Cannes: 'In the Shadow of Women' to Open Directors' Fortnight

Cannes La TĂȘte Haute - H 2015

Cannes La Tête Haute - H 2015

French director Philippe Garrel returns to the Cannes parallel section having attended its first edition in 1969.

Philippe Garrel, who attended the very first edition of Cannes' Directors' Fortnight with The Virgin's Bed in 1969, will celebrate the opening of the 47th edition with his new film, In the Shadow of Women.

Starring Clotilde Courau, Lena Paugam and Stanislas Merhar, In the Shadow of Women tells the story of Pierre and Manon, a couple of low-budget documentary makers whose relationship unravels when Pierre starts an affair with his assistant only to discover Manon already has a lover of her own.

Edouard Waintrop, artistic director of the Directors' Fortnight, described it as an "elegant film, cruel and tender, about the cruelty of men, the intelligence of women, the everyday heroism of lovers, their lucidity."

Wild Bunch, who have dealt with several Garrel titles in the past (most recently his 2013 Venice competition entry Jealousy) is handling international sales of the film.

The Directors' Fortnight full lineup is due to be announced April 21.