Joan of Arc trailer: Take a first look at French director Bruno Dumont’s Cannes film

French director Bruno Dumont has never been one for the mainstream and his 2017 film, Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc, certainly fits that billing. It was generally received well by critics and made the end of year list of our writer Noel Megahey who called it a “daring piece of filmmaking.” His new film, Joan of Arc, is a sequel of sorts, placing a young 10-year-old actress in the lead role. As we revealed a couple of weeks ago, it will also appear in the Un Certain Regard section at this year’s Cannes. A trailer for Joan of Arc was released today and you can take a closer look above.

In the 15th century, both France and England stake a blood claim for the French throne. Believing that God had chosen her, the young Joan leads the army of the King of France. When she is captured, the Church sends her for trial on charges of heresy. Refusing to accept the accusations, the graceful Joan of Arc will stay true to her mission. Bruno Dumont’s decision to work with a ten-year-old actress re-injects this heroine’s timeless cause and ideology with a modernity that highlights both the tragic female condition and the incredible fervor, strength and freedom women show when shackled by societies and archaic virile orders that belittle and alienate them.

As usual, Dumont also wrote the script and the cast is lead by Lise Leplat Prudhomme in her first role.

Joan of Arc plays at Cannes which starts at 14th May. If it does secure UK distribution we expect it to be at some point in 2020.

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