The 75th annual Cannes Film Festival just reminded the world why people love to go to the movies. The cinemas received significant support from a strong ally in the first list. “I make movies for the big screen,” Tom Cruise said May 18, just hours before the release of Top Gun: Maverick, to a standing ovation on his way to the $151 million box office opening.
Here are the biggest winners and losers from the French Riviera.
Winner: Neon. The independent distributor has a special touch with the Palme d’Or winners. After 2019’s “Parasite” and 2021’s “Titane,” Neon secured the North American rights to this year’s Cannes: Ruben Östlund’s comedy “Triangle of Sadness,” starring Woody Harrelson as a frenzied Marxist and giant cruise captain. -rich.
Loser: Reap too expensive. The conventional wisdom in George Miller’s “Thousand Years of Longing,” starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba, is that it’s divisive and artistic to reclaim its $60 million budget.
Winner: Star Power. Cannes is back with a roar, bringing the magic of the A-list back to its first full festival since 2019. In addition to Cruise, the festival also welcomed Julia Roberts—who attended the Trophée Chopard dinner on May 19—Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway and Sharon Stone. Stone won every red carpet she walked, even though she didn’t have a movie showing at the festival.
Winner: “Elvis”. Baz Luhrmann’s big-scene biography starring Austin Butler scored the biggest and most enthusiastic applause in Cannes – clocked at 12 minutes – a good sign of the film’s popular appeal. Warner Bros. Discovery pulled off a post-beach party party attended by its new CEO, David Zaslav. The Mongols even walked the rug with their hair pulled back, perhaps in honor of Elvis’ hairdressing.
Loser: Air conditioning and gags. Was it hot in Cannes – or are you on your own? With temperatures soaring in southern France, the festival looked like a purgatory this year, with most US attendees complaining that the palace was stifling and too hot during the big premieres. For Cannes, was an accessory almost invisible? masks. Almost everyone present carried on as if COVID was just a distant memory.
Winner: Christina Aguilera. Could there be a Golden Palm for the best musical performance? The singer took to stage at 1 a.m. on May 27, chanting a set of five songs from her—including “Moulin Rouge!” The ‘Lady Marmalade’ – cheered by oligarchs and millionaires as the highlight of this year’s amfAR gala was at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden Roc.