BRIGHT SUNSHINE IN (UN BEAU SOLEIL INTÉRIEUR)
Divorced artist Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) is in a rough patch in her romantic life. Though she has her lovers, including married men and her ex-husband, she fears that true love might be forever out of reach. Master filmmaker Claire Denis returns with this wryly funny, sensual and sophisticated look into the inner world of a woman of a certain age. Opening the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and inspired in part by Roland Barthes’ “A Lover’s Discourse,” BRIGHT SUNSHINE IN features tender images of life in Paris and a surprise appearance by Gérard Depardieu. The true heart of the film, though, is another mesmerizing performance by Binoche as a woman hungry to find and hold on to love. – Sudeep Sharma
French auteur Claire Denis attended the IDHEC (now La Fémis) in Paris, France, before becoming assistant to filmmakers Jacques Rivette, Costa-Gavras, Jim Jarmusch and Wim Wenders. Her feature debut CHOCOLAT premiered at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. Her credits include BEAU TRAVAIL (1999), 35 SHOTS OF RUM (2008) and WHITE MATERIAL (2010).