Charlotte Le Bon’s first feature film as a director is part of the Directors’ Fortnight selection, one of the two parallel sections of the Cannes Film Festival. Falcon Lakeis a free adaptation ofA sistera graphic novel by Bastien Vivès, whose plot was transposed to Quebec by the actress, who co-wrote the screenplay with François Choquet.
Updated April 19
Joined by The PressCharlotte Le Bon was still floating on her cloud, even if the news, which she had to keep secret, had been known to her for a few days now.
“I really have a hard time believing it, confides the one who was revealed to French cinema thanks to roles in Asterix & Obelix: At the service of Her Majesty (Laurent Tirard) and Yves Saint Laurent (Jalil Lespert). I’ll believe it only when I’m in the room and the screening starts! »
Already having a short film, Judith Hotelto her credit, which was also presented on the Croisette as part of the Adami talents program in 2018, Charlotte Le Bon will live the Cannes experience in a different way this time.
“It’s exhilarating and terrifying at the same time! So far, maybe 10 people have seen my film. Inevitably, the prospect of presenting it at Cannes as a world premiere in a large hall [le Théâtre Croisette compte 825 sièges] in front of my family, my friends, the festival-goers and the press, it’s scary. That said, when you practice this profession, you want what you do to be seen. But it’s super scary! »
Filmed last year in the Laurentians, starring Sara Montpetit, Joseph Engel, Monia Chokri and Karine Gonthier-Hyndman, Falcon Lake tells the story of Bastien, a 13-year-old teenager, who leaves Paris with his family for the calm of a chalet on the edge of a Quebec lake, where his mother, Violette, grew up. They move in with a long-time friend, Louise, and her 16-year-old daughter Chloe. Despite the three years that separate Bastien and Chloé, a singular connection is created between them and a strange carnal game sets in.
It is to highlight that Falcon Lake will be in the running for the Caméra d’or, awarded by a separate jury to the best first feature presented at the Cannes Film Festival, all sections combined.
“I try not to think about it too much! concludes Charlotte Le Bon.
A first for Théodore Pellerin
Théodore Pellerin will also have the opportunity to go to the Cannes ball, because he is one of the headliners of Continental Drift (to the south), a film by Lionel Baier, also selected for the Directors’ Fortnight. In this co-production between Switzerland, France and Italy, the Quebec actor plays the role of the son of a European Union representative, played by Isabelle Carré, who arrives without announcing himself in the life of the latter after 10 years of separation. This reunion takes place at the very moment when the communications officer must organize in Sicily a diplomatic visit of Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel in a refugee camp.
“This film is part of a tetralogy conceived by Lionel Baier on the four cardinal points of Europe, started in 2006 with Like thieves (in the east)explains Théodore Pellerin, joined by The Press. It’s a bit of a satirical vision of Europe and the management of the refugee crisis. It’s not a comedy, but there are touches of humor. »
This presence of the actor in this European film stems from a meeting that the Swiss filmmaker requested after having seen Genesis, by Philippe Lesage. Théodore Pellerin is obviously delighted with the idea of accompanying the presentation of the feature film on the Croisette.
“It will be my very first time in Cannes. I am very excited. This is extraordinary news for this film. We never expect that! »
The 54and Directors’ Fortnight will be held from May 18 to 27.