Charlotte Le Bon’s first film selected at Cannes

The movie hawk lakethe first feature film by actress and director Charlotte Le Bon, will have its world premiere next month in the Directors’ Fortnight, a parallel section to the Cannes Film Festival.

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“It’s my first film, so it’s an absolute honor to have the opportunity to present it at Cannes,” said Charlotte Le Bon, in a telephone interview with the Trunk Tuesday, a few hours after the presentation of the Directors’ Fortnight program.

I have been in the clouds since I heard the news a few days ago. It’s still a bit hard for me to believe it, especially since I checked this morning (Tuesday) the selection of the Directors’ Fortnight and that there are filmmakers who inspire me a lot like Léa Mysius and Alice Winocour. They are directors that I have been following for a long time and that I like very much. I am very flattered to be by your side. »

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Filmed last year in the Laurentides, hawk lake brings together Sara Montpetit, Joseph Engel, Monia Chokri and Karine Gonthier-Hyndman on screen. The film, loosely adapted from the graphic novel. A sister, by Bastien Vivès, tells the story of a 13-year-old Parisian teenager who will spend the summer with his family in a chalet near a lake in Quebec. A “unique connection” and a “strange carnal game” will develop between the teenager and the 16-year-old daughter of a friend of his mother.


hawk lake is Charlotte Le Bon’s first feature film as a director. The Quebecois, well known as an actress in France, had already presented a short film – Hotel Judith – at the Cannes Film Festival, in 2018, as part of the Talents Adami program.

Charlotte Le Bon and Joseph Engel on the set of Falcon Lake.

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Charlotte Le Bon and Joseph Engel on the set of Falcon Lake.

“I’m glad I’ve already seen the Cannes Film Festival because it’s a big machine that can make you a little dizzy,” she observes. So I know what to expect. Then it’s super exciting to be able to present a project that I’ve been working on for four years with people I love and respect a lot. There are people in my family who will come to see the film. I feel like it’s going to be a stressful time, but also very exciting. »

The Cannes Directors’ Fortnight will take place from May 18 to 25. the swiss movie Continental drift (to the south)starring Québec actor Théodore Pellerin, will also be presented in this section of the festival.

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