A Female Director Will Open the Cannes Film Festival for the First Time in Almost 30 Years

The 2015 Cannes Film Festival will kick off with French film “La Tête Haute,” directed by Emmanuelle Bercot and starring Catherine Deneuve. This will mark the first time in almost 30 years that a female-directed film will open the festival. Diane Kurys’s film, “A Man in Love” opened for the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. 

In recent years the festival has opened with a big movie, like “The Great Gatsby.” The choice not to follow suit this year will be a definite change of pace. Festival director, Thierry Fremaux explained the decision was mainly based on the relevance of the film:

“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." Fremaux said. The film follows the story of a juvenile delinquent and his interactions with the children’s judge and social worker who try to save him from himself, Indiewire reports.

Bercot is no stranger to Cannes. In 1997 her short film “Les Vacanes” received the Jury Prize. Her feature debut, “Clement” screened in the Un Certain Regard section in 2001. Then, in 2011 she co-wrote the script for the Jury Prize-winning “Polisse.” 


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