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Chloe Sevigny, Johnny Galecki go for Cleanse BY JEREMY KAY

The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki is to star opposite Chloe Sevigny and Anjelica Huston in fantasy horror The Master Cleanse. XYZ Films is handling international rights to the Bron Studios and Gilbert Films’ production, which mixes dark humour with body horror. XYZ is showing a pre-visualisation of the film here, while WME Global arranged financing and represents North America. The Master Cleanse centres on a heartbroken man who attends a spiritual retreat, only to discover the course releases more than everyday toxins. Producers are Jordan Horowitz for Los Angeles-based Gilbert Films, Galecki for Alcide Bava Pictures and Aaron L Gilbert for Vancouver-based Bron Studios, which is currently in production on Cannes market title The Driftless Area starring Zooey Deschanel. The Kids Are All Right producer Gary Gilbert serves as executive producer with Todd Masters, Margot Hand and John Raymonds. Production is set for early July in Vancouver. Bobby Miller, whose appropriately bizarre short film Tub screened in Sundance 2010, makes his feature directorial debut. The film is being produced in association with XYZ Films, Creative Wealth Media Finance and MASTERSFX, the effects house that worked on Robocop and Elysium, and will conjure creatures and effects for the production. WME represents Miller and jointly handles Galecki with Management 360.

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Worldview acts tough on Mel Gibson thriller BY JEREMY KAY

Worldview Entertainment is to cofinance and produce Jean-Francois Richet’s thriller Blood Father to star Mel Gibson. The move marks Worldview’s seventh collaboration with Wild Bunch, which has introduced the project to international buyers here. CAA arranged financing and represents US rights. Gibson will star as an ex-con who protects his estranged teenage daughter from murderous drug dealers.

Filming on Blood Father began earlier this month in New Mexico. Erin Moriarty also stars and Peter Craig adapted the script from his novel. Why Not Productions’ Pascal Caucheteux and Sebastien Lemercier will produce with Chris Briggs alongside Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow and COO Molly Conners. Worldview backers Maria Cestone and Sarah E Johnson are the executive producers alongside Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval.

A24 takes Egoyan’s Captive BY ANDREAS WISEMAN

A24 has become the second US buyer to snap up a Competition title this week, finalising rights in Cannes for Atom Egoyan’s The Captive with eOne International.

The US outfit, which acquired the film in partnership with DirecTV and plans to release this autumn, brokered the deal with WME on behalf of eOne and the film-makers. Ryan Reynolds, Scott

The companies are working together on Michel Hazanavicius’s Competition entry The Search and Kim Farrant’s thriller Strangerland, shooting now in Australia starring Nicole Kidman. Last week, Woodrow announced a five-year finance and distribution deal with The Weinstein Company that will see the latter provide 20 US distribution slots over the term. Films under that deal will include Tulip Fever starring Christoph Waltz and The Woman In Gold with Helen Mirren. Speedman and Rosario Dawson star in the thriller, which examines how the kidnapping of a man’s young daughter destroys the relationships among those involved. Egoyan wrote the script with David Fraser. Producers are Egoyan, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss and Stephen Traynor.

Winterbottom links to Vatican BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW

Mr. Turner director Mike Leigh (second from left) was joined by (l-r) producer Georgina Lowe and cast members Marion Bailey, Timothy Spall and Dorothy Atkinson at the world premiere of the Competition title. See review, page 16.

Ozon’s New Girlfriend turns heads Paris-based Films Distribution has racked up sales on Francois Ozon’s upcoming feature The New Girlfriend starring Romain Duris and Raphael Personnaz. It has sold to Portugal (Leopardo Filmes), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Spain (Golem), Sweden (Folkets Bio),

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CIS (A-one Films), Brazil (Imovision), Hong Kong (Sundream), Israel (Lev Cinema) and Japan (Kino Films). The film stars Anais Demoustier as a young woman who falls into a deep depression after her best friend dies. The picture, which is in post-production, is produced by Eric

and Nicolas Altmayer of Parisbased Mandarin Cinema. Films Distribution is promoreeling The New Girlfriend, in the Marché. Other titles on its slate include Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood, which opened Directors’ Fortnight, and Pascale Ferran’s Un Certain Regard-screener Bird People. Melanie Goodfellow

Michael Winterbottom is to direct The Vatican Connection about the true story of the New York detective who first uncovered the Vatican Bank’s links to the Mafia. The director of The Killer Inside Me and upcoming Face Of An Angel will work with screenwriter Paul Viragh to revise an original script by Alessandro Camon, based on Richard Hammer’s award-winning book The Vatican Connection. The production is aiming for a major A-list actor to play detective Joe Coffey, who was working undercover in Manhattan in the 1970s when he stumbled on information linking the Vatican Bank to the Mafia. Producers are John Penotti of Ivanhoe Pictures, Chris Hanley of Muse Productions, Jeff Most of Most Films, Melissa Parmenter of Revolution Films and Bob DeBrino. Executive producers are Edward R Pressman and Jordan Gertner.

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Expendables get tanked up BY JEREMY KAY

The cast of The Expendables 3 will cruise down the Croisette in Sovietera tanks tomorrow in what should be the most eye-catching stunt of the festival. The testosterone-fuelled roll-call features Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Dolph Lundgren and Antonio Banderas. Rounding out the crack celebrity platoon are Wesley Snipes, Kellan Lutz, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell, Kelsey Grammer, Randy Couture and Ronda Rousey. Two qualified drivers will steer the decommissioned BTR60 eightwheel armoured personnel carriers from the east end of the strip to a 10:45am press conference at the Carlton. Only Jet Li and Terry Crews will be unable to join the promotional event for the action sequel, due to prior commitments. Naturally the $2m operation of getting all the film’s stars into Cannes, booking rooms at the Hotel du Cap and renting tanks from a UK company was planned with military precision. “The first idea was a zipline from the top of the Carlton to the beach,” said Millennium Films president Mark Gill. “Then we called the insurance company. We considered helicopters and settled on tanks.” The Expendables 3 will open in August in the US through Lionsgate. Nu Image handles international sales.

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Turks update cannes plans The centenary of Turkish cinema celebrations planned in Cannes this week have been severely curtailed in response to the Turkish mine disaster, in which more than 280 people died. A planned trip to the festival by the Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Omer Celik has been cancelled. Celik had been expected to head a 37-strong delegation of leading Turkish politicians and bureaucrats. The original celebration plans included two concerts with Taksim Trio and Baba Zula, both of which have been cancelled. The Turkish reception on May 19 will go ahead, but will be a ‘silent’ event, without music. There are likely to be Turkish retrospectives at other European and Asian festivals later in the year to mark the centenary. Geoffrey Macnab

Amour Fou makes early sales in four territories By GeoFFrey MAcnAB

Un Certain Regard feature Amour Fou has been sold to four major territories ahead of its official screenings in Cannes. The Coproduction Office has closed sales of Jessica Hausner’s romantic drama in Austria (Stadtkino), Germany (Neue Visionen), Sweden (Folkets Bio) and Benelux (Lumiere). The period film, based loosely on the suicide of poet Heinrich von Kleist in 1811, has also been the subject of multiple offers on other territories, with a French buyer expected to be confirmed shortly. Coproduction Office boss Philippe Bober also revealed that A Pigeon On A Branch, the longawaited film from Swedish auteur Roy Andersson, is now almost complete and will be

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launched at an autumn festival. The film had been widely tipped to surface in Cannes but, as Bober explained, Andersson was not finished in time. A total of 40 minutes of footage is being screened to buyers at the Marché. “It was the wish to go to Cannes but Roy is still working [on it],” Bober said. “It’s good that Roy is not rushed.”

The Coproduction Office is also beginning sales on Zhou Hao’s The Night, fresh from its Berlinale premiere. It will have its first market screenings here in Cannes. The office is also selling Ulrich Seidl’s In The Basement (Im Keller), his idiosyncratic doc about what Austrians get up to in their basements. The film is expected to appear at an autumn festival.

Pine treks to Highland Highland Film Group has added Chris Pine comedy Mantivities to its Cannes slate. Pine (Star Trek) co-wrote the screenplay and will produce with Sarah Babineau, and Haven Entertainment’s Kevin Mann and Jordana Mollick. Mantivities centres on a group of men who try to instil responsibility in their friend, a former child star, by taking him on a day of activities. It will star real-life friends and Pine’s co-writers Robert Baker, Ian Gotler, Will Greenberg, Drew Howerton and Tony Liebetrau — collectively known as The Button Factory. 16:14 Entertainment’s US-based business partner, Sycamore Entertainment Group, will co-finance the project with Locmatel. Jeremy Kay

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Celluloid Dreams is teaming with Michael Fitzgerald (Competition title The Homesman) to sell two of his productions. They comprise Australian director Bruce Beresford’s upcoming romantic comedy Cooking With Fernet Branca, based on the novel by James Hamilton-Paterson, and Nae Caranfil’s English-language bankrobbery comedy Closer To The Moon starring Vera Farmiga and

Picturehouse Entertainment and Film4’s home entertainment arm 4DVD have acquired UK rights to Nick Cave music documentary 20,000 Days On Earth (sold by HanWay) and Brian Hill’s serialkiller documentary, Thomas Quick: The Making Of A Serial Killer (sold by Independent). Picturehouse has also prebought documentary Dark Horse, sold by Protagonist.

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Conquistador gets Lovesick on Croisette By JereMy kay

Pascal Borno and Scott Karol’s Conquistador Entertainment has boarded sales in Cannes on Lovesick starring Matt LeBlanc, Ali Larter and Chevy Chase. Luke Matheny directed the story about two people, paralysed by the fear of love, who must learn to overcome their phobias. Dean Young wrote the screenplay. Paradigm represents US rights to the film, whose producers Josh Goldstein, Travus Pope and Michael Roiff brokered the deal with Karol. “We are extremely excited to be selling this film at this juncture, as Matt LeBlanc’s TV series Episodes is a worldwide hit and the film showcases his comedic talents,” said Karol. Conquistador’s sales slate includes the Jennifer Aniston drama Cake, which also stars Sam Worthington and Anna Kendrick. Borno and Karol are screening footage on the Croisette.

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Production and distribution outfit Medient Studios has revealed further details of the ambitious ‘Studioplex’ it is building in the US. The facility will be built in Effingham County, Georgia, where it can access the state’s generous tax credits. A total of $700m will be invested in construction and infrastructure at the facility over its five-year development plan. Prime Focus is partnering on the “movie-production campus”. Chairman and founder Manu

Kumaran said that Medient was developing “an assembly line” approach to film-making through the new facility. The company recently acquired German sales outfit Atlas International Film. Among the projects Medient is backing — and Atlas is selling — is Kickback, a $12m thriller based on the life and death of crusading journalist Anna Politkovskaya. John Cusack will star as a Russian police officer and Famke Janssen will play the journalist. Kumaran

will produce with Raza Mallal writing and directing. The aim is to shoot later this year in eastern Europe. Here in Cannes, Medient will launch its martial-arts film Kilat, which it is making with new Malaysian partner Tarantella Pictures. Tarantella’s MD Sharad Sharan is expected to direct. Medient, which was founded in 2004, started in India but the company is now active in several countries — Malaysia, Colombia, the US and Germany.

Indian scheme secures UK tie-up By liz Shackleton

UK-based Beautiful Bay Entertainment (BBE) is teaming with film-maker Vikramaditya Motwane (Udaan, Lootera) and Tulsea Pictures on an Indian script development programme. Motwane, the programme’s creative adviser, has already selected the first three writer-directors to be supported by the scheme, which aims to contribute to a longer-term development pipeline in the Indian film business. The film-makers will receive funds to develop their projects

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from concept to the final script. Tulsea, which manages writers and directors, advised on structuring the programme and will serve as packaging partner on the developed scripts. It represents Mot-

wane as well as the programme’s writer-directors. The film-makers are: Varun Grover, with sports biopic Spin Baloo; Atul Mongia, with noir drama The Antagonist; and Anvita Dutt with Gudiya. Grover wrote lyrics for Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur and is co-writer of Fly Away Solo. Mongia worked as associate director on Titli, which is screening in Un Certain Regard, while Dutt has worked on 10 films as a writer and has several projects underway. BBE will invest in the projects.

amélie, depardieu, Besson top global french cinema poll By Melanie Goodfellow

French film export agency Unifrance, which fetes its 65th anniversary this year, has released the results of a study on the image of French cinema across the globe — and the findings are surprising. “French cinema is the second most exported cinema in the world after that of the US,” said Unifrance president Jean-Paul Salomé. According to the public poll conducted in 14 countries, the nations most fond of French cinema were Russia, Germany, the US and UK. The most cited French films were Amélie, Intouchables,

Taxi, Léon, Amour, The Artist, The Pianist and Welcome To The Sticks. Interestingly, the French stars with the biggest international reputations belonged to an older generation. In order, Gérard Depardieu came top, followed by Jean Reno, Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Tautou as the best-known French acting names internationally. The best-known directors were Luc Besson, Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean Renoir, Roman Polanski, Jean-Jacques Annaud and Claude Lelouch.

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distribution slays its dragon Hong Kong-based Distribution Workshop has picked up international rights to animated film Where’s The Dragon, directed by Sing Choong Foo. The feature, which is in post-production, has attracted major voice talents including Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster) and Wang Leehom (Lust, Caution). It sees a girl team up with animals from the Chinese Zodiac to search for a lost dragon. It will be released in late 2014 or early 2015. Sing has worked on visual effects for films including Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Men In Black 2 and Beowulf. Liz Shackleton

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epic unleashes zombeavers By JereMy kay

Zombeavers has taken a bite out of the market as Epic Pictures heads Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson revealed a slew of deals. Rights to the Jordan Rubindirected horror comedy have gone to Benelux and German-speaking Europe (Splendid Films), Spain (A Contracorriente Films), France (Zylo), Australia and New Zealand (Roadshow) and the Middle East (Prime Pictures). Epic is understood to be closing a multi-territory deal with a major distributor for the UK, Scandinavia, Latin America and eastern Europe excluding Russia.

Dutch to push 30% rebate By Geoffrey MacnaB

Netherlands Film Fund is to reveal full details of its longawaited 30% cash rebate scheme in Cannes today. Doreen Boonekamp, CEO of the fund, is predicting the $27m (¤20m) scheme will significantly “strengthen the Dutch film industry and position the Netherlands in the international marketplace”. The aim now is to lure international production to the country. Boonekamp is expecting to receive EU state-aid approval in time for today’s announcement. The fund, which has been rushing to launch the scheme as soon as possible, will also present the country’s new National Film Commission this afternoon. Insiders are expecting the first deadline for applications will fall as early as June. The scheme will offer a 30% cash rebate on production spend in Netherlands. Applicants are likely to be asked to have 50% of the overall production budget in place before applying.

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Cannes briefs Galveston gets funding Financier Low Spark Films has boarded Jean Doumanian’s Galveston, set to star Matthias Schoenaerts. Written by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, Embankment Films is handling foreign sales in Cannes. Janus Metz will direct the October shoot.

Berry plans Kidnap Halle Berry will star in Luis Prieto’s Kidnap, which Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel’s Lotus Entertainment is selling internationally. CAA packaged the project and represents US rights.

Qubeka to steer Riders By GeoFFRey MacnaB

Jahmil XT Qubeka is to direct Umedia project The Riders, the story of an ageing art expert whose world is shattered when he meets a mysterious young woman. Qubeka previously directed award-winning Of Good Report. A pre-production date of May 29 has been confirmed for The Riders. The cast will be led by Spartacus TV star Liam McIntyre, Pixie Davies and Richard E Grant. Susie

Brooks-Smith is producing and Umedia is handling world sales. The news comes as Umedia, which has raised $450.8m (¤330m) through the Belgian tax shelter system over the past decade, is preparing to expand further. The company, which supports 30 to 40 films a year, is expected to announce a partnership with a major Benelux distributor shortly. Umedia recently acquired Welcome To New York from Wild

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Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is to host a special screening at Shochiku’s historic Kabukiza theatre during this year’s festival. It will be one of the highlights of TIFF and take place on October 27. TIFF will hold a press conference this summer to announce what will be shown at the theatre, which rarely screens films. This year’s TIFF will take place from October 23-31. Liz Shackleton

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Global Screen sells 7th Dwarf By Geoffrey MacnaB

Global Screen has sold fairytale animation The 7th Dwarf across eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The film has sold to Poland (Kino Swiat), Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and CIS (Rekiston Enterprises) and Croatia and other ex-Yugoslavian states (Karantinja). On top of previous deals, including Germany (Universal), agreements include Latin America (Swen), Portugal (Pris), India (PictureWorks), Malaysia and the Philippines (Suraya Filem). Global is launching several projects at the market including Coming In from Marco Kreuzpaintner, which will be released in Germany by Warner Bros. Fresh to the Global slate are Joy Of Fatherhood, directed by and starring Matthias Schweighöfer; Flights Of Fancy from Christian Bach; and Anna Justice’s adaptation of Pinocchio. Global will be screening a promo reel of Lisa Mulcahy’s The Legend Of Longwood.

eurimages eyes canada as first non-eU country By Geoffrey MacnaB

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Eurimages — the Council of Europe’s co-production fund — is edging closer to admitting non-European countries. The organisation will be holding a meeting in Cannes tomorrow to discuss how this might be achieved. Executive director Roberto Olla said expansion was “unavoidable and actually necessary”. Canada is likely to be the first non-European country to join. No official negotiations have been undertaken but Olla confirmed unofficial talks about Canadian membership are underway.

Docs on the Marché as market screenings rise By WenDy Mitchell

There will be 74 market screenings of feature documentaries at the Marché this year, up on previous years. Half will also be available at the Doc Corner’s Video Library. Sales companies including Cinephil, Rise & Shine and Cat&Docs are among those showcasing films in the video library. Cannes Marché’s Doc Corner will welcome expert speakers, including Anne Lai from Sundance Institute, producer Heidi Fleisher, IDFA’s Isabel Arrate Fernandez,

Vimeo’s Sam Toles, La Septieme Salle’s Tom Dercourt, We Want Cinema’s Marieke Jonker and Touscoprod’s Nicolas Bailly. Topics at the 4pm to 6pm event at Palais I will include new financing models for documentaries (Sunday); crowdfunding (Monday); VoD models (Tuesday); and consumer-driven documentaries (Wednesday). The Doc Corner Brunch on Monday will welcome 200 guests including directors Frederick Wiseman and Gabe Polsky, sales

experts Daniela Elstner and Catherine Le Clef, producers including Titus Kreyenberg, and festival heads including Tine Fischer from CPH:DOX and Claas Danielsen from DOK Leipzig. At the brunch, Connect4Climate will launch its competition Action4Climate+ and Doc Alliance will announce its Doc Alliance Selection Award. Doc Corner also offers consultations with veterans such as Nicole Guillemet, Anne-Marie Luccioni and Caspar Sonnen.

EU sets out challenges facing film By WenDy Mitchell

European Union culture commissioner Androulla Vassiliou will kick off today’s EU audiovisual policy conference with a new communication, ‘European film in the digital era’, which looks at the health of the European film industry and identifies challenges it faces. One point the report makes is the disparity between the strength of European film productions and distribution. The report states: “While Europe is good at produc-

Dancing Arabs at Jerusalem The 31st Jerusalem Film Festival will kick off on July 10 with the world premiere of Eran Riklis’s Dancing Arabs. Sayed Kashua wrote the script based on his bestselling novels Dancing Arabs and Second Person Singular. The film is about a boy who has to leave his provincial family to go to boarding school in Jerusalem. The gala screening will take place at the Sultan’s Pool in the presence of the director and cast. The festival will close on July 17 with Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises. Wendy Mitchell

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ing a high number of diverse feature films, most… do not reach all their potential audience in Europe and even less in the global market. For the most part, films stay on national markets but some never reach the cinema screen.” The report also highlights the need for integration of new players such as VoD services in the film ecosystem; the need to sustain and nourish talent and professional skills in the European film industry; and learning more about audiences and how they

are changing in the digital era. The commission wants to engage the European industry in discussion and is launching a European Cinema Forum for year-round dialogue. The commissioner’s speech will be followed by panel discussions on ‘Creating a European audience’ and ‘Reaching out to a European audience’. Panellists include Wild Bunch’s Vincent Grimond, Unifrance’s Jean-Paul Salomé, Vue Cinemas’ CEO Tim Richards and TrustNordisk’s Rikke Ennis.

caNNes briefs Dogwoof bites Dior Dogwoof has closed a deal with Submarine to handle international sales for the Tribeca hit documentary Dior And I, directed by Frédéric Tcheng, a behind-thescenes look at the historic French fashion house.

Kong draws a pair Aquamen Entertainment and Pigmental Studios are teaming with Chinese and Korean partners on $40m 3D animated feature Kong. The project aims to give a sci-fi twist to the Chinese classic Journey To The West.

cineMater casts sci-fi Red Bull Media’s CineMater has confirmed casting on its $15m quantum theory-based thriller DxM, being sold in Cannes. Sam Neill will star alongside Tom Payne, Melia Kreiling, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Dominique Tipper and Oliver Stark.

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Initial findings of an analysis of the three pilot projects backed by the European Parliament to explore new distribution strategies will be presented by French academic Thomas Paris this morning at an event organised by the European Commission. The event is divided into three groupings: EDAD, co-ordinated by Curzon Film World, SPEED BUNCH, co-ordinated by Wild Bunch, and TIDE, co-ordinated by L’ARP. Paris said that “innovative release formats such as day-anddate or direct-to-VoD can give a boost to a certain number of films

that will therefore benefit from increased exposure, at least cost, in a saturated market. “Concerning the economics of the system as a whole, the experiments seem to indicate no major risk.” “VoD consumption mainly concerns the zones where the film is not visible, or only to a limited degree in theatres.” Among his recommendations, Paris suggested that multiple distribution schemes and varying the length of release windows should be tested. He added that the multi-territorial dimension of the initiative should be extended.

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Guido Rud’s Buenos-Aires-based FilmSharks International has closed deals on Benedikt Erlingsson’s Tokyo best director winner Of Horses And Men. Deals have closed with Japan (Magic Hour), CIS/Baltics (Maywin Film), Mexico (Alfaville), former Yugoslavia (Demiurg) and Czech Republic and Slovakia (Film Europe). Rights have also gone to Sweden (Little Big), Denmark (Angel) and Norway (Europa film). FilmSharks previously licensed to the UK (Axiom), France (Bodega And Carlotta) and Switzerland (Filmcoopi).

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Go-Go Boys back with a vengeance Veteran Israeli producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus hit the Palais des Festivals this evening for the Cannes Classics premiere of Hilla Medalia’s doc The Go-Go Boys, charting the rise and fall of their infamous indie studio, The Cannon Group. Screen caught up with them on ARTE’s yacht. “Cannes owes us big time. We helped put the festival on the map as a place to do business so it’s nice to be getting this screening at the Palais,” says Golan. Throughout the 1980s, the Israeli cousins, or Go-Go Boys as

they were known, were a notorious sales force on the Croisette, operating out of the Carlton Hotel where they pioneered the art of the pre-sale and slate deal. “In the mid-1980s, they used to call Cannes the Cannon Film Festival. The buyers loved us because we did a lot of promotions and parties and screenings in the Palais,” says Globus. “The first time we came to Cannes was in 1964-65. We went to sell black-and-white, Hebrewlanguage movies,” adds Globus. “Did we sell them? Of course we did, we always sell. In the 1960s

“Every generation has their best decade and for a lot of people now that’s the 1980s, so it’s the perfect time to tell our story,” says Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp of Soul Boys Of The Western World, an archive-based documentary. It charts the band’s rise to fame, acrimonious break up and eventual reconciliation. Metro International is selling the doc at Cannes. The idea for the film came about during Spandau Ballet’s 2009 comeback tour when they cut together some old footage from Kemp’s Super8 camera to play during their performance.

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“It was such a success that we thought, ‘Why don’t we make a whole movie of it,’” says Kemp who, together with his fellow band members, is in Cannes for the launch of the documentary. “I wanted to make a film that would appeal to people, whether they were fans of the band or not,” says George Hencken, a first-time director. The doc includes home videos of the group in the 1960s and a colourful sequence showing the five young band members arriving in St Tropez to perform their first international concert. “The furthest gig they had ever done before that was Basildon and

suddenly they were in St Tropez,” says Hencken. For Kemp, the chance to revisit the Spandau story — which is done in the film via a series of voiceovers as opposed to talking heads — was “the most cathartic experience I’ve ever had”. “When we broke up, I got rid of all my guitars. I didn’t buy a record for six years. It made me feel sick thinking about music. Now time has passed I can’t wait to get back in it,” says Kemp, who has now turned his hand to directing, with his latest project Top Dog also in the Cannes Market via Manifest Sales.

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we worked out of the lobby of the Martinez, then we moved to the Carlton, first basing ourselves in the lobby and on the terrace, and then out of suite 241 for 20 years.” The Cannon Group is mostly remembered for its action B-pictures such as The Delta Force, but the company also financed arthouse fare too, producing films by Jean-Luc Godard, John Cassavetes and Franco Zeffirelli. “The action movies paid for the arthouse movies,” says Golan, who says one of his proudest moments in Cannes was bringing Andrey Konchalovskiy’s Runaway Train to Cannes in 1986. “We had five films in Competition that year,” notes Globus. “We always had a lot of films. I had a partner who liked to do movies and always said ‘yes’ to everyone… it was one of the reasons we split. I wanted to cut the number of films and raise the quality but Menahem just kept making more and more movies.” It’s been nearly 20 years now since the Go-Go Boys have sold a film on the Croisette but remaining true to form 84-year-old Golan is hoping to drum up some finance for his upcoming film Snipers, a $10m project about US soldiers in Afghanistan. “We could shoot it in Israel or Afghanistan. We have a script and hope to sign big stars. I will direct,” he says.

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Q&a John Boorman Queen And Country is a sequel to John Boorman’s autobiographical Hope And Glory (1987). Having made a film about his childhood experiences in London during the Blitz, Boorman jumps to 1952, as the now 18-year-old Bill Rohan is conscripted into the British army to fight in the Korean War. The Directors’ Fortnight title premieres Tuesday and Le Pacte handles sales. Did you keep diaries in the period the film depicts? I’ve kept journals since I was 16. I was able to go back and read what I had written at the time. How did you cast for the role of Bill Rohan? I interviewed probably 40 or 50 boys around the age of 18 to 20. I found that Callum Turner had a wonderful quality, a certain way of looking at the world that corresponded perhaps to mine. He was very much an observer; this notion of sitting on the fence, being uncommitted, which I was — he had all those qualities. That’s why I chose him. There’s that dissolve from the boy in Hope And Glory to the boy in Queen And Country. Callum looked very much like that boy would look when he grew up. Was National Service as grim as you portray it here? It was much grimmer than I portrayed it. National Service was a sausage machine. They were turning out these conscripts,

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thousands and thousands of them. At that time, Britain had bases all over the world. They had to be manned. How do you look back on the early 1950s now? It was the hangover from the war. There was still rationing at that time. There were stirrings. It was a period when change was about to happen. The 1960s were a way off, when things got brighter. We all believed that atomic war was inevitable. There was a feeling we were heading toward Armageddon. Would you like to make further autobiographical films? There is perhaps one more I would like to do but I’m getting too old! It’s quite a feat to make a film at 80 and it is probably time for me to toast my feet in front of the fire. Is this is your last feature then? I’ve told everyone that it is but no-one will believe me. I’m being urged to continue. Geoffrey Macnab

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Mr. Turner Reviewed by Jonathan Romney Fictionalised art-historical biography has been one of the most fraught sub-genres in cinema. For all their virtues, films such as The Agony And The Ecstasy (Carol Reed on Michelangelo) and Lust For Life (Vincente Minnelli on Van Gogh) have demonstrated the pitfalls of trying to peer closely into the working lives of great artists, and the dangers both of hagiography and of presumptuous psychologising. In his portrait of the visionary British painter JMW Turner, Mike Leigh not only elegantly avoids these perils, but offers a film as successful in its tiny details as it is in its epic amplitude: Mr. Turner works at once as a warts-and-all portrait of the painter and his circle, and as a large-scale evocation of Victorian England. The film brings its period so energetically alive that the viewer comes to inhabit Turner’s age as intimately as we have inhabited the everyday Britain of Leigh’s contemporary films. Built around Timothy Spall’s superb lead — but democratically highlighting many performances among its sprawling cast — Mr. Turner is hugely entertaining, deeply moving and will be especially tickling for anyone with a taste for sometimes grandiloquent, sometimes juicily profane period language. An eminently marketable tour de force that promises to expand Leigh’s faithful international following, Mr. Turner shows one old master saluting another with irreverent brio.

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CoMPeTiTion UK-Fr-Ger 2014. 149mins Director Mike Leigh Production companies Thin Man Films, Xofa Productions, LipSync Productions International sales Sunray Films, office@ sunrayfilms.co.uk Producer Georgina Lowe Cinematography Dick Pope Editor Jon Gregory Production designer Suzie Davies Music Gary Yershon Main cast Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage, Ruth Sheen, Peter Wight, Joshua McGuire

Building on the achievements of his previous 19th-century venture, Topsy Turvy, Leigh and his team offer another detailed picture of the English past — with credit due to production designer Suzie Davies, costume designer Jacqueline Durran and researcher Jacqueline Riding. Structured fragmentarily, the film covers the last 25 years of Turner’s life, shown as a solitary, cantankerous figure devoted to his art — sometimes tender, sometimes harsh or neglectful of his intimates, sometimes (we feel) deeply knowable, but at others seemingly opaque. After a prelude showing Turner painting in Holland, the film skates from episode to episode. He comes home to London where he is greeted by his father, a retired barber (Jesson), with whom he has a gruff but tender rapport (they call each other ‘Billy’ and ‘Daddy’), and his housekeeper, Hannah Danby (Atkinson), who loves Turner and is sometimes his partner in brusque sex, but who is generally treated by him as a menial; in fact, much of the film’s emotional power comes from the sorrows of this mistreated and psoriasis-afflicted woman. Other key figures include Mary Somerville (Manville), who joins Turner for an experiment in light and magnetism; marginalised and embittered painter Benjamin Robert Haydon (Savage); and Sophia Booth (Bailey), in whose Margate boarding house Turner takes a room, and whom he later starts courting in a scene that is all the more tender for its taciturn delicacy. Many Leigh veterans give their best — among them Manville,

Savage, Ruth Sheen (as Turner’s spurned mistress) and Peter Wight, as a man of industry. But the film also offers some revelatory performances from less familiar names such as Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson and Marion Bailey, whose characters are as richly limned as any in the Leigh catalogue. And there is a very droll scene depicting eminent penseur John Ruskin (McGuire) as a garrulous, grandstanding fop — seemingly Leigh’s barb at his own critics, even the adulatory ones. The film is as keenly focused both on fine detail and on the overall quotidian grubbiness of Victorian Britain, as well as the splendour; cinematographer Dick Pope evokes this world’s textures as tellingly as he did in Leigh’s other period pieces Topsy Turvy and Vera Drake. Overall, though, Mr. Turner is up there with cinema’s finest art-biography evocations — the likes of Peter Watkins’ Munch and Paul Cox’s Vincent And Theo. It’s an ensemble film par excellence, but Spall makes a magnificent focal point, as a deeply eccentric, proudly individual man, huffing and grunting like a turkey, sometimes expressing deep pain, and cheerfully flaunting his knowledge of the classics — a man suffused with the proverbial lust for life. Moving, scholarly and serious as it is, Mr. Turner may be the most entertaining art biopic yet made — a grand canvas of inexhaustible riches.

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Timbuktu Reviewed by Dan Fainaru At a time when the entire world is shocked by the appalling acts of the militant Boko Haram group in Nigeria, Abderrahmane Sissako’s film quietly but forcefully suggests the new scourge of Africa seems to no longer be colonialism, but the bloody terror inflicted on its innocent habitants by Muslim extremists all over the continent. After featuring several times in Un Certain Regard, having served on more than one Cannes jury and shining in an out-of-competition slot with Bamako (2006), Sissako finally lands — deservedly — in the festival’s main Competition with a film whose uncanny timeliness will not be lost on its audiences and might easily find itself with an award. The screenplay is based on an incident that took place a couple of years ago in a small city in the north of Mali. In 2012, during the brief spell they ruled the region, Islamic Jihadists executed a couple for living together and bringing up their children without having been properly married. Working from this basic premise, the script draws a firm line between the simple, pious but reverential faith of the locals and the brutal, inhuman conduct of the invaders, who claim, though they are neither saintly nor really observant, to perpetrate their horrors in the name of God. Brandishing guns, driving madly through the desert into peaceful villages and espousing the rules of Sharia, they tell their unsuspecting victims — who do not quite understand what is happening to them — that music is forbidden; walking in the streets means loitering; women with face, hands or feet uncovered are sinful and all transgressions of the law are punishable either by lashes administered in public places or by actual stoning. Those that are condemned are buried up to their neck in the sand, with executioners flinging stones at them until they die. Though the plot revolves around a couple,

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CoMPETITIoN France-Mauritania. 2014. 100mins Director Abderrahmane Sissako Production companies Les Films du Worso, Dune Vision Producer Sylvie Pialat International sales Le Pacte, www.lepacte.com Screenplay Abderrahmane Sissako, Kessen Tall Cinematography Sofian El Fani Editor Nadia Ben Rachid Production designer Sebastien Birchler Music Amine Bouhafa Main cast Ibrahim Ahmed (aka Pino), Toulou Kiki, Abel Jafri, Fatoumata Diawara, Hichem Yacoubi, Kettly Noel, Mehdi AG Mohamed, Layla Walet Mohamed, Adel Mahmoud Cherif, Salem Dendou

Kidane (Ahmed) and Satima (Kiki), who live peacefully on a dune outside town until a nearby fisherman kills one of their cows, Sissako draws a larger and more elaborate network of details. These offer a composite picture of innocence trampled over by a fundamentalist craze that has less to do with religion or faith and much more with the thirst for unlimited power — with religion used as an excuse to crush any kind of insubordination. Calm, controlled and confidently displaying his visual language, the backdrop of Sissako’s film paints on the one hand a powerfully wellbalanced picture of an almost animistic indigenous society — though officially their religion is Islam — with glimpses of the Western world breaking through every once in a while, for instance in a lively argument about the respective qualities of football superstars Zinedine Zidane and Lionel Messi. On the other hand, the intruders do not speak the language of the local tribes — communication difficulties are underlined throughout — and are alien to their simple traditions and way

of life. Still, the extremists are empowered by the might of their rifles and belief they have the right to arbitrarily enforce their own rules and punish anyone who does not submit to them. After all the orgiastic brutalities Hollywood indulges in to show humanity’s mean streak, Sissako’s precise, economic style looks almost monastic. Unsurprisingly this achieves a far more powerful result, whether it is an amazing long shot ending the encounter between Kidane and the fisherman, the scene of a woman cruelly whipped for having dared to sing or a couple stoned to death for sharing the same room after dark. The casting works perfectly, both for the professionals — mostly playing Jihadists — and amateurs, while the camerawork of Sofian El Fani (who shot Blue Is The Warmest Colour) confirms this talented cinematographer is equally gifted handling intimate portraits or large landscapes.

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Girlhood By Lee Marshall Continuing her exploration of adolescent girl support system and the insidious pressure on young women to conform to type, Céline Sciamma’s third film has all the quiet determination and punchy lifeforce of its magnetic 16-year-old heroine, a girl from the high-rise, low-income ‘projects’ on the periphery of Paris. Viewers familiar with the director’s debut Water Lilies and follow-up Tomboy will recognise some of the themes that recur and combine here, from girls who play against gender conformity to the way an age of infinite dreams can also be an age of extremely limited choices. But if Sciamma forfeits some of the delicacy of touch that we have so far associated with her oeuvre, she replaces it with a new sense of confidence and attitude in Girlhood (Bande De Filles), an in-your-face brashness that derives partly from the director’s non-judgmental depiction of a black girl-gang, partly from the film’s good-looking, high-energy weave of sound and image. The opening sequence is an eloquent, exhilarating taster of what’s to come. We see two padded-out, pumped-up American football teams take the field; they’re all girls, we soon realise, and all black. Scored by a driving rock track, the game is like a joyous promotional video for young female empowerment; but as

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they walk home afterwards, the endorphinfuelled chatter dies down as the teammates approach a group of local lads. Soon we are left following Mariame, played with instinctive naturalism by first-timer Karidja Touré, who at times resembles Jennifer Lawrence — not least because of her ability to radiate reserve, sex appeal and strength in one bundle. She lives at home with her younger sisters and boorish, violent older brother, her mother out at work most of the day. Shunned at first by love interest Ismael because he is her brother’s best friend, and told by a high-school careers officer that having

flunked her year, again, the only opening is vocational training, the angry Mariame — who wants to continue her studies — is soon adopted by a brash girl gang led by the formidable Lady (Sylla). In all these roles, the casting is spot on and the energy the director coaxes from her young charges lights up the screen. The ability to reconcile sensuousness with gender politics has always been a strength of Sciamma’s work, and here the camera lingers on the skin, the hair, the hands, the eyes, the dance moves of Mariame and her girlfriends, contrasting their confident beauty and sexuality with the boxy drabness of their home environment.

Using a camera each, the duo frequently change framing and colour grading within a scene to muddle perspective, and throughout there are conversations and confrontations that, for better or worse, have all the ragged edges of improvisation rather than a formal script. When we first meet rapper Oussmane (Azu) in Paris, he has signed a contract for his debut album. He feels confident enough to convince stewardess Laure (Lalande) that she should not abort the child that is the result of their onenight stand. A move to Laure’s family home in Perpignan is the start of a seemingly doomed attempt to build a future together. Against his

better judgment, Oussmane is encouraged to visit the seaside, where he is suddenly afflicted by deafness. Further complications arrive in the shape of Laure’s older sister, Kahina (Maha), a prisoner on a short release to visit her young son. There are some charming and tender scenes in FLA, but the dominant themes are the feelings of anger, vulnerability and guilt that have come to define and motivate the central characters. There are complex connections and parallels that emerge over the film of the bonds and rivalries between siblings, the impossible hopes invested in the next generation, the irresponsibility of the artist and the sense of betrayal that can destroy a relationship in a heartbeat. The reliance on improvisation does create some rambling, argumentative stand-offs that begin to grate, and there is a sense in which the film starts to tread water after the second hour — before redeeming itself with a plaintive sequence in Haiti. Perhaps it never quite justifies its running time in the way that Blue Is The Warmest Colour did, but there is enough raw emotion and film-making virtuosity to command your attention and confirm the promise of Carrénard’s 2011 award-winning debut feature, Donoma.

Faire: L’Amour Reviewed by Allan Hunter Billed as “a film by Djinn and Salomé”, Faire: L’Amour (or FLA) delivers an almost forensic exploration of the flaws and failings in a trio of characters desperately seeking an elusive happiness. Told in a style that echoes past masters of the nouvelle vague from Jacques Rivette to Agnes Varda, it offers a gruelling but compelling emotional workout on a par with a session of John Cassavetes improvisation or an Edward Albee play. The marathon running time and sometimes unsympathetic characters will limit the film’s commercial appeal, but it should attract healthy festival interest and support from Francophile audiences and those with a track record of supporting audacious rising talents. Abandoned after three days of filming in April 2012, FLA resumed shooting in December of that year and bears no obvious signs of its fractured history. Director Djinn Carrénard and ‘artistic director’ Salomé Blechmans maintain a consistent artistic vision throughout with restless camerawork that drifts in and out of focus, floating and scrutinising like a fighter sizing up an opponent.

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CRITICS’ WEEK Fr. 2014. 168mins Director/screenplay/ editor Djinn Carrénard Production companies Donoma Guerilla, Arte, Commune Image Média, Francois Calderon, Realitism Films International sales Elle Driver, www.elledriver.eu Producers/ cinematography Djinn Carrénard, Salomé Blechmans Music Frank Villabella Main cast Maha, Laurette Lalande, Azu (aka Despo Rutti), Saul Williams

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Buzz titles China & Hong Kong Chinese productions are booming at the local box office and several upcoming projects could be poised for big international success as well. Liz Shackleton reports

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he box office in China grew by 29% to reach $1.1bn (RMB6.79bn) in the first quarter of 2014, driven by local hits such as The Monkey King ($168m), From Vegas To Macau ($85m) and Beijing Love Story ($65m). Foreign films had to contend with a 37.5% share of the box office, with The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug as the top-grossing import on $74.6m. With such a huge domestic market, producers in mainland China don’t need to worry about the international market, but many are concerned that overseas sales of mainland Chinese films declined in 2013. Meanwhile, Hong Kong producers, aware of the limitations of Hong Kong’s $210m annual box office, continue to keep both the mainland and international markets in mind. Everyone struggles to find content that can please both mainland audiences and the West. But at least three upcoming films could reverse this trend: John Woo’s two-part romantic epic The Crossing, Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Sino-French coproduction Wolf Totem and Zhang Yimou’s Cultural Revolution-set drama Coming Home, which is playing out of competition here in Cannes. All eyes are also on Jiang Wen’s Gone With The Bullets, the sequel to his witty but relatively local Let The Bullets Fly, to see if the film can play outside China. Sony is co-producing and has international rights. Meanwhile the recent success of Diao Yinan’s Black Coal, Thin Ice should encourage the producers of Chinese arthouse films, who in recent years have struggled to make a dent in the local box office or clock up sales overseas. The Berlin Golden Bear winner grossed a healthy $17m in mainland China and has also sold widely for Fortissimo Films. Here are some of the hottest titles from China and Hong Kong that will be heating up the Cannes Mars ché. ■

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produced Barbara Wong’s The Allure Of Tears and Break Up Club, will return to the directing chair following a 20-year hiatus since his 1994 comedy drama He & She. Contact Fred Tsui, Media Asia frederick_tsui@mediaasia.com

From Vegas To Macau 2 Dir Wong Jing Chow Yun Fat is returning to star in the sequel to Wong Jing’s recent gambling caper From Vegas To Macau, which grossed $85m in mainland China over Chinese New Year. Chow will reprise his role as a legendary gambler, while Nick Cheung will star as an IT expert and accountant for the mob. Andrew Lau (Revenge Of The Green Dragons) is also returning to produce the sequel, which is scheduled to start shooting in June for release in the first quarter of 2015.

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Aberdeen Dir Pang Ho Cheung After working in Beijing, leading Hong Kong film-maker Pang Ho Cheung returns home for this widely acclaimed drama revolving around the members of an extended family and the challenges they face. The strong ensemble cast includes Louis Koo, Eric Tsang, Miriam Yeung and Gigi Leung. Produced by The Golden Era Pang’s Mak-

ing Film Productions, the film is co-produced by Sun Entertainment, Sil-Metropole Organization and Huayi Brothers, with start-up Hong Kong company Bravos Pictures handling international sales.

Currently in post-production, Full Strike stars Josie Ho as a hot-tempered former badminton player who decides to return to the sport following an encounter with four ex-gangsters who also play. Derek Kwok (As The Light Goes Out) is directing and the cast also includes Ekin Cheng and Ronald Cheng. Hong Kong’s 852 Films produced the $4m film, along with Why Entertainment, Star Chinese Movies, XAMAX Development and Start Entertainment. Contact Andrew Ooi, 852 Films ooi.andrew@gmail.com

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Ann Hui, whose A Simple Life won the best actress prize for Deanie Ip at the Venice film festival in 2011, is now directing Lust, Caution star Tang Wei in this biopic of writer Xiao Hong, who lived through turbulent times in China at the beginning of the last century. Produced by Stellar Mega Films, China Film, Edko Films and Cheerland, The Golden Era is »

Dir Lawrence Cheng Ekin Cheng and Chrissie Chau star in this romantic comedy about a troubled couple who open a coffee shop in an attempt to save their relationship, despite having previously broken up 99 times. Lawrence Cheng, who recently

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written by Li Qiang, who also wrote Hui’s The Postmodern Life Of My Aunt and Vicky Zhao’s 2013 hit So Young. Contact Edko Films, Julian Chiu chiujulian@edkofilm.com.hk

The Great Hypnotist Dir Leste Chen Following his success with 2013 hit romantic comedy Say Yes!, Taiwan-born director Leste Chen turns his hand to a high-concept thriller in this Wanda Media production. Xu Zheng (Lost In Thailand) produced and stars in the film as a hypnotherapist who is at the pinnacle of his career when he runs into a disturbed female patient, played by Karen Mok. The film opened in China on April 29 and grossed $22m on its opening weekend. Contact Will Lin, Fortissimo Films will@fortissimo-hk.com

Ip Man 3 Dir Wilson Yip Production of the third film in producer Raymond Wong’s successful Ip Man franchise is back on track following a delay due to the director and star’s busy schedules, and is expected to start shooting in early 2015. The $36m film will be shot in 3D and reunites star Donnie Yen, director Wilson Yip and writer Edmond Wong, while Yuen Woo-ping has come on board as action choreographer. Delivery is scheduled for early 2016. Contact Kat Yeung, Pegasus Motion Pictures kathy.yeung@pegasusmovie.com

Kung Fu Jungle Dir Teddy Chen Currently in post-production, Teddy Chen’s big-budget action thriller stars martial-arts supremo Donnie Yen and popular mainland actor Wang Baoqiang. Wang plays a vicious killer who starts targeting martial-arts masters in Hong Kong. Yen plays a martial-arts expert who was imprisoned after accidentally killing a man and offers to help the police catch the killer in return for his freedom. Contact May Yip, Emperor Motion Pictures mayyip@emperorgroup.com

Little Big Master Dir Adrian Kwan Miriam Yeung and Louis Koo star in this drama, based on a

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true story, about a teacher who works for a token salary in an attempt to keep a kindergarten from closing. Hong Kong’s struggles with a declining birth rate and lack of school places are issues that should also resonate in the West. Benny Chan is producing for Universe Entertainment. Production is scheduled to start this month.

tion Department who read victims’ memories to reveal details of the suspects. Soi is expected to start shooting the film early next year after wrapping The Monkey King 2.

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Qin Ai De Xiao Hai Dir Peter Ho-sun Chan Based on a true story, Peter Ho-sun Chan’s upcoming drama Qin Ai De Xiao Hai (literal translation Dear Children) revolves around parents who undergo the trauma of their children’s kidnapping, only to face a whole new set of problems when the family is reunited. Currently shooting, the film was scripted by Zhang Ji (American Dreams In China) and stars Vicky Zhao Wei, Huang Bo and Tong Dawei. We Pictures is producing with mainland partners including China Vision, Stellar Mega Films and Enlight Media. Contact Katherine Lee, We Distribution kat@wedistribution.com (Left) The Great Hypnotist

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The Taking Of Tiger Mountain Dir Tsui Hark Tsui Hark’s highly anticipated 3D spy movie, based on the novel Tracks In The Snowy Forest, follows a battle of wits between a small military unit and a gang of heavily armed bandits in Northeast China during the 1940s. In production, the film is produced by Huang Jianxin for Bona Film Group and stars Zhang Hanyu, Tony Leung Ka-fai and Lin Gengxin. Contact Virginia Leung, Distribution Workshop virginia@distributionworkshop.com

Unforgotten (working title) Dir Soi Cheang Following his success with Chinese New Year hit The Monkey King, Hong Kong film-maker Soi Cheang is turning his hand to a sci-fi action thriller with this $18m production for Mei Ah Entertainment. The story revolves around two police officers in the Memory Investiga-

Set in Taiwan and Shanghai, the latest romantic comedy from Pang Ho Cheung (Love In A Puff, Love In The Buff) tells the story of a graduate who takes lessons in flirting so she can take her friendship with a former classmate to the next level. Huang Xiaoming and Zhou Xun head the cast of the film, which is in post-production and scheduled for a July 31 release. Contact Annabelle Hao, Huayi Brothers annabelle.hao@huayimedia.com

Zhongkui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal Dir Zhao Tianyu Hong Kong’s Peter Pau serves as producer, DoP and VFX director on this $27m 3D fantasy adventure about a legendary Tang Dynasty hero, which stars Chen Kun and Li Bingbing. Directed by Zhao Tianyu (The Law Of Attraction) and produced by Desen International Media, the film is approaching the end of its shoot in China and has Weta Workshop on board for character design and Korea’s Macrograph for visual effects. Contact Derek Huang, Desen International s Media dingister@yahoo.com ■

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ulf Film has established its position as the dominant force in film distribution and exhibition in the Gulf and Middle East, releasing 50% of the region’s 300 English-language movies each year as well as Bollywood and Arabic movies. Maintaining this volume means the Cannes Marché remains the most important business event of the year for the outfit. Selim El Azar, CEO of Gulf Film, says: “Cannes is the biggest and best market to acquire films. At the same time, it’s the place to meet companies and producers, and check the marketing plans and release schedules of all the films coming throughout the year.” The fast-expanding company, based in Dubai and owned by Qatar Media Services, acquires product from Hollywood studios, major US indies such as Relativity, Hyde Park and Voltage, and also works closely with European outfits including EuropaCorp and StudioCanal. Gulf has secured deals with EuropaCorp for Cannes Competition titles The Homesman, directed by Tommy Lee Jones, and Betrand Bonello’s biopic Saint Laurent. With companies including Relativity and EuropaCorp, Gulf accesses films through output deals. With others such as Voltage, QED and Hyde Park, Gulf has a long-standing relationship. Gulf ’s taste for films tends toward bigbudget mainstream fare. Most of these will be acquired at pre-production stage. “Rarely do we have the chance to screen a film and then acquire it. Having said that, there are still definitely gems and small films that do break out,” El Azar reflects. If there is the equivalent to a Slumdog Millionaire, the company will not hesitate to snap it up. Earlier this month, a new eight-screen cinema was opened by Gulf in Abu Dhabi. Very shortly a new 10-screen multiplex will open in Qatar that will include an IMAX theatre. New cinemas are also planned for Bahrain and Dubai. Gulf ’s screen count this spring stood at 101 but that is expected to have doubled by the end of 2015. The screens are 100% digital, although Gulf keeps a few projectors for showing old-fashioned film if the need should arise. Business is booming — for the first quarter of the year, Gulf ’s release of Non-Stop is the highest grossing theatrical release of the year at $7.35m after 11 weeks — also marking the Middle East’s highest grossing independent release ever. Another successful 2014 launch for Gulf Film is Brick Mansions, which opened at number one and performed better in the Middle East than most other territories. expansion plans Distribution and exhibition are already thriving. Now the next step, as the company looks to become fully vertically integrated, is production.

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also take any opportunity that might present itself to expand its distribution operations into North Africa or elsewhere. There are not yet in-depth studies of cinema-going demographics across the region. However, by assessing which films reach the biggest audiences, Gulf can identify the type of film-goers it is attracting. Disney’s Frozen was a huge hit, which underlines the strength of the family audience. Action movies also register strongly, as evidenced by the success of Non-Stop.

Selim El Azar

A Middle East major Selim El Azar, chief executive of Gulf Film, has big ambitions for the company in Cannes — as well as a planned move into production. Geoffrey Macnab reports

‘Production is the natural move for us to take… We will definitely do it’ Selim El Azar, Gulf Film

“It is the natural move for us to take,” says El Azar. “We believe that we should take it but we should do it properly — choose the right product, the right budget, the right partner. We will definitely do it.” The Gulf Film CEO cannot put a precise date on when Gulf will begin to produce; it is a case of waiting for the best moment. The company, which is already active across the entire Middle East territory including the GCC, Lebanon and Egypt, will

Censorship not black and white Westerners may be surprised by the range of films the company releases. Martin Scorsese’s expletive-filled The Wolf Of Wall Street was shown across the region, and 50 Shades Of Grey has also been acquired — although it is yet to be decided in what form the film will be released. Gulf Film sub-distributes Paramount and Universal titles for Four Star Films in the Gulf territories. Censorship remains an issue. Each country has different rules and different approaches to what is allowed. “Each movie has to pass through censorship and each country has different rules,” El Azar explains. “It is rare a movie is banned in the territory but they require a few cuts to make them acceptable by the community.” Big stars are regular visitors to festivals in the region. But they rarely turn up to support the opening of new movies. “The market, although we have seen growth year after year, is still not big enough to be on the map of talent visits,” El Azar says. “I believe within a few years it will be.” Even without the talent to support new releases, Gulf is opening films day-and-date with the US. Some titles will go out on more than 100 screens. With its own Facebook and Twitter accounts, Gulf Film is increasingly active in using social media to market its wares. Nonetheless, VoD remains in its infancy and has not yet compensated for the shrinking of the home-video market. With a library of more than 2,000 features, Gulf is well placed to take advantage of the expected surge in online distribution. Piracy is continuing, but diminishing. “The only way to combat piracy is to shorten the windows of each [stage] and exploit them at the right time,” El Azar suggests. He argues it is crucial to offer high-quality, affordable versions of films at the same time pirated products are being sold. As he prepares for back-to-back meetings in Cannes (eight or nine a day not including lunch and dinner meetings) and evenings spent reading scripts, El Azar is expecting an exhausting festival. In spite of his schedule, the Gulf Film CEO makes it clear he is always on the lookout for new acquisition opportunities. “I am reachable all the time in s Cannes,” he adds. n

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Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida

Poland rising The film industry in Poland is going from strength to strength, thanks to its strong infrastructure, healthy pot of funding and increasingly international outlook, as Martin Blaney reports

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p until 10 years ago, Polish cinema’s hall of fame consisted primarily of Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi, Agnieszka Holland and the late Krzysztof Kieslowski. But since 2005, when the new Cinematography Act led to the setting up of the Polish Film Institute (PISF), the list of high-profile Polish film-makers has been growing longer, with film-makers such as Jan Komasa, Malgorzata Szumowska and Pawel Pawlikowski making waves on the international scene. “It brought revolutionary changes,” recalls Stefan Laudyn, director of Warsaw Film Festival says of the new organisation, which launched with an overall budget of $34.8m (¤25m). “There was an especially significant budget for films and transparency in the procedure for awarding the funding.”

PISF has backed The Here After, which is now shooting in Sweden and Poland

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In 2014, PISF’s overall budget is $43.2m (¤31m), with $29.2m (¤21m) dedicated to production funding, and the rest going towards film education and dissemination of film culture, cinema infrastructure and the promotion of Polish cinema abroad. Production support comes in the form of soft loans, with the maximum amount that can be awarded for European co-productions being $663,000 (¤476,000) for European produced and directed projects and $497,000 (¤357,000) for non-European projects. Larger amounts are also available for projects with Polish directors. Minority co-productions receiving PISF support require that at least 80% of the spend is in Poland — although they don’t actually have to shoot there — as well as minimum artistic contribution. Ari Folman’s The Congress, for example, employed Polish DoP Michal Englert, while its animation was done at Orange Studio in Bielsko Biala. “Funding-wise, Poland is really healthy now,” says producer Ewa Puszczynska of the Lodz-based company Opus Film, which coproduced The Congress and Pawlikowski’s Ida. “Before the Film Institute was set up, I used to go to co-production markets and show interest in a project, but people would ask, ‘What can this girl bring to the film from Poland?’ Poland is now seen by the international industry as an equal partner,” Puszczynska adds.

‘Poland is now seen by the international industry as an equal partner’ Ewa Puszczynska, Opus Film

Last year, PISF backed a slew of films by Polish film-makers, structured as international co-productions, including Slawomir Fabicki’s Bonobo Jingo, produced by Opus Film with German and Norwegian partners, and Marcin Wrona’s Demon, produced through his company Magnet Man Film with co-producers from France, Israel and the UK. In addition, producer Mariusz Wlodarski of Lava Films succeeded in accessing PISF backing for Swedish film-maker Magnus von Horn’s feature debut The Here After, which is now shooting in Sweden and Poland with Swedish and French partners. Meanwhile, Andrzej Jakimowski’s ZAiR received co-financing from PISF for Serbian director Srdjan Dragojevic’s The Porcupine, which will do its post-production and music work in Poland. looking outwards As Robert Balinski of PISF’s International Relations department says, the national funder “is supporting many initiatives aimed at making our industry more international”. This includes the Polish Days initiative during New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw, CentEast Market during Warsaw Film Festival and Dragon Forum in Krakow. Outside Poland, PISF has partnered with Film Bazaar in Goa and Cinekid for Professionals in Amsterdam, while Meetings on the Bridge in Istanbul saw a delegation of Polish producers meeting their Turkish counterparts to discuss co-productions. PISF will become a partner of the Connecting Cottbus East-West co-production market this November, while during Cannes, PISF and the Danish Film Institute are organising a Poland-Denmark producers meeting on Sunday, when 10 producers from each country will have one-on-one meetings. “This is in response to the very good coproduction experience on Ida and The Word by Anna Kazejak, which were both with Danish minority participation,” says Balinski. Regional production funds are also beginning to pop up in various parts of Poland: from Gdynia and Gdansk in the north to Wroclaw, Krakow and Lodz further south. And another two are planned in Bialystok and the region of Kujawsko-Pomorskie where the capital, Bydgoszcz, hosts the Camerimage festival. “The amounts vary from fund to fund,” Puszczynska says. “Some regional funds come onboard as co-producers like the Silesian Film Fund [as was the case for The Congress] and some funds are part of film commissions like in Lodz, where they give you a grant.” Tomasz Dabrowski, head of Film Commission Poland, points out that “the biggest problem the Polish industry suffers right »

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... continued from previous page now is the lack of [international] knowledge about the possibilities offered by Polish companies, film-makers and regions. “The film infrastructure in Poland is one of the best developed audiovisual service markets in Europe,” he adds, thanks to, “the rich tradition of Polish cinema, the consistent post-war investment in the film industry and the highly qualified personnel in the audiovisual sector”. Poland is home to three large studio complexes: Warsaw’s state-owned WFDiF, ATM Group complex in Wroclaw and the state-ofthe-art Alvernia Studios, which co-produced Amy Heckerling’s Vamps and Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage. As well as highly specialised service companies, a number of young producers have started to create tailor-made services for specific co-production territories. No Sugar Films, for example, has experience of working with Norwegian producers on Maria Lloyd’s animated dance film Salt and Leiv Igor Devold’s Warsaw, while Pokromski Studio worked with German company Schlicht Und Ergreifend Film on Johannes Schmid’s Winter’s Daughter. Production services company Film Polska Productions (FPP), meanwhile, has been a pioneer in working with India, having handled the shoots of 40 commercials and two feature films in Poland since 2010. Most recently, FPP’s CEO Krzysztof Solek beat competition from other European cities to bring Sajid Nadiadwala’s action film Kick, starring Indian megastar Salman Khan, to Warsaw in April for some of the most demanding action scenes to have been filmed so far in Poland. And while the country may currently be lacking the financial incentives needed to attract foreign producers, Film Commission Poland together with the Polish Film Institute have already taken action on the issue. Dabrowski says: “By the end of this year we hope to resume a serious discussion with representatives of the government on the introduction of appropriate s legal solutions.” ■

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The hot list Whether a big-budget epic or intimate indie, Poland’s past and present is put under the microscope in these upcoming features The Body Dir Malgorzata Szumowska Szumowska began shooting this low-budget Polishlanguage feature in mid-April with veteran actor Janusz Gajos and Maja Ostaszewska, who starred in Szumowska’s Teddy Award winning In The Name Of, playing the leads. Co-written by her long-time collaborator DoP Michal Englert, The Body is intended as a snapshot of contemporary Poland, but without any journalistic or socio-critical approach. Contact Mental Disorder 4

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City 44 Dir Jan Komasa

wicz and Zbigniew Zamachowski star for Watchout Productions. Contact Watchout Productions watchoutproductions.pl

Influence Dir Lukasz Barczyk Crispin Glover, Bruce Glover, Karl Markovics and Florence Thomassin join a Polish cast including Jakub Gierszal, Jan Peszek, Agnieszka Podsiadlik and Sonia Bohosiewicz, for Barczyk’s big-budget feature. Influence (Hiszpanka) centres on a group of clairvoyants and spiritualists against the background of the Greater Poland Uprising (1918-19). Contact Studio Filmowe Kadr

Polish cinema’s wünderkind Komasa follows his cult film Suicide Room with City 44 about young people during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. Produced by Akson Studio (Walesa: Man Of Hope), the film’s September premiere will be held at the National Stadium in Warsaw to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Uprising. Contact Akson Studio

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Gods Dir Lukasz Palkowski Palkowski turns his hand to a biopic for the story of the Polish heart transplant pioneer Zbigniew Religa in the 1980s, who had to struggle with moral, cultural and religious taboos. Tomasz Kot, Kinga Preis, Sonia Nude Area Bohosie-

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Nude Area Dir Urszula Antoniak Antoniak’s third feature after Nothing Personal and Code Blue is a film without any dialogue, which the director describes as “a hypnotic portrait of female seduction featuring a 15-year-old Dutch girl who has a crush on a beautiful Arab girl”. Produced by Amsterdam-based Topkapi Films with Poland’s Apple Film Production. Contact Apple Film Production applefilm.pl

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United States Of Love Dir Tomasz Wasilewski For his third feature after In A Bedroom and Floating Skyscrapers, Wasilewski turns to Poland in 1990 — the first year of freedom but also one of uncertainty about the future. Four seemingly happy women are linked by irresistible desires to change their lives. Contact Manana

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Talent pool Poland is developing some exciting behind-thecamera talent. Profiles by Martin Blaney

Mikolaj Pokromski

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Mikolaj Pokromski Producer A graduate in marketing and business studies, Pokromski attended the GermanFrench Masterclass programme at Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris from 2004-05. He joined his parents’ company Pokromski Studio, producing docs by Michal Marczak (At The Edge Of Russia and Fuck For Forest) and Kamil Krol (I Love A Hooligan). Pokromski has since expanded into features, serving as the Polish co-producer on Johannes Schmid’s Winter’s Daughter, which won the German Film Award for best children’s film in 2012. Selected as Poland’s representative for the European Film Promotion’s Producers on the Move in Cannes this year, he will be a minority co-producer on Marie Noelle’s biopic Marie Curie with Germany’s P’Artisan Filmproduktion and France’s Sépia Production. He is also developing a Poland-Germany comedy by Andrzej Kotkowski (The Cow) and documentaries by Maciej Bochniak (Ethiopiques) and Maciej Cuske (Whale From Lorino).

Kuba Czekaj

Kuba Czekaj Director A graduate in directing from the radio and television department of the University of Silesia in Katowice and the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, Czekaj’s short films have played at numerous festivals and won several awards, including Vancouver’s special jury award for Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark Room and the award of excellence at the Los Angeles Movie Awards in 2012 for Twist & Blood. He is currently preparing his feature debut The Erlprince, inspired by Goethe’s poem Erlkönig, and to be produced by Munk Studio — Polish Filmmakers Association. Describing The Erlprince as “a fictional tale suspended between reality and the imagination of a 13-year-old boy”, Czekaj says his film “will combine various cinema conventions characteristic of thrillers, adventure films and science-fiction movies. Nonetheless, it is most akin to the family drama, with the opportunity for some interesting creative work on the part of the actors.” Contact Munk Studio studiomunka@sfp.org.pl

Agnieszka Kurzydlo Producer After managing Zentropa’s operations in Poland from 2008, Kurzydlo set up her company Mental Disorder 4 (MD4) in 2011 to work with young film-makers and

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create a space for them in the European market. Her first project was Kasia Roslaniec’s Baby Blues, which had its world premiere at Toronto in 2012 and international premiere in the Berlinale’s Generation section in 2013, where it won the Crystal Bear for best film. Kurzydlo also produced Malgorzata Szumowska’s Teddy Award-winning In The Name Of, which premiered in Competition at Berlin the same year. She is now producing two feature directorial debuts: Red Spider by one of Poland’s best documentary directors and DoP, Marcin Koszalka, and Grzegorz Jaroszuk’s Kebab & Horoscope. Kurzydlo was selected as Poland’s representative for European Film Promotion’s Producers on the Move showcase in Cannes in 2013. Contact Mental Disorder 4 agnieszka@md4.eu

Contact Pokromski Studio office@pokromskistudio.pl

Tomasz Wasilewski Director A graduate of the National Film School in Lodz, Wasilewski worked as an assistant director for Malgorzata Szumowska on 33 Scenes From Life. He worked for Zentropa International Poland on such films as Antichrist and The Woman Who Dreamed Of A Man and was a scriptwriter on the TV series Barwy Szczescia for Polish broadcaster TVP. His feature debut In A Bedroom had its world premiere at Karlovy Vary in 2012 and he followed it in 2013 with Floating Skyscrapers, the first production by distributor-producer Alter Ego Pictures. The love triangle drama premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and won the East of the West competition in Karlovy Vary. Wasilewski is now developing his third feature United States Of Love,

Mariusz Wlodarski

which was presented at this year’s CineMart and the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Contact Manana manana@manana.pl

Mariusz Wlodarski Producer Wlodarski studied film production at the National Film School in Lodz, where he met Swedish film-maker Magnus von Horn, now a regular collaborator. Wlodarski worked at Opus Film (the company behind Ari Folman’s The Congress and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida) and on international co-productions including Simon Konianski, produced by Belgium’s Versus Production, and The Flying Machine, produced by the UK’s Breakthru Films, before setting up production company Lava Films in 2010. Wlodarski produced von Horn’s Without Snow for Lava Films, going on to participate in the EAVE producers programme in 2011 with von Horn’s feature debut The Here After, which began shooting this March in Sweden as a co-production with Zentropa International Sweden and France’s Cinéma Defacto. Wlodarski also served as Polish co-producer for Matthias Huser’s They Chased Me Through Arizona with Lava Films partner Agnieszka Wasiak. Contact Lava Films s lava@lavafilms.pl n

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Jakub Gierszal in Lasting

Star power Poland’s hottest actors have caught the attention of critics and audiences. Profiles by Martin Blaney Jakub Gierszal Dubbed the ‘Polish James Dean’, the dashing Gierszal made his screen acting debut in Jacek Borcuch’s All That I Love, which played at Sundance in 2010 and was Poland’s Oscar entry in 2011, and followed it with a supporting role in Andrzej Kondratiuk’s One Million. Gierszal’s first lead came with the role of the internet addict Dominik in Jan Komasa’s Suicide Room, premiering in the Berlinale’s Panorama Special in 2011. Gierszal was also picked as one of 10 European Shooting Stars at the 2012 Berlinale. He has since played the title role in Piotr Mularuk’s Yuma and starred in Jacek Borcuch’s Lasting opposite Angela Molina and Juan Jose Ballesta, as well as Maria von Heland’s TV movie Das Kind Mit Den Drei Goldenen Haaren, and Frauke Finsterwalder’s dark satire Finsterworld, which was nominated for five German Film Awards this year. Contact The Lisa Richards Agency office@lisarichards.co.uk

Dawid Ogrodnik A graduate of Krakow’s Academy of Dramatic Arts (PWST), Ogrodnik received the best supporting actor award at the

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Polish Film Festival in Gdynia in 2012 for his performance in Leszek David’s You Are God as one of the members of hiphop band Paktofonika, together with fellow PWST students Tomasz Schuchardt and Marcin Kowalczyk. His most memorable and physically challenging role to date — which involved months of preparation — was as a young man suffering from cerebral palsy in Maciej Pieprzyca’s Life Feels Good. Reminiscent of Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance in My Left Foot, Ogrodnik was praised by Hollywood-based DoP Slawomir Idziak, who suggested that had it been a US film, the young Pole would have been nominated for an Oscar. Most recently, Ogrodnik played a sensitive young saxophonist in Pawel Pawlikowski’s multi-award-winning Ida. Contact Gudejko Actors Agency biuro@gudejko.pl

Julia Pogrebinska Born in Kazakhstan in 1984, Pogrebinska studied at Krakow’s Academy of Dramatic Arts. After working on the stage and for television, she received her first major film role playing a young ballet dancer in Jan

Julia Pogrebinska in In Hiding

Dawid Ogrodnik in Ida

Kidawa-Blonski’s 2013 psychosexual thriller In Hiding, which premiered at Busan International Film Festival, going on to screen at festivals including Warsaw Film Festival. Pogrebinska’s other film credits include Bartosz Konopka’s feature debut Fear Of Falling, which pre-

miered at Gdynia’s Polish Film Festival in 2011, Polish TV series Misja Afganistan, which broadcast on Canal + Poland, and Magdalena Piekorz’s latest feature film Zblizenia. Contact Za Agencja s zaagencja@gmail.com n

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(France) 112mins. Dir: Celine Sciamma. Key cast: Karidja Toure, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Marietou Toure. Marieme is 16, living a tough life with an abusive family. When she meets a group of three free-spirited girls, her life changes. She lives her youth, embracing street life, friendship and sometimes violence.

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(Canada) 112mins. Dir: Atom Egoyan. Key cast: Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson. A father tries to track down his kidnapped daughter.

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(Italy) 94mins. Dir: Sebastiano Riso. Key cast: Davide Capone, Micaela Ramazzotti, Vincenzo Amato, Pippo Delbono. Davide is different from other teenagers. Something makes him look like a girl. Davide is 14 when he runs away from home. critics’ Week Miramar

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(France) 76mins. Dir: Mathieu Amalric. Key cast: Mathieu Amalric, Lea Drucker, Stephanie Cleau, Laurent Poitrenaux, Serge Bozon, Blutch. A man and a woman secretly make love in a bedroom. They exchange a few innocent words after sex. At least, that’s what the man thinks.

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(UK) 110mins. Dir: Daniel Wolfe. Key cast: Conor McCarron, Sameena Ahmed, Gary Lewis, Wasim Zakir. In a closed community, freedom comes at a price. Dishonour your family…

pay with your life. On the run from bounty hunters who will stop at nothing to capture them, Leila and Aaron soon find themselves propelled towards a dramatic showdown. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre croisette

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(UK) 149mins. Dir: Mike Leigh. Key cast: Timothy Spall. Biopic of the renowned British artist JMW Turner, one of the most celebrated painters of the 19th century.

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(Denmark) 90mins. Dir: Kristian Levring. Key cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Mikael Persbrandt, Douglas Henshall, Michael Raymond-James, Jonathan Pryce. When settler John kills his family’s murderer, he unleashes the fury of gang leader Delarue.

(Israel) 105mins. Dir: Shira Geffen. Key cast: Sarah Adler, Samira Saraya. Tells the story of two women — one Israeli, the other Palestinian — who are trapped within their respective worlds. After a mix-up at a checkpoint, they find themselves living the life of the other on the opposite side of the border.

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(US) 100mins. Dir: Dean DeBlois. Key cast: Jay Baruchel, Kristen Wiig. Sequel to the hit children’s CGI fantasy. Out of competition Press grand Theatre Lumiere

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(France) 115mins. Dir: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz. Key cast: Ronit Elkabetz, Menashe Noy, Simon Abkarian. In Israel, civil marriage and civil divorce do not exist: only rabbis have the authority to pronounce a marriage, or its dissolution, on the condition that the husband has given his full consent. Viviane Amsallem filed for divorce three years ago but her husband, Elisha, has refused his consent ever since. His cold intransigence and the ambiguous role of judges affect a procedure where the tragic vies with the absurd, where everything is judged but the original query.

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(US) 85mins. Dir: Polsky Gabe. Feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Told from the perspective of its captain, Slava Fetisov, the story portrays his transformation from national hero to political enemy. competition Press Salle Bazin

14:00 AMOUr FOU

(Austria) 96mins. Dir: Jessica Hausner. Key cast: Birte Schnoink, Christian Friedel, Katharina Schuttler, Peter Jordan, Sandra Huller, Sebastian Hulk, Stephan Grossmann. A man convinces a woman to escape the inevitability of death through love and suicide: a trenchantly funny exploration of

romanticism’s mundane routines, and a parable about the ambivalence of love. Un certain regard Press Theatre claude Debussy

(France) 95mins. Dir: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis. Key cast: Angelique, Joseph Bour. A veteran hostess at a cabaret on the FrenchGerman border has her life turned upside down when she is proposed to by an old client. Un certain regard Salle Bazin

WinTer SLeeP

(France) 100mins. Dir: Abderrahmane Sissako. Key cast: Abel Jafri, Ahmed Ibrahim, Toulou Kiki. Certain to be one of the most politically charged films in Cannes this year, ‘Timbuktu’ is inspired by the stoning of a young unmarried couple by Islamists in Mali in 2012.

(Turkey) 196mins. Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Key cast: Ayberk Pekcan, Demet Akbag. Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife, Nihal, with whom he has a stormy relationship, and his sister, Necla, who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter, as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities.

competition Salle Du 60eme

competition Press grand Theatre Lumiere

14:30 TiMBUKTU

15:00

17:00

DrAgOn gATe inn

THe BLUe rOOM

(China) 111mins. Dir: King Hu. Key cast: Polly Kuan, Hsu Feng. Wuxia (martial arts) classic. cannes classics Salle Bunuel

(France) 76mins. Dir: Mathieu Amalric. Key cast: Mathieu Amalric, Lea Drucker, Stephanie Cleau, Laurent Poitrenaux, Serge Bozon, Blutch.

FAire L’AMOUr

Un certain regard Theatre claude Debussy

(France) 165mins. Dir: Djinn Carrenard. Key cast: Sekouba Doucoure, Vincente Perez. A musician and a female prisoner fall in love. critics’ Week Miramar

SiLVereD WATer, SYriA SeLFPOrTrAiT

(France) 90mins. Dir: Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan. Charts the relationship between a director editing »

SCREENINGS

YouTube footage of the Syrian civil war in Paris and a young Kurd on the ground in Homs. Out of Competition Salle Du 60Eme

THAT LOVELY GIRL

Festival & Press 21:00 GETT, THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALLEM

(France) 115mins. Dir: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz. Key cast: Ronit Elkabetz, Menashe Noy, Simon Abkarian. In Israel, civil marriage and civil divorce do not exist: only rabbis have the authority to pronounce a marriage, or its dissolution, on the condition that

the husband has given his full consent. Viviane Amsallem filed for divorce three years ago but her husband, Elisha, has refused his consent ever since. His cold intransigence and the ambiguous role of judges affect a procedure where the tragic vies with the absurd, where everything is judged but the original query. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette

18:00 CATCH ME DADDY

THE GO-GO BOYS

(UK) 110mins. Dir: Daniel Wolfe. Key cast: Conor McCarron, Sameena Ahmed, Gary Lewis, Wasim Zakir.

(Israel) 88mins. Dir: Hilla Medalia. Tells the inside story of two Israeli-born cousins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who in pursuit of the ‘American Dream’ turned the Hollywood power structure upside down, becoming the most powerful independent film company in the world.

(Israel) 97mins. Dir: Keren Yedaya. Moshe and Tami are a couple. Moshe is in his fifties and Tami is in her early twenties. They live in a violent relationship, from which Tami seems unable to set herself free. Tami and Moshe are father and daughter.

Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette

Un Certain Regard Salle Bazin

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17:30 LE JOUR SE LEVE

20:00

18:30 SELF MADE

(Israel) 105mins. Dir: Shira Geffen. Critics’ Week Miramar

19:30

(US) 100mins. Dir: Dean DeBlois. Key cast: Jay Baruchel, Kristen Wiig.

Cannes Classics Salle Bunuel

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21:30

(France) 91mins. Dir: Marcel Carne. Key cast: Jean Gabin, Jules Berry. French classic and one of the earliest examples of poetic realism.

Out of Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere

(US) 85mins. Dir: Polsky Gabe.

(US) 132mins. Dir: Sergio Leone. Key cast: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef.

Cannes Classics Salle Bunuel

Competition Salle Du 60Eme

Cinema De La Plage Plage Mace

19:45 RED ARMY

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WHITE GOD a film by KORNÉL MUNDRUCZÓ

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MOST ANTICIPATED FEATURES OF 2014 SCREENING

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SCREENINGS

22:00 AMOUR FOU

(Austria) 96mins. Dir: Jessica Hausner. Key cast: Birte Schnoink, Christian Friedel, Katharina Schuttler, Sandra Huller, Sebastian Hulk, Stephan Grossmann. Un Certain Regard Theatre Claude Debussy

Froyland. Key cast: Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, Mary Steenburgen, Ben Rosenfield. A young archaeologist returns home from a dig in order to see her injured brother, and soon she strikes up a relationship with his favourite musician. Palais C Festival badge

09:30

SELF MADE

(Israel) 105mins. Dir: Shira Geffen. Key cast: Sarah Adler, Samira Saraya.

1987

Critics’ Week Miramar

22:15 WILD TALES

(Spain) 122mins. Dir: Damian Szifron. Key cast: Ricardo Darin, Oscar Martinez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Erica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg, Dario Grandinetti. Competition Press Salle Bazin

22:30 THE CAPTIVE

(Canada) 112mins. Dir: Atom Egoyan. Key cast: Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson. Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere

(Canada) Attraction Distribution. 105mins. Dir: Ricardo Trogi. Key cast: Jean-Carl Boucher, Claudio Colangelo, Sandrine Bisson, Laurent-Christophe De Ruelle, Pierre-Luc Funk, Simon Pigeon. Arcades 3

THE 7TH DWARF

(Germany) Global Screen. 80mins. Dir: Harald Siepermann, Boris Aljinovic. When Bobo, the youngest of the seven dwarves, accidentally pricks Princess Talia (aka Sleeping Beauty) and sends the kingdom into a century-long slumber, Bobo and the other six dwarves must travel into the future in order to revive Talia.

Market 09:30 ASK ME ANYTHING

(US) Lightning Entertainment. 100mins. Dir: Allison Burnett. Key cast: Britt Robertson, Christian Slater, Justin Long, Martin Sheen, Robert Patrick, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Gia Mantegna, Max Carver. Beautiful, wild, funny

and yet lost, Katie Kampenfelt takes a year off before college to find herself, all the while chronicling her adventures in an anonymous blog into which she pours her innermost secrets. Eventually, Katie’s fearless narrative begins to crack, and dark pieces of her past emerge. Lerins 1

the millenarian culture of Yanomami are the framework of this story about the unbreakable bonds of filiations. After an accident in the furious flow of the mythical Orinoco River in the 1950s, Ana was considered dead. Elena, as an adult and facing the negligible possibility that her mother is alive, decides to leave the Amazon to search for her.

Market screenings

08:15 SONG ONE

(US) Lotus Entertainment. 90mins. Dir: Kate Barker-

(Canada) Filmoption International. 90mins. Dir: Mathieu Roy. Key cast: Emile ProulxCloutier, Julie Gayet, Marcel Sabourin, Roy Dupuis. Two adult brothers must

Directed by: Marcos CARNEVALE

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FIDDLESTICKS

(Germany) Veit Helmer Filmproduktion. 82mins. Dir: Veit Helmer. Key cast: Alexander Scheer, Benno Furmann, Fritzi Haberlandt, Rolf Zacher. A very wild comedy for children of all ages. Riviera 4

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I WON’T COME BACK

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ANOTHER HOUSE

mountain town with a taste for tourists.

come to terms with their octogenarian father’s progressing dementia. Palais B

ASK ME ANYTHING See box, above

ETERNAL ASH

(Venezuela) Filmexport

Group. 110mins. Dir: Margarita Cadenas. Key cast: Danay Garcia, Patricia Velasquez. Tells the story of a mother, Ana, and her daughter, Elena. Although they are separated in space and time, they remain united forever. The people and

Directed by: César RODRÍGUEZ

FEED THE GODS

(Canada) Bleiberg Entertainment. 85mins. Dir: Braden Croft. Key cast: Shawn Roberts, Tyler Johnston, Emily Tennant, Britt Irvin. In search of their longlost parents, two brothers stumble upon a small

(Russia) Visit Films. 109mins. Dir: Ilmar Raag. Key cast: Polina Pushkaruk, Victoria Lobacheva. A young teacher fleeing an unfounded criminal charge goes on the run with an orphaned girl who is searching for her

Directed by: Robert WICHROWSKI

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SCREENINGS

PREMIERES

2014

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Market 09:30 THE TRIBE

(Ukraine) Alpha Violet. 130mins. Dir: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. Key cast: Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Alexander Dsiadevich. A deaf mute teenager enters a

long-lost grandmother. Riviera 2

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(Bulgaria) Premium Films. 115mins. Dir: Stephan Komandarev. Key cast: Assen Blatechki, Miki Manojlovic, Ovanes Torosian, Vasil VasilevZuek. Palais D

JUNGLE SHUFFLE (3D)

(South Korea) SC Films International. 83mins. Dir: Mauricio De La Orta, Taedong Park. Key cast: Drake Bell, Brianne Brozey, Joey D’Auria. In this turbulent jungle adventure, an outcast coati male has to team up with a quirky spider monkey to save a coati princess from the hands of a human poacher and his mysterious client. Star 4

specialised boarding school where, to survive, he becomes part of a wild organisation, ‘the Tribe’. His love for one of the concubines will unwillingly lead him to break all the unwritten rules within the Tribe’s hierarchy. Palais G Priority badges only

friends — one straight girl, one lesbian — and the man who comes between them. Gray 2

LITTLE ACCIDENTS

(US) Premiere Entertainment Group. 104mins. Dir: Sara Colangelo. Key cast: Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Lofland, Josh Lucas, Chloe Sevigny. In a small American town still living in the shadow of a terrible coal-mine accident, the disappearance of a teenage boy draws together a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive, and a local boy in a web of secrets.

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HEALING

THE TRIBE

(Australia) Lightning Entertainment. 119mins. Dir: Craig Monahan. Key cast: Hugo Weaving, Xavier Samuel, Don Hany, Robert Taylor, Anthony Haynes. After 16 years in prison, Viktor is a man who has almost given up on life. For his final 18 months, he is transferred to Won Wron, a low-security, rural prison where senior officer Matt Perry has established a unique programme to rehabilitate broken men by giving them the responsibility for the rehabilitation of injured raptors — beautiful, proud eagles, falcons and owls.

See box, above

Gray 3

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SCHOOL OF BABEL

(France) Pyramide International. 89mins. Dir: Julie Bertuccelli. Star 3

LIFE PARTNERS

(US) Myriad Pictures. 93mins. Dir: Susanna Fogel. Key cast: Adam Brody, Gabourey Sibide, Gillian Jacobs, Leighton Meester. Two codependent best

Pictures. 116mins. Dir: Derek Kwok. Key cast: Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue, Simon Yam, Jun Hu, Bing Bai. As a fire rages, so does mistrust.

09:45 AS THE LIGHT GOES OUT

(Hong Kong (China)) Emperor Motion

KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS

Wild Bunch. 120mins. Star 1 Priority badges only

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30% cash rebate www.filmfund.nl www.filmcommission.nl

SCREENINGS

THE MIDNIGHT AFTER

TEA & SANGRIA

(Hong Kong (China)) Fortissimo Films. 124mins. Dir: Fruit Chan. Key cast: Janice Man, Kara Hui, Simon Yam, Wong You-Nam.

(UK) 7 & 7 Producers’ Sales Service. 110mins. Dir: Peter Domankiewicz. Key cast: Angela Boix, Daniel Albaladejo, Peter Domankiewicz, Carlos Pontini, Xavi Lapuente, Jorge Berges Sabada, Pilar Bastardes, Agnes Kiraly. Jilted in Madrid, a bewildered Englishman must learn to live and love again — the Spanish way.

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10:00 ANGEL

(UK) Arclight Films. 110mins. Dir: Ray Burdis. Key cast: Jason Maza, Jean Murray, John Hannah, Karel Roden, Margo Stilley, Mark Berdis. Angel, a woman who was horribly abused by her grandmother as a little girl and institutionalised after killing her, embarks on a killing spree as an adult. Though sentenced for the rest of her life to an insane asylum, Angel was released because of inside governmental pressure while being pronounced dead in order to avoid public outcry. Now Angel is on the loose again and a government agent is ordered to kill her in order to cover up the blunder.

Palais E

TOP DOG

Market 10:00 BIBI & TINA

(Germany) Beta Cinema. 101mins. Dir: Detlev Buck. Key cast: Lina Larissa Strahl, Lisa-Marie Koroll, Louis Held.

THE GREAT MUSEUM

OUTPOST 37

Bibi is on vacation on a riding farm, called Martinshof. Together with her friends, Bibi wants to take part in a race that Lord Falko von Falkenstein has organised.

(Austria) Wide House. 93mins. Dir: Johannes Holzhausen. Portrays one of the most important museums in the world, Vienna’s Museum of Art History.

Gray 1

Palais C

(South Africa) Altitude Film Sales. 110mins. Dir: Jabbar Raisani. Key cast: Rick Ravanello, Joe Reegan, Reilly McClendon, Matthew Holmes, Stevel Marc, Tapiwa Musvosvi. An elite unit tasked with protecting the Earth and mankind in the aftermath of an alien invasion makes a terrifying discovery; the first invasion was only the beginning.

THE LOVERS

(Japan) Viz Media Europe. 90mins. Follows the heroes of the Doraemon television series who must go on an adventure to help a dog prince return to his kingdom, deep within an unexplored land.

(Belgium) Corsan. 110mins. Dir: Roland Joffe. Key cast: Josh Hartnett, Tamsin Eggerton, Bipasha Basu. Set in India in 1750. The epic, sweeping and riveting tale of an impossible love that transcends time and space. James, a dashing British officer, spearheads British efforts to take over the entire subcontinent, only to fall desperately in love with the beautiful, mysterious she-warrior, Tulaja.

Gray 5

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they both have to face a harsh reality.

suspects that the foreigner is here to take revenge.

BIBI & TINA

Palais I

Riviera 1

THE DARK VALLEy

DORAEMON NEW NOBITA’S: GREAT DEMON — PEKO AND THE EXPLORATION PARTy OF FIVE

See box, above

CRACKS IN CONCRETE

(Austria) Films Boutique. 105mins. Dir: Umut Dag. Ertan leaves jail after 10 years as a broken man and tries to settle back into society. Fifteen-year-old Mikail spends his time with parties, drugs and dreaming of a life as a rapper. Ertan is looking for Mikail. Mikail does not know Ertan. Soon

(Austria) Films Distribution. 105mins. Dir: Andreas Prochaska. Key cast: Sam Riley, Paula Beer, Tobias Moretti. A stranger arrives in a European high mountain village where he is allowed to stay before the harsh winter. He introduces himself as a photographer from America, but nobody

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(UK) Manifest Film Sales. 102mins. Dir: Martin Kemp. Key cast: Vincent Regan, Leo Gregory, Ricci Harnett. London bad-boy Billy Evans gets in way over his head when he joins a dangerous criminal gang. Olympia 3

TRUSTNORDISK PROMO REEL

Trustnordisk. 60mins. Star 2 By Invitation only

10:45 TRUSTNORDISK PROMO REEL

Trustnordisk. 60mins. Star 2 By Invitation only

11:00

SINGULARITy

THE BLUE ROOM

(Australia) Corsan. Dir: Roland Joffe. Key cast: Josh Hartnett, Tamsin Egerton, Alice Englert. An epic, sweeping and riveting tale of an impossible love set across two time periods and continents.

(France) Alfama Films. 76mins. Dir: Mathieu Amalric. Key cast: Mathieu Amalric, Lea Drucker, Stephanie Cleau, Laurent Poitrenaux, Serge Bozon, Blutch. A man and a woman secretly make love in a

Olympia 2

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SCREENINGS

bedroom. They exchange a few innocent words after sex. At least, that’s what the man thinks. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge INSIDE A FRIED CHICKEN

(France) 26/2 Productions. 9mins (trailer). Dir: Gilles Stassart. Key cast: Golshifteh Frahani. Riviera 4

11:20 THE FOUR 2

(China) Focus Entertainment. Dir: Gordon Chan. Key cast: Chao Deng, Crystal Liu. Undercover cop Coldblood is assigned by his corrupt chief to infiltrate a rival department and sabotage their investigation of counterfeit currency. What he discovers is the counterfeiter’s real plan to overthrow the capital. Not by flooding it with

funny money, but with an army of undead. Lerins 1

11:30 EL AMERICANO 3D: THE MOVIE

(mexico, US) Filmsharks international. 15mins (trailer). Dir: mike Kunkel, Ricardo Arnaiz. Key cast: Edward James Olmos, Erik Estrada, Kate Del Castillo, Lisa Kudrow, Rico Rodriguez. Cuco is a Mexican boy parrot that would rather imitate the crazy stunts of his TV super-parrot hero, El Americano, than help with his chores at the family bird circus. Yet when a gang of bully birds threatens his ringmaster father and takes over the circus, Cuco sets off on a hilarious and perilous journey to Hollywood to enlist his hero in his fight, only to discover the true hero within himself. Lerins 2

AS WORLDS COLLIDE

GOD LOVES CAVIAR

(US) 1066 Pictures. 92mins. Dir: Andrew mackenzie. Key cast: Peter morton, Alex Limandri, Nell Teare, Joanna Wood, Lance Lash, Phil Pritchard, iva Stelmak. MI6 secret agent William Hastings is on a mission to save the world from the billionaire Krok brothers.

Vision Films. 101mins. Dir: Yannis Smaragdis. Key cast: Sebastian Koch, Evgeniy Stychkin, Juan Diego Botto. Based on the true story of Greek-pirate-turnedbusinessman Ioannis Varvakis, who made his fortune selling caviar in Russia and all over the world. Varvakis strives all his life for freedom for himself and then for his country, only to find that freedom cannot be won until it is shared.

Palais D

FAUST 2.0

(Sweden) Jinga Films. 80mins. Dir: Johannes Pinter, micke Von Engstrom, Nicolas Debot, Allan Gustafsson. Key cast: Chrissy Pavlov, Frida Liljevall, Katarina Bothen, mariah Kanninen, mattias Redbo, Per Burell, Peter Stridsberg, Thomas Hedengran. Satan is ready to make a new deal. Five apps, five tales of horror. Pay with your soul! Arcades 1

Palais F

GOLDEN KINGDOM

(US) Wide. 101mins. Dir: Brian Perkins. Key cast: Shine Htet Zaw, Ko Yin Htet Zaw, Ko Yin Than maung, Ko Yin maung Sein, Sayadaw U Zaw Ti Ka. Four young monks in a remote monastery in Myanmar, alone after their master leaves,

must fend for themselves as a series of events threaten to unravel their understanding of this world and beyond. Palais H

JACK

(Germany) Beta Cinema. 103mins. Dir: Edward Berger. Key cast: ivo Pietzcker, Georg Arms, Luise Heyer, Nele mueller-Stofen. For Jack (10), having a family is the most important thing in the world. Then, one day, his mother disappears. Together with his younger brother, Manuel, he embarks on a journey to find her. Riviera 4

JOY OF FATHERHOOD

(Germany) Global Screen. 110mins. Dir: matthias Schweighofer. Key cast: matthias Schweighofer, isabell Polak, Friedrich mucke, Tom Beck.

Felix enjoys his single life to the fullest, but on one date a ferret bite sterilises him. He tries everything in his power to find the soon-to-be mother of his only child-to-be, the result of his first, and last, sperm donation. Star 4

JOY OF MAN’S DESIRING

(Canada) Films Boutique. 70mins. Dir: Denis Cote. Key cast: Olivier Aubin, Ted Pluviose, Hamidou Savadogo. Arcades 3

KILL GAME

(US) Vmi Worldwide. 102mins. Dir: Robert mearns. Key cast: Joe Adler, Laura Ashley Samuels, Pierson Fode, Ryan Carr. Five years after a high school prank goes horribly wrong, a group of good looking, shallow and at times cruel pranksters find themselves on the wrong

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JAUME BALAGUERO presents a JULIO FERNANDEZ & PETER SAFRAN production

From producers of

THE CONJURING and [REC] A FILM BY ALBERTO MARINI

IN POST-PRODUCTION Horror / English / 2014 Summer Camp takes the spectator on an adrenalin-filled rollercoaster ride in this innovative cat-and-mouse twist on the classic horror set-up of a group of teens alone in the woods.

Come and see the first Promo!

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SCREENINGS

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY

YOUNG AUDIENCE AWARD

STOCKHOLM AALBORG

3 FILMS

RIGA LONDON

BARCELONA

Gray 4

Riviera 3

MARSEILLE

BRATISLAVA BUDAPEST CLUJ BELGRADE SOFIA PRIZREN

IZOLA

1 AWARD

Coproduction Office. 95mins.

WROCLAW ERFURT

17 CITIES

end of the joke as they are stalked by a masked killer who plots their deaths based on their own the prank.

TBILISI

VALLETTA

TEL AVIV

(Spain) Latido. 95mins. Dir: Belen Macias. Key cast: Maria Leon, Goya Toledo, Eduard Fernandez. A mother and a foster mother fight for the love of their little daughter. Riviera 2

4 May – YOUNG AUDIENCE FILM DAY 2014 More than 1,000 kids in Aalborg/Denmark Barcelona/Spain Belgrade/Serbia Bratislava/Slovakia Budapest/Hungary Cluj-Napoca/Romania

Erfurt/Germany Izola/Slovenia London/UK Prizren/Kosovo Riga/Latvia Sofia/Bulgaria

Stockholm/Sweden Tbilisi/Georgia Tel Aviv/Israel Valletta/Malta Wroclaw/Poland

(MGP Missionen) by Martin Miehe-Renard (Denmark)

REGRET!

(Spijt) by Dave Schram (the Netherlands)

(Israel) Films Boutique. 90mins. Dir: Asaf Korman. Key cast: Dana Ivgy, Liron Ben-Shlush, Jacob Daniel. Palais J Priority badges only

RIGHT TO SILENCE

watched the 3 nominated films

THE CONTEST

NEXT TO HER

WINDSTORM

(Ostwind) by Katja von Garnier (Germany)

and voted for their favourite: EFA YOUNG AUDIENCE AWARD 2014

REGRET! (Spijt) by Dave Schram

(Iran) Soureh Cinema Organization. 72mins. Dir: Hadi Naeiji. Palais B Press allowed

11:45 THE NIGHT

Star 1 Priority badges only

12:00 5 TO 7

CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE

(US) The Solution Entertainment Group. 96mins. Dir: Victor Levin. Key cast: Berenice Marlohe, Anton Yelchin, Lambert Wilson, Glenn Close, Frank Langella. In New York, an aspiring novelist has a cinq-a-sept affair with the beautiful wife of a French diplomat.

(UK) Angel Grace Productions. 90mins. Dir: John Deery. Key cast: Brenda Fricker, Hugh Bonneville, Jonathan Forbes, Chris O’Dowd, John Lynch. A heart-stopping story of love and faith amid a world of shadows and secrets.

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A WOMAN AS A FRIEND

FAULTS

(Italy) Fandango. 90mins. Dir: Giovanni Veronesi. Key cast: Laetitia Casta, Fabio De Luigi.

(US) Hanway Films. 99mins. Dir: Riley Stearns. Key cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Leland Orsner, Beth Grant. Claire is under the grip of a mysterious new cult, called Faults. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire’s parents set out to recruit Ansel Roth, one of the world’s foremost authorities on mind control. He even used to have a TV show. But Ansel’s speciality, deprogramming cult

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BLIND See box, below

WHITE SETTLERS

(UK) Metrodome International. 95mins. Dir: Simeon Halligan. Key cast: Pollyanna McIntosh, Lee Williams. They don’t belong… and they’re not welcome. Gray 2

life-affirming: a battered dreamer and his estranged son are thrown together with one last chance to heal the wounds of their long-divided family.

BODYBUILDER

(France) Wild Bunch. 100mins. Dir: Roschdy Zem. Key cast: Nicolas Duvauchelle, Vincent Rottiers, Yolin Francois Gauvin. Hard-hitting, funny,

Congratulations and thank you to all those who made this great experience possible – the nominees and rights holders, the kids and our partners for the Young Audience Award 2014: BFI British Film Institut Centre for Educational Resources (Denmark) DokuFest (Kosovo) EducaTIFF (Romania) Film Center Serbia Filmoteca de Catalunya (Spain) German Children’s Media Foundation GOLDEN SPARROW Hungarian National Film Fund Maltese Ministry for Tourism (Culture Directorate) National Film Centre of Latvia New Horizons Association (Poland) Georgian National Film Center Otok - Institute for the Development of Film Culture (Slovenia) Sofia International Film Festival (Bulgaria) Swedish Film Institute Tel Aviv Cinematheque (Israel) Visegrad Film Forum (Slovakia)

Market 12:00 BLIND

(Norway) Versatile. 95mins. Dir: Eskil Vogt. Key cast: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Marius Kolbenstvedt, Vera Vitali. Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her apartment —

a place where she can feel in control, where she can invent a world in which she is all-powerful. But Ingrid’s real problems lie within, not beyond the walls of her apartment, and her innermost fears and repressed fantasies quickly begin to take over the fiction she has created. Palais K

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SCREENINGS

10.000KM

One year apart, with a continent between them, a couple must rely on modern technology to keep their relationship alive.

“[A] beautifully acted love story.” – Variety “An insightful, moving romance for the technology age.” - Indiewire

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I WON’T COME BACK

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(UK) Protagonist Pictures. 95mins. Dir: Lenny Abrahamson. Key cast: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy. members and returning them to their families, is not an exact science. Mistakes were made, lives were lost. Now even his own book publisher is looking to break his legs. Ansel sure could do with the cash that Claire’s parents are offering. Ansel kidnaps Claire and sets to work on this fragile and vulnerable young woman. Olympia 9

A comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank. Olympia 6

more balls than Whit and Drew. Their viewing figures go through the roof, but trouble strikes when Whit and Drew both realise they’re falling for her. The solution? Simple. Compete against one another in a series of increasingly ridiculous, gross and downright stupid challenges to try to impress her. The winner will get the girl. May the best man win. Olympia 2

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MAY THE BEST MAN WIN

A young teacher fleeing an unfounded criminal charge goes on the run with an orphaned girl who is searching for her long-lost grandmother.

“A resonant, poignant drama.” – Sound On Sight

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(US) Inception Film Partners. Dir: Andrew O’Connor. Key cast: Drew Tarver, Rosa Salazar, Whitmer Thomas. Drew and Whit are lifelong friends who post online videos of real pranks on real people. The problem is no one is watching them. So they decide to hire a girl to help them out and add some much-needed sex appeal to their pranks. Rosa is smart, sexy, gorgeous, and has even

MY MISTRESS

(Australia) Levelk. 104mins. Dir: Stephen Lance. Key cast: Emmanuelle Beart, Harrison Gilbertson, Rachael Blake. What starts as a beautiful and strangely innocent affair between a vulnerable teenage romantic and a French S&M mistress soon becomes more dangerous. Olympia 3

MY SUMMER IN PROVENCE

(France) Gaumont. 105mins. Dir: Rose Bosch. Key cast: Jean Reno, Anna Galiena, Chloe Jouannet, Hugo Dessioux, Tom Leeb. Vacation this year for Lea, Adrien and their little brother Theo, who was

born deaf, is in Provence, staying with grandfather Paul, an olive-grower they have never met because of a family conflict. Star 2

THE MYSTERY OF HAPPINESS

(Argentina) Filmsharks International. 95mins. Dir: Daniel Burman. Key cast: Guillermo Francella, Ines Estevez, Alejandro Awada, Fabian Arenillas. Would you fall in love with your friend’s wife? Palais E

PARTY GIRL

(France) Pyramide International. 95mins. Dir: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis. Key cast: Angelique, Joseph Bour. An ageing nightclub hostess decides to settle down and get married. Palais I

RATCHET & CLANK

(Canada) Cinema Management Group. 20mins (trailer). Dir: Kevin Munroe, Jericca Cleland. Key cast: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward. Based on the bestselling Sony PlayStation video game franchise. Lerins 2

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FUNDING Northern Ireland Screen offers production funding in the form of a recoupable loan; this is in addition to the UK tax relief available for feature film, high-end TV drama, animation and gaming. With the launch this year of our new strategy, Northern Ireland Screen has secured considerable funding support for which we are actively seeking projects.

LOCATIONS Northern Ireland is the most compact 5,196 sq miles of back-lot in the world with myriad stunning locations. From beautiful coastlines to idyllic villages; mountains, glens and loughs; through to urban landscapes and bustling cities with a diverse mix of architectural styles, and all within a day’s drive.

TALENT Both in front of and behind the camera, Northern Ireland offers a wealth of award-winning cast and crew. Increased investment over the past 5 years has resulted in significant growth in the Northern Ireland sector and we continue to invest heavily in skills development with the result that crew can now find more opportunities to step up a grade from one production to the next.

STUDIOS Titanic Studios is set on an 8 acre site five minutes’ drive from central Belfast and currently offers in excess of 100,000 sq ft while further expansion of at least two more purpose-built sound stages is planned. Northern Ireland has other ample build space, all within short driving distances from Belfast and often attractively priced. The Britvic Facility, 10 minutes from the city centre, used by Universal Pictures for Dracula Untold, offers 80,000 sq ft with a further 14,000 sq ft of offices.

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SAKURASAKU ‘BLOSSOMS BLOOM’

(Japan) Toei Company. 107mins. Dir: Mitsutoshi Tanaka. Key cast: Naoto Ogata, Kaho Minami, Masato Yano, Karen Miyama, Tatsuya Fuji, Kanji Tsuda, Kyusaku Shimada, Sumie Sasaki, Ren Osugi. Palais C

STARRY EYES

(US) MpI Media Group. 96mins. Dir: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer. Key cast: Alex Essoe, Noah Segan, pat Healy. In the city of dreams, a desperate actress will do whatever it takes for the role of a lifetime… no matter what the cost.

Market 13:30 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH

(UK) Hanway Films. 95mins. Dir: Iain Forsyth, Jane pollard. Key cast: Blixa Bargeld, Susie Bick, Arthur Cave. Drama and reality combine in a

fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international culture icon Nick Cave. With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, this film examines what makes us who we are. Star 4

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A drama centred on a terminally ill woman and the aimless young woman who becomes her caregiver.

A different look at the character of a famous Iranian guerrilla, Chamran.

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(Canada) Cinema Management Group. 20mins (trailer). Dir: Kevin Munroe, Jericca Cleland. Key cast: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward.

(Spain) Visit Films. 99mins. Dir: Carlos Marques-Marcet. Key cast: David Verdaguer, Natalia Tena. One year apart, with a continent between them, a couple must rely on modern technology to keep their relationship alive.

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(US) Myriad pictures. 103mins. Dir: George C Wolfe. Key cast: Emmy Rossum, Hilary Swank, Josh Duhamel.

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(Iran) Farabi Cinema Foundation. 125mins. Dir: Ebrahim Hatamikia. Key cast: Fariborz Arabnia, Merila Zareie, Babak Hamidian, Saeed Rad.

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legendary ex-fighter Wallid Ismail, ‘Jungle Fight’ is the Brazilian face of Mixed Martial Arts, the most popular contact sport in the world. This feature-length documentary takes us on a journey into the heart of Wallid’s sporting kingdom.

ENTER THE JUNGLE

(US) Park Entertainment. 90mins. Dir: Alex Harvey, Tommy Sowards. Key cast: Erick Silva, Fabricio Werdum, Sergio Moraes. In Brazil there is an extraordinary show called ‘Jungle Fight’. Created by

Atom Egoyan John Sayles Volker Schloendorff Werner Herzog

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George A. Romero David Lynch Roberto Benigni Monte Hellman

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David Cronenberg Jim Jarmusch John Carpenter Brian de Palma Tom Tykwer

Hopper, Jim Roof, Larissa Lynch, Liz Burghdorf, Shannon Malone. Three teens are trapped in a suburban house, where the occupants are making a snuff film. Palais D

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LES HERITIERS

(France) Tf1 International. 100mins. Dir: Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar. Key cast: Ariane Ascaride, Ahmed Drame, Genevieve Mnich, Xavier Maly, Stephane Bak. A teacher manages to get her toughest class involved in a collective project that could give a whole new meaning to the lives of her students. Arcades 1

(US) Jinga Films. 80mins. Dir: Jay Lee, Jim Roof. Key cast: Andrew

14 John Waters 15 Wim Wenders 16 David Mackenzie Coach: Sam Fuller

(Australia) The Little Film Company. 95mins. Dir: Kelly Dolen. Key cast: Jamie Bamber. Convinced the justice system needs to change, one man stands up to protect society from violent crime. Lerins 1

LIFE OF RILEY

(France) Le Pacte. 108mins. Dir: Alain Resnais. Key cast: Andre Dussollier, Caroline Silhol, Hippolyte Girardot, Michel Vuillermoz, Sabine Azema, Sandrine Kiberlain. In the English countryside, the lives of three couples are

SUBSTITUTES: Jack Sholder Christian Petzold Mike Leigh Sönke Wortmann Hans-Christian Schmid Rosa von Praunheim Detlev Buck Alex Cox Peter Jackson Dominik Graf

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Bourdieux. Key cast: Franck Dubosc, Kev Adams, Nora Arnezeder, Valerie Benguigui. The two greatest French comedians team up.

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Group. 100mins. Dir: Marcos Carnevale. Key cast: Guillermo Francella, Julieta Diaz, Mauricio Dayub. Ivana Cornejo is a successful lawyer. After the loss of his cellphone, Ivana gets a call from someone who found it, intending to return it. Leon Godoy is a renowned architect with an overwhelming personality. During the telephone conversation they get along, and both feel an immediate interest towards each other. They arrange to meet at a bar the next day for him to return her phone. Ivana is the first to arrive. A few minutes later, Leon shows up and Ivana is shocked. Leon is everything she thought he would be, but he is 1.36 metres high.

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disturbed by a character we shall constantly hear about but never see: the enigmatic George Riley. Riviera 4

LIKE THE WIND

(Italy) UDI — Urban Distribution International. 110mins. Dir: Marco Simon Puccioni. Key cast: Valeria Golino, Filippo Timi, Francesco Scianna, Chiara Caselli, Marcello Mazzarella, Alvio Simeoli. Based on the real story of Armida Miserere, an exceptional character whom, after suffering the loss of her loved one, dedicated her entire life to one of the hardest jobs in the world. Riviera 2

cattle. A sophisticated dreamer, Brigitte keeps hoping for something else, something more. To escape the monotony of her everyday life, she decides to go on a solo, whirlwind weekend in Paris. And the French capital does indeed offer freedom and adventure. Star 3

PUPPET FICTION

(Germany) Reel Suspects. 94mins. Dir: Rene Marik. Key cast: Christoph Maria Herbst, Dorka Gryllus, Lars Frank, Rene Marik, Rike Schubert, Ulli Voland. A puppet impresario has a plan: he wants to kidnap the star and extort the ransom money.

(France) SnD — Groupe M6. 100mins. Dir: Marc Fitoussi. Key cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Michael nyqvist, Pio Marmai. Brigitte and Xavier have a good life. Their farm prospers and their children have left home. A man of few words, Xavier spends most of his time taking care of the

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(Austria) Coproduction Office. 96mins. Dir: Jessica Hausner. Key cast: Birte Schnoink, Christian Friedel, Katharina Schuttler, Sandra Huller, Sebastian Hulk, Stephan Grossmann. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge

ARIANE’S THREAD

(US) Rezo. 117mins. Dir: Peter Sattler. Key cast: Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi. A young woman is stationed as a rookie guard at a hostile army base, where she forms an unusual friendship with one of the prisoners.

(France) Films Distribution. 90mins. Dir: Robert Guediguian. Key cast: Ariane Ascaride, Gerard Meylan, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Jacques Boudet. Ariane, a middle-aged woman, is lonelier than ever in her pretty house. It’s her birthday. The candles on the birthday cake are lit. But all of her loved ones have sent their apologies — they’re not coming. So she takes her pretty car and leaves her pretty suburban neighbourhood to get lost in the big, sunny city of Marseille.

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(France) Elle Driver. 82mins. Dir: Albert Dupontel. Key cast: Albert Dupontel, Sandrine Kiberlain. Ariane Felder is pregnant. Since she’s a young judge with strict morals, and a hardened single woman, it’s something of a surprise. And even more surprising

is that, after paternity tests, the father of the unborn child is revealed as Bob Nolan, a criminal who is being pursued for a monstrous crime. Ariane, who can’t remember a thing — even less having slept with him — tries to understand what could possibly have happened, and what lies ahead. Olympia 4

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SCREENINGS

BELIEVE

(UK) Manifest Film Sales. 95mins. Dir: David Scheinmann. Key cast: Brian Cox, Natascha McElhone, toby Stephens. Set in 1984 in Manchester, a funny and touching fictional tale about legendary Manchester United football manager Sir Matt Busby, who helps a wayward boy, 11-year-old Georgie, fulfil his dream as a gifted footballer. Olympia 6

DARK SUMMER

Market 14:00 GLASS DOLLS

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escape their cages and change their lives forever.

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GLASS DOLLS

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FEVER

(France) Jour2Fete. 90mins. Dir: Raphael Neal. Key cast: Martin Loizillon, pierre Moure, Julie-Marie parmentier, philippe Laudenbach. The story of two bright students sharing a terrible secret. Two weeks before their exams, they randomly murder a complete stranger. Gray 1

FRENCH DOLLS

(France) Wild Bunch. 95mins. Dir: Katia Lewkowicz. Key cast: Laura Smet, Marina Fois, Noemie Lvovsky. Three women trapped in roles of their own making. Three women united on the same mission — to

GO ON LIVING

(Mexico) Mexican Film Institute (Imcine). 81mins. Dir: Alejandra Sanchez. Lerins 2

ILLUSION

(Germany) Wtp International. 93mins. Dir: Roland Reber. Key cast: Carolina Hoffmann, Antje Nikola Moenning, Wolfgang Seidenberg, Marina Anna Eich, Andreas pegler, thomas Kollhoff, Ute Meisenheimer, Christoph Baumann. Eight people, all of whom cannot be more different from each other, meet in a bar. They escape their everyday life and find themselves on a journey to

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(Norway) Svensk Filmindustri. 95mins. Dir: Nils Gaup. Key cast: Anja Saiva B Bjornstad, Gard Elvenes, Henrik Mestad, Lena Kristin Ellingsen, Stig Henrik Hoff.

A mother reports her student daughter, Lisa, missing, but detective Aslak Eira is getting too little information and her body is found in a lake. The more they investigate, the less they understand. Then Lisa’s best friend goes missing.

(US) Content Media Corporation. 90mins. Dir: paul Solet. Key cast: peter Stormare, Grace phipps, Keir Gilchrist. A highly stylised modern ghost story that follows Daniel Williamson, a 17-year-old boy under house arrest for the summer. With his mother away on business, a

horrifying incident occurs, followed by an even more terrifying presence in the house, and twists that will leave audiences reeling.

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their world of thoughts, their quintessential lust. Palais I

LITTLE FISHES

(US) I Believe Productions. 72mins. Dir: Alexia Anastasio. Key cast: Alexia Anastasio, Brenna Gwyn Snowe, Bonnie Lawrence, Vivian Kane, Max Cutler, Sam Rappold, Tyler Johnson. This is a film about girls in love. Sacrifice, hope and raw human emotion are the themes of this film, based on the erotic writings of DH Lawrence. Gray 3

MINERS SHOT DOWN

National Film & Video Foundation Of South Africa. 90mins. Palais K

MISS MEADOWS

(US) Myriad Pictures. 92mins. Dir: Karen Leigh Hopkins. Key cast: Katie Holmes, James Badge Dale, Callan Mulvey. A story centred on a proper elementary school teacher who moonlights as a vigilante.

Market 15:30 HIS WIFE

(France) Other Angle Pictures. 90mins. Dir: Michel Spinosa. Key cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Yvan Attal. Joseph falls in love with Catherine, an ex drug-

Can you survive the last night? Palais E

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(Tunisia) Sindbad Productions. 95mins. In her search for happiness, a battered wife and mother is torn between security and freedom. Palais G

PATCHWORK FAMILY

CAT AND MOUSE Dir: Maartje Seyferth, Victor Nieuwenhuijs Prod: Moskito Film Sales: Reel Suspects (feature, 90’) 17:30 Palais F (market screening, priority badges only)

(France) Films Boutique. 90mins. Dir: Pascal Rabate. Key cast: Sami Bouajila, Isabelle Carre. Tired of his salesman daily life, bored by his neighbourhood, 40-year-old divorced Christian is stuck in a routine made of scams and one-night-stands. What can only bring him sparkle is his 11-year-old daughter, Vanessa, who he sees every two weeks and who grows up as a passionate baton twirler. When Christian meets single mother Christine, his life is turned upside down. Riviera 3

(Japan) Toei Company. 108mins. Dir: Toshio Lee. Key cast: Hiroshi Tamaki, Satomi Ishihara, Tokio Emoto, Haruna Kawaguchi, Yudai Chiba, Akira Emoto, Koichi Sato. A high-school teacher and her students accidentally travel back in time to the end of the Edo era, and meet Katsu Kaishu, one of the most important historical figures of the time… but the war in Edo is just around the corner! Palais C

WICKED BLOOD

(US) VMI Worldwide. 90mins. Dir: Mark Young. Key cast: Abigail Breslin, Sean Bean, James Purefoy, Alexa Vega, Lew Temple. A young woman puts herself in the middle of rival criminal gangs in order to save her family. She sets in motion a violent plan that has only two possible results: death or freedom. Gray 5

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THIS LAST LONELY PLACE

(US) Multivisionnaire Pictures. 89mins. Dir: Steve Anderson. Key cast: Carly Pope, Rhys Coiro, Xander Berkeley.

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addict, and wants to have a child with her. She is afraid her medication will not allow her to get pregnant — but she still does. However, she loses the baby, but it’s not her fault or due to her treatment. Joseph is mad at her. Gray 2

(trailer). Dir: Mike Kunkel, Ricardo Arnaiz. Key cast: Edward James Olmos, Erik Estrada, Kate Del Castillo, Lisa Kudrow, Rico Rodriguez. Lerins 2

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD

(Norway) Elle Driver. 105mins. Dir: Tommy Wirkola. Key cast: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Martin Starr, Orjan Gamst. If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chai-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you’d have to assume that things couldn’t get much worse. In Martin’s case, that was only the beginning.

(France) Reel Suspects. 85mins. Dir: Romain Basset. Key cast: LillyFleur Pointeaux, Catriona Maccoll, Murray Head, Emmanuel Bonami, Shane Woodward, Gala Besson, Fu’Ad Ait Aattou, Vernon Dobtcheff. Jessica has never dreamed in her life but has had regular nightmares, the meanings of which escape her. Palais D Priority badges only

FLYING BODIES

(Japan) Open Sesame Co. 78mins. Dir: Hiroyuki Nakano. Key cast: Aomori University Men’s Rhythmic Gymnastics Team. Produced and costumedesigned by the worldfamous designer Issey Miyake and staged by renowned directorchoreographer Daniel Ezralow, this is a documentary following Aomori University Men’s Rhythmic Gymnastics Team’s special performance, which was held in Tokyo in July 2013. Gray 4

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MONSTERZ

(France) Europacorp. 110mins. Dir: Thomas N’Gijol. Key cast: Thomas N’Gijol, Karole Rocher, Mohamed Issolah. Fastlife: an American expression meaning to enjoy life to the full without limit, often associated with the Anglo-Saxon formula, ‘live fast, die young’.

(Japan) Nippon Television Network Corp (NTV). 111mins. Dir: Hideo Nakata. Key cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Takayuki Yamada, Satomi Ishihara. A battle between a man who can control people with a stare, and the only man he cannot control. When their paths cross, the battle for survival begins.

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WHERE THE DEVIL HIDES

(US) Cinema Management Group. 86mins. Dir: Christian Christiansen. Key cast: Adelaide Kane, Alycia Debnam Carey, Jennifer Carpenter, Leah Pipes, Rufus Sewell, Thomas McDonell. Tells the story of a prophecy in the small village of New Bethlehem… that

on the eve of every girl’s 18th birthday the devil might inhabit her soul. Now as that day approaches, six girls — all born on the sixth day of the sixth month — begin to disappear mysteriously, one by one. Could this be the hands of a crazed serial killer, a village elder or the horrific prophecy come true… the work of the devil? Lerins 1

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WHERE THE DEVIL HIDES

(US) Films Boutique. 90mins. Dir: Alex R Johnson. Key cast: Beth Broderick, James Landry Hebert, Skyy Moore.

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS

(US) Film Bridge International. 94mins. Dir: Philippe Caland. Key cast: Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Mike Epps, Sanaa Lathan. Angel Sanchez is suffering after the recent mysterious death of his mother. Angel suspects Thomas Carter, a well-known psychiatrist, may be involved in her death. Hoping to solve the mystery and relieve his own anguish, he sets out to find the truth.

(Germany) Beta Cinema. 107mins. Dir: Dietrich Bruggemann. Key cast: Lea Van Acken, Franzsika Weisz, Florian Stetter. Maria is 14 and part of a fundamentalist Catholic community. She lives in the modern world, yet her heart belongs to Jesus. She wants to become a saint and go to Heaven, just like all those holy children she’s been told about.

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(Austria) Red Bull Media House. 90mins. Dir: Gerald Salmina. Key cast: Aksel Lund Svindal, Erik Guay, Max Franz, Yuri Danilochkin.

Kicked out of college, James visits Grams, his only remaining family, who dies shortly after his arrival. He finds consolation in the company of Grams’ neighbour, Dot, a dance teacher, as he figures out his next move. While settling Grams’ affairs, James learns she’s been the victim of the ‘grandparent scam’ in which someone posing as James has been slowly milking her out of thousands. But before James can go looking for the culprit he shows up at the front door, desperate for money. The culprit, Webb, has his own problems in the form of Duane, who has ordered Webb to pay an old debt, or else.

REPENTANCE

(UK) Metro International Entertainment. 103mins. Dir: George Hencken Hencken. Key cast: Spandau Ballet. Against the backdrop of the 1980s music scene, this documentary charts the rise, fall and ultimate reunion of Spandau Ballet. Arcades 1

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WISH I WAS HERE

(US) Wild Bunch. 114mins. Dir: Zach Braff.

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Key cast: Ashley Greene, Jim Parsons, Joey King, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Pierce Gagnon, Zach Braff. Tells the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, husband and dad who, at 35, is still trying to find his true place in life. Star 3 Priority badges only

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the manipulation of this troubled youth using hatred and deception. Palais E

CATCH ME DADDY

(UK) Altitude Film Sales. 110mins. Dir: Daniel Wolfe. Key cast: Conor McCarron, Sameena Ahmed, Gary Lewis, Wasim Zakir. Arcades 2

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Fortissimo Films. 86mins. Dir: Isabel Coixet. Key cast: Sophie Turner,

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Gregg Sulkin. A beautiful young girl is haunted by a secret past. Star 1

(Sri Lanka) Alpha Violet. 98mins. Dir: Prasanna Jayakody. Key cast: Mahendra Perera, Rukmal Nirosh, Sarath Kothalawela, Semini Iddhamalhgoda. A poetic road movie in the breathtaking countryside of Sri Lanka, counterpointed by the journey of two simple men and a mysterious coffin heading towards a village where embarrassing rumours about the deceased woman have already spread. Riviera 1

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(Japan) Toho Co. 95mins. Dir: Gekidan Hitori. Key cast: Yo Oizumi, Ko Shibasaki. Why was I born? You will soon know the answer. Palais C

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LEIDI, directed by Simón Mesa Soto, in Short Film Competition

Mike Leigh with MR TURNER In Competition

(US) Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing. 20mins. Dir: Rodney Ascher, Julian Barratt. Key cast: Martina Garcia, Ian Virgo, Andy Nyman. A high-energy sequel delivering 26 new dark tales from the industry’s most celebrated genre directors.

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(US) Hanway Films. 99mins. Dir: Adam Wingard. Key cast: Dan Stevens. David is the perfect guest. Friendly and helpful, this young soldier arrives on the doorstep of the Peterson family, appearing to be a good friend of their beloved son, who died in action. Olympia 9

EVERY SECRET THING

(US) Hyde Park International. 93mins. Dir: Amy Berg. Key cast: Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning, Danielle Macdonald. When a young girl in a small town goes missing, the crime resembles a similar disappearance from seven years prior that ended in tragedy. Gray 1

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(France) Gaumont. 95mins. Dir: Antoine Blossier. Key cast: Thomas Soliveres, Samy Seghir, Marc Lavoine. At Robespierre High School, Greg Mollet, natural-born slacker and comic-book freak, has about as much a chance of passing his baccalaureate exam and graduating as he does of finding a girlfriend… until the day the gorgeous Maeva arrives in his class. Greg is totally into her and manages to seduce her. Things get serious. They even want to go to London to study together the following year. But for that Greg needs a scholarship — which means gettimg 80 per cent or higher on his final exam. How will he pull it off ? Star 2

BARBARIANS

(Serbia) Wide. 89mins. Dir: Ivan Ikic. Key cast: Zeljko Markovic, Nenad Petrovic, Jasna Djuricic, Mirko Vlahovic, Marina Vodenicar. A depiction of Serbian youth brought up in a time of economic and moral demise. Told through the character of Luka, a small-town football hooligan, the film tells a story about

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(China) Wanda Media Co. 100mins. Dir: Leste Chen. Key cast: Zheng Xu, Karen Mok. Xu Ruining, a nationally renowned hypnotherapist, is incredibly skilled in hypnotherapy. But when his career takes off, he meets a patient named Ren Xiaoyan, who brings him a thorny problem. Palais G

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National Film & Video Foundation Of South Africa. 99mins. Palais K

LEA, UN ANGE DANS MA MAISON

(France) Quasar M4 Productions. 101mins. Dir: Jacques-Herve Fichet. Key cast: LouEmilie Alves, Stephan Petit, Jacques-Herve Fichet, Quentin King, Pierrette Litras, Roger Grosrey. “Science without conscience is only the ruin of the soul.” Robotics, artificial intelligence, cloning of animals and perhaps, in the future, therapeutic and still later, maybe cloning, challenge our imagination. Is this a Utopia? Gray 5 Press allowed

QUANTUM LOVE

(France) Pathe International. 82mins. Dir: Lisa Azuelos. Key cast: Francois Cluzet, Sophie Marceau. Pierre has been married for 15 years and has two kids. He still loves his wife and is fulfilled in his role as a father. Overall he’s a contented man. Until, one evening, he meets Elsa. They chat, laugh and joke around in a way that doesn’t happen every day. Two weeks later, they run into each other again by chance. Olympia 7

SHIRIN IN LOVE

(US) Vision Films. 104mins. Dir: Ramin Niami. Key cast: Amy Madigan, Marhall Manesh, Nazanin Boniadi, Riley Smith. A young woman is about to embark on a journey of self discovery after

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meeting a mysterious young man living in a lighthouse. She decides to follow her heart, but when her secret comes to the surface everything is called into question. Cultures will clash, traditions will be challenged and she discovers that love has no borders and what it ultimately means to be true to one’s self. Lerins 2

Dir: Gregoire Solotareff, Eric Omond. Key cast: Malik Zidi, Stephane Debac, Anais Demoustier. A new adventure by the famous duo, Loulou and Tom… a journey deep into the heart of the mysterious Skidaddle Mountains where the Principality of Wolfenberg is ruled by wolves. A merciless fight for greater humanity in a bestial world. Olympia 6

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(UK) StudioCanal. 98mins. Dir: Hossein Amini. Key cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac. An alluring, mysterious couple draws

an unsuspecting young man into a web of deception and desire in Oscarnominated writer Hossein Amini’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s suspense novel. Olympia 4

(France) Tf1 International. 100mins. Dir: Frederic Auburtin. Key cast: Gerard Depardieu, Jemima West, Sam Neill, Tim Roth. Olympia 1

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(US) Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing. 20mins. Dir: Rodney Ascher, Julian Barratt. Key cast: Martina Garcia, Ian Virgo, Andy Nyman. Gray 3

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(France) Films Distribution. 80mins.

(US) Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing. 20mins. Dir: Rodney Ascher, Julian Barratt.

Key cast: Martina Garcia, Ian Virgo, Andy Nyman. Gray 3

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(France) Alfama Films. 76mins. Dir: Mathieu Amalric. Key cast: Mathieu Amalric, Lea Drucker, Stephanie Cleau, Laurent Poitrenaux, Serge Bozon, Blutch. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge

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(France) 90mins. Dir: Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan. Salle Du 60Eme Festival badge

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(Iran) Visual Media Institute. 90mins. Dir: Hooman Seyedi. Key cast: Yasna Mirtahmasb, Azadeh Samadi, Rima Raminfar, Amir Jafari,

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to flee the Chinese triads. United by the folly of a Mafia boss, their destinies intertwine.

mistakenly switched during a car accident on a rainy night, danger befalls the forest.

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CARMINA & AMEN

(France) Wild Bunch. 80mins. Dir: Raphael Frydman. Key cast: Alban Ivanov, Franc Bruneau, Gregory Nardella, Remi Gaillard, Sylvain Katan. After his number-one fan is injured, Remi Gaillard — the French Borat with 1.4 billion online hits — decides it’s time to come out of retirement… or not.

(Belgium) Pyramide Distribution. 84mins. Dir: Stefan Liberski. Key cast: Ambre Grouwels, Cesar Domboy, Philippe Rebbot, Pauline Parigot.

(Spain) Film Factory Entertainment. 100mins. Dir: Paco Leon. Key cast: Carmina Barrios, Paco Casaus, Maria Leon, Yolanda Ramos, Estefania De Los Santos, Manolo Solo, Teresa Casanova, Alejandro Leon. After the sudden death of her husband, Carmen convinces her daughter, Maria, not to announce his passing until she’s been able to get paid the bonus he was due. Over two days, they will have to hide the corpse and mask their mourning within the daily comings and goings of an apartment block in a poor neighborhood in Seville.

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(Netherlands) Reel Suspects. 90mins. Dir: Maartje Seyferth, Victor Nieuwenhuijs. Key cast: Carlijn Van Zijtsveld, Wilma Bakker, Raymond Thiry, Patrick Linotte, Hilt De Vos, Hendriktje Ruiter, Michael Helmerhorst. Belle is growing up amid the ruins of longforgotten events. Her playful character and Amir Jadidi, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Vishka Asayesh. Palais B

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young, innocent love for her boyfriend, Max, become stained by a nonverbal tension that envelops the small town… and threatens her sexual awakening. The death of her aunt, with whom she lives, unleashes memories that entangle her in complex, unspoken feelings. When her estranged mother returns there is no way back. Palais F Priority badges only

is left to choose between the singing group and handicraft classes, he can no longer avoid the decisive question: is that it? No way!

(US) Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing. 20mins. Dir: Rodney Ascher, Julian Barratt. Key cast: Martina Garcia, Ian Virgo, Andy Nyman.

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(US) Myriad Pictures. 124mins. Dir: Michael Berry. Key cast: Aden Young, Amy Madigan, Ed Harris, Eva Longoria, Michael Pena. A former Arizona sheriff ’s wife is killed while riding on their ranch property. It would appear a Mexican man crossing into the US illegally is at fault. As former sheriff and current sheriff search for answers, lives are changed forever.

BACK ON TRACK

(Germany) Beta Cinema. 105mins. Dir: Kilian Riedhof. Key cast: Dieter Hallervorder, Tatja Seibt, Heike Makatsch. Paul Averhoff was once a great marathon runner, a legend and gold medal winner at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Now well over 70, he moves out of his beloved home after his wife suffers several falls and because his flightattendant daughter Birgit is too busy jetting around the world to help. In the nursing home, where Paul

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INSIDE LOVE

(Spain) Latido. 100mins. Dir: Santiago Tabernero. Key cast: Marta Etura,

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Eduardo Noriega, Alfonso Bassave, Irene Escolar. Let’s fall in love… again.

lower-middle-class family, fiercely struggling to make it in the 20th century. Palais H Press allowed

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ROCK PAPER SCISSORS JUNGLE MASTER

(US) Gorilla Pictures. 84mins. Dir: Kerr Xu. Key cast: David Spade, Jane Lynch, Jon Lovitz. Palais J

LIFE FEELS GOOD

(Poland) Intramovies. 107mins. Dir: Maciej Pieprzyca. Key cast: David Ogrodnik, Kamil Tkacz, Dorota Kolak, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Katarzyna Zawadzka, Anna Nehrebecka. The story of Mateusz, a man suffering with cerebral palsy, who in his early childhood had been diagnosed as a retard with no contact with the outside world. After 25 years it turned out that he was a normal and intelligent person. The film is a chronicle of his life. We get to know Mateusz now, when he is 30 and institutionalised at a clinic for mentally disabled. He is about to be examined by the board.

(Canada) Filmoption International. 117mins. Dir: Yan Lanouette Turgeon. Key cast: Roy Dupuis, Remo Girone, Samuel Tremblay, Frederic Chau, Roger Leger. A young native and a depressive street thug find an unexpected friendship. A ruined Italian risks everything to save his life. A discredited doctor tries

BABY BALLOON

(China) Fantawild Animation. 95mins. Dir: Liang Ding, Fuyuan Liu. Key cast: Justin J Wheeler, Siobhan Lumsden, Paul Rinehart, Toni Thompson, Rick Jay Glen. When two boxes are

(US) Mundial. 101mins. Dir: Diego Luna. Key cast: Michael Pena, John Malkovich, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrara. Journeys from the struggles, resistance and ultimate triumph faced by Cesar Chavez to a

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(US) New World Cinemas. 92mins. Dir: Nick Taylor. Key cast: Bruce Barton, Walker Hare, Seth Abrams. A dark comedy about a desperately dysfunctional,

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(South Korea) Finecut Co. 132mins. Dir: Kim Dae-Woo. Key cast: Song Seung-Heon, Lim Ji-Yeon, Jo Yeo-

Jeong, On Ju-Wan. A war hero falls into an irresistible love affair — driving everyone involved into a fatal tragedy. Riviera 2

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William H Macy. A musical drama about the power of a parent’s love. A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics. Palais G

Market 18:00 FIELD OF DOGS

(Poland) Wide. 101mins. Dir: Lech Majewski. Key cast: Elzbieta Okupska, Karolina Korta, Michael Tatarek. A visionary love personal view of the family man who risked his life for what he believed in, inspiring thousands of people along the way. Riviera 3 By invitation only

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FRENCH WOMEN

(France) Elle Driver. 118mins. Dir: Audrey Dana. Key cast: Isabelle Adjani, Alice Belaidi, Laetitia Casta, Audrey Dana, Julie Ferrier, Audrey Fleurot, Marina Hands, Geraldine Nakache, Vanessa Paradis, Sylvie Testud. A film by women for women — and the men who love women. But it’s not a feminist manifesto. It shows a community of women that is varied and diverse, strong and not stereotypical, a community that represents women today. Star 2

LUPIN THE THIRD

(Japan) TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System Television). 7mins (promo reel). Dir: Ryuhei Kitamura. Key cast: Shun Oguri, Tetsuji Tamayama,

story based on a contemporary reading of ‘The Divine Comedy’. Like Dante and Beatrice, Orpheus and Eurydice, a hero’s love overcomes the death of his beloved woman. Riviera 1

Go Ayano, Meisa Kuroki, Tadanobu Asano. Palais C Priority badges only

macro-biologist, and daughter of Doris, 77, decides to get pregnant and have a baby. She buys some sperm online, takes her frozen eggs and makes an appointment to get pregnant. Then she meets Mr Right. Unfortunately Mr Right is kind of wrong, as he’s also the father of the anonymous sperm donor — technically speaking the grandfather of her unborn child. Olympia 3

MILLIONS

(Germany) T Films. 83mins. Dir: Fabian Mohrke. Key cast: Andreas Dohler, Carola Sigg, Annika Ernst, Godehard Giese, Levin Henning. When he wins the lottery, Torsten is faced with plenty of decisions to make: who should he tell about his new fortune? Who should he share it with? Winning is the bombshell, but now comes the collateral damage as Torsten’s orderly world is torn apart. Gray 5

MISS SIXTY

(Germany) Picture Tree International. 98mins. Dir: Sigrid Hoerner. Key cast: Bjorn Von Der Wellen, Carmen-Maya Antoni, Edgar Selge, Iris Berben. The good news is you can live until you’re 100. The bad news is society doesn’t need you after 60. So what to do with the last third of your life? Louise, 60, has a plan. The strong, independent

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MYSTERY: BORN TO ROCK

A widowed family man goes to New Orleans to track down his missing daughter. The truth of her disappearance is hard for him to take… and indeed forces him to confront his own criminal past. Lerins 2

RUDDERLESS

(US) Radiant Films International. 3mins. Dir: William H Macy. Key cast: Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, Felicity Huffman,

YOU & I

(Germany) Salzgeber & Co. Medien. 85mins. Dir: Nils Bokamp. Key cast: Eric Klotzsch, George Taylor, Michal Grabowski. Gray 3 Priority badges only

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(France) Pathe International. 120mins. Dir: Rachid Bouchareb. Key cast: Forest Whitaker, Harvey Keitel, Brenda Blethyn, Luis Guzman, Dolores Heredia, Ellen Burstyn. After a troubled youth and 18 years in prison, William Garnett is being released. With the help of an idealistic parole agent and his new-found Islamic faith, Garnett struggles to rebuild his life and overcome the violent impulses that possess him. But Bill Agati, the sheriff of the small New Mexico border county where Garnett is released, has other ideas. Convinced that Garnett is unredeemable and is a threat to the security of his county, Agati launches a campaign to return Garnett to prison for life.

(Germany) Media Luna New Films Ug. 96mins. Dir: Ingo J. Biermann. Key cast: Burri Bolalima, Ingrid Lode, John Sigurd Kristensen, Maren Hoff, Nora G Svalheim, Odine Johne, Olena TretyakGodinaud. Eleni is abruptly left alone by her girlfriend during a trip to Norway. In order to find her lost love, she will embark on a journey far beyond the Arctic Circle.

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(Japan) Tsujioka Production. 90mins. Dir: Masato Tsujioka. Key cast: Masato Tsujioka, Yu Yuki, Ryo Asagiri, Makoto Tezuka, Satoru Suzuki, Jiro Dan. If you’re going to die anyway, how will you use your remaining days?

(Australia) Majestic Film. 85mins. Dir: Steve Ravic. Key cast: Rocky Ravic, Josh Scarpaci, Kris Iaacino, Tony Mlikota. Four young boys overcome adversity to conquer the odds and live the dream. Palais E Press allowed

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD ORIGINS 3D

(US) Meyers Media Group. 85mins. Dir: Zebediah De Soto. Key cast: Tony Todd. A small group of people must fight their way through Manhattan in the hope of surviving the onslaught of the undead — zombies. Olympia 8 No press

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(US) Hannibal Pictures. 93mins. Dir: Brian A Miller. Key cast: Jason Patric, Bruce Willis, John Cusack, Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson.

(US) The Solution Entertainment Group. 108mins. Dir: Roger Donaldson. Key cast: Pierce Brosnan, Olga Kurylenko, Luke Bracey, Bill Smitrovich.

An ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission, and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving highlevel CIA officials and the Russian president-elect. Arcades 2

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Can love overpower hate? Can hate overpower love?

uncovers unsettling secrets throughout the building — including in their own apartment — and suddenly everyone seems like a reasonable suspect.

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GOD’S NOT DEAD

(US) Pure Flix Entertainment. 112mins. Dir: Harold Cronk. Key cast: David AR White, Dean Cain, Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, Willie Robertson. College freshman and devout Christian Josh Wheaton finds his faith challenged.

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(Austria) Coproduction Office (Paris). 96mins. Dir: Jessica Hausner. Key cast: Birte Schnoink, Christian Friedel, Katharina Schuttler, Peter Jordan, Sandra Huller, Sebastian Hulk, Stephan Grossmann.

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HOT ROAD

(Japan) Shochiku Co. 119mins. Dir: Takahiro Miki. Key cast: Rena Nounen, Hiroomi Tosaka.

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(France) UDI — Urban Distribution International. 83mins. Dir: Marianne Tardieu. Key cast: Adele Exarchopoulos, Reda Kateb, Moussa Mansaly, Hassan N’Dibona, Mohammed Mouloudi, Rashid Debbouze. Cherif, struggling to pass the entrance exam for nursing school, takes on a side job as a security guard. On duty there, he faces off with a group of hostile teenagers who constantly harass him and gradually ends up an accomplice to a robbery gone wrong. Arcades 1

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Market 20:30 WELCOME TO ME

(US) Cargo Entertainment. 84mins. Dir: Shira Piven. Key cast: Kristen Wiig, Wes Bentley, James Marsden, Tim Robbins, Linda Cardellini, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Alan Tudyk. Alice, obsessed with

their brave friends to venture to the moon to solvethe mystery.

(China) Golden Network Asia. 90mins. Dir: Robin Shen.

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NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC

(US) Submarine Entertainment. 73mins. Dir: One9. Key cast: Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones. Documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas’ 1994 debut album, ‘Illmatic’, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Gray 4

SPACE DOGS 2

(Russia) Epic Pictures Group. 90mins. Dir: Inna Evlannikova. When strange phenomena begin to occur on planet Earth, it’s up to Belka, Strelka, Kazbek and

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(China) Ray Production Limited. 105mins. Dir: Jian Cui. Key cast: Fang yin, Han Lei, Hongjie Ni, Huan Huang, Jinglin Guo, Xuan Huang, ye Tao, youliang zhao. Riviera 3

GIRL WITH NO FEAR (CIUDAD SIN SOMBRA)

(Ecuador) Bluefilm, Consejo Nacional De Cinematografia Del Ecuador, House of Film. 110mins. Dir: Bernardo Canizares Esguerra. Key cast: Alejandro Buenaventura, Bernardo ycaza, Carolina Piechestein, Juan Ricardo Gomez.

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television and celebrity, wins $86m on the lottery only to spend it all on a TV show about herself. As her show gets out of control, Alice alienates the people who matter the most to her… until she realises that fame is not as great as it sounds. Arcades 3

The Latin American ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’. Palais E Press allowed

HOME

(US) Xyz Films. 93mins. Dir: Nicholas McCarthy. Key cast: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Naya Rivera. As a young woman investigates a house that appears to be haunted by supernatural forces, she discovers a connection to an incident involving a previous tenant who unwittingly welcomed the devil into her life. Now the devil is looking for a new victim to call home. Palais I

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(Malaysia) Striped Entertainment. 92mins. Dir: Rozi Izma, Sheikh Munasar, Bront Palarae. Key cast: Amirul Ariff,

Azad Jasmin, Mano Maniam, Nell Ng, Ruminah Sidek, Sharifah Amani, Soffi Jikan. Rahul, an Indian immigrant worker, arrives in town only to find the company that offered him a job has gone out of business. He is helped by a local restaurant owner and begins his life in the city. In Setapak, Gienna is a Chinese woman in her 30s. She is constantly avoiding phone calls from her mother and finds herself spending an afternoon helping a stranger, a senile old lady, who can’t remember where her house is. In Ampang, Hafidd, a young man, meets a cute stranger at the LRT Station after they both miss the last train. For someone who has never dated anyone in his life, this occasion is a life-defining moment for the young man and his only hope to see a glimpse of love. Together the three stories create a collage and kaleidoscope of surprising and electrifying human connections that give life to the city. Palais G

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Kadokawa Corporation. 105mins. Palais C

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(Thailand) Klongchai Picture Co. 100mins. Dir: Punjapong Kongkanoi, Jaded Ueachimplee. Key cast: Kawee Tanjararuk, Suhalit Siamwala, Sawika Chaidej, Atila Gunti, Taweelit Jullasup, Osar Wang. Every room has memory. Every room has mystery. Every room has a story. Lerins 2

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WILD CANARIES

(US) Celluloid Dreams/ Nightmares. 98mins. Dir: Lawrence Michael Levine. Key cast: Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Alia Shawkat, Annie Parisse, Jason Ritter, Kevin Corrigan. Barri and Noah, a newly engaged Brooklyn couple, are disheartened by the death of their elderly neighbour, Sylvia. Though Noah sees nothing unusual about the old woman’s death, Barri suspects foul play and sets out to investigate, enlisting her roommate Jean to join her on a reconnaissance mission to trail a possible suspect. Tensions mount, however, when the investigation

(Russia) Saradan Media. 98mins. Dir: Philippe Martinez. Key cast: Gerard Depardieu, Elizabeth Hurley, Eli Danker, Paulina Kuzminskaya, Marcello Mazarella, Denis Kasasov, Jenya Akhremenko. After seven years of imprisonment in his native France for an infamous art heist, Viktor Lambert returns to Moscow determined to uncover the circumstances behind his son Jeremy’s brutal murder three months earlier. Star 2 Priority badges only

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(Argentina) Crep Films. 97mins. Dir: Gabriel Grieco. Key cast: Juan Palomino, Luz Cipriota, Nicolas Pauls, Mercedes Oviedo, Veronica Pelaccini, Nicolas Maiques, Sabrina Carballo, Nestor Sanchez, Sebastian Berta Muniz, Patricio Sardelli. For thousands of years man abused animals, using them for food, clothing and science experiments, till today, animal revenge has begun. In a town in Argentina, ‘the country of barbecues’, people linked to the cattle industry start to disappear. Some peasants talk about an economic war between farmers and ranchers. A journalist arrives in town by chance and decides to research. Soon she’ll find out a dark secret. Star 1 Blood Window

GE TO ONE TH IN N MEE PLAE DU RE T THCE ST FIL E RY M ! FOURTH EDITION MONTREAL 24–27 JULY 2014 For its 2014 return to the Fantasia International Film Festival, 12 Frontières projects have been selected hailing from Canada, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, the UK and the United States. Dead Noon (Luxembourg) Director/Writer: Jeff Desom Producer: Bernard Michaux (Lucil Film) Emergence (Lithuania) Directors/Writers: Kristina Buozyte & Bruno Samper / Producer: Leva Norviliene (Tremora) Extra Ordinary (Ireland) Directors/Writers: Mike Ahern & Enda Loughman / Producers: Ailish Bracken & Katie Holly (Blinder Films) The Extractor (Quebec) Directors/Producers: Gavin Booth & Mark A. Krupa (Mimetic Entertainment) Writer: Mark A. Krupa

The Godless (UK) Director: Simon Rumley / Writer: Dan Schaffer / Producers: Bob Portal (Fidelity Films) & Tim Dennison (Tall Man Films) Love Sick (USA) Director/Writer: Todd E. Freeman Producers: The Brothers Freeman & Lara Cuddy (Polluted Pictures) / Executive Producer: Michael Glynn Macdonald The Offing (USA) Director/Writer: David Prior Producers: David Prior & Jeremy Platt Print the Legend (Germany)

Director/Writer: Andreas Schaap / Producers: Michael Dupke, Benny Theisen (Little Bridge Pictures) & Simon Amberger (Neuesuper)

Revelations (Canada)

Director/Executive Producer: George Mihalka / Writer: Al Kratina Rite of the Witch Goddess (Canada) Director: James Sizemore / Writers: James Sizemore & Katarina Gligorijevic Producers: Katarina Gligorijevic & Tim Reis (Ultra 8 Pictures) Through the Eyes of Child (Portugal) Director: João Alves / Writer/Producer: Paulo Leite (Bad Behavior)

Vaporetto 13 (Quebec) Director: Gabriel Pelletier / Writer: Gabriel Pelletier, based on the novel by Robert Girardi / Producer: François Ferland (Novem)

The Off-Frontières selection of projects will make a return and will be announced mid-June. Accreditations for Frontières @ Fantasia will open on May 26. Frontières is the first and only co-production market to connect North-America with Europe in an environment focused specifically on genre film production. After two editions in Montreal in 2012 and 2013, it expanded as a trans-Atlantic circuit with an additional edition in Brussels in 2014. The Frontières International Co-Production Market is an initiative of the Fantasia International Film Festival, in collaboration with Vision-in-Motion and the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.

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Derek MalcolM Honorary president, Fipresci, UK

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In this psychological thriller, Ryan Reynolds portrays the father of an abducted child. Eight years after his daughter’s

The capTive (Can) Atom Egoyan

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WinTer Sleep (Turk-Fr-Ger) Nuri Bilge Ceylan

★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ who is still suffering from her recent divorce. When snow sets in, boredom prompts Aydin to leave.

SainT laurenT (Fr) Bertrand Bonello

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WilD TaleS (arG-Sp) Damian Szifron

★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ of modern life. Ricardo Darin, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Dario Grandinetti lead the ensemble cast.

The hoMeSMan (US) Tommy Lee Jones

★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ away. Tommy Lee Jones stars alongside Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld and Meryl Streep.

The WonDerS (It-Switz-Ger) Alice Rohrwacher

★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ countryside with her parents and sisters, until the arrival of a young German ex-con. Alba Rohrwacher stars.

FoxcaTcher (US) Bennett Miller

★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Ruffalo) and their relationship with team sponsor John du Pont (Steve Carell), which leads to murder.

MapS To The STarS (Can) David Cronenberg

★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ twisted machinations. Featuring Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska and John Cusack.

TWo DayS, one niGhT (Bel-Fr-It) Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne

★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ allowing her to keep her job — all with the help of her husband (Fabrizio Rongione).

STill The WaTer (Fr-Jap) Naomi Kawase

★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ His girlfriend Kyoko attempts to help him understand this mysterious discovery.

The Search (Fr) Michel Hazanavicius

★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ village, he meets Carole, a European Union delegation head. Starring Bérénice Bejo and Annette Bening.

GooDbye To lanGuaGe 3D (Fr) Jean-Luc Godard

★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ 0.0 They love, they argue, fists fly/ A dog strays between town and country/ The seasons pass/ A second film begins…”

jiMMy’S hall (UK-Ire) Ken Loach

★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Barry Ward stars as Gralton, who opens up a dance hall — much to the annoyance of some in the community.

MoMMy (Can-Fr) Xavier Dolan

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clouDS oF SilS Maria (Ger-Fr-Switz) Olivier Assayas

★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ she had made her own some 20 years earlier. Kristen Stewart co-stars.

leviaThan (Rus) Andrey Zvyagintsev

★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ stop at nothing to take possession of the man’s property and land. Aleksei Serebryakov and Elena Lyadova star. 0.0

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Retired actor Aydin runs a small hotel in Anatolia and is emotionally distant from his young wife and his sister Necla,

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This year’s second biopic of the French fashion icon follows the swift rise to fame of the haute couture designer

This dark-comedy omnibus of six stories explores several characters trying to maintain their sanity amid the madness

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A leftfield Western about a lowlife who helps a pious spinster escort a trio of insane women to a church 400 miles

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A coming-of-age story seen through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl who lives a secluded existence in the Umbrian

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The bizarre true story of Olympic wrestling champion brothers Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark

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A dark satire sees shallow celebrities manipulated and destroyed by a young woman who represents the fruit of their

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Marion Cotillard stars as a woman who has just one weekend to persuade her colleagues to give up their bonuses —

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During the full-moon night of traditional dances in August, 16-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body floating in the sea.

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The unlikely friendship between an NGO worker and a young boy in Chechnya. After the boy’s parents are killed in their

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The official plot for the New Wave legend’s 39th film gives little away: “A married woman and a single man meet/

Drama about political activist Jimmy Gralton, who was deported from Ireland during the ‘Red Scare’ of the 1930s.

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