Saudi-backed ‘Jeanne du Barry’ to open Cannes Film Festival in May
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea International Film Festival-backed film “Jeanne du Barry” will be the opening title of the Cannes Film Festival in May, according to the report.
The Red Sea International Film Festival was launched in 2019 in Jeddah, a Saudi Arabian port city on the Red Sea. The Red Sea International Film Festival backed the film ‘Jeanne du Barry’.
On Wednesday, organisers of the 76th Cannes Film Festival announced that ‘Jeanne du Barry’ would open the film festival in May.
‘Jeanne du Barry’ is an upcoming French biographical film to be released on 16 May 2023. It is directed by French director Maïwenn. The film stars Johnny Depp, Maïwenn, Pierre Richard, and Noémie Lvovsky. In this film, Hollywood star Johnny Depp plays the role of King Louis XV. The film is produced by Why Not Productions and the Red Sea Film Foundation.
This is the first time RSIFF has co-produced a French movie. The budget of the film is $22.4 million. It is distributed by Netflix.
‘Jeanne du Barry’ will open the French festival on May 16 and will be released in French cinemas the same day.
The Cannes Film Festival talked about the plot of the film in a statement. It said, “Jeanne Vaubernier, a young working-class woman hungry for culture and pleasure, climbed the rungs of the social ladder one by one. She becomes the favourite of King Louis XV. They fall madly in love.”
Last year, Johnny Depp came into the limelight after winning a defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. During the trial, Depp and Heard accused each other of physical and verbal abuse. Later on, the Virginia jury awarded Depp USD 10 million in damages and USD 2 million to Heard. This will be the first film of Johnny Depp in three years.