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Jeanne du Barrycostume drama with Johnny Depp, will open the 76th Cannes Film Festival (THE SPECIAL). The sixth feature film by the French director Maiwenn Le Bescowhich had already brought films to the Croisette Polisse And Mon roi – My king, will be screened in world premiere after the opening ceremony The May 16th on the screen of Grand Theater Lumiere and will be released in French cinemas on the same day.
The return of Johnny Depp
The film, which also stars Benjamin Lavernhe, Melvil Poupad, Pierre Richard, Pascal Greggory and India Hair, marks Depp’s first feature film role since his last performance in The Minamata case in 2020, which was presented at the 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival and where the actor played the US documentary photographer William Eugene Smith. Since then, in fact, Depp has faced countless legal problems: first he lost a defamation case against the British tabloid The Sunaccused of calling him a “wife beater,” then won another defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard, who had accused him of domestic violence.
The plot of the movie
Now, the actor will return to the scene in Jeanne du Barry, which chronicles the rise and fall of 18th-century courtesan Madame du Barry (played by Le Besco), favorite of King Louis XV (played by Depp) and at the center of scandal and luxury. The protagonist, a woman of humble origins hungry for culture and pleasures who uses her intelligence and her charm to make a social climb, wins the heart of the king and the rooms of Versailles, arousing the indignation of the entire court.
The other films premiered at Cannes
They will also premiere on the Croisette Indiana Jones and the Quadrant of Destiny with Harrison Ford on May 18 and the crime drama Killers of the Flower Moon, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, on May 20. The full line-up will be announced on April 13.