What to expect from Cannes Film Festival 2023. The Cannes Film Festival will roll-out its red-carpet next week, as per Reuters, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Natalie Portman and Harrison Ford among the Hollywood stars expected to attend the glitzy event happening at the French Riviera.

This year's festival will be the 76th edition of cinema's biggest showcase, made up of screenings, press conferences and glamorous parties. Below are some facts about the Cannes Film Festival and this year's contenders.

.-  What is the Cannes Film Festival?

Cannes is the world's biggest film festival, first conceived in 1939 as an alternative to the then-fascist-influenced Venice Film Festival. It has been held annually since 1946 except in 1948 and 1950, when it was cancelled due to lack of funds.

The festival is known for its carefully selected programme of films that have gone on to Oscar glory or launched the careers of directors like Quentin Tarantino.

Running alongside it is the world's biggest film market, drawing more than 12,500 film industry professionals annually.

.-  For how long will Cannes run this year?

This year's festival begins on May 16, with the French-language film Jeanne du Barry starring director Maiwenn and Johnny Depp. It will run until May 27, closing with Pixar's animation Elemental.

.-  What films will it showcase?

There are several categories making up the official selection of films shown, the top being the  ''in competitions'' films. Some of the films among the 21 contenders vying for the palme d'Or prize this year include :

Club Jessica Hausner,  The Zone of Interest by Jonathan Glazer, Kuolleet Lehdet [ Fallen Leaves ] by Aki Kaurismaki, Les Filles d'Olfa [ Four Daughters ] by Kaouther Ben Hania, Asteroid City by Wes Anderson, Anatomie d'une chute [ Anatomy of a Fall ] by Justine Triet, Kaibutsu [ Monster ] by Kore-eda Hirokazu, II Sol dell' Avvenire [ A Brighter Tomorrow ] by Nanni Moretti, L'ete dernier [ Last Summer ] by Catherine Breillat and Kuru Otlar Ustune [ About Dry Grasses ] by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

Films screening out of competition include Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon and Harrison Ford's return as the famed adventurer in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. There are also categories for short films and the art-house film-focused Un Certain Regard sidebar section.

.-  What are the prizes and who has won them?

Cannes' top prize is the Palme d'Or, whose past winners include Taxi Driver, Apocalypse Now, Pulp Fiction, The Pianist and Parasite.

Only two female directors, Jane Campion and Julia Ducournau, have won the prize for The Piano and Titane, respectively.

Other awards include the Grand Prix, jury prize, best director, best actor, Best actress, best screenplay and best short film.

Triangle of Sadness won the Palme d'Or last year.

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