It’s the most merveilleux time of the year: not awards season, not the holidays, but that one fortnight where the tulle and the tuxes are squashed into suitcases as filmmakers, financiers and fans head to the south of France for the Festival de Cannes.
Letterboxd will be sauntering down the Croisette this year, a tiny yet esteemed squad of correspondents (with Letterboxd microphone in hand), to get our first looks at hot titles and hidden gems we’ll be talking about all year long. After all, this is the fest that first gave us Parasite, that debuted Aftersun (whose Letterboxd reviews from its first Cannes screening barely dropped below four-and-a-half stars out of five), and we’re now mentally and physically preparing ourselves for the latest works from Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Jonathan Glazer, Ken Loach—and a new Indiana Jones film, 42 years after the first.
As always, we’re interested in seeking out the diamonds lurking underneath the flashiest headliners just for you: the more unassuming titles that make our hearts sing and are already making their way up your watchlists, the little movies getting their start on one of the world’s most intimidating stages—even if it is a sleepy provincial town for the other 50 weeks of the year. Ahead of the 2023 Festival de Cannes, here are eight movies we’ll be first in line for.