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Von Trier producer plans Viking epic BY GEOFFREY MACNAB

Maverick Danish producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen has announced details of his new $15m Viking movie, The Long Ships (Röde Orm) in Cannes this weekend. He also revealed that his long-term collaborator, Lars von Trier, is planning an action movie. Speaking at the Film i Vast reception, Jensen said The Long Ships, which will be directed by Hans Petter Moland (In Order Of Disappearance) and scripted by Tobias Lindholm (The Hunt), will star Stellan Skarsgaard and assorted members of the actor’s family. “[Stellan] can bring one or two sons, depending on what we need in the story,” said Jensen. The film will shoot in 2016 in several Scandinavian languages and Zentropa is co-producing with Nordisk. The Long Ships will be made as “one or two” feature films and as a four-part TV series. Jensen, who will produce, said: “I haven’t seen a good Viking film in my life. The atmosphere of our story is very much Pirates Of The Caribbean goes Viking.” The veteran producer also confirmed that von Trier is writing a US-set horror movie for The Salvation director Kristian Levring. As for von Trier’s own directorial plans, Jensen said “he is talking about making a Trier version of an action movie”. Having made horror (Antichrist), disaster (Melancholia) and erotic fare (Nymphomaniac), this is one of the few genres von Trier has not yet tackled.

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Relativity-Bollywood pact details emerge BY JEREMY KAY

Relativity founder Ryan Kavanaugh and Bollywood network B4U chief Ishan Saksena are exploring an unorthodox film-production model through their freshly minted content and distribution alliance. Under the terms of the partnership, announced in Cannes this weekend, the parties have set up a $100m war chest to create content for the US and India and will access each other’s distribution channels to exploit properties across both markets.

There are also plans to launch a pay-TV channel in India and RelaTV, an over-the-top platform targeted at the Indian market. It will carry original material and existing Relativity titles that will not conflict with Kavanaugh’s non-exclusive supply deal with Netflix. In one of the more intriguing planks of the US-Indian arrangement, the partners will collaborate on simultaneous US and Indianlanguage feature production. Kavanaugh and Saksena said

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they were modelling a round-theclock schedule that would involve a well-known franchise shot on the same Hollywood set. The plan would result in a US feature with minor roles for Bollywood actors and an Indian-language version with US actors in minor roles. The model is not unique but it is rare. During the 1930s shoot of Dracula starring Bela Lugosi on the Universal lot, a Mexican crew would arrive at night to shoot the Spanish-language version.

Buyers tie knot with Weddings BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW

Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green and Jeffrey Dean Morgan at the photocall for Kristian Levring’s Western drama The Salvation, which plays here in Midnight Screenings.

Jacquot’s 3 Hearts finds love Benoit Jacquot’s upcoming drama 3 Hearts, starring Benoit Poelvoorde, Chiara Mastroianni and Charlotte Gainsbourg, has found plenty of joy with buyers. Paris-based sales company Elle Driver has sold the picture to several territories including the UK (Metrodome), Canada (Métropole), Portugal (Leopardo Filmes), CIS and Baltics (Russian Report), Latin

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America (HBO Ole), Brazil (Mares Filmes), Spain (Golem), Switzerland (Agora Films), Australia (Madman) and Italy (Bim). Elle Driver has also seen good business on Audrey Dana’s French Women — starring an ensemble cast including Isabelle Adjani and Sylvie Testud — which receives its world premiere in the market at Cannes. Territories that have picked up

the film include Brazil (Mares Filmes), CIS (Premium Films), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Spain (Vertigo Films) and Germany and Austria (Wild Bunch Germany). André Téchiné’s In The Name Of My Daughter has also sold to a slew of territories ahead of its out-ofcompetition screening including to Benelux (Victory) and Latin America (HBO Ole), with Cohen Media Group handling US rights. Melanie Goodfellow

TF1 International has been racking up sales on French multicultural marriage comedy hit Serial (Bad) Weddings. The picture, which has sold more than 7 million tickets in France, sparked a bidding war in Italy where it was finally snapped up by Italian International Film. It has also sold to Spain (A Contracorriente), Germany (Neue Visionen), Canada (A-Z Films), CIS (Cinema Prestige), Hungary (MTVA), Portugal (Outsider Films), Morocco (Golden) and airlines (Skeye). CDI Films has picked it up for Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and Peru. Frenetic has already achieved 100,000 admissions in Switzerland and Cineart has racked up 120,000 entries in Benelux. The company is also launching sales on renowned choreographer Angelin Preljocaj’s ballet-based drama Polina, about a talented young Russian ballerina who follows her lover to Europe where she discovers contemporary dance. Preljocaj will be in Cannes to present the project, which he is codirecting with Valerie Muller, to buyers today. Casting of an actress who also has a dance background is under way. The project is due to shoot in winter 2014.

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Curzon rides Leviathan BY ANDREAS WISEMAN

UK arthouse exhibitor Curzon has acquired all rights to Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Cannes Competition entry Leviathan in a deal negotiated with Pyramide International. Zvyagintsev’s third film to launch at Cannes, after The Banishment and Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize-winner Elena, follows the owner of a small-town auto shop who comes into conflict with the local mayor. Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Aleksey Serebryakov and Elena actress Elena Lyadova star in the drama written by Zvyagintsev and Elena and The Banishment co-writer Oleg Negin. Producers are Alexander Rodnyansky and Sergey Melkumov, DoP is Mikhail Krichman and music comes from Philip Glass. The deal means Curzon has two films playing in Competition this week, following their pre-buy of the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night. Philip Knatchbull, CEO of Curzon, said: “We’re delighted to have wrapped up the UK rights ahead of Leviathan’s Competition screening and to be working again with Pyramide International.” As reported in Screen, Curzon last week finalised a deal for Andrew Haigh’s drama 45 Years. Hubert Boesl

Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, stars of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, drew excited crowds outside the Hotel Majestic Barriere here yesterday.


Crimson signs co-pro deal with Cargo, Tunnel By Jeremy Kay

China’s Crimson Forest Entertainment has struck a three-film co-production agreement with Cargo Entertainment and Tunnel Post Production. The deal covers psychological thriller Unknown Caller, Impulse, to star Tiger Chen, and sci-fi adventure Aurora. All three films are poised to go into production later this year and will be aimed at audiences in China and other international markets. Crimson Forest and Cargo will oversee financing and international sales, while Tunnel Post will provide post-production services.

Dancy meets Happy Prince Hannibal star Hugh Dancy has signed on for a leading role in Rupert Everett’s directorial debut, The Happy Prince, being sold here by Beta Cinema. Everett will also star as Oscar Wilde alongside Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson. BBC Films has added the $13.7m production to its slate, coming on board as co-producer and broadcasting partner, while Lionsgate UK has committed as co-producer and UK distributor. Firth and Ged Doherty are also co-producers with Raindog Films. Geoffrey Macnab

New development fund backs fresh features By Andreas Wiseman

Piccadilly Pictures, the UK financier that has supported We Need To Talk About Kevin and Coriolanus, has unveiled a development fund to sit alongside its $25m finance fund — and has already backed projects from BBC Films and Charles Dance. Piccadilly’s Christopher Figg and Robert Whitehouse have a handful of projects benefiting from their Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme-qualifying development fund, and are looking to add more. The first projects include a feature version of Alice Thomas Ellis’s novel, The Inn At The Edge Of The World, which is being coexecutive produced by Dance and is aiming for a late 2014 shoot; and BBC Films co-development Gypsy Boy, which is being pro-

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duced by Dee Koppang. “The fund will be available for projects that need further drafts,” explained Figg, whose credits also include Hellraiser and Trainspotting. “We tend not to develop things from scratch so the fund is to be a bridge for scripts between pre-production and shoot.” Piccadilly, which provides

backing against tax credits, presales and unsold rights, is aiming to invest up to $25m in 12 projects in the $1m-$15m range through its primary finance fund over the next 12 months. The company has recently invested in low-budget UK gangster films including Top Dog and Reign Of The General.

Front Row seals MAD output deal By Liz Shackleton

Cairo-based distribution and marketing outfit MAD Solutions has signed an output deal with Front Row Filmed Entertainment to handle the regional distributor’s films in Egypt. The first release under the deal is Richard Ayoade’s The Double, which is scheduled for the end of May. Other upcoming titles include The Wind Rises, Dom Hemingway, Blood Ties and Wel-

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come To The Jungle. MAD has also acquired theatrical rights for the Arab world to Hany Abu-Assad’s award-winning drama, Omar from Arab Radio and Television (ART). The film, which premiered in Cannes last year, will be released day-and-date in eight Arab countries — GCC (except Saudi Arabia), Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine — in August, following Ramadan.

MAD is building a pan-Arab distribution network for Arab and international films. It also aims to create a market for the new wave of award-winning independent Arab films, which have limited distribution across the region. The company has already forged a reputation for innovative, cost-effective marketing on recent releases such as Mohamed Khan’s Factory Girl and Ahmad Abdallah’s Rags And Tatters.

Euro deals for Force Majeure By Geoffrey Macnab

Force Majeure, Ruben Ostlund’s Un Certain Regard title that receives its world premiere here today, has been sold to major territories throughout Europe. The Swedish auteur’s family drama, set in the wake of an avalanche, has been sold by Philippe Bober’s Coproduction Office to Germany (Neue Vision), Benelux (Lumiere), Switzerland (Look Now!), Denmark (Ost For Paradis), Sweden (TriArt), Norway (Arthaus) and the Baltics (Black Hand/Must Kasi). The film, which stars Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren and Vincent Wettergren, features a striking scene in which a man cries uncontrollably for several minutes. Here in Cannes, Coproduction Office is also handling The Rossellini Project, its collection of 10 newly restored and digitised films by Italian master Roberto Rossellini. After screening at festivals in recent years, the final restored title in the collection — La Paura, made in 1954 — screens here in Cannes Classics.

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China presents co-production challenge

By Liz Shackleton

Chinese animation studio Mili Pictures Worldwide has opened an office in Los Angeles, headed by producer Bill Borden. Borden’s credits include the High School Musical series, Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle and Mission: Impossible 3. Mili’s debut production, Dragon

Nest, will premiere on July 31 at China’s biggest video-gaming convention, ChinaJoy. Directed by Song Yuefeng, the adventure is based on a hit online game that has 100 million registered users. All Rights Entertainment is handling international sales. Mili also announced that its next production, family comedy

Ping Pong Rabbit, has started preproduction in Los Angeles. Directed by Mike Johnson, who co-directed Corpse Bride with Tim Burton, the film will move into the animation process in China this autumn and is scheduled for release in early 2016, scripted by Peter Barsocchini (High School Musical).

Exhibitors doubt VoD experiment By Geoffrey Macnab

Exhibitors have given a mixed reaction to the European Commission’s multiplatform releasing experiment, results of which were announced in Cannes. Nine films were released by three groups in 15 territories and

included 39 day-and- date releases. Results were very soft. “Making films available on VoD does not lead to a very large number of transactions — purchase or rental,” said the report. Europa Cinemas president Nico Simon told Screen: “The fig-

ures are not significant to draw any conclusions [from] and some might not be accurate. We are very frustrated the whole exhibition sector was not consulted or involved.” A second set of experiments will start in June.

By Jeremy Kay

Andre Relis’s Los Angeles-based sales company VMI Worldwide, here selling Sundance selection Hellion, continues to push into production and has struck a supply deal with Cinedigm. The deal calls for four or five films a year and will include The Opposite Sex and War Pigs, which Ryan Little is set to start shooting in Michigan in the autumn. VMI Worldwide will produce and pre-sell the titles and Cinedigm will handle US distribution. “We are really pushing into production, whereas two or three years ago we were not doing it at all. Now it’s a big part of our business,” said Relis. “Sales remains very much a core part of our business, but this is an exciting development.” at mm Relis, a former partner460 Vision Films, left that company in 2010 to form VMI Worldwide.

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Tapping into China is a challenge, according to speakers on a Chinese co-production panel held at the UK Film Centre in Cannes yesterday. Bona Film Group’s Jeffrey Chan said that co-produced films must have a focus for Chinese audiences, whether it is locations, storyline or cast. Road Pictures’ Cai Gongming, International who is currently producing ItalyUK-China co-production Coffee, which tells a story in each of the respective countries, said: “You must have a story that appeals to all countries. China is looking for good stories where there is less risk for both sides.” He added that China is interested in working with skilled European directors, DoPs and actors. Tiffany Pritchard

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Fortitude signs Young Santa By Jeremy Kay

Fortitude International has acquired international sales rights to the L Frank Baum adaptation, Young Santa. Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer) will direct from a screenplay adapted by David Casci and Joel T Smith. Gudrun Giddings and Christian Arnold-Beutel will produce with Fortitude International partner Daniel Wagner of BiFrost Pictures. Production on the Santa Claus origin story is set for later this year. Fortitude International, launched by Nadine de Barros and producers Daniel Wagner and Robert Ogden Barnum, is in Cannes with a slate that includes The End Of The Tour. The David Foster Wallace biopic will star Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired all English-speaking territories earlier this year.

Cannes hears the call for female film quotas By Melanie Goodfellow

Gender-based film quotas are the only way to boost the position of women in the film industry, said panellists at a European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) workshop in Cannes on Saturday. The packed-out workshop, entitled ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Film!’, presented three studies looking at the position of women in the film industry. The timely conference followed comments by Cannes Film Festival jury president Jane Campion that there was “inherent sexism in the industry”. New findings by the EAO showed that female directors accounted for 16.1% of the 9,349 European films released in Europe from 2003-12, which in turn accounted for 8.7% of the box office in that period.

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A British Film Institute study on female directors and screenwriters in the UK from 2010-12 revealed that women wrote 37% of the top independent films in that period and directed 18%. France’s National Cinema Centre also presented a study first released in France, which showed that 25% of first-time and 33% of second-time films were directed by women. “Unless we take affirmative

action, nothing will happen,” said Sanja Ravlic, Eurimages’ representative for Croatia. “I’ve never been an advocate of quotas but, after hearing these figures, I’m beginning to think they make sense,” said Italian producer Tilde Corsi of R&C Productions. Nik Powell, director of the UK’s National Film and Television School, said the UK should set up ring-fenced funds aimed at underrepresented communities, in the same way it had done to encourage regional production. “It worked for regional production where production was moved out of London to the other parts of the UK very successfully, so I don’t see why it can’t work with the different communities, whether that be female, black or disadvantaged,” he said.

Kino Lorber captures the Kingdom Kino Lorber has picked up North American rights to Andrew Mudge’s South African drama The Forgotten Kingdom, which The Little Film Company is selling internationally. The distributor plans a June 10 theatrical release through its Alive Mind Cinema platform, and has also taken TV and DVD rights in North America, while Gaiam TV has picked up digital rights. ZenHQ Films and Strongman’s film tells the story of a man who leaves Johannesburg’s slums to return to his ancestral land of Lesotho to bury his estranged father. While there he falls in love with his childhood friend. Indigenous Films handles the nationwide release in South Africa. Jeremy Kay

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Tre Vanner sets sights on first English features Convenience

Moviehouse snaps up comic capers By Andreas Wiseman

UK sales outfit Moviehouse has added sales titles Convenience and gangster film Hackney’s Finest to its Cannes sales slate. Convenience stars Ray Panthaki, Vicky McClure, Adeel Akhtar and Verne Troyer as friends who set out to rob a petrol station to clear debts with Russian gangsters. The film was executive-produced by postproduction facility Framestore. Comic crime-thriller Hackney’s Finest, produced by Rickety Shack Films, depicts a drug-fuelled night of mayhem in east London. The deal was negotiated by producer Arin Alldridge of Rickety Shack and Moviehouse Entertainment’s Mark Vennis. Moviehouse’s production arm has also boarded Funny Cow, set to star Maxine Peake in the story of a female comedian’s rise to fame. Tinge Krishnan directs Tony Pitts’ script. Pitts will co-star while Kevin Proctor co-produces with Vennis.

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Sweden’s Tre Vanner, producer of the hit Easy Money (Snabba Cash) trilogy, has announced the launch of two international thrillers — the company’s first in English. These include a thriller from acclaimed Swedish director Jens Jonsson and an English-language remake of the first of the Easy Money films. Both projects will be produced by Vanner and Swedish major Svensk Filmindustri, with Svensk handling Scandinavian distribution. The two companies merged in 2013. Jonsson’s Ibiza-set thriller The White Island centres on two female characters. The filmmaker, who won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2008 with The King Of Ping Pong and also directed Snabba Cash III — Life Deluxe, co-wrote the script with Matthew Ian Cirulnick, based on extensive research. Casting will start on the film in the next few months, with production set to begin in spring 2015. Producer Wikstrom Nicastro is also behind the ambitious English-language remake of Easy Money, about a double-dealing

Cannes briefs Buyers find erotic love Sales veteran Kevin Williams has sold Singapore-based Elixir’s Kama Sutra doc, The Art Of Sexual Love In The Edo Period, to Germany (Tiberius), Taiwan (Shengi Media), and Hong Kong (Panorama). Erotic horror picture Dusk has gone to South Korea (Lumix).

Partners for a vampire Cinema Management Group has boarded international sales on 3D animation The Little Vampire. Producers Chris Brouwer and Richard Claus have partnered on the feature with A Film of Copenhagen and Studio Rakete of Hamburg.

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business student who gets involved in a drug smuggling operation. The original film was released in Sweden in 2010 and set off the Hollywood careers of both its director, Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), and its star, Joel Kinnaman (Robocop). The Weinstein Company released it in the US, where the film was presented by Martin Scorsese. “We will keep the complex characters and grittiness of our original film but make the plot more focused and effective,” said Nicastro. “We will move the story to an international arena by making the protagonist an American student who dreams of becoming

part of the wealthy elite in a major European capital.” The Easy Money remake was previously in development with Warner Bros with Zac Efron attached. The new script is being written by Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken, and is planned to be the first instalment in an English-language trilogy, based on the novels by Swedish crime writer Jens Lapidus. Director and cast are yet to be decided. Jonas Fors, CEO of Svensk, said: “We have seen a great interest in the films from several international partners and hope to close financing of these two films within the next few months.”

The Combine, harvested Demarest Films and Kilburn Media are backing Jeremy Renner and writer-director Don Handfield’s production firm The Combine and will get the first-look option to produce and finance all content that it originates. The Combine produced the upcoming Kill The Messenger with Bluegrass Films.

Lightning strikes Lightning Entertainment has taken international rights to the comedy Other Plans, starring Jamie Kennedy. Joe Eckardt directed from Amelia Dellos and Eric Anderson’s screenplay.

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Rudderless sales on track Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International has sold a raft of territories on William H Macy’s feature directorial debut Rudderless, starring Billy Crudup and Anton Yelchin. Rights to Unified Pictures and Bron Studios’ Sundance entry have gone to Japan (Phantom), Latin America (Star TV), Portugal (Lusomondo), eastern Europe (Freeman Film Trade and Finance), South Korea (Green Narae Media), Israel (Forum Film), Middle East (Gulf) and South Africa (MNet). It screens today. Jeremy Kay

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Cannes’ Marché du Film has released initial attendance figures and revealed that China’s presence is up 40% on 2013. The increased attendance from Chinese delegates made it the fifth-largest contingent, while Latin America continues to grow and now represents 4% of all Marché participants. More than 12,000 participants are expected by the close of the market. From the initial figures, producers account for 29%, followed by theatrical distributors with 21%, sales with 11%, and VoD and new media with 4%. A total of 1,900 buyers are present to acquire films and projects. A total of 117 countries are tak-

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The Marché is expecting 12,000 participants

ing part, up from 109 in 2013. There are first-time participants from Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria, Burma, Brunei and Laos. A number of countries are taking part in the International Village for the first time, including Ecuador, Cyprus, Denmark and the Philippines. Egypt is also

returning to the Village, and Ukraine is present despite the political turmoil in the country. The 5,200 films offered this year include 3,100 completed titles, 810 documentaries and 144 films in 3D. A total of 44% of these titles are from Europe; 18% from the US; and 18% from France.


Film London presents its eighth PFM By Geoffrey Macnab

Film London has launched the 2014 Production Finance Market (PFM), with a global call for applications targeting experienced producers with projects to pitch international financiers. Dates have been set for the eighth PFM, which will take place in London from October 15-16. Following a successful pilot last year, Film London Micro-Market will run alongside the event on October 16. Aimed at projects budgeted at less than $1.4m, the Micro-Market connects UK filmmakers with financiers seeking low-budget features, as well as providing crucial training. As part of the recruitment drive for applications, Film London is presenting a panel on the international marketplace, with an introduction to the PFM, in Cannes today from 1:30pm to 2:30pm at the UK Film Centre. The PFM has helped support at least 50 projects, including Paolo Virzi’s Human Capital, enabling them to achieve success. This includes producers securing direct finance, and sales and distribution deals, as well as delegates building relationships and partnerships on projects not presented at the PFM. Peter Nicholson’s Dartmoor Killing pitched at the Micro-Market in October starts shooting next month after securing funding at the event, while a number of other projects are close to sealing investment deals.

Branco makes tracks to Conrad’s Outpost By Geoffrey Macnab

Veteran Portuguese producer Paulo Branco is planning a bigscreen adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s An Outpost Of Progress. After backing an adaptation of Conrad’s Almayer’s Folly in 2011, directed and co-written by Chantal Akerman, Branco is now working on a film version of the novelist’s short story. Written in 1897 and drawing on Conrad’s own experience in the Congo, An Outpost deals with two European men who are assigned to a trading post in a remote part of the African jungle. But as isolation demoralises the pair and disease weakens them, the story ultimately ends in tragedy. The film will shoot in Angola, close to the location where Conrad wrote the story. Hugo Vieira Da Silva will direct. The cast is led by Nuno Lopes. It will be made

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through Leopardo Filmes and Amour Fou Vienna as a PortugalAustria co-production. Meanwhile, together with Filmgalerie 451, Branco is co-producing $6m Second World War drama The Captain from Flightplan director Robert Schwentke. The veteran producer is also working on an adaptation of cult

Polish novelist Witold Gombrowicz’s Cosmos, which will mark Andrzej Zulawski’s comeback as a director. The film is casting now and Branco expects to shoot later in the year. Already shooting is Bonnie and Clyde-style drama Astragal, directed by Brigitte Sy and adapted from the novel by Albertine Sarrazin. It stars Leila Bekhti and Reda Kateb, and is produced by Branco’s Alfama Films alongside France 3 Cinéma. Branco added that he is in preproduction on Philippe Ramos’s Venus Ouverte, starring Melvil Poupaud. Benoit Jacquot is now attached to direct another Branco project, The Body Artist, an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel. I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino was previously attached to the project.

Rohfilm sets sail again with Asher By Martin Blaney

Berlin-based production house Rohfilm is to reunite with Israeli film-maker Hagar Ben Asher (The Slut) on her next feature, Deadsea. Speaking to Screen, Rohfilm co-managing director Benny Drechsel said the co-production will be made with France’s Les Films du Poisson and Israel’s Cinema Group. Deadsea is set to

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shoot at locations in Israel from this autumn. Drechsel and his business partner, Karsten Stöter, were the German co-producers on Asher’s debut feature The Slut, which had its world premiere at Cannes’ Critics’ Week in 2011, and they returned to the sidebar last year with Ritesh Batra’s international bestseller The Lunchbox.

This summer, Rohfilm will shoot Axel Koenzen’s feature debut, Deadweight, set on a container ship. Films Boutique will handle international sales. Stöter and Drechsel are here in Cannes to discuss their development slate. Drechsel is also serving as one of the jury members of the Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize for the best short in Critics’ Week.

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Abu Dhabi will fete Pressman By Liz Shackleton

American Psycho producer Edward R Pressman is to receive a lifetime honour at the first edition of the International Showbiz Expo (ISBE), to be held in Abu Dhabi from October 20-22. Pressman, whose credits include Das Boot, Wall Street and the upcoming reboot of The Crow, will accept the Independent Producer Lifetime Achievement Award. Organised by event-management firm MCI and Singaporebased Xeitgeist Entertainment Group, the event is focused on the growing markets of Asia, India and the Middle East. It plans to cover all aspects of the entertainment business from film, TV and exhibition to theatre and digital media. The organisers said ISBE has been timed to take place before Abu Dhabi Film Festival (October 23-November 1). It expects to attract about 2,000 industry professionals and young creatives, and aims to encourage both learning and business. The event will take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company. Confirmed partners include Middle East distributors and exhibitors Gulf Film, Novo Cinemas, Empire International, Reel Cinemas and VOX Cinemas.

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whether or not a film can be launched on VoD in France. Wild Bunch’s Welcome To New York will be the testing ground this weekend. “We will know on Monday what it is to launch an important movie. There is no limit on the number of prints or tickets or capacity. We could have 700,000 clicks maybe... in the next 48 hours, we will have an answer,” Ormieres said. At the ‘Risky Business’ panel, experts debated approaches to co-production, incentives and pre-sales. Talking about potential missteps, CAA’s Micah Green warned against producers rushing to attach talent to films. “They make commitments to the talent that they ultimately can’t honour,” he said. He also cautioned against so-called ‘financiers’ who do not have any capital and producers who appoint sales agents prematurely. Silver Reel’s Claudia Blümhuber and Participant Media’s Jonathan King

The new money Experts at the fifth International Film Finance Forum in Cannes say there is liquidity in the market and a need for more content. Geoffrey Macnab reports


ow does independent film differentiate itself from the fantastic TV that’s out there? Is there a shortage of product? Is French Cinema in crisis? Who has the money? How seriously should crowdfunding be taken? What are the new distribution strategies for the digital age? These were among the questions pondered by leading producers, agents and financiers at the fifth annual International Film Finance Forum organised in Cannes by Winston Baker (with Screen as a media partner). Speaking at the ‘Global State Of The Industry’ panel, United Talent Agency’s Rena Ronson disputed the idea aired by many in Cannes this week that there is a lack of films in the marketplace. “There is a lot of product out there,” she said. “There is too much product out to some extent.” She pointed out there are plenty of films in the $5m budget range. The shortfall is in the “higher budget” star-driven titles in the $20m-$40m range. Actors, Ronson noted, are “willing to reduce their upfront” and increase “the back end” in order to get strong indie films made. She talked up the marketing opportunities inherent in crowdfunding. “They [the online investors] are all going to see your movie.” The delegates noted the “new money in town”. “There is a lot of liquidity out there,” said Silver Reel’s Claudia Blümhuber, but she also warned against rigid models of equity or debt financing in a film-financing market in which “everything is changing”. Robbert Aarts, co-chief executive of Fin-

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tage House, remarked there are still hundreds of films produced each year on which investors “will most likely lose their investment”. The consensus, though, was that when it came to investment, “money is smarter, equity is smarter”. Participant Media executive vice-president Jonathan King gave further details of Participant’s pan-American initiative, Participant PanAmerica, that began two years ago with Pablo Larrain’s No, and is continuing with Western-inspired action adventure El Ardor, an Argentina-Brazil-France co-production. Participant’s aim is to be “the equity piece” in helping finance these movies. Content everywhere Crisis, what crisis?, was the response from Stone Angels producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam at the ‘Fighting for a New French Cinema’ panel. Amid fierce debate about the 36-month delay that films in France face before they reach VoD platforms and concern about the decline of the home entertainment market, Le Pogam was sanguine about the situation facing big companies such as Gaumont. “There is no crisis,” he said, pointing to the continuing “need for content everywhere”. Producer Philippe Carcassonne and others predicted that a number of tax reliefs in France will be cancelled but that tax incentives aimed at luring international production will survive. Meanwhile, UniversCiné’s Jean-Luc Ormieres told the audience in the Carlton that they will soon be able to see

‘There is a lot of product out there. There is too much to some extent’ Rena Ronson, United Talent Agency

Looking beyond theatrical The ‘Innovation in Distribution’ panel gave insight into forward-thinking platforms that can benefit distribution companies, sales agents and film-makers. ICM Partners’ Jessica Lacy said: “Just because films are not released theatrically, it doesn’t mean they’re not important to us.” ICM’s alternative packaging methods include theatre adaptations, television series and online platforms. While The Weinstein Company’s David Glasser admitted home entertainment sales are dropping, he insisted smaller releases, such as documentaries, are proving financially successful through alternative packaging. And though the industry does not yet widely accept day-and-date, he insisted Harvey Weinstein was set on finding a way to push alternative content to wider audiences. Anna Godas, CEO of London-based Dogwoof, highlighted the benefits of being a sales company and distributor, using Blackfish as an example where the campaign was controlled from pre-production to release. StudioCanal Germany’s CEO Rodolphe Buet offered a more reserved approach, saying that theatrical campaigns are still at the heart of StudioCanal’s release strategy, but he offered social media as one factor in pushing s a film to the broader public. n Additional reporting by Tiffany Pritchard

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Q&A David Michod Red-hot Australian director David Michod garnered universal acclaim for his debut Animal Kingdom. He returns with thriller The Rover, set in the Australian outback and starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson. The film, a Midnight Screening, premieres tonight. FilmNation handles international sales.

Wonders of Rohrwacher By Andreas Wiseman

Alice Rohrwacher, the 32-year-old Italian director, returns to the Croisette with Competition entry The Wonders (Le Meraviglie), a coming-of-age story set in the Italian countryside. In keeping with her first film Corpo Celeste, The Wonders draws on experiences from Rohrwacher’s own childhood. “I wanted to tell a story that speaks about how landscape is changing,” says the writer-director. “The region of middle Italy is my homeland and I wanted to frame a story within a changing landscape. “This is a film about tradition and asks the question, ‘What is tradition?’ It’s a question that’s not only relevant to Italians. It

seems that all over the world people are questioning who they are and what their roots are.” The drama, which stars youngster Maria Alexandra Lungu in the lead role alongside Sam Louwyck and Monica Bellucci, marks the first time Rohrwacher has directed her older sister, the established actress Alba Rohrwacher (I Am Love). “She was a great help during the writing of the film,” says the director. “I wanted to make a film about a first-born girl so of course Alba provided me with inspiration.” Rohrwacher’s promising career remains one of the brightest lights in a recently undernourished Italian film sector. The director is philosophical but

hopeful about the future of filmmaking in the territory. “There are a lot of good young Italian directors. But as with many countries we are perhaps lacking a movement. It can be quite a solitary process but with determination everything is possible.” At a time when the industry spotlight is on the lack of women directors, she sees some encouraging signs from her local industry. “It’s sad that we have to speak about this issue but also important to shine a light on it. That said, there are strong female Italian voices out there including Francesca Comencini, Francesca Archibugi and now Asia Argento,” she says. The Match Factory handles world sales on The Wonders.

The Honeymoon Killers’ trip to Belgium By Ian Sandwell

Having had his debut feature Calvaire selected for Critics’ Week in 2004, Belgian director Fabrice du Welz returns to Cannes with Alleluia in Directors’ Fortnight (it premieres on Thursday). Alleluia sees du Welz reteam with Calvaire actor Laurent Lucas and is the latest film inspired by real-life killers Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez. “I was watching Arturo Ripstein’s Deep Crimson — it’s a great film adapted from The Honeymoon

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Killers story — and I was thinking why not adapt this story in south Belgium just like Ripstein did with Mexico?” says du Welz. Ahead of filming Alleluia, the Belgian film-maker had knowledge of all previous works inspired by the infamous killers, but is confident his take brings something new to the table. “I love the subject — the mad love, the storyline and the characters,” he says. Having had experience on the Croisette before, du Welz is in no doubt about the boost the festival

can provide. “Cannes is a great worldwide window for a movie, so I feel lucky and honoured to present Alleluia this year. Thanks to Cannes, Alleluia will probably travel all over the world. Cannes offers respect and legitimacy to directors and it’s priceless.” While du Welz is not clear what’s next: “I’m working on different projects and hope to start something new as soon as possible.” But he knows what’s important: “To make a good movie, you need to be well surrounded.”

Why tell this story? I wanted to tell a story about the effect today’s pathological greed and rampant resource exploitation might have on desperate people in some dark future manifestation of the world as we currently know it. I wanted to throw together a murderous, resentful Australian man and a naïve American kid — a man who has witnessed the world fall apart and a kid who knows nothing other than things as they are. Did the film need to be shot in Australia? It felt like this story was specific to the Australian desert, specific to the last decade or more of the Australian resources boom, which saw the Australian economy propped up almost entirely by us digging up monumental amounts of dirt to fuel the growth of China, and Asia more generally. What was behind the casting of Robert Pattinson? I loved the idea of it. The prospect of giving a very recognisable performer the opportunity to do something right outside the parameters of people’s general

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expectations is exciting. I knew he could do what I was asking him to do — he’s a great actor and I wouldn’t have cast him otherwise. How punishing were the conditions during the shoot? When we did our tech recce the week before the shoot, we found ourselves standing around in 50ºc temperatures. It was scary and dangerous. Fortunately, when we started shooting, the temperatures dropped to around 43ºc. The conditions were tough, but it’s worth it — you can feel that in every pore and nook and cranny of the movie. You’re switching gears on your next script, The Operators. It’s early days. I haven’t even started writing yet so I don’t know exactly what form it will take. What sort of films would you most like to make? I want to make all kinds of movies. I want them to be big and smart — a tough combo in the current climate, but it’s do-able. Andreas Wiseman

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Cannes welcomes Gulf Film Gulf Film — the Middle East’s largest exhibitor and distributor — gathered industry executives to Majestic Beach on Friday night for the second annual Gulf Film Event in association with Screen International





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Ahmad Golchin, Gulf Film, Selim El Azar, Gulf Film, Ahmed A Rashed, Cineco, and Jaber Al Ansari,


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Winter Sleep Reviewed by Dan Fainaru The first thought that springs to mind once Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s sprawling, multi-layered, richly rewarding Winter Sleep (Kis Uykusu) reaches its end, is that one should never see this at a festival with a film tucked in before and another one just after it. For if Ceylan takes his own sweet time to reveal the full scope of his story, never allowing any consideration of length or pace to trouble him, his audience should do the same to fully appreciate one of the more rewarding film achievements of the year. No doubt every festival in sight will pick it up and every self-respecting arthouse will programme it, but it is worth looking beyond the ‘masterpiece’ label that will be stuck on it, to discover a deeply felt, powerfully delivered observation on Turkish society, with reflections that could easily resonate elsewhere as well. Shot in a small Cappadocia village, a mindboggling wild, natural location with a small hotel in the middle of it and a lot of poverty all around, the plot — if one can call the extensive, elaborate conversations taking place a narrative — focuses for a while on the relations between three main characters. Aydin (Bilginer), a middle-aged former actor, has inherited the hotel and most of the land around it. He deems himself a thinker — one of his projects is to write a history of Turkish theatre — and pretends to be immersed in his intellectual activities, such as writing think-pieces for an obscure magazine. He delegates the management of the property to his assistant, Hidayet (Pekcan), expecting him to take care of all unpleasant chores and save him the need to dirty his hands.

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Tur-Ger-Fr. 2014. 196mins Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan Production company Zeyno Film International sales Memento, www. Producer Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan Executive producer Sezgi Ustün Screenplay Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ebru Ceylan Cinematography Gokhan Tiryaki Editor Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Bora Goksingol Production designer Gamze Kus Main cast Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sozen, Demet Akbag, Ayberk Pekcan, Serhat Kilic, Nejat Isler, Tamer Levent, Nadir Saribacak

Necla (Akbag), Aydin’s sister, is a bitter, sharp-tongued divorcée who has retreated to her brother’s hotel to pester and criticise him. Nihal (Sozen), Aydin’s much younger wife, desperately tries to fill the void of her existence with social work, of which her husband disapproves, mainly because he feels left out. As the title indicates, it all takes place in winter, which already establishes the adequate climate for the proceedings. The characters spend most of the time indoors, in a kind of pressure cooker simmering with conflicts that must finally erupt in every direction. Nothing is left quite untouched, whether it is the application or abdication of religion in the moral, ethical and emotional fabric of these three characters or their social responsibilities, which they interpret wrongly, either on purpose or because of sheer ignorance — not to mention the unbridgeable distance separating them from the less-privileged classes. Though most of the attention in the first part is lavished on Aydin, his wife and his sister, more characters are brought into the limelight as the film progresses. They include teacher Levent (Saribacak), who needs a stiff drink to air his opinions; Imam Hamdi (Kilic), whose schemes are intended to keep the bosses happy

and his hot-blooded brother, Ismail (Isler), whose pride is stronger than his instinct for self-preservation. If subtitles are to be trusted, the abundant dialogue is masterfully calibrated to raise the tension and then let it down again, be it in the smouldering encounter kept sotto voce between Aydin and his sister, the heart-wrenching scene when Aydin’s passive-aggressive tactics break down the resistance of Nihal, or the Chekhovian conversation between three slightly inebriated men who let down their hair just a bit more than they meant to do. Ceylan’s cast performs with such precision and feeling that even Bergman would have applauded. Gokhan Tiryaki’s camerawork beautifully records the quiet force of their delivery, and the choice of the unique and striking Cappadocia location, where lodgings are built not on but inside huge mountain rocks, takes the breath away. And in case anyone misses the moral of the story, just watch what happens to the wild horse captured in an early sequence, to be tamed on Aydin’s request, before the film is over.

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Saint Laurent Reviewed by Mark Adams A lush, stylish and evocative journey through the life of enigmatic French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, Bertrand Bonello’s magnificently mounted biopic succeeds as a warts-and-all (booze, drugs, sex, etc) story of a legendary fashion designer, but as with Jalil Lespert’s more soap opera-oriented film Yves Saint Laurent, released earlier this year, it offers little insight into this complex character. The film hangs well and looks the part, but is ultimately less than satisfying. While focusing mainly on 1967-76 as Saint Laurent (played with elegant ease by Gaspard Ulliel) goes through personal and professional crises — reflecting the transition of the era in society — the story is bookended by moments that deal with his early years as well as scenes just before his death (played as an older man by Helmut Berger), though the film’s core dwells not so much on fashion as on Saint Laurent’s reliance on drugs and drink, especially as he starts an obsessive affair with Jacques de Bascher (Garrel). Saint Laurent’s running time — two-and-ahalf hours — may well be epic but, while there are some beautifully composed sequences, it is often repetitive and still offers no real insight into what demons really drove Saint Laurent. A fear of snakes — cue dream scenes of serpents slithering over him — may look great, but it feels more like a film device rather than real depth.

The Rover Reviewed by Jonathan Romney Australian writer-director David Michod proved himself a cool-headed specialist in man’s inhumanity to man in his 2010 debut, the gangster story Animal Kingdom. If that film’s criminal clan seemed cold-bloodedly nasty, their behaviour looks like mere petulance compared to the ruthless bloodletting in Michod’s follow-up, The Rover. That’s as it should be, given that this new film envisages a post-collapse outback Australia in which survival is all, and life is cheaper than the bullets that can be routinely bought at gas stations. Michod and his collaborators — including Joel Edgerton, not acting here but co-writing a project originally conceived in 2007 — evoke a coherently brutal and blasted world with echoes of the more desolate breed of spaghetti Westerns, plus inevitable overtones of Mad Max, given the road-movie premise. But overall this is a disappointing film that loses dramatic momentum after an arrestingly grim first act. The presence of Robert Pattinson, in an uncharacteristically non-heroic and even awkward guise, alongside a magnetic Guy Pearce, will give the film some solid box-office

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Fr. 2014. 150mins Director/music Bertrand Bonello Production companies Mandarin Cinéma, EuropaCorp International sales EuropaCorp, www. Producers Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer Screenplay Bertrand Bonello, Thomas Bidegain Cinematography Josée Deshaies Editor Fabrice Rouaud Production designer Katia Wyszkop Main cast Gaspard Ulliel, Jérémie Renier, Léa Seydoux, Louis Garrel, Amira Casar, Aymeline Valade, Helmut Berger, Micha Lescot

Out of competition Aus-US. 2014. 102mins Director David Michod Production companies Porchlight Films, Lava Bear Films International sales FilmNation Entertainment, Producers Liz Watts, David Linde, David Michod Screenplay David Michod, Joel Edgerton Cinematography Natasha Braier Editor Peter Sciberras Production designer Jo Ford Music Antony Partos Main cast Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy, David Field, Susan Prior

Ulliel is suitably lanky and lean to play the ever-elegantly attired Saint Laurent and, while the film opens in his studio where the haute couture dresses are assembled with military precision and where Saint Laurent creates his latest designs, the film soon switches to the nightclubs and dwells on the moment when he spots tall Chanel model Betty Catroux (Valade), who was to become his muse. She is joined by the free-spirited Loulou de la Falaise (Seydoux), with the pair helping inspire him. There are brief moments that dwell on the sexual and business relationship between Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé (Renier), who in reallife authorised Lespert’s version. But at the centre of the film is Saint Laurent’s obsession with de Bascher, with the pair engaging in a drug-

and booze-fuelled affair that only comes to an end when Bergé visits de Bascher. While a rather emotionless film — though the Cannes audience did murmur with concern when Saint Laurent’s much-loved dog, Moujik, dies after helping himself to a batch of spilled drugs — the film comes to life towards the end when after much procrastinating and worry Saint Laurent unveils his 1974 collection — vibrant and colourful clothes based on Moroccan themes — with Bonello making great use of splitscreen style — echoing the look of Mondrian and Saint Laurent’s famous Mondrian dress — and relishing the beautiful fashion-show backdrop.

appeal, but The Rover is at best a consolidation rather than a real advance for Michod. Strikingly shot in southern Australia by Natasha Braier in the spirit of Sergio Leone’s dustier desert imaginings, the film is set — an opening title tells us — “10 years after the Collapse”, somewhere in the back of beyond in a desolate, largely flat Australian landscape.

A man named Eric (Pearce) is sitting ruefully in a roadside diner when three passing desperados headed by an American named Henry (McNairy) make off with Eric’s car. Eric takes off in hot pursuit, and an icy face-off ensues between the thieves and this taciturn loner, who is more than able to stare them down. Eric wants his car back at all costs and is not too fussy about chalking up a few casualties in the process. He ends up in charge of Henry’s vulnerable wounded brother, Rey (Pattinson), and having got Rey’s wounds tended by a female doctor (Prior), Eric takes him in search of Henry. Why he wants his car so badly we only learn at the end, and unfortunately, when that reason is revealed, it comes across like the punchline to a shaggy dog story — and we won’t say any more than that, except to note that viewers may well feel cheated to have come so far for such a bathetic, or at least bathetically handled, pay off. But the film’s weak link is Pattinson, not because it is a bad performance, rather a familiar one: a mumbling hick who seems to be channelling the mannerisms of Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade, but who doesn’t quite belong in this imaginative universe, despite exposition of how people from across the world have managed to end up in this part of Australia.

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Wild Tales Reviewed by Fionnuala Halligan Argentina’s Damian Szifron drives Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes) hard across its six separate episodes — his one-man portmanteau of innovative and increasingly scathing social comedy is brilliantly conceived and confidently delivered. It’s hard to maintain the creative wit on display across the first three episodes (Pasternak, The Rats and Road To Hell). And these six unrelated stories of roughly 20 minutes duration occasionally struggle for air, particularly towards the fourth and fifth segments as the film’s tone grows more suffocating. But there is no doubt that Wild Tales is an accomplished comedy that aims high and delivers. It is gleefully imaginative in conception and also in execution — the desert dust of Tarantino-esque third instalment Road To Hell seems to drift over the whole film, making its classic Western themes more overt. In opting to shoot a string of thematically linked but separate short films, Szifron has taken on quite a challenge to sustain momentum, difficult when the action cuts, the scene changes and new principals are introduced every 20 minutes. But by episode three, however, the directorwriter is on top of his game in Road To Hell, with Leonardo Sbaraglia as a macho Audi driver who gets into the ultimate road-rage battle with a battered Peugeot driver (Walter Donado).

COMPETITION Arg-Sp. 2014. 122mins Director/screenplay Damian Szifron Production companies Kramer & Sigman Films, El Deseo International sales Film Factory Entertainment, Producer Axel Kuschevatzky Executive producers Pola Zito, Leticia Cristi Cinematography Javier Julia Editors Pablo Barbieri Carrera, Damian Szifron Production designer Ruth Fischerman Main cast Ricardo Darin, Oscar Martinez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Erica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg, Dario Grandinetti, Walter Donado

So perfectly timed is this sequence, it creates a problem for Argentina’s biggest star Ricardo Darin — who appears in episode four, Bombita, as a mild-mannered explosives engineer. Darin is provoked into action by the thievery of the municipal car park authorities — with predictably explosive results, if not quite the fireworks of the opening episodes. Part five, The Bill, operates in a far greyer area morally when a millionaire businessman does whatever is necessary to cover up his son’s involvement in a hit and-run accident in which a pregnant woman is killed. Szifron finishes with Til Death Do Us Part, his pièce de résistance: a wild, wild wedding in

which a deceived bride (Rivas) becomes increasingly unhinged. Throughout, Wild Tales is never predictable. Its tales of the unexpected have twists and turns, but they are always innovative, and the music choices are unexpectedly left-field and pulpishly entertaining. Cameraman Javier Julia is more unleashed in some of the episodes, particularly the last. The bride may lose her head as the camera spins around her, but there is a solid team behind Szifron, notably with Ruth Fischerman’s punchy production design.

ning gag — but he is also a smart and sardonic type who does not suffer fools (and foolish questions) gladly, and a man with a deep and emotional Russian soul. Other talking heads in Russia, Canada and the US fill in the background, including a former KGB agent interviewed in a park with the granddaughter he has been delegated to look after, who provides some of the film’s more hilarious moments. The story begins by establishing just how central ice hockey was to the Soviet Union’s attempt to demonstrate the superiority of the communist system. We learn about Anatoli Tarasov, the team’s talented first coach, responsible, it is suggested, for bringing lessons from ballet and chess to bear on a sport until then known more for its boxing moves. The team’s next coach, Viktor Tikhonov, is painted as a rigid Politburo-appointed disciplinarian with whom Fetisov soon came into conflict. But as one of the famous ‘Green Unit’ of five top players in the 1980s, Fetisov and his teammates had plenty of bargaining power themselves, which they used in 1989 when a crumbling, cash-strapped Soviet Union finally

allowed them to play in the NHL — for a cut of their wages. Polsky’s documentary edits the facts to suit its dramatic arc, suggesting inaccurately that but for the US team’s surprise win in the 1980 Winter Olympics, the Soviet team’s progress was one long triumphal march. And it ably times for maximum effect a revelation about its main interviewee’s six-year stint as minister of sport under Vladimir Putin. But the main achievement of Red Army is to shine a fascinating hockey-stadium sidelight on the post-war history of Russia.

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Red Army Reviewed by Lee Marshall Presented by the dream team of Werner Herzog and Jerry Weintraub, this feisty documentary about the CSKA Moscow ‘Red Army’ ice hockey dream team of the 1970s and ’80s, and the Soviet national team that was a carbon copy of it, tells an engaging story that is as much about life in Russia then and now as it is about padded hockey jocks. With a feelgood audience appeal, this well-crafted meld of sport and politics is sure to have some theatrical life after its Cannes premiere. In the wry vein of doc-directing colleagues such as Michael Moore or Jonathan Nossiter, Polsky squeezes humour as well as pathos out of his source material. He is aided in this by the film’s ‘hero’ and main interviewee, former Red Army team defender Viacheslav ‘Slava’ Fetisov, whose state-negotiated ‘transfer’ to play in the US National Hockey League (NHL) following Perestroika opened the floodgates for hundreds of ice-hockey players to try their luck outside the former Soviet Union. Fetisov is an often reluctant subject whose frequent checking of his mobile phone while the camera is filming becomes a kind of run-

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OUT OF COMPETITION US-Russ. 2014. 84mins. Director/screenplay/ producer Gabe Polsky Production companies Gabriel Polsky Productions International sales Wild Bunch, www. Executive producers Werner Herzog, Jerry Weintraub, Liam SatreMeloy Cinematography Peter Zeitlinger, Svetlana Cvetko Editors Eli Despres, Kurt Engfehr Music Christophe Beck, Leo Birenberg



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Amour Fou Reviewed by Allan Hunter

How To Train Your Dragon 2 Reviewed by Mark Adams As animation franchises go, the heady combination of rough-and-ready Vikings teamed with dragons offers up plenty of rollicking fun and games. DreamWork Animation’s 2011 film How To Train Your Dragon proved to be a hit, taking $495m internationally, balancing comedy, action and a dash of sentimentality, and this smartly paced sequel does a great job of drawing out the lead characters, expanding the world in which they exist and adding in some warm-hearted and moving moments. Dragons sweeping through the air combined with the raucous antics of cheerful Vikings makes for perfect 3D animated fun, and while the film offers up elements of Brave, Frozen, Harry Potter and even Avatar, it also manages to suffuse its action-packed and often thoughtful story with a real sense of heart to balance its need for family-friendly comedy. Released by Fox, the film should be poised to be one of the hits of the summer. A very strong voice-cast help proceedings immensely and there are enough nicely staged twists and turns to keep its target audience engaged and entertained. Set some five years after the previous film, heroic but rather gawky teen Hiccup (voiced again by Jay Baruchel) has grown to be a good-looking (though still gawky) young man who enjoys bonding with his loyal dragon while railing against the idea of taking over from his burly father, Stoick (Gerard Butler, having a fine old time playing a Scottish Viking) as chief of their tribe. The opening scenes of the clan engaging in some light dragon-racing (a sport that involves throwing surprisedlooking sheep into nets, and which owes a debt of gratitude to Quidditch) allow the film to re-introduce Hiccup’s friends and classmates, including his love interest, Astrid (Ferrera) along with Snotlout (Hill), Fishlegs (MintzPlasse), Tuffnutt (Miller) and twin sister Ruffnut (Wiig). Now that the tribe no longer fight dragons and live happily with them in their midst, things have changed in the village of Berk. But peace is threatened by the news that legendary dragon hunter Drago Bludvist (Hounsou) and his dragon army have plans to invade the region and take over the village’s dragons. Plus Hiccup has to confront and negotiate with the mysterious dragon rider who controls a massive alpha dragon that can manipulate smaller dragons. When the rider turns out to be someone close to Hiccup, the scene is set for a series of surprises, emotional reunions and reconciliation, all of which act as a prelude to an all-out battle.

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OUT OF COMPETITION US. 2014. 94mins Director/screenplay/ executive producer Dean DeBlois Production companies DreamWorks Animation, 20th Century Fox Distribution 20th Century Fox Producer Bonnie Arnold Cinematography Roger Deakins Production designer Pierre-Olivier Vincent Head of character animation Simon Otto Main cast (voices) Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington

Billed as a ‘romantic comedy’, Jessica Hausner’s Amour Fou proves to be a spare, bone-dry comedy of manners as it addresses emerging notions of democracy and freedom in early 19th-century Germany along with more personal matters of life and death. Elegantly executed in a manner reminiscent of Eric Rohmer, it has the same rigour and solemnity that have marked Hausner’s previous features, but the rarefied subject matter and measured pace will attract only the most dedicated and patient admirers, suggesting modest arthouse potential at best. Inspired by the suicide of poet Heinrich von Kleist in 1811, Amour Fou also has similarities to Mike Leigh’s Competition entry Mr. Turner in the way it immerses the viewer in a long-gone age. There is an attention to detail and manners that is quietly absorbing as we witness the daily life of wife and mother Henriette Vogel (Schnoink). Static tableaux capture scenes of evening salons and family meals, all in rooms of terracotta red and sky blue. There are music recitals and waltzes, dogs loll around and a vase of cut flowers is ever present. You could be observing a gallery of paintings from the period. When the melancholic poet and author von Kleist (Friedel) first meets Henriette, he thinks he may have found a soulmate. He is convinced she shares his existential angst and belief that life is essentially without purpose or meaning. He makes her a bold proposition of a suicide pact in which he will kill her and then take his own life. She rejects the notion as preposterous, though she is not the first he has approached. Her view changes when she is diagnosed with a terminal illness and the possibility of arranging the time and manner of her own death becomes a big adventure. Hausner milks some gentle irony from the ebb and flow of Heinrich and Henriette’s commitment to their pact. She grows more determined as he suffers doubts. Heinrich regains enthusiasm as her terminal diagnosis is challenged, though he often seems to prefer the idea of a pact with his cousin, Marie (Hüller). Anyone with an understanding of the politics and social currents of the period will derive greater satisfaction from Amour Fou. A general audience can savour the smaller struggle between Henriette and Heinrich, a tussle that grows to dominate the film and lend it a focus.

UN CERTAIN REGARD Aust-Ger-Lux. 2014. 96mins Director Jessica Hausner Production companies Coop99 Filmproduktion, Essential Filmproduktion, Amour Fou International sales Coproduction Office, www. Producers Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner, Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Philippe Bober Cinematography Martin Gschlacht Editor Karina Ressler Production designer Katharina Woppermann Main cast Birte Schnoink, Christian Friedel, Stephan Grossman, Sandra Hüller

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nce spotted only in the midnight programmes of mainstream film festivals, genre films have broken out over the last few years and are starting to make their mark across every section of the programme. Cannes is one such example; think Antichrist and Only God Forgives in Competition in 2009 and 2013, respectively, or Sightseers in 2012 in Directors’ Fortnight. This year sees the launch of Cannes’ first Fantastic Mixer networking event as part of the Marché, bringing together film-makers, producers and sales agents among others. Julian Richards of the UK’s Jinga Films, whose slate includes Jeremy Wooding’s Blood Moon and Alejandro Hidalgo’s The House At The End Of Time, says Cannes is a “one-stop shop” for genre films. “Cannes is still the market to launch a genre film because you can cover all territories, while also getting the attention of festival programmers and press worldwide.” “Cannes is a great market for us because we offer a specific elevated brand that the buyers have come to respect. You won’t find a romantic comedy or cheap knock-off in our booth,” adds Michael Paszt, managing partner of Canada’s Raven Banner, whose biggest draw here is Lowell Dean’s WolfCop, centring on an alcoholic cop who turns into a werewolf. “It’s a wonderful market and provides a platform for so many international distributors,” says Los Angeles-based Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions. “Cannes’ strength as an overall market translates into being a great market for genre as well.” This year Blumhouse International is overseeing sales of Sinister 2, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman’s Viral, Kevin Greutert’s Visions and Brad Peyton’s Incarnate. Lloyd Kaufman, president and cofounder of Troma Entertainment, is less convinced about Cannes as a genre market: “Genre films used to ride the back of the bus at Cannes, now they’re not even on the bus.” To that end, Troma is in Cannes with a crowd-sourced documentary Occupy Cannes, which will deal largely with genre films and how they are treated at Cannes. In celebration of Troma’s 40th anniversary, Kaufman will also launch the trailer for Return To Nuke ’Em High: Vol 2 on the Croisette. Twist in the tale Talking of the current genre film-making scene, XYZ Films partner Nate Bolotin believes “it’s exciting and always changing because new film-makers are developing content all over the world, with different twists and takes on conventional genres”, citing countries like Indonesia

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Genre bares its teeth As Cannes Marché launches its first Fantastic Mixer networking event, Ian Sandwell talks to some of the key players in genre film-making

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(Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2) and Australia (Zak Hilditch’s These Final Hours). Bolotin adds that current genre trends vary from country to country and in terms of XYZ’s approach, “the goal for us is to present the market with elements of genre they haven’t seen before. We’re constantly hearing from buyers that the same old stuff isn’t working well. We’re attempting to differentiate ourselves by identifying and supporting films and film-makers that aren’t afraid to take risks while still working within a commercial structure of storytelling.” XYZ’s diverse Cannes slate bears this out. The company will be introducing Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s Spring with a promo, footage from Ernesto Diaz Espinoza’s Redeemer and selling titles including Kevin Smith’s Tusk, Christopher Denham’s Preservation and Nicholas McCarthy’s Home. If there’s a trend to be found in genre at the moment, it’s that the films are more “director driven,” notes Sam Englebardt of Demarest Films, who is financing and producing Tusk: “That’s exactly how we structured Tusk where it was basically a creative bet on his [Kevin Smith’s] vision as a film-maker.” Blum, who is in Cannes for Directors’ Fortnight screenings of Sundance award winner Whiplash, says “things that make a great horror movie are always the same”, adding that characters and story should not become “secondary to the scares. Audiences are always interested in seeing new and different variations in genre. Film-makers and creators have to be more creative to hit their audiences and make sure they are creating great stories that will cut through the clutter.” Braving the battlefield Kaufman suggests the current scene is both booming and suffering from a distinctly modern conflict. “The innovators are making hundreds of genre movies and from this group come the gems that are visionary and game-changing. Unfortunately, very few of them get to play in movie theatres and are ignored. This is why the battlefield is littered with the dead careers of too many talented film-makers and the carcasses of independent movie studios,” he says. Englebardt agrees that genre films are not as safe financially as casual observers might expect. “Without a theatrical release, there’s not the same protective floor from foreign sales and the domestic DVD markets that there used to be,” says Englebardt. “So if you make a bad or even mediocre genre film, you can take a much bigger loss than most people realise.” However, the recent boom of genrefocused co-production markets — such »

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as Fantasia’s Frontieres (which recently expanded to Brussels), Ventana Sur’s Blood Window and Fantastic Fest’s Mercado Fantastico — points to a positive future, according to Paszt. “It’s given a voice for film-makers to pitch their ideas. So for us, being a specialised genre company, having access to a concentration of quality projects makes it invaluable.” (Several of these markets are teaming for midnight market screenings in Cannes under the Blood Window banner.) “We are entering a very exciting time for genre film,” says Stephanie Trepanier, Frontieres market director. “Its core audience has always been strong and active, but it was still considered niche by the common denominators in the industry. Film institutions are opening up to supporting their productions, realising they are films that will easily travel internationally, attract the new generation of film-goers and provide a generally healthier return on investment.” Jinga’s Richards concludes: “Genre films and film-makers have suffered discrimination in the past. With the advent of co-production markets, the genre community is taking matters into its own hands and building a stronger, s more legitimate identity.” n

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Ask the Experts Top directors, producers and executives share their tips for young film-makers looking to break into the genre field. “Concentrate on story and character, and the rest will take care of itself. If you don’t care about the characters, you won’t care what befalls them.” Simon Oakes Vice-chairman of Exclusive Media Group, and president and CEO of Hammer Films “Concentrate on stories with clear propositions, never mix genre and always make them scary. If making a genre film is your route to positioning yourself to make The King’s Speech, don’t bother. Make The King’s Speech. The audience will always know a faker.” Brendan McCarthy Co-owner of Fantastic Films “Young directors and producers trying to break into genre need dedication, concept, presentation, commercial viability, relationships and patience. Guidance on how to make their films not only entertaining but commercially viable is also of the utmost importance so the end result is a product that displays high production value and earns the respect of international audiences, thus creating a launchpad for future projects.” Gary Hamilton Managing director of Arclight Films “Script is king. Everything should be built around it and if you’re not sure about the material, push the brake and jump to your

next project. However, if you are sure about the material, find a producer that clearly understands your vision.” Mike Hostench Deputy director, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia “If you want to break into genre film-making, then obsessively make films. My favourite young, emerging genre-film directors are those who have that very special genetic predisposition that drives them to constantly create. If you become a mad, crazy genius, film producers will find it impossible to ignore you.” Tim League Founder/CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Drafthouse Films and Fantastic Fest “Stay true to one singular genre. Do not try to cram multiple genre elements into one film — unless you’re doing a Bollywood flick — and learn from the past by watching as many genre films as possible.” Jongsuk Thomas Nam NAFF managing director, Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) “Don’t try to break in with thoughtless emulations of films that have recently worked. If you must work within familiar framelines, reinvent as much as you can and do it with a voice. And please, for the love of all that is good in the world, don’t try to break into genre cinema if you’re not genuinely interested in this kind of storytelling. If you don’t have respect for the genre, stay home.” Mitch Davis Co-director, Fantasia International Film Festival »


At the cutting edge Screen talks to the film-makers behind the hottest genre projects screening here in Cannes Caroline Schlüter Bingestam (Den) Producer When Animals Dream Intent on “absolute authenticity”, Jonas Arnby’s feature-length debut When Animals Dream saw a genuine fisherman’s daughter cast in the lead role of Marie who, when she discovers her body is changing, searches for answers concerning her family’s hidden past. “It is a story about a very particular rite of passage for a young woman living in a secluded environment,” says producer Caroline Schlüter Bingestam of Copenhagen based Alphaville Pictures, adding: “The horror genre became the vehicle through which our heroine would complete her terrifying journey.” Shot in the remote fishing village of Agger in Denmark, the film’s crew “never dreamed they would soon be among the selected few at the distinguished Critics’ Week in Cannes”, adds Schlüter Bingestam. Mayra Espinosa Castro (Mex) Producer The Darkness “This is a story about redemption and forgiveness,” explains co-producer Mayra Espinosa Castro of Daniel Castro Zimbron’s psychological thriller The Darkness, the director’s follow-up to his feature debut Táu. The project sees Pablo Zimbron Alva’s Mexico-based Varios Lobos partner with Castro and Jorge Michel Grau’s Velarium Arts and Ozcar Ramirez’s Arte Mecanica. “This project was born by the need to explore the dark side of humanity. The man trying to protect his family becomes the beast that threatens them.” The Darkness is one of the projects selected for this year’s L’Atelier Du Festival. “We are going to Cannes looking for

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a co-producer to help us grow the international potential of the project and to consolidate our financial scheme,” says Castro. The Darkness was also pitched at Guadalajara’s Ibero-American Co-Production Meeting this year, but Cannes is the final development place for the project says Castro, adding that it’s also “hopefully the beginning of The Darkness”. Fabrice du Welz (Bel) Director Alleluia Having had his debut feature Calvaire selected for Critics’ Week in 2004, Belgian director Fabrice du Welz returns to Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight with Alleluia. The film sees du Welz reteam with Calvaire’s Laurent Lucas (“my favourite actor”) and is the latest film inspired by real-life killers Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez. “I was watching Arturo Ripstein’s Deep Crimson — a great film adapted in Mexico from The Honeymoon Killers story — and I was thinking why not adapt this story in South Belgium just like Ripstein did with Mexico,” says du Welz, who is in no doubt of the boost that Cannes will provide his film. “Cannes is a great worldwide window for a movie, it offers respect and legitimacy to directors and it’s priceless,” he concludes. David Kaplan (US) Producer It Follows The journey of David Robert Mitchell’s second feature It Follows to the screen is an oft-told one, according to producer David Kaplan of New York-based company Animal Kingdom. “It was an uphill battle every step of

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the way,” says Kaplan, with one of the odder problems being real-life homicides that resulted in the loss of two locations in Detroit, Michigan. Kaplan is keen to note the support of the film’s other producers, who “collectively shouldered the burden”, and its financiers. “Without their generosity, patience and faith in David’s vision, this film would never have been possible.” Marking Mitchell’s second visit to Cannes (following debut The Myth Of The American Sleepover in 2010), It Follows centres on a 19-year-old girl who finds herself plagued by strange visions. To premiere at Cannes in Critics’ Week is a “dream come true” for Kaplan and the director. “It’s truly an honour to have the opportunity to premiere the film at what is unquestionably the greatest film festival in the world.”

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Having spawned, among others, three sequels, a remake, a prequel and a 3D sequel, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre returns to Cannes where it played in Directors’ Fortnight in 1975. With a production budget of $125,000 ($60,000 over budget), Tobe Hooper’s horror classic became a hit on the drivein circuit, and was banned at one time or another in the likes of Finland, the UK, Australia and West Germany. Few horror films have had the same impact on the genre as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Thanks to the new restoration, it is as intense and uncomfortably brilliant as it has ever been.

The 40th anniversary restoration of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre isn’t the first restoration, but it is the only transfer to return to the original 16mm A/B rolls. For six weeks, Todd Wieneke of Dark Sky Films worked with engineer Boris Seagraves of Nolo Digital Film to scan every frame using an Arriscan film scanner. The biggest challenge during the restoration, says Wieneke, were the glue splices: “There were hundreds, if not thousands, of instances where you’d find a splice mark cooked into the middle of a frame.” The other main problem was dirt, some going back to s the original processing. ■

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greed, violence and jazz music. Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma head the cast of the film, while film-maker Karan Johar steps in front of the camera to play the bad guy. Fox Star Studios is co-producing with Phantom Films, co-founded by Kashyap and three partners. Release is scheduled for December 25, 2014. Contact Fox Star Studios, Kanika Vasudeva kanika.vasudeva@in.

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Buzz titles India Bollywood still drives growth at the box office, but India’s studios and indie producers are developing a host of director-driven projects. By Liz Shackleton


ndia’s independent cinema has had its first bona fide domestic and international hit over the past year with Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, which grossed a respectable $5m at home and also had a successful run in the US and Europe. At the time of writing, the Mumbai-set romantic drama, which premiered in last year’s Cannes Critics’ Week, had taken $2.7m for Sony Pictures Classics in the US, making it the topgrossing foreign-language film of the year in that market. Although India doesn’t have as many films in Cannes selection this year as it had in 2013, Kanu Behl’s Titli has secured a slot in Un Certain Regard and plenty of other festival contenders are in the pipeline. Meanwhile, India’s mainstream studios continue to diversify with director-driven but commercial projects such as Vikas Bahl’s recent hit Queen (Viacom 18 Motion Pictures), Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider (Disney UTV), Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet (Fox Star

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Studios) and Dibakar Banerjee’s Detective Byomkesh Bakshy (Yash Raj Films). In fact, Yash Raj Films (YRF), a longestablished family-run company, embodies the current diversity in Indian cinema. In addition to backing Banerjee’s new directorial project, it financed the smaller and slightly more arthouse Titli (which Banerjee produced) and is also an investor in Cannes’ opening film Grace Of Monaco. Yet the company’s core business remains the star-driven Bollywood tentpoles that continue to drive growth at the Indian box office. Hits such as YRF’s Dhoom 3 ($64m), Disney UTV’s Chennai Express ($44m) and Viacom 18’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag ($22m) helped India’s box office increase by 10% to reach $1.5bn last year.

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Angry Indian Goddesses Dir Pan Nalin Set in Goa, Pan Nalin’s drama revolves around seven women from different walks of life who come together at a friend’s invitation. Produced by Nalin and Gaurav Dhingra’s Jungle Book Entertainment, the film marks a more commercial turn for Nalin (Samsara, Faith Connections) and the hot ensemble cast includes Tannishtha Chatterjee (Brick Lane), Sandhya Mridul (The Great Indian Butterfly) and singer Anushka Manchanda. The film is in post-production and the producers are screening a 20-minute promo here in Cannes. Contact Gaurav Dhingra, Jungle Book Entertainment

Bombay Velvet Dir Anurag Kashyap A passion project for busy directorproducer Anurag Kashyap, Bombay Velvet traces Mumbai’s rise as a major metropolis against a backdrop of love,

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy Dir Dibakar Banerjee After tackling small-town corruption in political thriller Shanghai (2012), Dibakar Banerjee’s new directorial project resurrects a fictional detective, Byomkesh Bakshy, invented by Bengali author Saradindu Banerjee and the subject of many popular films and TV series. Sushant Singh Rajput plays the hero in this reboot, which goes back to Bakshy’s roots when, fresh out of college in 1940s Calcutta, he pits himself against an evil genius who is out to destroy the world. Co-produced by Yash Raj Films and Dibakar Banerjee Productions, the film is scheduled for release in February 2015. Contact Avtar Panesar, Yash Raj Films

Four Colours Dir Bikas Ranjan Mishra The feature debut of Mumbai-based short film-maker and critic Bikas Ranjan Mishra, Four Colours (Chauranga) tells the story of a young boy from the dalit (untouchable) caste, who dares to write a love letter to a girl from a much higher caste. Sanjay Suri, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Arpita Chatterjee head the cast of the film, which is produced by India’s Anticlock Films, National Film Development Corp (NFDC) and Singapore’s Surya Ventures. During development, the project »

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Haider Dir Vishal Bhardwaj Vishal Bhardwaj’s take on Hamlet transplants the story to Kashmir and stars Shahid Kapoor as the troubled son of a murdered king. The cast also includes Tabu, Shraddha Kapoor and Kay Kay Menon. Co-produced by Bhardwaj’s production house and UTV Motion Pictures, the film is the third in a trilogy of Shakespeare adaptations by Bhardwaj, following Maqbool (Macbeth) in 2003 and Omkara (Othello) in 2006. Currently in post-production, the film is scheduled for release on October 2, 2014. Contact Neha Kaul, Disney UTV

Kochadaiiyaan — The Legend Dir Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin Rajnikanth, the Tamil film industry’s biggest star, and Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone head the cast of India’s first feature made using performance capture technology. Directed by his daughter, Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin, the film tells the story of a warrior who returns to his homeland to avenge the death of his father. Most of the shooting took place at the UK’s Pinewood Studios, while technicians in India and China worked on the visual effects. The film is scheduled to be released in English and seven Indian-language versions across 6,000 screens globally at the end of May. Contact Alice Coelho, Eros International

Manjunath Dir Sandeep Verma Advertising film-maker Sandeep Verma is making his feature debut with this biopic of Manjunath Shanmugam, who was murdered during his attempt to expose a petrol adulteration scam by India’s oil mafia in 2005. Backed by the NFDC, Verma’s ad production house ICOMO and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Manjunath features a cast of veteran theatre and film actors. It was released in India on May 9. Contact Rajesh Das, National Film Development Corp

P.K. Dir Rajkumar Hirani The highly anticipated reteaming of 3 Idiots director Rajkumar Hirani and star Aamir Khan is scheduled for Indian and international release on December 19, 2014. The story has been kept under wraps but Hirani has said it is a film about “god and godmen”. Produced by Vinod Chopra Films and Rajkumar Hirani Films in association with Disney India, the film also stars Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput and Boman Irani. Contact Neha Kaul, Disney UTV

The Spark Dir Rajesh Jala Documentary film-maker Rajesh Jala (Children Of The Pyre) is making his narrative feature debut with this story of a riot victim who sets out for revenge in the historical city of Varanasi, but is indecisive about taking action. The Spark (Chingari) took part in last year’s Film Bazaar, where it won the Incredible India award and France’s ASAP Films — co-producer of The Lunchbox — came on board to co-produce. It was

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also selected for Rotterdam’s CineMart and received a grant from Global Film Initiative. The producers are applying for further funding and are in talks with a German co-producer with the aim of starting production in early 2015. Contact Cedomir Kolar, ASAP Films

Sunrise Dir Partho Sen-Gupta Adil Hussain (Life Of Pi) and Tannishtha Chatterjee star in this Marathi-language drama about a police inspector haunted by the disappearance of his young daughter 10 years earlier. The second feature from Partho Sen-Gupta, whose debut Let The Wind Blow premiered at Berlin in 2004, Sunrise (Arunoday) is in the final stages of post-production and should be ready for delivery at the end of June. An official Indo-French co-production, the film is produced by India’s Independent Movies, NFDC, Infinitum Productions and Aryasaa Cine Productions and France’s Dolce Vita Films.

When he is caught and forced into marriage, he finds an unexpected ally in his new wife. Starring Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial and introducing Shashank Arora, the film was produced by Dibakar Banerjee with backing from Yash Raj Films. UK sales company WestEnd Films is handling international sales for the film, which premieres here in Un Certain Regard. Contact Fabien Westerhoff, WestEnd Films

Tumbad Dir Rahi Anil Barve Produced by Anand Gandhi and Sohum Shah’s Recyclewala Films, this dark period fantasy revolves around a secret that has been passed down over three generations in an abandoned village in colonial India. It marks the feature debut of short film-maker Rahi Anil Barve and stars Sohum Shah, who also appeared in Gandhi’s award-winning debut Ship Of Theseus. The VFX-heavy film is scheduled to finish shooting in July-August when it will enter a lengthy post-production period. The producers are currently seeking co-producers and sales agents for collaboration. Contact Ruchi Bhimani, Recyclewala s Films n

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Dir Kanu Behl Set in the badlands of Delhi, Kanu Behl’s feature debut revolves around the youngest member of a violent car-jacking brotherhood who attempts to run away from his oppressive older sibling.


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(USSR) 91mins. Dir: Blue Mountains. Key cast: Eldar Shengelaia. Tragicomedy based on a classic Georgian story.


(US) 120mins. Dir: Tommy Lee Jones. Key cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Barry Corbin, William Fichtner, Grace Gummer, Evan Jones, Caroline Lagerfelt, John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson, Miranda Otto.

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(US) 100mins. Dir: David Robert Mitchell. Key cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Olivia Luccardi. After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself plagued by disturbing visions and the inescapable sense that something is following her. Critics’ Week Miramar

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(US) 120mins. Dir: Tommy Lee Jones. Key cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Barry Corbin, William Fichtner, Grace Gummer, Evan Jones, Caroline Lagerfelt, John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson, Miranda Otto.

(South Korea) 111mins. Dir: Kim Seong-Hun. Key cast: Lee Sun-Kyun, Cho Jin-Woong. A thriller that depicts a detective who conceals his crime and another who can only survive all this if he can uncover the truth.

of seeing her father being brutally murdered. Kai, who remains hidden in the shed, decides to go on the intruders’ trail to get Vania back.

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(Argentina) 90mins. Dir: Pablo Fendrik. Key cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Alice Braga. Kai, a man in his thirties, has the looks of someone who has lived in the jungle his whole life. As he is walking into the jungle, he comes across a small tobacco ranch where he meets Joao, the owner, and his beautiful daughter, Vania. The same night, the ranch is attacked by intruders, Joao is killed and Vania is kidnapped. Dragged into the jungle, Vania is almost driven to insanity by the despair

Nebraska, 1854. Mary Bee, 31, lives a solitary existence in a Godfearing frontier town. She is designated by members of her church to bring back east three traumatised women who have lost their minds. Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere

captivated and inspired people all over the world, this film explores the unique genius of an exceptional designer at the height of his fame.

Run is a runaway who has just killed the prime minister of his homeland. Disguised as a lunatic, he begins wandering across the city.

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(Spain) 106mins. Dir: Jaime Rosales. Key cast: Ingrid Garcia-Jonsson, Carlos Rodriguez, Inma Nieto, Fernando Barona, Miguel Guardiola. Natalia and Carlos, both 20, are in love and struggling to survive in modern-day Spain. Their limited resources prevent them from getting ahead as they would like to. To earn some money they decide to shoot an amateur porno film.



(Sweden) 120mins. Dir: Ruben Ostlund. Key cast: Erik Hemmendrof, Marie Kjellson. A happy Scandinavian family in a French ski resort witnesses a spectacular artificial avalanche, seemingly lifethreatening for everybody present. The father’s reaction, fleeing and leaving his family, triggers an observational comedy around family dynamics. Un Certain Regard Press Theatre Claude Debussy


(Colombia) 90mins.

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Dir: Franco Lolli. Key cast: Alejandra Borrejo, Brayan Santamaria. Ten-year-old Eric is reunited with his father, whom he barely knows, through the irresponsible generosity of the rich woman the man works for. Critics’ Week Miramar


(Finland) 60mins. Dir: Kraestun Kusk. Four shorts directed by pairs of talented directors. Directors’ Fortnight Arcades 1


(France) 150mins. Dir: Bertrand Bonello. Key cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Jeremie Renier, Lea Seydoux, Amira Casar, Aymeline Valade, Louis Garel. Set in the swinging ’60s and ’70s, when the name Yves Saint Laurent


(Argentina) 93mins. Dir: Diego Lerman. Key cast: Julieta Diaz. Seven-year-old Matias returns home from a friend’s birthday party to find his mother, Laura, unconscious on the floor. When she gets back to her senses, they decide to leave home and rush to a shelter for abused women where they spend 48 hours, before Laura decides to rebuild her life somewhere else. Through the eyes of Matias we will discover their escape, in a city where everything Matias once knew feels dangerous and foreign, until Laura finds a secure place to raise her son. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette

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(France) 100mins. Dir: Philippe Lacote. Key cast: Issach De Bankole, Abdoul Karim Konate, Rasmane Ouedraogo.

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(France) 91mins. Dir: Melanie Laurent. Key cast: Isabelle Carre, Josephine Japy, Lou De Laage. Charlie is a 17-year-old girl, tortured by doubt, disillusionment and solitude. Then Sarah arrives, beautiful and self-confident. Charlie finally feels alive, intense and resolute: until Sarah moves on once again. Critics’ Week Miramar


(US) 119mins. Dir: Ned Benson. Key cast: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, William Hurt, Viola Davis, Isabelle Huppert, Ciaran Hinds, Bill Hader. Two films, telling one love story from the perspective of each lover. Un Certain Regard Salle Bazin


(France) 98mins. Dir: Thomas Cailley. Key cast: Adele Haenel, Kevin Azais. Arnaud lives a normal life until the day he meets Madeleine. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette




(Spain) 122mins. Dir: Damian Szifron. Key cast: Ricardo Darin, Oscar Martinez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Erica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg, Dario Grandinetti. An intense and darkly funny series of sketches, produced by Pedro Almodovar.

(Argentina) 108mins. Dir: Lisandro Alonso. Key cast: Viggo Mortensen, Viibjork Malling, Ghita Norby. The Ancients used to say that Jauja was a mythological land filled with abundance and happiness. Countless expeditions sought to corroborate that place. Over time, the legend grew disproportionately.

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(Colombia) 90mins. Dir: Franco Lolli. Key cast: Alejandra Borrejo, Brayan Santamaria. No doubt the people exaggerated, as usual. All that is known is that everyone who tried to find that earthly paradise got lost along the way. Un Certain Regard Press Theatre Claude Debussy


(Italy) 110mins. Dir: Alice Rohrwacher. Key cast: Maria Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louvyck, Alba Rohrwacher, Sabine Timoteo, Luis Huilca, Monica Bellucci. Nothing will be the same at the end of this summer for Gelsomina and her three younger sisters. Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere

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(South Korea) 111mins. Dir: Kim Seong-Hun. Key cast: Lee Sun-Kyun, Cho Jin-Woong. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette


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(France) 104mins. Dir: Michel Drach. Key cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marie-Jose

Eric is reunited with his father, whom he barely knows, through the generosity of the rich woman the man works for. Critics’ Week Miramar

Nat, Gabrielle Doulcet. Cannes Classics Salle Bunuel


(Hungary) 119mins. Dir: Kornel Mundruczo. Key cast: Zsofia Psotta, Sandor Zsoter, Lili Monori, Lili Horvath, Laszlo Galffy, Ervin Nagy, Kornel Mundruczo. A 12-year-old girl runs away in search of her dog. Un Certain Regard Salle Bazin


(Canada) 148mins. Dir: David Cronenberg. Key cast: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird, Sarah Gadon, Niamh Wilson, Dawn Greenhalgh, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson. Competition Press Theatre Claude Debussy


(US) 120mins. Dir: Tommy Lee Jones. Key cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Barry Corbin, William Fichtner, Grace Gummer, Evan Jones, Caroline Lagerfelt, John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson, Miranda Otto. Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere


(Kazakstan) 93mins. Dir: Adilkhan Yerzhanov. Key cast: Yerbolat Yerzhan, Aidyn Sakhaman, Aliya Zainalova, Bauyrzhan Kaptagai, Nurbek Mukushev, Murat Makhan, Arslan Akubayev, Ashim Akhmetov. John, his teenage brother Erbol and their sickly 12-year-old sister, Aliya, are forced to leave their house in the Kazakh city of Almaty. By luck their mother left them a house in a remote village, where they plan to prepare their comeback. Out of Competition Salle Du 60Eme


(France) 90mins. Dir: Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Key cast: Catherine Deneuve, Pierre Brasseur, Philippe Noiret. Cannes Classics Salle Bunuel


(Argentina) 93mins. Dir: Diego Lerman. Key cast: Julieta Diaz. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette


Since 2000, European Film Promotion (EFP) has been offering support and guidance to European producers during the Cannes International Film Festival. This year, the members of EFP have chosen 24 outstanding up-and-coming producers from 24 European countries to participate in the networking platform PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE. A highly focused working environment involves project pitching, one-to-one meetings and social events.

part one*

EVA JAKOBSEN Nimbus Film DK – 1825 Frederiksberg C phone +45 3634 0910 cell +45 6130 8066

selected films Antboy, 2013 by Ask Hasselbalch (Denmark) Antboy II, 2014, filming by Ask Hasselbalch (Denmark, Germany)

JOHN KEVILLE SP Films IRL – Dublin 2 phone +353 1 639 4003 cell +353 87 796 5069


selected films Gin Air, in development by Maya Vitkova (Bulgaria, Romania) Viktoria, 2014 by Maya Vitkova (Bulgaria, Romania)

Mobius, 2012 by Éric Rochant (France, Belgium, Luxembourg) Mes copines, 2005 by Sylvie Ayme (France) L’école pour tous, 2005 by Éric Rochant (France)


selected films White Point, in development by Akseli Tuomivaara (Finland) Swedish Moment, in postproduction by Swedish Moment working group (Finland)

TINATIN KAJRISHVILI Gemini GE – Tbilisi 0179 phone +372 59 22 37 47 cell +995 597 20 25 50

My Tired Father, 2011 by Maya Vitkova (Bulgaria) short Stanka Goes Home, 2010 by Maya Vitkova (Bulgaria) short Eastern Plays, 2009 by Kamen Kalev (Bulgaria, Sweden) executive produced


selected films French Doctors, in development by Olivier Megaton (France) Les gazelles, 2013 by Mona Achache (France)

MARK LWOFF Bufo FIN - 00580 Helsinki cell +358 45 1314 652

You’re Ugly Too, 2014, in postproduction by Mark Noonan (Ireland) Brand New-U, 2014, in postproduction by Simon Pummell (United Kingdom, Ireland, The Netherlands) co-producer


MATHIAS RUBIN Récifilms F – 75010 Paris phone +33 1 4026 1818 cell +33 603 96 73 96

The Suicide Tourist, in development by Jonas Arnby, Rasmus Birch The Begging Hand, in development by Katrin Gebbe (Denmark, Germany)

selected films Pilgrimage, 2015, in financing by Brendan Muldowney (Ireland) Good Favour, 2015, in financing by Rebecca Daly (Ireland)

MAYA VITKOVA Viktoria Films BG – 1124 Sofia phone +359 2 481 37 12


Korso, 2014 by Akseli Tuomivaara (Finland) Concrete Night, 2013 by Pirjo Honkasalo (Finland, Sweden, Denmark) The Good Son, 2011 by Zaida Bergroth (Finland)


selected films One Way Ticket, 2015, in development by Tinatin Kajrishvili (Georgia) Brides, 2014 by Tinatin Kajrishvili (Georgia, France)

Paradjanov, 2013 by Serge Avedikian, Olena Fetisova (Ukraine, France, Georgia, Armenia) co-produced Black Mulberry, 2012 by Gabriel Razmadze (Georgia, France) short

KONSTANTINOS KONTOVRAKIS Heretic Creative Producers GR – 152 34 Halandri, Athens phone +30 210 6005260 cell +30 69 7688 7137

selected films Pari, in development, by Siamak Etemadi (Greece) ForEver, 2014, in postproduction by Margarita Manda (Greece) Standing Aside, Watching, 2013 by Yorgos Servetas (Greece)

OLIVIA MUSINI Cinemaundici I – 00195 Rome phone +39 06 4547 8610

nutprodukce CZ – 170 00, Prague 7 cell +420 731 163 041

selected films Game Count, in development by Agnieszka Holland (Poland, Czech Republic) Gottland, 2014 by seven directors, (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic) cross-genre documentary

contact in Cannes +49 160 440 9595 European Film Promotion Friedensallee 14 – 16 22765 Hamburg, Germany

selected films From Zero To Hero, 2014 by Srdjan Dragojević (Montenegro, Serbia) co-produced The Ascent, 2011 by Nemanja Becanović (Montenegro, Slovenia) producer, executive produced

Hourglass, 2007 by Szabolcs Tolnai (Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro) A View From Eiffel Tower, 2005 by Nikola Vukčević (Montenegro, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia) produced, executive produced


selected films Bakk, in development by Gunnar Hansson, Davíd Oskar Olafsson (Iceland) Metalhead, 2013 by Ragnar Bragason (Iceland, Norway)

Prince Avalanche, 2012 by David Gordon Green (USA) executive produced Either Way, 2011 by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson (Iceland, UK) King’s Road, 2011 by Valdís Oskarsdóttir (Iceland)

* part two on May 19 Switzerland Elodie Brunner, Germany Henning Kamm, Norway Teréz Hollo-Klausen, FYR of Macedonia Ognen Antov, The Netherlands David Bijker, Poland Mikołaj Pokromski, Croatia Vanja Jambrović, Portugal Nuno Bernardo, Slovak Republic Mátyás Prikler, Spain Marta Velasco, Sweden Petter Lindblad, United Kingdom Tristan Goligher Participating EFP members: British Council, Bulgarian National Film Centre, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Czech Film Center, Danish Film Institute, EYE International/ The Netherlands, Finnish Film Foundation, Georgian National Film Center, German Films, Greek Film Centre, ICA I.P./Portugal, ICAA/Spain, Icelandic Fim Centre, Irish Film Board, Istituto Luce-Cinecittà/Italy, Macedonian Film Agency, Magyar Filmunió/Hungarian National Film Fund, Ministry of Culture of Montenegro, Norwegian Film Institute, Polish Film Institute, Slovak Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Swiss Films, Unifrance films EFP is supported by

Land Of Storms, 2014 by Ádám Császi (Hungary, Germany) White God, 2014 by Kornél Mundruczó (Hungary, Germany, Sweden) executive produced


ÁRNI FILIPPUSSON Mystery ICE – 101 Reykjavík cell +354 693 3268

Burning Bush, 2013 by Agnieszka Holland (Czech Republic) feature Pandas, 2013 by Matúš Vizár (Slovak Republic, Czech Republic) short


selected films Hotel Lucky Hole, in development by Kornél Mundruczó (Hungary) 1989, 2014, in postproduction by Anders Østergaard (Denmark, Germany, Hungary) documentary, co-producer

IVAN DJUROVIĆ Artikulacija Production MNE – 81000 Podgorica phone +382 20 227 282 cell +382 67 362 462

Black Souls, 2014, in production by Francesco Munzi (Italy, France) Last Summer, 2013 by Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli (Italy) executive produced Banana, 2013 by Andrea Jublin (Italy, France)


ESZTER GYÁRFÁS Proton Cinema HU – Budapest 1137 phone +36 1 321 8178 cell +36 70 361 0009

Boy Eating The Bird’s Food, 2012 by Ektoras Lygizos (Greece) executive produced Wasted Youth, 2011 by Argyris Papadimitropoulos & Jan Vogel (Greece) executive produced


selected films Week Of The Frogs, in development by Alberto Caviglia (Italy) Wondrous Boccaccio, 2014, in production by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Italy, France) delegate producer



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21:30 United Passions

(France) 110mins. Dir: Frederic Auburtin. Key cast: Gerard Depardieu, Sam Neill, Tim Roth.

Key cast: Michel Simon, Janie Marez. Cannes Classics Salle Bunuel


Un Certain Regard Press Theatre Claude Debussy

(Denmark) 90mins. Dir: Kristian Levring. Key cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Mikael Persbrandt, Douglas Henshall, Michael Raymond-James, Jonathan Pryce. In 1870s America, when settler John kills his family’s murderer, he unleashes the fury of notorious gang leader Delarue.


Out of Competition Salle Du 60Eme

Cinema De La Plage Plage Mace


(Spain) 106mins. Dir: Jaime Rosales. Key cast: Ingrid Garcia-Jonsson, Carlos Rodriguez, Inma Nieto, Fernando Barona, Miguel Guardiola.

(Colombia) 90mins. Dir: Franco Lolli. Key cast: Alejandra Borrejo, Brayan Santamaria. Critics’ Week Miramar


(France) 95mins. Dir: Jean Renoir.


(France) 115mins. Dir: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz. Key cast: Ronit Elkabetz, Menashe Noy, Simon Abkarian. In Israel, civil marriage

and civil divorce do not exist: only rabbis have the authority to pronounce a marriage, or its dissolution, on the condition that the husband has given his full consent. Viviane Amsallem filed for divorce three years ago but her husband Elisha has refused consent ever since. His cold intransigence and the ambiguous role of judges affect a procedure where the tragic vies with the absurd, where everything is judged but the original query. Directors’ Fortnight Arcades 1


(Australia) 102mins. Dir: David Michod. Key cast: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson. ‘The Rover’ pits man against many obstacles, and trials of life alone away from home. Out of Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere

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(Canada) 148mins. Dir: David Cronenberg. Key cast: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird, Sarah Gadon, Niamh Wilson, Dawn Greenhalgh, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson. Competition Press Salle Bazin

(France) Elle Driver. 165mins. Dir: Djinn Carrenard. Star 2


(France) Doc & Film International. 174mins. Dir: Frederick Wiseman. A portrait of the day-today operations of London’s National Gallery, one of

the foremost museums in the world whose collection includes paintings by the greatest artists from the 13th to the 20th century.

with her friends, Bibi wants to take part in a race that Lord Falko von Falkenstein has organised. Riviera 4

Palais G Press allowed


(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 D


(Germany) Beta Cinema. 101mins. Dir: Detlev Buck. Key cast: Lina Larissa Strahl, Lisa-Marie Koroll, Louis Held. Bibi is on vacation on a riding farm, called Martinshof. Together


(US) Red Sea Media. 96mins. Dir: Daniel Petrie Jr. Key cast: Scott Eastwood, Rita Wilson. John and Ben live the ultimate beach life — they surf, party, fight and always find hot new girls. They’re brothers… and while hungry for adventure, this locals-only scene suits them just fine. When Ben is killed, John’s choices lead him down a dangerous path of revenge. Gray 2


(Luxembourg) Eastwest Filmdistribution. 90mins. Dir: Elfi Mikesch. Key cast: Carolina Cardoso, Eva Mattes, Martin Wuttke, Nicole Max,


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Sascha Ley. Forgiveness will set you free. Riviera 2


(China) Easternlight Films. 100mins. Dir: Law WingCheung. Key cast: Donnie Yen, Wang Baogiang. Revolves around a Captain America-like character. The heroic role and his evil foe lived during the Ming Dynasty. Both were frozen during a fight and were defrosted in modern-day Hong Kong, where they continue their battle. Lerins 1


(Belgium) Sick Screen. 86mins. Dir: Karim Ouelhaj. Key cast: Maryse Dinsart, Cecile Brohez, Giovanni Di Mascio, Gael Maleux, Claire Blach. Nadia and Sophie, two 30-year-old women, have something in common: malaise and ennui. One tries to forget it with drugs; the other one, with short relationships.


(Italy) Rai Trade. 84mins. Dir: Enrico Audenino, Francesco Calabrese. Key cast: Remo Girone, Tommaso Neri, Vittorio Giannotti, Stefania Casini. We’ve all been kids and

we’ve all had an obsessive interest; we’ve all been teenagers and been in love for the first time and we’ll all wish to get old. Teen love, friendship, brotherhood and finding identity are the main themes of the movie. Gray 4

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Simon Yam, Wong You-Nam.

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(Canada) Media Darling. 100mins. Dir: Andrew Huculiak. Key cast: Dagny Backer Johnsen, Tor Halvor Halvorsen, Mari Sofie Andreassen, Bryn Bowen, Karl Bird, Yngve Seteras, Tomine Mikkeline Eide. A compelling young woman vividly recalls her last memories of the people who loved her most.

Olympia 4

Moroccan GIGOLOS

SUPERNOVA Dir: Tamar van den Dop Prod: Revolver Co-prod: IJswater Films Sales: Wide (feature, 102’) 14:00 Palais G (market screening)

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(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


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

Arcades 3


(France) Alfama Films. 118mins. Dir: Michael Sturminger. Key cast: John Malkovich, Veronica Ferres, Jonas Kaufmann, Florian Boesch, Miah Persson, Kate Lindsey, Anna Prohaska, Barbara Hannigan, Kerstin Avemo, Topi Lehtipuu. The story of Casanova, told both on stage in a chamber-opera play, and in live action. We witness his adventures, his passions and his fear of death. Arcades 2 Press allowed

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Searching For Sugar Man

Protagonist Pictures. 83mins. Star 1

(Hong Kong (China)) Fortissimo Films. 124mins. Dir: Fruit Chan. Key cast: Janice Man, Kara Hui,


(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.

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 scramble to 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 on their tip-off. That night someone breaks into their homes, seeking to eliminate them, one after another. They are going to meet Klarence. Olympia 3

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(UK) Jinga Films. 85mins. Dir: Neil Horner. Key cast: Vincent Regan, Robert Cavanah, Roger AshtonGriffiths, Seb Castang, Stephen Marcus, Csilla Barath. Two killers… one contract… no rules. Palais E


(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


(France) Films Distribution. 90mins. Dir: Robert Guediguian. Key cast: Ariane Ascaride, Gerard Meylan, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Jacques Boudet. Ariane, a middle-aged woman, is lonelier than ever in her pretty house. It’s her birthday. The candles on the birthday cake are lit. But all of her loved ones have sent their apologies — they’re not coming. So she takes her pretty car and leaves her pretty suburban neighbourhood to get lost in the big, sunny city of Marseille. Olympia 6


(Norway) Wide House.


Flying Home


by Dominique Deruddere

Mon 19th 16:00 H (Riviera 1)

Starring Jamie Dornan (protagonist of “Fifty Shades of Grey”) Charlotte De Bruyne and Jan Decleir (Oscar winners „Antonia“ and „Character“

There’s more to life than big business. (Romance/Drama)


by Chus Gutiérrez

Tue 20th 10:00 H (Riviera 1)

A salsa musical romance with more than 200 professional dancers including world champions, choreographies by Blanca Li (choreographer of Beyonce, JP Gaultier and Prada Advertisings, Almodovar’s films, etc) and 3000 extras.



by Jorge Pérez Solano

Mon 19th 10:00 H (Riviera 1)

Starring Gustavo Sanchez Parra (“Amores Perros”, “The Legend of Zorro”, etc.) Adriana Paz and Gabriela Cartol

Cheba has given birth to another man‘s son. Now her husband is back. Will she make the right decision? (Drama)


Tue 20th 15:30 H (Riviera 2) by Alfonso Zarauza Starring Lola Dueñas (Pedro Almodovar‘s films and Alejandro Amenabar‘s Oscar-winning „The Sea Inside“), Luis Tosar („Cell 211“, „Sleep Tight“ or „Even The Rain)Juan Carlos Vellido („Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides“ and „The Devil‘S Backbone“)

A female construction worker building her own life. (Dark Comedy/Drama)

by Jack Zagha Kababie


Wed 21th 12:00 H (Riviera 3)

Soundtrack by the renowned Mexican folk-singer Jose Alfredo Jimenez, including „Yo“, „El rey“ and „En el último trago“ all in one line - Put this sentence upper, closer to by Jack....

Crutches, nursing homes or dead wives won‘t stop them.

(Comedy/Road Movie)

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75mins. Dir: Kenneth Elvebakk. Key cast: Lucas Bjorneboe, Syvert Garcia, Torgeir. It’s not easy being a teenager, especially for these three ballet boys. Palais C


(France) Wild Bunch. 100mins. Dir: Roschdy Zem. Key cast: Nicolas Duvauchelle, Vincent Rottiers, Yolin Francois Gauvin. A battered dreamer and his estranged son are thrown together with one last chance to heal the wounds of their longdivided family. Olympia 5 Priority badges only


(Germany) Global Screen. 104mins. Dir: Marco Kreuzpaintner. Key cast: Kostja Ullmann, Aylin Tezel, Ken Duken.

Notoriously hip Berlinbased celebrity hairdresser Tom Herzner falls in love with Heidi, the quirky owner of a neighbourhood hair salon, turning both of their worlds upside down. So far so good. Only one problem: Tom is gay. Lerins 2


(France) Other Angle Pictures. 100mins. Dir: Mona Achache. Key cast: Anne Brrochet, Audrey Fleurot, Camille Chamoux, Franck Gastambide, Josephine De Meaux, Josiane Balasko, Naidra Ayadi. Marie and Eric have been together since college. Ten years after their first kiss, they decide to buy an apartment. Gray 1


(France) Udi — Urban Distribution International. 83mins.

Dir: Marianne Tardieu. Key cast: Adele Exarchopoulos, Reda Kateb, Moussa Mansaly, Hassan N’Dibona, Mohammed Mouloudi, Rashid Debbouze. Cherif, struggling to pass the entrance exam for nursing school, takes a side job as a security guard. He faces off with a group of hostile teenagers who constantly harass him and ends up an accomplice to a robbery gone wrong. Riviera 1


Rezo. 84mins. Dir: Lea Fazer. Key cast: Deborah Francois, Michael Lonsdale, Pio Marmai. Olympia 1


(Israel) Films Boutique. 90mins. Dir: Asaf Korman. Key cast: Dana Ivgy, Liron Ben-Shlush, Jacob Daniel. Riviera 3

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(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. Olympia 2


(US) Vmi Worldwide. 82mins. Dir: Marty Murray. Key cast: Briana Evigan, Lance Henriksen, Randy Wayne. Three college kids who are working at a bar in a resort town on the lake for the summer are tormented by a psycho with deep ties to the island. Gray 3

Claire Burger, Samuel Theis. Key cast: Angelique, Joseph Bour. An aging nightclub hostess decides to settle down and get married. Palais I


(Bulgaria) Bulgarian National Film Center. 155mins. Dir: Maya Vitkova. Key cast: Irmena Chichikova, Daria Vitkova, Kalina Vitkova, Mariana Krumova, Dimo Dimov. Gray 5


(US) Koan. 126mins. Dir: Mark Schmidt. Key cast: Ben Kingsley, Hannah Tointon, Jonas Armstrong. Gray 1

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(France) Pyramide International. 95mins. Dir: Marie Amachoukeli,

(Sweden) Coproduction Office (Paris). 120mins. Dir: Ruben Ostlund. Key cast: Kristofer Hivju, Lisa

Loven Kongsli, Johannes Kuhnke. A Scandinavian family at a French ski resort witnesses an artificial avalanche. The father’s reaction triggers an observational comedy around family dynamics. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge


(Mexico) Mexican Film Institute (Imcine). 100mins. Dir: Alejandro Gerber Bicecci. Key cast: Mario Balandra, Valentina Buzzurro, Margarita Chavarria. Riviera 2


(Italy) Adriana Chiesa Enterprises. 88mins. Dir: Roberto Faenza. Key cast: Eline Powell, Robert Sheehan, Andrea Osvart. A true story of a girl with a past she does not want to forget. Star 4

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Two teenage sisters alone, only one day to discover the desire. (Coming-of-Age) Screening: Tue 20th 09:30 H (Lérins 1)

1972. The last man on the moon. A boy‘s first love… (Dramatic Comedy) Screening: Wed 21st 13:30 H (Riviera 2) Montreal Palm Springs

by Stijn Coninx


Screening: Wed 21st 13:30 H (Riviera 4)



Law is no longer synonymous for justice. (Courtroom/Thriller) Screening: Wed 21st 10:00 H (Riviera 3)


by Miguel Ferrari


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Berlin & Beyond

A gay father, a straight son. Everything depends on how you look at it. (Feel Good/Gay) Screening: Mon 19th 16:00 H (Palais G)

by Julia von Heinz

After being left by her lover, Eleni embarks in a self-discovery journey far beyond the Arctic Circle. (Love Story/Lesbian)

Hanna is German and ambitious. When she goes to Israel her life is changed. (Romantic Comedy)

Screening: Fri 16th 19:30 H (Riviera 4)

Screening: Tue 20th 12:00 H (Riviera 4)


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The love story behind a song, which makes the whole world shake and whistle! (Romantic Drama) Screening: Tue 20th 18:00 H (Riviera 3)

Hong Kong

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Rio de Janeiro BUFF

by Bettina Blümner

by Menno Meyjes

Their kids did something terrible. But who knows what? (Psychological Drama/Thriller)

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Sascha wants revenge and to write a novel … And then a love triangle unrolls. (Coming-of-Age/Drama)


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One day, the tramp Leo wanders into the life of lonely Fred and turns his life upside down. (Comedy)

Gregor’s brother disappears without a trace. For Gregor, this could lead to a new identity. (Drama)

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by Antoinette Beumer Starring Holy Hunter (THE PIANO) and Carice van Houten (GAMES OF THRONES)

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(Canada) Telefilm Canada. 110mins. Palais F

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FilmSharks International. (Mexico, US). 24mins (trailer). Dir: Mike Kunkel, Ricardo Arnaiz. Key cast: Edward James Olmos, Erik Estrada, Kate Del Castillo, Lisa Kudrow, Rico Rodriguez. Riviera 1

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(China) Les Films Du Losange. 85mins. Dir: Wang Chao. Key cast: Jeremie Elkaim, Geng Han. Lerins 1 Priority badges only




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(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 are forced 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. Star 3


(France) Indie Sales. 94mins. Dir: Jean-Pierre Ameris. Key cast: Isabelle Carre, Ariana Rivoire. Based on real-life events that took place in France in the late 19th century. Born deaf and blind, Marie Heurtin, 14, cannot communicate. As a last resort, Marie’s parents send their child to the Larnay Institute, near Poitiers, where nuns look after young deaf women. Despite the Mother Superior’s skepticism, one nun, Sister Marguerite, takes Marie under her wing and does all she can to help her. Arcades 3 By invitation only

Schaller, Georg Friedrich. Eric leads a quiet life, with his motorcycle workshop, his new girlfriend and her young daughter. But this seemingly happy world comes to an abrupt end when an eerie stranger, Henry, forces his way into Eric’s idyllic arrangement. Riviera 4


(Slovenia) Slovenian Film Centre. 90mins. Dir: Sonja Prosenc. Key cast: Jernej Kogovsek, Katarina Stegnar, Lukas Matija Rosas. Three people, three destinies, one story. Palais H By invitation only


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


Champs Lis International. 110mins. Palais J


(Iran) Dreamlab Films. 87mins. Dir: Reza Mirkarimi. Key cast: Parviz Parastui, Soheila Golestani, Shabnam Moghadami. Youness, an ageing taxi driver, takes a young woman to hospital at the end of his working day, not knowing what awaits him there. Palais B Press allowed



(Germany) Beta Cinema. 95mins. Dir: Maximilian Erlenwein. Key cast: Jurgen Vogel, Moritz Bleibtreu, Petra Schmidt-

(US) Outsider Pictures. 99mins. Dir: John Jeffcoat. Key cast: Phil Peterson, David Drury, Sean Lowry. Olympia 9

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(Czech Republic) Intramovies. 100mins. Dir: Andrea Sedlackova. Key cast: Judit Bardos, Ana Geislerova, Eva Josefikova, Roman Luknar. Prague 1983. Eighteen-year-old sprinter Anna, a top athlete, is placed on the

Programme of Specialised Care. She only finds out that she is being doped after some months, by accident. Anna refuses the medical care but her mother decides to keep on doping her daughter secretly in order to allow her the chance to run in the Olympic Games… and emigrate. Gray 4


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(UK) Jinga Films. 90mins. Dir: Jeremy Wooding. Key cast: Amber Jean Rowan, Shaun Dooley, Anna Skellern, Corey Johnson, David Sterne, Eleanor Matsuura, George Blagden, Ian Whyte. When the moon is red, you are dead. Palais E


(France) Films Distribution. 88mins. Dir: Fabrice Eboue, Lionel Steketee. Key cast: Thomas Ngijol, Fabrice Eboue, Claudia Tagbo, Ibrahim Koma. Leslie, a French soccer rising star, is Didier’s protege. Marechal Bobo, the unpredictable President of Botswanga, invites Leslie to discover his motherland and Didier to join him on this trip. Lost in his megalomaniac

fantasies, what Marechal Bobo wants most is to see Leslie play for the national soccer team, The Crocodiles of Botswanga. Concerned with Leslie’s career, Didier disagrees with this idea. But a suitcase filled with dollars given by the dictator easily helps Didier to change his mind. Didier is now ready to do anything to convince his precious client to team up with the Crocodiles of Botswanga. Palais C


(France) Be For Films. 98mins. Dir: Brice Cauvin. Key cast: Laurent Lafitte, Agnes Jaoui, Benjamin Biolay, Nicolas Bedos, Marie-Christine Barrault, Guy Marchand, Irene Jacob, Bruno Putzulu, Elodie Frege. The intermingled story of three brothers told in a modern comedy. Olympia 6

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(France) Wild Bunch. 95mins. Dir: Katia Lewkowicz. Key cast: Laura Smet, Marina Fois, Noemie Lvovsky. Three women trapped in roles of their own making. Three women united on the same mission — to change their lives forever. Olympia 5 Priority badges only


(France) Jour2Fete. 90mins. Dir: Paul Lacoste. South of France, midSeptember. A disparate group of men and women, all broken by life — some unemployed, others either penniless retirees, vagrant punks, students or immigrants — gather to harvest the good Lord’s grapes. Gray 1


(Germany) Wtp International. 93mins. Dir: Roland Reber.

Key cast: Carolina Hoffmann, Antje Nikola Moenning, Wolfgang Seidenberg, Marina Anna Eich, Andreas Pegler, Thomas Kollhoff, Ute Meisenheimer, Christoph Baumann. Eight people, all of whom cannot be more different from each other, meet in a bar. They escape their everyday life and find themselves on a journey to their world of thoughts, their quintessential lust. Palais G


(US) Electric Entertainment. 107mins. Dir: Jen McGowen. Key cast: Cybill Shepherd, Jonny Weston, Juliette Lewis. When Kelly, a ‘riot girl’ turned suburban mom, learns her teenage neighbour has been spying on her they strike up an unlikely friendship. Olympia 3


(Serbia) Films Boutique. 95mins. Dir: Darko Lungulov. Key cast: Dragan Bjelogrlic, Mirjana Karanovic, Ljubomir Bandovic. In a dying town in Serbia daydreamer Marko is on the verge of divorce from the love of his life, Ljubinka. When an old communist-era monument is removed from the main square, he comes up with the idea to build a monument to Michael Jackson in order to save his town and seduce his wife again. But the town’s mayor has his own plans.

20mins. Dir: Kevin Munroe, Jericca Cleland. Key cast: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward. Based on the bestselling PlayStation video game franchise. Lerins 2


(France) Bac Films. 100mins. Dir: Philippe Lacote. Key cast: Issach De Bankole, Abdoul Karim Konate, Rasmane Ouedraogo. Run is a runaway who has just killed the prime minister of his homeland. Disguised as a lunatic, he wanders across the city.

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Coproduction Office (Paris). 95mins.

(France) Pathe International. 107mins. Dir: Dany Boon. Key cast: Dany Boon, Kad Merad, Alice Pol, Judith El Zein. Anna believes Romain is

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the charismatic hero of a Slavic revolution and Romain must overcome his phobia to earn his place in her heart. Olympia 4


(France) Other Angle Pictures. 100mins. Dir: Yannick Saillet. Key cast: Pascal Elbe, Arnaud Henriet, Caroline Bal, Laurent Lucas. An ambushed patrol leaves one man alive. When he thinks he is safe, he steps on a landmine. He stands alone in the desert and if he lifts his foot he dies. Gray 3


(US) Myriad Pictures. 103mins. Dir: George C Wolfe. Key cast: Emmy Rossum, Hilary Swank, Josh Duhamel. Centred on a terminally ill woman and the woman who becomes her caregiver. Olympia 2 No press


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


him a thorny problem.

(US) Dogwoof. 105mins. Dir: Todd Miller. Key cast: Stan Adelstein, Lanice Archer, Robert Bakker. The true tale behind one of the greatest discoveries in history.

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(US) Sc Films International. 90mins. Dir: Nick Lyon. Key cast: Danny Trejo, Jonathan Banks, Julia Dietze, Tinsel Korey, Torsten Voges. A tough cop takes the law into his own hands. Star 4


(US) The Little Film Company. 95mins. Dir: Dean Jones. Key cast: Jason Cook, Lance Henriksen, Valerie Azlynn, William Pifer. Palais D


(Germany) Beta Cinema. 95mins. Dir: Hannes Stoehr. Key cast: Christoph Bach, Walter Schultheiss, Inka Friedrich, Ulrike Folkerts. Riviera 4


(Spain) Raven Banner Entertainment. 78mins. Dir: Pablo Larcuen. Key cast: Jonah Ehrenreich, Julia Molins. Two young friends from New York travel to Barcelona to get over the break-up of one of them. But things won’t go as expected and they will end up trapped in a house where they will have to fight an evil girl and the evil inside them. Arcades 3


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

daily life, bored by his neighbourhood, 40-yearold divorced Christian is stuck in a routine made of scams and one-night stands. What can only bring him sparkle is his 11-year-old daughter, Vanessa, who he sees every two weeks and who grows up as a passionate baton twirler. When Christian meets single mother Christine, his life is turned upside down. Riviera 2


(Romania) Short Film Corner. 103mins. Palais F


Wild Bunch. 120mins. Star 3 Priority badges only


(France) Films Boutique. 90mins. Dir: Pascal Rabate. Key cast: Sami Bouajila, Isabelle Carre. Tired of his salesman


Submarine Entertainment. 90mins. Dir: Des Doyle. Key cast: Joss Whedon, JJ Abrams, Jason O’Mara. Explores the fascinating world of US television showrunners. Gray 4


(UK) Metro International Entertainment. 103mins. Dir: George Hencken Hencken. Key cast: Spandau Ballet. This documentary charts the meteoric rise, fall and ultimate reunion of pop sensation Spandau Ballet. Arcades 1


(Ireland) Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing. 83mins. Dir: Rob Burke, Ronan Burke. Key cast: Brian Gleeson, Jessica Pare, Stanley Townsend, Franchesca Cherrault. Gray 2


(France) Le Pacte. 100mins. Dir: Abderrahmane Sissako. Key cast: Abel Jafri, Ahmed Ibrahim, Toulou Kiki. Lerins 1

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Market 14:00 A CRY FROM WITHIN

(US) 7 & 7 Producers’ Sales Service. 94mins. Dir: Zachary Miller, Deborah Twiss. Key cast: Eric Roberts, Cathy Moriarty, Deborah Twiss, James McCaffrey, Sydney McCann,


(Iran) Farabi Cinema Foundation. 107mins. Dir: Azita Mogouee. Key cast: Mehdi Hashemi, Roya Nonahali, Bahram Radan, Hossein Yari, Pantea Bahram, Payam Dehkordi, Pezhman Hadavi. What can an unfortunate man do to get some money for his family? Palais B Press allowed

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(Hungary) The Match Factory. 119mins. Dir: Kornel Mundruczo. Key cast: Zsofia Psotta, Sandor Zsoter, Lili Monori, Lili Horvath, Laszlo Galffy, Ervin Nagy, Kornel Mundruczo.

Robert Vaughn, Matthew McCann. After suffering a miscarriage, a New York family abandon their hectic life in the city in search of a quieter existence in Long Island, but find themselves at the mercy of the spirit inhabiting their new home. Lerins 2

Gianfelice Imparato, Emanuela Grimalda. Here’s the story of a young boy who cries out (loudly) ‘yes’ to life. Palais E


(Spain) Ndm. 106mins. Dir: Jaime Rosales. Key cast: Ingrid Garcia-Jonsson, Carlos Rodriguez, Inma Nieto, Fernando Barona, Miguel Guardiola. Natalia and Carlos, both aged 20, are in love and struggling to survive. Their limited resources prevent them from getting ahead. To earn some money, they decide to shoot an amateur porno film. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge

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Fortissimo Films. 86mins. Dir: Isabel Coixet. Key cast: Sophie Turner, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Gregg Sulkin. A beautiful young girl is haunted by a secret past. Arcades 2


(Italy) Premium Films. 90mins. Dir: Andrea Jublin. Key cast: Marco Todisco, Beatrice Modica, Jasmine Trinca,

The Captive

(Canada) Seville International/eOne. Dir: Atom Egoyan. Key cast: Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson.

Dir: Paul Solet. Key cast: Peter Stormare, Grace Phipps, Keir Gilchrist. Follows Daniel Williamson, a 17-year-old boy under house arrest for the summer. With his mother away on business, a horrifying incident occurs. Olympia 7


(Japan) Toei Company. 113mins. Dir: Hajime Hashimoto. Key cast: Maiko Amano, Noriko Hamada, Rina Sakuragi, Kanji Tsuda, Naoki Kawano, Hideo Sasaki, Yuki Tsujimoto, Daikichi Sugawara, Yuichi Kimura. Babylon is a website broadcasting live sex scenes. Women are abducted, tortured and exposed here. One is decoyed for investigation while one pays her husband’s debt. Another tries to fulfil her sexual desire. Palais C

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

(France) Snd — Groupe M6. 110mins. Dir: Jean Becker. Key cast: Gerard Lanvin, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Fred Testot. Olympia 4

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(France) Films Distribution. 115mins. Dir: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi »

(US) Content Media Corporation. 90mins.


Alejandro de la Madrid, Cesar Ramos. Four stories of love and disgust between men of different generations facing their conflicts and their fears.

Elkabetz. Key cast: Ronit Elkabetz, Menashe Noy, Simon Abkarian. Riviera 1


(US) Visit Films. 100mins. Dir: David Robert Mitchell. Key cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Olivia Luccardi. After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself plagued by disturbing visions and the inescapable sense that something is following her.

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(Mexico) Mundial. 106mins. Dir: Alonso Ruizpalacios. Key cast: Tenoch Huerta, Ilse Salas, Leonardo Ortizgris, Sebastian Aguirre. Palais J By invitation only

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Film Center Serbia. 95mins.

(Australia) Dogwoof. 86mins. Dir: Gracie Otto. Key cast: John Cleese, Kate Moss, Michael White, Naomi Watts. A portrait of Michael White, the enfant terrible of London’s theatre-land in the 1970s, the man responsible for introducing Yoko Ono, Merce Cunningham and Pina Bausch to the international audiences.

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(Ireland) Continental Media. 100mins. Dir: Stephen Bradley. Key cast: Dierdre O’Kane, Sarah Greene, Brendan Coyle,

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Pang. Key cast: Louis Koo, Sean Lau, Sinje Lee, Si Cheng Chen.


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(France) Gaumont. 105mins. Dir: Rose Bosch. Key cast: Jean Reno, Anna Galiena, Chloe Jouannet, Hugo Dessioux, Tom Leeb. Star 2

NOBLE See box, above


(Hong Kong (China)) Universe Films Distribution Co. 106mins. Dir: Oxide Pang, Danny


(France) Doc & Film International. 106mins. Dir: Claudine Bories, Patrice Chagnard. The coaches of an employment consultancy teach young people without qualifications the attitudes and language required to find work.

Star 4

Liam Cunningham. A courageous woman overcomes the difficulties of her childhood in Ireland to discover her destiny on the streets of Saigon in 1989. Olympia 3

International. 112mins. Dir: Robert Glinski. Key cast: Danuta Stenka, Kamil Szeptycki, Magdalena Kolesnik, Marcel Sabat, Sandra Staniszewska, Tomasz ZieTek. Gray 1


(Netherlands) Wide. 102mins. Key cast: Bob Schwarze, Gaite Jansen, Tamar Van Den Dop.

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(Austria) Coproduction Office. 96mins. Dir: Jessica Hausner. Key cast: Birte Schnoink, Christian Friedel, Katharina Schuttler, Peter Jordan, Sandra Huller, Sebastian Hulk, Stephan Grossmann. A trenchantly funny exploration of Romanticism’s mundane routines, and a parable about the ambivalence of love: a man convinces a woman to escape the inevitability of death through love and suicide. Riviera 2

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(US) T Films. 95mins. Dir: Aram Rappaport. Key cast: Amber Heard,

(Poland) Picture Tree

Brittany Snow, Kellan Lutz, Shiloh Ferndandez.

(Mexico) Habanero. 95mins. Dir: Sergio Tovar Velarde. Key cast: Antonio Velazquez,


(Canada) Item 7. 109mins. Dir: Daniel Grou (Podz). Key cast: Xavier Dolan, Marilyn Castonguay, Robin Aubert, Anne Dorval, Gabriel Sabourin, Julien Poulin, Louise Turcot, Sylvain Marcel, Violette Chauveau. A nurse who is a Jehovah’s Witness grows fond of the miracle-survivor of a plane crash. Arcades 3


(Iran) Visual Media Institute. 100mins. Dir: Farhad Mehranfar. Key cast: Raha BadreTalei, Behzad Jafari, Mehdi Mokhberi, Sima Mohammadzadeh, Taraneh Momeni. Bahram travels to an unknown place with his daughter, Raha, who has

a creative imagination, despite having Down’s syndrome. Bahram, who is a scriptwriter, is looking for the reason for his failures in his mental conversations with his wife, and takes notes. At the end of this short journey on the border of imagination and reality, he faces the fact of his own death and existence, the journey with no return for him. Palais B


(Japan) Toho Co. 10mins (trailer in a loop. Screening duration 50mins). Dir: Takashi Yamazaki. Key cast: Shota Sometani, Eri Fukatsu, Ai Hashimoto. Lerins 1


(US) Vision Films. 104mins. Dir: Ramin Niami. Key cast: Amy Madigan, Marhall Manesh, Nazanin Boniadi, Riley Smith. Palais D


(Chile) Devilworks. 106mins. Dir: James Katz. Key cast: Aislinn Derbez, Alisha Seaton, Aurelien Wiik, Camila Hirane, Francisco Pizarro Saenz De Urtury, Jose Maria De Tavira, Mark Weiler, William Charlton. A fantasy romance that takes place a century ago, where love and death collide, and the mystery is darker than anyone could possibly imagine. Palais H

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(US) Radiant Films International. 105mins. Dir: William H Macy. Key cast: Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne,


(US) Films Boutique. 90mins. Dir: Alex R Johnson. Key cast: Beth Broderick, James Landry Hebert, Skyy Moore. Gray 2


(Chile) Latido. 76mins. Dir: Diego Ayala, Anibal Jofre. Key cast: Loreto Velazquez, Rene Miranda. They would fly free, if their worlds let them. Gray 4


(Germany) Arri Worldsales. 124mins. Dir: Doris Dorrie. Key cast: Hannelore Elsner, Hinnerk Schonemann, Nadja Uhl. Story of an encounter of diverse people, whose lives are intertwined by a fateful incident a long time ago. Riviera 4


(France) Wild Bunch. 97mins. Dir: Pierre Salvadori. Key cast: Catherine Deneuve, Feodor Atkine, Gustave Kerven, Pio Marmai. A taciturn caretaker and an anxiety-stricken resident form an awkward, touching

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Felicity Huffman, William H Macy. A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics. Gray 1

friendship that might just save them from madness. Star 3


114mins. Festival De Cannes.

Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and again, but only on rainy days. Gray 5


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


(Japan) Toei Company. 114mins. Dir: Seiji Izumi. Key cast: Yutaka Mizutani, Hiroki Narimiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Yumiko Shaku, Shin Takuma, Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Koji Ishizaka. Palais C


(Norway) Elle Driver. 105mins. Dir: Tommy Wirkola. Key cast: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Martin Starr, Orjan Gamst. Star 2


(Japan) Viz Media Europe. 46mins. Dir: Makoto Shinkai. Key cast: Kana Hanazawa, Miyu Irino. Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skips school, and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him.

(UK) Cinema Management Group. 93mins. Dir: Julian Gilbey. Key cast: Ed Speleers, Will Poulter, Alfie Allen, Emma Rigby, Thomas Kretschmann. Lerins 2

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(Mexico) Filmsharks International. 10mins (trailer in a loop. Screening duration 90mins). Dir: Alberto Mar. Palais E

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(France) Marche Du Film. 120mins. Dir: Round-Table (Doc Corner). Palais I


(France) Snd — Groupe M6. 90mins. Dir: Olivier Panchot. Key cast: Jalil Lespert, Tcheky Karyo. Olympia 4


(US) The Solution Entertainment Group. 108mins. Dir: Roger Donaldson. Key cast: Pierce Brosnan, Olga Kurylenko, Luke Bracey, Bill Smitrovich. Olympia 5


(US) Red Bull Media House. 90mins. Dir: Bruce Brown, Dana Brown. Key cast: Marc Marquez, Robbie Maddison, Travis Pastrana. Palais G By invitation only

(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. Olympia 1


(Israel) Other Angle Pictures. 97mins. Dir: Keren Yedaya. Key cast: Maayan Turjeman, Tzahi Grad, Yael Abecassis. Gray 3


(UK) Manifest Film Sales. 102mins. Dir: Martin Kemp. Key cast: Vincent Regan, Leo Gregory, Ricci Harnett. London bad-boy Billy Evans gets in way over his head. Olympia 6


(US) Celluloid Dreams/ Nightmares. 98mins.



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(Austria) Films Distribution. 105mins. Dir: Andreas Prochaska. Key cast: Sam Riley, Paula Beer, Tobias Moretti. Riviera 1

Malling, Ghita Norby. The Ancients used to say that Jauja was a mythological land filled with abundance and happiness. Countless expeditions sought to corroborate that place. Over time, the legend grew disproportionately. No doubt the people exaggerated, as usual. All that is known is that everyone who tried to find that earthly paradise got lost along the way. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge


(Japan) Toho Co. 144mins. Dir: Takashi Yamazaki. Key cast: Junichi Okada, Haruma Miura, Mao Inoue. Lerins 1


(Argentina) Ndm. 108mins. Dir: Lisandro Alonso. Key cast: Viggo Mortensen, Viibjork


(Japan) Viz Media Europe. 46mins. Dir: Makoto Shinkai. Key cast: Kana Hanazawa, Miyu Irino. Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skips school and is sketching shoes in a Japanesestyle garden. He meets a

mysterious woman, Yukino. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and again, but only on rainy days. Gray 5


(US) Red Bull Media House. 90mins. Dir: Bruce Brown, Dana Brown. Key cast: Marc Marquez, Robbie Maddison, Travis Pastrana. Palais G


(Sweden) Studiocanal. 115mins. Dir: Felix Herngren. Key cast: Robert Gustafsson, Mia Skaringer, Alan Ford. The unlikely story of a 100-year-old man who decides it’s not too late to start over. Arcades 1


(France) Funny Balloons. 93mins. Dir: Arnold De Parscau. Key cast: Denis Menochet, Virginie Ledoyen, Yolande Moreau. A man wakes up at dawn in a wasteland, with no memory of his escapades the night before. Back at his hotel, he discovers a freshly stitched scar on the side of his back. His former mistress, now a surgeon, confirms what he foresaw: someone stole his kidney. To get it back, he’s ready to sacrifice everything. Star 4


(France) Reel Suspects. 85mins. Dir: Romain Basset. Key cast: LillyFleur Pointeaux, Catriona MacColl, Murray Head, Emmanuel Bonami, Shane Woodward, Gala Besson, Fu’Ad Ait Aattou, Vernon Dobtcheff. Jessica has never dreamed in her life but has had

regular nightmares, the meanings of which escape her.

Scott. Key cast: Collin Galyean, Ramona Mallory, Josh Hammond.

Palais F Priority badges only

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(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 2


(Poland) Filmexport Group. 92mins. Dir: Robert Wichrowski. Gray 4


(US) Red Sea Media. 100mins. Dir: Leigh

(Switzerland) New World Cinemas. 82mins. Dir: Arno Oehri, Oliver Primus. Palais H Press allowed


(Iran) Visual Media Institute. 90mins. Dir: Bahram Tavakoli. Key cast: Mahnaz Afshar, Amir Jafari, Pantea Bahram, Hooman Barghnavard. Amir has lost his job and tries to hide it from his wife, Sepideh. He is hoping to start a new business with the money Sepideh would inherit from the sale of her mother’s house. When Sepideh’s sister, Nasrin, shows up, Amir learns Nasrin has sold the house and is financially broke, and is just released

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Dir: Lawrence Michael Levine. Key cast: Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Alia Shawkat, Annie Parisse, Jason Ritter, Kevin Corrigan.

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from mental hospital. Soon, old problems and discords between the sisters create new tensions. Palais B


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(Canada) Myriad Pictures. 92mins. Dir: Pat Kiely. Key cast: Emmanuelle Chriqui, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington. A married couple’s romantic weekend is turned upside down when the husband’s ex-girlfriend, a woman he’s secretly obsessed with, turns out to be running the ski lodge where they’re staying. Arcades 3

cast: Vivi Pineda, Eva Tamargo, Manuel Uriza, Joss Waleska, Chaz Mena. Vancouver detective Sara Gonzales returns to her native island in Latin America to look for her missing sister. When people around her start to act strangely she doesn’t know whom to believe anymore, and has to decide whether to save her family or stop a suspected alien invasion. Riviera 3


(China) Darclight Films. 85mins. Dir: Nick Cheung. Key cast: Annie Liu, Lam Wai, Carrie Ng, Nick Cheung. Lerins 2




(US) Dc Medias. 115mins. Dir: Derek Mungor. Natalie is a college graduate visiting her hometown over the 4th of July. The night she arrives, she is stalked by a sociopathic killer. Palais D



(India) Gj Entertainments Mfze. 100mins. Dir: Rupesh Paul. Key cast: Sherlyn Chopra, Milind Gunaji, King Mal Khan, Makarand Deshpande, Maleena Khan, Andria D’Souza. The epic saga of war, love and lust set against the backdrop of Vatsyayana’s classic work, Kamasutra… and a mighty ocean. Olympia 6


(US) The Exchange. 94mins. Dir: Richard Lagravenese. Key cast: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan. An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years.


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(US) Vmi Worldwide. 94mins. Dir: Kat Candler. Key cast: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke Garner. When motocross and heavymetal obsessed Jacob’s increasingly 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,

(Italy) The Match Factory. 110mins. Dir: Alice Rohrwacher. Key cast: Maria Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louvyck, Alba Rohrwacher, Sabine Timoteo, Luis Huilca, Monica Bellucci. Nothing will be the same at the end of this summer for Gelsomina and her three younger sisters.

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(US) Wonderphil Entertainment. 82mins. Dir: Oscar Torre. Key cast: Chuti Tiu, Dana Lee, James Kyson, Kipp Shiotani, Oscar Torre, Tamara Braun, Wolfgang Bodison. Every rose has its thorns.

(Venezuela) Centro Nacional Autonomo De Cinematografia. 93mins. Dir: Mariana Rondon. Key cast: Samuel Lange, Samantha Castillo. Palais G

Certified Halal

(France) Free Dolphin Entertainment 90mins. Dir: Mahmoud Zemmouri. Key cast: Hafsia Herzi, Smain Fairouze. They planned everything… except to lose the bride. Gray 1


(US) Striped Entertainment. 90mins. Dir: Jacobo Rispa. Key

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(Germany) Global Screen. 100mins. Dir: Anna Justice. Key cast: Mario Adorf, Ulrich Tukur, Benjamin Sadler, Inka Friedrich, Florian Lukas, Sandra Huller. Pinocchio sets out on a wild and adventurous journey to learn things like courage, honesty and loyalty, and to become a real boy.



(US) Swimming Wings Productions. 85mins. Dir: Walker Haynes. Key cast: Barbara Niven, Glen Mac, Stephanie Zimbalist, Brooke Newton, Walker Haynes, Helene Udy, Daniel Thomas May, Kinna McInroe.



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Based on the most famous alleged murder case of the French Riviera. The murder of Agnes Le Roux is a question that still remains 30 years later. A tale of passion, money and betrayal.

(Canada) Bankside Films. 118mins. Dir: Peter Chelsom. Key cast: Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno.


(France) Elle Driver. 120mins. Dir: Andre Techine. Key cast: Gullaume Canet, Catherine Deneuve, Adele Haenel.

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(China) Shanghai Animation Film Studio. 99mins. Dir: Guang Hua Yao.

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(France) TF1 International. 96mins. Dir: Nicolas Castro. Key cast: Laetitia Casta, Pio Marmai, Gaspard Proust,


(US) Wild Bunch. 85mins. Dir: Polsky Gabe. Key cast: Mark Deakins, Anatoli Karpov, Vyacheslav Fetisov.

Andre Dussollier, Ramzy Bedia. A disabused journalist, an ambitious adman, a pretty politico and a soft-porn impresario. Four lives, one destiny. Olympia 3

96mins. Dir: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin. Key cast: Billy Connolly, David Tennant, Rosamund Pike.

Duaysianklao, Peter Knight, Ray Macdonald, Shahkrit Yamnarm.

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(Bulgaria) Wide. 120mins. Dir: Martin Makariev. Key cast: David Chokachi, Elena Petrova, Kalin Vrachanski, Lydia Indjova, Plamen Manassiev. Palais I


(Spain) Film Factory. 97mins. Dir: Emilio Martinez-Lazaro. Star 1


(Iran) Irib Media Trade. 95mins. Dir: Narges Abyar. Key cast: Merila Zareie, Mehran Ahmadi, Gelareh Abbasi, Javad Ezzati. Olfat is a rural woman whose son disappeared during the war. Remaining hopeful of seeing her son again, she starts a long wait for his return. Palais C


(UK) Independent.

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(France) Films Distribution. 80mins. Dir: Gregoire Solotareff, Eric Omond. Key cast: Malik Zidi, Stephane Debac, Anais Demoustier. Riviera 1

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(US) Double Dutch International. 96mins. Dir: Charles Michaud. Key cast: Analeigh Tipton, Cam Gigandet, Kelly Blatz, Kim Basinger, Richard Jenkins. The inspirational story of a high school track star who falls on hard times. A new coach puts him on the right path but his resolve is threatened as tragedy strikes and forces him to confront everything that has been holding him back.

(Germany) Picture Tree International. 102mins. Dir: Christian Schwochow. Key cast: Jordis Triebel, Tristan Gobel, Alexander Scheer, Jacky Ido.

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(Thailand) Five Star Production (Thailand). 96mins. Dir: Kirati, Issara Nakintanon,Nadee, Patchanon Thumajira. Key cast: Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, Focus Jeerakul, Iirah Wimonchailerk, Kanklao


(France) Acid. 83mins. Dir: Pascal Tessaud. Arcades 1

(Cyprus) Wonderphil Entertainment. 90mins. Dir: Stelana Kliris. Key cast: Melia Kreiling. Romantic comedy about a man who is being pressured to propose to his girlfriend and picks up a runaway bride on the side of the road. What ensues is a bizarre road trip. Gray 5



Dir: Alex Gibney. The music of Fela Kuti.


(Thailand) Urbanice Co. 25mins. Dir: Duangkhae Buaprakhone. Key cast: Chukiad Patphai, Suchet Salangam, Somyot Sukbanteong, Mio Salangam.

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(Canada) Cargo Entertainment. 104mins. Dir: Colin Minihan. Key cast: Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma, Melanie Papalia, Jesse Moss, Anja Savcic, Gil Bellows, Michael Ironside, Sean Rogerson. Centres around a group of college friends who travel to a secluded cabin in the woods for a weekend of partying. As the night is winding down, they notice something strange in the sky. Star 4


(US) Dogwoof. 119mins.

(US) Pure Flix Entertainment. 112mins. Dir: Harold Cronk. Key cast: David Ar. White, Dean Cain, Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, Willie Robertson. College freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton, finds his faith challenged. Star 3


(Norway) Virgil Films And Entertainment. 100mins. Dir: Elisabeth Rasmussen. A portrait of Bruno Wizard, one of the unsung figures of the famed London punk scene of the 1970s and ’80s. Wizard became an underground legend, performing at the Roxy

club alongside such major acts as The Jam and Generation X. He was part of the Blitz Kids scene.

Atom Egoyan John Sayles Volker Schloendorff Werner Herzog

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(Thailand) M Thirtynine Co. 105mins. Lerins 1


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(Japan) Xyz Films. 137mins. Dir: Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto. Key cast: Kazuki Kitamura, Luna Maya, Mei Kurokawa,, Oka Antara, Ray Sahetapy, Rin Takanashi, Tara Basro. In Tokyo, a serial killer is murdering women and posting his violent crimes online. In Jakarta, a rogue vigilante uploads his murder spree for the world to see. A psychotic game of cat and mouse ensues as the two men battle for notoriety. Soon it becomes clear that it’s only a matter of time until the two killers square off, face to face. Palais D



George A. Romero David Lynch Roberto Benigni Monte Hellman

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(Germany) German Films Service & Marketing. 110mins. The 2014 edition of the annual short film programme. Star 2


(Thailand) Urbanice Co. 25mins. Dir: Duangkhae Buaprakhone. Key cast: Saksit Fah, Thianchai Burin, Teerapon Sukban, Patcharika Banchamek, Kanyarut Banchamek, Buakaw Banchamek. Riviera 2


(Argentina) Curator Films. 98mins.

David Cronenberg Jim Jarmusch John Carpenter Brian de Palma Tom Tykwer


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(Germany) Beta Cinema. 150mins. Dir: Philipp Stolzl. Key cast: Tom Payne, Ben Kingsley, Stellan Skarsgard, Olivier Martinez, Emma Rigbey, Elyas M’Barek, Fahri Yardim, Makram J Khoury.


(Morocco) New Tree Productions. 93mins. Dir: Kamal Kamal. Key cast: Jihane Kamal, Ahmed Benaissa, Amal Ayouch, Mohamed Khouyi, Mohamed Bastaoui, Mohamed Choubi, Rafik Boubker. Palais K


(Japan) Shochiku Co. 103mins. Dir: Asako Hyuga. Key cast: Haruna Kawaguchi, Sota Fukushi. Tells the story of an innocent young girl’s first experiences of love, how true love evolves from innocence.

(US) New Europe Film Sales. 86mins. Dir: Onur Tukel. Key cast: Onur Tukel, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Alex Karpovsky, Dakota Goldhor, Dustin Guy Defa, Johnathan Coauette. Lousy lover and egocentric Eric Sparrow is dumped by his girlfriend after rejecting her marriage proposal. After a few failed dates, his luck turns when a chance encounter with a vampire turns him into a sex god. A cinematic tourde-force by Onur Tukel.

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48 th Hof International Film Festival

Dir: Christoph Behl. Key cast: Lautaro Delgado, Victoria Almeida, William Prociuk. A failed love triangle in a post-apocalyptic world.

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(Spain) Film Factory Entertainment. 122mins. Dir: Damian Szifron. Key cast: Ricardo Darin, Oscar Martinez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Erica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg, Dario Grandinetti. The drive for success, vertigo, competition and the inequality of the world we live in causes many people to be stressed out or depressed. Some burst. This is a film about them. Olympia 6 By invitation only


(Austria) Artdeluxe. 107mins. Dir: Marko Nabersnik. Key cast: Michael Kristof, Simon Serbinek, Clemens Aap Lindenberg, Kristian Hodko. Story about two AustroHungarian soldiers in the First World War, holding a post in the mountains.

Cut off and under heavy fire, survival becomes an existential challenge.


(China) All Rights Entertainment. 25mins (trailer).

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(China) All Rights Entertainment. 25mins (trailer). Dir: Song Yuefeng. The quiet land of Altera is inhabited by humans and elves but suddenly, freed from the dark mountains, groups of beasts attack peaceful human towns. This signals the return of the Black Dragon and the destruction of all Altera.

(Spain) Magno Entertainment. 88mins. Dir: Santiago Alvarado. Magno is a superhero who was cast aside years ago on false accusations and now works in a store. Star 1 Blood Window


(China) All Rights Entertainment. 25mins (trailer). Dir: Song Yuefeng.

(US) New Amsterdam Entertainment,. 128mins. Dir: George A Romero. Key cast: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H Reiniger, Gaylen Ross. When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the Earth.

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(Spain) Ndm. 106mins. Dir: Jaime Rosales. Key cast: Ingrid GarciaJonsson, Carlos Rodriguez, Inma Nieto, Fernando Barona, Miguel Guardiola. Natalia and Carlos, both 20, are in love and struggling to survive in today’s

Spain. Their limited resources prevent them from getting ahead as they’d like. They have no great ambitions because they have no great hopes. To earn some money, they decide to shoot an amateur porno film. The birth of their daughter Julia is the main catalyst for the changes they make. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge

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The Homesman (US) Tommy Lee Jones

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Foxcatcher (US) Bennett Miller

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Maps To The Stars (Can) David Cronenberg

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Two Days, One Night (Bel-Fr-It) Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne

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The Search (Fr) Michel Hazanavicius

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Goodbye To Language 3D (Fr) Jean-Luc Godard

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


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