Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo, starring Audrey Tatou, is to open the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

The French screenwriter and director behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, will present his latest film at the gala opening ceremony on June 28.

The adaptation of Boris Vian’s novel, about a woman who suffers from an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs, was produced by StudioCanal in association with Brio Films. It opened in France at the end of April.

Jiri Bartoska, KVIFF president, said: “Michel Gondry is one of the most original filmmakers on the international scene.

“Like his contemporaries – Spike Jonze or David Fincher – he steers clear of the straightforward, mainstream route; he aims to present his audiences with a fresh view of the world.

“Gondry’s works have regularly featured on the Karlovy Vary programme, thus it is a great honour for the Festival to be able to screen his latest title in the presence of the filmmaker himself.”

KVIFF runs from June 28 to July 6.