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A Closer Look at the Indiana Jones Red Carpet at Cannes Film Festival

At the 2023 Cannes Film Festival we were lucky enough to be present at the red-carpet event for the highly anticipated premiere of “Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny”, directed by James Mangold, starring the iconic Harrison Ford, who is famous for his roles in the “Indiana Jones” franchise, “Blade Runner” and many other movies.

At the red-carpet we got to see stars Harrison Ford and Mads Mikkelsen who is most known for his role in “James Bond Casino Royale”, and the Tv series “Hannibal”. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, most known for starring and writing the critical success series “Fleabag”, was also present at the red-carpet. We could also see the iconic Antonio Banderas and actor Boyd Holbrook.

Harrison Ford arrived at the red carpet in Cannes, with his wife Calista Flockhart. When their arrival was being announced, they were announced as “Indiana Jones and Calista Flockhart”. Ford truly received an amazing “movie star” welcome as he was met by thousands of fans screaming his name. When he set foot inside the theater, he was met by the audience immediately rising up in the Palais to welcome him in.

Harrison Ford was welcomed up on stage by the Cannes festival director Thierry Frémaux to surprisingly receive a Palme d’Or after a reel of his greatest roles was shown on screen. To this Ford said: “I’m very moved by this... They say when you’re about to die, you see your life flash before your eyes, and I just saw my life flash before my eyes. A great part of my life, but not all of my life. My life has been enabled by my lovely wife, who has supported my passion and my dreams, and I’m grateful”.

Later on, Ford continued and said: “I love you, too. But I’ve got a movie you ought to see. It’s right behind me. So let me get out of the way, and thank you again for this great honor.”

During the premiere, the star Harrison Ford fought back tears several times. After the screening, when the credits rolled, the film was met by a standing ovation and the applause lasted for five minutes. The standing ovation that Ford received after his speech, before the film, was however louder than the applause after the movie. There could also be heard how some audience members whispered out of boredom in French during the screening.

No matter how the audience reacted to “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”, it is surely a special film considering it ends the era of the legendary Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.

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Credit: festival de Cannes


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