïwenn’s Premiere at Cannes Film Festival 2023

Last year, 344 theaters welcomed thousands of spectators to experience this special evening. This year again, Opening Ceremony and opening film will be broadcast live in theaters, an initiative handled by the Festival de Cannes, along with France Télévisions, the Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français and the CNC.

Aerial Red Carpet View  at Cannes Film Festival 2023
Aerial Red Carpet View at Cannes Film Festival 2023

Closing Ceremony of the 76th Festival de Cannes

Saturday May 27 at 8:30 pm live on France 2

After 11 days of Festival, the Jury will give out the awards during the Closing Ceremony. It will take place on May 27th at 8:30 pm and will be broadcast live on France 2. The last screening will be Pixar’s ‘Elemental’ film, directed by Peter Sohn, will then be shown in the Grand Théâtre Lumière.

The 21 films competing for the Palme d’or this year are : Firebrand by Karim Aïnouz, Asteroid City by Wes Anderson, Rapito (Kidnapped) by Marco Bellocchio, Les Filles d’Olfa (Four Daughters) by Kaouther Ben Hania, L’Été dernier (Last Summer) by Catherine Breillat, Kuru Otlar Ustune (About Dry Grasses) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Le Retour (Homecoming) by Catherine Corsini, The Zone of Interest by Jonathan Glazer, Club Zero by Jessica Hausner, May December by Todd Haynes, Monster by Kore-Eda Hirokazu, Kuolleet Lehdet (Fallen Leaves) by Aki Kaurismäki, The Old Oak by Ken Loach, Il Sol dell’ avvenire (A Brighter Tomorrow) by Nanni Moretti, La Chimera by Alice Rohrwacher, Black Flies by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, Banel e Adama by Ramata-Toulaye Sy, La Passion de Dodin Bouffant (The Pot-au-Feu) by Tran Anh Hùng, Anatomie d’une chute (Anatomy of a Fall) by Justine Triet, Jeunesse (Le Printemps) (Youth (Spring)) by Wang Bing, Perfect Days by Wim Wenders.


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