Cannes might be known for its intense art-house movies, but there is always room for a little levity. This year (2022), it is “Don Juan”.
After “Madame Hyde” (2018), a luminous film about a suburban vocational high school starring Isabelle Huppert, French director Serge Bozon is back with an enigmatic new release. The pitch: “Abandoned by his fiancée on his wedding day, Laurent sinks into despair. Frantic, he thinks he sees the woman he loves everywhere. One day he is called to play the character Don Juan.”
Bozon once again worked with his regular co-writer Axelle Ropert (also a director, notably of “Petite Solange”). He added a flamboyant cast of Virginie Efira, Tahar Rahim, brilliant in Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet” a years back, and – surprise – the French crooner Alain Chamfort. The song lyrics are by the iconic songwriter Jacques Duvall (Lio, Marc Lavoine, Chamfort).
“Don Juan” was produced by Les Films Pelléas. The première is set for Sunday May 22 at 8.45pm in Cannes.