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Wild Bunch believes in Hayek’s The Prophet Alex Walton
Walton pushes Sea Of Trees in new Bloom BY JEREMY KAY
Alex Walton arrives on the Croisette with his new company Bloom and will kick off sales on the prestige drama Sea Of Trees from Gus van Sant, to star Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey. With backing from Waypoint Entertainment head and producer Ken Kao, Walton has taken his Exclusive Media sales team with him and will continue to sell and service all outstanding titles from the Exclusive Media slate at Bloom. Sea Of Trees, described by Walton as “the most amazing cocktail of emotion”, centres on a widower who travels to the eponymous Japanese forest famed for being the perfect place to die. CAA and WME represent US rights. What is understood to be an amicable arrangement with Dasym Media, the chief owner of Walton’s former employer Exclusive Media, nonetheless foreshadows the eventual demise of US operations at the embattled company. All commitments will be honoured before the production and distribution divisions are expected to close.
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Wild Bunch has picked up sales on Salma Hayek-produced Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet ahead of its special presentation in Cannes. Based on the inspirational poem by early 20th century Lebanese writer Kahlil Gibran, the adaptation is currently in post-production. Hayek will present a work-inprogress screening in Cannes’ Official Selection on Saturday. The actress also features in the voice cast alongside Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and Quvenzhané Wallis. The animated portmanteau pic-
the film is due to shoot early 2015. Wild Bunch will also show five minutes of Terrence Malick’s ambitious, epoch-spanning documentary Voyage Of Time. “It’s the history of humanity from the Big Bang until today,” said Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval, adding that Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett are providing the voiceovers. The company will also premiere Abel Ferrara’s Welcome To New York, starring Gérard Depardieu in a role inspired by disgraced former IMF chief Dominique StraussKahn, in an unofficial screening at Nikki Beach on Saturday.
Indonesian action star Yayan Ruhian (The Raid, The Raid 2) has been cast opposite Hayato Ichihara in Takashi Miike’s return to hardcore genre filmmaking, Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld. Billed as the world’s first yakuza vampire movie, the film is currently in production for a 2015 theatrical release in Japan. Nikkatsu is launching sales in Cannes. The Japanese studio already has an Indonesian connection as it recently co-produced Killers, directed by Indonesia’s Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto. Ruhian, who plays one of the international assassins, specialises in the Silat style of martial arts and also starred in Gareth Evans’ Merantau. Liz Shackleton
Irons, Miller scale High-Rise Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller have joined Tom Hiddleston on Jeremy Thomas’s anticipated JG Ballard adaptation High-Rise from Sightseers and Kill List director Ben Wheatley. Oscar winner Irons, who will also shoot Batman vs Superman this year, will play a visionary architect while the in-demand Foxcatcher star Miller will play his devoted aide who strikes up a relationship with Hiddleston’s character.
ture features the work of Roger Allers, Tomm Moore, Michal Socha, Joan Gratz, Nina Paley, Joann Sfar, Bill Plympton, Mohammed Harib, and Paul and Gaetan Brizzi, who will all be present at the event. Other late additions to Wild Bunch’s slate include Paris Is Happening by Bertrand Bonello who is in Competition with Saint Laurent. The new film kicks off with the flashmob-style occupation of a department store by a group of teenagers from across Paris, which degenerates into a violent standoff between the youngsters and the police. A script is ready and
Production is due to start in July in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with HanWay shopping the project in Cannes. The film centres on a new residential tower built on the eve of Margaret Thatcher’s rise to power, at the site of what will soon become the world’s financial hub. Additional casting is underway on the project, scripted by Wheatley’s wife and regular collaborator Amy Jump. Andreas Wiseman
StudioCanal unveils starry slate BY ANDREAS WISEMAN
At a busy buyers’ screening in Cannes yesterday, StudioCanal announced its involvement on a selection of hot new market titles. The French giant confirmed it has boarded Luca Guadagnino’s untitled thriller inspired by French 1969 classic La Piscine, which will star Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Margot Robbie and Matthias Schoenaerts, with a shoot due in Italy later this year. Previously announced bigbudget action film Bastille Day has
now been cast with Idris Elba and Adele Exarchopoulos, and will shoot in Paris this summer with director James Watkins. Legend, Working Title’s Kray twins thriller from writer-director Brian Helgeland and starring Tom Hardy, is due to shoot this summer with Universal on board for a wide US release. Watkins and Helgeland will be in Cannes later this week to talk to select buyers. StudioCanal also recently announced Tobias Lindholm’s A War.
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MK2 cooks up fresh menu BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW
MK2 has picked up sales on Japanese director Naomi Kawase’s An, about the friendship between a baker and an old lady who bond over their passion for traditional red-bean pastries. The Paris-based company has also acquired Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s supernatural love story Journey To The Shore, about a dead man who takes his wife on one last trip; and Masa Sawada’s documentary I, Kamikaze, revolving around the memoirs of Fujio Hayashi, one of the last surviving co-ordinators of Japan’s Second World War suicide missions. The company has also added French director Christophe Honoré’s Metamorphoses — a retelling of Ovid’s classic poem set in contemporary France using a young, unknown cast. MK2 is also handling Kawase’s Still The Water, a coming-of-age tale set on a remote Japanese island, which will premiere in Competition. “We’re thrilled to be following Kawase. She is one of the most talented female directors in the world,” said MK2’s sales chief Juliette Schrameck. Other titles on MK2’s eclectic Cannes line-up include Olivier Assayas’s Competition film Clouds Of Sils Maria and the Taviani brothers’ in production Wondrous Boccaccio. Kawase’s Kumie Inc and longtime collaborator Paris-based Comme des Cinémas are coproducing An, which was presented at Busan’s Asian Project Market in October.
Glee’s Colfer steps into Metro’s Coward biopic Kundo: Age Of The Rampant
Showbox rampant for Kundo deals By Liz Shackleton
Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex has sealed a string of major territory deals for action film Kundo: Age Of The Rampant. Metropolitan has taken rights for French-speaking Europe, while Splendid has taken for German-speaking Europe. The epic action story, about a clan of outlaws who fight corrupt nobles to protect the weak, has also gone to Well Go USA for North America, Kbro Media for Taiwan and PT Prima for Indonesia. Directed by Yoon Jong-bin, the film stars Ha Jung-woo and Gang Dong-won, and is scheduled for release in Korea on July 23. Showbox is also selling Directors’ Fortnight title A Hard Day, an action thriller directed by Kim Seong-hun and starring Lee Sunkyun; and will be showing footage from The Divine Move, a hard-boiled action noir about a professional Go player who seeks to avenge the death of his brother.
By Andreas Wiseman
Glee star Chris Colfer is attached to lead the cast of the Noel Coward biopic scripted by Bent and Mrs Henderson Presents writer Martin Sherman. Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave and Jonathan Pryce are in talks to join the cast of Noel (working title). The film portrays the early life and influences of the famously flamboyant UK playwright, producer and wit, who penned classics including Private Lives and Blithe Spirit, and who
worked on films including Brief Encounter and In Which We Serve, for which he was Oscar-nominated. The project, which has already attracted sales heat for Metro International ahead of Cannes, is
the second feature from UK director Joe Stephenson, who recently completed Chicken, starring Yasmin Paige, Scott Chambers and Morgan Watkins. Producers are Stephenson with Julia Valentine (The Silent Storm). Executive producers are Colin Vaines, Jane Wright, Jane Hawley, Enfys Dickinson, Daniel Pickering and Andrew Ornitharis. The production is aiming for a late summer shoot in the UK. Colfer is repped by ICM Partners, Coast to Coast and Inphenate.
Luke Evans boards SAS thriller By Michael Rosser
Luke Evans, star of The Hobbit, is to play the lead in an adaptation of Andy McNab action thriller SAS: Red Notice. Nick Love (The Sweeney) will direct the feature, produced by Altitude Film Entertainment, Parabolic Pictures and Vertigo Films. Altitude Film Sales will introduce the project to buyers here today, and will partner with WME Global on US rights. SquareOne Entertainment has acquired distribution rights for German-speaking territories.
Evans, whose upcoming films include Dracula Untold and The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, is attached to play an SAS operative who attempts to rescue 400 hostages being held by war
criminals in the Channel Tunnel. Laurence Malkin and Chad Thumann wrote the screenplay, based on the bestselling novel by former SAS operator McNab. Malkin, Will Clarke, Allan Niblo and James Richardson are producers, while executive producers are McNab, Mike Runagall, Andy Mayson and Jack Drewe. Daniel Findlay will co-produce. McNab said: “I have admired Nick’s work for years and Luke’s involvement as Tom Buckingham makes this an incredibly exciting project to be involved in.”
Beta Cinema punches with Qurbani’s German riots drama By Geoffrey Macnab
Munich-based Beta Cinema has arrived in Cannes with new pickups including a feature about the violent riots that erupted in Germany in 1992. Beta is launching We Are Young, We Are Strong by young AfghanGerman director Burhan Qurbani. The film, in post-production, recounts the violent xenophobic riots in Rostock from the perspectives of three characters: a Vietnamese woman living in Germany, a young hooligan involved in the riots and his politician father. Devid Striesow, Jonas Nay and Lore’s Saskia Rosendahl head the cast of the
film, which is a UFA Fiction production in co-production with Cine Plus, ZDF and Arte. It marks the follow-up to Qurbani’s Berlinale Competition title Shahada. Also new on the Beta slate is Labyrinth Of Lies, in which director Giulio Ricciarelli delivers a cinematic account of the investigation that led to the first Auschwitz trials in post-war Germany. Beta is also introducing the partly animated English-language family movie Ghost Hunters — On Icy Trails, the adaptation of Cornelia Funke’s bestselling novel that has been translated into 20 languages.
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Match Factory strikes for Martel’s Zama By Geoffrey Macnab
The Match Factory has boarded Lucrecia Martel’s new feature, Zama, and will begin pre-sales on the period drama in Cannes. The film will shoot in northern Argentina and Brazil in early 2015. The 2013 Rotterdam CineMartwinning project is based on the 1956 novel by Argentinian writer Antonio Di Benedetto. Set in the late 18th century, it explores the solitary existence of Don Diego de Zama, a highly placed servant of the Spanish crown, who is posted to the capital of remote Paraguay. Zama’s producers are Benjamin Domenech and Santiago Gallelli from Rei Cine, Vania Catani from Bananeira Filmes, and Pedro and Agustin Almodovar from El Deseo, and MPM Film. Martel has established a strong international reputation on the back of her previous features, La Cienaga and Palme d’Or competitors The Holy Girl and The Headless Woman. “Ever since I saw Lucrecia’s debut film La Cienaga in 2002, I have become an admirer of her cinema and wanted to work with her,” said Match Factory managing director Michael Weber. “[She is] one of the most outstanding representatives of ‘New Argentinian Cinema’.”
Garcia on case for animation By Jeremy Kay
Ray takes on Secret remake Billy Ray is to direct the remake of Argentinian Oscar winner The Secret In Their Eyes, to star Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow. IM Global hits the Croisette with international sales rights to the thriller, reconfigured as a revenge story focusing on a former MI5 agent haunted by an unsolved case, who discovers a shocking truth. Mark Johnson and John Ufland will produce, and the original film’s director, Juan Jose Campanella, is on board as executive producer. Jeremy Kay
Mexican producer-financier Alex Garcia has dispatched a team to the Croisette to appoint an international sales agent for family animation Ana & Bruno. Carlos Carrera, who directed former Mexican foreign-language Oscar nominee The Crime Of Father Amaro, is in production on the Spanish-language story. LatAm Pictures represents Latin American rights to the Lo Coloco Films, Anima Estudios, Alta Vista Films and AG Studios feature. US rights are available. Garcia produces alongside Pablo Baksht and Monica Lozano.
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Five Star snaps up Hong Hoon
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Thailand’s Five Star Production has picked up worldwide rights to horror thriller Hong Hoon. The contemporary take on a Thai folk tale marks the directorial debut of Kulp Kaljareuk, and stars Ananda Everingham and Thai actress and model Rattanarat ‘Ploy’ Aurthaveekul. A woman believes she lost her father in an accident, but a stranger tells her that he died because he had a wax figure made of himself. The Thai belief — that such figures should never be made until after death — has been explored in radio dramas, TV series and films. According to Five Star, the film is a darker and more stylised spin on the thriller that started out as a radio drama produced by Kantana Group founding father Pradit Kaljaruek. The film, in post for release in June, is produced by Sasisupa Sungvaribud.
Catherine Deneuve has joined the cast of Cannes award-winning director Jaco Van Dormael’s surreal comedy in which God lives in Brussels. The Brand New Testament will star comedian Benoit Poelvoorde as God and Yolande Moreau as his wife. The original story, co-written by Van Dormael and Thomas Gunzig, portrays God as an odious character who is disliked by his family.
His daughter, Ea, decides to run away from home but first hacks her father’s computer and lets everyone in the world know the date when they are going to die. God takes to the streets to find Ea and discovers the horrors of the world he created himself. Produced by Van Dormael, Olivier Rausin, Daniel Marquet, David Grumbach and Frank Van Passel, the film is set up as a Belgium-France-Luxembourg coproduction with a budget of $11.4m.
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Principal photography begins on July 7 in Brussels and will be shot by Christophe Beaucarne, who previously worked with Van Dormael on Mr Nobody in 2009 and is also known for Mood Indigo and Coco Before Chanel. Le Pacte is selling world rights and will release The Brand New Testament in France. Van Dormael picked up the Camera d’Or in 1991 for Toto The Hero and was nominated for the Palme d’Or in 1996 with The Eighth Day.
Former Lionsgate executive vicepresident of international sales Anne-Marie Ross has been hired to lead the newly launched Pantelion International. The Lionsgate and Mexican broadcaster Televisa joint venture arrives with George Lopez, Marisa Tomei and Jamie Lee Curtis project La Vida Robot. Ross will report to Pantelion CEO Paul Presburger. Jeremy Kay
Films Boutique is wacko for Jacko By Geoffrey Macnab
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German sales company Films Boutique has snapped up world rights to several new titles. Here at Cannes, it is unveiling Darko Lungulov’s bittersweet comedy Monument To Michael
Jackson, which will have a closed screening for buyers. The company will also introduce buyers to Directors’ Fortnight title Next To Her, the debut feature of Asaf Korman, about a young girl and her disabled sister.
Films Boutique is also selling US film-maker Alex R Johnson’s debut, Texan thriller Two Step; Belgian director Geoffrey Enthoven’s Halfway; and Patchwork Family by Pascal Rabaté, set to be released by Ad Vitam in France on July 9.
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Cinéart snaps up Cannes titles By Geoffrey Macnab
Benelux distributor Cinéart has acquired a raft of high-profile titles in Competition here in Cannes. The company has picked up Wild Tales, sold by Film Factory, which this week was also acquired for France by Warner Bros. Also in Competition, the company will release Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall and the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night. Cinéart has also pre-bought David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars and Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent. From Un Certain Regard, Cinéart has taken Ryan Gosling’s Lost River, sold by Sierra/Affinity, and Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s doc Salt Of The Earth, sold by Le Pacte. From Directors’ Fortnight, the
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company has already taken Frederick Wiseman’s new doc National Gallery, from Doc & Film. Cinéart has also picked up Tim Burton’s Big Eyes and Schneider Vs Bax, the latest feature from Alex van Warmerdam who was in Cannes last year with Borgman. Another pick up is Rudolf van den Berg’s forthcoming Van Meegeren, about the Dutch painter.
UK sales outfit Independent is showing a first promo here in Cannes of Shakespeare comedy Bill, which reveals a guest appearance from Homeland star Damian Lewis (pictured above right with Ben Willbond). A Cowboy Films/Punk Cinema production, Bill is backed by BBC Films, the BFI Film Fund, Screen Yorkshire and LipSync.
Grace goes global, US uncertain By Melanie Goodfellow
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The US release of Olivier Dahan’s Cannes opener Grace Of Monaco may be uncertain amid rumours Harvey Weinstein is still unhappy with the cut, but it is business as usual in the rest of the world.
Coinciding with its world premiere today, French distributor Gaumont will open the film on 530 screens in France. Lucky Red is putting it out on 350 screens in Italy and SquareOne Entertainment will launch it on
250 prints in Germany. The film is set to hit more than 3,000 screens in China through Content Media while Warner Bros will release it on 250 screens in the UK on June 6. Japanese distributor Gaga has set an October 18 release date.
Good Universe gets animated
Arclight’s best men back
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Good Universe arrives on the Croisette with a pair of animation sales titles, Norm Of The North and Zorgamazoo. Splash Entertainment’s Norm Of The North pits the voice of Rob Schneider against The Hangover franchise breakout Ken Jeong. The story follows a fun-loving polar bear and his three lemming pals in their bid to save their Arctic home from a cut-throat developer. Heather Graham and Loretta Devine also star. Trevor Wall directs from a screenplay by Jamie Lissow. Producers are Mike Young, Liz Young, Nicolas Atlan, Steve Rosen and Ken Katsumoto. Vanguard Animation’s Zorgamazoo is based on the children’s book by Robert Paul Weston about a young girl who escapes the clutches of her governess and stumbles upon a magical world.
Arclight arrives in Cannes with sales rights to A Few Less Men, the sequel to its 2011 comedy A Few Best Men. Kevin Bishop, Kris Marshall and Xavier Samuel will reprise their roles. Dean Craig, who wrote the script with development funding from Arclight Films and ScreenWest, will make his feature directorial debut. Laurence Malkin, Share Stallings and Arclight chief Gary Hamilton will produce A Few Less
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Men alongside Tania Chambers. Josh Kesselman will serve as executive producer. The sequel is set to go before the cameras in Western Australia
in January 2015. Plot details remain under wraps but what is known is the story will involve three men in ill-fitting wedding tuxedos, a coffin and travel plans gone awry. Hamilton said: “We have an extremely talented cast and crew who all work together incredibly well, the result of which is a final product that is entertaining and commercially viable and a whole lot of fun for the audience and film-makers alike. It’s what this business is all about.”
Séville has its Eye on Denys Arcand’s Beauty Fledgling eOne subsidiary Séville International has picked up international sales on Denys Arcand’s An Eye For Beauty (Le Regne De La Beauté). Séville vice-president of international sales Anick Poirier will screen the film to buyers on the Croisette and the company will distribute directly in Canada on May 15. Jeremy Kay
MPI’s Cherry Tree takes root By Jeremy Kay
MPI is bringing US-Ireland horror Cherry Tree to the Croisette. MPI/Dark Sky Films recently concluded principal photography in Cork on Cherry Tree, starring Anna Walton, Naomi Battrick and
Sam Hazeldine. It was produced in partnership with Ireland’s Fantastic Films and the Irish Film Board. David Keating directs the story of a youngster who makes a sinister deal to save her father from a seemingly terminal illness.
Dark Sky Films’ most recent productions include Starry Eyes and the upcoming We Are Still Here. Dublin’s Fantastic Films has produced genre titles such as Hammer’s Wake Wood, which Keating also directed, and Stitches.
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XLrator rocks to It’s So Easy By Jeremy Kay
XLrator Media has acquired North American rights from Vision Films to Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan’s autobiographical doc, It’s So Easy And Other Lies. Financing is provided by Scatena & Rosner Films. Christopher Duddy is directing and produces with Daniel Zirilli, McKagan and Steven G Kaplan. Vision Films managing director and CEO Lise Romanoff, Gato Scatena, Jordan Rosner, Birgit Stein, Hans Stangl and Katherine Thomson serve as executive producers. “Duff ’s remarkable life will be the ultimate insider rock ’n’ roll documentary chronicling Duff ’s rise as a punk-rock teen prodigy from Seattle, to the heights of superstardom as a founding member of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, to the depths of substance abuse and addiction,” said XLrator CEO Barry Gordon.
FilmSharks bites into Disney-backed features By Jeremy Kay
Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks International has picked up sales on two Disneybacked Patagonik titles that the studio will release in Latin America. Comedy Volley will open in Argentina in the third quarter of 2014, while family-oriented romcom Without Children (Sin Hijos)
is set for early 2015. Martin Piroyansky directs Volley, about six friends who spend the New Year’s
Eve holiday together when one of the group cannot keep his hands off the girls. Ariel Winograd will shoot Without Children in July from Mariano Vera’s screenplay, based on an idea by Pablo Solarz. Diego Peretti and Celeste Cid will play a divorced man whose daughter helps him find love.
Jinga’s Drones strike in US and UK By Andreas Wiseman
UK sales outfit Jinga has struck deals on Rick Rosenthal’s thriller Drones with Signature Entertainment for the UK, KSM for German-speaking Europe and Phase 4 Films for a North American release scheduled for June.
The film stars Eloise Mumford (Fifty Shades Of Grey) as a rookie pilot confronted with the moral dilemma of ‘collateral damage’ before launching a missile strike on a top Al-Qaeda operative. The UK and German deals were brokered by Jinga’s Julian
Richards and the North American deal by Glen Reynolds of Circus Road Films. Jinga’s slate also includes The Canal, western Blood Man, the Ford brothers’ sequel The Dead 2 and Venezuelan horror The House At The End Of Time.
cannes briefs Bello joins Max Steel film Maria Bello has signed on to play Molly McGrath, the resilient single mother of hero Max McGrath, in Dolphin Entertainment’s Mattel adaptation of Max Steel.
Screen Media feels Young Screen Media Films has picked up US rights to Jake Paltrow’s Sundance selection Young Ones, set for an October release. 6 Sales and The Exchange will handle international sales here. Michael Shannon and Nicholas Hoult star.
FilmTrack in SaaS deals Content and rights-management service FilmTrack has closed deals with Highland Film Group, Altitude Films and IFT, among other sales agents. The company has enlisted more than 150 clients to use its cloud-based SaaS platform for rights and asset management.
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(痞子英雄:黎明再起) Taiwan / 2014 / Action, Crime / 3D / Post Production Director TSAI Yueh-hsun Cast Mark CHAO, LIN Gengxin, HUANG Bo
USD 15 M production with top-notch international crew Stunning visuals and adrenaline-pumping actions in 3D! The sunny Harbor City is soon to be permeated with anxiety. A series of suicide bomber attacks is the prelude to a grave danger...Will Wu Ying-xiong and his new partner Chen Zhen once again save the whole city?
Paradise in Service (軍中樂園) Taiwan / 2014 / War, Romance / Post Production Writer & Director Doze NIU Producer LIU Weijan Cast Ethan JUAN, WAN Qian, CHEN Jianbin
Romantic war epic from the director of Monga and LOVE Through an unlucky lottery draw result, Pao, a twenty-something young man from Southern Taiwan has to serve the military in the remote and perilous Kinmen. However, his greatest challenge is not to fight the battle but to understand the complexities of life.
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Taiwan / 2014 / Drama, Comedy / Post Production Writer & Director YEE Chih-Yen Producers LEE Lieh, YEE Chih-Yen, Roger HUANG Cast ZHAN Huai-Yun, WEI Han-Ting
A long-awaited film by YEE Chih-Yen since his critically-acclaimed Blue Gate Crossing Lefty sees himself as the poorest high school student in Taipei. To make some money, he plans to steal the abandoned Dr. Sun Yat-Sen statue in the school storage room. Lefty plots, but he never sees his rival, Sky coming. A war of the poorest hence erupts.
KANO Taiwan / 2014 / Drama, Sports, History 185 min / Complete Director Umin Boya Producers Jimmy HUANG, WEI Te-Sheng Cast Masatoshi NAGASE, Takao OSAWA, Maki SAKAI, Togo IGAWA
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Based on a true story in the 1920s. A group of multi-ethnic boys endeavored to make their way to Japan’s high school baseball championship.
As the agricultural industry is rapidly declining, he created 17 harmless rice bombs, in hope to wake up the conscience of the government.
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Wrestling a complex story By Jeremy Kay
“It’s the kind of film that’s very funny until it’s not funny,” says Bennett Miller of his US Competition entry Foxcatcher, backed by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures and Columbia Pictures. Foxcatcher has been a nine-year labour of love for Miller, ever since he read a newspaper article about a bizarre true-life episode and tried to make the film the followup to his 2005 narrative directorial debut Capote. “It’s the story of John du Pont, who was the heir to the du Pont fortune, and how he came to murder a wrestler,” he says. “It’s set in the mid-to-late 1980s in Pennsylvania. Du Pont is in his 50s, living on a 500-acre estate in the house where he grew up, with his 90-year-old mother living downstairs. “He decides he wants to get America’s best wrestlers to move into the estate and build them a training facility so he can be their
coach and lead them to victory over the Soviets in the  Olympics in Seoul.” After his early efforts to find backers for Foxcatcher foundered, Miller went off and made Moneyball. Afterwards, on the advice of agents, he approached Ellison, the Hollywood financier who is not afraid of backing challenging fare. The young producer-financer committed quickly. Eventually Columbia Pictures would cofinance with Ellison, but it was she who dived in first and who made Miller feel comfortable about pulling out of the initial world premiere gala slot at AFI Fest 2013. Feeling rushed, Miller heeded his producer’s advice and withdrew from the November festival, some 10 months after production had wrapped in Pennsylvania. The timeline offers a hint about the intensity of post-production. “It’s been a huge editing process,” says Miller, who earned an
Oscar nomination in 2006 for directing Capote. “These films are not made in the normal way. I don’t work from a screenplay. The scenes we decide to shoot, we explore in rehearsal and again on the day with the actors. It makes for a much more complicated editing process.” Steve Carell nails it as du Pont, Miller says, because we don’t expect him to inhabit this kind of character. “Steve has a complexity to him and a strain of darkness, awkwardness and intelligence, and it worked. “I cannot imagine anybody in any of these roles other than the actors in there. Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo play the brothers [wrestler Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz] and all three of them are extraordinary.” The film has its world premiere on Monday in Competition. SPC will release Foxcatcher on November 14 and Annapurna handles international sales.
You throw up some shocking facts about Israeli divorce laws and the treatment of women. Shlomi Elkabetz The basis for our film is the absurd fact that in Israel, a woman can’t decide if she wants to live with someone or not. Her husband must choose to give his wife freedom. Ronit Elkabetz Every day I was in shock working on this. It’s very difficult to understand, in the democratic way we live in Israel, that this is still the law.
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Testimony alone but I missed working with Ronit. I don’t think I would ever be able to make a film other than with Ronit because it’s so intensive. You need to be so open and patient. RE For me, this relationship is so huge, so special, so human, so beautiful. To create and live and to share my dream… there’s no greater gift.
Are you hoping your film will open discussions about changing the law? SE This law has been around for 4,000 years and it’s not changed an inch. But I hope it will evoke a serious conversation. It will put it into people’s awareness.
Ronit, you also star as Viviane in the film. Was it a challenge mixing two disciplines? RE It’s a big challenge but the more I know, the deeper I can explore the character. As actors, we try to build real life around the characters. For me, it’s been a reality for 10 years.
Did you always aspire to work together as brother and sister? SE It was always our dream to work together. We breathed the same air as kids, we ate the same food, we’ve seen the same sights and we heard the same music. Many of our memories are the same memories. It was always our dream to work together. I directed
Ronit, you’re one of a handful of women directors with films in Competition at Cannes. Would you like to see more? RE Each year there are more women but, still, every year there are never enough. We need to speak about our lives because we can do it better than anybody. Sarah Cooper
Pop duo play at love The artists formerly known as Russian pop group Tatu, Yulia Volkova and Lena Katina (pictured), will be in Cannes touting a new omnibus film, Cupidity, from Cornetto Films. In one of the project’s segments, Together Apart, the duo play cupids. They will be at the screening, along with director Elena Kiper, on May 21 at the Russian pavilion.
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release in France and across Europe. “We have the biggest cinema theatre in the world, it’s called the internet,” says Maraval. When news of the plan broke in France some commentators said it sounded the death knell for the country’s media chronology legislation, which is one of the cornerstones of its envied film finance and distribution system.
bel Ferrara’s Welcome To New York — starring Gérard Depardieu in a role inspired by the downfall of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn — is one of the most anticipated films of the year in France. Yet this buzz won’t be building in cinemas. Wild Bunch announced in April it will premiere the film on VoD in France. The move challenges the territory’s media chronology law that demands a four-month window between cinema and VoD release (and 36 months between theatrical and SVoD). It also means the picture won’t be in cinemas. “France is one of the only countries in the world where it’s against the law to show it on VoD and in the cinema at the same time,” says Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval. “The French media chronology laws are idiotic. They were created prior to the internet age and are anachronistic.” The company plans a $1m promotional campaign, kicking off with an event on the fringes of Cannes Film Festival attended by Ferrara and Depardieu, followed by the VoD
‘The French media chronology laws are idiotic. They were created prior to the internet age and are anachronistic’ Vincent Maraval, Wild Bunch
Other challenges But the move comes at a tough time for the French film industry on a number of fronts. “The cinema industry is always going through change and you just have to keep adapting but there’s been a perfect storm of two economic factors and one structural one over the last 12 months,” says producer Marie Masmonteil of Paris-based Elzevir, who is also president of France’s Syndicate of Independent Producers (SPI). The economic challenges, she says, comprise last year’s 10 million dip in spectators at the box office, to 192.8 million from 203.6 million, and the introduction of a collective
labour accord for crew that has upped production costs at a time when funding is tight. “A number of commercial French films flopped last year, which has made distributors wary of investing in local productions,” says Masmonteil, noting the French share of the market fell to some 31% in 2013 against 41% the year before. “Added to this the ‘collective convention’ has bumped up costs on lower-budget films by $278,000 (¤200,000) to $416,000 (¤300,000). It’s unlikely we would have green-lit any of our recent films under the new accord,” adds Masmonteil, who produced Un Certain Regard opener Party Girl alongside Elzevir partner Denis Carot. French production is down by 50% year on year, adds Masmonteil, who predicts there are 180 to 200 local films to be made this year against some 270 in 2013. Media chronology is also an issue, although she notes it is not so much VoD as SVoD, which is her syndicate’s chief concern. “We’re not so worried about transactional »
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VoD but rather SVoD. We’re lobbying hard for the 36-month window to be retained, rather than reduced to 18 or 24 months as some are suggesting,” she says. “It’s vital the broadcasters come before the streaming services.” Not least, she notes, because pay-TV operator Canal Plus, state channels and private stations such as TF1 and M6 provide some $485.5m (¤350m) worth of finance, while the likes of Netflix and Amazon put nothing into French content. Cinema’s draw Veteran distributor and producer Jean Labadie of Paris-based Le Pacte, meanwhile, doubts Wild Bunch’s initiative will radically change media chronology. “It works for that film because it’s a very particular case and doesn’t involve any French broadcasters,” he says of Welcome To New York, which is produced out of the US. He also holds that the French still love to see films in theatres. “Yes, last year the boxoffice figures were bad but this year they’ve come back. You only need to look at the annual box office which regularly comes close to 200 million spectators to understand we still love cinema,” he says. French cinema has already bounced back this year with a series of hit comedies including Dany Boon’s Superchondriac, which drew more than 5 million spectators, rom-com Serial (Bad) Weddings (Qu’est-ce Qu’on A Fait Au Bon Dieu?), revolving around the theme of multicultural marriages, and found-footage caper Babysitting, which has sold more than 1 million tickets after a slow start. “It’s a $5.5m (¤4m) film that will make $27.7m (¤20m) and we’ve also managed to sell it in a number of territories,” says Olivier Albou of Paris-based sales company Other Angle, which is handling the latter title internationally. “It’s an example of a small, sincere film that has captured the audience’s imagination.”
A bigger cause for concern, says Labadie, is that younger generations are less likely to go to the cinema than they were a decade ago. Studies by the National Cinema Centre (CNC) on audience evolution show cinemagoing in the under-24-year-old demographic is on the wane. In 2012, the six to 10-year-old age bracket went to the cinema on average 3.1 times in the year, against 3.5 in 2011 — this compared with a national average of 5.4 times. Under-25s accounted for 31.5% of the market in 2012, against 43.9% in 1993. The 50-plus demographic increased its share of the market in the same period to 33.2% from 18.2%. “The cinema audience is an increasingly greying one,” says Labadie. “The real challenge for the industry today is how to get younger audiences into the theatre. There are so many distractions. How do we get their attention?” It is a complicated issue to address. The
‘Cinema technology has made films more accessible, more visible and given them a longer life’ Serge Toubiana, Cinématheque Francaise
FRANCE’S BOX-OFFICE REBOUND After a difficult year at the French box office in 2013, in which audiences fell by 10 million, or 5.3%, the market appears to be on the rebound. National Cinema Centre (CNC) figures for the first three months of the year showed an 18.6% increase at the box office for the January 1 to March 31 period year-on-year for a total of 56.3 million admissions. But perhaps the most encouraging news for the French film industry is that the local share of the market came in at an estimated 46.7% in the first quarter of the year, against 40.5% over the same period in 2013. The overall share of the market for French films fell to 33.3% in 2013 against 40.3% in 2012 and 40.9% in 2011. The rebound in the French share of the
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market has been spurred by a series of successful local comedies, led by Dany Boon’s Superchondriac, in which the star plays a fortysomething hypochondriac. The film drew more than 5 million spectators and marks a comeback for the star after the disappointing performance of his last picture, Eyjafjallajokull, in 2013. Other French films drawing local audiences included multiculturalism comedy Serial (Bad) Weddings (Qu’est-ce Qu’on A Fait Au Bon Dieu? ), The Date Coach (Fiston), starring Kev Adams and Franck Dubosc, and The Three Brothers Are Back (Les Trois Freres, Le Retour), a Superchondriac sequel to the 1995 hit The Three Brothers.
French government recently introduced a scheme fixing ticket prices for children at $5.50 (¤4), against a previous tariff of $8 (¤6) to $11 (¤8). Early CNC figures suggest 2.5 million more youngsters went to the cinema in January and February, against the same period in previous years. But the scheme angered distributors, who say it eats into their profits while exhibitors only stand to gain through increased concession sales. “The tariff has helped temporarily but once people get used to it and the novelty is over, its impact will plateau and in the meantime it’s having a big impact on distributors and producers,” says Labadie, who says in the long run it could well discourage the production of lower budget, independent family fare. Ironically, as France’s 120-year passion for the moving image is undergoing one of its biggest mutations in decades, its famed Cinématheque Francaise is hosting an exhibition marking the centenary of its late creator Henri Langlois, a founding father of French cinéphilia. The Cinématheque’s current chief Serge Toubiana is philosophical about the changes afoot. “Whenever we do retrospectives, young people flock to the screenings to see classics they’ve already seen — on TV or their computer — on the big screen,” he says. “There’s still something sacrosanct about the cinema theatre — the atmosphere, the darkness, the thrill, the strangeness... The ritualistic aspect of seeing a film in a cinema.” He acknowledges, however, that the way people are consuming cinema on a day-today basis is changing. “Cinema technology has made films more accessible, more visible and given them a longer life,” he says. “Of course France is a cinephile country. I’m absolutely convinced of that. It’s just that the s way we watch cinema is changing.” ■
Trade secrets Screen profiles the hot new projects available to international buyers for the first time on the Croisette North America By Jeremy Kay Lionsgate International is sailing into
Cannes with Thunder Road and Black Label Media’s action thriller Sicario from red-hot director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies). Emily Blunt plays a special agent on the trail of a crime kingpin who enlists the support of Benicio Del Toro’s shadowy government operative. Lionsgate will distribute in the US. The slate also includes River Road’s The Last Face, a romance to be directed by Sean Penn. Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem will play star-crossed humanitarian doctors in Africa. IM Global is in town with Civilian, an action thriller starring Jackie Chan and produced by Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road. Peter Segal, whose credits include Grudge Match and 50 First Dates, is directing. The company is also handling
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Forsaken (formerly Deserted), which Gravity co-writer Jonas Cuaron directs and is producing with his Oscar-winning father Alfonso. Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan are set to star in the battle of wits between illegal Mexican immigrants and a racist vigilante. Mexico’s prolific Alex Garcia produces and Lava Bear’s David Linde is executive producer. FilmNation is selling the sci-fi project Story Of Your Life, in which Denis Villeneuve will direct Oscar nominee Amy Adams as a linguist summoned after an alien crash-landing. FilmNation and Lava Bear are co-financing the project. Begin Again director John Carney’s Sing Street is a semi-autobiographical story about a teenager growing up in 1980s Dublin. It will feature original music by U2’s Bono and The Edge, who will also be involved in the film. Voltage Pictures is on the Croisette
with Knock Knock, Eli Roth’s sexy psycho-thriller which started shooting in Chile in April. It stars Keanu Reeves as a home-alone husband visited by two beautiful strangers. Also on Voltage’s slate is Breaking Through, an innovative coming-of-age story set in the world of competitive dance. Hyde Park International is showing footage from Skin Trade, an action thriller in which Dolph Lundgren plays a New York cop who teams up with Tony Jaa’s Thai detective to avenge his family’s murder. Hyde Park is also representing Oscar-winning effects wizard Robert Legato’s thriller The Haunting Of Eloise. Chace Crawford and Eliza Dushku will star, Tripp Vinson is producing. Annapurna International is in town to showcase The Hollars, a drama that John Krasinski will direct for Sycamore Pictures and Groundswell. It follows a New Yorker forced to navigate the dys-
functional ways of his Middle America home town when he returns to tend to his ailing mother. The slate also includes Charlize Theron action comedy American Express. QED International’s slate features the drama Time Out Of Mind, in which Richard Gere plays a man down on his luck who ends up on the street. Blue Jasmine producer-financier Edward Walson is on board. Myriad Pictures is kicking off sales on the romantic comedy After The Ball, a Cinderella story set in the world of high fashion. Portia Doubleday, Marc-André Grondin and Chris Noth star and Pacific Northwest Pictures will distribute in Canada. Content is showcasing Amy Berg’s Janis Joplin documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue, which features concert footage and interviews with people who knew » Joplin.
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Gregg Bishop, Nacho Vigalondo, Todd Lincoln, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead contribute segments to a story of fame-obsessed teens who unwittingly become internet stars. eOne’s Quebec-based arthouse subsidiary Seville International is handling Julio Medem’s drama Ma Ma starring Penelope Cruz, which starts shooting this month. Seville Pictures has Spanish rights. Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks International is screening footage from the English-language title Save Oz! 3D. It is produced by Alex Garcia’s Anima Estudios and directed by Alberto Mar, whose credits include Top Cat: The Movie. New Films International is showing 10 minutes of footage of James Franco’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s novel The Sound And The Fury, about the decline of a grand Southern family. Franco stars alongside Seth Rogen, Danny McBride and Tim Blake Nelson. The Exchange is handling The Tank, a horror film about a freaky Mars-mission simulation. It is produced by Glacier Films, the Russian-backed outfit set up a year ago by a group of partners including Hayden Christensen. Insidious producer Steven Schneider is on board and Open Road has US rights. Diamond Pictures is expecting a lot of interest in Jackie Earle Haley’s feature directorial debut Criminal Activities, starring John Travolta and Michael Pitt. The
drama is about former classmates who fall foul of a mobster. Synchronicity Entertainment is starting talks on the supernatural thriller Nightlight, described as an innovative found-footage story about friends who disturb a malevolent force in the woods. Lionsgate has picked up US rights. Bleiberg Entertainment is talking to buyers about Lulu Wang’s romantic drama Posthumous, which stars Jack Huston and Brit Marling alongside Lambert Wilson, the master of ceremonies at this year’s festival. Set in Berlin, the film is about an artist who falls in love with a reporter after he pretends to be dead. The film is in post-production. Inception Media Group is screening the family animation Almost Heroes, about a mechanic and his robot pals who thwart a robot army. Taylor Kitsch, Jen-
nette McCurdy, James Woods and Carla Gugino are among the voice cast. Toronto-based distributor Hussain Amarshi recently launched Mongrel International and is starting sales on Aisling Walsh’s Maudie. Sally Hawkins will star as Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis. Red Sea Media is introducing buyers to About Alex, Jesse Zwick’s recent Tribeca premiere about college friends who reunite over a long weekend. Indie darling Aubrey Plaza and Maggie Grace star in the drama. Screen Media Films has acquired US rights and plans a theatrical/VoD roll-out on August 8. Famous father Ed Zwick is among the producers. Lightning Entertainment is handling sales on the thriller Ask Me Anything, about a young woman whose anonymous blog about her sexual misadventures goes »
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too far. The project features rising star Britt Robertson, who also stars in Warner Bros’ sci-fi Tomorrowland. The rest of the cast includes Justin Long, Christian Slater, Martin Sheen, Robert Patrick and Max Carver. Shoreline Entertainment is commencing talks on The Infinite Man, the SXSW title about a romantic scientist who discovers time travel and traps his lover in a self-repeating loop. Electric Entertainment is talking up the Sundance premiere The Better Angels from frequent Terrence Malick collaborator AJ Edwards. Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley and Braydon Denney star in the little-known story of the young Abraham Lincoln. Continental Media is screening festival favourite Noble in which Sarah Greene plays real-life philanthropist Christina Noble,who overcame a childhood of privation to launch charities in aid of street children. Meyers Media Group will start sales on The B Team, starring John Cleese as the villain in a spy spoof featuring some of the original cast members of Baywatch. AMBI Distribution is handling David Petrucci’s Hope Lost, a sex-trafficking thriller starring Mischa Barton, Danny Trejo, Michael Madsen and Daniel Baldwin. Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg and Ron Livingston star in The End Of The Tour, which Fortitude International is representing. The story charts the relationship that developed when a Rolling Stone reporter accompanied the late novelist David Foster Wallace on a book tour. 108 Media is showcasing The Insect King, a drama starring Melissa George about a teenager and his father who vie for the attentions of the same woman. Double Dutch is in town with the drama 4 Minute Mile, about a student athlete from the inner city who prepares for the race of his life. Kelly Blatz, Richard Jenkins and Cam Gigandet star. Gravitas Ventures holds US rights. VMI Worldwide’s Cannes slate is headed by Hellion, starring Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis and Josh Wiggins. The drama, which premiered at Sundance, is about a wild teen and his emotionally absent father who try to regain custody of the youngest son in the family.
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David Garrett’s Mister Smith is in Cannes with Drake Doremus’s Equals, a futuristic romantic thriller set to star Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult. Written by Nathan Parker, whose credits include Moon, and with Ridley Scott as one of the producers, the project is due to start shooting in Japan and Singapore in August. Mister Smith’s slate also includes Russell Crowe’s directorial debut The Water Diviner and the Jesse Owens biopic Race. Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar’s Embankment Films is on the Croisette with the comedy drama Prima, starring Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard, about a mother who will stop at nothing to realise her daughter’s ballet dreams, and Bryan Bertino horror title There Are Monsters, set to star Elisabeth Moss. Kate Winslet has been joined on Jocelyn Moorhouse’s Australian drama The Dressmaker by Liam Hemsworth, Isla Fisher and Elizabeth Debicki. Protagonist Pictures is introducing
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buyers to Andrea Arnold’s first US-set film American Honey, about ‘mag crews’ — travelling magazine sales crews — and Nick Love’s untitled US project starring Stephen Dorff, about a reluctant superhero. It will also be screening the first footage of James Kent’s period drama Testament Of Youth, produced by BBC Films and David Heyman and starring Alicia Vikander. Harold Van Lier’s eOne International is set to entice buyers with Gavin Hood’s drone-warfare thriller Eye In The Sky, set to star Colin Firth, and John McNamara’s buzz script Trumbo, set to be directed by Jay Roach and star Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren. eOne also has Competition duo Maps To The Stars and The Captive, directed by David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan respectively. HanWay Films is in Cannes with the first footage of three highly anticipated dramas: Todd Haynes’ Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, Rodrigo Garcia’s Last Days In the Desert, starring Ewan McGregor, John Crowley’s Brooklyn and Julian Jarrold’s Girls’ Night Out with Sarah Gadon and Bel Powley.
Alison Thompson’s newly minted Sunray Films is introducing buyers to
Vincent Perez’s Alone In Berlin, Achim von Borries’ English-language adaptation of Hans Fallada’s classic 1947 novel about a couple in the German Resistance in Berlin under the rise of the Nazis. The film’s stellar production team includes former Focus Features CEO James Schamus and Germany’s X-Filme. Thompson is also handling Mike Leigh’s Competition title Mr Turner and Asif Kapadia’s untitled Amy Winehouse documentary. Independent’s Cannes slate includes new family animation A Bollywoof Tale from Racing Stripes director Frederik Du Chau. It will also be showing the first footage of Bill, a family comedy about how ‘Bill’ Shakespeare became William, and Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin’s comedy What We Did On Our Holiday, starring Rosamund Pike and David Tennant. WestEnd Films’ line-up is headed by A Perfect Day, the English-language debut of Fernando Leon De Aranoa in which Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko and Mélanie Thierry star as conflict-zone aid workers. Kanu Behl’s »
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The House At The End Of Time
Un Certain Regard entry Titli tells the story of a young man trying to escape the violent family business in Delhi’s underbelly, while Shira Geffen’s Israeli drama Self Made plays in Critics’ Week. Bankside Films’ Cannes slate includes Michael Petroni thriller Backtrack, starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill, upcoming Steven Shainberg comedydrama The Big Shoe, set to star Kristen Stewart, and X Plus Y, Morgan Matthews’ drama with Asa Butterfield. Salt’s market slate includes comedy Miss You Already, which has new life with director Catherine Hardwicke and actress Rachel Weisz, who joins Toni Collette in the cast. Salt is also handling Paul Hyett’s high-concept horror title The Pool and Northmen: A Viking Saga, which is in post-production ahead of its UK release in October. UMedia is on the Croisette to talk to buyers about former Black List script Sand Castle, set to star Nicholas Hoult, which charts writer Chris Roessner’s 200 missions as a machine gunner in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle. The company is also handling the animation Deep, about an
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adventurous octopus and his two best friends who go on a perilous journey. Altitude Film Sales has international sales rights to John Niven’s adaptation of his own novel Kill Your Friends, a black comedy about life in the music business in the UK in the 1990s, starring Nicholas Hoult. Skins and Black Mirror director Owen Harris is making his feature directorial debut on the project. Altitude is also handling TV-to-screen adaptation Spooks: The Greater Good, a spy thriller directed by Bharat Nalluri and starring Kit Harington, Jennifer Ehle and Peter Firth, now in production, and Directors’ Fortnight title Catch Me Daddy, the feature debut of Daniel Wolfe, a former Screen International UK Star of Tomorrow. For Goldcrest International, Martin Sheen is attached to Andre Ovredal’s thriller The Autopsy Of Jane Doe and Daniel Radcliffe is due to star in Douglas McGrath’s biopic Brooklyn Bridge, to be produced by Christine Vachon. It is also handling the feature documentary Korendal by Restrepo director Sebastian Junger. Metro International is introducing buyers to Joe Stephenson’s Noel Coward
biopic Noel, while UK pop group Spandau Ballet will be in town for the market premiere of George Hencken’s documentary about the band, Soul Boys Of The Western World. Nina Simone biopic Nina is also screening in the market for the first time. Ian Hall’s Genesis Film Sales is launching Jon Drever’s romantic comedy SuperBob starring Catherine Tate and Brett Goldstein, and produced by Robert Jones, and Heidi Greensmith’s drama Winter, executive produced by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and starring Stacy Martin, the break-out star of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac. SC Films is in town with John H Williams-produced Gnome Alone, a 3D family animation, the sci-fi film Tomorrow, and new footage of animation Yellowbird, whose voice cast includes Dakota Fanning, Christine Baranski and Seth Green. Fledgling sales outfit Metrodome International is making its market debut with horror duo White Settlers, about a young couple who move to a remote Scottish farmhouse, and Howl from SFX expert Paul Hyett. It is also handling the revenge thriller The Taking, starring
Victoria Smurfit and Joanne Mitchell. The Works is screening a promo for Swung, a drama about the swingers scene, directed by former Screen International UK Star of Tomorrow Colin Kennedy and starring Elena Anaya, Owen McDonnell and Elizabeth McGovern. High Point is handling Thank You Very Much Mr Eastwood, about the infamous feud between boxing champion Barry McGuigan and his manager Barney Eastwood, and Dean Francis’s Australian drama Drown, about homophobia at a Sydney-based lifesavers club. Celsius is talking to buyers about Patricia Rozema’s apocalyptic drama Into The Forest, starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood, which is due to start shooting this summer, and Ray Lawrence’s Rosa, the Australian director’s much-anticipated follow up to Jindabyne and Lantana. Kaleidoscope Entertainment is in Cannes with sci-fi thriller RPG starring Rutger Hauer, First World War feature No Man’s Land, and the well-received Arab Spring documentary We Are the Giant, which premiered at Sundance. Kaleidoscope has also picked up remaining territories on Ruairi Robinson’s Last Days On Mars. Jinga’s typically robust horror offering includes the well-received FrightFest sequel The Dead II and Alejandro Hidalgo’s The House At The End Of Time, a haunted house title from Venezuela. It is also handling Jeremy Wooding’s comedy western Blood Moon, which is now in post-production. GFM’s Cannes line-up is spearheaded by anticipated Monty Python animation Absolutely Anything, directed by Terry Jones and featuring Simon Pegg and »
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A Cry From Within
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Kate Beckinsale, as well as the voice talents of Jones, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Eric Idle. Timeless is showcasing Robodog, featuring the voices of Ron Perlman and Chris Colfer, and The Legend Of UnderZoo, in which four animals unite in search of a mythical treasure to save their devastated zoo. New to Parkland Pictures’ slate are romantic drama Secret Love, which will star UK singer-songwriter Duffy and the romantic comedy Scrum Like It Hot, written and directed by Niall Johnson. Goalpost Film is continuing the push on the feature version of Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip To Italy and will be introducing buyers to Neil Armfield’s Australian love story Holding The Man. Documentary specialist Dogwoof is handling Alex Gibney’s Finding Fela, about musician Fela Kuti, and Hot Docs titles Advanced Style, about seven inspirational women aged over 60 and living in New York. It is also representing 112 Weddings about a videographer who has filmed 112 weddings. Maura Ford of 7 & 7 Sales is introducing buyers to two horror titles: Zach Miller and Deborah Twiss’s A Cry From Within, starring Eric Roberts, and Blair Erickson’s Banshee Chapter. The compa-
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ny’s slate also includes Peter Domankiewicz’s Tea & Sangria, about a hapless Englishman who abandons his life in the UK for his Spanish girlfriend. Moviehouse’s slate includes two animations: The Hero Of Colour City, about a gang of crayons, and A Giant Adventure, in which a 12 year-old stumbles on a hidden world where he discovers a giant. Carnaby’s market slate includes Ataturk, the biopic of iconic Turkish statesman Kemal Ataturk, which has renowned DoP Vilmos Zsigmond attached, the family comedy Tom Thumb and Paul Tanter’s crime drama The Rise Of The Krays. Manifest Film Sales is in Cannes with Reagan, a biopic of the late US president, scripted by Space Cowboys’ Howard Klausner and set to star Jon Voigt. Park Entertainment is showcasing the mixed martial-arts documentary Enter The Jungle, narrated by and featuring rapper Ice T, Craig Newland’s 3 Mile Limit, a drama about the New Zealand music scene in the 1960s and Robert Rice’s thriller Dead Of Winter, featuring footballer John Carew. Saradan Media will screen actionthriller Viktor, in which Gérard Depardieu plays a father who avenges his son’s death. Elizabeth Hurley co-stars in Philippe Martinez’s Russia-set feature.
France By Melanie Goodfellow Wild Bunch launches pre-sales on a slew
of international titles including the sequel Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, Paul Verhoeven’s untitled raperevenge thriller, Gaspar Noé’s sexual melodrama Love, Abdellatif Kechiche’s Tunisia-set The Real Wound, the remake of Maniac Cop, and Arnaud Desplechin’s Three Memories Of Childhood. It is also selling Mark Osborne’s animated take on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s story The Little Prince, and Kim Farrant’s Australian outback drama Strangerland, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugo Weaving. Of the Competition titles, Wild Bunch is handling Michel Hazanavicius’s The Search and JeanPierre and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night. It is also screening Abel Ferrara’s controversial Welcome To New York in the market for the first time, MK2 , which is handling Naomi Kawase’s Japanese Palme d’Or contender Still The Water, is set to announce her next project as well as that of compatriot Kiyoshi Kurosawa. It is also unveiling the first images of Christophe Honoré’s Metamorphoses, a contemporary retelling of Ovid’s classic work. Further films in the
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pipeline include Robert Guédiguian’s Don’t Tell Me The Boy Was Mad and Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s Wondrous Boccaccio. It also handles Olivier Assayas’s Clouds Of Sils Maria, which gets a Special Screening. StudioCanal will promo-reel powerful first images from Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth as well as family film Paddington. It will also launch sales on Brian Helgeland’s thriller Legend about the Kray twins, starring Tom Hardy, and Julien Neel’s Lou!, an adaptation of his comic book about a 12-year-old and her young single mum, played by Ludivine Sagnier. Indie Sales is beginning sales on Voyage En Chine, starring Yolande Moreau as a nurse who sets off for China to recover the body of her dead son, and Joachim Lafosse’s The White Knights, which takes inspiration from the Zoe’s Ark affair that saw French aid workers were arrested in Chad on child abduction charges. SND is showcasing Yann Gozlan’s psychological drama A Perfect Man, starring Pierre Niney as a writer who rips off a dead soldier’s diary as his own work, and is showing the first promo reels for Frédéric Tellier’s serial-killer thriller SK1, La Traque De Guy Georges and Eric Lartigau’s La Famille Bélier. It is also selling »
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Love At First Fight
Fabrice du Welz’s Alleluia in Directors’ Fortnight. Gaumont is launching sales on comedies Takeaway Romance and The Grad Job. It will also premiere promos for Régis Wargnier’s The Gate, starring Raphael Personnaz as a French ethnologist who was seized by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, and Samba, the latest film from Intouchables duo Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, which stars Omar Sy and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Aside from Palme d’Or contenders Saint Laurent and The Homesman, EuropaCorp will kick off sales on Richard Wenk’s navy seal thriller The Lake and the 3D martial-arts tale Warrior’s Gate, a co-production with Chinese Fundamental Films. Urban Distribution International is handling sales on Insecure, starring Adele Exarchopoulos, which is playing in the ACID section, and also promo-reeling the Peter Mullan-starrer Hec McAdam and pre-sell Oliver Hermanus’s South Africa-set The Endless River. TF1 International will continue sales on Frédéric Auburtin’s FIFA football drama United Passions, which premieres in a Cinema de la Plage screening in the presence of Gérard Depardieu, Sam Neill and Tim Roth. It is also premiering Once In A Lifetime about an inner city teacher,
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and showing the first images of Francois Favrat’s Boomerang. The company is handling the French hit Serial (Bad) Weddings, which has drawn more than 5 million spectators in France. Alpha Violet’s slate features Ukrainian Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s Critics’ Week screener The Tribe (Plemya), and new acquisitions that include Fred Nicolas’s Max & Lenny, co-written with The Class author Francois Bégaudeau, which is about two teenage girls in Marseille. Bac Films is on the Croisette with a trio of festival titles: Pablo Fendrik’s rainforest thriller El Ardor, which is in Special Screenings, Philippe Lacote’s Un Certain Regard film Run and romantic comedy Love At First Fight in Directors’ Fortnight. It is also holding invitationonly screenings for Vincent Mariette’s Fool Circle (Tristesse Club). The Coproduction Office is selling two Un Certain Regard titles: Austrian Jessica Hausner’s Amour Fou, a romantic comedy based on the suicide of poet Heinrich von Kleist in 1811; and Ruben Ostlund’s Swedish family ski drama Force Majeure. Doc & Film International is screening extracts of Phantom Boy, by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, whose credits include the Oscar-nominated A Cat In Paris. The company is handling Italian
director Stefano Savona’s La Route Des Samouni, which follows a family in Gaza. Doc & Film also has Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait in Official Selection, and Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery in Directors’ Fortnight. Films Distribution is selling the festival titles Bird People, screening in Un Certain Regard, as well as Céline Sciamma’s Directors’ Fortnight opener Girlhood and Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz’s Gett, The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem, also in Directors’ Fortnight. The company’s recent acquisitions include SXSW hit Housebound, and it is screening promoreel footage of Francois Ozon’s upcoming The New Girlfriend. Kinology is introducing Antoine Bardou-Jacquet’s Moonwalkers to buyers. The film stars Ron Perlman as a CIA agent sent to London to make contact with Stanley Kubrick. Rupert Grint costars. The company has also picked up American-Iranian Ana Lily Amirpour’s Girl Walks Home Alone At Night about a chador-clad vampire, and is also handling Stephanie Valloatto’s Cartoonists:
Foot Soldiers Of Democracy in Official Selection. Memento Films International is showing the first footage of Still Alice, which stars Julianne Moore as a professor prematurely suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The company also has a script available for Jason Lew’s The Free World, starring Cillian Murphy as a wrongly convicted prisoner. Memento is handling Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or contender Winter Sleep and Diego Lerman’s Refugiado in Directors’ Fortnight. Le Pacte is screening footage from Cédric Khan’s Wild Life, starring Mathieu Kassovitz as a father on the run with his two sons, and Thomas Salvador’s fantasy drama Vincent. It is also handling festival titles Hippocrates, which closes Critics’ Week, Nadav Lapid’s The Kindergarten Teacher (Critics’ Week Special Screening), John Boorman’s Queen And Country (Directors’ Fortnight), Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s Salt Of The Earth (Un Certain Regard) and Abderrahmane Sissako’s Palme d’Or contender Timbuktu. »
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Elle Driver will begin sales on Benoit Jacquot’s Diary Of A Chambermaid remake starring Léa Seydoux, and reveal first images of the director’s latest film 3 Hearts. It will also world premiere Audrey Dana’s French Women starring Isabelle Adjani, Laetitia Casta and Vanessa Paradis. The company is handling Djinn Carrénard’s Critics’ Week opener Faire L’Amour and André Téchiné’s In The Name Of My Daughter. Other Angle Pictures is handling Asia Argento’s melodrama Misunderstood, (Incompresa) starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Israeli director Keren Yedaya’s family drama That Lovely Girl, both of which premiere in Un Certain Regard. The company is also representing Hilla Medalia’s documentary The Go-Go Boys, about legendary Israeli producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Glo-
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bus, which premieres in Cannes Classics. Genre specialist WTFilms is focusing on sci-fi thriller Debug and Arab action film Gates Of The Sun starring Mike Tyson. The company is launching a new documentary arm with La Bare about a male strip club and Korea, an exploration of North Korea by writer Yann Moix. Pathé International is beginning sales on Paolo Sorrentino’s English-language Youth (La Giovinezza), starring Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel and Paul Dano, as well as Piero Messina’s Sicily-set The Wait (L’Attesa) starring Juliette Binoche, and Seasons, the newest natural history documentary from Jacques Perrin. It is continuing sales on Sarah Gavron’s UK title Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, and is handling Matthew Warchus’s comedy Pride, which is closing Directors’ Fortnight.
Wild Management is launching 10 new pick-ups in the market including Finland director Arto Halonen’s dark doping-themed comedy A Patriotic Man and Natalie Saracco’s debut feature The Maneater. Les Films du Losange is showcasing Philippe Claudel’s gritty drama Childhood and Barbet Schroeder’s Ibiza-set Amnesia. It is also handling Wang Chao’s Un Certain Regard title Fantasia and Tony Gatlif ’s Geronimo, which is a Special Screening. Versatile is selling Colombian director Franco Lolli’s Critics’ Week title Gente De Bien about a young boy spending Christmas with a wealthy client of his carpenter father. Rezo’s market slate is headed by Peter Sattler’s Sundance hit Camp X-Ray, starring Kristen Stewart, and Léa Fazer’s
Maestro, starring Michael Lonsdale as an elderly director. It is also handling Yves Jeuland’s documentary Les Gens Du Monde, which is screening in Official Selection. Pyramide International is selling Un Certain Regard opener Party Girl, about an elderly nightclub hostess who wants to retire, and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Competition title Leviathan about a garage owner who decides to stand up to local corruption. It is also handling Julie Lopes-Curval’s High Society and Alix Delaporte’s The Last Hammer Blow, which are in post-production. Reel Suspects is starting pre-sales on the German Angst horror trilogy featuring works from Jorg Buttgereit, Andreas Marschall and Michal Kosakowski. It is also handling three other new titles: Matthew Berkowitz’s Wild In Blue, Romain Basset’s Fievre, about a girl trapped between reality and her nightmares, starring Catriona MacColl and singer Murray Head, and Maartje Seyferth and Victor Nieuwenhuijs’s Cat And Mouse. Capricci Films is selling its latest production Eat Your Bones, set against the backdrop of France’s traveller community, which is premiering in Directors’ Fortnight. Funny Balloons will be talking to buyers about Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kervern’s NDE: Near Death Experience starring Michel Houellebecq. The company will also screen footage of Laurent Cantet’s Return To Ithaca, Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini and Chilean Sebastian Silva’s Nasty Baby. Alfama Films is handling Mathieu Amalric’s The Blue Room, an adaptation of a novel by French crime-writer Georges Simenon about a love affair that takes a murderous turn, which is premiering in Un Certain Regard. Alfama is also giving buyers a sneak preview of Michael Sturminger’s Casanova Variations, starring John Malkovich as the Italian womaniser Giacomo Casanova.
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A Second Chance
A Golden Boy
Italy By Melanie Goodfellow
Pupi Avati’s Golden Boy — about the son of a B-movie screenwriter, who makes his living as a copywriter and dreams of one day writing something brilliant and authentic — is making its market debut at Cannes for Rai Trade. The company is also starting pre-sales on Cristina Comencini’s romantic comedy Latin Lover, about an actor who has had five daughters with five different mothers, and Sebastiano Riso’s Darker Than Midnight (Piu Buio Di Mezzanotte). The film is inspired by the real-life story of one of Italy’s best-known drag queens, Fuxia (aka Davide Capone), and is premiering in Critics’ Week. Intramovies is screening Czech director Andrea Sedlackova’s Fair Play for the first time to buyers. It is about a talented sprinter who is secretly doped by her coaches after she decides not to enhance her performance with steroids. The company is also screening the first footage of Fernando Muraca’s Land Of Saints about a young female magistrate who is transferred to Sicily and considers removing the children of Mafia bosses from their families to forcibly break the code of omerta, or silence. The film is in postproduction. The fledgling outfit Coccinelle Film
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Placement, which made its debut at Ber-
lin with documentaries, is breaking into fiction with first-time director Francesca Muci’s romance Love Is Not Perfect, starring Anna Foglietta and produced by Ferzan Ozpetek’s R&C Produzioni. It is also handling Russian director Viktor Shamirov’s comedy The Game Of Truth, and Andrea Segre’s documentary Undue Debt, which explores the Greek financial crisis through the eyes of a musician journeying across the country. Adriana Chiesa Enterprises (ACE) is continuing sales on Roberto Faenza’s English-language Anita B., about a young Auschwitz survivor trying to rebuild her life after the war. It is also handling Andrea Segre’s First Snowfall, about the friendship between an immigrant and a young local boy in the Italian Alps, which is screening for the first time at Cannes. The company also has footage for Water And Sugar, a documentary about cinematographer Carlo Di Palma. The Open Reel has picked up Argentinian directors Rocio Caliri and Melina Marcow’s Announce Earthquakes, which is set in an Argentinian town hit by a wave of teenage suicides. It is also screening Mickael Abbate, Domiziano Cristopharo and Tiziano Martella’s portmanteau film Phantasmagoria, comprising three short films revolving around the supernatural.
Germany, Benelux, Hungary and the Nordic region By Geoffrey Macnab
With Lars von Trier reportedly about to announce a new project and the western Salvation in official selection, Scandinavian powerhouse TrustNordisk is expecting a busy Cannes. The company has snapped up sales rights to Norwegian comedy Here Is Harold, which it will be selling for the first time in the market (the film was acquired at Gothenburg’s Work In Progress sidebar). TrustNordisk CEO Rikke Ennis describes the film, about a furniture salesman battling with IKEA, as a quirky drama in the vein of Hans Petter Moland’s work. TrustNordisk is having a closed buyers’ screening of a promo reel of Susanne Bier’s new drama A Second Chance. Meanwhile, the company is also screening first footage of The Shamer’s Daughter, a $9m fantasy adventure based on Lene Kaaberbol’s bestselling Scandinavian fantasy franchise The Shamer Chronicles. The company is also introducing buyers to Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune, expected to launch in the autumn. Fellow Scandinavian major Svensk is continuing pre-sales on 1864 — the feature and TV epic directed by Ole
Bornedal and produced by Miso Film. Also being pre-sold by Svensk is comedy Borning, about an illegal car race from Oslo to the North Cape, and Heaven On Earth, the sequel to box-office hit As It Is In Heaven. Svensk’s new, completed films include Colin Nutley’s comedy Medicine and Nils Gaup’s thriller Glass Dolls. LevelK is introducing buyers to topical feature documentary Drone, which looks at the CIA drone programme and explores how pilots are recruited at a very young age at gaming conventions. It is also screening Stephen Lance’s English-language My Mistress, starring Emmanuelle Béart, in advance of its official world premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival later this year. LevelK is also pre-selling Silent Heart, a drama from double Palme d’Or winner Bille August. Also new to its slate is Ben Chessell’s Australian drama Sucker which stars Timothy Spall as a mentor to a Chinese-Australian 18-year-old girl. Yellow Affair is holding closed screenings of Kasimir Burgess’s Fell and JP Valkeapaa’s They Have Escaped, both in post-production. Austrian outfit Autlook is screening the feature version of The New Rijksmuseum, Oeke Hoogendijk’s epic documentary about the multi-million euro renovation of Amsterdam’s Rijksmu» seum, for the first time to buyers.
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Dutch sales company Mountain Road is looking to capitalise on the huge local and festival success of Regret! (Spijt!), Dave Schram’s adaptation of Carry Slee’s novel. There is strong interest in German and Scandinavian remake rights. From Spain, Vicente Canales of Film Factory has high expectations for Competition entry Wild Tales, co-produced by the Almodovars’ El Deseo in Spain and K&S in Argentina. Film Factory is also giving a big international push to romantic comedy Spanish Affair, a runaway local box-office hit in Spain that has racked up 8 million admissions. Meanwhile, Canales is pre-selling action movie Toro from director Kike Maillo and starring Mario Casas and Luis Tosar. 6 Sales is giving a market premiere to 3D horror picture Darker Than Night and to comedy Cantinflas starring Michael Imperioli. It is also hosting the first market screening of Desert Dancer, starring Freida Pinto. Fellow Spanish sales company Imagina is screening Traces Of Sandalwood (working title), starring Nadita Das. Filmax has the first footage in Cannes from latest genre picture Summer Camp, now in post-production, and also has material from [REC 4]: Apocalypse,
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which is likely to be in cinemas in time for Halloween. Another of the company’s genre pictures, Sweet Home, is now in pre-production. Latido is looking to capitalise on World Cup fever with its market premiere of feature documentary Maracanazo: The Football Legend, which looks back at the 1950 World Cup when Uruguay defied huge odds to beat the host country Brazil in one of the biggest upsets in football history. Newly active Benelux sales agent T Films, based in Luxembourg, is giving a market premiere to Dick Maas’s genre thriller Quiz and to the new version of US indie drama Syrup starring Amber Heard. Through Asian genre company Elixir, Kevin Williams is selling The Little Match Murder Girl, directed by Naoyuki Tomomatsu, whose credits include Vampire Girl Vs Frankenstein Girl. Williams is also handling pre-sales on Killer Mermaid, the latest title from the same director. Corsan, the producer, sales outfit and Belgian tax shelter specialist, is finally giving a market premiere to Roland Joffé’s long- gestating The Lovers (aka Singularity) and will be continuing to pre-sell Lee Tamahori’s Emperor, now in
pre-production and with Adrien Brody heading the cast. From Germany, Beta Cinema is showcasing local hit family adventure Bibi & Tina, and Michael ‘Bully’ Herbig’s Buddy, “a screwball action romantic comedy” in the words of Beta’s Thorsten Ritter. ARRI Worldsales is in town with the German family film Pettson And Findus — A Little Nuisance, A Great Friendship, which mixes live action and animation, and The Whole Shebang, the latest feature from Doris Dörrie. The Match Factory is on the Croisette with a bulging slate that includes Hungarian auteur Kornel Mundruczo’s White God. The company is also selling Alice Rohrwacher’s second feature, Competition title The Wonders, UK director Andrew Hulme’s debut feature Snow In Paradise, which is screening in Un Certain Regard, and Tribeca success Zero Motivation by first-time director Talya Lavie. The sales arm of the Hungarian Film Fund is introducing buyers to a raft of new titles, among them Szabolcs Hajdu’s neo-western Mirage, Bence Miklauzic’s Car Park, a drama about a feud for a parking space, and Virag Zomboracz’s Afterlife, a comedy drama about a son and his father’s ghost.
recent acquisition The Great Hypnotist, directed by Leste Chen and produced by Wanda Media, which recently grossed $22m on its opening weekend in China. Wanda is handling Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asian territories on the film, an atmospheric mystery thriller starring Xu Zheng (Lost In Thailand) and Karen Mok. Wanda is one of a growing number of mainland Chinese studios attending Cannes this year in addition to industry veterans Huayi Brothers and Distribution Workshop, the Hong Kong-based sales arm of China’s Bona Film Group. Beijing Galloping Horse , which attended Cannes for the first time last year with John Woo’s The Crossing, returns this year with a fresh slate including an as-yet-untitled romantic drama directed by Zhang Yibai. Huayi Brothers’ slate includes Pang Ho Cheung’s romantic comedy Women Who Flirt, Gu Changwei’s Love On The Cloud and Mabel Cheung and Alex Law’s $12m historical drama A Tale Of Three Cities, starring Tang Wei and Lau Ching Wan. Distribution Workshop is unveiling two titles directed by Derek Yee: 3D martial-arts drama Sword Master, produced by Tsui Hark and starring Lin Gengxin, and drama I Am Somebody, which goes behind the scenes at China’s Hengdian World Studios. Among Hong Kong companies, Edko Films is selling Ann Hui’s The Golden Era, a biopic of Chinese writer Xiao Hong starring Tang Wei, and is also handling Asia and Americas on Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem and Southeast Asian territories for Zhang Yimou’s out of competition title Coming Home. Emperor Motion Pictures is in Cannes »
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with Teddy Chen’s action thriller Kung Fu Jungle, starring Donnie Yen, while Media Asia is launching sales on Lawrence Cheng’s romantic comedy Break Up 100, starring Ekin Cheng and Chrissie Chau. Golden Network Asia is introducing Korean found-footage thriller Live TV. We Distribution is in town with Peter Ho-sun Chan’s next project as director, Qin Ai De Xiao Hai (literal translation: Dear Children), about child kidnapping, which is in production with Zhao Wei, Huang Bo and Tong Dawei heading the cast. New titles on the slate of Universe Films Distribution include James Yuen’s Paris Holiday, starring Louis Koo and Fiona Sit, and Adrian Kwan’s drama Little Big Master, starring Miriam Yeung and produced by Benny Chan. Mega-Vision Project Workshop has three projects in pre-production: Wong Jing will direct From Vegas To Macau 2, starring Chow Yun-fat, and The Golden Monk, with Louis Koo, while Law Wing Cheong directs King Of Drug Dealers, starring Nick Cheung. Mei Ah Entertainment also has several projects in pre-production, including Soi Cheang’s sci-fi action thriller Unforgotten and Joe Ma’s fantasy thriller On Fallen Wings. Pegasus Motion Pictures is relaunching sales on $36m martial-arts sequel Ip Man 3, reuniting director Wilson Yip and star Donnie Yen. Bravo Pictures, founded by former Media Asia sales executive Ricky Tse, is making its Cannes debut with Pang Ho Cheung’s Aberdeen. And Taiwanese sales agent Ablaze Image is selling Black & White: The Dawn Of Justice, the sequel to Tsai Yuehhsun’s 2012 action hit. As usual, Korean companies have a strong presence on the Croisette. CJ Entertainment is selling two titles in Cannes’ Official Selection: July Jung’s A Girl At My Door (Un Certain Regard) and Point Blank remake The Target (out of competition), along with 3D thriller omnibus Mad Sad Bad, directed by Ryoo Seung-wan, Han Ji-seung and Kim Tae-yong. Finecut is introducing three new
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titles: period drama Chronicle Of A Blood Merchant, directed by and starring Ha Jung-woo; Oh Ki-hwan’s romantic comedy Fashion King; and Park Gyu-tek’s 3D horror The Tunnel. New titles on Showbox’s slate include Yoo Ha’s 1970s-set gangster drama Gangnam Blues and Jang Jin’s culture clash comedy We Are Brothers. Lotte Entertainment has several new titles, including Lee Seok-hoon’s action adventure The Pirates and Jang Jin’s action drama Man On High Heels, about a transsexual cop. M-Line Distribution is launching sales on suspense drama Whistle Blower, directed by Yim Soon-rye, along with 3D documentary The Kingdom Of Bugs, directed by Kim Jin-man (Pengi And Sommi). 9ers Entertainment is introducing
Boo Ji-young’s social drama Cart and Oh In-chun’s horror Mourning Grave, about a psychic schoolboy. Among the Japanese companies, Nikkatsu is launching sales on Yakuza Apocalypse, Takashi Miike’s return to hardcore genre film-making, while Shochiku is introducing Mother, the directorial debut of manga artist Kazuo Umezu. Gaga Corporation is selling the longawaited two-part sequel to Keishi Otomo’s 2012 smash hit Rurouni Kenshin and is also handling Asian territories on Tetsuya Nakashima’s The World Of Kanako, while Wild Bunch handles the rest of the world. Toho is selling Parasyte Part 1, the first instalment in a two-part adaptation of the 1990s manga, directed by Takashi Yamazaki (The Eternal Zero), while NTV is introducing Yu Irie’s Second World
War action thriller Joker Game. Toei will be launching sales on Taiwanese director Chiang Hsiu Chiung’s The Furthest End Awaits, a drama set on Japan’s scenic coastline, and Isao Yukisada’s JapanChina co-production Five Minutes To Tomorrow. Thai companies will also be out in force at Cannes. Sahamongkol Film International is launching two new action titles: Kongkiat Khonsiri’s Khun Pan, starring Ananda Everingham as the eponymous Thai detective, and Vengeance Of An Assassin, which brings a host of Thai martial artists together in a fightfest directed by Panna Rittikrai. Five Star Production is launching sales on two new horror titles in pre-production: Isara Nadee’s O.T., a spin-off from its popular 3AM series, and Pawat s Panangkasiri’s Ghost Coins 3D. n
MARKET SCREENINGS Directed by Mathieu Roy With Marcel Sabourin (Lillies, Jesus of Montréal), Roy Dupuis (The Barbarian Invasions, Nikita, Shake Hands with the Devil), Émile Proulx-Cloutier (For the Love of God).
Two brothers must come to terms with their ageing father’s progressing dementia.
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A film by Ismaël Saidi With François Arnaud (The Borgias, I Killed my Mother), Reda Chebchoubi (Protéger et servir), Eddy King (Comedian) and Guylaine Tremblay (Mourning Anna).
Short of cash and wanting to open a café, three friends reinvent themselves as high end escorts to attain their dream.
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A film by Yan Lanouette Turgeon With Roy Dupuis (The Barbarian Invasions, Nikita, Shake Hands with the Devil), Remo Girone (La Piovra, Heaven), Fanny Mallette (Continental, 7 Days), Quebec rap star Samian and Victoria Zinny (Viridiana – Palme d’or, Cannes).
A young native, a street thug, an old Italian immigrant and a dishonoured doctor’s paths cross as they try to escape the clutches of the Chinese Triads.
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Black & White: The Dawn Of Justice Dir Tsai Yueh-hsun The 3D sequel to Tsai Yueh-hsun’s 2012 action hit Black & White: The Dawn Of The Assault is currently in post-production for an autumn release. Mark Chao and Huang Bo resume their roles with the addition of mainland star Lin Gengxin. Co-produced by Prajna Works Entertainment, Beijing Hualu Baina Film & TV and Gravity Pictures, the $15m film was made with an international team including French VFX house BUF (The Grandmaster) and stunt co-ordinator Jack Gill (Fast & Furious 5), who choreographed the action sequences. Contact Ablaze Image, June Wu firstname.lastname@example.org
Café. Waiting. Love Dir Chiang Jin-lin
Buzz titles Taiwan Taiwanese film-makers face the dilemma of whether to target the territory’s strong local market or the burgeoning Chinese mainland audience. Liz Shackleton profiles some of the key titles available at the Cannes Marché
aiwanese cinema has experienced a renaissance in recent years, with local audiences turning out en masse to support a wide range of films from the romantic dramas and comedies for which the island is famous to biggerbudget fare such as Umin Boya’s recent hit KANO, a sports-themed drama produced by Wei Te-sheng. However, Taiwanese producers face the same dilemma as their counterparts in Hong Kong — whether to focus on their relatively small domestic market or cater to the vast mainland China market — but with added sensitivities due to the two country’s disagreement about Taiwan’s political status. Some of the biggest homegrown hits are firmly focused on local audiences — films such as Din Tao: Leader Of The Parade, David Loman and this year’s Chinese New Year hit Twa Tiu Tiann revolve around local culture and humour and use Taiwan’s own dialect of Chinese, rather than Mandarin.
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Other productions, such as Doze Niu’s Love and Tsai Yueh-hsun’s Black & White: The Dawn Of The Assault, have successfully travelled to the mainland and other Asian territories. Often these films feature mainland stars — Vicky Zhao Wei starred in Love and Huang Bo in Black & White and its sequel. Benefitting from the warmer trade relationship between China and Taiwan, Taiwanese movies can bypass mainland import quotas under the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), but only 10 mainland films a year are allowed into Taiwan. After a strong showing in Berlin, which premiered Tsai Mingliang’s Journey To The West, Midi Z’s Ice Poison and Cho Li’s Rice Bomber, Taiwan does not have any features in Cannes selection. But as the list here reveals, a mix of arthouse and genre projects are in the s pipeline for later in the year. ■
Giddens Ko has adapted his own novel and executive produced this romantic comedy, which marks the directorial debut of Chiang Jin-lin, his assistant director on You Are The Apple Of My Eye. The story revolves around a student who finds love and friendship while working as a waitress in a café. The cast includes Vivian Sung, Megan Lai, Bruce and Marcus Chang, while Vivian Chow makes a guest appearance as the café owner. Currently in post-production, the film is produced by Adam Tsuei’s Amazing Film Studio, Angie Chai’s Star Ritz Productions and Ko’s Fist Of Fear Co. Contact Amazing Film Studio, Carrie Ao email@example.com
Dir Hou Hsiao-hsien Hou Hsiao-hsien’s highly anticipated first foray into the martial-arts genre wasn’t ready in time for Cannes, but is now in post-production after shooting on and off for the past four years. Set during the Tang Dynasty, the film stars Shu Qi as an assassin who questions her loyalties when she is ordered to kill the man she was supposed to wed. Chang Chen and Tsumabuki Satoshi also star. The $15m film is produced by Taiwan’s SPOTfilms and China’s Sil Metropole Organization. Contact Wild Bunch, Olivier Barbier obarbier@ wildbunch.eu (Left) Exit
Dir Hsiang Chienn Acclaimed Taiwanese actress Chen Shiang-chyi (Stray Dogs, Soul) plays a lonely middle-aged woman who becomes involved with a severely injured man while taking care of her mother-inlaw in the hospital. The film marks the directorial debut of Hsiang Chienn, DoP on several successful Taiwanese films including Blue Gate Crossing and Zone Pro Site. It recently received its world premiere at Hong Kong International Film Festival and will screen at Taipei Film Festival in June. Contact MM Square Co, Zara Lin firstname.lastname@example.org
The Losers Dir Lou Yi-an Lou Yi-an’s second feature follows a man who returns home with the intention of becoming a farmer, but finds his dreams »
With no way to live a traditional lifestyle in his Aboriginal community, aging Charlie struggles to make his own way in life. His 14th film and the 4th to premiere in official selection at Cannes, de Heer collaborates again with legendary actor David Gulpilil to create a moving tale about contemporary Aboriginal culture, a subject close to his heart. Market ScreeningS: May 17 / 16:00 May 18 / 9:30 (Private Buyers Screenings)
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After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself plagued by disturbing visions and the inescapable sense that something is following her. An artful, genre-bending work of horror from David Robert Mitchell, whose debut The Myth of the American Sleepover premiered at Critics’ Week in 2010 and was widely distributed. Market ScreeningS: May 18 / 14:00 / Palais I May 19 / 13:30 / Riviera 4
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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 “Well-crafted, tightly controlled and emotionally probing.” – The Hollywood Reporter “An insightful, moving romance for the technology age.” - Indiewire Market ScreeningS: May 15 / 15:30 / Palais J May 16 / 13:30 / Palais J May 17 / 13:30 / Riviera 4
16-year-old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons. “Boast[s] breakout talent both in front of and behind the camera.” – Variety “52 Tuesdays feels highly personal and is never less than absorbing or sincere.” – The Hollywood Reporter “A remarkably assured and striking debut.” – Screen Daily Market Screening: May 15 / 9:45 / Palais G
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A young teacher fleeing an unfounded criminal charge goes on the run with an orphaned girl who is searching for her long-lost grandmother.
The professional and personal life of a sexual surrogate begin to unravel when she starts working with a new client.
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shattered because property developers have taken over his small hometown in southern Taiwan. Like Cho Li’s Berlin Panorama title The Rice Bomber, The Losers tackles the impact of big business and globalisation on Taiwan’s rural society. Lou’s first feature, Taipei-set A Place Of One’s Own (2009), won three prizes including the audience award at Taipei Film Festival. The Losers received its world premiere at this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival.
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Meeting Dr Sun Dir Yee Chih-yen Yee’s first film since his award-winning Blue Gate Crossing in 2002, this comedy drama revolves around two teenage boys, both intelligent but from poor families, who separately set out to steal their school’s bronze statue of Dr Sun Yat-sen. Produced by Lee Lieh’s One Production Film Co, the film is in postproduction for an August release through Warner Bros Taiwan. The cast is headed by newcomers Zhan Huai-yun and Wei Han-ting. Contact Ablaze Image, June Wu firstname.lastname@example.org
Paradise In Service Dir Doze Niu Ethan Juan, Wan Qian and Chen Jianbin star in this wartime romantic drama, written and directed by Doze Niu whose credits include gangster drama Monga and romantic drama Love. The story fol-
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lows a twenty-something from southern Taiwan who is drafted to serve in the military on the remote island of Kinmen, which is closer to mainland China than Taiwan. Produced by Taiwan’s Atom Cinema and Beijing-based Huayi Brothers, the film is currently in post-production for release in September through Warner Bros Taiwan.
ing Taipei Film Festival. Touch Of The Light, about blind piano prodigy Huang Yu-siang, won several awards including best new director at the Golden Horse Awards in 2012.
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Partners In Crime Dir Chang Jung-chi The second narrative feature from Chang Jung-chi (Touch Of The Light) revolves around three high-school boys who decide to investigate the death of another classmate by finding her missing diary. Produced by Jet Tone Films’ Jacky Pang and Double Edge Entertainment’s Wolf Chen, the film is set to receive its world premiere at the upcom-
of the director’s films before moving into the ad industry. Contact Chinese Shadows, Isabelle Glachant firstname.lastname@example.org
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Currently in pre-production, Cheng Wentang’s crime drama Silence tackles issues of social justice through the story of a cop investigating the death of a property mogul. Produced by Taiwan’s Joint Entertainment International and Dreamosa Film, the project took part in last year’s Golden Horse Film Project Promotion and is scheduled to shoot this summer. Cheng’s debut feature Somewhere Over The Dreamland (2002) won the Critics’ Week Award at the Venice film festival. His most recent feature Tears (2007) screened at Busan and Karlovy Vary.
The feature debut of commercials director and Edward Yang protégé Wang Weiming, (Sex) Appeal tells the story of a young girl who leaves home to study music and is pressured into becoming the mistress of her music teacher. Currently in post-production, the film is produced by Hsu Hsiao-ming’s Coolie Films in association with Isabelle Glachant’s Chinese Shadows. Kuo Tsai-chieh, Leon Dai and Vivian Hsu head the cast. Wang was assistant director on Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day and acted in some
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HASTE FILMS AND SHINTO PRODUCTIONS PRESENT AN OREN CARMI FILM ‘GOLDBERG & EISENBERG’ STARRING YITZAK LAHOR YAHAV GAL RONI DOTAN ERAN BOHEM ORI HALEVY EYAL KENTOV ART DIRECTOR DINA KORNVEITZ TAMARA GLESER ORIGINAL MUSIC BRUNO GRIFE ADDITIONAL MUSIC HOD MOSHONOV SOUND DESIGNER TOMER ELIAV DANIEL KEYSARY DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY IDO BAR-ON PRODUCERS OREM CARMI URI LEVANON WRITER & DIRECTOR OREN CARMI
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We ask film festival regulars
‘What are your Cannes rituals?’ “I go to Monoprix on the first day and meet all the industry people with their caddies full of bottles — like mine! It’s the best way to first see people. Once you’ve queued in a Monoprix with someone, you can’t pretend to ignore them on Montée des Marches later on.” Sylvain Auzou Deputy director, Venice Days
“On the days that my films premiere, I put on my right sock first. It’s like Zinedine Zidane before a football match. I wish I could drink chicken blood because I heard it brings luck — but it looks disgusting!” Pape Boye Managing director, Versatile Films
“On our first day, we will take a long, leisurely lunch at the beach. We have been doing that since time immemorial — it helps us prepare for the hectic frenzy to come.” Fred Tsui General manager, head of sales & international co-productions, Media Asia Film
“I book into Al Charq, the Lebanese restaurant. It was the first place I went to in my first year at Cannes 18 years ago. It struck me as odd in Cannes, where all the other restaurants seemed to be Italian. I’ve since become good friends with the owners, who try to get me drunk if I see them in La Chunga — another of my rituals.” Harrison Kordestani President, Main Street Films
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“Over the past few years, Cannes has welcomed me with torrential rain. Hence, my first order of business is to put on my galoshes and to identify the most determined Senegalese umbrella sales guy. I allocate 15 minutes to negotiate, exchange arguments, re-negotiate. Once I have managed the umbrella acquisition with success and dignity, and am able to sell my new Senegalese friend on the concept of win-win, I truly feel ready to take on any film sales company on the Croisette.”
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“Listening to punk music gets me from the Martinez to the Majestic in five minutes — I have to get all medieval and go back to my youth when it comes to manoeuvring the Croisette. Circle Jerks, Fear, Minor Threat, Angry Samoans — music that gets me there faster.” Wendy Rutland President of film and TV investment, Da Vinci Media Ventures
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GRACE OF MONACO
(France) 103mins. Dir: Olivier Dahan. Key cast: Nicole Kidman, Parker Posey, Tim Roth. The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly’s crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s. Out of Competition Press Theatre Claude Debussy
16:00 GRACE OF MONACO
(France) 103mins. Dir: Olivier Dahan. Key cast: Nicole Kidman, Parker Posey, Tim Roth. Out of Competition Press Theatre Claude Debussy
Festival & Press 19:00 TIMBUKTU
(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. Competition Press Theatre Claude Debussy
19:15 CEREMONIE D’OUVERTURE Grand Theatre Lumiere
(France) 103mins. Dir: Olivier Dahan. Key cast: Nicole Kidman, Parker Posey, Tim Roth.
(France) Gaumont. 90mins.
(France) 100mins. Dir: Abderrahmane Sissako. Key cast: Abel Jafri, Ahmed Ibrahim, Toulou Kiki. Competition Press Salle Bazin
23:00 GRACE OF MONACO
(France) 103mins. Dir: Olivier Dahan. Key cast: Nicole Kidman, Parker Posey, Tim Roth. Out of Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
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GRACE OF MONACO
Out of Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
(France) Kinology. 110mins. Dir: Alexandre Arcady. Key cast: Jacques Gamblin, Pascal Elbe, Zabou Breitman. Arcades 2
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10:00 GOD’S POCKET
(US) Electric Entertainment. 88mins. Dir: John Slattery. Key cast: Christina Hendricks, John Turturro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins. When Mickey’s stepson, Leon, is killed in a construction ‘accident’, Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when the boy’s mother demands the truth, Mickey finds himself stuck between a body he can’t bury, a wife he can’t please, and a debt he can’t pay. Palais G
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(US) Lightning Entertainment. 101mins. Dir: Denis Hennelly. Key cast: Adrian Grenier, Gaby Hoffman, Ben McKenzie, Kerry Bishe. Where will you be when the world ends?
(South Korea) Inception Film Partners. 90mins. Dir: Lee Kyungho, Lee Wonjae. Key cast: Taylor Kitsch, Jennette McCurdy, Jason Mewes, Jon Heder, Tom Green, Jason Kravits, James Woods, Carla Gugino. Vanquish the villain, get the girl, save the city. All in a day’s work! Olympia 5
FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS
(US) Electric Entertainment. 107mins. Dir: Jen McGowen. Key cast: Cybill Shepherd, Jonny Weston, Juliette Lewis. When Kelly, a ‘riot girl’ turned suburban mom, learns her teenage neighbour has been spying on her, they strike up an unlikely friendship that sparks them both back to life.
(Italy) Pathe International. 110mins. Dir: Ferzan Ozpetek. Key cast: Kasia Smutniak, Francesco Arca, Filippo Scicchitano. Elena and Antonio are total opposites, but find themselves overwhelmed by a mutual attraction, that they should avoid and a sudden storm of passion that changes all the rules of the game of their relationships. However, this will not be the only turbulence in Elena’s life.
KELLY & CAL
(US) Spotlight Pictures. 101mins. Dir: Kate Connor, Michael Worth. Key cast: Eric Stoltz, Lyndsy Fonseca, Matthew Lawrence, Brendan Fehr, Kate Connor, Seymour Cassel. Some 425,000 German soldiers were brought to prisoner-of-war camps during the Second World War. One of them was Fort McCoy. As the Second World War is fought, there is another war raging within the walls of Fort McCoy. Palais G
(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 C
13:15 GOOD LUCK ! BOY
(Taiwan) Kbro Media. 120mins. Dir: Shou-Ho.
(Hong Kong (China)) Gold Harbour International Films. 98mins. Dir: Casey Chan. Key cast: Goo Schen, William Chan, Ke Zhao, Feier Li, Naoko Watanabe, Yi Xin Li, Pei Pei Zheng, Siu Ming Lau. Na Ren, the Mongolian wrestler, leaves to take part in a women’s wrestling show in Japan. On the show, Na Ren is intrigued by Boss, the show’s host, who organises a women’s mud-wrestling championship. It is a sad awakening for Na Ren, who finds that her childhood friend, Chi Na Si, once a sumo wrestler now ‘Boss’, has deceived her. Nevertheless, Na Ren brings Chi Na Si to his senses, convincing him to stop behaving foolishly. Riviera 4
(US) Lightning Entertainment. 102mins. Dir: Victor Salva. Key cast: Tobin Bell, Luke Kleintank, Alex McKenna. On his 23rd birthday, Nick is summoned by his mother to the asylum where she has been institutionalised since his childhood. Hoping that her request to see him is a sign of improvement, Nick is stunned by her revelation that the father he thought was dead is really alive, and that he may know the origin of Nick’s terrible gift. Nick sets out to find his father with his best friend and girlfriend. Every road they take on the terrifying journey leads them back to the same abandoned mansion — a house which Nick thought had only existed in his childhood imagination. Finally succumbing to the will of the house, Nick becomes embroiled in an epic battle with a horrific dark force. Lerins 1
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(Canada) Xyz Films. 95mins. Dir: Jerome Sable. Key cast: Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Meat Loaf, Minnie Driver. A snobby musical theatre camp is terrorised by a blood-thirsty killer who hates musical theatre. Palais D
14:00 A CHRISTMOOSE STORY
A CHRISTMOOSE STORY Dir: Lourens Blok Prod: Lemming Film Sales: Attraction Distribution (feature, 85’)
(Netherlands) Attraction Distribution. 85mins. Dir: Lourens Blok. Key cast: Dennis Reinsma, Dana Goldberg, Derek De Lint, Jelka Van Houten, Carla Hardy. Imagine: a full-grown moose comes crashing through the roof of your garage. And not only does it fly, it talks! Mr Moose claims he was on a test drive with Santa Claus when he lost control of his sleigh. Palais C
Wed May 14, 14:00 Palais C (market screening)
A PATRIOTIC MAN
(Finland) Art Films Production Afp Oy. 97mins. Dir: Arto Halonen. Every nation gets the heroes it deserves. Lerins 2
LAST HIJACK Dir: Tommy Pallotta & Femke Wolting Prod: Submarine Sales: The Match Factory (documentary, 83’) Thu 15, 18:00 Olympia 6 (market screening)
(Mexico) M-Appeal World Sales. 88mins. Dir: Andres Clariond Rangel. Key cast: Adriana Paz, Anna Cetti, David Gaitan, Eduardo Mendizabal, Fernando Becerril, Veronica Langer. Susana Le Marchand, 63, a lonely housewife ignored by her wealthy husband and alienated by their social milieu, hires a new maid, Hilda. Hilda’s presence at the house suddenly triggers an identity crisis in Mrs Le Marchand and makes her re-evaluate her life. She starts to remember her revolutionary past and question her luxurious but empty present. Her dependency on Hilda grows slowly and becomes an obsession — an obsession that, in the end, will come at a high price. Palais E
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(US) Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing. 87mins. Dir: Leigh Janiak. Key cast: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber,
Market 14:00 NO TEARS FOR THE DEAD
(South Korea) Cj E&M Corporation/Cj Entertainment. 25mins. Dir: Lee Jeong-Beom. Key cast: Jang Dong-Gun, Kim Min-Hee, Brian Tee, Kim Hee-Won. Hanna Brown. Young newlyweds Paul and Bea travel to a lakeside retreat for their honeymoon. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods. Palais I
(India) Gj Entertainments Mfze. 100mins. Dir: Rupesh Paul. Key cast: Sherlyn Chopra, Milind Gunaji, King Mal Khan, Makarand Deshpande, Maleena Khan, Andria D’Souza. The epic saga of war, love and lust set against the backdrop of Vatsyayana’s classic work, Kamasutra… and a mighty ocean. Palais G
A hitman traumatised after accidentally killing a young girl during a job is given the mission to eliminate her mother, and begins the ultimate fight to save her life. Riviera 3
THE KIDNAPPING OF FREDDY HEINEKEN
(Netherlands) Embankment Films. 110mins. Dir: Daniel Alfredson. Key cast: Anthony Hopkins. In 1984, four childhood friends decided to pull off what would later be called “the crime of the century”. Star 1
LEGEND OF A RABBIT: THE MARTIAL OF FIRE
(China) Tianjin North Film Group. 90mins. Dir: Da Ke Dong. It’s been two years since Tu defeated Slash. More than a hero, Tu is regarded as the protector of the village defeating bandits and upholding justice. Palais K
THE LEGEND OF QIN
(France) Gaumont. 87mins. Dir: Amelle Chahbi. Key cast: Amelle Chahbi, Noom Diawara. Amelle and Noom are both thirtyish, and total opposites. But fate brings them together. She is serious and dynamic, a manager at Starbucks. He, a clever dilettante, is a budding stand-up comic. Both have just gone through bad love affairs and have sworn “never again”. But what is to be done when opposites attract? They flirt, to our great amusement. But things are far from idyllic. Family, friends and colleagues get involved. There are quarrels, break-ups, and then things really begin to go crazy. Caught between their polite upbringings and the intensity of their feelings, what can they do? Will love win out in the end?
(China) Golden Network Asia. 90mins. Dir: Robin Shen.
(France) Le Pacte. 105mins. Dir: Hubert Sauper. After his critically acclaimed documentary, here comes Hubert Sauper’s new film, dealing with colonisation as a human phenomenon, as ‘Darwin’s Nightmare’ did with globalisation.
(Taiwan) Ablaze Image. 185mins. Dir: Umin Boya. Key cast: Masatoshi Nagase, Takao Osawa, Maki Sakai, Togo Igawa. True victory lies between triumph and defeat.
cast: Min-Sik Choi, SeungYong Ryu. Master strategist Admiral Yi and his 12 battleships oppose the enemy’s fleet of 330, and win the most incredible victory in history.
NO TEARS FOR THE DEAD See box, above
(South Korea) Cj E&M Corporation/Cj Entertainment. 25mins. Dir: Han-Min Kim. Key
WE COME AS FRIENDS
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An imaginative tale chronicling the adventures of a diverse band of crayons as they strive to protect not only their magical multi-hued homeland, but the imagination of children everywhere from a terrifying monster.
14:30 NO TEARS FOR THE DEAD
(South Korea) Cj E&M Corporation/Cj Entertainment. 25mins. Riviera 3
(South Korea) Cj E&M Corporation/Cj Entertainment. 25mins.
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15:00 NO TEARS FOR THE DEAD
(South Korea) Cj E&M Corporation/Cj Entertainment. 25mins.
Doucet, Sandrine Bisson. A father, separated from his teenage son, will do everything to get him back. His son will do everything to get away, until a dramatic turn of event forces them to take another look at each other.
(UK) Eastwest Filmdistribution Gmbh. 94mins. Dir: Ben Pickering. Key cast: Alan Ford, Lili Bordan, Matt Di Angelo, Stephen Marcus. Forty-eight hours in the life of a burnt-out City lawyer who loses his job, falls for a call girl and steals £400,000 from a gangland boss — who wants every penny of it back.
NO TEARS FOR THE DEAD
(Canada) WTFilms. 89mins. Dir: David Hewlett. Key cast: Jason Momoa, Jeananne Goossen, Adam Butcher. A crew of hackers sent to work on the computer of an abandoned spaceship are hunted by a deadly Artificial Intelligence.
(South Korea) Cj E&M Corporation/Cj Entertainment. 25mins.
(South Korea) Cj E&M Corporation/Cj Entertainment. 25mins.
15:30 ANOTHER HOUSE
(Canada) Filmoption International. 90mins. Dir: Mathieu Roy. Key cast: Emile Proulx-Cloutier, Julie Gayet, Marcel Sabourin, Roy Dupuis. Two adult brothers must come to terms with their octogenarian father’s progressing dementia. Palais F
(France) Studiocanal. 90mins. Dir: Eric Lavaine. Key cast: Lambert Wilson, Franck Dubosc, Florence Foresti, Guillaume De Tonquedec. For his 50th birthday, Antoine receives a rather unpleasant gift: a heart attack. From now on, he’s going to have to start
(US) Lightning Entertainment. 86mins. Dir: Alastair Orr. Key cast: Zachary Soetenga, Lindsey Mckeon, Sofia Pernas, Pierson Fode, Jamie Anderson. A group of friends travel to Panama. Befriending a beautiful local woman in their hotel bar, they learn of a secret jungle hike
being more cautious. But Antoine has spent his whole life being cautious. Now he wants to shake things up. And he does just that… his life, and the lives of those around him.
to a pristine waterfall. The woman cautions them against the journey, warning that other gringos in search of the legendary waterfall had mysteriously disappeared into the jungle, never to be seen again. What begins as a fun outing quickly turns terrifying. A horrifying descent into the Panamanian jungle. Lerins 1
Veronica Taylor. A young boy becomes an unlikely hero when he sets out on an adventure-filled quest to find the legendary Bonta oasis. Riviera 2
THE HERO OF COLOR CITY
THE CUSTODY BONTA 3D
(China) Golden Network Asia. 80mins. Dir: Leo Lee. Key cast: Jessica Paquet, Sarah Natochenny,
Directed by: Robert WICHROWSKI
(Canada) Attraction Distribution. 93mins. Dir: Sylvain Archambault. Key cast: Antoine L’Ecuyer, Paul
(US) Moviehouse Entertainment. 20mins. Dir: Frank Gladstone. Key cast: Arsenio Hall, Christina Ricci, Rosie Perez.
Directed by: Margarita CADENAS
(South Korea) Cj E&M Corporation/Cj Entertainment. 25mins. Riviera 3
(US) Xyz Films. 90mins. Dir: Christopher Denham. Key cast: Wren Schmidt, Aaron Staton, Pablo Schreiber. Wit, a brainy anaesthesiologist, heads out on a hunting trip in a forest preserve with her husband, Mike, a hedge fund manager, and his brother, Sean, a former marine. But when the brothers are stalked and captured by three local hunters, Wit must unleash her own animal instincts or else end up a trophy. Arcades 3
16:00 ABCS OF DEATH II
(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.
(Spain) Dreamcatchers. 95mins. Dir: Barney Elliott. Key cast: Stephen Dorff, Alberto Ammann, David Strathairn, Carlos Bardem. Accountability, greed and hope, and set against the backdrop of a financial transaction between an American hedge fund and the Peruvian government.
(Spain) Raven Banner Entertainment. 85mins. Dir: Marc Carrete. Key cast: Irene Montala, Lluis Marco. Five days in the lives of an exorcist and his granddaughter, working in the Barcelona area.
Directed by: Marcos CARNEVALE
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his new girlfriend and her young daughter. But this seemingly happy world comes to an abrupt end when an eerie stranger, Henry, forces his way into Eric’s idyllic arrangement.
GAGARIN: FIRST IN SPACE
(Russia) Manifest Film Sales. 108mins. Dir: Pavel Parkhomenko. Key cast: Yaroslav Zhalnin, Segei Kalashnikov, Sergei Laktuynikin. Story of a boy from a poor farming background in Russia who has a dream; and how, as a young man, he overcomes adversity to achieve his dream — to be the first human being in space.
TRAILER LOOP SCREENING
(Germany) Sola Media. 90mins. Sola Media presents the first pictures of its upcoming projects on the silver screen. The trailers will be looped every 15 minutes — you can join any time between 16:00 and 17:30.
(France) Gaumont. 90mins. Star 2
(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.
(Spain) Film Factory Entertainment. 97mins. Dir: Emilio MartinezLazaro. Key cast: Clara Lago, Dani Rovira, Karra Elejalde, Carmen Machi. Determined to win over Amaia, Rafa crosses Spain from his
MARKET TRAILER EXHIBITION
Voltage Pictures. 30mins. Gray 1
Matt Connors. In this epic adventure set among the ice fields of Northern Canada, 14-year-old Luke defies the dangerous elements of nature to reunite an abandoned polar bear cub with its mother.
strangers arrive for a desperate ransom from their sad lives. Dante, Gianni Agostino and Diego are four fools with the intention to steal the Town’s Statue of the Saint. Olympia 7
UNDER THE ELECTRIC SKY
The Exchange. 89mins. Olympia 6
(US) Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing. 20mins. Dir: Rodney Ascher, Julian Barratt. Key cast: Martina Garcia, Ian Virgo, Andy Nyman. Palais G
17:00 ABCS OF DEATH II
(US) Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing. 20mins.
See box, above
THE SNOW QUEEN II: THE SNOW KING
4 MINUTE MILE
(Russia) Wizart Animation. 80mins. Dir: Alexey Tsitsilin. After their victory over the Snow Queen, the trolls finally taste freedom. Having played a major role in this triumph, Orm
(Germany) Beta Cinema. 95mins. Dir: Maximilian Erlenwein. Key cast: Jurgen Vogel, Moritz Bleibtreu, Petra SchmidtSchaller, Georg Friedrich. Eric leads a quiet life, with his motorcycle workshop,
(US) Double Dutch International. 96mins. Dir: Charles Michaud. Key cast: Analeigh Tipton, Cam Gigandet, Kelly Blatz, Kim Basinger, Richard Jenkins.
(Italy) Rai Trade. 90mins. Dir: Cosimo Alema. Key cast: Francesco Siciliano, Massimiliano Gallo. In a small town in southern Italy, suspended in time and space, four
ABCS OF DEATH II
(US) Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing. 20mins. Palais G
(Hong Kong (China)) Bravos Pictures. 96mins. Dir: Ho-Cheung Pang. Key cast: Louis Koo, Eric Tsang, Miriam Yeung, Gigi Leung, Man-Tat Ng, Carrie Ng. Arcades 3
ABCS OF DEATH II
(Canada) Hyde Park International. 97mins. Dir: Roger Spottiswoode. Key cast: Dakota Goyo, Goran Visnjic, Bridget Moynahan, Kendra Timmins, Russell Yuen, Duane Murray,
hometown of Seville to Basque Country. Once there, he will do whatever it takes to win her heart, no matter how unreasonable it may be. He’ll change his accent, his style, and he’ll lie to no end, pretending to be Basque.
has become the trolls’ hero. This is not enough for him, however: by comically exaggerating his exploits and achievements, he soon gets caught up in a lie, claiming that he personally defeated the Snow Queen, and that his future now holds marriage to the princess, and with it, power and riches… but where do Orm’s stories lead him? In this lively and perilous adventure, Orm learns that friends, happiness and true love cannot be won through deceit.
The inspirational story of a high-school track star who falls on hard times. A new coach puts him on the right path, but his resolve is threatened as tragedy strikes and forces him to confront everything that has been holding him back.
ASK ME ANYTHING
(US) Lightning Entertainment. 100mins. Dir: Allison Burnett. Key cast: Britt Robertson, Christian Slater, Justin Long, Martin Sheen, Robert Patrick, Kimberly WilliamsPaisley, 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
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THE BETTER ANGELS
(US) Electric Entertainment. 95mins. Dir: AJ Edwards. Key cast: Brit Marling, Diane Kruger, Jason Clarke, Wes Bentley. This is a story of the timeof-youth of one of America’s greatest heroes, Abraham Lincoln. Spanning nearly three years in the wilderness of Indiana, it tells of the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever and the two women who guide him. Riviera 4
(US) Content Media Corporation. 3mins. Dir: Alistair Legrand. Key cast: Ali Larter. Star 3
(Switzerland) Eastwest Filmdistribution. 95mins. Dir: Oliver Paulus, Stefan Hillebrand. Key cast: Aniko Donath, Anna Unterberger, Antonio Vigano, Bastian Wurbs, Georg Kaser, Isolde Fischer, Joel Basman, Nikki Rappl. Valentin is fed up. Being confined to a wheelchair after a snowboarding accident is bad enough, but being forced to participate in a theatre project for people with disabilities is… unthinkable. There is only one ray of hope — Mira, his beautiful carer. But there’s a problem: she’s going steady with a local slime-ball called Marc. Out of frustration about himself and the world, Valentin decides to rob the gas station where Marc works. His house mates, Lukas and Titus, are all for it and offer their help. It is the beginning of a manto-man friendship and an adventurous plan that may or may not be successful. Riviera 2
(US) 6 Sales. 82mins. Dir: Josef Wladyka. Key cast: Cristian Advincula, Hadder Blandon, Jarlin Martinez, Manuel David Riascos. From the port of Buenaventura — the most dangerous city in Colombia — three men embark on a journey over the dark, murky waters of the Pacific. A set of mysterious coordinates is their
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Market 18:00 APOSTLE
(South Korea) 9ers Entertainment. 112mins. Dir: Kim Jin-Moo. Key cast: Kim In-Kwon, Hong Kyung-In. guide, a fishing net is their cover, and a narco-torpedo filled with 10kg of cocaine is their cargo. Following estranged brothers as they risk everything for a chance of a better life, Manos Sucias takes a close look at life at the bottom of the food chain in the international drug trade. Palais B
THE NEXT GENERATION — PATLABOR
(Japan) Tohokushinsha Film Corporation. 96mins. Dir: Mamoru Oshii. Key cast: Erina Mano, Rina Ohta, Seiji Fukushi, Shigeru Chiba, Toshio Kakei. Gray 2
(US) Film Sales Company. 113mins. Dir: David Lascher. Key cast: Alexis Dziena, Barbara Hershey, Grace Kaufman, Illeana Douglas, John Heard, Nadine Velazquez, Reid Scott. When Billy Presser’s father suddenly dies and his mother falls ill, the struggling actor finds himself charged with taking care of his delinquent and overmedicated pre-teen sister. Palais F
(Ireland) Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing. 83mins. Dir: Rob Burke,
THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT
Near the North Korea border with China, a renegade returns to North Korea to lead his believer comrades to cross the lifeline to freedom. Palais G
Ronan Burke. Key cast: Brian Gleeson, Jessica Pare, Stanley Townsend, Franchesca Cherrault. Alan works at the Tourism Desk in Dublin Airport. Alice is a American on standby. Eight years ago, Alan and Alice had a romance that ended badly. Now every hotel room in Dublin is booked. Reunited by chance, an impromptu evening reveals they are more compatible. Palais H
(France) Tf1 International. 100mins. Dir: Frederic Auburtin. Key cast: Gerard Depardieu, Jemima West, Sam Neill, Tim Roth. Three visionary men set out to create a federation that will change the face of sport forever. Star 4
(US) The Exchange. Dir: Bobby Roe. Key cast: Brandy Schaefer, Bobby Roe, Zack Andrews. Nearly 2,500 haunted attractions open each Halloween, with over 30 million customers attending annually. The pressure felt by the creators to deliver the most extreme experience imaginable has led to a dramatic rise in accidents, injuries and crimes. This is the true story of a group of friends who set out to find the most terrifying haunt in the US — a fabled travelling haunt that blurs the lines between a carnival thrill ride and a living nightmare. They videotaped their journey. The haunted attractions depicted in this film are real. What happened is still unclear. Palais I
(Malaysia) Astro Shaw. 103mins. Dir: Keng Guan Chiu. Key cast: Ben Pfeiffer, Joanne Yew, Sai Peng Lee. A cross-country story that explores the idea of family and culture, not just as tradition but as an expression of love. Lerins 2
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KIKAIDER — THE ULTIMATE HUMAN ROBOT
(Japan) Kadokawa Corporation. 110mins. Dir: Ten Shimoyama. Key cast: Jingi Irie, Aimi Satsukawa, Maryjun Takahashi. Is he good or is he evil? Either way, he will protect you.
(China) Golden Network Asia. 86mins. Dir: Nelson Shin. A street vendor trains for the Froglympics, unaware that he is competing with the runaway Frog Princess, who has disguised herself as a male frog. Riviera 1 By invitation only
(France) Kinology. 80mins. »
Dir: Alexandre Heboyan, Benoit Philippon. What would happen if the sun did not rise one morning? Or if the moon just ran off and forgot to light up the stars and the night sky? Star 1
PETTSON AND FINDUS — A LITTLE NUISANCE, A GREAT FRIENDSHIP
Market 20:30 JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD
(US) Celluloid Dreams/ Nightmares. 100mins. Dir: Carter Smith. Key cast: Cameron Monaghan, Noah Silver, Morgan Saylor, Madisen Beaty, Liv Tyler, Judy Greer. In a wintry small town, the body of a teenager named Jamie Marks is found by the river.
Adam, the star of his cross-country team, becomes fascinated with Jamie, a boy nobody really knew or interacted with, except occasionally to bully. When Jamie’s ghost begins to appear both to Adam and Gracie, the classmate who discovered the body, Adam is caught between two worlds. Olympia 5
(Germany) Arri Worldsales. 86mins. Dir: Ali Samadi Ahadi. Key cast: Marianne Sagebrecht, Max Herberchter, Ulrich Noethen. Tells the story of the grumpy loner, Pettson, and his friend, the small, speaking cat, Findus, who, together experience a series of adventures and learn what it means to have friends.
150mins. Dir: Philipp Stolzl. Key cast: Tom Payne, Ben Kingsley, Stellan Skarsgard, Olivier Martinez, Emma Rigbey, Elyas M’Barek, Fahri Yardim, Makram J Khoury. A breathtaking adventure set in 11th-century England and Persia. Palais K
(China) Edko Films. 14mins. Dir: Jean-Jacques Annaud. Key cast: Shaofeng Feng, Xiao Dou. During the Cultural Revolution, a student is sent to Inner Mongolia for re-education, where he develops a deep respect for nature and is obsessed with the ferocious creature of the Steppes — the wolf. But the growing relationship between man and animal, as well as the tribe’s ancient way of life, is threatened.
(Germany) Beta Cinema.
(China) Edko Films. 14mins.
19:20 WOLF TOTEM
(China) Edko Films. 14mins.
(China) Edko Films. 14mins.
19:40 WOLF TOTEM
(China) Edko Films. 14mins.
(France) Talantis Productions. 75mins. Dir: Thierry Sebban. Key cast: Thierry Sebban, Simon Abkarian, Igor Skerblin. Alex’s daily routine is work, work, work. Tonight he’s in a hurry; he’s due to meet a beautiful stranger, who contacted him online. But this blind date will disrupt forever the course of his life.
(US) Xyz Films. 100mins. Dir: Brian Horiuchi. Key cast: Frank Langella, Gena Rowland, Josh Hartnett, Penn Badgley, Rosario Dawson, Teresa Palmer. Stories of three couples caught in the climax of a new world war.
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JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD
(China) Edko Films.
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Mr Turner (UK) Mike Leigh
Kate Muir/Wendy Ide The Times, UK
Michel Ciment Positif, France
Stephanie Zacharek The Village Voice, US
jose carlos avellar Escrevercinema.com, Brazil
Jan Schulz-ojala Der Tagesspiegel, Germany
Derek Malcolm Honorary president, Fipresci, UK
David Stratton The Australian, Australia
Robbie Collin The Daily Telegraph, UK
The Screen jury at Cannes
Bo Green Jensen Weekendavisen Berlingske, Denmark
Biopic of painter JMW Turner – the ‘painter of light’ and a figure both celebrated and reviled by the public. The artist
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ (Timothy Spall) forms a relationship with a seaside landlady.
A politically charged film inspired by the 2012 Islamist stoning in Mali of a young unmarried couple with two children,
Timbuktu (Fr) Abderrahmane Sissako
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ for the crime of not being married before God.
The Captive (Can) Atom Egoyan
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ disappearance, a series of disturbing clues surface, convincing her father that she is still alive.
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
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ 0.0 (Gaspard Ulliel), with forays into substance abuse and psychological breakdown along the way. Léa Seydoux co-stars.
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
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ 0.0 son with ADHD, and the kindly neighbour who intercedes in their lives for reasons that may not be entirely altruistic.
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
In this psychological thriller, Ryan Reynolds portrays the father of an abducted child. Eight years after his daughter’s
Retired actor Aydin runs a small hotel in Anatolia and is emotionally distant from his young wife and his sister Necla,
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
A leftfield western about a lowlife who helps a pious spinster escort a trio of insane women to a church 400 miles
A coming-of-age story seen through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl who lives a secluded existence in the Umbrian
The bizarre true story of Olympic wrestling champion brothers Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark
A dark satire sees shallow celebrities manipulated and destroyed by a young woman who represents the fruit of their
Marion Cotillard stars as a woman who has just one weekend to persuade her colleagues to give up their bonuses —
During the full-moon night of traditional dances in August, 16-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body floating in the sea.
The unlikely friendship between an NGO worker and a young boy in Chechnya. After the boy’s parents are killed in their
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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