It seems that the Festival de Cannes has been warming up to online studio releases. And it becomes apparent with the announcement that Apple Original Films release Killers of the Flower Moon, by Italian American auteur Martin Scorsese will be world premiering on the Croisette.
The film is on our radars since meeting up with Jacqueline West, the film's costume designer in Doha. She admitted to Nina during an interview for Screen International that the film is "brilliantly done on everybody's part."
Killers of the Flower Moon stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins, Jillian Dion, Tantoo Cardinal, among others, making for a phenomenal red carpet in Cannes.
The film will be screened on Saturday, May 20 in the Grand Théâtre Lumière.
Based on David Grann’s best-selling book and written for the screen by Eric Roth and Martin Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moon is set in 1920s Oklahoma and depicts the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation, a string of brutal crimes that came to be known as the "Reign of Terror".
Director, screenwriter, actor and producer, Martin Scorsese has dedicated his life to cinema and the Festival de Cannes has been at his side on many occasions. He was awarded the Palme d'or in 1976 with Taxi Driver, which was presented in Competition. He subsequently came back to the Official Selection on a regular basis and won the Best Director's Award for After Hours, 10 years after the success of 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 with the Iranian director, Abbas Kiarostami.
Since 1990, Martin Scorsese has directed The Film Foundation, an organization dedicated to protecting and preserving of the world's motion picture history. In this capacity, he has represented numerous films at Cannes Classics.
Hailing from Apple Studios, Killers of the Flower Moon was produced alongside Imperative Entertainment, Sikelia Productions and Appian Way. Producers are Martin Scorsese, Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas and Daniel Lupi, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Rick Yorn, Adam Somner, Marianne Bower, Lisa Frechette, John Atwood, Shea Kammer and Niels Juul serving as executive producers.
The Apple Original Film Killers of the Flower Moon will first be released exclusively in theaters, in partnership with Paramount Pictures, limited on Friday, October 6 and wide on Friday, October 20, in the United States. The French release is set on October 18, 2023. It will then stream globally on Apple TV+.
The Festival de Cannes will take place this year from May 16 to the 27th, with the complete Official Selection to be announced in mid-April.
Header image of Lily Gladstone (Mollie Burkhart) and Leonardo DiCaprio (Ernest Burkhart) in 'Killers of the Flower Moon', Photo © 2023 Apple Studios, used with permission.