Pietro Marcello follows his dramatic breakthrough, Martin Eden, with Scarlet (L’envol), a ‘period fable’ based on the 1923 novel by Russian writer Alexander Grin.
The film stars stars Raphaël Thierry, Louis Garrel, Juliette Jouan, Noémie Lvovsky, Ernst Umhauer, François Négret and Yolande Moreau.
Scarlet world premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival in the Directors Fortnight section and will be released in theaters on June 9 via Kino Lorber.
In the film, set shortly after World War I, veteran Raphaël (Raphaël Thiery) returns home from the frontlines to find himself a widower, and father to an infant daughter. Raised by her father in rural Normandy, the child Juliette (Juliette Jouan) grows into a lonely young woman who dreams of greater possibilities. She seeks refuge in the nearby woods, where she meets a witch who promises scarlet sails will one day take her away from her village. Reckoning with her future and swept away by a rakish young pilot (Louis Garrel) who literally falls from the sky, Juliette never stops believing in the witch’s prophecy. Tracing Juliette’s journey throughout the 20 years of great invention between the world wars, Scarlet delicately weaves together music and fantasy, history and folklore, realist drama and ethereal romance, to craft a timeless story of a young woman’s emancipation.
Watch the official trailer for Scarlet (L’envol).