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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Francois Ozon’s Just 17

#36. Francois Ozon’s Just 17

Gist: For his fourteenth feature, Ozon has chosen to film from a closed set with a media blackout pertaining to the plot, only divulging that the film centers on a teenage girl’s sexuality. Also, the film will be structured in four seasons and four songs, which makes this project sound like a mix of Ozon’s 5X2 and 8 Women a la Catherine Breillat.

Prediction: It’s surprising to note that the Ozon has only competed once in the Main Competition, in 2003 for Swimming Pool. Charlotte Rampling returns to work with Ozon once again (she last worked with him in 2007’s Angel) as part of the supporting cast in this latest feature. Despite a domestic August release, we’re predicting Directors’ Fortnight for Just 17 (though he hasn’t premiered at Cannes since 2005 with Time to Leave, as he seems to prefer Venice, Toronto, and even Berlin with his last several features).

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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