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Cannes: Harrison Ford, Johnny Depp and Wes Anderson return to the Film Festival

Cannes: Harrison Ford, Johnny Depp and Wes Anderson return to the Film Festival

  • Written by Nicola Rutherford
  • BBC News

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge plays the granddaughter of Indiana Jones in the latest installment of the franchise

The biggest names in the international film industry will descend on the French Riviera this week at the annual Cannes Film Festival.

Harrison Ford, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge will be some of the stars movie fans hope to see on the red carpet.

Films by Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, and Ken Loach are premiering at the festival, along with dozens of others.

So what are the five movies everyone is talking about?

1. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

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Harrison Ford’s latest role as intrepid archaeologist Indiana Jones is among the most anticipated at the film festival.

In the world premieres of Indiana Jones and Dial of Destiny, the 80-year-old action hero in his trusty leather jacket and fedora will be reunited for the fifth and final time.

Among the film’s co-stars is Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who was born four years after the first film in the franchise – Raiders of the Lost Ark – was released in 1981.

Fans will be sure to see the results of the special “de-aging” effects on Ford in the opening scenes, and director James Mangold’s work will also come under scrutiny.

Dial of Destiny is the first Indiana Jones movie no Directed by Steven Spielberg – although he has an executive producer credit.

“It’s a really good Indiana Jones movie. I’m really proud of what Jim did with it,” Variety said.

2. Jean du Barry

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At the height of his high-profile courtroom battles with ex-wife Amber Heard, the future of Johnny Depp’s film career seemed to be in jeopardy.

Depp speaks French in the film, which tells the story of the daughter of a poor seamstress who becomes the last official mistress of the French king.

The title character is played by Maïwenn, a little-known French actress who also wrote and directed a French-language film.

3. Asteroid City

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Scarlett Johansson leads a Hollywood ensemble cast, including Tom Hanks, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Jeff Goldblum, Margot Robbie, and Steve Carell.

You play a 1950s movie icon – think Bette Davis – in the story of a fictional American desert town where a budding stargazer conference is disrupted by world-altering events.

Is it a science fiction movie? Romantic comedy? It’s hard to find quick and accurate plot details but the trailer indicates that it’s very… Wes Anderson.

This makes its Cannes premiere one of the most exciting tickets in town.

4. Old oak

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Ken Loach’s latest movie centers around the last remaining tavern in the former mining community

Ken Loach has an enviable history in Cannes, winning the Palme d’Or twice – for The Wind That Shakes the Barley in 2006 and I, Daniel Blake, in 2016.

Could a third Best Picture honor be taken at the age of 86?

His latest project is The Old Oak, about the last remaining pub in a former mining community in County Durham where there is an influx of Syrian refugees.

Loach said he wanted to make a film that was optimistic as well as highlighting the hardships of the situation.

Pub landlord TJ Ballantyne is played by a retired local firefighter, Dave Turner, while real refugees are also recruited to take part.

“I have no idea what I’m doing,” Turner told BBC’s Look North last year. “It’s terrifying, there’s no other word to describe it. But because it’s Ken Loach and the people around him make you think you can do it — that’s why I’m here.”

5. The Moonflower Killers

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Lily Gladstone plays the Osage woman opposite Leonardo DiCaprio

The new Martin Scorsese film always generates a whiff of excitement among movie buffs.

Reunite him with two of his favorite collaborators, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, and the hype machine goes into overdrive.

With reports that DiCaprio has called Killers of the Flower Moon a “masterpiece” and even an early Oscar chatter on social media, the excitement ahead of its Cannes premiere is building.

Based on the book by David Grann, it depicts the serial killings of members of the oil-rich Osage Nation—a Native American tribe—in Oklahoma in the 1920s.

Despite its impressive running time of three hours and 26 minutes, Scorsese said it was designed to be seen in theaters. “This is a big-screen movie, and that’s what we made it as you’ll see,” he said.

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