Opening this year’s 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival is Arnaud Desplechin‘s Ismael’s Ghosts starring screen legend Marion Cotillard, Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Louis Garrel. It’s a film about a film maker and the perfect tonic to open this year’s festival or, as we like to call it, the Nicole Kidman Celebration Gala 2017 (as she has no less than 4 projects on show!)
Synopsis: Ismaël Vuillard makes films. He is in the middle of one about Ivan, an atypical diplomat inspired by his brother. Along with Bloom, his master and father-in-law, Ismaël still mourns the death of Carlotta, twenty years earlier. Yet he has started his life over again with Sylvia. Sylvia is his light. Then Carlotta returns from the dead. Sylvia runs away. Ismaël rejects Carlotta. Driven mad by these ordeals, he abandons the shoot for his family home in Roubaix. There, he lives as a recluse, besieged by his ghosts.