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Scanbox scores magnificent seven selection BY WENDY MITCHELL

Scandinavian distributor Scanbox has set a company record by acquiring seven films in Official Selection. The titles include Competition films The Homesman, Saint Laurent, The Search and The Captive, as well as opening film Grace Of Monaco. Scanbox has also secured Un Certain Regard titles Lost River and The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby. These acquisitions reflect a restructured Scanbox. After the departure of former CEO Mikael Modig, the firm’s new management team includes Kim Beich Christensen as head of acquisitions and general operations; Henrik Rasmussen leading the home entertainment business; and Thor Sigurjonsson as head of production. Scanbox has built up from a home entertainment-focused company that concentrated on genre fare to have a more diverse slate with top arthouse titles. Joni Sighvatsson, chairman of Scanbox, told Screen: “We have a much more diversified slate but also we’re not abandoning our genre roots.” Forthcoming genre releases will include A Walk Among The Tombstones and Taken 3. “Last year was the best year in the history of the company,” Sighvatsson noted, pointing to releases such as The Butler and Blue Jasmine.

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Backers lust for Iggy Pop doc from Jarmusch BY ANDREAS WISEMAN

Jim Jarmusch’s documentary on The Stooges has found new backing from Fernando Sulichin’s New Element Global and a sales home in UK outfit Independent, which is launching the project in Cannes. ICM Partners, which represents Jarmusch, will handle North American rights. Carter Logan (Only Lovers Left Alive, The Limits Of Control) produces. The long-term passion project for the Only Lovers Left Alive director is already in production. It features interviews with The Stooges frontman Iggy Pop. The currently untitled film will present the context of the iconic band’s emergence musically and culturally, and relate their adven-

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tures and misadventures. Additional contributors are being kept under wraps. Financier Sulichin, who recently produced Oliver Stone’s Untold History Of The United States, has also executive produced features including Spring Breakers and The Killer Inside Me. Jarmusch said: “I like to think of

our film as both an unconventional portrait of, as well as an open love letter to, one of the greatest and most primal rock bands of all time. We’re very proud to work with Independent, ICM and New Element on this project.” Independent’s Andrew Orr said: “It is no coincidence that Kurt Cobain, Jack White and the Sex Pistols all referenced The Stooges as a cornerstone influence. The combination of one of the greatest independent film-makers and one of the most explosive, dangerous bands of all time is going to be a real treat.” Independent’s Cannes slate includes comedies What We Did On Our Holiday and Bill, as well as Carol Morley drama The Falling and animation A Bollywoof Tale.

NEWS Ezekiel boards L’Insulte New financier associated with Julie Gayet joins new Ziad Doueiri film » Page 4

FEATURE Wild Western Kristian Levring talks about The Salvation, his ode to classic Saturday afternoon Westerns » Page 28

REVIEW The Captive Atom Egoyan makes light work of some intensely dark themes » Page 18

CANNES BRIEFS EuropaCorp finds finance Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has secured a $450m credit facility that will be used to finance its slate of English-language films, as well as costs related to the creation of its US distributor, Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution. The five-year facility comes from JP Morgan, SunTrust Banks and OneWest.

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Cate Blanchett swooped onto the red carpet for the world premiere of How To Train Your Dragon 2, DreamWorks Animation’s 3D adventure screening here out of competition. The Blue Jasmine star provides the voice of the tough but isolated Valka in the animated sequel. At a press conference held earlier in the day, Blanchett said the film has “an enormous amount of humour but also an incredible amount of heart”. She also revealed she lets her children play with her Academy Awards before school — if they’re good.

CJ strikes sale for Buyers come crawling for Main Street to A Girl At My Door Jake Gyllenhaal crime drama spin The Turning BY LIZ SHACKLETON



Korea’s CJ Entertainment has scored an early deal on Un Certain Regard title A Girl At My Door, which has gone to French distributor Epicentre. Starring Bae Doo-na (Cloud Atlas), July Jung’s directorial debut is produced by Lee Changdong (Poetry). Produced by Lee’s Pine House Film and Now Films, it also stars Kim Sae-ron and Song Sae-byuk. This film receives its world premiere in Un Certain Regard on Monday. » See Screen’s interview with July Jung on page 34.

The Weinstein Company, Focus Features, Open Road and A24 were among a small pack of buyers understood to be chasing US rights to Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Nightcrawler on Friday evening. According to sources, Fox Searchlight was also circling. Bids were in the $4m region for Bold Films’ story of a man who discovers the nocturnal world of Los Angeles freelance crime journalism. CAA and WME Global jointly represent US rights and Sierra/Affinity handles international sales.

Main Street Films has struck a US deal for The Turning with LevelK. The Australian box-office hit, an adaptation of Tim Winton’s book, includes segments by directors such as Mia Wasikowska, David Wenham and Justin Kurzel. The cast includes Cate Blanchett and Rose Byrne. The film has also sold to Russia/ CIS (Russian Report), Benelux (Filmfreak), Turkey (Bir), China (JY) and airlines (CineSky). Madman released in Australia. Robert Connolly and Maggie Miles

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In addition, XLrator Media has acquired US rights from eOne Séville International to comedic thriller The Mule. Phase 4 Films has acquired North America on drama Fort Bliss, and A24 has picked up the Australian thriller Son Of A Gun, starring Ewan McGregor.

produce for Arenamedia Australia.

Dalian Wanda Group has appointed Stephen Mensch as CEO of its new film studio and media complex, Qingdao Oriental Movie Industrial Park, while Rose Kuo has been named CEO of Qingdao International Film Festival.

SPC ventures into Wild Sony Pictures Classics has pounced on Competition title Wild Tales for North America, Australia and New Zealand. The dark comedy, sold by Film Factory, premieres today.

Sundance enters Room Sundance Selects has picked up North American rights from producer Paulo Branco of Alfama Films to Mathieu Amalric’s UCR selection The Blue Room.

Lionsgate ‘trespasses’ Lionsgate has secured UK rights to heist film Trespass Against Us, starring Michael Fassbender. Protagonist is handling global sales.

Soda pops for Gallery Soda Pictures has acquired Directors’ Fortnight title National Gallery for the UK and Ireland from Doc & Film.

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Bridges span to Indie Sales Indie Sales has picked up international sales rights to omnibus Cannes title Bridges Of Sarajevo. The film marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and is showing in Special Screenings here. The collection of short films from 13 European directors, including Jean-Luc Godard and Sergei Loznitsa, is themed around Sarajevo. Indie Sales co-founder Nicolas Eschbach said: “We are thrilled to come on board this ambitious and meaningful panEuropean project.” Indie Sales’ Cannes slate also includes Jean-Pierre Améris’ Marie’s Story: From Darkness To Light, and projects in production such as Xavier Picard’s animated feature Moomins On The Riviera and Quentin Dupieux’s Reality. Vladan Petkovic

Ezekiel boards Doueiri’s L’Insulte By Melanie Goodfellow

Ezekiel Film Productions, a new film finance body set up by Lebanese financier Antoun Sehnaoui in association with French actress and producer Julie Gayet, has boarded compatriot film-maker Ziad Doueiri’s next film, L’Insulte. Doueiri’s latest film after his award-winning The Attack is leadproduced by Jean Bréhat and

Rachid Bouchareb’s Paris-based 3B Productions. It marks the third film to receive support from Ezekiel Film Productions, after Olivier Assayas’ Competition film Clouds Of Sils Maria and Dyana Gaye’s Under The Starry Sky. Sehnaoui created Ezekiel 12 months ago, spurred by a meeting with Gayet and their shared

“It’s not a gap-financing fund,” explained Gayet. “It’s a fund that can be there from the beginning with a guarantee of equity if a producer is struggling to close the budget… it allows producers to launch their projects. We’re helping out with [the] editorial line, consulting on which projects to select and what kind of finance they need.”

Well Go strikes with Ip Man 3 and Z-Storm By Liz Shackleton

Well Go USA has snapped up North America and a slew of other territories on Pegasus Motion Pictures’ Ip Man 3, an ambitious 3D instalment in the biopic action franchise starring Donnie Yen. Well Go has also bought France, Germany, UK, Benelux, Nordic territories and Latin America on the $36m film, which

reunites Yen with producer Raymond Wong, director Wilson Yip and writer Edmond Wong. Production is scheduled to start in early 2015. “This film focuses on the master-student relationship between Ip Man and Bruce Lee,” said Edmond Wong. “It also portrays Ip Man at a stage when he is searching for the real meaning in life.”

Garcia’s Jesuit hits the warpath By Jeremy Kay

Prolific Mexican producer and financier Alex Garcia is shopping rights in Cannes to revenge saga The Jesuit, based on a screenplay by Paul Schrader. Paz Vega, Jose Maria Yazpik, Shannyn Sossamon and Tim Roth star in the film, which recently wrapped a 14-week shoot in Mexico and California. Alfonso Pineda Ulloa directs the story of The Jesuit, a newly

desire to foster co-operation between private investors and artists to create fresh projects. Gayet and long-time producing partner Nadia Turincev, who produce under the Rouge International banner, do not have a formal agreement with Ezekiel, but they have been serving as consultants on the projects in which the fund invests.

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released mobster who goes on a rampage when his ex-wife’s current husband murders her and kidnaps The Jesuit’s son.

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Jay Cohen of The Gersh Agency represents US rights, and depending on the deal, Garcia’s LatAm Pictures might hold on to select Latin American rights to the Itaca Films, BN Films and AG Studios production. Santiago Garcia Galvan and Jose Martinez Jr join Garcia as producers, while the key cast is rounded out by Neal McDonough, Tommy Flanagan, Karla Souza and Ron Perlman.

Well Go has also acquired North American rights to Pegasus Motion Pictures’ Z-Storm, a crime thriller about an anti-corruption investigation, starring Louis Koo and Gordon Lam. Meanwhile, Korea’s Daou Tech has also acquired both Ip Man 3 and Z-Storm. The two features have also both gone to Taiwan’s Sky Films.


Elevation acquires Young Ones By Jeremy Kay

Fledgling Canadian distributor Elevation has acquired rights from 6 Sales and The Exchange to Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones. Potemkine Films took rights for France and Signature will distribute in the UK. Screen Media previously acquired US rights. Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning and Kodi Smit-McPhee star. “We are excited to be involved with this film, this great director, stellar cast and

engaging storyline,” said Elevation’s Laurie May and Noah Segal. Michael Auret and Tristan Orpen Lynch produced. Exec producers are Daniel Wagner, Robert Ogden Barnum, Marina Fuentes Arredonda, James Atherton, Peter Garde, Nathan Johnson, Brian O’Shea, Tara Moross and Jan Pace. Subotica, Spier Films and Saint Shadow financed Young Ones in association with BiFrost Pictures, Quickfire Films, 6 Sales and The Exchange.

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Reel Suspects enjoys its genre Angst By Melanie Goodfellow

French genre specialist Reel Suspects has been racking up sales of titles on its slate. It has sold horror trilogy German Angst to Alamode Film/ Pierrot Le Fou for German-speaking Europe. The portmanteau film combines the work of three horror directors: Jörg Buttgereit (Nekromantik), Andreas Marschall (Tears Of Kali) and Michal Kosakowski (Zero Killed). Craig Goodwill’s Patch Town, which premiered at Palm Springs this year, has been picked up by Kino Lorber for the US and Raven Banner for Canada. The award-winning comedic fairytale revolves around an abandoned child who dreams of being reunited with his adopted mother after he is left in a cabbage patch. Silvio Nacucchi’s Beyond Love, which was launched at Berlin, has been sold to Optimale for France and Ariztical for the US.

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Welcome premieres but VoD release hits a nerve By Melanie Goodfellow

Abel Ferrara’s Welcome To New York is to have its world premiere in Cannes today, and it could be the first and last time the film appears on a big screen in France. Starring Gérard Depardieu in a role inspired by the fall of former IMF chief Dominique StraussKahn, the film is one of the most anticipated of the year and screens to both industry and the public today. However, Wild Bunch has opted to release the film via VoD tonight. It will also be given a dayand-date release in a number of European territories at the same

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time, via its other distributors. France’s strict media window laws stipulate a four-month window between a cinema and VoD release. The VoD release is proving nearly as controversial as the film itself and Wild Bunch has joined a growing call in the French film industry for a soften-

By Ian Sandwell

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) has acquired UK rights to horror film The Last Showing from The Philm Company and SC Films. Written and directed by Phil Hawkins, the plot centres on a projectionist who traps a young couple inside a cinema and creates his own horror film using CCTV cameras. It stars horror icon Robert Englund, alongside Game Of Thrones’ Finn Jones, Emily Berrington (24: Live Another Day), Keith Allen and former Screen International Star of Tomorrow Malachi Kirby. The deal was announced by Richard Benson, SPHE UK marketing director.

Golden Network ties up 3D puppet adventure Golden Network Asia has picked up international rights to Taiwanese 3D puppet animation The Arti: The Adventure Begins, which Warner Bros will release in Taiwan next Chinese New Year. In post-production, the $10m fantasy adventure is produced by Pili International Multimedia and Puppetmotion Entertainment, with backing from Taiwanese retail

chains FamilyMart and 7-Eleven. Pili is the creator of Taiwan’s iconic Pili puppet theatre show, which is broadcast as a top-rating TV series and sells 400,000 units on DVD a month. Pili’s Chris Huang directed the film, while his brother Vincent Huang produced. In the film version, the son and daughter of a family accused of treason are forced to cross the

By Andreas Wiseman

UK sales outfit Kaleidoscope has boarded international rights to US horror Antibirth, set to star Chloe Sevigny and Orange Is The New Black actress Natasha Lyonne. In pre-production and set for a shoot this August, the film centres on a stoner living in a barren desert community who appears to fall pregnant as rumours of aliens begin to spread. Executive producer on the horror title is Jeff Rice (Lone Survivor, End Of Watch). The deal was signed by Kaleidoscope director of international sales and acquisitions Caroline Stern with Traverse Media’s Cole Payne, who is also producing. Payne said: “Writer and director Danny Perez is a special filmmaker the industry should watch. His vision for the film truly reminds me of Cronenberg’s The Fly.”

ing of the laws, for certain pictures that may not get a wide release. “We’re not asking that all films come out in the theatres and on VoD simultaneously,” said Wild Bunch co-chief Brahim Chioua. Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval told a French newspaper last weekend that French exhibitor UGC was putting pressure on cinemas in Belgium not to support a simultaneous release. In response to the allegation, UGC director general Alain Sussfeld said: “The minute a work does not give priority to the cinema theatre, we will not guarantee its diffusion in any territory.”

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desert with their wooden robot, pursued by a jealous prince with designs to construct a robot army. Co-produced by China’s Toonmax and Zhujiang Film, the film will also receive a wide release in mainland China next year. “We’ve filmed in stereoscopic 3D and used cutting-edge VFX technology to create an original experience and a completely new genre,” explained Puppetmotion general manager Ryan Fu. Chinese puppet theatre originated in south China, but moved to Taiwan where the puppets became bigger and costumes and sets more elaborate. The puppets are more than a metre tall and are manipulated from below by skilled puppet masters. Liz Shackleton

Speleers howls for Metrodome horror flick By Andreas Wiseman

Downton Abbey star Ed Speleers and Shauna Macdonald (Filth) have joined the cast of Paul Hyett’s upcoming horror, Howl, which is being shopped in Cannes by fledgling UK sales outfit Metrodome International. The creature horror, which

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begins shooting on May 27, tells the story of a midnight train that is attacked by a pack of werewolves, forcing a shy ticket inspector to unleash his inner beast and lead his passengers to survive the night. Metrodome sold the film in Cannes to Shooting Stars for the Middle East.

Director Hyett is known for his VFX work on The Woman In Black and The Descent. Producers are Ed King and Martin Gentles for Starchild Productions. Lee Brazier (AV Pictures) is executive producer. Writers are Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler.

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Freeman joins Cargo project By Jeremy Kay

Morgan Freeman will star in The Mark Gordon Company and Revelations Entertainment’s Beautiful Jim Key, which Cargo Entertainment is shopping in Cannes. Cargo is financing with Two Ton Films. CAA, which represents Revelations and Freeman, packaged the project and represents US rights with The Gersh Agency. Beautiful Jim Key is based on the true story of showman Dr William Key, who overcame racism and turned his trained horse into a national sensation. Screenwriter Robert Rodat makes his directorial debut and worked with Mark Gordon on The Patriot and Saving Private Ryan. Production starts in early 2015. Gordon produces with Revelations’ Lori McCreary, Cargo’s Marina Grasic and Rogers Hartmann. Two Ton’s Clay Pecorin and Russell Geyser and Michele Wolkoff are executive producers.

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HitchcockTruffaut doc rears its head A documentary based around the famous interviews between filmmakers Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut is in the works. Cohen Media Group, Artline Films and ARTE are backing the French-US feature doc, which will be directed by Kent Jones and launches today in a reception at the Unifrance Pavilion. “It is going to be a film about film-making,” Jones told Screen. “It is about the practice of filmmaking as a translation of emotion into images.” The film will include footage from the 27 hours of interviews between Hitchcock and Truffaut, as well as new interviews with directors such as Martin Scorsese and Arnaud Desplechin, who will reflect on themes raised by the late film-makers. Geoffrey Macnab

Iron Sky sequel in release shift By Geoffrey Macnab

Iron Sky producer Tero Kaukomaa has revealed further details of the film’s upcoming sequel, including plans for a day-and-date release. Iron Sky: The Coming Race is the $10m sequel to the Nazis-onthe-moon genre movie. Director Timo Vuorensola will return as well as original cast members Udo Kier, Julia Dietze and Stephanie Paul.

Speaking to Screen, Kaukomaa conceded the distribution strategy for Iron Sky’s release in 2012 was flawed and that a failure to co-ordinate its international rollout made the film vulnerable to piracy. The aim is to ensure the release of the sequel is day-and-date, and distributors will be obliged to commit to the release schedule that the producers devise.

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Iron Sky: The Coming Race is due to be shot in Babelsberg Studios, with a large part of the postproduction carried out in

Germany. The German co-producer is 27 Films Production, and the film-makers have already received development support from Finnish Film Foundation a n d Me d i e n b o a rd B e r l i nBrandenburg. The plan is to shoot and release the film in 2015. A third part of the series is being planned as a prequel, and a special promo has already been shot.

Wavelength snaps up Jane Bown By Michael Rosser

Wavelength Pictures has secured international sales rights to Looking For Light: Jane Bown, a documentary profile of photographer Jane Bown. Now in her late eighties, Bown had a 60-year career, mostly working for The Observer newspaper, and snapped portraits of icons from Mick Jagger to Queen Eliza-

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beth II. Wavelength’s acquisition follows the film’s UK cinema release in April through Soda Pictures. It is currently under consideration by a number of leading international film festivals. The deal was agreed between Wavelength Pictures managing director John Flahive and producer Janine Marmot of Hot Property Films.

Bille August climbs 55 Steps By Geoffrey Macnab

Double Palme d’Or winner Bille August has revealed further details of his upcoming projects. August, whose new feature, Silent Heart, is sold in the Marché by LevelK, told Screen he is to begin production on 55 Steps, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Vera Farmiga, this October. The film, on Atlas International’s slate, is the true story of a lawyer

(Farmiga) defending a schizophrenic patient (Bonham Carter). “These two characters are completely opposite. It’s like a yin-and-yang story, but they develop a beautiful friendship,” said the director. John Goodman is also attached. The US producer is Sara Risher and the European producer is Anita Elsani. August is also planning an adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s

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book Beware Of Pity, backed by Senator Film. “We’ve finished the script and we’re just starting to cast the film. The idea is to shoot next spring,” said the Danish film-maker. August recently completed drama Silent Heart, in which a terminally ill woman assembles three generations of her family for one final weekend. LevelK is screening footage at the Marché.

Spotlight Pictures has secured international rights to Christian Camargo’s unrequited-love story Days And Nights, starring Jean Reno and Katie Holmes. Carlos Rincon brokered the deal on behalf of Spotlight with ICM Partners. Jeremy Kay

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Indomina back with Pantelion By Jeremy Kay

Indomina Media International and Pantelion Films have teamed for the second time after 2012’s Filly Brown to co-finance and distribute internationally a group of predominantly Spanish-language films. The multi-title deal provides for Indomina’s Dominican-based production branch to finance up to four films a year with wide commercial appeal and guaranteed international distribution. Pantelion, the joint venture between Lionsgate and Grupo Televisa, recently launched an international sales division, and will acquire worldwide distribution rights to all the films. It will distribute in the US while Videocine, Televisa’s film arm, will handle Mexico. Financing comes through Indo­ mina’s new fund designed to develop and produce Dominican films targeted at international audiences. The fund’s advisory board includes Dominican director-producer Juan Basanta and WME Global’s Alexis Garcia. Two projects in production are Complices, about a philanderer who takes his heartbroken nephew on a sexy beach vacation; and the remake of Dominican romcom Quien Manda?, about a womaniser who meets his match. Zoe and Cicely Saldana produce through Cinestar Productions and Marco Films.

Autlook peaks for Symphony Of Summits By Geoffrey Macnab

Buyers are descending on A Symphony Of Summits — The Alps From Above, being sold in Cannes by Autlook. Following box-office success in Germany and Austria, Autlook has closed multiple deals ahead of this weekend’s Marché screening with Wild Bunch (Benelux), New Select (Japan) and KinoSmith (Canada). The film is made up of razorsharp aerial close-ups and panoramic images shot throughout the Alps. It is directed by Peter Bardehle and Sebastian Lindemann, and produced by Andrea Mokosch for Vidicom.

Indonesian film festival and market to launch By Liz Shackleton

Indonesia is launching a film festival and market, Equator Film Expo (EFX), which aims to support the burgeoning local film industry and promote the country as a shooting destination. The first edition is scheduled to take place March 27-30, 2015. It will feature an international film festival; a film market focusing on co-productions; a locations showcase and a technology trade show; along with a conference series and networking events.

EFX, which has private backing for its first edition, will also feature a competition section for films from emerging nations. “Indonesia has the fourth-largest population in the world but has very little soft power, so our goal is to build up this industry and give Indonesia a voice,” said Guillaume Catala, who co-founded the event with Tedy Tricahyono. The organisers are collaborating with the newly established Indonesian Film Council (BPI), founded by the government to

Cannes Marché is partnering with Blood Window, the Latin American Fantastic Film Market, on a series of midnight gala market screenings. The films, screening at Star 1, are Gabriel Grieco’s Still Life from Argentina (screened last night, presented by Blood Window); The Incident by Isaac Ezban from Mexico (tonight, presented by Austin Fantastic Fest); Fallen Cape by Santiago Alvarado from Spain (Sunday, presented by Sitges); Darkness By Day by Martin Desalvo from Argentina (Monday, presented by Puchon); and The House At The End Of Time by Alejandro Hidalgo from Venezuela (Tuesday, presented by Frontieres). Wendy Mitchell

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Park takes Petroleum Park Entertainment, the Londonbased sales and distribution company, has acquired international sales rights to the coming-of-age road-trip title Petroleum Spirit. Written and directed by Rob Sanders, the film blends fantasy and reality as told from the twisted world view of a teenager, who hits the road in search of his father. Currently shooting in the UK, it stars Alexandra Weaver, Dave Legeno, Ian Virgo and Jared ElisTomas. Evangelo Kioussis is producing. Simon Alexander is executive producer. Michael Rosser

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consolidate its film-related acti­ vities. In addition to organising film festivals and promoting Indonesian films and locations at overseas events, the new body is developing a three-year strategic plan to develop the local film industry. “The Indonesian film industry has been growing, with some films achieving more than 4 million admissions, but the next step is to establish the foreign market for Indonesian films,” said BPI commissioner Edwin Nazir.

Media Asia closes raft of deals By Liz Shackleton

Hong Kong’s Media Asia has sold Johnnie To’s romantic comedy Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 to Magnum Films for North America. Magnum also picked up two other Media Asia titles as part of a package — To’s Romancing In Thin Air and Gary Mak’s SDU: Sex Duties Unit. Media Asia has also sold animated feature Monkey King Reloaded to Turkey’s Saran Media and Burma’s Golden Yellow Tree, which also acquired action thriller Helios. Media Asia has also received several offers from Korea for Helios, which stars a pan-Asian cast including Jacky Cheung, Nick Cheung and Korea’s Ji Jin-hee and

Day of the Dryads Norway’s Producer on the Move Teréz Hollo-Klausen has confirmed that feature Dryads (working title), inspired by the 1990s cult Norwegian band, will shoot next month. The film will star True Blood’s Allan Hyde and rising actress Alba August, daughter of filmmakers Bille and Pernilla August. Dryads marks director Sten Hellevig’s feature debut, who co-scripted with US writer Randall Jahnson, whose credits include Oliver Stone’s The Doors. It is being produced through Hollo-Klausen’s Anna Kron Film and Hellevig’s The King Of Popcorn. The project has been put together as a Norway-US co-production, and is being made with the support of the original Dryads. Set in the present day, it will feature original music. Hollo-Klausen is looking to appoint a sales agent. Geoffrey Macnab

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Broad Green embarks on 10,000 KM By Jeremy Kay

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Choi Si-won, and expects to close a deal during Cannes. Media Asia has also sold a package of four titles to Taiwan’s Kbro Media: Helios, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2, Malaysian horror In The Dark and action title Urban Games. In The Dark and Urban Games also went to both South Korea (With Lion) and Myanmar (Media Culture).

Broad Green Pictures (BGP) has acquired US distribution and international sales rights from Visit Films to Carlos MarquesMarcet’s 10,000 KM. BGP has re-engaged Visit to present the title to international distributors in Cannes. 10,000 KM centres on two lovers who try to cling on to their relationship when one travels far away for a work opportunity. Natalia Tena and David Ver­ daguer star in the Lastor Media feature, which was produced in association with La Panda in Barcelona.


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Making the cut Un Certain Regard entry Snow In Paradise, Andrew Hulme’s directorial debut, is a UK film made without any support from UK broadcasters or public funders. “None of them were interested, if they even took a meeting,” the film-maker notes of the indifference with which the project was treated on home ground. Hulme and his producer Christine Alderson of Ipso Facto turned to European backers instead, presenting Snow In Paradise in Rotterdam’s co-production market, CineMart, in 2012. The pair eventually attracted a prestigious German sales agent — The Match Factory — a French distributor — Wild Side — a German partner in Millbrook Pictures and support from financiers Backup Media. The team also launched a Kickstarter campaign.

The New York groove Abel Ferrara’s Welcome To New York may not be in Official Selection — rumours suggest this is due to political pressure on the festival — but it will premiere here in Cannes today. After months of controversy the picture, starring Gérard Depardieu in a role inspired by IMF chief Dominique StraussKahn, will premiere at the Star theatre 1 and 2. Melanie Goodfellow

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The film is loosely inspired by the experiences of its co-writer Martin Askew. It is about Dave (played by newcomer Frederick Schmidt), a young petty criminal from London’s East End who turns to Islam after the violent death of his best friend. Becoming a Muslim helps him to control and channel his anger. Hulme comes to directing having established himself as one of the UK’s top film editors. His credits include Control, The Girl, Red Riding 1974, The American and Lucky Number Slevin. “I guess I’ve seen a lot of dirty washing,” Hulme jokes of how his experience as an editor prepared him for directing. “I’ve seen a lot of mistakes made and have been thinking about what I would do in that situation. I’ve also seen, and helped to make, successful films.”

Hulme cites working on Anton Corbijn’s feature directorial debut Control as an inspirational experience. “You’ve got a very raw, fresh talent in Sam Riley and there’s something about this that clicked in my mind. It’s an interesting route to take, casting someone who has never done it before.” From his experience editing Red Riding 1974, featuring a young Andrew Garfield, Hulme also felt he had an instinct for faces that audiences like to watch. “I’ve watched a lot of rushes when I can tell I want to watch somebody for a long time.” Hulme saw Schmidt as an actor in a similar mould to Garfield. The newcomer certainly won the lead role in Snow In Paradise in unlikely circumstances. By chance, Schmidt — then working as an art technician — was spotted having a cigarette on the street in Hoxton, London. He had just had an argument with his boss and was in a terrible mood — but agreed to come along for the open audition. Hulme immediately realised “he had the right face, the right attitude” and the emotional range needed for the part. After winning the role, and before beginning production, Schmidt also landed a small part in David Mackenzie’s prison drama Starred Up. “We were quite pleased he went away on location for four weeks, just to get an idea of what a film set is like.” Snow In Paradise premieres in Un Certain Regard on Wednesday.

When Ciment met Campion BY WENDY MITCHELL

The venerable author and critic Michel Ciment (who features on Screen’s critics’ jury, page 80) will appear with jury president Jane Campion at 4pm today for a press conference about his new book, Jane Campion On Jane Campion. Published by Cahiers Du Cinéma, the book is launched in France today; an English-language version will be published at a later date. Her jury presidency is just a coincidence — Ciment notes that he started interviewing


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Campion nearly three decades ago about her short films; he started working on this book three years ago. Ciment tells Screen that he is interested in Campion not because she is a female director but simply because “she’s a great director, I don’t care that she’s a woman”. The book includes past interviews, hundreds of photos, some of Campion’s writings and an essay on John Keats, the subject of Bright Star; plus Holly Hunter’s recollections of working with the lauded director.

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Q&A SEBASTIANO RISO Italian director Sebastiano Riso’s debut feature Darker Than Midnight is about a gay teen living on the streets of the Sicilian city of Catania to escape a violent father who disapproves of his feminine looks. It premieres in Critics’ Week. The film is based on the true story of Davide Cordova, a performer and co-founder of the legendary Roman nightclub Muccassassina. How did the collaboration come about? We’re both Sicilians living in Rome. We met on a Rome-Sicily flight. He told me his story and it was so powerful — it had all the elements of a film. When writing the script, me, Stefano Grasso and Andrea Cedrola, we took out a lot of what happened because it was so extreme that people would have thought it was made up. Why did you focus only on Davide’s teenage years? I’m obsessed with adolescence — perhaps due to my father’s influence as a psychiatrist. Although the story is particular to Davide, there’s also something very universal about his tale. When you’re a teenager you’re forming your personality, your sexuality and your interests. It’s a fascinating stage. In fact among my favourite films are Germany Year Zero and The 400 Blows. The other important aspect of the film is Davide’s sexuality. He is very, very feminine. It was a way to discuss something not discussed much in Italy. Today to be gay in Italy is a problem. Every week,

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there are young boys who commit suicide because not conforming is a problem. Italy does not have an anti-homophobia law. Davide Capone, the young actor who plays Cordova, is amazing to look at. How was he found? We looked at 9,000 boys over two years — found on beaches, in schools, through casting calls… anywhere and everywhere. We just couldn’t find the right boy but I knew that 80% of the film’s success would rest on the performance of the main actor. I told the producer I was going to Palermo, and the second day I was there I found him in a school. He didn’t want to act. He’s into music. He loves Nina Simone and did this amazing rendition of I Put A Spell On You. He’s a true artist. How did veteran producer Claudio Saraceni get on board? He loved the script. He’s better known for comedies but was prepared to get involved in a film like this. We needed someone brave like him to help make it. Melanie Goodfellow

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J erry Ye, Beijing Wanda Cultural Industry Group, film-maker Jean-Jacques Annaud and Jerome Paillard, MarchĂŠ du Film

2 J ia Qi, China Movie Channel, and TV presenter Yang Lan 3 A  lberto Barbera, Venice Film Festival, and Geoffrey Gilmore, Tribeca Film Festival 4 Pia  Lundberg and Gunnar Almer of the Swedish Film Institute 5 J erome Paillard, MarchĂŠ du Film, Beki Probst, European Film Market, and Lissy Bellaiche, TrustNordisk 6 Opening night fireworks 7

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8 Ido  Abram, Eye Film, and Jane Williams, Dubai Entertainment & Media Organisation  rainne Humphreys, Dublin International Film 9 G Festival, and Bridget Pedgrift, Protagonist Pictures 10 P  ascal Diot, Venice film festival, and Martin Schweighofer, Austrian Film Commission 11 L  an Mainville, SSNI, and French-Chinese commissioner Marc Piton







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Those who conquer the sea will have it all Genre

Action, Adventure

Director LEE Seok-hoon (Dancing Queen, Two Faces of My Girlfriend)

KIM Nam-gil SON Ye-jin Sulli(a member of f(x)) YOO Hai-jin Release Summer 2014 Cast


The greatest fear is right under our feet Genre

Horror, Thriller


SHIN Jae-young


CHONG Kyoung-ho JUNG Yu-mi KIM Sae-ron


Summer 2014

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A cruel but dazzling action noir


Action, Drama

Director JANG Jin (Good Morning President, Righteous Ties) Cast

CHA Seung-won


June 2014

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A 24-hour-plot to kill the king



Director LEE Jae-kyoo (The King 2 Hearts (TV), Beethoven Virus (TV)) Cast

Hyun Bin JUNG Jae-young CHO Jung-seok


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» The Captive p18 » Catch Me Daddy p20 » The Blue Room p20

» Party Girl p22 » Silvered Water: Syria Self-Portrait p26 » That Lovely Girl p22 » Darker Than Midnight p26

The Captive Reviewed by Jonathan Romney Atom Egoyan makes light work of some intensely dark themes in The Captive, a complex and teasing drama that mixes paedophiles, abduction, video surveillance, enigmatic femmes fatales and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. It is a sometimes perplexing mix, but perplexity is par for the course with the Canadian auteur, whose best work has always been about playing games with perceptions and preconceptions. This quasi-thriller, narratively arranged in the mosaic style of the director’s early pieces such as Exotica and The Adjuster, is his most wholeheartedly Egoyanesque work in some time, following a run of films, most recently Devil’s Knot, in which there was not always a comfortable fit between the material and the director’s sensibility. Here, however, Egoyan is at ease both with the themes and with their handling, and is for the first time having fun with the language of the mainstream thriller. Some viewers may object on grounds of taste to such ludic — and to a degree, coolly detached — entertainment being drawn from such sombre subject matter. But then well-respected crime novelists cross that border all the time and The Captive manages to unsettle and to convey emotional tremors even while playing its games. The film’s elegance — both narrative and stylistic — and a strong cast including less familiar names Kevin Durand (suavely creepy) and up-and-comer Alexia Fast should make this Egoyan’s most

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COMPETITION Can. 2014. 113mins Director Atom Egoyan Production companies Ego Film Arts, The Film Farm International sales eOne, eOneFilmsInternational@ Producers Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss, Stephen Traynor Screenplay Atom Egoyan, David Fraser Cinematography Paul Sarossy Editor Susan Shipton Production designer Phillip Barker Music Mychael Danna Main cast Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson, Scott Speedman, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast

widely appreciated film for some time, among critics and audiences alike. The film’s first third offers us a fragmented lead-in, with Egoyan and co-writer David Fraser making it difficult to tell how the timeframes connect and how the characters relate to each other — in one scene two people meet but one remains an off-screen voice until much later. Piecing together the story, we learn that it concerns teenager Cassandra (Fast), kidnapped as a child by Mika (Durand), who has long kept her locked in a room in his house. Thanks to an elaborate system of surveillance cameras he has rigged up, Cassandra is able to see her mother Tina (Enos) at work as a hotel cleaner. The film loops back to show us the moment of her abduction years before, when she was snatched away under the nose of her father Matthew (Reynolds). Matthew alerts the police, but the investigators, headed by officer Nicole Dunlop (Dawson, nervy and authoritative) do not quite believe his story — especially in the case of Jeffrey Cornwall (Speedman), a bullish new recruit to Dunlop’s anti-paedophile task force. Later in the timeline — but early in the film — it transpires Dunlop herself has gone missing. In other words, do not expect to sit back and relax, because Egoyan expects us to do our share of the detective work. There has been no shortage of anxiety-inducing child-abduction dramas recently — from Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners to the Austrian drama Michael — and viewers may balk at a degree of over-familiarity in the premise. But as

the plot thickens and, indeed, turns somewhat baroque, it is up to us to decide whether or not we are willing to go all the way into the film’s labyrinth, strewn with real and symbolic clues that often baffle the characters themselves. Having set up a more or less realistic premise, the narrative moves into more genre-based territory, with Matthew playing manhunter, and there is even something novel for an Egoyan movie — an honest-to-God car chase. Add a mysterious bewigged woman, a druggeddrink plot device and Niagara Falls as an imposing background, and the result is a richly strange confection. The film abounds with resonances from Egoyan’s previous work, notably in its fascination with the fetishistic dimensions of video and internet technology, and with families torn apart and identities transformed by traumatic incident. Adding to this echo effect, long-term Egoyan players Arsinée Khanjian and Bruce Greenwood turn up in supporting roles, while the hard core of the director’s regular collaborators (cinematographer Paul Sarossy and editor Susan Shipton) bring the film its nervy elegance. With its more fanciful elements underpinned by solid research into paedophilia and police approaches to it, The Captive is a bold variation on genre tropes, but it demands a certain leap of faith from viewers willing to enter into the playful and perverse spirit of the game.

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Catch Me Daddy Reviewed by Allan Hunter The relentless pursuit of fugitive lovers is a time-honoured plot, but Catch Me Daddy invests the outcome with a particularly grim inevitability. This is not a film in which anything is likely to end well. The feature debut of music-promo director Daniel Wolfe, co-written with his brother Matthew, relishes walking on the wild side as it offers a bleak vision of a postindustrial Britain and of a Pakistani family in which a father’s sense of honour is more prized than life itself. It covers similar territory to Shan Khan’s recent UK theatrical release Honour, but with much more cinematic flair and dramatic credibility. There will be critical support for a film that shows some of the promise previously glimpsed in the early work of Thomas Clay or Paul Andrew Williams, but it could never be termed a crowdpleaser. The oppressive tone and the occasional burst of shocking, blood-spattered violence will render any critical approval hard to translate into a significant theatrical appeal. Catch Me Daddy begins in a manner suggesting Bruno Dumont had decided to make a film in the Yorkshire moors. Robbie Ryan’s evocative cinematography is one of the film’s true stars. There is a real feel of damp and chill, mist and mud and a silence broken only by whistling wind or the patter of rain drops on a caravan roof.

DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT UK. 2014. 107mins Director Daniel Wolfe Production company Emu Films International sales Altitude Film Sales Producers Michael Elliott, Hayley Williams Screenplay Daniel Wolfe, Matthew Wolfe Cinematography Robbie Ryan Editors Dominic Leung, Tom Lindsay Production designer Sami Khan Music Matthew Watson, Daniel Thomas Freeman Main cast Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, Conor McCarron, Gary Lewis, Wasim Zakir, Barry Nunney, Ali Ahmad

The caravan is a temporary home to BritishAsian girl Laila (newcomer Sameena Jabeen Ahmed) and her Scottish boyfriend Aaron (Conor McCarron from NEDS). There is a sense too that any moments of domestic bliss are just the calm snatched before the storm. The slategrey skies are a sign of the reckoning to come. In true Romeo And Juliet fashion, Laila has defied the will of her family and now her brother Zaheer (Ahmad) is closing in, determined to bring her home to their father Tariq (Zakir). Assistance in tracking her down is provided by gormless psycho Barry (Nunney) and his cokesniffing sidekick Tony (Lewis). Zaheer also has a

car-load of associates determined to see honour upheld and defiance punished. It is only a matter of time before they all collide. The never-ending misery is wearying and some of the tough-guy dialogue hard to catch. There are a few welcome signs of the affection and anguish felt by Zaheer and Tariq for the course of action they are following, but most of the Pakistani pursuers are little more than onedimensional thugs. The ending is also more likely to frustrate than intrigue. There are issues of tone and substance that might temper enthusiasm for Catch Me Daddy, but it still contains some real promise.

deep water — Julien, a dealer in industrial machinery who lives in the small town of SaintJustin and lives an ostensibly happy domestic life with wife Delphine (Drucker) and their young daughter. But at the start of the film, we see Julien enjoying a torrid sexual tryst in the hotel room of the title, in the company of Esther (the film’s co-writer Stéphanie Cléau), the local pharmacist, who is also married. Precisely what has happened as a result of the couple’s secret liaison is teasingly spelled out in snippets of information, and it is not until nearly an hour in that the film reveals in full the nature of the case in which Julien is caught up — and the reason he is being interrogated by local police and examining magistrate Diem (a brilliant, hawk-like Laurent Poitrenaux). We are in prime Simenon territory, and classic French thriller territory too, in the tradition of Clouzot and Chabrol (paid homage in the image of a single droplet of blood). But the film’s daring execution is more in the mode of the modernist fragmentation of Alain Resnais, weaving a complex network of close-ups (showing telling details of both symbolic and narrative import), while the sound design knits voice-overs, overheard dialogue, legal testi-

mony and unnervingly repeated lines of dialogue, to vertiginous effect. Stéphanie Cléau, plucked eyebrows making her resemble a ’40s film siren, is an unnerving, seductive presence and Amalric evokes desperation and anxiety in his inimitable way. The film is elegantly shot by Christophe Beaucarne in Academy ratio — inducing claustrophobia, as well as invoking classic cinema — and the editing is a jigsaw tour de force by Francois Gédigier. A knowingly florid retro score by Grégoire Hetzel completes a delicious package.

The Blue Room Reviewed by Jonathan Romney Indefatigable French actor Mathieu Amalric has had an odd occasional career on the other side of the camera, jumping with magpie eclecticism from theme to theme — family comedy, political media, the new burlesque scene — with hit-and-miss results. However, he scores his most accomplished directing achievement yet in The Blue Room (La Chambre Bleue), in which he also stars — a tense adaptation of a Georges Simenon novel. The film is on one hand deeply traditional — a small-town story of a crime investigation hinging on adulterous passion and bourgeois secrets. On the other hand, this is a clipped, fragmented piece of cinematic modernism, shuffling its time frames in a staccato narrative that makes for a tense, involving experience from start to finish. The criminal and sexual content — including full-frontal male and female nudity — echoes of a classic Gallic film noir tradition and a terrific lead performance from Amalric should make this a hot item for distributors and festivals alike, despite its unusually concise running time. Looking more haunted and vulnerable than ever, Amalric plays the classic bourgeois in

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UN CERTAIN REGARD Fr. 2014. 76mins Director Mathieu Amalric Production company/ sales Alfama Films, elisabeth@alfamafilms. Producer Paulo Branco Screenplay Mathieu Amalric, Stéphanie Cléau Cinematography Christophe Beaucarne Editor Francois Gédigier Production designer Christophe Offret Music Grégoire Hetzel Main cast Mathieu Amalric, Léa Drucker, Stéphanie Cléau, Laurent Poitrenaux, Serge Bozon


That Lovely Girl Reviewed by Mark Adams

Party Girl Reviewed by Mark Adams A fascinating, raw and often powerful interweaving of fact and fiction, Un Certain Regard opener Party Girl plays like a gritty soap opera at times, slowing the introduction of its lead characters and getting more engaging as the film draws on. Playing a version of herself, the vibrant Angélique Litzenburger (the real-life mother of co-director-writer Samuel Theis) is a dominant character whose conflicted personality is the beating heart of the film. Using non-professional actors and with a storyline loosely based on their own lives, the film’s neo-realist roots shine, with the film-makers noting an explicit link to Maurice Pialat and John Cassavetes, with films such as A Woman Under The Influence and Mamma Roma (stories of free-spirited, atypical women) a strong reference. The film follows Angélique, an exuberant, almost 60-year-old woman living in Lorraine near the France/ German border, who has only known the nightlife, having worked as a bar hostess in ‘cabaret clubs’ in the region. She has four grown-up children but is hardly the perfect example of motherhood, still relishing her club life with fellow dancers and hostesses. She likes to drink too much and hang out in a bar, despite the dwindling customer base. Michel (Bour), a regular client, is in love with her, and to her surprise he proposes. To her even greater surprise, she says yes. Angélique adjusts to life in the daylight and living in Michel’s ordinary house, rather than her usual life of being carried drunkenly to bed by a bouncer from the club. She struggles to adjust — and has a drunken lapse — before her children (played by real-life children Mario and Samuel Theis, and Séverine and Cynthia Litzenburger) arrive from different parts of France to help arrange the wedding and share rare quality time with her. The film originated with Angélique’s real-life wedding, and weaves in autobiographical elements such as her cabaret life, children and unique outlook. While the opening half — which details the cabaret and how she views her new domestic world — is quite intriguing, the film comes to life in the second part when her children arrive to try and support her, with the late arrival of youngest daughter Cynthia, who had been placed in a foster home, the most poignant. The family has a good relationship with Cynthia, but at the same time does not really know her. The realist style of the film is what resonates as Party Girl delves into an intimate story among a group of people — and a region — seen rarely on film.

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UN CERTAIN REGARD Fr. 2014. 95mins Directors/screenplay Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis Production company Elzévir Films International sales Pyramide International, Producers Marie Masmonteil, Denis Carot Cinematography Julien Poupard Editor Frédéric Baillehaiche Music Nicolas Weil, Sylvain Ohrel, Alexandre Lier Main cast Angélique Litzenburger, Joseph Bour, Mario Theis, Samuel Theis, Séverine Litzenburger, Cynthia Litzenburger

The unrelenting abuse that runs through Keren Yedaya’s That Lovely Girl (Loin De Mon Pere) is heartbreakingly difficult to bear — let alone watch — at times, but while this bleak and dour film is defined by its sense of unhappiness, the strong central performances make it disturbingly mesmeric as it weaves its sad tale. The film, which screens in Un Certain Regard, is simply about abuse — sexual, physical, emotional and mental, and not forgetting self-abuse in terms of self-harm — and while perhaps too dark and lacking a positive moral resolution, its powerful story is told with simple rigour and a determination to pull no punches. The film opens in relatively tantalising fashion as Tami (Turjeman), in her early twenties, spends time with the rather brutish Moshe (Grad), though initially their relationship is not clear. Soon it is evident that, while they are father and daughter, they live together in a cruel and often violent relationship from which she seems unable to free herself. Instead she is sexually subservient, given to self-harm and binge eating (followed by vomiting), and desperate to hang onto the ‘love’ he offers her. Moshe offers a brutal kind of affection — he has perfunctory sex with Tami when he wants it — and, while calling her pretty, also criticises her for putting on weight. When he brings a girlfriend back for Passover, Tami is mortified and walks out, heading for a Tel Aviv beach where she drinks with a bunch of guys and ends up having sex with several of them… again simply pliable as she seeks affection only to be abused in a matter-of-fact style. When Tami loses her purse, she is helped by Shuli (Abecassis), who takes her back to her flat, lets her sleep there and tends her self-inflicted wounds, mirroring the only bit of tender care Moshe shows. The two women start to live a low-key domestic life — cleaning and cooking, smoking dope and laughing at television programmes — with Tami’s need for affection being satisfied, though there is an underlying sense that Shuli is also taking advantage of this damaged young woman. Yedaya has adapted the story from the novel Away From His Absence by Shez, and while That Lovely Girl is consistently uncomfortable, Yedaya’s determination — and that of her actors — to never veer from its depressing and sad story is oddly admirable. Even a ‘dream sequence’ late in the film, which offers a perverse variation on ‘happiness’ for this couple, fits into the gloomy ethos of the film.

UN CERTAIN REGARD Isr-Fr-Ger. 2014. 94mins Director/screenplay Keren Yedaya Production companies Transfax, Bizibi, Riva Filmproduktion International sales Other Angle Pictures, otheranglepictures@ Producers Marek Rozenbaum, Michael Rozenbaum, Jérome Bleitrach, Emmanuel Agneray, Michael Eckelt Cinematography Laurent Brunet Editor Arik Lahv-Leibovich Main cast Maayan Turjeman, Tzahi Grad, Yael Abecassis, Tal Ben Bina


Darker Than Midnight Reviewed by Lee Marshall There’s no doubting the bravery of Davide, the androgynous 14-year-old Sicilian boy whose story forms the centrepiece of Sebastiano Riso’s debut. Based on the true early life story of a leading Italian drag queen — a connection that in this final edit is alluded to only in one blinkand-you-miss-it final credit sequence — the film charts the conflicted teen’s discovery, in downtown Catania, of a supportive alternative family of gender-flexible chancers, hustlers and performers, when he runs away from his repressive Catholic home. If only the script and direction had the same sense of purpose. In a film that doesn’t want its hero or audience to suffer too much, and goes easy even on a paedophile pimp, Darker Than Midnight (Piu Buio Di Mezzanotte) comes across as an early Gus Van Sant film, sanitised for a young teen audience. It’s also surprisingly flatline in dramatic terms, given the material. Released by Cinecitta Luce on May 15, after its Critics’ Week debut, the film will nevertheless rouse some audience interest at home in Italy, where the debate on freedom of sexual and gender expression still has some ground to cover, and will likely be stirred, rather than patronised, by Midnight’s soft-shoe approach and simplistic ‘prejudice is bad’ message. Elsewhere, this is not likely to set the pulse racing, despite the admit-

CRITICS’ WEEK It. 2014. 94mins Director Sebastiano Riso Production companies ideaCinema, Rai Cinema International sales Rai Trade, www.raitrade. com Producer Claudio Saraceni Executive producers Federico Saraceni, Jacopo Saraceni Screenplay Andrea Cedrola, Stefano Grasso, Sebastiano Riso Cinematography Piero Basso Editor Marco Spoletini Production designers Melina Ormando, Raffaella Baiani Music Michele Braga Main cast Davide Capone, Vincenzo Amato, Pippo Delbono, Micaela Ramazzotti, Giovanni Gulizia, Sebastian Gimelli Morosini

tedly striking poster image of flame-haired lead Davide Capone, who has a borderline boy-girl face that compels the attention. But looking and expressing are different things, and behind the camera, Capone’s performance lacks the spark we feel a kid who made the conscious decision to leave his family home aged 14 must have possessed. At first his passivity is interesting: there is a quiet determination behind his shy suppression of emotion, and we follow, intrigued, as the roving camera tracks Davide’s lonely exploration of a city park that takes him to a porn theatre where he runs the gauntlet of dirty old men wanting to ‘daddy’ him.

Here he meets up with La Rettore (Gulizia), a Depeche-Modish fellow androgyne who introduces Davide to his variegated group of friends — including a poor man’s Marilyn Monroe transvestite hooker (Morosini, in one of the film’s more committed performances). A gang-of-friends support network is duly formed, while flashbacks fill in Davide’s family back story, showing him to be the victim of an authoritarian father (Amato), a conformist enraged by his effeminate son’s ‘shameful’ failure to be a good, skirt-chasing Italian son, and a fragile mother: both paying lip service to the orthodoxy that, hey, in the end everyone’s a victim.

Silvered Water: Syria Self-Portrait Reviewed by Fionnuala Halligan Silvered Water: Syria Self-Portrait is a visual poem of raw pain from exiled Syrian director Ossama Mohammed; a young Kurdish woman called ‘Simav’ (‘Silvered Water’) under siege in Homs; and 1,001 images from mobile phones and cameras across the country. It is also a scream of grief. The agonising images on screen — from beatings to executions to the bodies of dead children — should not, in theory, be surprising: we know, or ought to know, what is taking place there, particularly in Homs. People have given their lives so that we should know. However the pixelated precision of their savage reality takes your breath away. Silvered Water is a modern-day Shoah: a film that should be seen — a silver bullet in the face of apathy and easy judgment. The twisted hulk of Homs, its corpses lying in the streets, its animals mutilated and its orphaned children defenceless, is a terrible sight. Footage of Vietnam changed the course of the war, and the bombed ruins of the Siege of Sarajevo prompted an international intervention. There is so much more now and yet it seems to mean

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so much less. Through Simav’s lens, Homs looks like an Armageddon in our midst. Mohammed has structured Silvered Water as an elegy as opposed to a documentary, although his ode has a tough, uncompromising edge. Exiled in France, obsessed with cinema, he comes to believe this footage being shot of the war is the beginning of a new film-making, that Syrians are reimagining film itself. He calls them “a community of dead poets”. Footage is shot at close range by captors and killers and victims alike (with varying degrees of clarity). When he is contacted by Wiam ‘Simav’ Bedirxan, a young Kurdish woman in Homs who would like to become a film-maker, they begin an exchange: “If your camera was here, what would you be filming?” she asks. The answer is death and despair. Mutilated bodies lying in blood, rain and filth, comrades risking their lives to hook their fallen back to dignity, under sniper fire, using wires and ropes. The film clearly has its genesis with the uprising, in the anti-Assad forces, but by the end Simav wonders whether “I will die in a basement at the hands of a rebel leader”. Silvered Water: Syria Self-Portrait starts out shakily, its perspective unclear and its footage

grainy. The editing grows, however, to a force: credited to Maisoun Asaad with additional editing by Dani Abo Louh and Lea Masson, it must have been a painful job to assemble. Sound editing from Raphael Girardot is nicely innovative — using natural sound but amplifying and reinforcing it in ways that work to convey chaos, confusion and fear.


Back in the saddle Kristian Levring tells Wendy Mitchell about the inspiring process of making The Salvation, a ‘Western that’s a myth about Westerns’


aking The Salvation, Denmarkborn, London-based director Kristian Levring says simply, “is a childhood dream come true... it’s like playing again, being a boy”. He grew up in Denmark watching blackand-white Westerns on Saturday afternoons — films by John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, Howard Hawks and Sergio Leone. “Why on earth do a genre that everyone says is dead?” he says of his new film, which has its world premiere as a Midnight Screening tonight. “It’s to be able to play in the playground of Leone or Ford. Of course the genre’s not dead.” Even though Levring is one of the fathers of the Dogme movement, The Salvation certainly is not a Dogme Western. “I wanted to make a classic Western; to do an arthouse Western wouldn’t make sense,” he says. It has authenticity but feels more inspired by classic films than by realities of the Wild West. “I made a Western that’s a myth about Westerns,” he says proudly, adding that fans of the genre will be able to spot about 70 references to other films. The story, co-written with Anders Thomas Jensen, follows a Danish settler (Mads Mikkelsen) in 1870s America who sets out to avenge the murder of his family and take down a corrupt gang boss (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). And Levring reports: “ Writing the script was as fun as shooting it.” The men on the set — Mikkelsen, Morgan, Mikael Persbrandt and Eric Cantona — seemed to also delve into their own childhood cowboy fantasies. “They loved all the boots and guns,” Levring reports. “One actor — I won’t say who — said, ‘now I understand why America won’t get rid of its gun laws’.” Eva Green plays a tough frontier woman who is mute after having her tongue cut out. “She had that strength,” the director says. “It was hard to play someone who can’t speak at all.” The director has worked with a lot of animals on commercials shoots, but he found

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‘Why do a genre that everyone claims is dead? It’s to be able to play in the playground of Leone or Ford’ Kristian Levring, director

The Salvation’s equine stars a challenge. Not to mention getting a diverse cast into the saddle. “They did their own riding. Some were better than others,” he adds with a laugh. The film shot on location for eight weeks in South Africa, where Levring’s team constructed their own Wild West towns (interiors and exteriors). The production also shot scenery in Montana and Utah to add more authentic vistas in post-production. The Salvation is mostly in the English language but due to its origins it has been tagged as a “Danish Western”. “The majority of people who survived in the Wild West were European immigrants,” Levring notes. “Mads’ character is Danish but he’s an American character. People like that will never go back [home]. They may have an accent but they’re all American. It’s interesting to remember these Danes were part of American history.” His past experience, including his Dogme work as well as decades of commercials, brought him to the point of The Salvation. “Your past work is always in you,” he says. “I made a decision to make a clear-cut genre movie. Once you make that decision, it guides you. You have to stay true to the genre.” Levring will again move genres with his next film, Detroit, the horror film Lars von Trier is writing for his old Dogme brother. Details are scant on the Zentropa production so far, only that it is a horror film set in the s struggling US city. ■

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Director : PARK Sang-jun Cast : LEE Min-ki, PARK Sung-woong, LEE Tae-im Genre : Crime Action The young naive man who gets recruited to the private loan ring becomes fascinated by money and power. Now he tries to be an EMPEROR of the illegal private loan ring.

Director : LEE Do-yun Cast : JI Sung, JU Ji-hoon, LEE Kwang-soo Genre : Crime Drama Three best friends become estranged each other by the unexpected tragic accident.



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Director : E J-yong Cast : GANG Dong-won, SONG Hye-kyo Genre : Human Drama The touching story of the youngest parents and oldest child in the world.

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Director : CHOI Ho Cast : LEE Jeong-jae, SHIN Ha-kyun, BoA Genre : Fighting Action A star MMA fighter who gets selected as a new chess piece of an illegal gambling game must fight to save his brother.


No Tears For The Dead (see overleaf)

Buzz titles Korea With three titles selected across the festival, Korea also has a host of new projects in the Market. Jean Noh profiles some of the best


oming on the back of 2013’s record high of $1.75bn (WON1.88tr), South Korea’s box office started off softly this year, up 0.5% in the first quarter year on year at $396.6m (WON408.5bn). Meanwhile, admissions were down from 55.44 million to 54.56 million according to the Korean Film Council. Local film market share also dropped from 69.4% to 59.1%, reflecting a lack of big local hits and the success of foreign films such as Frozen, which became the first animation to record more than 10 million admissions in Korea. US films took 44.5% of the market while European films took 4.2%, Japanese films 1.4% and the remainder less than 1% in total, marking a polarisation between local and US films. With the nation still reeling from the Sewol ferry disaster, Korean film-maker Ryoo Seung-wan noted that films “can help heal the grief ”. In that sense, Koreans might be coming to Cannes a bit more subdued but all the more willing to take part in the sharing of cinema. Korea has three films making their world premieres at Cannes 2014: A Girl At My Door, The Target and A Hard Day. Additionally Korean sales companies are bringing a host of debuts to the Market, spanning dramas, crime thrillers, action adventure, high-school romance s and horror. ■

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MARKET Big Match Dir Choi Ho This action film from Go Go 70s and Bloody Tie director Choi stars Lee Jeongjae (The Thieves, New World), Shin Hakyun (Thirst, Sympathy For Lady

Vengeance) and K-pop star BoA (Make Your Move). A Korean UFC champion framed for murder and hunted by the police is forced to fight in an underground gambling ring’s matches to save his brother. In post-production, the $8.5m film is due out in the autumn.

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Dir July Jung Jung’s debut feature was produced by Lee Chang-dong’s Pine House Film and stars Bae Doo-na (Air Doll) as police chief Young-nam, who is transferred to a small seaside town. She befriends a local girl, played by Kim Sae-ron (The Man From Nowhere), whose father is abusing her. But things change when Young-nam’s lover pays a visit. Contact CJ Entertainment

A Hard Day Directors’ Fortnight

Dir Kim Seong-hun Kim (How The Lack Of Love Affects Two Men) pitches corrupt cops Lee Sun-

Dir Ha Jung-woo

kyun (All About My Wife) and Cho Jinwoong (Hwayi: A Monster Boy) against each other in a war of wits and violence in this intense but periodically funny thriller.

Star of The Chaser and The Berlin File, Ha is directing and playing the lead in this film based on internationally acclaimed Chinese writer Yu Hua’s best-selling novel. The film is set in 1950s Korea and tells the story of a man who sells his blood over the years in a draining effort to improve the life of his family. Budgeted at $5.5m, Next Entertainment World (N.E.W.) is investing in and distributing the film. Produced by Dhuta and Dasepo Club, it started shooting this month.

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The Target

Fashion King

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Dir Oh Ki-hwan

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A Girl At My Door

Chronicle Of A Blood Merchant

Dir Chang A remake of French action thriller Point Blank, The Target was edited for a 15-and-over rating in Korea but the original version will screen for the first time in Cannes. Starring Ryu Seungryong, Lee Jin-uk and Yu Jun-sang, the film follows an ex-mercenary who is mixed up in a murder. Contact CJ Entertainment

Based on the hugely popular web comic of the same title and from the director of hit Korea-China co-production A Wedding Invitation, this romantic comedy is about a teenage boy who goes from fashion zero to fashion hero in order to win the heart of the prettiest girl in school. Joo Won (TV’s Good Doctor) stars with Park Se-young (TV’s School) as his love interest. K-pop group f(x) member Sulli features as a girl who has a crush on the fashion king while Ahn Jae-hyun from »


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TV’s My Love From The Star plays his rival. Backed by N.E.W., Fashion King is currently in production and set for a local release this autumn. Contact Finecut

Mourning Grave Dir Oh In-Chun This mystery horror film stars Kang Haneul (TV’s The Heirs), Kim So-eun (TV’s Boys Over Flowers) and Kim Jung-tae (Miracle In Cell No. 7, Mr Go). It is produced by JupiterFilm, which had a hit in 2013 with The Face Reader. A tormented psychic boy moves back to his home town where a gang of bullies picks on weaker students. His only consolation is a mysterious ghost girl who he befriends. When the gang members are attacked by a gruesome masked girl, he learns of a bullied student who killed herself and looks into the deadly case. Currently in post-production, the film is due for a summer release.

Kang Dong-won (Secret Reunion, Woochi) and Song Hye-kyo (The Grandmaster) as the young parents of a 17-yearold boy with a terminal disease that causes premature ageing. Currently in production, the film is due for an autumn release in Korea.

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My Brilliant Life

No Tears For The Dead

Dir E J-yong

Dir Lee Jeong-beom

From the director of The Actresses and Untold Scandal, My Brilliant Life is produced by Zip Cinema (Cold Eyes, All About My Wife). Based on a bestselling novel, the film stars

Lee, who scored a hit with The Man From Nowhere, returns with this action thriller about a hitman who, traumatised after accidentally killing a young girl, goes rogue when he is given the order to kill her mother. Jang Dong-gun from Dangerous Liaisons and My Way stars in the film, which is due out this summer.

Mourning Grave

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The Pirates Dir Lee Seok-hoon Period action adventure The Pirates stars Kim Nam-gil (TV’s Bad Guy) as a bandit who, while hunting a whale with a substantial reward on its head, runs into a female pirate captain played by Son Ye-jin (My Wife (Left) Fashion King

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The Pirates

Got Married). Lee’s credits include the hit Dancing Queen. The film is due out this summer. Contact Lotte Entertainment

Whistle Blower Dir Yim Soon-rye This suspense drama is based on a reallife scandal surrounding fraudulent stem-cell research that shook Korea.

Starring Park Hae-il (War Of The Arrows), Lee Kyoung-young (National Security) and Yoo Yeon-seok (A Werewolf Boy), the film follows a TV producer who gets an anonymous call about the truth behind a renowned scientist’s supposed discovery. Currently in post-production, the film is looking at an August or September holiday release locally. Yim’s credits include Forever The Moment. Contact M-Line Distribution s ■

interview July JUng

rible way, when in fact it just had a different way of thinking. So that’s how I came up with the girl Dohee and our story. How did Lee Chang-dong come to produce your film and what influence did he have? JJ My school, the Korea National University of Arts, had an industry-university collaboration with CJ [CJ E&M] where it selected five treatments to be in a workshop with Lee Chang-dong as the mentor. Five of us developed our projects with Mr Lee, meeting all together once every two weeks. At the end of it, they selected one project to be produced by CJ. It wasn’t mine. But Mr Lee suggested that his company, Pine House, produce my film. He was helpful every step of the way and encouraged the cast and crew on location. He told me about how he’d directed his films and how to get the outcome you want. July Jung on set

Who’s that girl? July Jung talks to Jean Noh about Un Certain Regard selection A Girl At My Door, including its inspiration and how Lee Chang-dong came to produce


orean director July Jung is making her feature debut in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard with the world premiere of A Girl At My Door. Produced by Poetry director Lee Chang-dong and starring Bae Doo-na from Air Doll and The Host as a police chief exiled to a seaside town, the film has Cannes regulars on board as well as young Kim Sae-ron, from hit thriller The Man From Nowhere, playing an abused local girl, and Song Sae-byuk (Sector 7) as the chief ’s visiting lover.

A Girl At My Door

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How did this project get started? July Jung The idea for the script came from a story I heard somewhere about a cat whose owner loved it a lot, but then got a new cat and stopped loving it. One day, the owner is about to put on their shoes to go to work and is shocked to find a dead mouse inside one. The owner thinks the cat is taking revenge and is frightened. So they give the cat a beating and expect it to have learned its lesson. But the next day, they find a bloody skinned mouse in the shoe. Actually, the unloved cat was trying to give its owner a tasty meal. When it got the beating, the cat thought, “Oh, my owner can’t eat the skin like I do,” and took it off for them the next day. That story stayed with me for a long time. I thought about what it’d be like if it were a child thought to be taking revenge in a hor-

What was the shoot like? JJ We shot from September 8 to November 1, 2013. The main background is a seaside town, so we went to places like Sooncheon and Geumho-do. Moving around to faraway locations was hard, but the biggest restriction was that it is set in the middle of summer and we had limited time to capture the season. We had nothing but a script and belief about how we could get that onto the screen. I’m so thankful to the cast and crew for their trust and the consensus about how to do better to get the film made. How did you cast the film? JJ This was my first feature and it is lowbudget, but I was still looking for the best actors for each character. I saw Bae Doo-na in a recent film and as soon as I saw her first scene, I thought, “Ah, she’s the one!” The film was Ko-ri-a [As One], but it wasn’t because of the table tennis. It was because she looked so different from the image of ‘Bae Doo-na the actress’. She was shooting in London at the time and they told me when they e-mailed her the script. Exactly three hours after that, I was told she’d do it. For the role of young Dohee, I wasn’t in a position to write with a particular actress in mind, but Kim Sae-ron was the first I thought of after I finished the script. As for Song Sae-byuk, there aren’t a lot of actors his age who can manage perfect Jeollado dialect and the role isn’t one of a charming bad guy. I needed an actor who’d look at the whole film and think about the meaning. He was even better than I expected in bringing the character to life. What are your goals as a film-maker? JJ I want to be able to make my next film if at all possible and to keep working steadily. There are some directors who take one thing and dig deep into it, but I think I’m more the kind that will keep changing. I hope I’ll be s able to get better as I change. n


The Target

Hitting The Target Korean director Chang tells Jean Noh about remaking French action thriller Point Blank as The Target, screening here as a Cannes Midnight selection


irector Chang is bringing The Target, a Korean remake of French action thriller Point Blank, to Cannes’ out of competition Midnight Screenings. Although released in Korea on April 30, the film was edited for a 15-andover rating and Cannes will have the world premiere of the uncensored cut. The film stars Ryu Seung-ryong from the hit Miracle In Cell No. 7 as a former mercenary who is framed for a murder. Wounded, he is helped by a medical resident at the hospital played by Lee Jin-uk (Miss Granny) whose pregnant wife is subsequently kidnapped . Yu Jun-sang (Fists Of Legend) features as one of the men after them in this 36-hour chase.

How did this project get started? Chang The head of Yong Film had bought the remake rights to the French film Point Blank. I’d seen the film without knowing this, but I liked the speed and how it had a wellwoven, clean finish. They offered me an adapted script and I started working with that. Originally, I directed music videos and commercials, but making films was always my dream. By chance, I was able to direct Death Bell and that was the start of my filmmaking life. The Target is my second film. There’s something about film-making that is addictive. Once you’re taken in by its seduction, you can’t get over it.

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How is it different from the French original? Chang I wanted to take all the good things about Point Blank, but remake it with a completely different sensibility. Korea has a family-centred system where person-to-person relationships are very much about affection and attachments. I wanted to use that to make a Korean film, to have that melt into the original French Point Blank to become what The Target is.

‘Action films take a tremendous amount of energy. It’s tough for the actors and the crew’ Chang, director

What did you have to change to get the 15-and-over rating? Chang The level of violence was an issue, and also concerns about the risk of copycat crimes. We originally showed the process in which the main character builds a bomb using ordinary products like bleach and laundry detergent that you can find in real life. The ending is also slightly different. In the Korean version, it’s a nice, warm ending with an epilogue four years after the case is solved, but the villain doesn’t get punished. In the original version, the evil one drinks poison mixed in water and dies. There was the concern that there would be copycats. It’s strange because the level of violence was not that high. So is the Cannes version the director’s cut? Chang I wouldn’t call it the director’s cut — that will come later. The version we’re screening in Cannes is the uncensored cut, the one

we originally submitted to the media ratings board that got a teenager-restricted rating. How did you cast the film? Chang Ryu Seung-ryong had already enjoyed seeing the original and he was on board when I agreed to direct. He and I have known each other for a long time and worked together on a music video, too, so I knew we would share a synergy effect. The other actors I contemplated carefully. I didn’t want to be too focused on action. I think people’s gazes, the look in their eyes, are very important. What was the shoot like? Chang We had 45 or 46 shooting days from October to January, mostly in and around Seoul. Action films take a tremendous amount of energy; it’s tough for the actors and the crew. We were shooting in such cold weather, too. I remember a particularly cold day when we were making it rain. Ryu Seung-ryong was drenched and I wanted to capture him trembling with the cold but he wasn’t. I knew that if I asked him to do it on purpose it would be awkward, so we just kept shooting until he trembled. Sometimes, to shoot reasonably, you have to give the actors a hard time and it can’t be helped. We hardly shot any scenes that were not used. We went in with accurate storyboards for what we needed, although s there was room for manoeuvre. ■

interview Kim Seong-hun

Cop to it Kim Seong-hun talks to Jean Noh about Directors’ Fortnight premiere A Hard Day, a thriller about two corrupt cops

doesn’t really fit the genre type for this sort of film, but he is certainly persuasive, and that’s why we cast him. Now, Cho Jin-woong plays a straight-up villain. It’s not interesting when someone just conveniently plays the kind of educational, good-vs-evil villain’s role and cuts out. But we couldn’t go into a whole background story. So we needed someone who would be attractive in their behaviour, and have a sort of humour that wasn’t intentional but still penetrating. The actors both display a whole new level of intensity. How did you direct them? KS Trust was important. I couldn’t ask the actors to trust me just on the basis of my previous work, so we met and spent a lot of time together. The actors had to trust themselves and the script they had chosen, as well as each other, too. We put in a lot of work during pre-production so they could be freer during the shoot.


orean director Kim Seong-hun’s A Hard Day is making its world premiere in Directors’ Fortnight. Lee Sun-kyun (Helpless, Nobody’s Daughter Haewon) plays a cop who accidentally hits a man with his car and hides the body in his mother’s coffin. Cho Jin-woong (Hwayi: A Monster Boy, Nameless Gangster: Rules Of The Time) plays a narcotics cop who is looking for the body for his own corrupt reasons and the two are tangled up in a desperate battle. This is quite a departure from your first feature, How The Lack Of Love Affects Two Men. How did the new film come about? Kim Seong-hun You could say that what my first and second films have in common is characters that are in absurd situations. For my first feature, I was asked to adapt a serial novel. After it didn’t do so well, I realised I needed to do something I really wouldn’t regret, that I wouldn’t be ashamed of. So I focused on suspense and humour. I

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‘Lee Sun-kyun fractured his ribs towards the end. He actually used the pain in his acting’ Kim Seong-hun, director

wanted to make a film that went ‘all the way’. [A play on the film’s original title, Ggeutggaji Ganda, which roughly translates as Going All The Way.] Of course now that it’s done, I see things I wish I’d done better, but I did write and direct A Hard Day from scratch. I got the idea for this film after watching Pedro Almodovar’s Volver. Penelope Cruz’s daughter kills her stepfather and they put him in a freezer and bury it by a river. I thought, “Does it not rain there?” Because in Korea, if you buried a body by a river, it would rain and the body would float up. So I started thinking about ways to conceal a burial, about the most taboo things in Korea [that would be deterrents], and those were a grave and a mother who would take your crime and hide it forever.

What about the action scenes? KS I’m not an expert in action and this was my first action film. When I was explaining what I wanted to the martial-arts choreographer, he said, “Then Sun-kyun is going to have to get hit directly, and Jin-woong is going to have to hit him, directly.” The actors agreed to it and they went all the way, tirelessly. We shot the apartment action scene over a gruelling three or four days. I felt so sorry for them but I had to pretend not to notice. In order not to be sorry towards them once the film was in theatres, I had to make them go all the way on set. Lee Sun-kyun fractured his ribs towards the end of that shoot, but he kept on going. He actually used the pain in his acting. I’m so sorry and so thankful to him.

How did you cast the film? KS Our protagonist might or might not be a villain, but he continually does bad things. For something like this, it really depends on the actor to have appeal and get you to sympathise with them. Actually, Lee Sun-kyun

What are your goals as a film-maker? KS I’m really proud to be called a film-maker, to belong to a group of people who do what I really love. My one wish is to keep making films. If you speak in terms of dreams, going s to Cannes is like a dream. n

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

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(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 captivated and inspired people all over the world, this film explores the unique genius of an exceptional designer at the height of his fame. Competition Press Grand Theatre Lumiere

Competition Salle Du 60Eme


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

(Austria) 96mins. Dir: Jessica Hausner. Key cast: Birte Schnoink, Christian Friedel, Katharina Schuttler, Peter Jordan, Sandra Huller, Sebastian Hulk, Stephan Grossmann. A man convinces a

Critics’ Week Miramar


(France) 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. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette



(UK) 110mins. Dir: Daniel Wolfe. Key cast: Conor McCarron, Sameena Ahmed, Gary Lewis, Wasim Zakir. In a closed community freedom comes at a price. Dishonour your family… pay with your life. On the run from bounty hunters who will stop at nothing to capture them, Leila and Aaron soon find themselves propelled towards a dramatic showdown. Directors’ Fortnight 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 Press Salle Bazin

woman to escape the inevitability of death through love and suicide: a trenchantly funny exploration of romanticism’s mundane routines and a parable about the ambivalence of love. Un Certain Regard Salle Bazin

the inescapable sense that something is following her. Critics’ Week Miramar

(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

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Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere


(Canada) 112mins. Dir: Atom Egoyan. Key cast: Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson. A father tries to track down his kidnapped daughter. Competition Salle Du 60Eme




(France) 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 begins wandering across the city.

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

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(Kazakstan) 93mins. Dir: Adilkhan Yerzhanov. Key cast: Yerbolat Yerzhan, Aidyn Sakhaman, Aliya Zainalova, Bauyrzhan Kaptagai, Nurbek Mukushev, Murat Makhan, Arslan Akubayev, Ashim Akhmetov. Twenty-five-year-old John, his teenage brother Erbol and their sickly 12-yearold sister, Aliya, are forced to leave their house in the



produced by Pedro Almodovar.

(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,

Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette


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 Press Salle Bazin


(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 Press Theatre Claude Debussy

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


(France) 174mins. Dir: Frederick Wiseman. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette

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(France) 131mins. Dir: Francois Truffaut. Key cast: Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu. Drama set in a theatre during the occupation. French cinema classic. Cannes Classics Salle Bunuel


(France) 150mins. Dir: Bertrand Bonello. Key cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Jeremie Renier, Lea Seydoux, Amira Casar, Aymeline Valade, Louis Garel. Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere


(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 Press Theatre Claude Debussy


(US) 100mins. Dir: David Robert Mitchell. Key cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Olivia Luccardi. »



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After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself plagued by disturbing visions and the inescapable sense that something is following her.

lives her youth, embracing street life, friendship and, sometimes, violence. Directors’ Fortnight Arcades 1


Critics’ Week Miramar

(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.


(US) 133mins. Dir: Frank Capra. Key cast: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt. Adventure to Shang-Ri-La. At the time, this was one of the most expensive films ever made. Cannes Classics Salle Bunuel


(France) 150mins. Dir: Bertrand Bonello. Key cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Jeremie Renier, Lea Seydoux, Amira Casar, Aymeline Valade, Louis Garel. Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere


(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 Press Salle Bazin

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Out of Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere

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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,


(France) 115mins. Dir: Raymond Bernard. Key cast: Pierre Blanchar, Gabriel Gabrio. A patriotic student enlists at the outbreak of the First World War, only to discover the horrors of trench warfare.

disillusionment and solitude. Then Sarah arrives, beautiful and self-confident. She finally feels alive, intense and resolute: until Sarah moves on once again. Critics’ Week Miramar

Key cast: Adele Haenel, Kevin Azais. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette


Un Certain Regard Press Theatre Claude Debussy

(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.


Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere


(US) 119mins. Dir: Ned Benson. Key cast: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, William Hurt, Viola Davis, Isabelle Huppert, Ciaran Hinds, Bill Hader.


(US) 177mins. Dir: Sergio Leone. Key cast: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach. The final film in Leone’s classic Western trilogy.

(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.

(France) 98mins. Dir: Thomas Cailley.

Cinema De La Plage Plage Mace

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

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(Spain) Wild Bunch. 100mins. Dir: Nacho Vigalondo. Key cast: Elijah Wood, Neil Maskell, Sasha Grey. Nick’s a lucky guy — he’s having dinner with Jill Goddard, the hottest actress on earth. Then a guy named Chord calls: dinner’s been cancelled. And it’s Jill’s fault. But Chord’s got something better. Olympia 4 Press allowed


(Greece) The Match Factory. 137mins. Dir: Yannis Economides.

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(Germany) Global Screen. 138mins. Dir: Dominik Graf. Key cast: Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter, Henriette Confurius, Claudia Messner, Anne Schafer, Maja Maranow, Ronald Key cast: Vangelis Mourikis, Vicky Papadopoulou, Petros Zervos. Star 4


(Japan) Toei Company. 119mins. Dir: Koji Maeda. Key cast: Nana Eikura, Rin Takanashi, Koji Seto, Ryo Kase, Shohei Uno, Yuri Nakamura, Sosuke Ikematsu, Misa Uehara, Jun Yoshinaga, Miyuki Sato. Tired of her job and relationships, Minori goes to Hawaii in the name of work, but she just wants to lark about. Will her new experience in Hawaii make her realise the path she wanted to walk on? Palais C



(France) Elle Driver. 122mins. Dir: Cecile Telerman. Key cast: Julie Depardieu, Emmanuelle Beart, Patrick Bruel, Alice Isaaz, Quim Gutierriez. The tale of two unhappy sisters, like the two sides of a coin, together they attempt a huge fraud that will reverse their fates, raising one to the skies and casting the other down to hell. Star 3

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Zehrfeld, Michael Wittenborn. Aristocratic sisters Charlotte and Caroline both fall in love with the young writer and hothead Friedrich Schiller. Defying the conventions of their time, the sisters decide to share him. Palais I


(France) Snd — Groupe M6. 20mins (trailer). Dir: Louis Clichy. Julius Caesar unveils his latest plan to get rid of those indomitable Gauls once and for all. As his army has not been able to crush “the last pocket of resistance”, he decides to try a stealth invasion: civilisation delivered to the village gates. He builds a new Rome — The Land of the Gods — around Asterix’s village, pressuring the Gauls to assimilate or vanish.

Stilley, Mark Berdis. Angel, a woman who was horribly abused by her grandmother as a little girl and institutionalised after killing her, embarks on a killing spree as an adult. Though sentenced for the rest of her life to an insane asylum, Angel was released because of inside governmental pressure while being pronounced dead in order to avoid public outcry. Now Angel is on the loose again and a government agent is ordered to kill her in order to cover up the blunder. Lerins 1

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(France) Snd — Groupe M6. 100mins. Dir: Anne Le Ny. Key cast: Karin Viard, Emmanuelle Devos, Roschdy Zem. A sensitive and stylish comedy about the need to start over and find your true calling. Arcades 1

(Canada) Park Entertainment. 90mins. Dir: Robert Rice. Key cast: Dave Barclay, John Boylan, John Carew. In the wilderness of Colorado, teams compete in a Geocache treasure hunt that suddenly becomes a deadly game of survival. Palais H


(UK) Arclight Films. 83mins. Dir: Ray Burdis. Key cast: Jason Maza, Jean Murray, John Hannah, Karel Roden, Margo


(Germany) Beta Cinema. 94mins. Dir: Mike Marzuk. Key cast: Valeria Eisenbart, Quirin Oettl, »


Justus Schlingensiepen, Neele Marie Nickel. The adventures of the Famous Five continue on an exotic island. Arcades 3


(US) Bleiberg Entertainment. 85mins. Dir: Shana Betz. Key cast: Anna Paquin, Cam Gigandet, Drea De Matteo, Liana Liberato. A single mom caught up in the Florida drug trade during the late 1970s tries to make a better life for her two girls. Palais F


(Belgium) Films Boutique. 90mins. Dir: Geoffrey Enthoven. Key cast: Tom Audenaert, Veerle Baetens, Tiny Bertels. Involved in a bitter divorce, Stephen moves into a splendid house he managed to buy at a bargain. Soon his quiet

is disturbed by Theo, who is standing in his living room claiming to be the rightful resident of the house and asking him to move out. Unwilling to yield, Stephen finds himself in the midst of a turf war and the harassment between both men soon gets out of hand. Then Stephen discovers that Theo used to be the owner of the house. But he died two years ago. Riviera 3


(US) The Exchange. Dir: Bobby Roe. Key cast: Brandy Schaefer, Bobby Roe, Zack Andrews. Nearly 2,500 haunted attractions open each Halloween, with more than 30 million customers attending annually. The pressure felt by the creators of the haunted attractions to deliver the most extreme experience

imaginable has lead to a dramatic rise in accidents, injuries and crimes. This is the true story of a group of friends who set out to find the most terrifying haunt in the US. Gray 2


(US) Bleiberg Entertainment. 98mins. Dir: Franck Khalfoun. Key cast: Jeremiah Watkins, Sarah Power, Chris Mena. Josh is an online app reviewer and video blogger who does a weekly segment of himself downloading, testing and reviewing apps for his mobile. One week his assignment is a selfhelp app called ‘i-lived’. Palais B


(US) Lightning Entertainment. 86mins. Dir: Alastair Orr. Key cast: Zachary Soetenga, Lindsey McKeon, Sofia

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Pernas, Pierson Fode, Jamie Anderson. A horrifying descent into the Panamanian jungle. Riviera 4


(Canada) Cargo Film & Releasing. 83mins. Dir: Jaret Belliveau, Matthew Bauckman. Tells the bizarre, hilarious and ultimately dark story of Elliot ‘White Lightning’ Scott, who plans on becoming Canada’s first kung-fu action hero with a low-budget epic.

Entertainment. 86mins. Dir: Lowell Dean. Key cast: Amy Matysio, Leo Fafard. It’s not unusual for alcoholic cop Lou to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings, but lately things have taken a turn for the strange… and hairy. Gray 4


Filmsales. 93mins. Dir: Peter Bardehle. Filmed exclusively with aerial shots, this is a unique cinematic expedition. From the peaks of Mont Blanc over the Dolomites to mountain landscapes, we discover the history and geography of the magnificent Alps. Palais G



(Belgium) Be For Films. 120mins. Dir: Hans Herbots. Key cast: Geert Van Rampelberg, Ina Geerts, Johan Van Assche, Laura Verlinden, Ingrid De Vos. A mysterious kidnapping makes an old trauma resurface for the policeman Nick Cafmeyer.



(UK) 7 & 7 Producers’ Sales Service. 83mins. Dir: Tammy RileySmith. Key cast: Louise Brealey, Nico Rogner, Sheila Hancock, Adrian Scarborough, Nicholas Rowe, Finty Williams. A troubled French chef is forced to use his finest culinary skills in an attempt to heal his pretty waif-like neighbour’s serious eating disorder… and find the love he craves.

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(Brazil) Films Boutique. 98mins. Dir: Daniel Ribeiro. Key cast: Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim. Not every love happens at first sight. Riviera 2

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(France) TF1 International. 105mins. Dir: Dorothee Sebbagh. Key cast: Geraldine Nakache, Kim Rossi Stuart, Pascal Demolon, Catherine Jacob, Sophie Cattani. Ariane and Nino have one week to get a quickie divorce in Paris so she can remarry. Their trip to the city of love will take an unexpected turn.

(Spain) Outsider Pictures. 90mins. Dir: Rodrigo Sorogoyen. Key cast: Aura Garrido, Javier Pereira. Everything happens in one night. Even though they don’t know it, after that night they will be tied together forever.

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(France) Cinexport. 80mins. Dir: Olivier Vidal, Sebastien Maggiani. Key cast: Amir Ben Abdelmoumen, Antoine Gautron, Delphine Depardieu, Jean-Christophe Bouvet,

Jean-Pierre Castaldi, Samuel Bousbib. A 14-year-old boy, Leo, leaves a psychiatric hospital following a short stay. Orphaned at a young age, writing is his only form of escape and he dreams of one day meeting his hero, Claude Lelouch. Gray 5

(US) The Solution Entertainment Group. 88mins. Dir: Maya Forbes. Key cast: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana. When Maggie decides to pursue her MBA in New York, she must leave her daughters in Boston with their affable, bipolar father, Cameron. Olympia 6

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

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(Hong Kong (China)) Emperor Motion Pictures. 112mins. Dir: Dante Lam. Key cast: Nick Cheung, Daniel Wu, Christie Chen, Andy On, Kai-Chi Liu. He rescued a criminal. Now he must go into the depths of his mind to bring him to justice. Olympia 3


(Israel) Other Angle Pictures. 97mins. Dir: Keren Yedaya. Key cast: Maayan Turjeman, Tzahi Grad, Yael Abecassis. Moshe and Tami are a couple. Moshe is in his fifties and Tami is in her early twenties. They live together in a cruel and violent relationship, from which Tami seems unable to set herself free. Tami and Moshe are father and daughter. Gray 3


(Czech Republic) Premium Films. 102mins. Dir: Petr Vaclav. Young Zaneta aspires to an impossible future for a modern gypsy woman: to live an ordinary life. Gray 1

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(UK) Independent. 96mins. Dir: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin. Key cast: Billy Connolly, David Tennant, Rosamund Pike. A family try to survive through difficult and, at times, extraordinary circumstances.

(Australia) Altitude Film Sales. 110mins. Dir: Julius Avery. Key cast: Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, Alicia Vikander, Jacek Koman. Locked up, JR finds himself under the protection of Australia’s public enemy number one, Brendan Lynch… but protection comes at a price. Lynch’s crew have plans for their young protege and very soon the debt is called in. Olympia 5

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(France) Wild Bunch. 85mins. Dir: Fabrice Du Welz. Key cast: Gerard Lanvin, Joey

Starr, Alice Taglioni, Simon Abkarian, Ymanol Perset. A weapons expert cop discovers his killer instinct. Olympia 4 Priority badges only


(Mexico, US) Filmsharks International. 15mins (trailer). Dir: Mike Kunkel, Ricardo Arnaiz. Key cast: Edward James Olmos, Erik Estrada, Kate Del Castillo, Lisa Kudrow, Rico Rodriguez. Lerins 1


(Cuba) Latido. 108mins. Dir: Ernesto Daranas. Key cast: Armando Valdes, Alina Rodriguez, Yuliet Cruz, Silvia Aguìla. Chala is an 11-year-old with an attitude problem and a difficult life. When his teacher Carmela, the only person who Chala respects, takes a short leave of absence, her substitute sends the boy to a rehab centre. Upon her return, Carmela tries to correct the situation, but her commitment will put them both at risk. Lerins 1


(Germany) Global Screen. 90mins. Dir: Arne Birkenstock. Key cast: Helene Beltracchi, Wolfgang Beltracchi. A mesmerising, thoughtprovoking yet surprisingly amusing documentary on the life and times of Wolfgang Beltracchi, who tricked the international art world for nearly 40 years by forging and selling paintings of early 20th-century masters. Arcades 3


(Chile) Habanero. 90mins. Dir: Juan Francisco Olea. Key cast: Daniel Muñoz, Trinidad Gonzalez, Roberto Farias, Julio Jung, Isidora Urrejola, Gregory Cohen. Domingo is happy in his insignificant life until, in an unfortunate accident, he commits an involuntary manslaughter. Tormented by not feeling any guilt, he »

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dives into a spiral of violence, hoping to recover so he can get back to being just a normal guy. Palais D


(France) Gaumont. 84mins. Dir: Volker Schlondorff. Key cast: Niels Arestrup, Andre Dussolier. The true story of the ultimate confrontation that saved Paris from destruction. Star 4


TULA THE REVOLT Dir: Jeroen Leinders Prod: Fisheye Features Sales: VMI Worldwide (feature, 100’) 13:30 Gray 4 (market screening)

(Switzerland) Picture Tree International. 99mins. Dir: Petra Volpe. Key cast: Luna Zimic Mijovic, Marisa Paredes, Andre Jung, Ursina Lardi, Bettina Stucky, Devid Striesow, Stefan Kurt. A gripping tale of desire, solitude and betrayal that unfolds against a backdrop of human trafficking, deception and unfulfilled hopes. Gray 2

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(US) The Solution Entertainment Group. 96mins. Dir: Victor Levin. Key cast: Berenice Marlohe, Anton Yelchin,


Lambert Wilson, Glenn Close, Frank Langella. In New York, an aspiring novelist has a cinq-a-sept affair with the beautiful wife of a French diplomat. Olympia 6


(US) Jinga Films. 83mins. Dir: Rick Rosenthal. Key cast: Eloise Mumford, Matt O’Leary, Amir Khalighi, Whip Hubley, William Russ. A topical thriller about the ethics of remote-control warfare. Palais B


(Japan) Toei Company. 119mins. Dir: Hsiu Chiung Chiang. Key cast: Hiromi Nagasaku, Nozomi Sasaki. Palais C By invitation only


QUIZ Dir: Dick Maas Prod: Tom de Mol Productions, Parachute Pictures Sales: T Films (feature, 85’)

(Canada) Double Dutch International. 78mins. Dir: Dane Clark, Linsey Stewart. Key cast: Sara Canning, Aaron Ashmore. A broken-hearted woman teams up with her ex-boyfriend to try to stop the hitman she accidentally hired to kill him.

true story of career criminal Alfredo Rios Galeana, ‘El Charro Misterioso’, the most prolific bank robber in the history of MexiCo. Gray 4 By invitation only


(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. Palais H

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(Mexico) Mundial. 100mins. Dir: Jose Manuel Craviotto. Key cast: Tenoch Huerta, Paola Nunez, Gerardo Taracena, Noe Hernandez. A fast-paced crime thriller based on the unbelievable

(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 begins

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(France) Doc & Film International. 90mins. Dir: Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan. Charts the relationship between a director editing YouTube footage of the Syrian civil war in Paris and a young Kurd on the ground in Homs.

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(South Korea) Inception Film Partners. 90mins. Dir: Kyungho Lee, Wonjae Lee. Key cast: Taylor Kitsch, Jennette McCurdy, Jason Mewes, Jon Heder, Tom Green, Jason Kravits, James Woods, Carla Gugino. Vanquish the villain, get the girl, save the city. All in a day’s work! Olympia 2 No press


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

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

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(Sweden) Svensk Filmindustri. 120mins. Dir: Colin Nutley. Key cast: Ewa Froling, Helena Bergstrom, Maria Lundqvist, Peter Eggers. Who said sugar is bad for you? Star 1


(China) Fortissimo Films. 106mins. Dir: Diao Yinan. Key cast: Liao Fan, Gwei Lun Mei, Wang Xuebing, Wang Jingchun, Yu Ailei, Ni Jingyang. North China: a detective called Zhang is badly wounded while investigating »


a murder and forced to retire. Five years pass. More murders occur. Zhang, determined to solve the case, falls in love with a mysterious woman, Wu Zhizhen, who seems to be connected to the victims. Star 2


(US) Myriad Pictures. 94mins. Dir: Tristan Patterson. Key cast: Jim Sturgess, Isabel Lucas, Chloe Sevigny, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Lambert. A chronicle of the life of furniture-salesmanturned-bank-robber Eddie Dodson.



(France) Pyramide International. 91mins. Dir: Boris Lojkine. Key cast: Endurance Newton, Justin Wang. Deep in the Sahara Desert, as they try to get to Europe, Leonard, a young

man from Cameroon, rescues Hope, a Nigerian woman. In a fiercely hostile world — where safety requires staying with one’s own people — these two try to find their way together and to love each other. Palais I Priority badges only



(US) Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing. 87mins. Dir: Leigh Janiak. Key cast: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown.

85mins. Dir: Andrea Prandstraller, Niccolo Bruna.

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(US) Vmi Worldwide. 87mins. Dir: Greg Olliver. Key cast: Billy Gibbons, Clive Davis, Edgar Winter, Joe Perry, Johnny Winter. Documentary on the life and career of blues legend Johnny Winter.

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National Film & Video Foundation Of South Africa. 120mins. Dir: Mickey Madoda Dube. Palais K

(Germany) Global Screen. 100mins. Dir: Anna Justice. Key cast: Mario Adorf, Ulrich Tukur, Benjamin Sadler, Inka Friedrich, Florian Lukas, Sandra Huller. Wooden-doll Pinocchio sets out on a wild and adventurous journey to learn things like courage, honesty and loyalty, and to become a real boy. Riviera 1

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(Mexico) Filmsharks International. 90mins. Dir: Alberto Mar.

(Italy) Wide House.



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Young newlyweds Paul and Bea travel to a lakeside retreat for their honeymoon. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.

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Ozzy, an enthusiastic and friendly flying monkey, is the son of the legendary Goliath, the brave warrior. Both serve Evilene — the wicked witch — just as the rest of their kin do. Ozzy is not happy about this and when Evilene’s plans once again put Oz in peril, Ozzy reaches out to the ‘Champions of Oz’ — the Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tinman, three great friends with incredible qualities that have taken Emerald City to its maximum splendor. Unfortunately, this will not be easy; they have not been themselves lately. Palais E



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

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girl’s 18th birthday the devil might inhabit her soul. Now as that day approaches, six girls — all born on the sixth day of the sixth month — begin to disappear mysteriously, one by one. Could this be the hands of a crazed serial killer, a village elder or the horrific prophecy come true… the work of the devil? Lerins 2


(France) Wild Bunch. 90mins. Dir: Gregg Araki. Key cast: Angela Bassett, Christopher Meloni, Eva Green, Gabourney Sidibe, Shailene Woodley, Shiloh Fernandez. Returning home from college, Kat must confront the truth about her beautiful, enigmatic, haunted mother’s disappearance, and her own denial about the reasons behind it. Olympia 4 Press allowed


One year apart, with a continent between them, a couple must rely on modern technology to keep their relationship alive. Riviera 4


(US) Dogwoof. 75mins. Dir: Lina Plioplyte. Key cast: Joyce Carpati, Ari Cohen, Lynn Dell. The story behind the fashion blog that became an international phenomenon. Gray 2


(UK) Jinga Films. 94mins. Dir: Howard J Ford, Jonathan Ford. Key cast: Anand Krishna Goyal, Coulsom Sujitabh, Joseph Millson, Madhu Rajesh, Meenu Mishra, Niharika Singh, Poonam Mathur, Sandip Datta Gupta. Sequel to the hugely successful zombie pandemic horror. Palais B


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(Spain) Visit Films. 99mins. Dir: Carlos Marques-Marcet. Key cast: David Verdaguer, Natalia Tena.

(France) Studiocanal. 109mins. Dir: Jeanne Herry. Key cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Laurent Lafitte. Arcades 1


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(New Zealand) Elle Driver. 86mins. Dir: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement. Key cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford. Consider the living quarters of vampires, and stodgy old castles in Transylvania may come to mind. But these aren’t your typical bloodsuckers. Viago (379 years old), Deacon (183 years old), Vladislav

(862 years old) and Peter (8,000 years old) have chosen to share a flat in Wellington, New Zealand. Unfortunately for them, it’s hard to make new friends due to their constant thirst for blood. Without any mortal chums left to invite them into all of the hip establishments around town, they’ve lost touch with the current social scene. Can these creatures of the night put aside their differences as roommates and adapt to modern society? Olympia 3


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Dormer, Sean Harris, Barry Keoghan, Martin McCann, Charlie Murphy, Sam Reid, Killian Scott, David Wilmot. A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971.


(UK) Hanway Films. 111mins. Dir: Stuart Murdoch. Key cast: Cora Bissett, Emily Browning, Hannah Murray, Olly Alexander, Pierre Boulanger. This musical, from Stuart Murdoch of the English pop duo Belle & Sebastian, is about some messed-up boys and girls and the music they make.

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Coproduction Office. 27mins.

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(US) Wide. 101mins. Dir: Brian Perkins. Key cast: Shine Htet Zaw, Ko Yin Htet Zaw, Ko Yin Than Maung, Ko Yin Maung Sein, Sayadaw U Zaw Ti Ka. Four young monks in a remote monastery in Myanmar, alone after their master leaves, must fend for themselves as a series of events threaten to unravel their understanding of this world and beyond.



(Iran) Farabi Cinema Foundation. 91mins. Dir: Gholamreza Ramezani, Masoud Keramati, Vahid Nikkhah Azad. Key

cast: Negar Nikkhah Azad, Soroush Sehat, Yekta Nasser. Everywhere, youngsters are seeking a way to find a secure place inside their societies.

(France) Short Film Corner. 110mins.

blabbering mother and a hostile spirit who seems less than happy about the new living arrangement. Riviera 2


(New Zealand) Films Distribution. 109mins. Dir: Gerard Johnstone. Key cast: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru. When Kylie Bucknell is sentenced to home detention, she’s forced to come to terms with her unsociable behaviour, her


(Portugal) Hanway Films. Star 3


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In this epic adventure set among the ice-fields of Northern Canada, 14-year-old Luke defies the dangerous elements of nature to reunite an abandoned polar bear cub with its mother. Palais J


(Canada) Hyde Park International. 97mins. Dir: Roger Spottiswoode. Key cast: Dakota Goyo, Goran Visnjic, Bridget Moynahan, Kendra Timmins, Russell Yuen, Duane Murray, Matt Connors.


(Netherlands) Vmi Worldwide. 100mins. Dir: Jeroen Leinders. Key cast: Danny Glover, Jeroen Krabbe. Feature film about the leader of the big slave uprising on the island of

(Germany) Salzgeber & Co. Medien. 82mins. Dir: Monika Treut. Key cast: Alissa Willms, Ceci Chuh, Ellen Grell, Vandida Karun. Alex is a 16-year-old misfit, a school drop-out – she’s been using drugs, cutting herself and is a general failure. Now her adoptive mother has put her in an internship at a Northern German farm to work with horses, as her last chance to find a balance in life. There she meets Nina. Arcades 3


(US) Kaleidoscope Film Distribution. 92mins. Dir: Greg Barker. Follows the inspirational stories of three ordinary young people whose struggle for freedom during the Arab Spring was both fuelled and empowered by social media. Lerins 1


(Japan) Toei Company. 119mins. Dir: Sumio Omori. Key cast: Kiichi Nakai, Haru, Emi Wakui, Toshiro Yanagiba. Palais C

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(UK) Protagonist Pictures. 99mins. Dir: Yann Demange. Key cast: Jack O’Connell, Paul Anderson, Richard

(Belgium) Snd — Groupe M6. 92mins. Dir: Fabrice Du Welz. Key cast: Anne-Marie Loop, Edit Lemerdy, Helena Noguerra, Laurent Lucas, Lola Duenas, Pili Groyne, Stephane Bissot. The tale of a mad love… a destructive and murderous passion. Arcades 2 Priority badges only


(Austria) Adrialpe Media. 90mins. Dir: Sascha Kollnreitner. Key cast: Guillaume Nery, Halvor Angvik, Gerhard Gulewicz. Based on the stories of three extraordinary men, the film gives an unusual perspective on the conditions and forms of expression that define our modern society. Palais E


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Dir: Paco Leon. Key cast: Carmina Barrios, Paco Casaus, Maria Leon, Yolanda Ramos, Estefania De Los Santos, Manolo Solo, Teresa Casanova, Alejandro Leon. After the sudden death of her husband, Carmen convinces her daughter, Maria, not to announce his passing until she’s been able to get paid the bonus he was due. Over two days, they will have to hide the corpse and mask their mourning within the daily comings and goings of an apartment block in a poor neighborhood in Seville. Lerins 2

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(Spain) Deaplaneta. 90mins. Dir: Tom Fernandez. Key cast: Cook, Ivan Massague, Patricia Conde. Millionare dog Pancho lives a life full of luxury. But he will soon discover real-life dangers and come to understand that real wealth is in friendship. Gray 3


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(US) Myriad Pictures. 90mins. Dir: Derick Martini. Key cast: Bella Heathcote, Kevin Zegers, Lucas Till, Penelope Mitchell, Tom Arnold. A teen angst thriller at a high school gripped by an apparent curse that claims the life of a senior every year. The story follows a senior, Chrissie, who is sceptical and another, Tracy, who believes that she may be the next victim. Olympia 2 No press


(US) Myriad Pictures. 119mins. Dir: Ned Benson. Key cast: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, William Hurt, Viola

(US) Synchronicity Entertainment. 96mins. Dir: Cary Munion, Jonathan Milott. Key cast: Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson. When a mysterious virus borne from chicken

nuggets hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the preadolescent children into a feral swarm of mindless cannibals, an unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives.

lives were lost. Now even his own book publisher is looking to break his legs. Ansel sure could do with the cash that Claire’s parents are offering. Ansel kidnaps Claire and sets to work on this fragile and vulnerable young woman. Olympia 9

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Davis, Isabelle Huppert, Ciaran Hinds, Bill Hader. “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His & Hers’ is two films, telling one love story from the perspective of each lover. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge


(US) Hanway Films. 99mins. Dir: Riley Stearns. Key cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Leland Orsner, Beth Grant.

Claire is under the grip of a mysterious new cult, called Faults. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire’s parents set out to recruit Ansel Roth, one of the world’s foremost authorities on mind control. He even used to have a TV show. But Ansel’s speciality, deprogramming cult members and returning them to their families, is not an exact science. Mistakes were made,

(Lebanon) Fortissimo Films. 100mins. Dir: Amin Dora. Key cast: Camille Salameh, Caroline Labaki, Emmanuel Khairallah, Georges Khabbaz, Giselle Boueiz, Lara Rain, Rodrigue Sleiman, Samir Youssef. With the town’s people petitioning to evict Ghadi from their small Lebanese coastal town, Ghadi’s father, Leba, the local music teacher, must figure out a way to convince their

neighbours and change their minds about his young son. Olympia 7


(UK) Altitude Film Sales. 84mins. Dir: Daniel Simpson. Key cast: Robert Curtis, Abbie Salt, Danny Shayler. Three friends’ passion for treasure hunting inadvertently leads them onto land owned by the Ministry of Defence where they become accidental participants in a terrifying alien incursion.

(US) Films Boutique. 92mins. Dir: Michael Tully. Key cast: Susan Sarandon, Amy Sedaris, John Hannah, Judah Friedlander, Lea Thompson. 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy, 13-year-old kid obsessed with ping-pong and music. During his family’s annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich, racist local bullies and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast neighbour. Riviera 1


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(US) Wild Bunch. 85mins. Dir: Polsky Gabe.


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(Venezuela) Centro Nacional Autonomo De Cinematografia. 113mins. Dir: Claudia Pinto. Key cast: Alec Whaite, Ivan Tamayo, Carme Elias, Omar Moya, Malena Gonzalez,


(Israel) Westend Films. 105mins. Dir: Shira Geffen. Key cast: Sarah Adler, Samira Saraya. Tells the story of two women — one Israeli,


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European Funds for the development of the Lodzkie region. The project is co-financed by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund.


her youth, embracing street life, friendship and sometimes violence.

the other Palestinian — who are trapped within their respective worlds. After a mix-up at a checkpoint, they find themselves living the life of the other on the opposite side of the border.

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(Germany) Global Screen. 99mins. Dir: Nadav Schirman. This real-life thriller tells the story of one of Israel’s prized intelligence sources, recruited to spy on his own people for more than a decade.

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(Spain) Ndm. 110mins. Dir: Luis Minarro. Key cast: Alex Brendemuhl, Barbara Lennie, Lorenzo Balducci, Lola Duenas. A political film that celebrates life. A game of misunderstandings with the viewer, rhetorical and joyful.

(Dominican Republic) Filmexport Group. 105mins. Dir: Cesar Rodriguez. Key cast: Frank Perozo, Evelyna Rodriguez, Yorlla Castillo, Laura Garcia Godoy, Yelitza Lora, Crystal Jimenez Vicens.


National Film & Video Foundation Of South Africa. 60mins.

Market 15:30 WILD IN BLUE

(US) Reel Suspects. Dir: Matthew Berkowitz. Key cast: Frank Cermak Jr, Charlotte Ellen Price, Steve Railsback.

July weekend, only to be confronted by Chad, a strange and beautiful nature photographer, who begins to change their lives one by one.


While filming his sadistic relationship with women, a killer struggles with his obsession for a young girl. Palais F Priority badges only


(US) Tricoast Worldwide. 105mins. Dir: Russell Friedenberg, Randy Redroad. Key cast: Amy Smart, Johnny Sequoyah, Joshua Leonard. The story of a group of friends who reunite for their annual 4th of

who love making and talking about movies, are the victims of systematic bullying at the hands of The Dirties. Palais H

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(Germany) Picture Tree International. 97mins. Dir: Damian John Harper. Key cast: Mateo Bautista Matias, Marcos Rodriguez Ruiz, Lidia Garcia. Arcades 3


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Pollyanna McIntosh, Hanna Stanbridge. Satan arrives at a remote police station to collect the souls of the damned.


(Canada) Ellipsis Media International. 83mins. Dir: Matt Johnson. Key cast: Matthew Johnson, Owen Williams, Krista Madison, Brandon Wickens, David Matheson. Two best friends, Matt and Owen, a pair of misfit high-school students

(Puerto Rico) Moonstone Entertainment/Prestige Films. 96mins. Dir: Ernie Barbarash. Key cast: Michael Jai White, Neal Mcdonough, Laila Ali. Meet Chapman, an ex-marine in Brazil’s slums, battling the Yakuza-mafia outfit who murdered his sister. Lerins 1

(US) Altitude Film Sales. 109mins. Dir: Cutter Hodierne. Key cast: Abdi Siad, Abdikani Muktar, Abdikhadir Hassan, Abduwhali Faarah, Idil Ibrahim, Reda Kateb. A story of pirates in Somalia told from the perspective of a struggling young Somali fisherman. Arcades 1


(France) Films Distribution. 112mins. Dir: Celine Sciamma. Key cast: Karidja Toure, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Marietou Toure. Marieme is 16, and her life seems only made of constraints: the tough street codes, the school offering no prospects, and family oppression. When she meets a group of three free-spirited girls, her life changes. She lives

(Germany) Sakura Filmproduktion. 75mins. Dir: Thomas Lee. Key cast: Josephine Schmidt, Guntbert Warns, Jens Kauffmann. Suzanna, 29, is facing the ruins of her marriage. She is trying to cope with her situation and her traumatic experiences. In a vicious circle of solitude and depression, she finally turns to strangers. Palais J


(US) Red Sea Media. 85mins. Dir: Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad. Key cast: Ray Park, Serinda Swan, Faran Tahir. Shawn, an automotive designer, enjoys an idyllic life with his new wife, Jasmine, until it is interrupted by a cryptic message. Riviera 4


(UK) Metrodome International. 90mins. Dir: Brian O’Malley. Key cast: Liam Cunningham,

(Iran) Farabi Cinema Foundation. 86mins. Dir: Mahdi Pakdel, Iman Afsharian. Key cast: Sadegh Safaie, Ali Dehkordi, Amir Reza Delavari, Majid Agha-Karimi, Soodeh Sharhi, Mohammad Reza Alimardani, Setareh Eskandari, Alireza Shojanoori. Palais D Press allowed


(Philippines) Fortissimo Films. 93mins. Dir: Joselito Altarejos. Key cast: Angelo Ilagan, Boots Anson-Roa, Sandino Martin. A 15-year-old boy plans to kill his 17-year-old online boyfriend, hoping he could get the love he has been dreaming of. Palais B

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(France) Elle Driver. 82mins. Dir: Albert Dupontel. Key cast:


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Albert Dupontel, Sandrine Kiberlain. Ariane Felder is pregnant. Since she’s a young judge with strict morals and a hardened single woman, it’s something of a surprise. And even more surprising is that, after paternity tests, the father of the unborn child is revealed as Bob Nolan, a criminal who is being pursued for a monstrous crime. Ariane, who can’t remember a thing — even less having slept with him ­— tries to understand what could possibly have happened, and what lies ahead. Olympia 7


(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.


(Argentina) Udi — Urban Distribution International. 71mins. Dir: Matias Lucchesi. Key cast: Paula Hertzog, Paola Barrientos, Alvin Astorga, Sergio Boris, Arturo Goetz, Eugenia Alonso.

There’s nothing to keep Lila at her boarding school high up in the cold and foggy mountains. This 12-year-old does not know who her father is but wants to find him. She sets out on a complicated quest for the truth. Riviera 3

Star 1 Priority badges only

(France) Marche Du Film. 120mins. Dir: Pitching Session (Next).

woman being forced by her own community people to commit suicide after the accidental death of her husband by jumping onto his funeral pyre.

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(US) Smile Films. 88mins. Dir: James Kicklighter, Rajesh Rathi. Key cast: Val Lauren, Alicia Minshew, Gulshan Grover, Harsh Mayar. Story of a beautiful young

(France) Le Pacte. 92mins. Dir: Guillaume Nicloux. Key cast: Francoise Lebrun, Mathieu Nicourt, Maxime Lefrancois,

Michel Houellebecq. September 16, 2011. The TV news networks, newspapers, blogs, websites and radio stations are all reporting on one story: star author Michel Houellebecq has been abducted. Some members of the media go so far as to suggest that Al-Qaeda may be involved. For the next few days, the news ripples through literary circles and members of the press, feeding buzz

and speculation. A brazen kidnapping? An identity crisis? A plan to escape abroad? A schizophrenic delirium? Michel will never provide the media with any rational explanation for what happened to him.

Hartnett, Tamsin Eggerton, Bipasha Basu. Set in India in 1750. The epic, sweeping and riveting tale of an impossible love that transcends time and space. James, a dashing British officer, spearheads British efforts to take over the entire subcontinent, only to fall desperately in love with the beautiful, mysterious she-warrior, Tulaja.


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(Italy) Rai Trade. 90mins. Dir: Pierfrancesco ‘Pif ’ Diliberto. Key cast: Pierfrancesco ‘Pif ’ Diliberto, Cristiana Capotondi, Alex Bisconti. A 20-year-long story through the eyes of a child, Arturo, who grows up in a fascinating and terrible city, where there is still room for passion and smiles. Gray 3

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

(US) Highland Film Group. 88mins. Dir: Philip Shih. Key cast: Danny Trejo, Shayla Beesley, Vinnie Jones. When an attractive hitchhiker stumbles into a mysterious town with a dangerous serial killer on the loose, she is forced to team up with a group of intimidating drifters and criminals in order to survive and defeat the ‘Reaper’. Palais C


(US) Mpi Media Group. 95mins. Dir: Adrian Garcia Bogliano. Key cast: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Tom Noonan, Erin Cummings. When deadly beasts from the forest attack, it is up to a grizzled veteran to uncover what secret the residents of a secluded retirement-community are hiding. Arcades 2


(Belgium) Corsan. 110mins. Dir: Roland Joffe. Key cast: Josh

(Canada) Devilworks. 100mins. Dir: Michael Walker. Key cast: Bill Camp, John Brodsky, Paula Garces, Philip Ettinger, Remy Auberjonois, Stefanie Brown. How far will a family go to bury the truth?


(Latvia) Wide. 71mins. Dir: Aik Karapetian. Key cast: Maxim Lazarev, Anta Aizupe, Aris Rozentals.

(Iran) Visual Media Institute. 81mins. Dir: Ali Ghavitan. Key cast: Ali Ghavitan, Shahrzad Bakhtiari. An artist by the name of Ferdows uses nature as a means of influencing his paintings. This time, however, he is not alone. A girl called Saba seizes the moment to accompany Ferdows to feed her lust for riches and wealth. On this journey, they both experience the true essence of the love felt for God, the higher being.

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Versatile. 86mins. Olympia 3 By invitation only


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


Market 16:00 Singularity

(Australia) Corsan. Dir: Roland Joffe. Key cast: Josh Hartnett,

Tamsin Egerton, Alice Englert. An epic tale of an impossible love set across two time periods and continents. Olympia 2 No press

(Canada) Cinema Management Group. 20mins. Dir: Kevin Munroe, Jericca Cleland. Key cast: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward. Lerins 2

(Germany) Sakura Filmproduktion. 19mins. Dir: Carolin Farber. Key cast: Mirco Kreibich, Pegah Ferydoni. A young man suffering from an obsessivecompulsive disorder spends one adventurous day way outside his comfort zone, hoping to get his life back on track. Palais J

17:20 Dragon Nest

(China, US) All Rights Entertainment. 25mins (trailer). Dir: Song Yuefeng. A kind-hearted villager whose parents were brutally murdered joins the Dragon Slayers’ League. Riviera 3 Priority badges only


(Cuba) Icaic —

Productora Internacional. 108mins. Dir: Ernest Daranas. Key cast: Alina Rodriguez, Armando Valdes, Silvia Aguila, Yuliet Cruz, Miriel Cejas, Hector Noas, Tomas Cao. Chala, an 11-year-old boy, lives alone with his drug-addict mother. Chala’s teacher is Carmela and he has a deep respect for her, but she is forced to stop teaching him for a while; her substitute is incapable of dealing with Chala, so she sends him to a special school. Palais F


(Austria) Red Bull Media House. 104mins. Dir: Thomas C Dirnhofer. Key cast: David Lama, Peter Ortner, Toni Ponholzer, Jim Bridwell. David Lama, climbing’s wunderkind, sets out to


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“This is an arthouse winner.” – Screen Daily

Market SCreeningS:

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May 22 / 11:00 / Debussy theater May 22 / 16:30 / Debussy theater May 23 / 13:00 / Bazin theater

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climb the infamous south-east face of Cerro Torre, Patagonia. Palais H


Finecut Co. 25mins. Lerins 1


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


(France) B-Mol Productions. 115mins. Dir: Anton Vassil. Key cast: Tatiana Rojo,

Xavier Jozelon, Teeyah, Michel Gohou, Habib Dembele (Guimba), Nico Rogner, Fantani Toure, M Wayne. An upper class young Frenchman meets an African girl from Mali. Against all expectations they fall in love. Their friends and family put pressure on them to break up. Set in Paris and Bamako, this musical explodes with nine original songs and 27 African hits.



Arri Worldsales. 88mins. Dir: Alain Gsponer. Key cast: Uwe Ochsenknecht, Herbert Knaup, Bettina Stucky, Aykut Kayacik, Jonas Holdenrieder, Emily Kusche, Nico Hartung, Sandra Borgmann. A little ghost manages to exchange its nocturnal existence for a life by daylight. In this world, however, it wreaks havoc.

(Japan) Open Sesame Co. 120mins. Dir: Mipo O. Key cast: Go Ayano, Chizuru Ikewaki, Masaki Suda, Kazuya Takahashi. A man has thrown away love and a woman has given up on love. The two souls meet in a brief summer in the northern city of Hakodate.

(South Korea) Golden Network Asia. 100mins. Dir: Kim Sun-Ung, Son Kwang-Soo. Key cast: Yeon Je-Wook, Ko Eun-A, Yeon Song-Ha, Kang Hyun-Woo. Two guys and one girl check into a seedy motel to live-broadcast a sex scene online… only to find themselves the next victims of a serial killer.

(France) Indie Sales. 94mins. Dir: Jean-Pierre Ameris. Key cast: Isabelle Carre, Ariana Rivoire. This story is 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 emerge from the night. Despite many setbacks and disappointments, armed only with her joyous faith and love for little Marie, Sister Marguerite succeeds.

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(Iran) Visual Media Institute. 74mins. Dir: Alireza Farid. Key cast: Andisheh Fouladvand, Pezhman Bazeghi, Hadiseh Tehrani. Sholeh is grieving the death of her husband Khosro in an airplane crash. When she finds a picture of a woman with Khosro’s belongings, she travels to the south of Iran, where Khosro was a university teacher, in search of the unknown woman. Palais B


(France) Films Distribution. 95mins. Dir: Serge Frydman. Key cast: Leila Bekhti, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Arthur Dupont. Housewives and mothers usually don’t rob banks, as a rule… unless there is an economic crisis, your husband has lost his job

and the bank is about to foreclose on your home… unless one evening destiny puts a thief right in your path, and you use him to learn how to go astray, where there is no turning back. Riviera 2


(Iran) Soureh Cinema Organization. 102mins. Dir: Moammad Mehdi Asgarpour. The news about the arrival of some guests, the housework that has been left undone and the anxiety of doing all the catering… and then doorbell rings! Who can it be? Palais D Press allowed


(Turkey) Medya Ton. 98mins. Dir: Orhan Tekeoglu. Key cast: Alma Terzic, Oktay Gursoy, Fatih Dokgoz. Dilemma of married


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An artful, genre-bending work of horror from David Robert Mitchell, whose debut The Myth of the American Sleepover premiered at Critics’ Week in 2010 and was widely distributed.


Market ScreeningS:

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Cemal, in Trabezus, between ethical values, and his love for Olga, who is the parent-child of Greek origin, Mustafa. He was an immigrant from Trabezus to Russia at the beginning of the 1900s. Immigration and latent prejudices are the norm. Palais E


Market 18:00 MAN ON HIGH HEELS

(South Korea) Lotte Entertainment. 120mins. Dir: Jang Jin. Key cast: Cha Seung-Won, Oh Jeong-Se. Ji-wook is a cold-blooded detective who will stop at nothing to catch criminals. However, despite his masculine appearance, Ji-wook struggles with his secret desire to be a woman. At last, he

decides to have a sex-change. However, a gang Ji-wook had arrested by force plots revenge. While Ji-wook resigns and dreams of transforming into a real woman, people close to him are caught up in a conspiracy… and killed. When the one person he must protect, ‘Jangmi’, also falls in danger, Ji-wook must make a choice. Palais K By invitation only

(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 escape their cages and change their lives forever.

Market Screening: tODaY / 13:30 / riviera 4

(US) Exclusive Media. 110mins. Dir: Gillian Greene. Key cast: Nikki Reed, Fran Kranz, Greg Kinnear, Blythe Danner, JK Simmons. Clinton Moisey sets out to uncover the truth behind the secret double life of his murdered cat, unexpectedly finds love along the way, and ultimately lands in the middle of a city-wide conspiracy.

(US) Celluloid Dreams/ Nightmares. 100mins. Dir: Carter Smith. Key cast: Cameron Monaghan, Noah Silver, Morgan Saylor, Madisen Beaty, Liv Tyler, Judy Greer. In a wintry small town, the body of a teenager named Jamie Marks is found by the river. Adam, the star of his crosscountry team, becomes fascinated with Jamie, a boy nobody really knew or interacted with, except occasionally to bully. When Jamie’s ghost begins to appear both to Adam and Gracie, the classmate who discovered the body, Adam is caught between two worlds. Olympia 4

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(Japan) Kadokawa

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“An insightful, moving romance for the technology age.” – Indiewire

Olympia 6 By invitation only

(Italy) New World Cinemas. 100mins. Dir: Emanuele Cerquiglini.

(Poland) 6 Sales. 120mins. Dir: Wladyslaw Pasikowski. Key cast: Maja Ostaszewska, Marcin Dorocinski, Oleg Maslennikov, Patrick Wilson. The man who challenged the empire.

– Variety

(Venezuela) Mundial. 119mins. Dir: Alberto Arvelo. Key cast: Edgar Ramirez, Danny Huston, Maria Valverde. The incredible story of Simon Bolivar, the 19th century revolutionary who led Latin America’s struggle for independence.



“[A] beautifully acted love story.”


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

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Corporation. 110mins. Dir: Ten Shimoyama. Key cast: Jingi Irie, Aimi Satsukawa, Maryjun Takahashi. Is he good, or is he evil? Either way, he will protect you.

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(South Korea) Cj E&M Corporation/Cj Entertainment. 25mins (trailer). Dir: Lee JeongBeom. Key cast: Jang Dong-Gun, Kim MinHee, Brian Tee, Kim Hee-Won. A hit man traumatised by accidentally killing a young girl during a job is given the mission to eliminate her mother and begins the ultimate fight to save her life.

own criminal past. Lerins 2


(UK) Content Media Corporation. 100mins. Dir: Nick Moore. Key cast: David Walliams, Jessica Hynes, Simon Cowell, John Sessions, Izzy Meikle-Small, Wendy Nottingham. A cheeky and downright hilarious animal adventure for the whole family. Olympia 7


(Netherlands) T Films. 85mins. Dir: Dick Maas. Key cast: Hanna Verboom, Barry Atsma, Loek Peters, Kim Van Kooten, Pierre Bokma. A famous gameshow host is being harassed in a restaurant by a strange man who claims to have kidnapped his wife and daughter. A morbid game ensues in which the game show host turns out to be… the contestant. Gray 5


(South Korea) Cj E&M Corporation/Cj Entertainment. 25mins (trailer). Dir: Kim HanMin. Key cast: Choi MinSik, Ryu Seung-Yong. Master strategist Admiral Yi and his 12 battleships oppose the enemy’s fleet of 330 and win the most incredible victory in history. Riviera 3


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

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(US) Hannibal Pictures. 93mins. Dir: Brian A. Miller. Key cast: Jason Patric, Bruce Willis, John Cusack, Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson. A widowed family man goes to New Orleans to track down his missing daughter. The truth of her disappearance is hard for him to take… and indeed forces him to confront his

(France) Gaumont. 87mins. Dir: Amelle Chahbi. Key cast: Amelle Chahbi, Noom Diawara. Amelle and Noom are both thirtyish and total opposites, but fate brings them together. She is serious and dynamic, a manager at Starbucks. He, a clever dilettante, is a budding stand-up comic. Both have just gone through bad love affairs »



















and have sworn “never again”. But what is to be done when opposites attract? They flirt, to our great amusement. But things are far from idyllic. Family, friends and colleagues get involved. There are quarrels, break-ups and then things really begin to go crazy. Caught between their polite upbringings and the intensity of their feelings, what can they do? Will love win out in the end? Star 2


(US) Myriad Pictures. 119mins. Dir: David Burris. Key cast: Adelaide Clemens, Haley Joel, Jeremy Irvine, Minka Kelly, Noah Wyle. In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, a rebellious young man struggles to

escape the violence that would bind him to the past. Gray 3


(Chile) Film Factory Entertainment. 100mins. Dir: Alejandro Fernandes Almendras. Key cast: Alejandra Yanez, Ariel Mateluna, Daniel Antivilo, Daniel Candia. When Jorge, a hardworking family man who’s barely making ends meet, gets mugged by Kalule, a neighbourhood delinquent, Jorge’s son decides to confront the attacker, only to be himself shot. Even though Jorge’s son nearly dies, Kalule’s sentence is minimal, heightening the friction. Olympia 3


A dark comedy portraying the power struggles of three female secretaries at a remote army base in the Israeli desert during the course of one year.

(South Korea) Cj E&M Corporation/Cj Entertainment. 25mins (trailer). Riviera 3

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(South Korea) Cj E&M Corporation/Cj Entertainment. 25mins (trailer).


Finecut Co. 25mins. Lerins 1

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(South Korea) Cj E&M Corporation/Cj Entertainment. 25mins (trailer). Riviera 3


(South Korea) Cj E&M Corporation/Cj Entertainment. 25mins (trailer). Riviera 3

(Israel) The Match Factory. 100mins. Dir: Talya Lavie. Key cast: Shani Klein, Heli Twito, Meytal Gal.



Finecut Co. 25mins. Lerins 1


(Germany) Arri Worldsales. 230mins. Dir: Edgar Reitz. Key cast: Antonia Theresa Bill, Eva Zeidler, Jan Schneider, Marita Breuer, Maximilian Scheidt, Melanie Fouche, Philine Lembeck, Rudiger Kriese. Set against the background of rural Germany in the middle of the 19th century, when whole villages suffering from famine and poverty

emigrated to faraway South America.

all those holy children she’s been told about.

Arcades 3

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(South Korea) Cj E&M Corporation/Cj Entertainment. 25mins (trailer). Riviera 3


(South Korea) Cj E&M Corporation/Cj Entertainment. 25mins (trailer). Riviera 3


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


(US) Celluloid Dreams/ Nightmares. 90mins. Dir: Chris Sivertson, Lucky McKee. Key cast: Brooke Butler, Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Tom Williamson. When the head cheerleader is unexpectedly killed in a freak accident, self-styled outsider Maddy shocks the remaining team by trying out for the new vacancy. Star 3


(Canada) The Shooting Eye. 95mins. Dir: Jeremy Major. Key cast: Becki England, Christena Hampson, Jeremy Major, Marcus Thomas. What begins as a surreal romance between two artists in New York City

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turns to tragedy when the largest blackout in history threatens their relationship. Gray 5


(China) All Rights Entertainment. 94mins. Dir: Ding Liang. Key cast: Justin J Wheeler, Siobhan Lumsden, Paul Rinehart, Toni Thompson, Rick Jay Glen. When two boxes are switched during a car accident on a rainy night, danger befalls the forest. Olympia 3

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(Denmark) TrustNordisk. 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 goads the fury of notorious gang leader Delarue. Betrayed by his corrupt and cowardly community, the peaceful pioneer must turn vengeful-hunter, slay the outlaws and cleanse the town’s black heart. Grand Theatre Lumiere Ticket required

(Germany) Beta Cinema. 94mins. Dir: Michael Bully Herbig. Key cast: Alexander Fehling, Michael Bully Herbig, Mina Tander. Eddie has everything a man can dream of. But as he is partying too hard and paying too little attention to the sales figures in his father’s company, he starts losing it all. When Buddy appears, Eddie’s overeager guardian angel, things go from bad to worse. Palais J



(US) Archstone Distribution. 95mins. Dir: Matthew Brown. Key cast: Ashley Williams, Tahyna Tozzi, Jack Noseworthy, Joel De La Fuente, Cary Woodworth, Darren Lipari, Ryan Cooper, Brad Koed. Centres on Julia Shames who, after suffering a brutal trauma, falls prey to an unorthodox form of therapy to restore herself. Palais D


(Serbia) Epic Pictures Group. 90mins. Dir: Milan Todorovic. Key cast: Franco Nero, Kristina Klebe, Natalie Burn. Two young women go on a Mediterranean vacation and uncover the watery lair of a killer mermaid hidden beneath an abandoned military fortress. Gray 1


(US) Xyz Films. 90mins. Dir: Christopher Denham. Key cast: Wren

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Schmidt, Aaron Staton, Pablo Schreiber. Wit, a brainy anaesthesiologist, heads out on a hunting trip in a forest preserve with her husband, Mike, a hedge fund manager, and his brother Sean, a former marine. But when the brothers are stalked and captured by three local hunters, Wit must unleash her own animal instincts or else end up a trophy. Palais H


(Thailand) M Thirtynine Co. 105mins. Deep in the jungle of Thailand, a rural community is faced with a mystery generations old. Sming is an age-old tale of who’s hunting who, with a supernatural legend terrorising a village. The brutality of the killings lure in hunters seeking great fame and glory, only to sink deeper into the darkness that is Sming.

Barragan, Enzo Macchiavello, Fernanda Barragan, Ivan Alzate. Sara returns to the beginning of her infancy, when she still had sight. Sara and her friends will find themselves abandoned by many and for many reasons. Palais E Press allowed


(US) Wild Bunch. 124mins. Dir: Abel Ferrara. Key cast: Gerard Depardieux, Jacqueline Bisset. Mr Deveraux is standing at the top of the world. Watch him fall. Star 1 and 2 Press allowed


(France) Acid. 80mins. Dir: Ioanis Nuguet. Two children are taken in and offered a peaceful yet fragile haven by a young trapezist.

(Mexico) 6 Sales. 100mins. Dir: Henry Bedwell. Key cast: Adriana Louvier, Erendira Ibarra, Zuria Vega. Greta inherits a huge mansion after her aunt Ofelia’s death, with the only condition she take good care of her aunt’s companion, a cat called Becker. Greta moves in with three girl friends. One night Becker suddenly dies, unleashing unexplainable events that will make them feel horror in their own skin.

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(US) Blairwood Entertainment. 72mins. Dir: Monty Miranda. Key cast: Alison Eastwood, Daryl Hannah, Jim Neubert. Riviera 3


Participant Media. 93mins. Dir: Jessica Yu. Forget everything you thought you knew about population. Olympia 5


(Japan) Shochiku Co. 84mins. Palais G


(Ecuador) Consejo Nacional De Cinematografia Del Ecuador. 90mins. Dir: Joe Houlberg. Key cast: Ana Cristina


(US) Myriad Pictures. 119mins. Dir: Ned Benson. Key cast: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, William Hurt, Viola Davis, Isabelle Huppert, Ciaran Hinds, Bill Hader. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge


(Mexico) Yellow Films. 104mins. Dir: Isaac Ezban Two parallel stories about characters trapped in illogical endless spaces: two brothers and a detective locked on an infinite staircase and a family locked on an infinite road for a very long time. Star 1

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FORCE MAJEURE by Ruben Östlund. Photo: Fredrik Wenzel

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

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Saint Laurent (Fr) Bertrand Bonello

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Wild Tales (Arg-Sp) Damian Szifron

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The Homesman (US) Tommy Lee Jones

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The Wonders (It-Switz-Ger) Alice Rohrwacher

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

Foxcatcher (US) Bennett Miller

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Maps To The Stars (Can) David Cronenberg

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

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

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Still The Water (Fr-Jap) Naomi Kawase

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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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Jimmy’s Hall (UK-Ire) Ken Loach

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

Mommy (Can-Fr) Xavier Dolan

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Clouds Of Sils Maria (Ger-Fr-Switz) Olivier Assayas

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Leviathan (Rus) Andrey Zvyagintsev

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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