Emmanuelle Bercot's Film 'La Tête Haute' Opens This Year's Cannes
by Alex Billington
April 13, 2015
This year's Cannes Film Festival has announced their opening night selection - a film by Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Bercot titled La Tête Haute which translates to Heads Up in English. It was revealed this morning, ahead of the rest of the line-up coming this week. It's not uncommon to see a French film selected as opener, but Thierry Frémaux says "the choice of this film may seem surprising, given the rules generally applied to the Festival de Cannes Opening Ceremony." The world première of La Tête Haute will be shown in the Grand Théâtre Lumière in the Palais des Festivals, and will be released in French cinemas the same day, on Wednesday, May 13th. The film tells the story of a juvenile delinquent, Malony, and his upbringing.
"It is a clear reflection of our desire to see the Festival start with a different piece, which is both bold and moving. Emmanuelle Bercot's film makes important statements about contemporary society, in keeping with modern cinema. It focusses [sic] on universal social issues, making it a perfect fit for the global audience at Cannes," Frémaux adds. La Tête Haute was written by Emmanuelle Bercot and Marcia Romano, with Guillaume Schiffman as director of photography. It tells the story of a juvenile delinquent, Malony (played by Rod Paradot), and his upbringing from childhood to adulthood, as a children's judge and social worker try to save him. It was filmed in the Nord-Pas de Calais, Rhône-Alpes and the Paris-area regions, with the participation of Catherine Deneuve, Benoît Magimel, Sara Forestier and Rod Paradot. Sounds good.
We'll continue to keep you updated on the 68th Cannes Film Festival, taking place from May 13th to 24th in Cannes, France. For more info in the press release or more details on the festival, visit festival-cannes.fr.
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