Martin Scorsese at Cannes

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The world-renowned Festival de Cannes has announced that Martin Scorsese will present his new feature film, Killers of the Flower Moon, in a world premiere with Apple Original Films. This event marks the return of the celebrated filmmaker to the Official Selection for the first time since his presentation of After Hours in 1986.

The Festival de Cannes is excited to welcome Martin Scorsese and his team, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins, Jillian Dion, Tantoo Cardinal, and additional cast and crew members. The film will be screened on Saturday, May 20 in the Grand Théâtre Lumière.

Based on David Grann’s best-selling book, Killers of the Flower Moon is set in 1920s Oklahoma and portrays the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation. These brutal crimes were later known as the “Reign of Terror”. Martin Scorsese and Eric Roth wrote the screenplay for the film.

Martin Scorsese has dedicated his life to cinema. In 1976, he won the prestigious Palme d’Or with his film Taxi Driver, which was presented in competition. He also won the Best Director’s Award for After Hours ten years after his success with Taxi Driver.

In 1998, he was the President of the Jury that presented the Palme d’Or to Greek director Theo Angelopoulos for Eternity and a Day. Four years later, he chaired the Jury for the Cinéfondation and Short Films alongside Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami.

Since 1990, Martin Scorsese has directed The Film Foundation, an organisation dedicated to the protection and preservation of the world’s motion picture history. He has represented numerous films at Cannes Classics in this capacity.

The Festival de Cannes is eagerly anticipating Martin Scorsese and the Killers of the Flower Moon team on the red carpet. This event promises to be a memorable one for cinema enthusiasts around the world. Martin Scorsese‘s return to the Official Selection after almost 40 years is a significant moment for the festival and for cinema as a whole. His contribution to the art of filmmaking is immeasurable, and his latest work is sure to captivate and inspire audiences. The Festival de Cannes is proud to be a part of this exciting chapter in Martin Scorsese‘s illustrious career.

Killers of the Flower Moon is the upcoming film directed by the legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese, known for classics such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas. 

The film boasts an impressive cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, and Lily Gladstone. The project is a joint venture between Apple Studios, Imperative Entertainment, Sikelia Productions, and Appian Way. The producers of the film are Martin Scorsese, Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, and Daniel Lupi, with a talented group of executive producers on board as well.

The story of Killers of the Flower Moon revolves around the Osage Nation, a Native American tribe who became wealthy after discovering oil on their land. As members of the tribe begin to mysteriously die off, the FBI sends in a team to investigate the murders. The film delves into themes of greed, corruption, and racism in 1920s America.

Killers of the Flower Moon is set to be released exclusively in theaters in partnership with Paramount Pictures, with a limited release on October 6th, 2023, and a wide release on October 20th, 2023, in the United States. The French release is set for October 18th, 2023. Following the theatrical release, the film will be available for streaming on Apple TV+.

Cannes Film Festival photos by Marco Tassini

The anticipation for this film is high, as it marks the first collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio since 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Additionally, the film’s subject matter and star-studded cast have garnered a lot of attention and early buzz.

Killers of the Flower Moon promises to be a visually stunning and emotionally impactful film that explores a dark chapter in American history. With a talented director at the helm and an all-star cast bringing the story to life, audiences are sure to be captivated by this cinematic masterpiece.

Alexandra Mas