Cannes 2023: Johnny Depp gets a standing ovation at the festival opening
French filmmaker-actress Maiwenn`s historical drama `Jeanne du Barry`, starring Johnny Depp as the French king Louis XV, had its world premiere on the opening night of the Cannes
Film Festival`s 76th edition. Depp, along with cast members and the film's director, attended the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival. The actor was spotted posing on the
red carpet, dressed in a coat, purple-hued sunglasses and his hair tied back in a ponytail. The 59-year-old star was greeted with a standing ovation as he entered the theatre.
Videos on social media show the actor entering the crowded screening hall, holding Maiwenn's hands as people clapped. A standing ovation for the king he is!!!!.....that wink 😉
..I'm dead! #JohnnyDepp#JohnnyDeppKingLouisXV #JohnnyDeppCannes2023 pic.twitter.com/aSM89Q9SWr — Jen 🏴☠️ ⚔ 🏴☠️ (@No_Reason_Jenz) May 16, 2023 Earlier, he
was greeted by screaming fans on the red carpet as he signed autographs. The Cannes The opening marks his return to the spotlight following his explosive trial last year with
ex-wife Amber Heard. `Jeanne du Barry`, directed by and co-starring Maïwenn, has been billed as Depp's comeback — though his prominent presence at Cannes has been hotly debated.
A new social media campaign with the hashtag #CannesYouNot is calling out the Cannes Film Festival for "celebrating abusers for 76 years." The campaign was launched online, days
before the festival, by supporters of Amber Heard, reported Variety. The movie marks Depp`s acting comeback after a three-year hiatus following his long legal battle with ex-wife
Amber Heard that culminated in a defamation trial won by Depp in December. Maiwenn`s sixth feature, the period movie revolves around the tumultuous relationship of the French king
and his lover, Jeanne du Barry (played by Maiwenn), whom he brought into the Versailles Palace to live near him even though she wasn`t a noble. Also read: Cannes 2023: From Anurag
Kashyap`s `Kennedy` to Rahul Roy`s `Agra`, Indian films to be screened at the festival Louis XV, who was nicknamed "the beloved", ultimately died as an unpopular king after being
accused of corruption. He reigned for 59 years, the longest in the history of France after that of Louis XIV. Maiwenn was previously at Cannes in 2011 with `Polisse`, which won the
Jury Prize, and in 2015 with `My King`, which earned Emmanuelle Bercot a best actress award. `Jeanne du Barry` is also expected to play in the competition.