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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #79. Emmanuelle Bercot’s La tête haute

La tête haute

Director: Emmanuelle Bercot // Writer: Emmanuelle Bercot, Marcia Romano

Though initially an actress that appeared in films from Jean-Francois Richet and Benoit Jacquot (and more recently, two films from Maiwenn, including Polisse, which Bercot co-wrote), Emmanuelle Bercot has fashioned her own career as a director, most recently with the Catherine Deneuve headlined On My Way. Bercot reteams with Deneuve for La tête haute (Head Held High), and adds other exciting names like Benoit Magimel and Sara Forestier to the mix. Co-written by Marcia Romano, who penned delicious titles by Ozon, such as Under the Sand and Criminal Lovers, the film tells the story of Malony and his education as he grows from a six-year-old into an 18-year-old. A minors’ judge and a caseworker work tirelessly to try to save the young offender.

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Benoit Magimel, Sara Forestier

Producers: France 2 Cinema, Wild Bunch, Les Films du Kiosque’ François Kraus and Denis Pineau-Valencienne (May Allah Bless France!)

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

Release Date: Bercot’s 2001 debut Celement premiered at Cannes, Backstage (2005) in Venice and On My Way in competition at Berlin. If her latest isn’t announced in the Berlin line-up, we’re thinking she may return to Cannes, perhaps in the Un Certain Regard section.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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