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Summer of 69: Philippe Garrel Opens Directors’ Fortnight with “In the Shadow of Women”

The status on at least one Cannes tipped title has been determined. There’ll be a sense of déjà vu for Philippe Garrel as he’ll be showcasing his silver anniversary 25th feature as the opening film for the Directors’ Fortnight — a section that he essentially help launch back in 1969. Between 1969’s The Virgin’s Bed and his latest, In the Shadow of Women (L’ombre des femmes), Garrel has been on the Croisette on several occasions with his last being for the Main Comp selected Frontier of the Dawn. Our #86 pick in our Most Anticipated Foreign Films for 2015, In the Shadow of Women (a rare title that does not star his son) revolves around a documentary-maker who drops his mistress, a trainee he met on a shoot, after he discovers his long-term partner has a lover too. Edouard Waintrop will unveil the make-up of the section on April 21st. Here is our review of Garrel’s last film, Jealousy.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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