Christophe Honoré is set to wrap up the 64th Festival de Cannes with Beloved (Out of Competition). The director has handpicked a cast of beloved actors for his eighth feature film, a musical in a similar vein to Love Songs, presented at Cannes in 2007.
The cast stars Chiara Mastroianni, Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, Michel Delpech and Milos Forman, with Catherine Deneuve topping the bill. Returning to the Festival de Cannes in the company of a number of favourite stars from his films, four years after Love Songs director Christophe Honoré finds himself back in the Official Selection with another musical.
"I didn’t really expect my next film to be a musical. I just wanted to show my appreciation to Alex Beaupain [composer of the score of Love Songs] by commissioning one song from him," notes Christophe Honoré. "We ended up with 12 songs that were incorporated into the flow of the action."
In Beloved, his eighth feature film, Christophe Honoré directs Catherine Deneuve for the first time. The actress plays the role of a mother Madeleine, whose daughter Véra (Chiara Mastroianni) falls in love. But the target of her affections, London resident Henderson (Paul Schneider), doesn’t feel capable of returning her love.
"Beloved starts in 1963 and ends in 2008. 45 years is a long time!" adds the director, on the occasion of his third appearance in Cannes since Seventeen Times Cecile Cassard (2002). "I wanted to use emotion to talk about two generations – in a meaningful way, I hope – and the idea that vulnerability is felt the most by the youngest."
The film is to be screened this Saturday at 11.30a.m. in the Grand Théâtre Lumière, and on Sunday at 7.15 p.m. and 11.30 p.m. in the Grand Théâtre Lumière.