Johnny Depp in “Jeanne du Barry” at the 2023 Open Cannes
Actor-director Maïwenn returns to Cannes with her sixth feature.
Johnny Depp is returning to the cinema for the first time in three years with the 2023 Cannes opening night film, ‘Jeanne du Barry’.
“Jeanne du Barry” directed by the French actress/filmmaker Maïwenn XV. It centers on French King Louis (Depp) and his lover Jeanne du Barry (Maïwenn) in the Palace of Versailles. XV. Louis was later accused of corruption after his 59-year reign, the longest in French history except for XIV.
IndieWire can confirm that “Jeanne du Barry” will premiere on opening night of the 76th Cannes Film Festival on May 16. Le Pacte will distribute the film in France on the same day as Cannes. The film is expected to be in competition. Written by Maïwenn with Teddy Lussi-Modeste and Nicolas Livecchi.
According to the summary of the festival, Jeanne Vaubernier, a young working woman hungry for culture and pleasure, uses her intelligence and charm to climb the social ladder one by one. XV. She becomes the favorite of King Louis, who does not know about her status as a courtesan, and through her he regains his zest for life. They fall madly in love. Despite all propriety and etiquette, Jeanne moves to Versailles, where her arrival causes a scandal at court.
“Jeanne du Barry” was produced by Pascal Caucheteux and Gregoire Sorlat’s Paris-based Why Not Productions (“The Prophet”), with Goodfellas (“Titane”) handling worldwide sales.
Director Maïwenn previously won the Cannes Jury Prize in 2011 for “Polisse,” and later returned to the festival with 2015’s “My King,” which awarded star Emmanuelle Bercot the Best Actress award.
“Jeanne du Barry” is among Depp’s returning tours, the actor is in the Modigliani biopic and is rumored to be returning for “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” and the fifth “Indiana Jones” film, “Indiana Jones and the Disc of Fate,” will also debut at Cannes in 2023. HBO’s series “The Idol” will be shown at the festival outside of the competition. The full lineup will be released on April 13.
The two-time Palme d’Or winner Ruben Östlund chairs this year’s jury.
Last year, Depp won a $15 million judgment against ex-wife Amber Heard in a defamation lawsuit alleging abuse. However, Heard was found liable for defamation and awarded $2 million in damages.
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