Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Emmanuelle Bercot’s La Tête Haute set to open Cannes 2015

It seems somewhat fitting that this year's Cannes Film Festival, which is already celebrating Ingrid Bergman, should select the first film by a female director to open the festival in 28 years. News arrives via Variety that Emmanuelle Bercot's Standing Tall (La Tête Haute) is set to be that film.

While the films in the main selection categories for the festival have yet to be announced, we do know that La Tête Haute will have its premiere on opening day, 13 May, and arrives in French cinemas the same day. It is also the first time in a few years that a high-profile release hasn't taken the opening night slot, following such recent examples as Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby (2013) and Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris (2011).

Standing Tall stars Catherine Deneuve (Persepolis), Benoît Magimel (The Piano Teacher), Sara Forestier (Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer) and Rod Paradot in the story of juvenile delinquent Malony, following his upbringing from childhood to adulthood, as a children's judge and social worker try to save him.

"It is a clear reflection of our desire to see the festival start with a different piece, which is both bold and moving," says festival general delegate Thierry Frémaux. "Emmanuelle Bercot's film makes important statements about contemporary society, in keeping with modern cinema. It focuses on universal social issues, making it a perfect fit for the global audience at Cannes."

The festival runs from 13-24 May.

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