Rod Paradot in La tête haute © Luc Roux

La tête haute to open Cannes

French actress-director Emmanuelle Bercot's La Tête haute, starring Catherine Deneuve, has been selected to open the 68th Cannes International Film Festival on 13 May 2015. The film is co-written by Bercot and Marcia Romano, and also stars Benoit Magimel and Sara Forestier, who is a former EFP Shooting Star.

The drama, which is being distributed in France by Wild Bunch, follows the experience of juvenile delinquent Malony (Rod Paradot), tracking his upbringing as a children's judge and social worker (Deneuve) tries to intervene. It remains to be seen whether La Tête haute will premiere in or out of competition.

Notably, Bercot will be the first female director to open the festival since 1987, when Cannes kicked off with Diane Kurys’ A Man in Love. Although she began her career as an actress (Class TripÀ tout de suite), Bercot has become better known in recent years as a writer-director. She made her directorial debut in 2001 with Clement, which premiered at Cannes in Un Certain Regard.

Bercot also stars in Maiwenn’s Mon roi, a French film widely expected to premiere in the festival's official selection.

The official selection is due to be announced shortly. The Cannes Film Festival runs from 13 to 24 May 2015.

Image: Rod Paradot in La tête haute © Luc Roux