What You Missed at Cannes Film Festival 2023

What You Missed at Cannes Film Festival 2023

ICYMI: Here are some highlights from the Cannes Film Festival 2023



It’s a great time to be alive as Cannes Film Festival rolls out once again to celebrate all things film! With star-studded red carpet events, heart-warming recognition ceremonies with touching speeches, and several premieres and standing ovations in between, we’ve rounded up our favorite Cannes 2023 moments.


BLACKPINK’s Jennie and Rosé’s Cannes debut

K-Pop is taking the world by storm, and aiding in its world domination is BLACKPINK’s Jennie and Rosé at the Cannes Film Festival. As Jennie stars in The Idol alongside The Weekend, Lily-Rose Depp, Moses Sumney and Hari Nef, she rocked the red carpet with a show-stopping dress from the CHANEL Spring-Summer 2020 Haute Couture collection. With a simple yet elegant silhouette, she made headlines with just her dress alone!



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Rosé joined Cannes for the premiere of Monster, a film by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, which received great recognition at the festival through a six-minute standing ovation. She walked the red carpet in a black Saint Laurent silk gown by Anthony Vaccarello and kept the look clean with simple and minimal jewelry. A dainty look we’re absolutely in love with!



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Johnny Depp’s comeback and a father-daughter moment

After a year of controversy surrounding Johnny Depp’s defamation trial with his ex-wife Amber Heard, he’s made his comeback to the big screen for his leading role in Jeanne du Barry. And as much as his performance was met with huge waves of support at the festival marked by a seven-minute standing ovation (an emotional one at that), there seems to be brewing tension in the air regarding the film’s casting of Depp.


Critics are boycotting the film because of their general distaste towards Johnny Depp and the controversy surrounding his name. Nonetheless, Depp himself has responded by mentioning that he isn’t too phased by the negativity as he “doesn’t think of Hollywood” and was even backed up by his director and co-star, Maïwenn.


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Nonetheless, his daughter Lily-Rose Depp shares how excited and happy she is for her father. As she stars in her own Cannes Film Festival entry in The Idol, she shares how awesome it is that they get to be part of projects that they are both proud of.


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Wes Anderson returns with another masterpiece

All the Wes Anderson TikToks aren’t enough to mentally prepare us for the visual storytelling masterpiece that is Asteroid City. Known for his great sense of cinematography and plot creation, Wes Anderson returns with a multi-layered storyline, enough to make you dizzy (but in a good way!). Just watching the trailer alone already has us hooked—with whimsical colors and set design elements that are so characteristic of Anderson himself, and the unironic plot that just keeps one guessing.



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And as if we didn’t already have enough things to look forward to in the film, the star-studded cast includes the likes of Scarlet Johansson, Tom Hanks and Margot Robbie, making it one of the most anticipated films of the year. We cannot wait to watch this spectacle once the show premieres in June, but until then, we have these precious moments from our favorite actors from the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.


Michelle Yeoh is honored with Kering’s Women in Motion Award

As a veteran film actress, Michelle Yeoh has seen it all. After years in the industry with several nominations, awards and, most recently, her Oscar for her lead role in Everything Everywhere All At Once, she is a powerhouse for women empowerment and representation in film. As she received the Kering’s Women in Motion Award at the Cannes Film Festival, she shares an inspiring message about how opportunities are now slowly becoming more available to women in film.



She quotes Virginia Wolf—“There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind”—encouraging more women to continue the fight for equal footing in the industry. As she has learned through the many characters she has breathed life into, she hopes that more stories of bravery and courage are shared in film, especially through the voices of women who have stories that need to be heard.


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What was your favorite part of Cannes 2023?



Words Vanessa Tiong

Art Matthew Ian Fetalver


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