The 68th Cannes Film Festival has opened with the red carpet premiere of Emmanuelle Bercot’s “Standing Tall” (Le tete haute), a gritty glimpse of a violence-filled adolescence experienced by the character of newcomer Rod Paradot.
Le tete haute
Reviews of the films shower with ample amount of praises. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw calls it “an often touching drama about a juvenile rallying against the system makes for a respectable start to this year’s festival.” The Hollywood Reporter’s Jordan Mintzer, meanwhile, says that it “starts off strong but can’t always decide whether it wants to keep it real or give viewers the sort of movie moments found in less-inventive dramas.”
This is only the second time the prestigious French film festival has been opened by a movie directed by a woman. Diane Kurys held the honor in 1987 with “A Man in Love.”
Naomi Watts enamors
A stunning Naomi Watts graced the red carpet in support of “Standing Tall.” Dressed in a power-blue gown from the spring-summer 2015 collection of Elie Saab Couture, she was accompanied by an equally mesmerizing Julianne Moore, fresh from her Oscar win early this year.
Other actors who walked the red carpet were Natalie Portman, Sienna Miller and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Naomi Watts appears in “The Sea of Trees,” Gus van Sant’s entry to the festival.