Jeanne du Barry to open Cannes Film Festival 2023

April 5th, 2023
Author: Meredith Taylor

Jeanne du Barry, directed by Maïwenn, and starring Johnny Depp, will open the 76th Festival de Cannes and will be screened in world premiere at the Grand Théâtre Lumière, on Tuesday 16th May.

French director Maïwenn directs and stars in her sixth feature Jeanne du Barry, playing the eponymous main character alongside Johnny Depp, Benjamin Lavernhe, Melvil Poupaud, Pierre Richard, Pascal Greggory and India Hair. Recounting the life, rise and fall of the king Louis XV‘s favourite, the film will be released in French cinemas at the same time as the official world premiere.

The historical drama follows Jeanne Vaubernier, a young working-class woman hungry for culture and pleasure, who uses her nouse and allure to slither into the corridors of power where she becomes a firm favourite with King Louis XV restoring his joie de vivre. Desperately smitten, and unaware of her status as a courtesan, the King moves her into his palace of Versailles, where her arrival scandalises the court.

Director, screenwriter, actress and producer, Maïwenn directed her first feature film, Pardonnez-moi in 2006. In 2011, she won the Jury Prize at the Festival de Cannes for her first selection in Competition for Polisse. Four years later, she was back with Mon Roi,  Emmanuelle Bercot winning the Best actress award.



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