Directors: Women Filmmakers to Watch, Lola Quivoron, Rodeo (Cannes Fest 2022?)

Rodeo by director Lola Quivoron

The Cannes Festival’ competition has turned the spotlight on  young directors making a daring feature debut, such as Ladj Ly’s Les Miserables.

This year’s could boast Quivoron’s Rodeo, which is made by Annette producer Charles Gillibert and revolves around a young woman who infiltrates an underground dirt bike community in France.

Quivoron is one of the several female directors anticipated in the Official Selection. With women winning top prizes at Cannes (Julia Ducournau’s “Titane,”) Venice (Audrey Diwan’s “Happening”) and this year’s Berlin (Claire Denis’s “Both Sides of the Blade”), Fremaux is expected to ramp up the gender balance in competition.

Quivoron previously directed the short film “Au Loin, Baltimore,” which played at Locarno Fest in 2016 and, co-directed (with Antonia Buresi) “Headhsot,” a documentary about today’s youth that aired on Franco-German network Arte.

Shot entirely on the outskirts of Bordeaux, France, Rodeo follows Juia, a young misfit and small-time thug, who is passionate about riding.

One summer, she encounters a crew of dirt riders and sets off to infiltrates their male-dominated world. However, an accident compromises her ability to fit in.
As its title suggests, Rodeo is packed with action scenes spearheaded by Mathieu Lardot, a stunt expert who’s worked on “Jason Bourne,” “Spectre,” “Rogue City,” and “Mission: Impossible–Fallout.”