CANNES DISPATCH 9 … Natalie Portman returns to Cannes for Palme d’Or nominated film, May December, directed by Todd Haynes, with Portman and Sophie Mas acting as co-producers on the film under their production company MountainA.
The story follows actress Elizabeth Berry (Portman) who travels to Maine to speak with Gracie Atherton-Yoo (Julianne Moore) to do research for a film about her notorious tabloid romance with Joe Yoo (Charles Melton), a school boy at the time, and twenty-three years her junior.
CANNES DISPATCH 8… Lily-Rose Depp stars in new Sam Levinson-directed drama, The Idol, co-starring Abel Tesfaye, AKA The Weeknd. The HBO show premiered at the 76th Cannes Film Festival.
Following a nervous breakdown that caused the cancellation of her last tour, Jocelyn (Depp) is determined to reclaim her rightful status as the greatest pop star in America. She begins a complex relationship with nightclub owner Tedros (Tesfaye).
Lily-Rose Depp wears Chanel, hair by Alexandry Costa, make-up by Sandrine Cano Bock.
CANNES DISPATCH 7 … Salma Hayek Pinault is in Cannes supporting Women In Motion, the program founded by Kering in 2015 as an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival, highlighting inequalities in the field of culture and the arts. Women In Motion’s latest Talks series from Cannes offers a platform for prominent figures to share their views on women’s representation in their field.
Salma Hayek wears Balenciaga and Gucci jewels, styled by Rebecca Corbin-Murray, hair by Jennifer Yepez and make-up by Sofia Tilbury.
CANNES DISPATCH 6 … Marion Cotillard is in Cannes for a special screening of Little Girl Blue, a French-Belgian docudrama that tells the story of the mysterious disappearance of director Mona Achache’s mother, the author Carole Achache, played by Cotillard.
The Oscar-winning actress also currently stars in Apple TV+’s dystopian, climate-focussed series Extrapolations, with episodes starring Meryl Streep, Gemma Chan, Edward Norton and Sienna Miller.
Marion Cotillard wears Chanel, styled by Eliott Bliss, hair by Wendy Iles and make-up by Christophe Danchaud.
CANNES DISPATCH 5 … Alicia Vikander stars in Karim Aïnouz’s Firebrand, which screened in Competition at the 76th Cannes Film Festival. Vikander plays Catherine Parr alongside Jude Law as King Henry VIII. The story – adapted from Elizabeth Fremantle’s 2013 novel, Queen’s Gambit – details the life of the King of England’s sixth and final wife.
Hollywood Authentic met with the Oscar winning actor on the Côte d’Azur ahead of the world premiere.
Alicia Vikander wears Louis Vuitton, styled by Victoria Sekrier, hair by George Northwood and make-up by Kelly Cornwell.
CANNES DISPATCH 4 … Cate Blanchett is in Cannes for the world premiere of The New Boy, from Caméra d’Or winning director Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah), in which she stars and also serves as a producer under her production company, Dirty Films.
The film is inspired by Thornton’s own experience of growing up as an Aboriginal boy in a Christian boarding school. Set in rural South Australia in the 1940s, the story centres around a 9-year-old Aboriginal orphan boy (Aswan Reid) who catches the attention of Sister Eileen (Blanchett), who with fellow nun (Deborah Mailman), take an interest in the unusual boy and the mysterious occurrences as he arrives.
Cate Blanchett is joined by cast members Aswan Reid, Deborah Mailman, Wayne Blair and director Warwick Thornton, moments before they attended the film’s world premiere at the 76th Cannes Film Festival.
Cate Blanchett in Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquière, styled by Elizabeth Stewart, make-up by Mary Greenwell and hair by Nicola Clarke. And Aswan Reid in Louis Vuitton.
CANNES DISPATCH 3 … Catherine Deneuve is in Cannes this year. She attended the inauguration ceremony at the 76th Cannes Film Festival and read Lesya Ukrainka’s poem Hope, reciting the piece in French, which was written by the Ukrainian poetess in 1880, when she was eight years old. The poem is translated to English below:
Hope I have no happiness, and I am not free, There’s only one hope left for me: To return to Ukraine once again, And see my native land in the end, Have another look at the blue Dnipro – No matter if I live or die there alone; Have one more look at the steppe and graves, Let one last passionate reverie rave… I have no happiness, and I am not free, There’s only one hope left for me.
Undoubtedly an icon of the silver screen – photographs of the French actress in the ’60s and ’70s are some of the most memorable from the era. This year in Cannes, she is everywhere, because one of those images – photographed on the Côte d’Azur in 1968, during the shooting of La Chamade directed by Alain Cavalier – features as the official poster of the 76th Cannes Film Festival.
CANNES DISPATCH 2 … Viola Davis is no stranger to Cannes, but this is the first time she is attending as an EGOT winner.
Davis is only one of 18 people to have received the accolade – earning a recent Grammy win for the best audiobook, narration and storytelling recording for her memoir, Finding Me, follows her Emmy win for How to Get Away With Murder (2015), an Oscar for Fences (2017), and a Tony for both King Hedley II (2001) and Fences (2010).
On an unusually rainy evening on the Côte d’Azur, Viola was joined by Julius Tennon – her husband of 20 years and Air co-star – to attend Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s Monster premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
Viola’s latest role as Deloris Jordan, (Michael Jordan’s mother) in the newly-released Air, directed by Ben Affleck, tells the origin story of Nike’s legendary partnership with basketball legend, Michael Jordan. With Davis giving an outstanding performance as the woman who played a big part in moulding her son’s destiny.
CANNES DISPATCH 1 … You can call it a comeback, but as Johnny Depp tells me, “I mean, you have to have gone away to come back. I didn’t go nowhere…” It was lovely to shoot Johnny on his return to Cannes – and the first major outing in the film world since his highly publicised trial – for the world premiere of Jeanne Du Barry, directed by and co-starring French actress and filmmaker Maïwenn, which opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Johnny is back in the Hollywood spotlight, and it’s a unique moment for the actor. Johnny was last at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 2011. 12 years later, being back in Cannes is somewhat of a phoenix moment for the actor, “That was a real surprise,” he says.
In the car en route to the premiere, he talked about his tight, mischief-filled friendship with Marlon Brando and what it means to him to be welcomed back at Cannes.