Festivals, Film
Apr 15, 2022

Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Taps French Period Drama ‘Scarlet’ to Open

Italian director Pietro Marcello helmed the impressive period drama Scarlet and has now had his work tapped to open Cannes Director’s Fortnight.

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The film is set in Normandy, Northern France, between the two World Wars, Scarlet follows a young woman, a widowed war veteran, being raised by her father and struggling to find her own path in life. It features a cast of French stars, including Juliette Jouan, Raphaël Thierry, Louis Garrel and Noémie Lvovsky. Pietro Marcello co-wrote the script to Scarlet with regular collaborator Maurizio Braucci (Gomorra) and Maud Ameline (Amanda), together with the participation of French novelist Geneviève Brisac. Scarlet was produced by Mustang producer 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. 

Director Pietro Marcello is well-known for his Italian period pieces, especially his most recent work Martin Eden. He is also an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, with credits including Futura, which screened in Cannes last year, and La bocca del lupo, which won the Caligari Film Award in Berlin in 2010.

The full Directors’ Fortnight lineup will be unveiled Tuesday, April 19.