Here's everything to know about Cannes Film Festival 2023

11:26 PM | 11 May, 2023
Here's everything to know about Cannes Film Festival 2023
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One of the highly anticipated events in the international film industry, the Cannes Film Festival, will likely be rolling out the red carpet next week. Hollywood megastars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Natalie Portman, Harrison Ford, and others are expected to grace the event on the French Riviera.

Marking the festival’s 76th edition, Cannes Film Festival has become the nexus of many international actors and films to debut in front of the world with exclusive screenings, press conferences, and glamorous after-parties.

Before we begin with the details, one should really know what Cannes is all about. Follow to catch up!


Cannes is a resort town on the French Riviera, famous for its international film festival. The exquisitely beautiful city has sandy beaches, upmarket boutiques, and palatial hotels. Home to the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, a modern building complete with red carpet and Allée des Étoiles – Cannes’ walk of fame, the French Rivera hosts the biggest film festival conceived in 1939. Not many people know but Cannes Film Festival was originally an alternative to the then-fascist-influenced Venice Film Festival.

The festival is held annually since 1946 except in 1948 and 1950, due to lack of funds. Cannes is popular for its carefully selected projects that propel artists or films into mainstream media like the Oscars. American director Quentin Tarantino also gained recognition from the festival.


Beginning on May 16 this year with the French-language film Jeanne du Barry, starring director Maiwenn and American actor Johnny Depp, the festival will run until May 27, closing with Pixar’s animation Elemental.


Competing for the coveted Palme d’Or prize Award, 21 films will be contending this year in different genres and categories.

These 21 competitors are:

Club Zero” by 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

Il Sol dell’ Avvenire” (“A Brighter Tomorrow”) by Nanni Moretti

L’ete dernier” (“Last Summer”) by Catherine Breillat

Kuru Otlar Ustune” (“About Dry Grasses”) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

La Chimera” by Alice Rohrwacher

La Passion de Dodin Bouffant” (“The Pot-au-Feu” by Tran Anh Hung

Rapito” (“Kidnapped”) by Marco Bellocchio

May December” by Todd Haynes

Qing Chun” (“Youth”) by Wang Bing

The Old Oak” by Ken Loach

Banel e Adama” by Ramata-Toulaye Sy

Perfect Days” by Wim Wenders

Firebrand” by Karim Aïnouz

Black Flies” by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire

Le Retour” (“Homecoming”) by Catherine Corsini

Other films to be screened, out of competition, include Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, and Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.


Cannes’ top prize is the Palme d’Or, previously won by 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.

The writer is a staff member.


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 19 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 May 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Baht THB 7.57 7.72


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