Scarlet, a French-language period drama directed by Pietro Marcello (Martin Eden), will be the first night film for the 54th edition of the'Directors' Fortnight section. It will launch the film festival sidebar on May 18.
Scarlet is a series of cast of French stars, including Juliette Jouan, Raphal Thierry, Louis Garrel, and Noemie Lvovsky, who live in Normandy, in Northern France.
Marcello is well-known for his Italian period works, most recently adapted from the Jack London novel, which won the best actor award for star Luca Marinelli at the 2019 Venice Film Festival. He has also been an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, including Futura, which won Cannes last year, and La bocca del lupo, which won the Caligari Film Award in Berlin in 2010.
Scarlet was produced by Mustang producers Charles Gillibert at CG Cinema with Italy's Avventurosa and Rai Cinema, in collaboration with Ilya Stewart of Hype Film and Wise Pictures' Antonio Miyakawa. Orange Studio is handling sales at Cannes. Scarlet will be distributed in France.
The full Directors' Fortnight lineup will be unveiled on Tuesday, April 19, and the event, which runs from May 18 to 27, will be the third and final under the auspices of artistic director Paolo Moretti.