Cannes Film Festival 2023, it’s Scorsese day. May 20 program

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A full calendar of events, meetings and of course films: the 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival continues today, Saturday 20 May. Below are the events not to be missed, including the titles competing for the Palme d’Or and those presented out of competition.

Competing titles

Banel & Adama written and directed by Senegalese director Ramata-Toulaye Sy, in her debut behind the camera: the story follows the story of a couple whose perfect love is on a collision course with the customs of their community. The dramatic film, in fact, is set in a small village in northern Senegal, where Banel and Adama (Mamadou Diallo and Khady Mane) live, a young couple who are both in love and opposed.

May December by Todd Haynes, is the second title in competition on Saturday 20 May. The film follows the story of Elizabeth Berry (Natalie Portman), an actress who is tasked with bringing the role of Gracie Atherton-Yu (Julianne Moore), known for her “scandalous” love story: twenty years earlier, Gracie had married Joe, a man 23 years her junior. To identify herself in her part, Elizabeth will spend some time at Gracie and Joe’s house, thus living their daily lives and studying every dynamic, inevitably putting all family members under pressure.

Titles out of competition

Killers of the Flower Moon by Martin Scorsese: the film marks the seventh collaboration between Scorsese and DiCaprio and the eleventh between Scorsese and De Niro. The film, of 3 hours and 26 minutes, follows a series of murders in Oklahoma in the 1920s, when members of the Osage tribe were killed under unclear circumstances. Murders that opened a major investigation by the FBI, led by J. Edgar Hoover. “Make a commitment and see it at the cinema, you could come out enriched”, were the words of Martin Scorsese regarding the long duration of the film and, in general, in defense of the future of cinema.

Special Screenings

Robot Dreams, animated film directed by Pablo Berger: a dog and his robot friend take a trip to the sea, but the water and sand cause the robot to rust, which remains immobilized. The dog, remaining alone, tries to fill this loss with some friendships, which however fail to fill the void. The only thing the robot can do is dream, even of being able to go back to playing with his dog friend.

Un Certain Regard

On Saturday 20 May, scheduled for the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival, there are: Only The River Flows by Shujun Wei e Goodbye Julia by Mohamed Kordofani. The first title is set in China in the 1990s, precisely in the riverside town of Banpo, where the Chief of Police Ma Zhe is tasked with solving three murders. The second is the first Sudanese film ever presented in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes Premiere

French director and screenwriter Katell Quillévéré proposes Along Came Love: a hotel maid, Madeleine, mother of a child, meets a rich student, François, and their relationship becomes very intense. Over time, however, it becomes clear that François is trying to escape, with the intention of dragging Madeleine with him.