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2014 - Drama - Israel - DCP - 2.35 - 90 min with Liron
Ben-Shlush, Dana Ivgy, Yaakov Daniel
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2014 - Thriller - USA - DCP - 1.78 - 93 min with Beth
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Bankside cashes in on Moore, Rourke dramas Charlotte Mickie
Mongrel takes the Mickie BY JEREMY KAY
Sales veteran Charlotte Mickie arrives in Cannes as the president of freshly minted Mongrel International and will start talks on Maudie starring Sally Hawkins. Mickie joined Mongrel Media founder Hussain Amarshi’s new venture on the eve of Cannes after recently departing eOne Films International, where she had worked since 2008 as executive vice-president. During her tenure at eOne she oversaw sales on Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Animal Kingdom, Incendies and The Babadook, among others. In Cannes, Mickie is beginning talks on Maudie. Mongrel International holds worldwide rights to the Canada-Ireland co-production excluding Canada, where Mongrel Media will distribute directly. Aisling Walsh’s drama, which recounts the true love story of recluse Everett Lewis and artist Maud Lewis, is lined up to shoot in Newfoundland, Canada, in July. Bob Cooper of Los Angelesbased Landscape produces with Mary Young Leckie of Torontobased Solo Productions and Susan Mullen from Dublin’s Parallel.
BY ANDREAS WISEMAN
UK sales outfit Bankside Films has secured international rights to a trio of market titles including Julianne Moore drama Freeheld and Mickey Rourke comedydrama Ashby. Michael Shannon has joined Moore and Ellen Page in Freeheld, about a gay policewoman’s struggle to ensure that her pension is passed to her partner after she is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Bankside has already closed key deals for UK/Ireland and Australia/ New Zealand with eOne; Benelux (Wild Bunch); Latin America (CDC
star Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman. CAA and UTA rep North America. Writer-director Tony McNamara’s script charts the relationship between a high-school student (Wolff ) and a retired CIA assassin (Rourke) with only months to live. Producers are Kevin McCormick, Rory Koslow, Josh Kesselman, Compton Ross and Phil Hunt. The shoot is due to start on June 16 in North Carolina for five weeks. Bankside will also introduce buyers to Christopher Smith’s US thriller Detour, produced by Julie Baines and Jason Newmark.
Stars Nicole Kidman and Lambert Wilson take to the floor at the world premiere of Olivier Dahan’s opening night film, Grace Of Monaco. See review, page 18.
Paramount spends big on sci-fi Paramount Pictures is understood to have paid $20m for North American rights to sci-fi Story Of Your Life, starring Amy Adams. The studio beat out several rival bidders in what will be a record Cannes sale once details are confirmed. WME Global represented the film-makers with FilmNation, which finances the feature, produces with Lava Bear and 21 Laps, and handles international rights.
United Network); and the Middle East (Front Row Entertainment). Peter Sollett directs Philadelphia writer Ron Nyswaner’s script based on a true story, which is due to shoot in New York in September. Producers are Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Jack Selby, Duncan Montgomery, James D Stern, Kelly Bush Novak, Cynthia Wade and actress Page. Bankside is cofinancing alongside Incognito Pictures with Phil Hunt and Compton Ross serving as executive producers. CAA reps US rights. Also new to Bankside’s growing slate is comedy-drama Ashby set to
Denis Villeneuve has been lined up to direct from a screenplay by Eric Heisserer — based on the short story by Nebula and Hugo Awardwinning author Ted Chiang — about a linguist who is summoned when aliens visit Earth. Villeneuve is riding high following the acclaimed Prisoners and is also here in the market with Sicario for Lionsgate International. Jeremy Kay
Match Factory locks down US deal for Zero Motivation BY GEOFFREY MACNAB
The Match Factory has confirmed a US deal for Talya Lavie’s debut feature Zero Motivation with Zeitgeist Films. The sale follows on from the film’s strong reception at Tribeca, where it won the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature and the Nora Ephron Prize. Other recent deals for Zero Motivation include FilmsWeLike for Canada and JIFF Distribution for Australia.
The film, set for two screenings at the market, will be released in Israel in June by Shani Films. Zeitgeist Films previously acquired Margarethe von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt from The Match Factory, which made more than $700,000 at the US box office. Billed as a “M*A*S*H” for the 21st century”, Zero Motivation is a dark comedic portrait of everyday life for young Israeli female soldiers at a remote army base.
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Memento cuffs Bacon cop film BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW
Memento Films International (MFI) has acquired international rights to Jon Watts’ thriller Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon as a police officer. The film follows a pair of 10-year olds who go for a joyride in an abandoned car only to find the owner has left behind something of great value. The car belongs to a small-time cop, played by Bacon, who is desperate to get it back and a game of cat-and-mouse ensues. It is the second feature for Watts after horror picture Clown, about a vintage clown suit that turns those who wear it into killers, produced by and featuring Eli Roth in the cast. The film is due to be released by Dimension later this year. Watts co-wrote the script with Christopher Ford (Robot & Frank). CAA will represent North American rights. Producers are Cody Ryder. Alicia Van Couvering, Sam Bisbee and Andrew Kortschak. “Memento has championed some of the most exciting, genretwisting films of the last decade, and we can’t imagine a better partner,” the producers said. Watts is represented by CAA, which will handle North American rights.
9ers ties knot with My Bride By Jean Noh
Korean sales agent 9ers Entertainment has added three titles to its Cannes slate including a remake of Lee Myung-se’s seminal 1990 romantic comedy My Love, My Bride. The remake, now in production, is directed by Lim Charn-sang (The President’s Barber). The film stars Jo Jung-suk (The Fatal Encounter) and Shin Min-a (The Naked Kitchen) as a couple who get married after many years together and go from honeymoon bliss to bickering over housekeeping, family, friends, colleagues and exes as they try to find a balance between marriage and independence. The film is one of two backed by multi-platform content distributor Cineguru/Daoutech that 9ers has picked up. The second is crime thriller The Deal, starring Kim Sang-kyung (The Tower), Kim Sung-kyun (The Suspect) and Park Sung-woong (New World). Now in pre-production, The Deal will be Son Young-ho’s feature debut and is the story of two men driven by rage and vengeance after a serial killer takes away the woman they both love. 9ers’ third pick-up is Cart (work ing title), produced by powerhouse Myung Films (Architecture 101). Directed by Boo Ji-young (Sisters On The Road), the Yum Jung-ahstarrer is in post-production.
Metrodome dances with Spandau Ballet By Andreas Wiseman
UK distributor Metrodome Distribution has picked up Spandau Ballet doc Soul Boys Of The Western World from Metro International. The SXSW title, which documents the story of the iconic 1980s band through newsreel footage and fresh video content from the band’s personal archives, is directed by George Hencken. The deal was negotiated by Metro International head of sales Natalie Brenner on behalf of the producers Scott Millaney and Steve Dagger.
Gaumont brings Florida to Canada and Europe By Melanie Goodfellow
French director Philippe Le Guay’s upcoming comedy drama Florida, starring Jean Rochefort, has racked up a raft of sales. Launched by Gaumont just prior to Cannes, the film has sold to Canada (Métropole Films Distribution), Benelux (Victory) and Italy (Academy Two), and deals for Switzerland and Germany are expected to be sealed in the coming days. Rochefort stars as Claude, an elderly man with memory problems, who jets off to the US to visit
his youngest daughter. “It’s a tender comedy drama about family relationships and old age… Rochefort’s character is starting to lose his memory, but sometimes
he also pretends he’s forgotten something because it suits him,” said Gaumont’s deputy sales chief, Yohann Comte. Sandrine Kiberlain, who won the César for best actress this year for her performance in 9-Month Stretch, plays Claude’s older daughter, a single mother with a tough life at home and work. She co-starred in Le Guay’s The Women On The 6th Floor, which sold to more than 20 territories. “Le Guay’s last two films have proved popular with foreign buyers,” added Comte.
Nicholas Hoult is seen in this first image from UK comedy crime thriller Kill Your Friends, in which an A&R man working during the Britpop music craze goes to extremes to find his next hit. Based on John Niven’s cult novel, the film is directed by Owen Harris and produced by Gregor Cameron for Unigram, Will Clarke for Altitude Film Entertainment and Len Blavatnik for AI Film and Warner Music. StudioCanal will release in the UK and Altitude Film Sales screens the first promo today. Michael Rosser
Bravos feels Finecut’s obsession By Liz Shackleton
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has sold nostalgic romantic drama Obsessed to start-up Hong Kong distributor Bravos Pictures. Bravos has rights for Hong Kong and Macau to the film, directed by Kim Dae-woo (The Servant) and starring Song Seung-heon (A Better Tomorrow).
Finecut expects to close several other territories following the film’s market screening here. The film opens in Korea today on 500 screens through Next Entertainment World. Song plays an elite officer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder following the Vietnam War, who falls into an obsessive love affair
Curzon counts 45 Years for UK By Geoffrey Macnab
UK distributor Curzon Film World has picked up 45 Years, the new feature from Weekend director Andrew Haigh. Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay star as an old couple whose relationship is put to the test when the body of the husband’s first love is found
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frozen in the Swiss Alps. The film has just finished shooting and it is being sold here by The Match Factory and produced by The Bureau Film Company. 45 Years was financed by the BFI Film Fund, Film4 and Creative England, and co-developed by Film4 and the BFI.
that forces him to give up everything he has achieved. Finecut has also picked up Kim Ki-duk’s upcoming drama One On One, which is scheduled for Korean release on May 22. While the latter version is more targeted towards local audiences, the film is being re-edited into an international version by the auteur himself.
cannes briefs StudioCanal in SAM pact StudioCanal and Canal Plus Group have joined forces with The Killing creator Soren Sveistrup, Borgen writer Adam Price and veteran Danish producer Meta Louise Foldager to launch production firm SAM Productions ApS. The company will work on both TV and film projects. StudioCanal will be a partner as well as a distributor for SAM’s projects, strengthening the outfit’s presence in Scandinavia.
Thompson flies to Berlin Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl and Mark Rylance have joined Vincent Perez’s Alone In Berlin, sold by Alison Thompson’s Sunray Films. The film, about a couple rebelling against Nazi rule, is due to start pre-production in Germany this winter.
Garrone’s Tales underway Toby Jones and John C Reilly have joined Vincent Cassel and Salma Hayek on Matteo Garrone’s English-language debut, The Tale Of Tales, which gets underway in Italy today. HanWay is shopping in Cannes. Financiers include New Sparta Films.
Tiberius takes two German distributor Tiberius Film has picked up thriller Kirsty, starring Ashley Greene, from TWC; and stripper comedy-drama Afternoon Delight from Premiere Entertainment, featuring Josh Radnor and Juno Temple.
Anchor Bay gets Savaged Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada has picked up the supernatural horror Savaged from Raven Banner, which has also closed deals in Germany (Ascot Elite), Japan (Nikkatsu), Philippines (Crystal Sky) and Australia (Mandala).
Grand Cinemas rebrands as Novo By Tiffany Pritchard
Gulf Film Group���s Grand Cinemas is to relaunch as Novo Cinemas as part of an upgrade strategy at the UAE exhibitor. Cinema-goers will be able to customise their night, with ticketing options including plush chairs with balcony views. IMAX and 3D
screens will also be implemented in efforts to provide a wider selection of programming. The move is part of an ongoing regional expansion strategy by parent firm q.media that will see new theatres in The Pearl-Qatar and Dubai’s Dragon Mart, as well as a flagship cinema in Bahrain.
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Bravos squares up to Tony Jaa action feature By Liz Shackleton
Start-up Hong Kong sales and distribution outfit Bravos Pictures has picked up Soi Cheang’s action drama, SPL 2, starring Tony Jaa, Wu Jing and Simon Yam. Bravos is handling world sales, excluding Asia. Hong Kong based Star Alliance is covering Asia. The film, in production, follows a Hong Kong cop trying to rescue a colleague who has been locked up in a Thai prison, but who can save his daughter’s life through a bonemarrow transplant. Sun Entertainment Culture is producing. SPL 2 is a thematic sequel to Wilson Yip’s 2005 action drama SPL, starring Sammo Hung, Donnie Yen and Wu Jing. Yip and Paco Wong are producing the sequel. Bravos’ sales slate also includes Pang Ho-cheung’s Aberdeen, Larry Yang’s drama Sorry I Love You, comedy 3D Naked Ambition from Lee Kung-lok, Nick Leung’s horror Get Outta Here and James Hung’s drama The Seventh Lie.
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Justin Bartha, Olivia Thirlby and Constance Zimmer have joined the cast of Amy Redford’s next project, Phoenix, which she will begin shooting for Micro Films Group in September. Manifest Film Sales, a division of Intandem Media Group, commences talks with buyers this week on the Croisette. Playwright Scott Organ wrote the screenplay about a one-night stand between love-averse strangers that sends them on a 4,000mile trip from Brooklyn to the Grand Canyon and back. Producers are Buzz Koenig and Paul Urcioli, while Micro Films Group CEO Henri M Kessler
serves as executive producer alongside Dawn Krantz and Federico Bauder. “Phoenix is a modern romance that reflects all of the complexities of actually falling in love — navigating hard choices, the absurdity and exhilaration of life,” said Redford, the daughter of Robert Redford, who made her directorial
debut with Sundance 2008 premiere The Guitar. “I am inspired by Scott’s authentic, well-crafted script, and thrilled to see it realised with Justin and Olivia. They are both first-rate actors. I can’t wait to get started with them.” The shoot will take place in New York and the US south-west.
Manifest sets sail to America By Andreas Wiseman
UK outfit Manifest Film Sales has boarded international rights to America, from the film-makers behind controversial US boxoffice hit 2016: Obama’s America. The new documentary, which imagines a world in which America lost the Revolutionary War and therefore never existed, is produced by Oscar winners
Gerald Molen (Schindler’s List) and Gray Frederickson (The Godfather Part II). It will see director John Sullivan reunite with his co-director from 2016: Obama’s America, the New York Times bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza, who has written the feature. He said: “We hope this film will increase understanding of America and what it means to
be an American, across the globe.” Manifest will introduce the film here ahead of its wide North American release by Lionsgate on July 4. The conservative doc 2016: Obama’s America grossed more than $33m in the US. Manifest, the subsidiary of Intandem Films, is also in Cannes with biopic Reagan, Top Dog and Gagarin: First In Space.
Moviehouse embarks on A Giant Adventure with Toonz By Andreas Wiseman
Moviehouse’s Cannes slate includes recent animation addition A Giant Adventure, which will feature the voices of John Goodman and Kelsey Grammer. Goodman will voice lumberjack Paul Bunyan, who teams up with two adventurous kids to rescue a town from a developer’s evil clutches. The film, which will be released in North America by Cinedigm, is produced in conjunction with US animation company Exodus Film Group, whose principals, John Eraklis and Max Howard, will serve as producers together
with Toonz CEO P Jayakumar. Meanwhile, Moviehouse is also developing a growing production slate, including UK drama Grand Duet, about a classical-instrument shop owner who deals with the loss of his wife through music, which has Bruno Ganz, Gemma Jones and Sylvia Syms attached. Paul Harrison is directing; producers are Thomas D Adelman and Heidi Crane, who is also writing. Also on the slate are Phil Hawkins’ thriller The Fixer, which has Run Lola Run’s Moritz Bleibtreu attached, and UK drama Past Imperfect to be written and directed by Caroline Sax.
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M-Line takes Youth to Hong Kong, Taiwan By Liz Shackleton
Korea’s M-Line Distribution has sold omnibus drama The Youth to Hong Kong’s Deltamac and Taiwan’s Sky Digi. K-pop idols including Lee Dong-hae (Super Junior), Song Seung-hyun (FT Island) and Nam Ji-hyeon (4 Minutes) star in the film, comprising four portraits of young people in Korea today. The segments are directed by upcoming film-makers Kim Jinmoo, Park Ga-hee, Ju Seong-su and Jeong Won-sik. M-Line has also sold Han Dong-wook’s Man In Love and Hong Ji-young’s Marriage Blue to AV-Jet for Taiwan; while MATV has picked up 12 territories, including Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand on Kim Tae-yun’s drama, Another Family. MATV is a Southeast Asian broadcaster owned by Hong Kong’s Mei Ah Entertainment. M-Line is also launching sales on three new pick-ups here in Cannes: Kim Arron’s romantic comedy Love Clinic, starring Oh Ji-ho and Kang Ye-won, which is currently in production; Yim Soon-rye’s Whistle Blower; and 3D documentary The Kingdom Of Bugs, directed by Kim Jin-man, whose credits include penguin doc Pengi And Sommi.
Finance Forum kicks off Friday By Wendy Mitchell
Séville saddles up The Mule Séville International has closed a raft of sales heading into Cannes on SXSW selection The Mule. Anick Poirier and her team have licensed rights to the US (XLrator Media), Germany (MFA), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Greece (Filmtrade) and the former Yugoslavia (VIP Media). Séville’s director of sales, Natalie Kampelmacher, negotiated the latter two deals. The crime drama features Hugo Weaving, with co-stars Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell also scripting. The Mule screens in the market today. Jeremy Kay
The fifth annual International Film Finance Forum on Friday, organised by Winston Baker and counting Screen as a media partner, will welcome top speakers including TWC’s David Glasser, Grace Of Monaco producer PierreAnge Le Pogam, ICM’s Jessica Lacy, producer Philippe Carcassonne, CAA’s Micah Green, Participant Media’s Jonathan King and Silver Reel’s Claudia Blümhuber. Univercine’s Jean-Luc Ormieres has joined the Fighting For A New French Cinema panel. For more information visit www.filmfinanceforum.com.
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cannes briefs Chinese talent pitches up The second New Chinese Film Talents Fund Forum is to run this week. Eight emerging Chinese film directors and their respective feature films have been invited to attend Cannes for a series of pitching sessions. The event was developed by Chinese distributor Champs Lis and the Marché du Film. The film-makers will present their projects to international producers, sales agents and film funds on Sunday.
Archstone unveils two Archstone Distribution has lined up two titles for sale at Cannes: Second World War adventure Out Of The Burning Blue, starring Chris Klein; and Julia, which screens at the market and is styled as a revenge story about a traumatised woman who resorts to an unusual therapy.
Marché presses play on its NEXT initiative By Melanie Goodfellow
Curzon World CEO Philip Knatchbull and Magnolia Pictures president Eamonn Bowles will be among speakers kicking off the Marché’s new NEXT programme, dedicated to innovative ways of storytelling, producing, financing and distributing film. “It’s essential to explore the realities facing the cinema industry in this digital demand-driven world,” said Marché executive director Jérome Paillard of NEXT, which will be housed in a new pavilion in the International Village. Curzon World, parent of Curzon Cinemas and distributor Artificial Eye, and US distributor Magnolia are ‘day-and-date’ pioneers that run VoD platforms allowing films
to be watched at home on the day of their cinema release. The roundtable at 4pm today comes on the eve of a VoD-only France release by Wild Bunch of Abel Ferrara’s Welcome To New York, in protest against France’s strict media windowing laws. “For decades, movie-goers have experienced cinema in theatres, but new technology and multiple
screens are modifying consumer behaviour,” said Paillard. Other roundtables tackle subjects such as crowdfunding, how to drive VoD audiences and cinema on demand, in which audiences programme local cinemas. There will also be presentations by Power to the Pixel and Belgian fund Wallimage, exploring new ways of engaging audiences. The European crossmedia market Cross Video Days will host a pitching session for four interactive projects including Canadian Ziad Touma’s Le Judas, Jonny Peters’ feature film and social-network gaming platform Dream Channel, Julie Friis Walenciak’s Museum and Ziga Virc’s mockumentary Houston, Imamo Problem!.
Brazilians out in force Cinema do Brasil returns to Cannes with a screening of co-production El Ardor and five sessions dedicated to promoting Brazilian productions to the market. The promotional body represents 32 associate companies and will host networking opportunities for film-makers throughout the Cannes market. » Full stories on ScreenDaily.com
Big slate from Kasander, Greenaway By Geoffrey Macnab
Dutch producer Kees Kasander is to resume his relationship with UK director Peter Greenaway — and they have 15 projects in the pipeline. Greenaway’s film Eisenstein In Guanajuato, sold by Rezo, is the first he made without Kasander for
many years. But the two are back in business with Constantin Brancusi biopic Walking To Paris. Stealth is in talks to handle international sales and Kasander is producing through Cinatura UK. Other partners include Catherine Dussart at CDP, Gabi Antal’s Abis Studio and Susann
ARP Seléction lands Maidan
Joffé’s Lovers recaptures its spark after troubled production
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ARP Seléction has become the first distributor to pick up Sergei Loznitsa’s documentary Maidan, which is having its premiere in Cannes’ Official Selection. ARP has acquired rights to French-speaking territories while the film has also been sold to Poland (Against Gravity), Netherlands (Cinema Delicatessen) and Ukraine (Arthouse Traffic). Shot as civil unrest unfolded in Kiev from mid-November 2013, Maidan is one of the first projects from the Netherlands-based production outfit Atoms & Void, which Loznitsa set up with Maria Choustova-Baker last year.
Palme d’Or winner Roland Joffé’s epic time-travel romance The Lovers has been completed and will receive its market premiere in Cannes on the slate of Corsan. The film, starring Josh Hartnett, is not as Joffé planned when it was launched to buyers in 2010. The name changed from Singularity and it has also been partly re-cast and re-shot. Lead actress Neve Campbell dropped out and was replaced by Tamsin Egerton. “We were shooting in three different continents and our Australian partner went into liquidation,” said Corsan CEO and producer Paul Breuls. He said the issues are
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resolved and Corsan is relaunching it “as if it is a fresh film”. Joffé is expected in Cannes to attend the market premiere alongside cast members. Corsan’s slate also includes Lee Tamahori’s Emperor starring Adrien Brody and Andy Garcia. It is also pre-selling Expiration, to which Bruce Willis has been linked.
Rüdlinger’s Cobra Film AG. Greenaway is also planning Food For Love, his adaptation of Thomas Mann’s Death In Venice, and a biopic of artist Hieronymus Bosch in time for the 500th anniversary of his death in 2016. » See ScreenDaily.com for details of more projects.
High Point punches for McGuigan High Point’s Cannes slate includes boxing drama Thank You Very Much Mr Eastwood, depicting the falling out between boxing champion Barry McGuigan and his manager Barney Eastwood in the 1980s. The film will be directed by Michael McDowell and produced by Damon Quinn of Hole In The Wall Gang and Ronald de Neef for Starline Entertainment. High Point’s slate also includes rom-com Heart Street and Dean Francis’s Drown. Andreas Wiseman
Thomsen to tackle Danish football biopic By Wendy Mitchell
Ulrich Thomsen is set to star as Denmark football coach Richard Moller Nielsen in Summer Of ’92. Kris Thykier’s London-based PeaPie Films and Meta Louise Foldager’s Copenhagen-based Meta Film are producing the film — based on Denmark’s surprise victory in the Euro 1992 tournament. HanWay is handling intern a t i o n a l s a l e s, e x c l u d i n g Scandinavia. Kasper Barfoed will direct the story, based on a script he wrote with Anders Frithiof August. Shooting starts in late summer. Thomsen’s credits include HBO’s Banshee and The World Is Not Enough.
Sola unwraps Santa project By Geoffrey Macnab
Sola Media has arrived in Cannes pre-selling its biggest project to date — the $30m 3D animated feature Santa: Lost Down Under. The Stuttgart-based sales firm will screen a promo reel for the film in the Marché. Directed by Rob Nunn, the film is billed as a bold Australian take on a festive story in which Santa and Rudolf become stranded in the Outback four days before Christmas. The producers are Diana Giorgiutti, Ben Cunningham and Charles Glaspole. Also new on Sola’s slate is another big-budget animated 3D feature, Manou The Swift, produced in Stuttgart by Andrea Block and Christian Haas with a $17m budget. On the live-action front, Sola is handling Dutch children’s movie Secrets Of War from director Dennis Bots. Produced by Reinier Selen and Harro van Staverden, the film is in post-production.
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Q&A Mike Leigh Mike Leigh returns to the Croisette for the fifth time with his biggestcanvas film to date, Mr. Turner, a biopic of British Romantic painter JMW Turner (known as the ‘painter of light’). Returning Leigh regulars include actors Timothy Spall (as Turner) and Lesley Manville, and DoP Dick Pope.
A study of friendship By Melanie Goodfellow
French director Céline Sciamma hits the Croisette this evening in the company of the four young stars of her latest film, Girlhood, which opens Directors’ Fortnight. The gritty coming-of-age tale revolves around a group of teenage girls hailing from one of Paris’s poor minority neighbourhoods. Sciamma says inspiration for the film came from the gangs of girls she would come across in Paris, hanging out around Les Halles shopping centre, or in the Metro and overland rail network. “I was fascinated by their energy, their group dynamics, their attitude, style and way of dressing. I wanted to find out more about them,” says the filmmaker. “They’re not gangs in the
US sense of the word — just big groups of friends. “They face a particular set of challenges but at the same time their stories are consistent with the themes I’ve explored in my other work such as the construction of feminine identity and friendships between girls.” Alongside casting agent Christel Baras, Sciamma spent four months looking for the cast of the film — led by Karidja Touré with support from Assa Sylla, Marietou Touré and Lindsay Karamoh. “We looked for them everywhere. In the street, in shopping centres and at a Beyoncé concert. We must have seen 100 girls,” she says. “You don’t see faces and bodies like theirs in French cinema very
often, even though these girls are French,” she continues. “I felt there was a real necessity to film them, which went beyond my own strong desire to tell their stories.” Sciamma was last in Cannes with her swimming-pool lockerroom drama Water Lilies, which premiered in Un Certain Regard in 2007. She is best known for Tomboy, which sold to some 35 territories after premiering in Berlin. All three of her films to date have dealt with girls in childhood or adolescence. Sciamma says, however, she may have closed that chapter in her film-making career. “I’ve explored childhood, the beginning of adolescence and here, the end of adolescence. I think it’s time for me to move on,” she says.
The smell of Crossing borders with film “We know that Nadja — and Polyester Films Without Borders, the UK- Swarovski — will be able to take By wendy mitchell
John Waters’ 1981 cult classic Polyester is set to assault the senses at Cannes. A new 2k digital print from Warner Bros will screen at the Cinema de la Plage with Waters-designed ‘scratch and sniff’ cards adding to the fun. The screening is on May 22 at 9:30pm (the film is one of seven at Cannes represented by classic film distributor Park Circus).
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us to another level and offer the young people taking part in our FWB workshops an even better platform to promote their work.” Swarovski added: “Perhaps more than any other medium, film has the power to engage and inspire young people, no matter where they are from, sparking their imaginations. It’s an honour to support Films Without Borders in its valuable work.”
Why did you want to tell this particular story? Apart from the fact Turner is a great painter and a great British institution, it seemed to me a natural cinematic subject that hadn’t been done before. The tension between the flawed but passionate character and his extraordinary work seemed worth exploring. We started thinking about making this film after Topsy Turvy in the late 1990s. The problem was — and remains, despite having finished it — getting enough money to make it. We got around $13.5m (£8m) in the end. We haven’t done some things we had thought we would — like to shoot in Venice — but I think we’ve still done it proud. How much artistic licence could you take? Plenty. It’s not a documentary; it’s a dramatic distillation. On the other hand we researched it and it’s grounded in received truths. Were you concerned about translating a painter’s work into moving image? Turner is cinematic in the first place. It was shot brilliantly by
Dick Pope. We’ve gone for the spirit and the look of Turner. Was this your first feature on digital? We’d shot a short on digital but, yes, it was. As supporters of film we had mixed feelings about it but the truth is that things are moving forward and there’s no point in fighting it. The technology is there and it should be embraced. Digital worked very well for this film. Are you enthused by this year’s UK presence in Cannes? Yes, it’s great. We’ve got a film industry so it’s bad news if there are only one or two films at Cannes. I’m the governor of the London Film School and we’ve got a few films in selection and I’m very proud of that. Your Competition counterpart Ken Loach has talked about retirement recently. Will you continue to make films? Yes, certainly. We’re already talking about the next one. We’ll make a film in a couple of years. Andreas Wiseman
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Grace Of Monaco Reviewed by Fionnuala Halligan Olivier Dahan may well be correct in his belief that Harvey Weinstein cannot improve Grace Of Monaco, but it is difficult to imagine how the TWC chief could make it that much worse. A schmaltzy, soft-focus rear-end to last year’s carcrash biopic Diana, Grace Of Monaco is puzzlingly misjudged, a minor royal Euro-pudding that lands awkwardly in sub-Roman Holiday territory amid a product-placement blitz of diamonds and up-dos, chandeliers and yachts. As with Diana, sympathy goes out to the Antipodean actress left holding the baby. As Grace Kelly, the retired Hollywood movie star struggling to find meaning in life as Monaco’s monarch, Kidman strains valiantly for the right notes, but the project also seems a poor judgment call despite the presence of La Vie En Rose’s Dahan at the helm. The script, credited to producer Arash Amel, feels misguided, while Kidman herself is a good 15 years older than Grace was in 1961-62 when the film is set. However, Grace Of Monaco will need Kidman’s enduring movie-star appeal when it arrives in European cinemas, following its highprofile opening slot here (the film does not have a US release date, having been pulled from TWC’s schedule last November). The royal family of Monaco has indicated its displeasure at
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opening film Fr. 2014. 103mins Director Olivier Dahan Production companies YRF Entertainment, Stone Angels International sales Lotus Entertainment, www.lotusentertainment. com Producers Arash Amel, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam Screenplay Arash Amel Cinematography Eric Gautier Editor Olivier Gajan Production designer Dan Weil Music Christopher Gunning Main cast Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Parker Posey, Frank Langella, Paz Vega, Robert Lindsay, Derek Jacobi, Geraldine Somerville, Roger AshtonGriffiths
Dahan’s ‘real-life fairytale’, which takes place in the tiny Riviera tax haven after the 1956 ‘wedding of the century’ when Philadelphia-born actress Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco (their first date was a publicity set-up at Cannes Film Festival). Lacking the Hello! magazine set’s seal of approval may hurt Grace Of Monaco’s initial theatrical prospects, although it has a certain camp appeal that could revive its fortunes in later iterations. Kelly, an Oscar-winning actress and Alfred Hitchcock’s enduring muse, remained an object of global fascination until her death in a car crash in Monaco in 1982. This is all a long time ago, however. Grace Of Monaco needs to make a persuasive case to younger audiences, but Dahan’s film is distracted by the need to pack in ultra-tight close-ups of Kidman’s eyes, blowing out the rest of her head into a focusless puff and ultimately the film along with it. Grace Of Monaco starts out with a minor scandal in 1961-62 when Hitchcock offered Kelly — by then the mother of two young children, Caroline and Albert — the comeback role of Marnie. Rainier (Roth), who refused to allow Kelly’s films to even play in Monaco, permitted a dalliance between the director and his favourite ice-cool blonde, but the role was ultimately rejected, going to Tippi Hedren. An unhappy Grace finds Monaco annoying
and claustrophobic, full of boring rules and protocol. She is not very popular and speaks her mind, even though there does not always seem to be a lot going on in there. When Charles de Gaulle threatens a blockade unless Rainier taxes Monaco’s citizens and returns the revenue to Paris to fund the war in Algeria, she tosses her lacquered curls and tells his representative that “colonialism is so last century”. Dahan is not so much interested in a story, here, as how a lonely and isolated princess might discover her purpose in life. This involves Grace, assisted by the Palace curate, ‘Tuck’ (Langella), taking French and etiquette lessons from Count Fernando d’Aillieres (Jacobi) and figuring out that, even with a cranky husband, she “believes in love”. Given the message, it is hard not to confuse this with The Princess Diaries. Shot in France and Belgium, Grace Of Monaco uses period recreations and old newsreel footage alternated with a style meant to be suggestive of 1960s European film-making, particularly the bleached-out colours. Great attention is given to costume and hair, in particular, with the sets coming a distinct second. The score, courtesy of Christopher Gunning, is crashing Hollywood regal. Albert II of Monaco is thanked in the credits, although the feeling does not appear to be mutual.
Whiplash Reviewed by Tim Grierson A battle of wills provides the compelling backbeat to Whiplash, an intense drama anchored by superb performances from Miles Teller and JK Simmons. This Sundance winner, which screens as part of Directors’ Fortnight, gets to the heart of artistic ambition, pitting a driven drumming student against his uncompromising teacher. Sony Pictures Classics picked up Whiplash during Sundance, where it took home the Grand Jury Prize in the festival’s US Dramatic competition. (It also won the audience award for that section.) No US release date has been announced yet, but the film should be a solid performer on the arthouse circuit, bolstered by strong reviews and possible award-season buzz. In New York City, single-minded teen Andrew (Teller) attends a competitive music conservatory, where his focused, accomplished drumming attracts the attention of Terence Fletcher (Simmons), the school’s most brilliant — but also most brutal — jazz instructor. Fletcher invites Andrew to be part of the conservatory’s prestigious band, but that honour proves to be a double-edged sword since the teacher intends to push his prized pupil to the breaking point in order to see if he has the mental and physical toughness to be a top-notch musician. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle (Guy And Madeline On A Park Bench), Whiplash
Charlie’s Country Reviewed by Frank Hatherley The great and troubled Aboriginal actor, David Gulpilil, crowns his career with a mesmeric portrait of stubborn, baffled pride in his third major movie for maverick film-maker Rolf de Heer. He shares a screenplay credit with his director and the film is clearly a semi-autobiographical portrait of the man and his far-north, tropical bush community. Hardly off the screen, Gulpilil commands attention throughout an unhurried tale of Aboriginal bemusement, bitterness and despair in modern white Australia. This is an arthouse winner at home and a rich choice for international festival showings after its well-received premiere at Adelaide Film Festival last October. Gulpilil’s previous films with de Heer — The Tracker (2002) and Ten Canoes (2006), which took the special jury prize when it screened in Un Certain Regard — were similarly distinguished and ultimately awardwinning, but here the settings and themes are wrenchingly contemporary. Ageing Charlie wants to change his dissatisfied life, but his choices are few. He cannot shoot game because he needs a firearms
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Directors’ fortnight US. 2013. 105mins Director/screenplay Damien Chazelle Production companies Bold Films, Blumhouse Productions, Right Of Way Films International sales Sierra/Affinity, www. sierra-affinity.com Producers Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, Michel Litvak, David Lancaster Executive producers Jason Reitman, Gary Michael Walters, Couper Samuelson, Jeanette Brill Cinematography Sharone Meir Editor Tom Cross Production designer Melanie Paizis-Jones Music Justin Hurwitz Main cast Miles Teller, JK Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Austin Stowell, Jayson Blair
is based on his short film that won a prize at Sundance in 2013. Chazelle emulates the blinkered world view of his feuding characters, giving us an environment in which artistic excellence is the only criterion. (Tellingly, a possible love interest for Andrew falls away because the teen ultimately views her as a distraction from the career he desperately desires.) The confrontations between Fletcher and Andrew have the bruising quality of a drill sergeant lambasting his recruits. Fletcher wants tears, blood and perfection from Andrew — in part because he knows the kid is that dedicated to mastering the drums. Consequently, while the viewer may be shocked or dismayed by the vicious name-calling and swearing Fletcher heaps on Andrew, Whiplash argues that the student — like so many ambitious young artists before him — will endure it in the name of
greatness. Troubling as the abuse may be, Chazelle asks if it is simply the price one must pay. Both leads rise to the challenge. As in The Spectacular Now, Teller shows here a rare ability to play a nuanced teenager who is troubled, complicated, awkward and charming. Despite Andrew’s ferocious urge to escape the mediocrity he sees in his family, Teller provides the drummer with just enough empathy so that we sense the humanity he is risking by so doggedly chasing his dreams. As for Simmons, who also played Fletcher in the original short, he wields his muscular physique, no-nonsense expression and shaved head to become a universal symbol of domineering father-figure intimidation. Always ready to explode, Fletcher is a frightening bully, but Simmons’ cool intelligence also hints at the soulfulness and passion that power such drive.
licence. “I am not a recreational shooter, I am a hunter,” he tells the one local policeman (Ford) with whom he has a jokey relationship. Even his lovingly homemade spear is confiscated as a “dangerous weapon”. After campfire conversations with old friends, some more unwell than he, Charlie decides to return to the bush and the lifestyle of his ancestors. Though cinematically spectacular, his new life trekking and trapping — even bark painting — is tough on his poor health, especially when the rains come. A time in hospital is followed by drinking “in the long grass”, as Aboriginal squatting is called around Darwin; and then he is subjected to a degrading prison routine. None of this seems inevitable in de Heer’s
deliberately slow narrative, and all is seen via monumental Gulpilil close-ups: sad eyes through a tangle of wild, grey hair. But when he moves through the landscape, as slender as the tall reeds, as graceful as a dancer, he becomes one with his estranged country. De Heer revels in the remote locations and cinematographer Ian Jones offers beautifully fluid Steadicam sequences in what looks like impossible wilderness. Though often visually beautiful, Charlie’s Country is a confronting experience and none more so than the single devastating shot in which Charlie/Gulpilil has his wild hair, moustache and beard utterly, brutally shorn by a young, disinterested prison barber. We are outraged at his denigration.
UN CERTAIN REGARD Aus. 2013. 108mins Director Rolf de Heer Production companies Vertigo Productions, Bula’bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation International sales Visit Films, www.visitfilms.com Producers Nils Erik Nielsen, Peter Djigirr, Rolf de Heer Screenplay Rolf de Heer, David Gulpilil Cinematography Ian Jones Editor Tania Nehme Production designer Beverley Freeman Music Graham Tardif Main cast David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford, Jennifer Budukpuduk Gaykamangu, Peter Minygululu, Gary Sweet
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t is February in Turku, Finland, and outside Turku Castle a confident young woman gallops on horseback through the snow. The woman is Malin Buska, who plays Sweden’s 17th century Queen Kristina in Mika Kaurismaki’s The Girl King. The confidence and the castle are real; it is ironic that the snow is supplied by a local hockey rink. There is almost always snow in Turku at this time of year, but 2014’s weather is not cooperating. Kaurismaki takes such minor problems in his stride. Producer Anna Stratton notes: “It’s a quiet, calm set. Mika is very unflappable. He has made so many films and has so much experience.” And who cares about a load of snow when he has got a take-charge actress playing a hugely compelling role. This film is a passion project for Kaurismaki, who was first drawn to the story in 1999. “I’ve always been fascinated by this character, from history classes back in school. She stuck in my mind,” he says. Stratton of Toronto-based Triptych Media started developing the project in 2008 with Kaurismaki; they brought writer Michel Marc Bouchard (Tom At The Farm) on board in 2009. Financing was tricky, Stratton reveals: “In this risk-averse climate, historical films are difficult and we have an ‘undiscovered’ actress in the lead role.” Of Bouchard, Stratton says that “his work is poetic and also succeeds in capturing the everyday. He’s sensitive to all the aspects of the story — political, spiritual, social, human.” The story follows the enigmatic young Kristina torn between passion and power, pulled between Lutheran and Catholic forces; and being coerced into marrying and producing an heir while she is actually in love with her lady in waiting (played by Sarah Gadon). A psychological story As will be expected by fans of Kaurismaki’s previous films, this is not a typical costume drama. “In most films I have only one costume,” he says with a laugh. “When I was younger I never thought I would have made a costume drama. “I wanted to do it not as a huge costume drama with huge battle scenes; it’s the psychological story of a young woman trying to decide what to do with her life. It’s about her mind... Of course, we’re true to the period with costumes and settings. But the story is very modern,” he says. Finding his Kristina was “a long process”, but when he saw Buska in a film called Happy End, he says: “I thought, this is Kristina.” And as it happens Buska already felt a strong connection — her middle name comes from the queen. She was brave enough to shoot in English and also take on a role once made famous by Greta Garbo.
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Malin Buska, with Francois Arnaud, in The Girl King; (right) Buska and Mika Kaurismaki on set
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Mika Kaurismaki Michel Marc Bouchard (Englishlanguage version by Linda Gaboriau) ■ Producers Mika Kaurismaki, Anna Stratton, Arnie Gelbart, Rainer Kölmel, Wasiliki Bleser, Martin Persson ■ Production companies Triptych Media, Marianna Films, Starhaus Filmproduktion, Anagram Produktion, Galafilm ■ Cast Malin Buska, Lucas Bryant, Martina Gedeck, Sarah Gadon, Hippolyte Girardot, Michael Nyqvist, Laura Birn, Francois Arnaud ■ Budget $9.3m (€6.5m) ■ Backers Finnish Film Foundation, Eurimages, Telefilm Canada, Nordisk Film & TV Fund, West Finland Film Commission, Swedish Film Institute, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles, Québec Film, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Harold Greenberg Fund, SVT, YLE ■ Status In post-production for a launch in early 2015 ■ International sales The Yellow Affair email@example.com ■ Writer
Modern girl Wendy Mitchell visits Turku, Finland to watch Mika Kaurismaki at work on his big international historical drama The Girl King ‘Of course, we are true to the period with costumes and settings. But the story is very modern’ Mika Kaurismaki, director
“She was already in the character from the first day of shoot,” says the director. Buska has the right look, too, he adds. “She can look very childish or older.” Plus she had put in a lot of preparation for the role, arriving in Turku several months early to work on horse-riding skills, for example. And she read a lot about the queen. Stratton adds: “Malin has risen to the challenge so admirably. She’s got incredible power and authority as well as a tenderness and youthful curiosity.” Working internationally There are some grand locations, such as the medieval Turku Castle, which is selected for authenticity’s sake, not for any home-country pride of the director. In fact, Kristina’s mother Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg first realised she was pregnant with the future queen on a visit to Turku Castle. The director looked at many other options. “I’ve seen so many castles I could be a castle guide,” he quips. “I’ve always had Turku Castle in the back of my mind, and they also had the cathedral here in Turku.”
Teija Raninen of the West Finland Film Commission adds that in addition to helping with locations and some costs, the organisation likes to get local businesses and people involved as much as possible — for instance, The Girl King’s costumes were made locally. During a 40-day shoot, the production also took in Sweden and Germany; the crew was international but with a large Finnish contingent. The girl King is shot in the English language, something that has already attracted distribution partners: Equinoxe of Canada, SF Svensk for the Nordic territories, NFP for Germany, Transmission for Australia and Maywin for Russia. The Yellow Affair handles sales and will show an eight-minute promo reel to buyers here in Cannes (invitation only). Kaurismaki, who at 58 years old is the elder brother of Aki, splits his time between Finland (where he is also one of the founders of Midnight Sun Film Festival) and Brazil (where he has made several films). Up next for him is Coming Home, a contemporary drama about a father and daughter set also to s shoot in Finland this summer. ■
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not yet in the top positions. So these are not generally the vice-presidents or CEOs unless they have split off into running their own boutique companies. The fast-changing worlds of sales and distribution will face enormous challenges in the coming years — from the rise of digital platforms to shrinking TV deals to a crowded release landscape. It’s good to meet those dynamic, inspiring future leaders who will be driving the sector in exciting times ahead. And we look forward to toasting them in Cannes at a reception on May 21 in association with Cannes Marché’s Producers Network. Wendy Mitchell, editor
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probably the best training ground there is for my current position”. He intends to stay in the world of acquisitions and production, searching for a breakout title and keeping his eyes opens. “There’s always another buyer,” he says.
Vicki Brown ■ International sales manager ■ Altitude Film Sales (UK) ■ firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristians Alhimionoks ■ International sales and distribution
manager ■ Platforma Film (Lat) ■ email@example.com
After graduating in international media and entertainment management at the University of Breda, Kristians Alhimionoks landed an internship at Londonbased Kaleidoscope Film Distribution. “I gained essential exposure to how international sales and domestic distribution of feature films work,” he says about his time at Kaleidoscope. He regards Caroline Stern, Kaleidoscope’s director of international sales and distribution, as his “film-industry godmother”. He adds: “She directed me step by step and showed me how important attention to detail is in this business.” After Kaleidoscope, Alhimionoks was involved in the distribution and marketing of 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks films in Latvian cinemas. He then moved to Platforma Film to take over the management of international sales and distribution. Platforma Film, the owner of a studio with the biggest outdoor backlot in Northern Europe, has produced some of the most successful Latvian films of recent years such as Defenders Of Riga and Dream Team 1935. Alhimionoks is drawn to films “that entertain wide audiences around the world. Everyone who can create a product that works in most of the territories should be proud.” At the same time, he suggests one of the major challenges facing the industry today is the fact that “year by year, it’s getting more difficult to differentiate your product from others. It’s a greater challenge to sell a well-made quality drama than a mediocre genre film.”
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Sean Berney ■ Manager of acquisitions ■ Sundance Selects/IFC Films/IFC
Midnight (US) ■ firstname.lastname@example.org
The advantage of having Bob and Jeanne Berney as parents and role models is not lost on Sean Berney, yet few could accuse the youngster of draping himself languidly over the family laurels. Berney has always loved film, majoring in cinema studios and business at New York University. He took an internship at Magnolia Pictures, where he had his first glimpse of acquisitions and met an influential figure in the form of president Eamonn Bowles. “From there I worked as a consultant on the festival circuit for acquisitions teams at Apparition and Paramount Pictures International until joining Sundance Selects/IFC Films in 2012. “Jeff Deutchman, Arianna Bocco and Jonathan Sehring… have expanded the way I evaluate and view film in general and taught me the ins and outs of the buying game,” he says. The avowed fan of horror films says he truly cut his teeth in Cannes, “which is
Working at Altitude Film Sales offers the best of both worlds, Brown says — leadership from industry veterans such as Will Clarke and Mike Runagall, but with the everybody-pitches-in spirit of a smaller startup (the company launched in 2012). “I’m increasingly involved in a wide range of responsibilities,” Brown says. “It’s really exciting to be part of a young and dynamic company that has such great ambition.” The path that brought her to Altitude started at BFI London Film Festival and then a traineeship at Focus Features that led to a job on the international sales team. “It’s not an area I had considered, but I became fascinated by the nuances of different territories and discovering what kind of films work and where,” she recalls. Thanks to her background, she understands all the stages of a film’s journey and also the importance of relationships at every step. “The time you spend getting to know the buyers and film-makers is invaluable in helping you best understand their tastes and needs and identifying the right home for each film.” After learning the ropes from the likes of Runagall and former Focus executive Alison Thompson, the future excites Brown. “I hope to be able to capitalise on this ever-changing environment by finding new ways to adapt and broaden my knowledge. In the long term, I’d love to dip my toe into more creative aspects of film and become part of the inception process.”
Alexandra Burke ■ Sales manager ■ LevelK (Den) ■ email@example.com
“Back in 2007, I arrived fresh off the boat from Australia and the charitable people at Nordisk Film International Sales kindly took me in, clothed and fed me,” Alexandra Burke jokingly recalls about her start in the international film business. Early on after her arrival in Denmark, she had a “short and sweet stint working in production with Carsten Holst at Zentropa”. When colleague Tine Klint divulged her plans to set up a new company, LevelK, in 2009, Burke jumped at the chance to work with both Klint and Natja Rosner. Burke’s 2007 degrees at the University of Sydney combined finance and film, and art history, which has proved a useful grounding for the world of international sales. As a sales agent, Burke sees the goal as “attaining the best possible positioning and revenues for our titles in the marketplace.” At a time when traditional distribution models are losing efficiency and new platforms are emerging, there are plenty of challenges. “We now consider ourselves at LevelK a worldwide distributor and have become a digital partner across numerous territories. This allows us the opportunity to work the rights and windows to their full potential.” Of her career, she says: “It has been a dream so far being a piece in the machine that allows audiences from across the globe to see another version of life. Whatever future career lies ahead, I want for it to be in the service of originality.” »
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Andreas Degerhammar ■ Distribution manager ■ TriArt Film (Swe) ■ firstname.lastname@example.org
Andreas Degerhammar came to film distribution in a circuitous way. After earning a degree in film studies, he landed a job at Swedish Television as a reporter and film critic, before becoming head of the international programme at the influential Göteborg International Film Festival. He moved to TriArt in 2012. “I have worked in many different aspects of the industry and I believe they all pointed to a career in film distribution,” Degerhammar says. His festival film viewing and networking experience made the transition to distribution “quite natural”, even if there is a difference between programming or reviewing films and buying them. “Coming from the festival world, I thought the idea of the auteur had a great value. But no director is safe at the box office,” he says. Degerhammar pays tribute to his colleagues Eva Esseen Arndorff and Mattias Nohrborg, who brought him to TriArt. He shares their passion for arthouse cinema and “their crazy idea that it should work commercially”. Marketing auteur-driven arthouse films in an era when “Spielberg is the only director newsworthy for some of the largest Swedish media outlets” remains an obvious challenge. However, he is heartened by new Swedish films by the likes of Gabriela Pichler and Ruben Ostlund. As a “truly passionate distributor”, his ambition is to continue “the tradition of Triangelfilm and TriArt Film in bringing the best films from around the world to Sweden”.
Valeria Dobrolyubova ■ Sales manager ■ Bazelevs (Rus) ■ email@example.com
“My background as a fusion of international sales for the rights holder and acquisition for the distributor allows me
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to work effectively in sales for both the local and international markets,” explains Valeria Dobrolyubova, head of sales at Russian distributor Bazelevs, founded by film-maker Timur Bekmambetov. She worked for five years as the international sales manager for Russian public broadcaster VGTRK Sovtelexport and regularly attended the MIP and DISCOP markets. Then she moved into acquisitions for distributor Total Content, negotiating deals between rights-holders and TV channels, DVD companies and VoD platforms. She joined Bazelevs in February 2013. Bazelevs’ line-up includes the highly successful Yolki New Year comedy franchise and the adventure-comedy Kiss Them All! (Gorko!) which took more than $37m at the Russian box office last year. “On the whole, Russian cinema is still very local in its mentality,” Dobrolyubova notes. “I wish our films were more cosmopolitan.”
Gary Farkas ■ International sales executive ■ Wild Bunch (Fr) ■ firstname.lastname@example.org
An alumni of top business school ESCP Europe, Gary Farkas interned at a web agency, cosmetics company and managing consultancy firm before deciding to turn his passion for films into a career. “The internships were great, but I came to the realisation that I really wanted to follow my love of films,” says Farkas. “Prior to heading off on a sixmonth internship in Sweden, I stocked up on books on the film industry and took them with me.”
He started working for Wild Bunch as a marketing intern in 2010, assisting the sales team and also monitoring whether distributors were using the right marketing materials. “It could have been a tedious task, but rather than sending out e-mails, I would pick up the phone and talk to the distributors in person,” says Farkas. “I gained a real insight into how they all worked and what they were looking for.” Today, Farkas sells to Asia (bar Japan), Latin America and Spain. Like all Wild Bunch staff, he is encouraged by cofounder Vincent Maraval to read scripts and be on the look-out for projects. Those he has spotted to date include Grand Central by Rebecca Zlotowski, which screened in Un Certain Regard in 2013 and was sold by Wild Bunch associate company Elle Driver. Looking at the challenges facing sellers today, Farkas says it is a time of transition. “A film can’t break even through the box office alone these days. You have to explore every angle.”
Jennifer Fattell ■ International sales manager ■ Protagonist Pictures (UK) ■ email@example.com
Antibes-born Jennifer Fattell finished her masters in production and distribution in Paris at ESG Management School and then worked with EuropaCorp’s sales team for eight months, before moving to Exclusive Media in London. She then moved on to TV sales at A+E Networks before returning to her first love — film — at Protagonist. The job was a perfect fit. “They were looking for someone with TV experience to be able to work on the Film4 library, but at the same time, with the possibility to handle all rights territories… and I really wanted to go back to films while still being able to use my TV experience.” One day she would like to start her own company but will settle in the short term for running her own team. “My wish is to continue working on films that captivate me. Big or small budget, it doesn’t matter.”
Her recent passions include favourites such as Blue Is The Warmest Colour. “Our job is, after all, to find these little gems that will stay in people’s minds for a long time and that will transport them in another life, another story.”
Nathan Fischer ■ International sales and acquisition
agent ■ Other Angle (Fr) ■ firstname.lastname@example.org
After an internship at Wild Bunch in 2011, Lyon Business School graduate Nathan Fischer headed to Los Angeles for a year. There he gained experience with American Entertainment Investors, Voltage Pictures and Endgame Entertainment. “Being in LA as a French person and a junior was difficult, but I learnt a lot about the American way of doing things,” says Fischer. “I read so many scripts and analysed so many projects it gave me an edge in analysing US projects.” Fischer has also spent time in China and India. While in the US, he helped at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and through that became the Cannes coordinator for Anurag Kashyap’s AKFPL, assisting the director and producer Guneet Monga with the festival screenings of The Lunchbox and Ugly. Fischer cites Kashyap, alongside Wild Bunch co-founder Vincent Maraval, as the people from whom he has learned most. “He [Kashyap] is an underdog in India, but he keeps fighting… he is paving the way for independent Indian cinema,” says Fischer. “Vincent Maraval taught me you have to believe in your films, be passionate about them and take chances.” Returning to France in 2013, Fisher worked as acquisitions consultant for distributor Ad Vitam in Sundance and Berlin, identifying Jeff Gorin’s Whiplash as a strong acquisition. Fischer joined Paris-based Other Angle just prior to Cannes. “I am so excited about representing film for so many countries and can’t wait to meet as many distributors as I can in Cannes.” »
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with stories I haven’t seen before, that push boundaries, but remain accessible. A film that makes me cry, or laugh until I cry, is always high on my list.”
■ Director of international sales ■ HanWay Films (UK) ■ firstname.lastname@example.org
In keeping with a host of sales industry leaders, Chiara Gelardin hails from a legal background. After studying at Columbia University in New York, the French and Italian speaker moved to London where she qualified as a barrister. Starting in the legal department at Momentum Pictures, Gelardin joined the business affairs department at Jeremy Thomas’s Recorded Picture Company (RPC) in 2009. In 2011, she moved into sales at RPC’s sister company HanWay, working for veterans Thorsten Schumacher (whom she credits for the transition) and Claire Taylor. She has worked on titles including Lone Scherfig’s Posh, Todd Haynes’ Carol and John Crowley’s Brooklyn. Gelardin’s varied career informs a circumspect opinion of the challenges facing the industry: “VoD, changes in the TV world, shifting release windows, political unrest, ever-changing and unpredictable audience behaviour — these are all affecting people’s decisions and nerves.” She adds: “We’re all looking for rules and safety nets when really this is an industry that thrives on exceptions. I’ve also learnt that this job is not just about the sales, but about finessing and nurturing the whole life of the film.”
Silje Glimsdal ■ Sales manager
editing, producing or sales.” She credits TrustNordisk CEO Rikke Ennis with guiding her toward sales. “She really believed in me,” says Glimsdal. “She was the one headhunting me. I didn’t even know about the sales industry and said I was not going to be a sales agent. She said, ‘Oh yes you are. Some people are born to do that stuff.’” Glimsdal now handles eastern Europe with Russia, Latin America, Africa, Portugal and Greece for the company. One of the lessons she has learnt is to “be humble and be patient”. As for her own ambitions, Glimsdal aims to carry on in sales, get “better” at what she is doing and have the opportunity “to scout for talent and find good quality films, directors and talent”.
Deckter and executive vice-president of international sales Tatyana Joffe. Goldman’s overseas upbringing and her MBA bring “a perspective and an understanding of the industry on both a visceral and an intellectual level”. However, time in the trenches has brought its own rewards. “Being experienced in a fast-paced environment, being energised by it, and being able to multi-task in that environment is essential,” she says. As a champion of strong female characters, Goldman notes: “It’s a shame a group that makes up 52% of the population is the protagonist in only 15% of films. The upside is that those films make 20% more on average than films with a male protagonist, so I look forward to what the future brings.”
■ International sales manager
■ Manager of acquisitions and
■ IM Global (US) ■ email@example.com
Talia Goldman was at Notre Dame’s business school when she caught the film bug. She did a Cannes internship with Lakeshore Entertainment, when the company was selling its Fame remake. “I was intrigued and exhilarated by it, to say the least,” she recalls. Goldman worked for W2 Media before arriving at IM Global, where she has enjoyed the mentorship of founder and CEO Stuart Ford, president Jonathan
■ TrustNordisk (Den) ■ firstname.lastname@example.org
When she was studying dramaturgy at university in Aarhus, Denmark, the Norway-born Silje Glimsdal little envisaged she would work in sales. Her starting point in the film business came five years ago after she was chosen for a Zentropa internship. “That is a three-year education within the film industry. When you are there, you can choose which way to go, whether
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broadcast sales ■ Mongrel Media (Can) ■ email@example.com
As a film student, Caroline Habib worked in a video store. She loved it and on graduating landed a job in acquisitions at Montreal-based Seville Pictures. From there she moved to Toronto in 2008 to work for Mongrel Media. Habib says: “I always wanted to bring quality films to people and distribution seemed the most effective way to do that.” She takes nothing for granted and believes studies, personal interest, experience and “plain old luck” got her where she is. “Taking risks when needed and keeping good relationships also help.” Speaking of which, both Mongrel Media president Hussain Amarshi and renowned industry veteran Charlotte Mickie have been influential to her career. “They are both examples of hard working, smart executives that continue to inspire me immensely.” Straddling the disciplines of buying and selling allows Habib to chase “films
Oli Harbottle ■ Head of distribution ■ Dogwoof (UK) ■ firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Raindance Film Festival producer Harbottle joined Dogwoof in 2006. Under the tutelage of company cofounders Andy Whittaker and Anna Godas, he has worked on some of the UK’s most visible and hard-hitting recent documentary campaigns. The London-based executive acquired and oversaw innovative release strategies for Ken Loach’s documentary The Spirit Of ’45, acclaimed Bafta winner and Oscar nominee The Act Of Killing and international hit Blackfish. “Andy and Anna’s belief in the need to innovate and to make Dogwoof a customer-facing company rather than a traditional industry player has shaped the business and helped us see the significant growth we have experienced over recent years,” explains Harbottle about impressive outfit Dogwoof, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. “As an industry, we need to remain flexible in our approach and be constantly reactive to consumer needs,” he continues. “For any content-driven business, the digital age finally means the consumer really is king and we need to work with our audiences to deliver them what they want by whichever means.”
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daily from chiefs Stephen Kelliher, Hilary Davis and Phil Hunt. “Bankside is a company that is going through a growth period and we have a huge opportunity to step up and start financing and selling some bigger and more prestigious titles. I think a natural part of that evolution will be working more closely with film-makers, getting involved earlier in the development process and possibly even collaborating on the production side. All of which is hugely exciting to me, as it’s a combination of all of those things I want to be doing as my career progresses.” Rouzie Hassanova
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■ International sales executive
■ Vice-president, international licensing
■ Bac Films (Fr)
and distribution ■ Mister Smith Entertainment (UK) ■ email@example.com
Hassanova moved to the UK from Bulgaria aged 18, and has made her mark at companies including Prime Focus (then VTR post-production), HanWay Films and now Mister Smith Entertainment. While at HanWay she rose to sales coordinator, shopping award-winning films including Shame, Kon-Tiki, Pina and A Dangerous Method. After briefly segueing into production, Hassanova could not resist the opportunity to join sales supremos David Garrett and Ralpho Borgos at Mister Smith, where she worked on films including Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner and upcoming Jesse Owens biopic Race, as well as DreamWorks titles, selling to 16 markets. Her recent projects include a six-month analysis of the airline and ships market for DreamWorks, which informed the studio’s strategies for titles including The Fifth Estate, Delivery Man and Need For Speed. “I think the market is overwhelmed with material, where only a few independent productions stand out,” she says. “Of course cast, director, production team all count, but in the end it’s about the story and the quality of the execution.”
Moritz Hemminger ■ Acquisition and sales director ■ ARRI World Sales (Ger) ■ firstname.lastname@example.org
After internships at Concorde Film and New Regency Productions, Moritz Hemminger joined Telepool’s Cinepool division as theatrical sales assistant in 2010, following his studies at film school in Munich.
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new ways of catching the buyer’s attention, and you basically have the same situation in the relationship with the local distributor and movie-goer.”
Patrick Howson ■ Sales and acquisitions executive ■ Bankside Films (UK) ■ email@example.com
Two years ago, he joined ARRI World Sales as acquisitions and sales director with the goal of expanding international sales and production activities. “When working in this rather small international entertainment family, it’s important to establish healthy client relationships, to increase loyalty and to build long-term value with producers and distributors,” Hemminger says. “This is, in my opinion, by far the better strategy to succeed in this business in the long run than going for the quickest deal to simply cash in.” Citing Gravity and Drive as two films that greatly impressed him in recent years, Hemminger says he is “very passionate about films that transport a certain atmosphere to the audience. Only a few directors are capable of telling stories with reduced dialogue and manage this through an intense exchange of glances between two characters.” The rapid increase in the number of films being produced has made sales tougher. “A sales company has to find
Howson got his start on the production side of the business, working as assistant to veteran producer Paul Webster at Kudos Pictures, before being promoted to development executive when the company was renamed Shine Pictures under Ollie Madden. “I gained fantastic experience in development and production over the few years I spent there, but I was always keen to learn the sales and financing side of the industry. So when Bankside offered me a job, I had no hesitation in making the move and taking on a new challenge,” he recalls. Working in production was a good base of experience, Howson says. “I developed a strong passion for finding and championing really amazing stories and talent, that I think has stood me in very good stead. Having that kind of creative grounding gives you an insight and an understanding that really helps when you’re pitching to potential buyers, or when you’re competing to acquire projects from producers,” he says. It is an exciting time to be part of Bankside, where he says he learns things
Clémentine Hugot’s big break in film sales was with Loïc Magneron’s Parisbased Wide Management in 2009. “Loïc sent me everywhere and introduced me to everyone. He believed in me, pushed me,” says Hugot, adding with a laugh, “and taught me to ‘break balls’ and not expect it to just happen.” Prior to Wide, Sciences Po marketing graduate Hugot took a master’s degree in distribution at France’s La Fémis film school, interning at EuropaCorp and Memento, where Nicholas Kaiser gave her advice that she still uses to this day. She moved to Bac Films in 2013 just before producer David Grumbach acquired the company with the backing of a consortium of European investors. “It’s an exciting, dynamic time to have arrived at Bac,” says Hugot, citing sales chief Gilles Sousa and managing director Mathieu Robinet as mentors in this new phase of her career. Also, Hugot’s time at La Fémis is proving fruitful some five years on. “It gave me an amazing network. The people I met in the classroom, I now come across professionally,” she says. “Thomas Cailley, whose film Love At First Fight (Les Combattants) is on our slate, for example, was studying screenwriting in my year.”
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Nathalie Jeung ■ International sales ■ Le Pacte (Fr) ■ firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathalie Jeung joined Le Pacte as a sales assistant, having obtained an advanced masters in cinema, television and new media from Pantheon-Sorbonne University. “Jean Labadie had just launched Le Pacte [in 2007]. I’ve been there from the beginning,” says Jeung. The international sales team made its first outing at Cannes in 2008 with the documentary Young At Heart and Francois Ozon’s Ricky. Jeung became sales executive in 2010 and sells to Asia, eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal and Australia, reporting to head of sales Camille Neel. A literature graduate with a passion for the work of Guy de Maupassant, Jeung says it was a life-long love of cinema that drew her to the industry. “I’ve been a cinema lover since always and that’s all that matters,” she says. “You have to believe in what you do and keep your integrity but try not to take yourself too seriously either.” She cites Labadie, Memento Film International’s Nicholas Kaiser and Sebastien Chesneau of Rezo as mentors for “their talent, vision, passion and great sense of humour”. She interned for Kaiser and Chesneau at Rezo in 2007. Looking to future career moves, Jeung says: “For the moment, I really like what I’m doing. I guess sales could eventually lead to production and the desire to be more involved from the start of a project.”
learned to do deals,” says Joo, who is now in charge of Asian sales. She adds that her previous job pitching and setting up international university exchange programmes gave her a boost in presentation and marketing skills for sales, as well as in co-ordinating festival attendance with directors. “Not once have I thought the work was tedious or anything I didn’t want to do. Introducing Korean films overseas, getting them distributed and released, promoting Korea’s profile that way, is something I find fulfilling,” she says. Joo says she has learned a lot from M-Line CEO Michelle Son. “No matter what difficulties or stress you experience, you cope, communicate and find a balance so you can maintain good relationships. Fundamentally, it helps later when you’re selling different films,” she says.
Relationships matter, especially in a sector subject to the slings and arrows of current affairs. “We often forget how intertwined world events and politics are, and how they can change the climate of our business, sometimes overnight.”
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Natalie Kampelmacher ■ Director, sales ■ Seville International (Can) ■ email@example.com
Five years before she joined eOne Films International, Natalie Kampelmacher started at Cinemavault where her employer threw her into the proving grounds of Cannes. “I’ve been lucky enough to have stayed within international sales since graduating university,” she says. “I’ve built relationships with distributors who I’m proud to call friends.” Kampelmacher owes a debt to “some very talented, intelligent women along the way”. They include the “icon” and former executive vice-president of eOne Films International, Charlotte Mickie. “Her taste for high-quality films and her nose for breakout gems is unparalleled.” Having hopped over to eOne’s boutique sales division Seville International, Kampelmacher is now working with vice-president of international sales Anick Poirier. “Her passion for clients, and the love they show her is enviable.”
■ XYZ Films (US) ■ firstname.lastname@example.org
As routes to the business of film go, they don’t come much more circuitous than Mette-Marie Katz’s path. “Journalism, entertainment and film PR, and here’s the curve ball, contemporary dance and ballet,” she laughs. By her mid-20s the Danish executive decided it was time to choose a path. After graduating from the University of Copenhagen with a major in English and minor in film and TV, Katz worked on her husband EL Katz’s films before landing an internship at XYZ Films in Los
Angeles. She was hired as a sales co-ordinator and moved up to manager of sales. Everyone at XYZ is a mentor and Nate Bolotin, a founding partner and head of sales, has taught Katz “how to keep a million balls in the air at once with both grace and confidence”. Katz relishes the daily demands of the job as she analyses the impact of digital distribution and uses her multilingual global perspective to build relationships and champion films such as The Raid 2. And her dance background is never far from her thoughts. “I understand the life of an artist and the art of storytelling, which makes me a strong advocate for a film-maker’s passion project,” she says.
Emico Kawai ■ International sales ■ Nikkatsu Corporation (Jap) ■ email@example.com
Japanese corporate employee rotation means dealing with people who may suddenly disappear elsewhere. In the case of Nikkatsu’s Emico Kawai, she has parlayed the skills gained in her previous positions at the legendary studio into a unique sales career that is here to stay. Kawai started interning at Desperado in 2006, where she met an important mentor in producer Yuji Ishida (Unforgiven, Confessions). “I learned all the basics about the film business from Mr Ishida,” she says. Through Ishida’s introduction, Kawai joined Nikkatsu in 2009. She first worked in domestic publicity and then production. Under veteran producer Yoshinori Chiba (Killers, Yatterman) Kawai was part of the team that set up the wild Sushi Typhoon genre label (Alien vs Ninja, Cold Fish). “Although I was in production, I also handled overseas PR and North American distribution deals for the Sushi Typhoon titles, working with my bosses Aki Sugihara and Tommy Tomita.” Kawai welcomes the challenge of working in an industry that can no longer survive on selling standard Japanese movies. “Rather than just selling films, I’d like to develop films with foreign partners in the future,” she says.
■ Sales manager ■ M-line Distribution (S Kor) ■ Rachel@mline-distribution.com
Rachel Joo left a job at Konkuk University’s international affairs department to pursue a career inspired by her love of films, starting at M-Line Distribution in 2010. “At first I didn’t know anything, so I started by learning materials shipping, and was the festival co-ordinator, and
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Justin Kim ■ Director of international sales for the
Americas and Europe ■ CJ Entertainment (S Kor) ■ firstname.lastname@example.org
Justin Kim started at CJ Entertainment as a summer intern in 2010. “I began with learning about international marketing and materials delivery, and have been handling sales for the Americas and Europe since 2012,” he says. “In university, I was an exchange student in Australia and saw how foreign friends reacted to films like Oldboy, Memories Of Murder and Taegukgi. I realised the potential of Korean films, and wanted more people to see and be moved by them. I think of myself as someone who spreads culture, and it’s something I can do well,” he says. Kim picks Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer and disaster film The Tower, both multiple-territory sellers, as his most memorable. “I get a sense of accomplishment when a film I’ve been working on through all the stages sells and then does well in a territory. The buyer makes a profit, and it’s win-win,” he says. “A seller is like a match-maker. You want the buyer and film to have the right kind of relationship. You have to be able to communicate and get along for business to go well. With a true relationship, you can end up doing things beyond your expectations,” says Kim.
Rasmus Krogh ■ Acquisition manager ■ Nordisk Film (Den) ■ email@example.com
Rasmus Krogh joined Nordisk Film as an intern in 2008. With “the right combination of brains and a little bit of luck”,
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he landed a job in the sales department. That put him in a good position two years later when Nordisk Film was looking for an acquisition manager for Scandinavian feature films and TV series. Krogh studied film arts at the University of Copenhagen and believes his academic analytical skills have helped him in his job. As to what makes a successful buyer, he suggests you need a mix of market savvy, experience and “a good portion of gut feeling”. Yes, the Nordisk executive acknowledges, “markets are changing rapidly” in the digital age. It is “extremely difficult” to predict the future windowing structure and value of each window. “Working within a time frame of two to three years into the future, this causes major challenges when estimating the potential of a film or TV series down the line.” Krogh’s own ambitions are straightforward. He aims “to get to the top” of the Scandinavian film business. “I love working with film and the business of film and, naturally, I see myself moving up the ranks within Nordisk Film,” he says.
Mickie and senior vice-president of acquisitions Mark Slone, Kubacki has her eyes on the future. “I want to be in a position to help forge new models and creative approaches that help move the industry forward,” she says.
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■ CEO ■ Betta Pictures (Sp) ■ firstname.lastname@example.org
Christina Kubacki ■ Manager, acquisitions — Canada ■ Entertainment One (Can) ■ email@example.com
Christina Kubacki, a graduate of film studies from Columbia University in New York and York University in Toronto and an MBA from Schulich School of Business at York University, worked at eOne in sales for three years and changed roles to work at the parent company’s Canadian distribution team after it swallowed Alliance Films. For Kubacki, switching from international sales at eOne to buying specifically for Canada has been instructive. “The transition has provided me with a unique perspective on creative communities and audiences around the globe,” she says. “It’s been beneficial in everything from negotiations with sales agents and producers, to helping shepherd Canadian projects that we board at a very early stage. Kubacki’s work involves finding gems that might work beyond borders across the network of eOne territories. To better do this, she says: “Read and watch everything you can. And always pack your phone charger in your carry-on luggage.” Driven by the creative and commercial insights of former eOne Films International executive vice-president Charlotte
After finishing his audiovisual communication degree in Barcelona, Alex Lafuente went to Los Angeles to earn his Masters in distribution from UCLA. He stayed in the US for four extra years working at Alpha Media, a company that sells US films and TV shows to Asian territories. He says: “That’s when I visited my first markets and I saw the real business and people that work in this sector, and I fell in love with all of it.” After his US experience, Lafuente returned to Spain to work with veteran Adolfo Blanco at Notro Films, Vertice’s distribution division. It was a changing time in Spain with the economic crisis. He says: “I had to be very cautious and develop in a complicated market from day one. I learnt that you have to know the audience very well and to think in distribution at every level — cinemas, VoD platforms, TV broadcasting, DVD… we have to make it easy for everybody to choose the way they want to see films.” In 2012, Lafuente launched his own independent distribution company, Betta, which has worked on films including Enemy, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and A Hijacking. “It’s true the cinema audience is growing and we’re also interested in films for more mature people. But we believe there’s also a young, sophisticated and very demanding public, and that is our core interest,” he says. »
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Josie Liang ■ Manager of acquisitions ■ Focus Features (US) ■ firstname.lastname@example.org
An internship with the acquisitions group at Sony led Josie Liang to management company Circle of Confusion before she returned to the studio as Peter Schlessel’s assistant. When FilmDistrict launched in 2010, she was promoted to acquisitions co-ordinator. This broad education has stood Liang in good stead. “It has made me a more well-rounded acquisitions executive in that I can appreciate the artistry of a film, as well as putting a value on it.” Inspired by “outside the box” thinkers such as Focus CEO Schlessel and president of acquisitions Lia Buman, Liang is drawn to films that resist easy definition. “As an executive, the films that walk the line between commerciality and prestige — such as Drive and Looper — are the most interesting.” Crime dramas are easier to categorise but equally absorbing given they have come under fire from the golden age of television. “We see less of these types of stories on the big screen unless there’s big, A-list talent involved.” Maybe Liang can change that as she aims to keep working on elevated projects with uniquely talented film-makers.
national distribution for Wanda Media. “I feel a shift is happening in China — production values are increasing and, while it’s difficult to sell domestic hits outside Asia, there’s an emerging wave of genre movies that are competing with films from Korea and Japan,” she says. Undaunted by the decline of traditional business models, Lin says she is looking forward to the industry re-aligning around digital technology. “It’s exciting to be outside the comfort zone — changes will trigger growth and creativity.” She counts Bober, Forum des Images’ Jeff Bledsoe and Wanda’s James Li as mentors and says she has learnt that “integrity and reliability are essential for long-term partnerships and a successful career”. She aims to work at a US or European studio and has a long-term goal of launching a sales and production company.
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■ Koch Media UK (UK)
Born in China, Celine Lin grew up in France and studied cinema at Paris VII University and Beijing Film Academy, with stints working for Paris Cinema and Forum des Images. She then spent four years at Philippe Bober’s Coproduction Office, before moving to Beijing in 2012 to head inter-
Ben Luxford interned at Dan Films before working at Edinburgh International Film Festival and Optimum Releasing as theatrical sales assistant. His path led to UK arthouse kingpin Artificial Eye, where he rose to head of theatrical distribution and worked on the releases of more than 100 films, before
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being hired by Koch Media. “Selling the likes of This Is England, Brick, Persepolis and Son Of Rambow into cinemas is something I’ll always cherish,” says Luxford, who went on to work on standout campaigns for the likes of Amour and Blue Is The Warmest Colour. Luxford has worked with some of the best minds in UK distribution. He says: “I was fortunate to work under Will Clarke and Danny Perkins at Optimum Releasing. They taught me how to compete and grow your business in a market that’s dominated by the studios. Working under Richard Napper at Artificial Eye was an eye-opener. His knowledge and passion was unwavering. I’ve picked up a fighting spirit from all parties.”
been able to jump in to draft complex clauses in agreements. With the changing landscape of digital distribution we have put together some sophisticated deals for TV in particular,” he says. Holding dear the teachings of Naish and fellow ex-pat Paul Davidge, Mehta has developed an empathetic style. “Understanding a buyer’s market and concerns goes a long way — even the most intimidating of buyers or sellers can be felled with a well-timed laugh.” Mehta’s eclectic film taste — recent favourites include The Lego Movie and Exclusive’s A Walk Among The Tombstones — will doubtless fuel his interest in producing and sourcing more Asian investment in commercial independent features.
Jan Naszewski ■ CEO ■ New Europe Film Sales (Pol)
Akshay Mehta ■ Director, international sales and
distribution ■ Exclusive Media (US) ■ email@example.com
After finishing law school in London, Akshay Mehta cut his teeth at a large Indian corporate law firm. He returned to the UK to join Exclusive Media, working under Peter Naish in digital and traditional library distribution. Mehta relocated to Los Angeles in 2013 as manager of international sales and distribution and began to sell territories for president Alex Walton. His legal background helps. “I have
In 2003, Jan Naszewski started working at Poland’s biggest film event, New Horizons International Film Festival. From there, he opened his own sales company in early 2010. New Europe Film Sales started by focusing on short films, and expanded in 2012 to represent features. The company’s catalogue includes about 10 features (including Papusza, Violet and Summer Of Blood) and 40 shorts including Oscar nominated Do I Have To Take Care Of Everything?. “My career so far has been a combination of sales and festival work, which allowed me to gain experience and network with dual speed,” he says. Communication skills also help — he studied languages and EU studies in Edinburgh and speaks five languages including Swedish and German. Naszewski takes a collaborative, open approach with producers and directors. “In sales, I have not gone the classic route of working for a big company and then setting up my own boutique and adopting the workflow of my previous employer. I had to find my own ways of » working,” he says.
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Guillermina Ortega ■ Sales executive ■ Imagina (Sp) ■ firstname.lastname@example.org
Guillermina Ortega was a doctorate student working on a thesis on cinema theory when the opportunity to learn about a new area of her passion came along. In 2007, Imagina Sales was refounded with the merger of Globomedia and Mediapro and she joined the company working in marketing and publicity. Seven years later, Ortega is a sales executive working on the “easy” markets — she says ironically — Asia, Africa, Oceania and Scandinavia. “Those are not the most natural markets for European films and TV shows but that’s what makes it more exciting. As a seller, the most important thing is to listen a lot to your customers and know exactly what they are looking for. “There is something I have always enjoyed and it is to make commercial what might not seem commercial initially. I think that every film has a potential audience and my job is to find it,” she says. The drop in Spanish production has inevitably affected her work. “There are fewer films and the same number of sales agents. We look more for foreign films to sell and try to diversify our business which is also risky because it’s also good to have a stamp, you have to reach a balance,” she says.
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getting involved in the international sales business,” says Rey. “Lots of young people are making great films, but they cannot find screens outside the festivals. “They invest time and money that they don’t recoup unless they have someone specialised in marketing their films. And that’s where we come in.” Rey’s guiding light at FilmSharks has been founder and CEO Guido Rud. “He’s taught me everything about the sales business. He’s a very passionate hard worker and wants people in his team to share his feeling.” Rud’s example has rubbed off on Rey, who wants to champion new talent and build distribution models to support them. One day she would like to produce and sell her own films. “I hope they will be films that people can love, enjoy and remember forever, all over the world.”
Tobias Alexander Seiffert ■ Vice-president international acquisitions
■ Director of international sales
■ Senator Entertainment (Ger)
After stints in PR and publishing, Canada-born Tania Sarra kicked off her film industry career at Arrow Entertainment before moving to the UK’s Stealth Media as vice-president of international sales. In 2013, the fast-rising executive joined London-based Carnaby International, where she has impressed buyers while Guillermina Ortega
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University of Buenos Aires audiovisual design graduate Florencia Gasparini Rey worked as an assistant on films and commercials and has always loved cinema, so she sought out a way to communicate that passion. “I realised that the way to do it was by
working on the company’s first major acquisition, action thriller Panzer 88. “I’ve learned that in order to effectively generate profit and control profit margins, you must approach each film like a buyer; whether that be a client distributor or the end consumer,” says Sarra. The London-based executive has drawn inspiration from a variety of industry veterans during her fledgling career. She says: “I always remember Eric Welbers’ advice that ‘one’s network is one’s greatest asset’, and Harold Van Lier’s message to aim high and never stop dreaming big — he told me that I may not always win, that I may not always be right, but that the challenge is to make yourself and your films sustainable through the ups and the downs.”
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After studying production in the US and Germany, Tobias Alexander Seiffert wanted to follow a career in acquisitions and co-productions, but worked in marketing at different companies until a recent restructuring at Senator created a vacancy in acquisitions. “I owe a lot of the foundation I’m building on [to] Thorsten Ritter at Bavaria International, Brad Kembel at Summit, Michael Weber at The Match Factory, and Kalle Friz at StudioCanal,” he recalls. “But it truly was Helge Sasse, Peter Heinzemann and, most importantly, Milada Kolberg here at Senator who guided and let me piece together all my gathered experiences.” He adds: “Ultimately, it’s been my experience in marketing that brought me closer to understanding what makes a film work. Additionally, it helps to have a production background.” Starting at this year’s Berlinale, Seiffert was also given the opportunity to work on the production side at Senator.
“That makes sense when we as a company want to get on board projects earlier,” he explains. “It’s a new and exciting challenge for me and, given where and how I started out, this sort of thing brings me back to my roots. As cheesy as this may sound, I ultimately want to help bring good films to life and make them a success with audiences.”
Miyuki Takamatsu ■ CEO, international sales ■ Free Stone Productions (Jap) ■ email@example.com
Miyuki Takamatsu has been a friendly face from Japan at international film markets over the past decade, driven by a desire to see Japanese cinema make its mark globally. “When I lived in the US during my college years I had difficulty seeing Japanese movies, though I recall some good films by Kitano, Miike and Kore-eda at the time. I’ve always wanted more Japanese films to cross borders, so I came back and started working in the industry. I began my sales career at Tokyo Broadcast System,” she remembers. After gaining experience at TBS, Takamatsu set up her own sales outfit, Free Stone Productions, in 2011. Free Stone has handled an impressive sales slate including high-profile titles such as Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Penance, Takahisa Zeze’s Heaven’s Story, Kaneto Shindo’s final film Postcard, as well as newcomer Ayumi Sakamoto’s multi-prize winning Forma. With Japan’s domestic market at a standstill, Takamatsu is poised to have a head start on the Japanese government’s recent initiatives to boost its content exports. “We need more people to go out and experience the international arena through festivals and markets. Free Stone would like to be a fresh and exciting hub for both Japanese and international film people,” she says.
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It is of course not all down to luck — it helps that she speaks Spanish, Catalan and English, for instance. Her taste leans towards “films that are really emotional and also those that challenge me”, and favourite directors include David Lynch, Darren Aronofsky, Julio Medem, Jacques Audiard, Quentin Tarantino and Pedro Almodovar. Villarino’s ambitions include setting out on her own. “I would love to run my own international sales and marketing company one day,” she says. Felipe Tewes
Felipe Tewes ■ Head of Latin America VoD ■ Under The Milky Way (US) ■ firstname.lastname@example.org
Venezuela-born Felipe Tewes arrived at international digital aggregator Under The Milky Way after navigating a wide orbit through the industry. The Harvard graduate started out in the William Morris postroom, worked for James Schamus at the old Focus Features and bought mostly Latin American films for HBO. Tewes was educated by HBO in the nuances of the digital landscape and the importance of tech companies. “There is a growing need to adjust the strategy in managing VoD rights internationally… by managing [them] in a more centralised manner,” he says. The pay-TV giant also exposed him to “the talented, tight community in [Latin America] that is working hard to grow the industry.” Steeped in the films of Pablo Trapero, Pablo Larrain and Carlos Reygadas, Tewes is keen to help the region grow. “I want to work alongside the Latin American film community towards our shared goal of growing the influence of local distributors and producers, specifically by developing new ways for film from and in Latin America to be seen.”
“his sound judgment and international perspective”, offered him a full-time post in 2012. “I am a sucker for a great action movie, but it’s most important for a film to tell a powerful story with intriguing characters,” says Felix Tsang, who cites Golden Scene releases Rush and Her as recent personal favourites. “My mission is to bring as many good films as possible to Hong Kong audiences. The challenge is that at least six films are released every weekend and we don’t have enough screens. It’s difficult for smaller-scale movies to get a decent-sized release.” Despite the obstacles, Tsang says he has learned from his mentors, including Winnie Tsang and director Stanley Kwan, to pursue projects he believes in rather than simply crunching the numbers. Golden Scene recently produced and successfully released Adam Wong’s The Way We Dance and Fruit Chan’s The Midnight After, neither of which are obviously commercial films. Tsang helped out on the production and marketing of both titles.
Felix Tsang ■ Acquisitions manager ■ Golden Scene (HK) ■ email@example.com
Felix Tsang started out on summer internships in the Hong Kong film and music industries, while studying communications at Chicago’s Northwestern University. After graduating, he started working part time at Hong Kong distributor Golden Scene, founded by his aunt Winnie Tsang who, impressed by
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Maite Villarino ■ Licensing and marketing executive ■ Embankment Films (UK) ■ firstname.lastname@example.org
Barcelona-born Maite Villarino got her break in sales thanks to the DIVA programme, backed by Creative Skillset, which got her a job in international sales and marketing at Icon Entertainment. This area of the industry is a perfect match for her educational background — she graduated with a BA in media communications from Barcelona’s Faculty of Communication Blanquerna followed by a Masters in international film distribution from the University of London. At Icon, she met Hugo Grumbar, who founded Embankment Films in 2012 with HanWay veteran Tim Haslam. “Since first meeting them, they have both shared so much of their expertise with me, as a team we’re very empowered — we also have great fun,” Villarino says. “I’ve also been lucky to have put myself in the right place at the right time, learning from the right people,” she says.
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John Von Thaden ■ Director of acquisitions ■ Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing
(US) ■ email@example.com
John Von Thaden started on an internship at New Line in Los Angeles and eventually made his way to New York by way of IFC Films before landing his job at Magnolia Pictures. Now his world is about cutting through the noise of the distribution arena to deliver stories to their rightful audiences. Von Thaden can call on a first-rate education at the hands of several veterans. “My first boss, Mark Ordesky [at New Line], taught a film-school kid how to work in this business, shared acquisitions war stories and gave me experience in processes from development to release,” says Von Thaden. “Ryan Werner and IFC gave me a great education in the tireless distribution world. Now I’m incredibly lucky to continue learning about modern distribution working with [president] Eamonn Bowles and the acquisitions team Dori Begley and Peter Van Steemburg.” If there is a common thread, it is to keep the passion for film alive. But that’s not all. “Work as hard as you can, treat others well, a sense of humour doesn’t hurt. It sounds clichéd, but it gets s results,” he says. ■
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(France) 165mins. Dir: Djinn Carrenard. Key cast: Sekouba Doucoure, Vincente Perez.
(France) 165mins. Dir: Djinn Carrenard. Key cast: Sekouba Doucoure, Vincente Perez. A musician and a female prisoner fall in love.
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(Italy) 138mins. Dir: Federico Fellini. Key cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee. Classic Italian comedy about the movie industry.
(UK) 149mins. Dir: Mike Leigh. Key cast: Timothy Spall. Biopic of the renowned British painter JMW Turner, one of the most celebrated painters of the 19th century. Competition Press Grand Theatre Lumiere
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(France) 90mins. Dir: Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan. Film charting the relationship between a director editing YouTube footage of the Syrian civil war in Paris and a young Kurd on the ground in Homs. Out of Competition Press Salle Bazin
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(France) 95mins. Dir: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis. Key cast: Angelique, Joseph Bour. A veteran hostess at a cabaret on the FrenchGerman border has her life turned upside down when she is proposed to by an old client. Un Certain Regard Press Theatre Claude Debussy
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(France) 112mins. Dir: Celine Sciamma. Key cast: Karidja Toure, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Marietou Toure. Marieme is 16, living a tough life with an Vincenzo Amato. Davide is different from other teenagers. Something makes him look like a girl. Davide is 14 when he runs away from home. Critics’ Week Miramar
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(France) 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 Salle Du 60Eme
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(France) 100mins. Dir: Abderrahmane Sissako. Key cast: Abel Jafri, Ahmed Ibrahim,
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abusive family. When she meets a group of three free-spirited girls, her life changes. She lives her youth embracing street life, friendship and sometimes violence. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
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 Grand Theatre Lumiere
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(Finland) 60mins. Dir: Kraestun Kusk. Four shorts directed by pairs of talented directors. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
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(Israel) 97mins. Dir: Keren Yedaya. Moshe and Tami are a couple. Moshe is in his fifties and Tami is in her early twenties. They live together in a cruel and violent relationship, from which Tami seems unable to set herself free. Tami and Moshe are
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(Canada) 102mins. Dir: Jean-Claude Lauzon. Key cast: Maxime Collin. About a boy growing up in a difficult Montreal home.
(Israel) 97mins. Dir: Keren Yedaya.
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(Japan) 92mins. Dir: Nagisa Oshima. Key cast: Miyuki Kuwano, Yusuke Kawazu. A Japanese couple’s relationship is strained when a delinquent student enters their lives. Cannes Classics Salle Bunuel
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(Italy) 94mins. Dir: Sebastiano Riso. Key cast: Davide Capone, Micaela Ramazzotti, Vincenzo Amato, Pippo Delbono.
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(France) 95mins. Dir: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis. Key cast: Angelique, Joseph Bour.
(France) 110mins. Dir: Alain Resnais. Key cast: Dirk Bogarde, David Warner. Classic drama. A dying writer lives out his final thoughts through a script. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
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(Italy) 94mins. Dir: Sebastiano Riso. Key cast: Davide Capone, Micaela Ramazzotti, Vincenzo Amato, Pippo Delbono. Critics’ Week Miramar
(UK) 149mins. Dir: Mike Leigh. Key cast: Timothy Spall.
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(UK) 149mins. Dir: Mike Leigh. Key cast: Timothy Spall.
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(Poland) 117mins. Dir: Krzysztof Kieslowski. Key cast: Boguslaw Linda. Three separate storylines, told in succession, about a man running after a train and how such an ordinary incident could influence the rest of the man’s life. Cannes Classics Salle Bunuel
(France) 112mins. Dir: Celine Sciamma. Key cast: Karidja Toure, Assa
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(France) 100mins. Dir: Abderrahmane Sissako. Key cast: Abel Jafri, Ahmed Ibrahim, Toulou Kiki. Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
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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.
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(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
(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. Star 3
Market 09:30 SANTA BARBARA
(South Korea) 9ers Entertainment. 110mins. Dir: Cho Sung-Kyu. Key cast: Lee Sang-Yun, Yoon Jin-Seo. Sparks fly when a naive musician, Jung-woo, meets charming and
(Canada) Breakthrough Entertainment. 87mins. Dir: Chad Archibald. Key cast: Michelle Mylett, Caroline Korycki, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss, Clare Bastable, Ry Barrett. After almost drowning in a lake, Madison finds herself bound to a life of fear. Unable to describe what happened to her during the moments she was underwater, she begins to develop hydrophobia:
Directed by: Margarita CADENAS
safe. As Madison and her friends dive deeper into the dark history of this figure that haunts them, it reaches out and begins dragging them to a horrifying place that they can never come back from.
proud Soo-kyung, who works at an advertising agency. They soon fall in love, but their relationship won’t last long due to opposite personalities. But bound by destiny, they work together on a project in Santa Barbara.
GET WELL SOON
an abnormal fear of water. Crippled by her post trauma, Madison attempts to shut out the world but her fear intensifies, and she is faced with the vision of a dark figure that haunts her day and night. After watching her struggle for one year with the phobia and visions, Madison’s four friends attempt an unconventional intervention in which they accidentally open a floodgate to a dark place where none of them is
(France) SND – Groupe M6. 110mins. Dir: Jean Becker. Key cast: Gerard Lanvin, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Fred Testot. Palais H
(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
Directed by: Marcos CARNEVALE
(New Zealand) Films Distribution. 109mins. Dir: Gerard Johnstone. Key cast: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru. When Kylie Bucknell is sentenced to home detention, she’s forced to come to terms with her unsociable behaviour, her blabbering mother and a hostile spirit who seems less than happy about the new living arrangement. Riviera 2
(Poland) Filmexport Group. 92mins. Dir: Robert Wichrowski. Key cast: Mikolaj Roznerski, Karolina Kominek, Mateusz Janicki, Maria Pawlowska, Zosia Wichrowska, Malgorzata Zajaczkowska. Love, cheating, friendship, mystery — these four notions best describe the contemporary story of the four main characters. They are not even 30 years old and they have problems finding work. Two childhood friends, Rafal and Piotr, fall in love with Magda. Both are dating her — Piotr officially, and Rafal behind his back. Piotr and Rafal cannot find satisfying jobs. They decide to go to Afghanistan with the contingent
of the Polish Armed Forces. Piotr’s tragic death during the mission means dramatic choices for the three remaining characters. It brings back the nightmares of the past, and uncovers hidden secrets and unspoken words. Gray 4
(Belgium) Filmoption International. 90mins. Dir: Ismael Saidi. Key cast: Francois Arnaud, Reda Chebchoubi, Eddy King, Guylaine Tremblay. Wanting to open a cafe, three friends go to any lengths to make it happen and end up converting themselves into high-end escorts: The Moroccan Gigolos! Palais F
SANTA BARBARA See box, left
THE TRIP TO ITALY
(UK) Goalpost Film. 108mins. Dir: Michael Winterbottom. Key cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon. Michael Winterbottom is on the road again with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in ‘The Trip To Italy’, the follow-up to their success with ‘The Trip’. Star 4
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(Australia) Visit Films. 114mins. Dir: Sophie Hyde. Key cast: Beau Travis Williams, Del Herbert-Jane, Imogen Archer, Mario Spate,
Directed by: César RODRÍGUEZ
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MARKET SCREENINGS 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.
SCREENING TODAY Thursday May 15th, 9:30am, Palais F Sunday May 18th, 9:30am, Palais F
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.
SCREENING TOMORROW Friday May 16th, 9:30am, Palais B OPENING NIGHT FILM AUDIENCE AWARD CANADIAN FEATURE FILM
DE MONTRÉAL 2013
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.
OPENING NIGHT FILM
SCREENING TOMORROW Friday May 16th, 5:30pm, Arcades 3 Monday May 19th, 9:15am, Palais F
Market 09:45 THE YELLOW EYES OF THE CROCODILES
(France) Elle Driver. 122mins. Dir: Cecile Telerman. Key cast: Julie Depardieu, Emmanuelle Beart, Patrick Bruel, Alice Isaaz, Quim Gutierriez. Sam Althuizen, Tilda Cobham-Hervey. Sixteen-year-old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to change her gender, and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons. Palais G
(France) Elle Driver. 118mins. Dir: Audrey Dana. Key cast: Isabelle Adjani, Alice Belaidi, Laetitia Casta, Audrey Dana, Julie Ferrier, Audrey Fleurot, Marina Hands, Geraldine Nakache, Vanessa Paradis, Sylvie Testud. A film by women for women — and the men who love women. But it’s not a feminist manifesto. It shows a community of women that is varied and diverse, strong and not stereotypical, a community that represents women today. Arcades 2
THE YELLOW EYES OF THE CROCODILES See box, above
10:00 THE ADVENTURES OF BEATLE
(US) Tricoast Worldwide. 90mins. Dir: Katherine Brooks, Donna Robinson. Key cast: Ever Carradine, Michele Hicks, Jeffrey
The tale of two unhappy sisters. Like the two sides of a coin, together they attempt a huge fraud that will change their fates, raising one to the skies and casting the other down to hell. Olympia 5
Dean Morgan. Throughout an interrogation between Randy Holt and Beatle, we learn that Beatle’s business card reads ‘Towing/Assassination’, and she’s been working on her hit-man training video infomercial for months now, but to no avail. A beautiful, incorrigible loner who refuses to live by the rules that society has set up.
Entertainment. 94mins. Dir: Ding Liang. Key cast: Justin J Wheeler, Siobhan Lumsden, Paul Rinehart, Toni Thompson, Rick Jay Glen. When two boxes are mistakenly switched during a car accident on a rainy night, danger befalls the forest.
(US) Angel Grace Productions. 90mins. Dir: Meera Menon. Key cast: Nikohl Boosheri, Kandis Erickson, Kiran Deol, Michael Steger. A poignant comedy about three best friends on a cross-country trip who discover that some roads will change you forever.
ALTITUDE PROMO REEL
Altitude Film Sales. 60mins. Palais K
BEIJING, NEW YORK
(China) Easternlight Films. 110mins. Dir: Rain Li. Key cast: Lin Chiling, Ye Liu. A touching and complex love story that bridges time, distance and culture, intertwining the lives of two Chinese childhood friends and an American artist. It is set against the backdrop of an economic power shift between China and America. Through this complex love triangle, it raises the eternal question in life: what do we really want?
FARAH GOES BANG
BOONIE BEARS, TO THE RESCUE! (ENGLISH VERSION)
(Indonesia) Birch Tree Entertainment. 90mins. Dir: Helfi Kardit. Key cast: Sarah Carter, Tio Pakusadewo, Nino Fernandez, Dominique Diyose, Belinda Camesi, Kimmy Jayanti, Ganindra Bimo, Claudia Soraya. After the mysterious death of her undercover cop husband, a female martial artist must protect her daughter from assassins and corrupt politicians who will do anything to conceal the truth.
(China) All Rights
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Kiberlain, Laurent Lafitte.
HAN GONG-JU See box, below right
(US) Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing. 87mins. Dir: Leigh Janiak. Key cast: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, 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 C
(US) Myriad Pictures. 93mins. Dir: Susanna Fogel. Key cast: Adam Brody, Gabourey Sibide, Gillian Jacobs, Leighton Meester. Two codependent best friends — one straight girl, one lesbian — and the man who comes between them.
(South Korea) Finecut Co. 112mins. Dir: Lee Sujin. Key cast: Chun Woohee, Jung Insun, Kim Soyoung, Lee Younglan.
(Austria) Films Boutique. 98mins. Dir: Sudabeh Mortezai. Key cast: Ramasan Minkailov, Aslan Elbiev, Kheda Gazieva. Ramasan, an 11-yearold boy from Chechenya, grows up in Macondo, a refugee settlement on the outskirts of Vienna. Living alone with his mother and two little sisters, Ramasan takes over the role of
A 17-year-old girl is banished to another school after being involved in a horrifying incident when, in fact, she was the one entitled to an apology.
they could never afford, Victor’s claustrophobia and sense of entrapment grows. His inner struggle to meet their expectations seems to be guiding him towards a way of life he is unwilling to accept.
the father, assuming the responsibility for his small family. Palais I
Star 1 Priority badges only
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HAN GONG-JU LIFE PARTNERS
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Pathe International. 90mins. Star 2
Wild Bunch. 60mins. Star 1 Priority badges only
PLEASE BE NORMAL
(US) Princ Films. 91mins. Dir: Haik Kocharian. Key cast: Sam Waterston, Dana Eskelson, Louis
Cancelmi, Elisabeth Waterson. Victor is a struggling playwright and theatre director, and his girlfriend, Mary, is expecting their first child. He has a temporary job in construction to make ends meet, but the dusty, dirty job exhausts him. Across town, Mary is a manager at a Madison Avenue boutique. The young couple are about to move out of their bohemian apartment in Brooklyn to the suburbs, all funded by Mary’s father. As Dad keeps buying them things
(France) Other Angle Pictures. 90mins. Dir: Philippe Lacheau, Nicolas Benamou. Key cast: Clotilde Courau, Alice David, Gerard Jugnot, Philippe Lacheau. A young executive is forced by his boss to take care of his son for a weekend. When he comes back, his house is upside down and his son has disappeared. Star 4
(France) Studiocanal. 109mins. Dir: Jeanne Herry. Key cast: Sandrine
his friends and family, Nicholas is really going to enjoy a holiday to remember.
(Spain) Film Factory Entertainment. 107mins. Dir: Juan Jose Campanella. Tells the story of Amadeo, a shy but talented boy, and of a football team that is trying to get back together after having been dismantled. With the help of the football players, Amadeo will have to face his most terrible rival on the football pitch: the Champ. Riviera 4
JUST BEFORE I GO
(US) Hyde Park International. 95mins. Dir: Courteney Cox. Key cast: Seann William Scott, Olivia Thirlby, Garret Dillahunt, Missi Pyle, Kate Walsh, Kyle Gallner, Rob Riggle, Michaela Watkins. On the verge of giving up on life, a guy travels to his home town to make amends. Gray 2
NICHOLAS ON HOLIDAY
(France) Wild Bunch. 102mins. Dir: Laurent Tirard. Key cast: Matheo Boisselier, Valerie Lemercier, Kad Merad, Dominique Lavanant. School’s out! Between the beach and the hotel, with
(France) Pyramide International. 95mins. Dir: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis. Key cast: Angelique, Joseph Bour. An ageing nightclub hostess decides to settle down and get married. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge
PING PONG SUMMER
(US) Films Boutique. 92mins. Dir: Michael Tully. Key cast: Susan Sarandon, Amy Sedaris, John Hannah, Judah Friedlander, Lea Thompson. 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy, 13-year-old kid obsessed with ping-pong and music. During his family’s annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich, racist local bullies and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast neighbour. Palais H
(UK) Cinema Management Group. 93mins. Dir: Julian Gilbey. Key cast: Ed Speleers, Will Poulter, Alfie Allen, Emma Rigby, Thomas Kretschmann. Based on the incredible true story of a heist at one of Beverly Hills’ top jewellers. Brilliant
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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)
FeStiVaL ScreeningS: May 22 / 11:00 / Debussy Theater May 22 / 16:30 / Debussy Theater May 23 / 13:00 / Bazin Theater
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
FeStiVaL ScreeningS: May 17 / 11:30 / Miramar May 17 / 17:00 / Miramar May 17 / 22:00 / Miramar May 18 / 8:30 / Miramar
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: TODAY / 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: TODAY / 9:45 / Palais G
I WON’T COME BACK
SHE’S LOST CONTROL
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.
“A resonant, poignant drama.” – Sound On Sight
“Sustains tension and is arrestingly lit and shot, exhibiting a sharp eye for expressive composition.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Market ScreeningS: TODAY / 13:30 / Riviera 4
“Engrossing.” – Indiewire
May 16 / 9:30 / Riviera 2
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soundtrack_cologne in cooperation with defkom/dkv, composers club, mediamusic, österreichischer komponistenbund, br filmtonart, ecsa and fera present
german film music day 67th festival de cannes
saturday · may 17th · 2014 · 12 – 19h plage goéland boulevard de la croisette (opposite rue du commandant andré) cannes - free admission Host: John Groves 12.00 - 12.30 Welcoming Address Michael P. Aust, Festival Director SoundTrack_Cologne Micki Meuser, Chairman DEFKOM/DKV John Groves, President Composers Club Matthias Hornschuh, Chairman mediamusic e.V. Alexander Kukelka, President ÖKB Bernard Grimaldi, Vice-President ECSA Håkan Bjerking, Chairman FERA Elke Falkenberg, BR filmtonart 12.30 - 12.45 Keynote by Jan Kaczmarek, Composer · Academy Award for Finding Neverland 12.45 - 14.00 Networking Break – hosted by SoundTrack_Cologne Meet the German film music scene: composers, music supervisors, labels, orchestras, agents, specialized media, German filmmusic events 14.00 - 14.45 Composing for Film: Discussing the director-composer partnership. In cooperation with ECSA and FERA Jean-Michel Bernard, Composer (Human Nature · Be Kind Rewind ·The Love Punch) Lone Scherfig, Director (An Education · One Day · The Riot Club) Kasper Winding, Composer (P.O.V. · The Salvation · The Riot Club) 14.45 - 15.15 Networking Break - hosted by ECSA and FERA 15.15 - 15.45 Skype-Talk with Matthias Weber, Winner Lola 2014 German Film Prize Best Music for The Dark Valley 15.45 - 16.15 Talk Focus Austria: Winner Vienna Film Music Prize 2014 with Alexander Kukelka (Composer, President ÖKB) and Peter Janda (Composer, Producer, Member of Board AKM) Winner Austrian Film Prize 2014 Best Music/Best Director/Best Movie with Judit Varga, Composer, and Hüseyin Tabak, Director. 16.15 - 16.45 Networking Break – hosted by ÖKB Presentation Showreel Max Steiner Orchestra Vienna with Music Director Natalia Villanueva-Garcia 16.45 - 17.00 Case Study F*ck you, Goethe – Music for the German smash hit (7 Mio admissions): Beckmann (Original Music) 17.00 - 17.15 Case Study Si-o-se Pol – Music for an arthouse-feature: Oliver Heuss (Original Music) 17.15 - 17.30 Case Study Love, Rosie – Music for an international coproduction: Ralf Wengenmayr (Original Music), Milena Fessmann (Music Supervisor) 17.30 - 19.00 German Film Music Reception – hosted by SoundTrack_Cologne – Invitation Only – Welcoming Address: Michael P. Aust, Festival Director SoundTrack_Cologne Lucie Mattera, Secretary General of ECSA Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org · www.soundtrackcologne.de www.facebook.com/soundtrackcologne
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Market 11:30 REPENTANCE
(US) Film Bridge International. 94mins. Dir: Philippe Caland. Key cast: Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Mike Epps, Sanaa Lathan. Angel Sanchez is suffering after the college student Sam has the perfect credit card scam — until his crew robs the wrong man. Now they have two weeks to repay ruthless gangster Marcel $2m or they will be dead. Sam and his team devise a scheme to clear their debt by heading to Miami to steal enough cash and merchandise. But they come up short. So Sam and his gang set their sights on a daring jewellery heist that could make them hugely wealthy for life. Their plan turns sour, however, when the team members start turning on each other. Now it’s up to Sam to finish the brazen heist and turn the tables on Marcel before they all go down. Lerins 1
recent mysterious death of his mother. Angel suspects Thomas Carter, a wellknown psychiatrist, may be involved in her death. Hoping to solve the mystery and relieve his own anguish, he sets out to find the truth. Palais B
Two weeks later, they run into each other again by chance. Star 3
REPENTANCE See box, above
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
(New Zealand) Elle Driver. 86mins. Dir: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement. Key cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori GonzalezMacuer, Stu Rutherford. Consider the living quarters of vampires, and stodgy old castles in Transylvania may come to mind. But these aren’t your typical bloodsuckers. Viago (379 years old), Deacon (183 years old), Vladislav (862 years old) and Peter (8,000 years old) have chosen to share a flat in Wellington, New Zealand. Unfortunately for them, it’s hard to make new friends due to their constant thirst for blood. Without any mortal chums left to invite them insto all of the hip establishments around town, they’ve lost touch with the current social scene. Can these creatures of the night put aside their differences as roommates and adapt to modern society?
(US) Moonstone Entertainment/Prestige Films. 98mins. Dir: Antoni Stutz. Key cast: Aidan Quinn, Beau Bridges, Haley Webb, Josh Henderson. Two delinquent young lovers travel from Los Angeles to a small town in Texas to falsely claim a dead friend’s inheritance, but they wind up in a nightmare of greed and betrayal when foul play surrounding the death is discovered. Palais F
(France) Pathe International. 82mins. Dir: Lisa Azuelos. Key cast: Francois Cluzet, Sophie Marceau. Pierre has been married for 15 years and has two kids. He still loves his wife and is fulfilled in his role as a father. Overall he’s a contented man. Until, one evening, he meets Elsa. They chat, laugh and joke around in a way that doesn’t happen every day.
with taking care of his delinquent and overmedicated pre-teen sister.
(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
Entertainment. 94mins. Dir: Talgad Zhanybekov. Key cast: Denis Lituyev, Vitalij Kischenko, Yerbolat Toguzakov, Aisulu Azimbayeva. A man avenges his brother’s death with the help of an otherworldly monk, who teaches him the skills to destroy his enemies.
(Canada) Raven Banner Entertainment. 86mins. Dir: Lowell Dean. Key cast: Amy Matysio, Leo Fafard. It’s not unusual for alcoholic cop Lou to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings, but lately things have taken a turn for the strange… and hairy. Story of one cop’s quest to become a better man, one transformation at a time.
12:00 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 time-of-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. Lerins 2
(Croatia) Wide. 104mins. Dir: Tomislav Mrsic. The story of eight outsiders who try to create a theatre play while breaking every rule of theatre craft. Palais G
Market 12:00 OUT OF INFERNO 3D
(Hong Kong (China)) Universe Films Distribution Co. 106mins. Dir: Oxide Pang, Danny Pang. Key cast: Louis Koo, Sean Lau, Sinje Lee, Si Cheng Chen. Heathcote, Kevin Zegers, Lucas Till, Penelope Mitchell, Tom Arnold. A teen angst thriller at a high school gripped by an apparent curse that claims the life of a senior every year. The story follows a senior, Chrissie, who is sceptical, and another, Tracy, who believes that she may be the next victim.
On the hottest day in 50 years, a serious fire breaks out in a busy commercial tower. An ex-firefighter who quit three years earlier and started his own business rediscovers his repressed passion for saving life. Palais I
cast: Abduragman Adams, Irshaad Ally, Brendon Daniels. Leila Domingo, a London trained doctor, returns home to Cape Flats for her father’s funeral. When she recognises Farakahn as her childhood friend, it triggers a wave of conflicting emotions. Riviera 1
THE CURSE OF DOWNERS GROVE
THE HOUSE AT THE END OF TIME
(US) Myriad Pictures. 90mins. Dir: Derick Martini. Key cast: Bella
(South Africa) The Little Film Company. 100mins. Dir: Ian Gabriel. Key
(Venezuela) Jinga Films. 100mins. Dir: Alejandro Hidalgo. Key
cast: Adriana Calzadilla, Alexander Da Silva, Amanda Key, Gonzalo Cubero, Guillermo Garcia, Guillermo Londono, Jose Leon, Rosmel Bustamante. A mother, imprisoned for 30 years for the murder of her husband, is released on house arrest, but when she returns to her family home the tragic twists of her life begin to haunt her again and slowly reveal a dark secret about the building in which she lives.
(Canada) Breakthrough Entertainment. 109mins. Dir: Dave Schultz. Key cast: Kelly Rowan, Kim Coates, Rory J Saper. He’s a little more different than the other boys.
(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’.
SERIAL (BAD) WEDDINGS
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(Spain) Deaplaneta. 90mins. Dir: Tom Fernandez. Key cast: Cook, Ivan Massague, Patricia Conde. Millionaire dog Pancho lives a life full of luxury. But he will soon discover real-life dangers, and come to understand that real wealth is in friendship.
I AM FEMEN
OUT OF INFERNO 3D
(Switzerland) Be For Films. 95mins. Dir: Alain Margot. A full-length documentary on a young, radical and creative woman who wants to change the world.
See box, above
(Kazakstan) Birch Tree
THE KIDNAPPING OF FREDDY HEINEKEN
A cheeky and downright hilarious animal adventure for the whole family.
PUDSEY: THE MOVIE
(UK) Content Media Corporation. 100mins. Dir: Nick Moore. Key cast: David Walliams, Jessica Hynes, Simon Cowell, John Sessions, Izzy Meikle-Small, Wendy Nottingham.
(France) Tf1 International. 98mins. Dir: Philippe De Chauveron. Key cast: Christian Clavier, Chantal Lauby, Ary Abittan, Medi Sadoun, Frederic Chau, Noom Diawara, Frederique Bel, Julia Piaton. You don’t get to choose your family… your sons-inlaw even less! Olympia 5
(Sweden) Yellow Affair Oy. 100mins. Dir: Ronnie Sandahl. Key cast: Bianca Kronlof, Henrik Rafaelson. A film confronting Sweden’s harsh new realities, ‘Underdog’ tells the story of a raw but tender relationship of three people longing to feel less alone. Gray 3
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13:15 GOAL OF THE DEAD
(France) Films Distribution. 115mins. Dir: Benjamin Rocher, Thierry Poiraud. Key cast: Alban Lenoir, Charlie Bruneau, Tiphaine Daviot, Ahmed Sylla. For the Olympique de Paris soccer team, this friendly match scheduled against Caplongue was merely supposed to be one last chore before the end of the professional season. Yet no one could ever have imagined that an unknown rabies-like infection was going to spread like wildfire, turning this small town’s inhabitants into
(US) Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing. 116mins. Dir: Steve James. Key cast: Roger Ebert. Recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of worldrenowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert. Gray 2
13:30 A NIGHT IN OLD MEXICO
(Spain) Imagina International Sales. 104mins. Dir: Emilio Aragon. Key cast: Angie Cepeda, Jeremy Irvine, Luis Tosar, Robert Duvall. A road trip and tequila adventure. A story about the virtue of surviving, and the right of each individual to choose their own ending. Palais B
AMONG THE LIVING
(France) SND – Groupe M6. 87mins. Dir: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury. Key cast: Beatrice Dalle, Chloe Coulloud, Francis Renaud, Lannick Gautry. Youngsters Victor, Dan and Tom skip school to wander around an abandoned amusement park. They stumble upon a horrific vision: a woman in chains is dragged through the field by a man wearing a clown mask. The masked man catches a glimpse of the boys, who run away. But, before they can escape, they see something that has been hidden for years, something they were not meant to see. Terrified of having been seen by the masked man, the boys try to alert the police. Unfortunately, their past record of unruly behaviour discredits them and the police do not follow up
(Austria) Adrialpe Media. 90mins. Dir: Sascha Kollnreitner. Key cast: Guillaume Nery, Halvor Angvik, Gerhard Gulewicz. Based on the stories of three extraordinary men, the film gives an unusual perspective on the conditions and forms of expression that define our modern society.
Lloyd, Joe Armstrong, Mark Strong, Tim Plester, Vera Farmiga. Bucharest 1959. Five highranking Jewish members of the Romanian Communist party — and heroes of the resistance — plan and carry out a spectacular bank robbery. They divert the attention of onlookers by pretending to be shooting a movie. They are arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to death, but not before being forced to re-enact the robbery in a fake propaganda film. An opportunity they immediately seize to turn their absurd predicament into a comedy. This is a true story.
CLOSER TO THE MOON
DEAD OF WINTER
(Romania) Celluloid Dreams/Nightmares. 110mins. Dir: Nae Caranfil. Key cast: Allan Corduner, Anton Lesser, Christian McKay, Harry
(Canada) Park Entertainment. 90mins. Dir: Robert Rice. Key cast: Dave Barclay, John Boylan, John Carew. In the wilderness of
on their tip-off. That night someone breaks into their homes, seeking to eliminate them, one after another. They are going to meet Klarence. Arcades 3
ATTENTION A LIFE IN EXTREMES
Colorado, teams compete in a Geocache treasure hunt that suddenly becomes a deadly game of survival. Palais H
DIVORCE A LA FRANCAISE
(France) Tf1 International. 105mins. Dir: Dorothee Sebbagh. Key cast: Geraldine Nakache, Kim Rossi Stuart, Pascal Demolon, Catherine Jacob, Sophie Cattani. Ariane and Nino have one week to get a quickie divorce in Paris so she can remarry. Their trip to the city of love will take an unexpected turn. Star 4
FEED THE GODS
(Canada) Bleiberg Entertainment. 85mins. Dir: Braden Croft. Key cast: Shawn Roberts, Tyler Johnston, Emily Tennant, Britt Irvin. In search of their long-
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E&M Corporation/Cj Entertainment. 25mins. Dir: Lee Jeong-Beom. Key cast: Jang DongGun, Kim Min-Hee, Brian Tee, Kim Hee-Won. A hit man traumatised from 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.
lost parents, two brothers stumble upon a small mountain town with a taste for tourists. Palais D
(France) Pathe International. 90mins. Dir: Nils Tavernier. Key cast: Jacques Gamblin, Alexandra Lamy, Fabien Heraud. A teenager unlike other teenagers, Julien dreams of sharing a powerful experience with his father, so he suggests they take part in one of the world’s toughest triathlons, the Nice Ironman race. Star 3
I WON’T COME BACK
(Russia) Visit Films. 109mins. Dir: Ilmar Raag. Key cast: Polina Pushkaruk, Victoria Lobacheva. A young teacher fleeing an unfounded criminal charge goes on the run with an orphaned girl who is searching for her longlost grandmother. Riviera 4
THE NOTORIOUS MR BOUT
(US) Kaleidoscope Film Distribution. 90mins. Dir: Tony Gerber, Maxim Pozdorovkin. Key cast: Alla Bout, Sergei Bout, Viktor Bout. Weaves 20 years of home movies with extensive first person narrative and high-profile interviews to form a startling account of how Russian entrepreneur Viktor Bout became one of the world’s most infamous felons. Lerins 1
(US) Highland Film Group. 93mins. Dir: Conor Allyn. Key cast: Burt Reynolds, Caitlin Gerard, Jessica Morris, Noel Gugliemi, Rob Lowe. Double crossing, adultery, murder, mistaken identity and revenge ensue when a mysterious power player and his sultry wife hire a disgraced Los Angeles property broker to discreetly market and sell their Malibu villa.
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(South Korea) Cj E&M Corporation/Cj Entertainment. 25mins. Dir: Kim Han-Min. Key cast: Choi Min-Sik, 89mins. Dir: Alexandr Chernyaev. About the militaryoperations taking place in the years 1965-1973 when a group of Russian militants carried out the advisory support of North Vietnam, as well as covert operations to capture the spoils (the enemy’s new war technology).
(Malaysia) Birch Tree Entertainment. 107mins. Dir: Mamat Khalid. Key cast: Farid Kamil, Jehin Miskin, Peter Davis, Zoei Tam. Rival gangs fight for pride and ego in a world destroyed by chemical warfare. Gray 5
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(Italy) Rai Trade. 102mins. Dir: Pupi Avati. Key cast: Riccardo Scamarcio, Sharon Stone. Davide Bias’ father, Ettore, was a scriptwriter of B-movies. Davide is a copywriter whose dream is to write something good and true. He suffers from anxiety and lack of satisfaction and only pills are able to control these feelings. Olympia 6
Red Sea Media. 100mins. Dir: Jesse Zwick. Key cast: Aubrey Plaza, Maggie Grace, Jane Levy. The story of seven college friends who reunite over a three-day weekend, after one of them attempts suicide.
(Russia) Vmi Worldwide.
Ryu Seung-Yong. Admiral Yi and his 12 battleships oppose the enemy’s fleet of 330, and win the most incredible victory in history.
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(US) Myriad Pictures. 94mins. Dir: Tristan Patterson. Key cast: Jim Sturgess, Isabel Lucas, Chloe Sevigny, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Lambert. A chronicle of the life of furniture-salesmanturned-bank-robber Eddie Dodson. Gray 1
(Puerto Rico) Moonstone Entertainment/Prestige Films. 96mins. Dir: Ernie Barbarash. Key cast: Michael Jai White, Neal McDonough, Laila Ali. Meet Chapman — an ex-marine in Brazil’s slums, battling the Yakuza-mafia outfit who murdered his sister. Lerins 2
THE LAST DIAMOND
(France) Other Angle
Pictures. 90mins. Dir: Barbier Eric. Key cast: Berenice Bejo, Yvan Attal. Palais G
LOVE IS STRANGE
(US) Fortissimo Films. 100mins. Dir: Ira Sachs. Key cast: Alfred Molina, Charlie Tahan, Cheyenne Jackson, Darren Burrows, John Lithgow, Manny Perez, Marisa Tomei. After finally getting married after 39 years together, Ben and George have to face bureaucracy and the challenges of being forced to live apart, as their tight-knit community of family and friends comes together to offer support. Olympia 7
(Japan) Nippon Television Network Corp ( Ntv). 111mins. Dir: Hideo Nakata. Key cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Takayuki Yamada, Satomi Ishihara. A battle between a man who can control people with a stare, and the only man he cannot control. When their paths cross, the survival battle begins. The two men with inevitable fate. Who will survive? Palais E
(Uruguay) Memento Films International (Mfi). 100mins. Dir: Alvaro Brechner. Key cast: Hector Noguera, Nestor Guzzini, Rolf Becker. Jacob Kaplan lives an ordinary life in Uruguay.
Like many of his other Jewish friends, Jacob fled Europe for South America because of the Second World War. But now, turning 76, he’s become rather grumpy, fed up with his community and his family’s lack of interest in its own heritage. One beach bar may, however, provide him with an unexpected opportunity to achieve greatness and recover his family’s respect in the community: its owner — a quiet, elderly German — raises Mr Kaplan’s suspicion of being a runaway Nazi. Ignoring his family’s concerns about his health, Jacob secretly recruits Contreras, a former police officer, to help him investigate. Together, they will try to repeat the historic capture of Adolf Eichmann: by unmasking and kidnapping the German and secretly taking him to Israel. Arcades 2
MY SUMMER IN PROVENCE
(France) Gaumont. 105mins. Dir: Rose Bosch. Key cast: Jean Reno, Anna Galiena, Chloe Jouannet, Hugo Dessioux, Tom Leeb. Vacation this year for Lea, Adrien and their little brother Theo, who was born deaf, is in Provence, staying with grandfather Paul, an olive-grower they have never met because of a family conflict. Star 2
NO TEARS FOR THE DEAD
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(US) Red Bull Media House. 90mins. Dir: Bruce Brown, Dana Brown. Key cast: Marc Marquez, Robbie Maddison, Travis Pastrana. An exploration into the two-wheeled world of motorcycle riding. Palais I By invitation only
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Protagonist Pictures. 90mins. Star 1 By invitation only
(UK) Altitude Film Sales. 93mins. Dir: Florian Habicht. A film about life, death and supermarkets. Olympia 4
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(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 hometown of Seville to the 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. Olympia 3
THAT LOVELY GIRL
(Israel) Other Angle Pictures. 97mins. Dir: Keren Yedaya. Key cast: Maayan Turjeman, Tzahi Grad, Yael Abecassis. Moshe and Tami are a couple. Moshe is in his fifties and Tami is in her »
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(South Korea) CJ E&M Corporation/CJ Entertainment. 25mins.
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(South Korea) CJ E&M Corporation/CJ Entertainment. 25mins.
over a 40-year period. The letters reveal a spiritual darkness she suffered the better part of her adult life, something not even the Vatican was aware of. What they read sends both men on an emotional and moving journey through her struggles with poverty, lack of support from fellow nuns at the convent, depression, abandonment, condescension and her inability to get the attention of the Vatican.
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(US) Hannibal Pictures. 98mins. Dir: Paco Cabezas. Key cast: Nicolas Cage, Danny Glover, Peter Stormare. A reformed criminal comes home to find that his daughter has been kidnapped by the Russian mob. He rounds up his old crew and seeks his own brand of justice.
(France) Wild Bunch. 90mins. Dir: Gregg Araki. Key cast: Angela Bassett, Christopher Meloni, Eva Green, Gabourney Sidibe, Shailene Woodley, Shiloh Fernandez. Returning home from college, Kat must confront the truth about her beautiful, enigmatic, haunted mother’s disappearance, and her own denial about the reasons behind it.
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(US) Red Bull Media House. 90mins. Dir: Bruce Brown, Dana Brown. Key cast: Marc Marquez, Robbie Maddison, Travis Pastrana.
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(US) Arclight Films. 110mins. Dir: William Riead. Key cast: Juliet Stevenson, Rutger Hauer, Max Von Sydow. Father Praagh, a Catholic priest, studies the life and struggles of Mother Teresa during his quest to have her canonised as a saint. Along the way he meets Father Celeste Van Exem, once a close friend and spiritual adviser to the sister. As the two talk, Van Exem shares with Father Praagh letters that Mother Teresa sent to him
Coproduction Office (Paris). 27mins.
(Spain) Latido. 100mins. Dir: Miguel Cohan. Key cast: Mercedes Moran, Daniel Fanego, Alberto Ammann, Jose Coronado, Osmar Nunez, Gerardo Romano, Lito Cruz, Carola Reyna. This crime was only the beginning. Palais F
(UK) 7 & 7 Producers’ Sales Service. 83mins. Dir: Tammy RileySmith. Key cast: Louise Brealey, Nico Rogner, Sheila Hancock, Adrian Scarborough, Nicholas Rowe, Finty Williams.
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(Spain) Visit Films. 99mins. Dir: Carlos Marques-Marcet. Key cast: David Verdaguer, Natalia Tena.
One year apart, with a continent between them, a couple must rely on modern technology to keep their relationship alive. Palais J
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(UK) Metrodome International. 90mins. Dir: Brian O’Malley. Key cast: Liam Cunningham, A troubled French chef is forced to use his finest culinary skills in an attempt to heal his pretty waif-like neighbour’s serious eating disorder… and find the love he craves.
of a serial killer.
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(South Korea) Cj E&M Corporation/Cj Entertainment. 25mins.
LET US PREY
(France) Wide. 88mins. Dir: Natalie Saracco. Key cast: Mylene Jampanoi, Marc Ruchmann, Arben Bajraktaraj, Mathilde Besson, Alexandre Brik, Genevieve Casile. Jezebel, a seductive, free and rebellious young woman, has the desire to live her life to the extreme, until she hits rock bottom. She refuses to believe in mankind, and especially herself. Like a true Mary Magdalene of modern times, she hides her fragility and fear of loving by continually pushing the limits of transgression. Until one day she meets David, a young priest.
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(South Korea) Golden Network Asia. 100mins. Dir: Kim Sun-Ung, Son Kwang-Soo. Key cast: Yeon Je-Wook, Ko EunA, Yeon Song-Ha, Kang Hyun-Woo. Two guys and one girl check into a seedy motel to live-broadcast a sex scene online… only to find themselves the next victims
(US) Synchronicity Entertainment. 85mins. Dir: Scott Beck, Bryan Woods. Key cast: Shelby Young, Chloe Bridges, Carter Jenkins, Mitch Hewer, Taylor Murphy. Five friends venture into the woods for flashlight games, only to disturb a demonic presence.
(Ethiopia) Films Boutique. 99mins. Dir: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari. Key cast: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere, Rahel Teshome. Meaza Ashenafi is a young lawyer who operates under the government’s radar, helping women and children in Ethiopia until one young girl’s legal case exposes everything, threatening not only her career but her survival. Riviera 2
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Pollyanna McIntosh, Hanna Stanbridge. Satan arrives at a remote police station to collect the souls of the damned.
OF HORSES AND MEN
(Iceland) Filmsharks International. 85mins. Dir: Benedikt Erlingsson. Key cast: Charlotte Boving, Helgi Bjoernsson, Ingvar Sigurdsson. A country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Palais B
(Thailand) Vmi Worldwide. 93mins. Dir: James Cullen Bressack. Key cast: Clara Hanna, Emily O’Brien, Jackie Moore, Jared Cohn, Sara Malakul Lane. It was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime as three young girls spend the summer in Thailand. But their adventure quickly becomes a nightmare when the trio unleashes the spirit of a murdered child, with only one thing on her mind — revenge. Gray 4
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SCHOOL OF BABEL
(France) Pyramide International. 89mins. Dir: Julie Bertuccelli.
THE DEAD 2
SON OF A GUN
(Australia) Altitude Film Sales. 110mins. Dir: Julius Avery. Key cast: Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, Alicia Vikander, Jacek Koman. Locked up, JR finds himself under the protection of Australia’s public enemy number one, Brendan Lynch. But protection comes at a price. Lynch’s crew have plans for their young protege, and very soon the debt is called in. Arcades 1
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(China) Wild Bunch. 114mins. Dir: Ye Lou. Key cast: Hao Qin, Lei Zhang, Xiaodong Guo. Nanjing. At a massage centre run by the blind, damaged bodies find relief beneath sensitive fingers. A new couple comes to work at the centre. The others are drawn to them. Within this community, we witness seduction, suffering and — above all — the search for love.
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Four female assassins travel between parallel universes to protect the citizens of both worlds from evil invaders.
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(Denmark) Attraction Distribution. 77mins. Dir: Ask Hasselbalch. Key cast: Amalie Kruse Jensen, Nicolas Bro, Oscar Dietz, Samuel Ting Graf. When 12-year-old Pelle is bitten by an ant, he gains all the powers of the ant. Antboy soon realises that he is not alone with superpowers in town, when he discovers a scary opponent called The Flea. Palais C
(Japan) Birch Tree Entertainment. 97mins. Dir: Shusuke Kaneko. Key cast: Rina Takeda, Noboru Kaneko, Rumi Hanai, Nana Seino, Koki Okada, Kayano Masuyama.
(UK) Jinga Films. 94mins. Dir: Howard J Ford, Jonathan Ford. Key cast: Anand Krishna Goyal, Coulsom Sujitabh, Joseph Millson, Madhu Rajesh, Meenu Mishra, Niharika Singh, Poonam Mathur, Sandip Datta Gupta. Palais E
Finecut Co. 60mins. Riviera 1
(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? Palais G
(Germany) Global Screen. 100mins. Dir: Christian Bach. Key cast: Tobias Moretti, Jonas Nay, Hanna Plass. Simon falls head over heels in love for the first time, with pretty and quickwitted Verena, a hospital trainee in the sleepy little town where Simon lives with his parents. But Simon soon comes crashing out of seventh heaven. Gray 1
(US) Bleiberg Entertainment. 98mins. Dir: Franck Khalfoun. Key cast: Jeremiah Watkins, Sarah Power, Chris Mena. Josh is an online app reviewer and video blogger who does a weekly segment of himself downloading, testing and reviewing apps for his mobile. One week his assignment is a selfhelp app called ‘i-lived’. Olympia 6
(Belgium) Corsan. 110mins. Dir: Roland Joffe. Key cast: Josh Hartnett, Tamsin Eggerton, Bipasha Basu.
Set in India in 1750. The epic, sweeping and riveting tale of an impossible love that transcends time and space. James, a dashing British officer, spearheads British efforts to take over the entire subcontinent, only to fall desperately in love with the beautiful, mysterious she-warrior Tulaja. Olympia 1
(South Korea) Mirovision. 110mins. Dir: Lee Roy. Key cast: Victor Lee, Kim Hae-Na. Yoon-suh has been living without any dreams, or love for a long time. One day, Tae-in comes into her life and she falls for him. But when Tae-in’s pregnant ex-girlfriend, Seung-hee, appears, her anxiety turns into nightmares. Gray 5
(Australia) Seville International. Dir: Angus Sampson, Tony Mahony. Key cast: Angus Sampson, Ewen Leslie, Geoff Morrel, Georgina Haig, Hugo Weaving, John Noble, Leigh Whannell, Noni Hazlehurst. It’s 1983. A naive man with lethal narcotics hidden in his stomach is detained by Australian Federal Police. Alone and afraid, the Mule makes a desperate choice; to defy his bodily functions and withhold the evidence… literally. And by doing so becomes a human timebomb; dragging cops, criminals and concerned family into his impossible escapade. Olympia 9
(Argentina) Udi — Urban Distribution International. 71mins. Dir: Matias Lucchesi. Key cast: Paula Hertzog, Paola Barrientos, Alvin Astorga, Sergio Boris, Arturo Goetz, Eugenia Alonso. There’s nothing to keep Lila at her boarding school high up in the cold and foggy mountains. This 12-year-old girl does not know who her father is but wants to find »
him. She sets out on a complicated quest for the truth. Riviera 3
riveting tale of an impossible love set across two time periods and continents. Olympia 1
NEXT IS NOW!
(France) Marche Du Film. 120mins. Dir: Round-Table (Next). Palais I
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(India) Fox Star Studios India Pvt. 118mins. Dir: Amole Gupte. Key cast: Partho Gupte, Saqib Saleem. Arjun moves to the big city along with his mother and little sister. Out there, he discovers the hidden world of in-line skating through coach Lucky,
who mentors kids to become skating champions. While Arjun starts nursing the dream to learn skating under Lucky, his four friends get together to make this dream come true for him. In this endearing story of hope and aspirations, will Arjun’s dreams take flight? Gray 4
(France) Talantis Productions. 75mins. Dir: Thierry Sebban. Key cast: Thierry Sebban, Simon Abkarian, Igor Skerblin, Perrine Tourneux. Alex’s daily routine is work, work, work. Tonight he’s in a hurry; he’s due to meet a beautiful young stranger, who contacted him via the internet. But this blind date will disrupt forever the course of his life. Arcades 2
RATCHET & CLANK
(Canada) Cinema Management Group. 20mins. Dir: Kevin Munroe, Jericca Cleland. Key cast: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward. Based on the bestselling Sony PlayStation video game franchise.
WALKING WITH THE ENEMY
(US) Koan. 126mins. Dir: Mark Schmidt. Key cast: Ben Kingsley, Hannah Tointon, Jonas Armstrong. A young man, separated from his family in the Second World War, disguises himself as a Nazi SS officer and uncovers more than just his family whereabouts. Olympia 8
16:45 RATCHET & CLANK
(Canada) Cinema Management Group. 20mins. Dir: Kevin Munroe, Jericca Cleland. Key cast: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward. Lerins 2
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(US) Tricoast Worldwide. 90mins. Dir: Gabriel Cowan. Key cast: Amber Tamblyn, Wes Bentley, Vincent Piazza.
A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT
suicide bomber in Kabul, she gets badly hurt. Back home, another bomb drops. Her husband and daughters give her an ultimatum: her work or her family. Arcades 3
THE ANDERSSONS HIT THE ROAD
(Sweden) Sola Media. 80mins. Dir: Hannes Holm. Palais B
(Belgium) Pyramide Distribution. 84mins. Dir: Stefan Liberski. Key cast: Ambre Grouwels, Cesar Domboy, Philippe Rebbot, Pauline Parigot. Star 4
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(China) Golden Network Asia. 86mins. Dir: Nelson Shin. A street vendor trains for the Froglympics, unaware he is competing with the runaway Frog Princess, who has disguised herself as a male frog. Riviera 2 By invitation only
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(UK) Content Media Corporation. 97mins. Dir: Emilis Velyvis. Key cast: Vinnie Jones, Scot Williams, Gil Darnell, Oliver Jackson. Four friends turned firsttime robbers thought they’d planned the perfect crime: steal £1m from an illegal casino, catch a plane to Malaysia and get lost in emerald jungles, golden beaches and cheap alcohol. And it worked. Almost! They left the casino with the cash and boarded that plane, but before they got to Malaysia, a volcanic eruption in Iceland redirected their flight to a Post-Soviet Eastern European country they’d never head of. Olympia 4
(Australia) Corsan. Dir: Roland Joffe. Key cast: Josh Hartnett, Tamsin Egerton, Alice Englert. An epic, sweeping and
(US) Kinology. 100mins. Dir: Ana Lily Amirpour. Key cast: Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marno, Sheila Vand. The fictional Iranian ghost town of Bad City is being stalked by a vampiric presence who’s just as lonely as the other depraved locals. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom... blood red! Arcades 1
A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT
(Norway) Global Screen. 120mins. Dir: Erik Poppe. Key cast: Juliette Binoche, Nikolaj CosterWaldau, Lauryn Canny, Adrianna Cramer Curtis, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Larry Mullen Jr., Mads Ousdal. Rebecca is one of the world’s top war photographers. On assignment while photographing a female
(Israel) Other Angle Pictures. 88mins. Dir: Hilla Medalia. Key cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jon Voight, Charles Bronson. The inside story of two Israeli-born cousins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who in pursuit of the American Dream turned the Hollywood power structure upside down, producing more than 300 films and becoming the most powerful independent film company in the world. Up close and personal, the film examines the complex relationship between two contradictory personalities whose combined force fueled their successes and eventual split. Palais H
(US) Gorilla Pictures. 73mins. Dir: Kerr Xu. Key cast: Nicolas Roye, Cam Clarke, Kirk Thornton. Palais J
FILMS FROM ISRAEL CANNES 2014 UN CERTAIN REGARD THAT LOVELY GIRL | Director: Keren Yedaya
Producers: Marek Rozenbaum, Jérôme Bleitrach, Emmanuel Agneray, Micheal Eckelt Production Companies: Transfax Film Productions - Israel BIZIBI Productions - France / Riva Filmproduktion - Germany World Sales: Other Angle Pictures E-mail: email@example.com THU THU FRI
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SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE SELF MADE | Director: Shira Geffen
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Market 17:30 THE KITCHEN IN PARIS
(Russia) All Media Company. 90mins. Dir: Dmitry Dyachenko. Key cast: Vincent Perez, Dmitry Nazarov, Elena Podkaminskaya, Dmitry Nagiev, Mark Bogatyrev. Restaurant Claude Monet continues to flourish, and
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MARACANAZO: THE FOOTBALL LEGEND
(Uruguay) Latido. 75mins. Dir: Sebastian Bednarik, Andres Varela. The most famous match in the history of football. Palais F
(US) Tf1 International. 96mins. Dir: Andrea Pallaoro. Key cast: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Brian F O’Byrne, Kevin Alejandro, Ian Nelson. Ennis, a stern, hard-working dairy farmer, struggles to maintain control of his family and surrounding environment, while his wife, Christina, retreats into herself, progressively disconnecting from him and their five children. As tensions increase, each character must confront their yearnings and anxieties. Star 3
it is not surprising. Vika and Maxim have decided to celebrate their longawaited wedding there. But it is not that simple: by chance, the negotiations of the presidents of Russia and France are set to take place in the restaurant, on the same day. Gray 2
hope. A story of hope and love across Mumbai and Barcelona; from India to the Mediterranean… and all the way back. Palais D By invitation only
(US) The Vladar Company. 93mins. Dir: Vlad Yudin. Out in the woods and away from civilisation, what starts as a normal camping trip turns into a nightmare when four friends are confronted with shrieking alien sounds outside their tent. Gray 5
(Hong Kong (China)) Universe Films Distribution Co. 134mins. Dir: Benny Chan. Key cast: Louis Koo, Sean Lau, Nick Cheung, Yuan Quan, Lo Hoi Pang. Tin, Chow and Wai are brotherly bonded partners in the Narcotics Bureau. The three have an opportunity to capture notorious druglord Eight-faced Buddha in Thailand. Riviera 4
18:00 AGNES LETESTU — A SHINING STAR
(France) Wide House. 93mins. Dir: Marlene Ionesco. A documentary film looking at Agnes Letestu’s life and career. Palais G
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TRACES OF SANDALWOOD
(Spain) Imagina International Sales. 95mins. Dir: Maria Ripoll. Key cast: Nandita Das, Subodh Maskara, Naby Dakhli. Pain is universal. But so is
Key cast: Haruka Ayase, Tori Matsuzaka. In 2014, after an absence of 40 years, the world’s greatest art treasure, the Mona Lisa, again pays a visit to Japan. But a heist might be in the offing.
ALL-ROUND APPRAISER Q — THE EYES OF MONA LISA
(Japan) Tbs (Tokyo Broadcasting System Television). 120mins. Dir: Shinsuke Sato.
(France) Wild Bunch. 85mins. Dir: Fabrice Du Welz. Key cast: Gerard Lanvin, Joey Starr, Alice Taglioni, Simon Abkarian, Ymanol Perset. A weapons expert cop discovers his killer instinct. Olympia 5 Priority badges only
THE GRAD JOB
(France) Gaumont. 95mins. Dir: Antoine Blossier. Key cast: Thomas Soliveres, Samy Seghir, Marc Lavoine. At Robespierre High School, Greg Mollet, natural-born slacker and comic-book freak, has about as much a chance of passing his baccalaureate exam and graduating as he does of finding a girlfriend… until the day the gorgeous Maeva arrives in his class. Greg is totally into her. He manages to seduce her. Things get serious. They even want to go to London to study together the following year. But for that, Greg needs a
scholarship — which means gettimg 80 per cent or higher on his final exam. How will he pull it off ? Star 2
(US) Vmi Worldwide. 94mins. Dir: Kat Candler. Key cast: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke Garner. When motocross and heavy metal-obsessed Jacob’s increasing delinquent behaviour forces CPS to place his little brother, Wes, with his aunt, Jacob and his emotionally absent father, Hollis, must finally take responsibility for their actions and for each other. Gray 3
(Poland) 6 Sales. 120mins. Dir: Wladyslaw Pasikowski. Key cast: Maja Ostaszewska, Marcin Dorocinski, Oleg Maslennikov, Patrick Wilson. The man who challenged the empire. Lerins 2
(Netherlands) The Match Factory. 83mins. Dir: Tommy Pallotta, Femke Wolting. A narrative and documentary journey into the world of a Somali pirate, Mohamed, exploring how and why he came to live such a brutal existence. Animated re-enactments explore Mohamed’s memories, dreams and fears, while raw documentary footage portrays the harsh reality of his everyday life. Olympia 6
“An insightful, moving romance for the technology age.”
“[A] beautifully acted love story.”
“Well-crafted, tightly controlled and emotionally probing.”
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MURDER OF A CAT
(US) Exclusive Media. 110mins. Dir: Gillian Greene. Key cast: Nikki Reed, Fran Kranz, Greg Kinnear, Blythe Danner, JK Simmons. Clinton Moisey sets out to uncover the truth behind the secret double life of his murdered cat, unexpectedly finds love along the way, and ultimately lands in the middle of a city-wide conspiracy.
(Italy) Intramovies. 127mins. Dir: Edoardo Winspeare. Key cast: Anna Boccadamo, Barbara De Matteis, Celeste Casciaro, Laura Licchetta.
(US) Swimming Wings Productions. 85mins. Dir: Gabriel Schmidt. Key cast: Michelle Romano, Helene Cardona, Joshua William, Priscilla Schmidt, Shauna Chin, Rena Badgett, Stephanie Carney, Michael Kirkland, William Romeo, Ace Underhill. Evil has many forms. Palais E
SEX IN THE RED ZONE
(China) Coronet Productions. 87mins. Dir: Mi. Shen Goldberg. Key cast: Jose Rosete, Chunbo Shen, Joe Raffa. When a wild stunner enters a crafty brutal con-artist’s life, she not only fires up his lust, but also sends him down a deadly collision on a path into the forbidden zone. Palais C
STONES FOR THE RAMPART
(Poland) Picture Tree International. 112mins. Dir: Robert Glinski. Key cast: Danuta Stenka, Kamil Szeptycki,
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Magdalena Kolesnik, Marcel Sabat, Sandra Staniszewska, Tomasz Zietek. Rudy. Zoska. Alek. The heroes of the Grey Ranks. Their tale is about youth, love and friendship… about heroism at great costs and their fight that became a legend. They were young, they fell in love and wanted to live life to the full. Nothing seemed impossible. One day, their world fell apart; they had to abandon their dreams. The only choices they had were: either bow down in humility or put their own life on the line. In spite of lacking experience and weapons, they found inner courage and strength to rise against the Nazi occupants. They believed in the power of friendship, freedom and Poland. They clung to noble ideals. Riviera 3
THINGS PEOPLE DO
(US) Celluloid Dreams/ Nightmares. 110mins. Dir: Saar Klein. Key cast: Wes Bentley, Jason Isaacs, Keith Carradine, Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennet. Bill, a well-meaning family man, unwittingly turns to crime as a last resort after losing his job. But his growing friendship with a police detective threatens to expose his double life. Olympia 7
save her kicks off a game of life and death. Olympia 3
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(UK) Independent. 96mins. Dir: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin. Key cast: Billy Connolly, David Tennant, Rosamund Pike. A heart-warming tale of a family trying to survive through difficult and at times extraordinary circumstances. Star 1
(China) Media Asia Film. 87mins. Dir: Robert Brown, Peng Zhang. Key cast: Shawn Dou, Michelle Chen, Ashton Chen, Junho Kim. Webber is a fanatic of extreme sports, who indulges in Parkour during the night. When his sister is kidnapped, his determination to
and travels to neighbouring countries to spread peace, while experiencing extraordinary adventures and overcome unforeseen obstacles. Palais I
19:15 PARTY GIRL
(France) Pyramide International. 95mins. Dir: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis. Key cast: Angelique, Joseph Bour. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge
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THE CHALLAT OF TUNIS
(China) Zhuque Animation Movie. 100mins. Dir: Yi Gao, Yichang Zhu. Key cast: Chang Sun, Guoqing Yuan, Jia Zhan, Ming Zhao, Shaobing Wang, Xin Zhang, Zirong Tong. Zheng He carries orders from the Ming Emperor
(France) Jour2Fete. 90mins. Dir: Kaouther Ben Hania. Key cast: Mohamed Slim Bouchiha, Jallel Dridi, Moufida Dridi. Tunisia, before the revolution. A man on a motorbike, razor blade in hand, prowls the streets of Tunis slashing women’s
buttocks. They call him The Challat, aka The Slasher, and the mere mention of his name provokes fascination and terror. Is he a lone criminal, an urban legend, or could he be part of a political group or a religious fanatic? Ten years later, in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, a stubborn young female director sets out on an investigation to unravel the mystery and discover the true Challat of Tunis. Arcades 1
(Canada) Attraction Distribution. 93mins. Dir: Sylvain Archambault. Key cast: Antoine L’Ecuyer, Paul 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 events forces them to take another look at each other. Palais J
(US) Archstone Distribution. 95mins. Dir: Matthew Brown. Key cast: Ashley Williams, Tahyna Tozzi, Jack Noseworthy, Joel De La Fuente, Cary Woodworth, Darren Lipari, Ryan Cooper, Brad Koed. Centres on Julia Shames who, after suffering a brutal trauma, falls prey to an unorthodox form of therapy to restore herself. Palais F
LIFE AFTER BETH
(US) Xyz Films. 90mins. Dir: Jeff Baena. Key cast: Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Cheryl Hines, Dane Dehaan, John C Reilley, Matthew Gray Gubler, Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser.
Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. So, when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach is overjoyed and takes every opportunity to spend time with her and express his love. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite how he remembered her. Palais D
MAKE ME SHUDDER 2: MAE NAK HORROR
(Thailand) Phranakorn Film Co. 120mins. Dir: Poj Arnon. Riviera 4
TAKE ME TO DINNER
(Malaysia) Striped Entertainment. 83mins. Dir: Gavin Yap. Key cast: Ben Tan, Ka Hong Thor, Michael Chen, Patrick Teoh, Susan Lankester, U-En Ng. A dark comedy/romantic drama that explores the highs and lows of love, friendship, food and
murder. Meet Edward, an over-the-hill burnt-out assassin. After falling for Jennifer, Edward decides he’s had enough of killing and requests his retirement dinner. It’s up to his equally messedup colleagues — Hamm, Teddy, Elijah and Manny — to give it to him. There’s just one problem; this dinner will set in motion a series of events that will change their lives forever.
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of the Monk-Hood. The elite of these elites were known as The Masters.
IN THE DARK
(Malaysia) Media Asia Film. 99mins. Dir: Joon Han Yeo. Key cast: Po Chieh Wang, Candy Lee, Jennifer Foh. After his girlfriend is killed in a car crash, Joseph finds himself haunted by a host of spirits. In order to save himself, he needs to unravel the mysteries that surround them.
A DARK REFLECTION
ONCE UPON A TIME IN VIETNAM (LUA PHAT)
(UK) Fact Not Fiction Films. 110mins. Dir: Tristan Loraine. Key cast: Marina Sirtis, Stephen Tompkinson, Lauren Maddox. A journalist digs deep into the world of aviation and discovers some uncomfortable truths… and a conspiracy trail dating back to 1954. But why is
(Vietnam) Vietnam Media Corp/Bhd Co. 105mins. Dir: Dustin Nguyen. Key cast: Dustin Nguyen, Thanh Van Ngo, Roger Yuan. Once upon a time, foreign invaders came from distant lands to conquer our beloved country. Time and time again, they’re exorcised by the most elite
SAY “I LOVE YOU”
(Japan) Shochiku Co. 103mins. Dir: Asako Hyuga. Key cast: Haruna Kawaguchi, Sota Fukushi. Sixteen-year-old Mei Tachibana has never had a friend, much less a boyfriend. One day, Mei accidently hurts Yamato Kurosawa, the most popular boy at school. Yamato is immediately attracted to Mei, and soon declares that he wants to be her friend. Palais C
22:00 THAT LOVELY GIRL
(Israel) Other Angle Pictures. 97mins. Dir: Keren Yedaya. Key cast: Maayan Turjeman, Tzahi Grad, Yael Abecassis. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge
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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
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Wild Tales (Arg-Sp) Damian Szifron
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ of modern life. Ricardo Darin, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Dario Grandinetti lead the ensemble cast.
The Homesman (US) Tommy Lee Jones
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ away. Tommy Lee Jones stars alongside Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld and Meryl Streep.
The Wonders (It-Switz-Ger) Alice Rohrwacher
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ countryside with her parents and sisters, until the arrival of a young German ex-con. Alba Rohrwacher stars.
Foxcatcher (US) Bennett Miller
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Ruffalo) and their relationship with team sponsor John du Pont (Steve Carell), which leads to murder.
Maps To The Stars (Can) David Cronenberg
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ twisted machinations. Featuring Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska and John Cusack.
Two Days, One Night (Bel-Fr-It) Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ allowing her to keep her job — all with the help of her husband (Fabrizio Rongione).
Still The Water (Fr-Jap) Naomi Kawase
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ His girlfriend Kyoko attempts to help him understand this mysterious discovery.
The Search (Fr) Michel Hazanavicius
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ village, he meets Carole, a European Union delegation head. Starring Bérénice Bejo and Annette Bening.
Goodbye To Language 3D (Fr) Jean-Luc Godard
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ 0.0 They love, they argue, fists fly/ A dog strays between town and country/ The seasons pass/ A second film begins…”
Jimmy’s Hall (UK-Ire) Ken Loach
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Barry Ward stars as Gralton, who opens up a dance hall — much to the annoyance of some in the community.
Mommy (Can-Fr) Xavier Dolan
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ 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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