Juliette Binoche

Claire Denis' 'Let the Sunshine In' lights up Cannes, but once again, she was not asked to compete

Claire Denis' 'Let the Sunshine In' lights up Cannes, but once again, she was not asked to compete

What does one of the world’s most highly regarded filmmakers have to do to earn a competition slot at the Festival de Cannes?

That was a question many were asking in regard to Claire Denis — and not for the first time — following last week’s Cannes premiere of her exquisite and bittersweet love comedy, “Let the Sunshine In” (“Un Beau Soleil Intérieur”).

Starring Juliette Binoche as Isabelle, a middle-aged Parisian artist, mother and divorcee searching for romantic fulfillment, the film screened on Thursday as the opening-night attraction of the Directors’ Fortnight, a parallel program to the festival’s official selection. It was acquired shortly afterward by...

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