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BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW

A Paris court rejected a request by Portuguese producer Paulo Branco for an injunction preventing the Cannes premiere of Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. The festival will now go ahead with the screening of the feature as its closing film on May 19. Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux announced the news ahead of the Un Certain Regard opening film Donbass. Branco was once again heavily critical of the festival in a press conference prior to the announcement of the verdict on Wednesday,

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the same day it was also confirmed Amazon Studios, which helped finance the film, had dropped plans to handle US distribution. Continuing to insist that rights to

the film belong to his Paris-based sales company Alfama Films Production, Branco claimed that Amazon had dropped out of the production a month ago, after Kinology, Tornasol Films and Carisco Producciones were unable to show they had resolved the dispute. The verdict was preceded by news earlier in the day that Gilliam had fallen ill over the weekend and had been briefly hospitalised, but was now recovering at home. The director tweeted: “After days of rest and prayers to the gods I am restored and well again. So is The

Man Who Killed Don Quixote! We are legally victorious! We will go to the ball, dressed as the closing film at Festival de Cannes!” Branco also criticised the scheduling of the film. “If you look at the last 10 years, all the films which have played as the closing film have been a disaster when they opened. If the film had been selected for Competition, I might have thought twice about bringing about this action,” he claimed. A final decision on who owns the rights to the film will be made on June 15.

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Paris-based Pyramide International has boarded sales on Danielle Arbid’s Passion Simple, starring Vicky Krieps as a French academic who falls passionately in love with a married Russian diplomat. Russian stage and screen star Danila Kozlovsky co-stars as the elusive Russian lover. Multilingual Luxembourgish actress Krieps, who shot to stardom internationally on the back of her performance opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread, plays a 42-year-old lecturer and researcher who has no illusions about the long-term future of her relationship with her younger, married lover. The $2.5m feature is co-produced by Philippe Martin and David Thion’s Les Films Pelléas — which is at Cannes this year with Christophe Honoré’s Competition title Sorry Angel and Pierre Salvadori’s Directors’ Fortnight selection The Trouble With You — as well as Pan-Européenne and Belgium’s Versus Production. The production is due to start shooting this autumn.

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Piper falls for ‘anti-romcom’ BY WENDY MITCHELL

UK actress Billie Piper is set to make her feature directorial debut with “anti-romcom” Rare Beasts. Western Edge Pictures (WEP) will produce. Piper wrote the script and will also star as a career-driven single mother who falls in love. WEP described it as “a dark and funny anti-romcom with a theatrical edge, and a fascinatingly personal comment on the price of modern feminism.”

Buyers tune in to Gaumont’s Ibiza Egyptian-Austrian filmmaker AB Shawky (right) and producer Dina Emam arrive for the premiere of Yomeddine, which is in Competition. Wild Bunch is handling international sales on Shawky’s debut.

CJ E&M and mm2 strike financing deal BY LIZ SHACKLETON

South Korea’s CJ E&M has struck a slate financing partnership for Southeast Asian films with Singapore’s mm2 Entertainment. Over the next three years through to 2021, mm2 will co-finance six films — four from Thailand and two from Indonesia — that CJ E&M is financing and producing. The companies will also jointly devise a plan to expand their film businesses and networks in Southeast Asia.

The first two films under the deal will start shooting this summer: Indonesian filmmaker Kimo Stamboel’s sci-fi horror Dreadout: Tower Of Hell, which starts shooting in July; and Thai horror A Portrait Of A Beauty, which was selected for the projects markets at this year’s Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy. The deal for Thai films will also cover romance and horror titles produced by CJ Major Entertainment — a joint venture

between CJ E&M and Thai exhibitor Major Cineplex. “Southeast Asia’s film market is steadily growing, with high-quality genre movies powering the growth,” said Jerry Ko, head of CJ E&M’s International Division. mm2 Entertainment chief content officer Ng Say Yong said: “We are proud to join forces with South Korea’s content market leader to co-produce originals and remakes across different genres.”

Gaumont is reporting a buzzy start at the market for Arnaud Lemort’s comedy Ibiza starring Christian Clavier as a conservative doctor in his sixties who heads to the Spanish party island of Ibiza in a bid to connect with his girlfriend’s teenage children. Mathilde Seigner also features in the cast. The film, which is in preproduction, closed deals to Benelux (Nexus), Greece (Seven Films) and Poland (M2 Films) at the opening of the market. Produced by Thomas and Mathieu Verhaeghe’s Paris-based Atelier de Production and Gaumont, it is the third feature from Lemort. Melanie Goodfellow


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Rocker Godley to helm Orson Welles feature

New Europe joins cult master on Love Express

BY GEOFFREY MACNAB

British rock musician and video director Kevin Godley (10cc, Godley & Creme) is to make his feature directing debut with The Gate, a film he has scripted about Orson Welles as a young man. The Gate will shoot in Ireland and tell the story of Welles, as a teenager, making his acting debut at the Gate Theatre in Dublin in 1931. Godley will also oversee the music. “For me Ireland was Welles’ personal Rosebud,” Godley commented. “His own lost innocence was buried under a contradictory lifetime of achievement and diminishing returns, so I want the audience to feel that loss from the beginning.” The project is being produced by Laura De Casto (former managing director of Tartan Films in the UK) and Andrew Bentley, former CFO of Virgin Music Group and EMI International. It has received development funding from the Irish Film Board. De Casto and Bentley have a completed version of Godley’s script here in Cannes, where they are raising finance for the project.

Doc & Film dons Cardin Paris-based Doc & Film International has acquired worldwide rights to House Of Cardin, chronicling the life and work of fashion icon Pierre Cardin. Directors P David Ebersole and Todd Hughes of The Ebersole Hughes Company will debut a work-in-progress teaser at an American Pavilion panel today. Cardin, 95, has granted exclusive access to his archives and couture empire for the doc, and promises unprecedented interviews. The Ebersole Hughes Company is producing with Marc Smolowitz of 13th Gen Films. Daniela Elstner of Doc & Film negotiated the deal with Smolowitz on behalf of the filmmakers. Jeremy Kay

BY GEOFFREY MACNAB

Warsaw-based New Europe Film Sales has boarded world sales for the documentary Love Express. The Disappearance Of Walerian Borowczyk, which explores the career of controversial filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk, the cult Polish director whose credits include Blanche and Immoral Tales. The company is launching the film, which was co-produced by HBO Europe, in the Cannes market. Revered in the 1970s, Borowczyk was hailed as a director of unparalleled sensitivity, before later becoming better known as a maker of erotic movies including Emmanuelle 5. The documentary features interviews with his clos-

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est collaborators, filmmakers and leading intellectuals who put his work into perspective, including Terry Gilliam, Bertrand Bonello, Neil Jordan, Andrzej Wajda, Patrice Leconte and Slavoj Zizek. The film sheds light on his professional philosophy and artistic achievements, and investigates how he went from creating

acclaimed, cutting-edge work and competing in Cannes to being labelled a ‘smutmeister’. “It is an original insight into the twists and turns of the sexual revolution and its aftermath, and a chance to rediscover a forgotten artist who influenced many great directors,” said New Europe Film Sales CEO Jan Naszewski. The documentary is directed by Kuba Mikurda, who co-wrote the script with Marcin Kubawski. It is a co-production between HBO Europe, CoLab Pictures, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Maagiline Masin and Otter Films, and was co-funded by the Polish Film Institute and the Estonian Film Institute.

Zombiepura comes to life for mm2 BY LIZ SHACKLETON

Singapore’s mm2 Entertainment has sold zombie-themed action comedy Zombiepura to South Korea’s Contents Panda and GSC Movies for Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. Directed by Jacen Tan, the film is produced by mm2, Clover Films and Jab Films, with the support of the Singapore Film Commission. Clover Films jointly negotiated the sales deals with mm2. Scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2018, the film revolves around a zombie outbreak in an isolated army camp, where a lazy soldier and his tough commander have to fight to survive and learn what it takes to

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become real soldiers. Alaric (Serangoon Road) and Benjamin Heng (Eating Air) head the cast. mm2 is a leading Singaporebased producer, with credits including the Ah Boys To Men franchise, while Clover Films is one of the territory’s biggest

distributors and producers. Clover’s recent releases include Contents Panda’s hit zombie movie Train To Busan. Zombiepura is the first feature from Jab Films, launched by Singaporean filmmaker Tan with actors Alaric and Heng.

Jones and Stewart fire up Dragon Rider BY TOM GRATER

Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Thomas BrodieSangster (The Maze Runner) and Patrick Stewart have boarded the voice cast of feature animation Dragon Rider. Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland), Meera Syal (Doctor Strange), Sanjeev Bhaskar (Absolutely Anything) and Nonso

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Anozie (Cinderella) are also in the cast of the film, which follows a trio of heroes: young silver dragon Firedrake (Brodie-Sangster), Sorrel the mountain brownie (Jones) and a boy called Ben (Highmore) as they embark on an adventure and battle against a dragon-killing machine called Nettlebrand (Stewart). Based on Cornelia Funke’s

novel of the same name, the film is being written by Johnny Smith (Gnomeo & Juliet) and directed by Tomer Eshed. Producers are Constantin Film’s Martin Moszkowicz and Oliver Berben, with co-producers Cyborn, RiseFX and Lumatic. Timeless Films is handling worldwide sales. The film is scheduled to be delivered in autumn 2019.

Vision takes on Vox Lux Beijing-based Vision Film Entertainment has acquired Chinese rights to Vox Lux from Sierra/Affinity. Written and directed by Brady Corbet, the film stars Natalie Portman and Jude Law in the story of a pop star. The film is produced by Bold Films, Andrew Lauren Productions and Killer Films. Vision has emerged as an aggressive buyer at Cannes, announcing acquisitions including Studiocanal’s The Child In Time, Highland Film Group’s Ghosts Of War and MGM’s Sherlock Gnomes. Liz Shackleton

Benelux digs deep in the festival, market BY GEOFFREY MACNAB

Benelux’s leading arthouse buyers have confirmed their latest acquisitions in the festival and market. Cineart has added Life Itself and The Children’s Act, both sold by FilmNation; Asif Kapadia’s Maradona (Altitude); Laszlo Nemes’ Sunset (Playtime); and Ari Folman’s Where Is Anne Frank (Wild Bunch) to its distribution roster. These titles complement the eight features in official selection that Cineart has already acquired. From the Competition line-up, the company has Everybody Knows, Christophe Honoré’s Sorry Angel, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Matteo Garrone’s Dogman and Eva Husson’s Girls Of The Sun. It also has Un Certain Regard title Little Tickles, Directors’ Fortnight entry Mirai and Critics’ Week title Our Struggle. Cineart will also resume its long-standing relationship with the Dardenne brothers on Ahmed, which is being pre-sold by Wild Bunch. Pim Hermeling’s September Film Distribution has also confirmed its latest pick-ups. The company’s Competition titles include Shoplifters from Hirokazu Kore-eda and The Wild Pear Tree from Nuri Bilge Ceylan. September also has Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built, which screens Out of Competition.

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UK horror Astral gets Vertical deal

Crying Game’s Nik Powell scales Willow, Rattlesnakes

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Chris Mul’s UK horror Astral has scored a deal with Vertical Entertainment for North American distribution and has also been picked up for international sales by Film Seekers. Frank Dillane (Fear The Walking Dead), Vanessa Grasse (Leather­face) and Damson Idris (Farming) star. Astral tells the story of metaphysics student Alex who, coming to terms with the death of his mother, turns to astral projection in an attempt to reconnect with her and discovers the possibility of a dimension outside our own. Christos Kardana and Mul of Craven Street produced the film, which is completed. Mul also wrote the screenplay with Michael Mul. Eduardo Panizzo from creative agency Coffee & Cigarettes negotiated the deals on behalf of the filmmakers. “We are thrilled to be in business with Vertical Entertainment, who showed a strong commitment to the film and we feel strongly they are the perfect home for the film in North America. Adding Film Seekers to handle international sales creates a dream team of sales and distribution,” Panizzo said.

BY GEOFFREY MACNAB

The Crying Game producer Nik Powell is in Cannes with two new projects. Powell, who stepped down as director of the UK’s National Film and Television School last summer, is working with Golden Lion-winning writerdirector Milcho Manchevski (Before The Rain, Dust) on the Macedonian-born filmmaker’s new feature Willow. Due to shoot in Macedonia in early autumn, the film consists of two love stories. One takes place

Powell is producing through Scala Productions. Partners on the project include Vladimir Anastasov’s Sektor Film in Macedonia, Igor Nola of Mainframe Production (McMafia) and the Chouchkov brothers in Bulgaria. Powell is in Cannes looking to attach German co-producers. Powell’s other project is Rattlesnakes, from NFTS graduate Julius Amedume, which shot in Los Angeles and is in post. Describing it as “a great genre piece”, Powell is looking to attach a sales agent.

White Riot to tour France BY JEREMY KAY

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Kinoshita Group steps in at Tokyo Filmex to fill Kitano void Japanese conglomerate Kinoshita Group has taken over the management and partial funding of Tokyo Filmex after its previous organiser Office Kitano withdrew from the festival earlier this year. Office Kitano, the agency and production company co-founded by actor-filmmaker Takeshi Kitano, had managed the festival since its launch in 2000. However, the firm is being restructured after Kitano announced in March that he was quitting to go independent. As representing Kitano brought in a large proportion of Office Kitano’s revenue, the company has now scaled back production and is no longer in a position to

in a 17th-century rural milieu, the other in a contemporary urban setting. Despite being separated by hundreds of years, the two couples’ experiences echo each other. “It’s this game of mirrors between the two stories, the two couples, which propels this story,” Manchevski explained. The new feature will mark New York-based Manchevski’s return to Macedonia after an absence of almost a decade. The project is being backed by the Macedonian Film Agency under Gorjan Tozija.

fund Tokyo Filmex. Kinoshita has stepped in to take over the management role and partfinance the event, which also receives funding from government and sponsorship deals. This year’s edition will take place as planned from November 17-25 in Tokyo. The news was announced by Kino Films president Yumiko Takebe and former Office Kitano and Filmex executive Shozo Ichiyama, who has been appointed director of Kinoshita’s Visual Content Division. Ichiyama said the festival would continue in its current format, which includes a competition for emerging Asian filmmakers. Liz Shackleton

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Ryan Kampe’s New York-based Visit Films has closed a deal with The Jokers Films in France on Rubika Shah’s documentary White Riot. Visit concluded the deal in Cannes at the Great 8 Showcase on Tuesday organised by the BFI, BBC Films and Film4 in association with the British Council. White Riot explores how punk influenced politics in 1970s Britain, with previously unseen footage of The Clash and Elvis Costello.

Streetkids Utd football doc scores hat-trick The third entry in the Streetkids documentary franchise, Streetkids United III: The Road To Moscow, is now shooting at the 2018 Street Child World Cup in the Russian capital. It chronicles the event, which takes place ahead of the FIFA World Cup and invites more than 200 ‘street children’ to compete. The first Streetkids film depicted the 2010 event in Durban, South Africa, and played in Generations at the 2011 Berlinale. Its sequel, Streetkids United II: The Girls From Rio, had its premiere at Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival. The latest film is a co-production between Dublinbased Film & Music Entertainment (F&ME) and Dutch outfit JaJa Film Productions, in association with Bernd Out and Amsterdam-based post facility Made For Digital. Prajesh Sen from India is an associate producer. Jacco Groen is directing, and the producers are Jamillah van der Hulst and Conrad Alleblas for JaJa, Mike Downey and Sam Taylor for F&ME. Tom Grater

Korea’s M-Line begins VR Sobibor drama seals key deals sales for Dexter BY GEOFFREY MACNAB

Russian actor Konstantin Khabensky’s directorial debut Sobibor has sealed key territory sales in advance of its screening in the market. Sobibor is produced by Cinema Production and Gleb Fetisov of Fetisoff Illusion (Loveless). It tells the story of Sobibor extermination camp in Poland, 1943, when Soviet-Jewish prisoner-of-war Alexander Pechersky spearheaded a successful uprising and escape from the camp. Eleven German SS officers were killed during the action, and more than 50 Sobibor escapees survived (including Pechersky). Khabensky himself plays Pechersky, while Christopher Lambert co-stars as SS officer Karl Frenzel.

Sobibor has been presold to France and Switzerland (First International Production), the UK (4 Digital Media), Spain (Flins & Piniculas), Benelux (DFW), Poland (Nova Films), Hungary (Romis Entertainment), Bulgaria (Beatum), Japan (Fine Films) and Australia (Jewish International Film festival — theatrical release). Negotiations with the US, China and Latin America are under way. The film is being handled in Cannes by All Media under chief executive George Shabanov and head of international sales Zhanna Shakhshaeva. Sobibor is supported by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by Rossotrudnichestvo, the Russian government agency that oversees foreign aid.

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M-Line Distribution has become South Korea’s first firm to launch sales on VR films with a slate led by local powerhouse Dexter Studios’ titles Along With The Gods VR, Follow The White Rabbit and Help Me. The last two films are screening in the Marché’s Next VR showcase. Along With The Gods VR is based on Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds, which clocked up 14.4 million admissions locally this year. The four-minute VR film is being directed by Jin Jonghyun, who was VFX supervisor on the original feature. Fantasy adventure drama Follow The White Rabbit is directed by Chuck Chae, while VR short Help Me is directed by Yoo Tae-kyung.

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Lightning hits zombies Lightning Entertainment has kicked off worldwide sales here on Untitled Teen Pregnancy Road Movie (With Zombies), which Daddy Day Care director Steve Carr has signed on to direct. The project is the second in an elevated genre slate assembled by The Walking Dead producers Circle of Confusion with Lightning and Hindsight Media. Casting is underway ahead of an anticipated summer start in Canada on the story of a pregnant teenage girl trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. Steve Barr and Casey Whelan wrote the screenplay. Lawrence Mattis, Brad Mendelsohn and Matt Smith are producing, while Lightning’s James C Walker and Andrew Brown serve as executive producers with Hindsight’s James Swarbrick and James Scott. Jeremy Kay

Spotlight offers Miracle BY JEREMY KAY

Los Angeles-based Spotlight Pictures has launched international sales on the modern fairytale Waiting For The Miracle To Come starring Willie Nelson, with Bono and Wim Wenders on board as executive producers. Charlotte Rampling and Sophie Lowe also star in the story of a young girl who embarks on a journey of discovery and along the way encounters faith, love and fulfilment.

Joining Bono and Wenders on the executive producer roster are Dale Brown, Mark Rodgers and Tyler Zacharia. Lian Lunson, Gaston Pavlovich, Molly Mayeux and Terence Berry served as producers. Lunson wrote Waiting For The Miracle To Come for Nelson after working with him on a documentary. The film shot on location at Nelson’s ranch in Texas where the latter’s 1986 western Red Headed Stranger also shot.

The film features an original song by Bono and Nelson, ‘Where The Shadow Falls’, marking the first collaboration between the artists. “The uniqueness of Lian’s vision in telling this very simple story reflects the beautiful complexity of who Willie Nelson is, what makes him the fabric of this country, his connection to people and his ability to tell a story just by standing still,” said Bono.

Tianying Media ready for June BY LIZ SHACKLETON

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Aaron Kwok and Miao Miao will star in Tianying Media’s suspense drama June, which is scheduled to start shooting in New York this month. Arri Media is handling sales for European territories on the film, with the rest of the world handled by Tianying Media.

Incredible adds Dutch three BY GEOFFREY MACNAB

Incredible Film has added three new Dutch films to its Cannes slate. Frans Weisz’s Life Is Wonderful is a love story set during one spring day in Amsterdam. Speech by Barbara Bredero is a romantic comedy involving a woman who is passionate about words. Behind The Clouds is the debut feature from Cecilia Verheyden, based on a stage play by Michael De Cock and starring Chris Lomme. The company has also been screening footage here of Roel Reiné’s Redbad, starring Jonathan Banks, in advance of its world premiere in the Netherlands in late June. The film has already sold to Germany, France, Spain, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Turkey, CIS, the Middle East, South Korea, the US and Canada. Incredible Film’s Danielle Raaphorst is selling further territories at Cannes.

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Join us at Pavilion 117 Friday 11 May 11.30-12.30

Forging Global Collaborations

Successful international collaboration starts with understanding local markets. Experienced producers in some of the world’s fastestgrowing markets discuss potential opportunities. Speakers: Jeffrey Chan (China), Rodrigo S. González (Mexico)

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Small Films, Big Impact:

How short filmmakers can make the most of the international festival circuit In association with the British Council Speakers: Kathleen McInnis (Festival Strategist, See-Through Films), filmmaker Jayisha Patel, producer Georgia Goggin (We Love Moses)

Saturday 12 May 12.00-13.00

Events at the UK Film Centre

Cold War (Zimna wojna) Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski In Competition Premiere tonight

Brexit Update

Leaving the EU but staying in Europe Speakers: Sunniva Hansson (Wiggin), Harriet Finney (BFI’s Director of External Affairs) Chair: Isabel Davis, BFI’s Head of International

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The New Dealmakers

Speakers: Tristen Tuckfield (EVP, 30West), Dana O’Keefe (Partner, Cinetic), Phil Hunt (Co-Managing Director, Head Gear Films), Samantha Racanelli (Agent, Endeavor Content), Claudia Bluemhuber (Managing Director, Silver Reel Partners)

Myriad Pictures has bolstered its Cannes slate with international rights to Mosaic Entertainment’s #Roxy, a modern-day retelling of Cyrano De Bergerac. The teen romcom based on the classic French play stars Jake Short, Sarah Fisher, Booboo Stewart and Danny Trejo. Instead of love letters and secret balcony trysts between the star-

crossed lovers, #Roxy uses texting, tweets and Skype as its protagonists’ form of communication. Michael Kennedy directed from a screenplay by Tony Binns, and Camille Beaudoin produced. “This is a fresh take on the classic play with a group of very talented actors, including Jake Short and Sarah Fisher,” Myriad Pictures president Kirk

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D’Amico said. “We are delighted to be selling this funny and smart comedy to international distributors. We are also delighted to be working with this talented group of filmmakers, including director Michael Kennedy.” Handshake Partners represents US rights and negotiated the deal with Myriad on behalf of Mosaic Entertainment.

Rafaella nets b-ball comedy BY LIZ SHACKLETON

Manila-based distributor Rafaella Films International has acquired Philippines rights to basketball comedy Uncle Drew from Lionsgate. Directed by Charles Stone III (Step Sisters), the film stars NBA legends Kyrie Irving, Shaquille O’Neal and Reggie Miller, alongside Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish and Nick Kroll. It was produced by Temple Hill Entertainment and PepsiCo’s Creators League Studios. Rafaella Films will release the film

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Kleist heads Arctic Indigenous Fund

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The first board has been appointed for the Arctic Indigenous Film Fund, which launched in March. Greenland’s Kuupik Vandersee Kleist, former prime minister of Greenland, has been appointed as chairman of the fund. The other board members are Mike Downey, producer and CEO of Film & Music Entertainment; Norway’s Maria Utsi, director of the

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Arctic Arts Festival; Norwegian actor and filmmaker Nils Gaup; Russian producer Sardana Savvina; and Canada’s Huw Eirug, CEO of the Nunavut Film Development Corporation. The International Sami Film Institute established the fund with collaborating partners Canada Media Fund, Nunavut Film Develo p m e n t Co r p o ra t i o n , Greenland’s Film.gl and Russia’s Archy.

strategy, with Rafaella and acquisitions consultant David Marsh. Rafaella Films is a fastexpanding Philippines distributor, which has handled titles such as Yeon Sang-ho’s Train To Busan.

Doctors to producers The Film Festival Doctor, the consultancy run by Rebekah Louisa Smith, is moving into production with UK horror Skendleby. The project, adapted from Nick Brown’s novel, will be directed by US filmmaker Stephen David Brooks (Flytrap) and produced by Alexa Waugh (Hi-Lo Joe). Waugh, Smith and Brooks are presenting in Cannes under the name Doctor Rebekah Productions. Tom Grater

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Blinded By The Light at end of tunnel While much of the industry is on the French Riviera, director Gurinder Chadha is in the UK shooting feature Blinded By The Light, which chronicles the experiences of a British Pakistani boy growing up in the 1980s. The film wraps on May 13. Blinded By The Light has been adapted from the memoir of UK journalist Sarfraz Manzoor, with whom Chadha bonded over a mutual love for Bruce Springsteen. The director first saw the US musician live in 1984 and has followed him ever since; Manzoor

has interviewed Springsteen plenty of times. “We knew we couldn’t do it without Bruce’s blessing,” remembers Chadha, speaking to Screen International from the set. When the book was published, the pair attended a screening of Springsteen feature doc The Promise in London, where they ran into the musician on the red carpet. “We told him we wanted to make the movie and he said, ‘Sounds good,’” recalls the director. “He loved how music can transcend class, race and background.”

The film, set in 1987 Britain, tackles unemployment and racial tensions. Chadha says there are parallels with today but that things have also moved on. “We’ve got a scene where people have written ‘Pakis Out’ or drawn a swastika on a wall, and no-one in my art department wants to do it,” she remarks. “I said, ‘Give me the bloody spray can and I’ll write it.’” Blinded By The Light is showing first footage in the Cannes market and is being sold by Cornerstone Films. Tom Grater

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Bad habits on the Croisette Sister Kate and Sister Claire took a moment to relax on the beach in Cannes yesterday and enjoy a herbal remedy (sage, Screen understands). The pair are here to talk up Breaking Habits, a feature documentary about a commune of nuns who run an illegal cannabis farm in the US, which Film Constellation is selling in the market.

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Cate Blanchett is not the only one with tough judging to do this week. Frédéric Boyer and his colleagues from Les Arcs and Tribeca will crown the winner at the invitation-only annual DJ contest on May 14 hosted by the Goteborg and Haugesund film markets. For the past 10-plus years, the hosts have invited DJ teams from festivals including Sundance, Rotterdam and Karlovy Vary to hold a short DJ set and see whose tunes excite the crowd. Wendy Mitchell

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research, who question why Lebanese director Nadine Labaki their parents had them if they makes her Competition bow with were not prepared to love and Capernaum, about a neglected nurture them. 12-year-old boy who decides to sue his parents for bringing him Is the cast professional? into the world. The film premieres None of the actors are here on May 17. professional. Almost everyone is The filmmaker, who premiered playing a role close to their her debut Caramel in Directors’ reality. The main actor Fortnight and second is a Syrian refugee. feature Where Do My casting We Go Now? scouts found in Un Certain him in the Regard, is street, the first from playing with Lebanon to his friends. make it into In reality, Competition he has loving since Maroun Capernaum parents but his Baghdadi’s kidnap family fled the war six drama Out Of Life, which years ago and it has been a won the jury prize in 1991. difficult situation ever since. We’ve got him a passport and are How does it feel to be back in hoping his visa will come through Cannes as a Palme d’Or in time for him to attend. contender for the first time? I’m really happy. I feel like part of You are one of three women of the family. I developed my first 21 filmmakers in Competition film at the Résidence of the this year. Should more be Cinéfondation, so being here in done to achieve parity in the the official Competition is selection? particularly special. I feel it’s important that female points of view are in the Can you explain the Competition but at the same motivations behind the film’s time, I don’t think the selection unusual storyline? criteria should be based on a It’s inspired by research I’ve been drive for 50:50 parity. For me, doing over the last three years it would be insulting if I felt my into the lives of children dealing film had been selected for with extreme neglect, and Competition because I’m a sometimes abuse, who are left woman. It should be about the to take care of themselves. I quality of the film. wanted to give a voice to these kids who I’ve come across in my Melanie Goodfellow

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Sorry Angel Reviewed by Fionnuala Halligan

COMPETITION

Competing at Cannes for the first time in more than a decade, author/playwright/filmmaker Christophe Honoré delivers a lengthy, loose and loquacious story about an HIV-positive writer suffering from Aids in 1993 Paris and the (mostly) men who come into his orbit. The French title, Plaire, Aimer Et Courir Vite makes more sense when it comes to deciphering this personal jumble; a film without highs or lows, a collection of lovers and friends and thoughts and dialogue which often has trouble connecting in translation. The story of an older man and a younger boy who seem to be two sides of the same person, it is sexually frank without being explicit and, replete with ambitious dialogue that doesn’t always translate well into English, comes dressed in wide-ranging artistic, philosophical and literary references. The terrain is familiar from last year’s 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute), but with a decidedly auteur spin: Sorry Angel marches to Honoré’s uncompromising rhythms and, as such, it may fare best with LGBTQ+ audiences. The film opens in Paris, where Jacques (Pierre Deladonchamps) is having dinner with Jean-Marie, a former rent boy he has been seeing on and off. He goes home to take recreational heroin with his older gay journalist neighbour (Denis Podalydes), and is interrupted by his young son. Jacques is not in the market for a new relationship; he is HIV-positive and is working through how he might now live his life. Thus sequences are stretched out to the point where even the dramatic eventually becomes banal, admittedly with some exceptions. But mostly, it is as if Honoré is seeing where it all goes, using the subject to figure out his own and his characters’ attitudes towards mortality. A lot of these scenes feel personal. Yet setting this in 1993, during the Aids crisis, sets it apart from those questions that exist today between generations. This, like Call Me By Your Name, is a picture of an innocence lost, but with deathly consequences. Whether it be a self-portrait, a series of sketches, or the anguish of an artist who is continuously working over a painful past, Honoré clearly carries the losses of that time with him forever.

SCREEN SCORE

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Fr. 2018. 132mins Director/screenplay Christophe Honoré Production companies Les Films Pelléas International sales MK2, intlsales@mk2.com Producers Philippe Martin, David Thion Editing Chantal Hymans Production design Stéphane Taillasson Cinematography Rémy Chevrin Main cast Pierre Deladonchamps, Vincent Lacoste, Denis Podalydes, Adele Wismes, Luca Malinowski

Donbass Reviewed by Jonathan Romney Industrious Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa has delved before into the murkier regions of human behaviour. But even by the standards of his caustic debut My Joy (2010) or last year’s descent-into-hell drama A Gentle Creature, Donbass comes across as savage stuff. A sprawling black comedy with a vast ensemble cast, it evokes a chaotic state of social breakdown in the Donbass region of Ukraine, often with virtuoso brilliance, but its sometimes overstretched vignettes can tax the overwhelmed viewer. Loznitsa’s parallel career as a documentarist — most recently with this year’s Victory Day about a Russian patriotic ceremony — means that his features often walk a teasing line between fiction and pitilessly observed reality. That’s again the case in a film populated by a cast that is apparently a mix of actors and non-professionals. The background is the conflict in Donbass between the Ukrainian Army and Russian-backed separatist militia. Working once again with star Romanian cinematographer Oleg Mutu, Loznitsa gives us 13 episodes based on real events. In a pre-title sequence, we see people being made-up in a trailer to be film extras or possibly fake vox-pop interviewees for TV reportage. We then see a meeting of officials interrupted when a woman dumps a bucket of faeces on the chairman’s head, and travellers on a bus being harangued by a woman officer at a military checkpoint. A long sequence tours an underground hovel inhabited by refugees from shelling in the city; the film’s most brutal moment shows a lone soldier tied to a lamppost and left to the mercies of an angry mob. These moments are painful, but elsewhere Loznitsa doesn’t know when to stop: a sequence depicting a raucous wedding under the flag of Novorossiya goes on relentlessly, and its grotesqueness suggests that the director’s eye for baseness is all but crossing the line into contempt, which doesn’t work to his satiric advantage. Certainly, Loznitsa’s black humour belongs to an established Eastern tradition and therefore may not click with Western tastes. But even in this context, Donbass often feels overwrought. The final sequence packs a genuine shock — all the more so for being artfully understated — but the virtuoso choreography of the extended closing shot makes its point before the credits roll.

UN CERTAIN REGARD Ukr-Ger-Fra-Neth-Rom. 2018. 121 mins Director/screenplay Sergei Loznitsa Production companies Ma.Ja.De. Fiction, Arthouse Traffic, JBA Production, Graniet Film, Wild At Art, Digital Cube International sales Pyramide International, avalentin@pyramidefilms. com Producer Heino Deckert Production design Kirill Shuvalov Editing Danielius Kokanauskis Cinematography Oleg Mutu Main cast Tamara Yatsenko, Ludmila Smorodina, Olesya Zhurakovskaya, Boris Kamorzin, Sergei Russkin

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The Eyes Of Orson Welles Reviewed by Allan Hunter

Birds Of Passage Reviewed by Wendy Ide A gripping saga that traces the birth of the narcotrafficking industry that gutted Colombian society, the follow up to Embrace Of The Serpent brings a fresh perspective, rejecting the overly familiar tropes of the gangster genre. By exploring the effect of their marijuana export business on two clans of the indigenous Wayuu community, Birds Of Passage serves as an allegory for the tumultuous recent history of the country as a whole. While the film is more formally conventional than the arthouse hit, it represents a step up in ambition in terms of scale and scope. More accessible than Embrace Of The Serpent, but crafted with the same skill and bone-deep sense of cultural authenticity, Birds Of Passage should take wing on the festival circuit after opening Directors’ Fortnight. It is also likely to figure prominently on the radar of distributors specialising in high-quality arthouse fare. The eye-catching blend of a crime movie with elements of something approaching magical realism should provide a seductive marketing hook. The birds of the title have a particularly complex resonance in Colombia — an omen signifying changing times. And over the course of five chapters — which span from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s — times for the Pushaina clan of the Guajira desert-lands change beyond recognition. The families move from hammocks slung in huts to luxury villas built on the foundations of drug money; where once they honoured each other with gifts of goats, crates of semi-automatic weapons become the accepted currency. It is a business that starts accidentally. Raphayet (Jose Acosta), the impoverished suitor of Zaida (Natalia Reyes), first dabbles in dealing drugs in order to purchase her dowry. When he has accumulated sufficient livestock, Raphayet marries Zaida, despite the reservations of her mother Ursula (Carmina Martinez), a respected elder of the Wayuu community. His contentment with their domestic life is not matched by that of his brash business buddy Moises (Jhon Narvaez), who sells the seductive idea of expanding their business. The film is particularly strong when it comes to navigating the framework of Wayuu traditions. A complex protocol system is in place where transgressions can have grave consequences.

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DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT Col-Mex-Den-Fr. 2018. 125mins Director Ciro Guerra, Cristina Gallego Production companies Ciudad Luna, Blond Indian Films International sales Films Boutique, contact@ filmsboutique.com Producers Cristina Gallego, Katrin Pors Screenplay Maria Camila Arias, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal Production design Juan David Bernal Editing Miguel Schverdfinger Cinematography David Gallego Music Leonardo Heiblum Main cast Carmina Martinez, Jose Acosta, Natalia Reyes, Jhon Narvaez, Greider Meza, Jose Vicente Cotes, Juan Martinez, Greider Meza

Reservations about the need for yet another film on Orson Welles are soon silenced by the latest highly personal documentary essay from Mark Cousins. The Eyes Of Orson Welles uses unprecedented access to drawings, sketches and paintings by Welles to provide a fresh perspective on how he saw the world and how that lay at the heart of his filmmaking. Following its world premiere opening Cannes Classics, this documentary should prove catnip for festival programmers and is likely to achieve some commercial traction among Welles aficionados and cineastes. Conceived in the style of Cousins’ previous documentaries What Is This Film Called Love? and I Am Belfast and linked to Cousins’ 2017 book The Story Of Looking, The Eyes Of Orson Welles is a love letter to the late filmmaker. Cousins’ distinctive, lugubrious tones are heard in extensive narration as he informs, teases, speculates and flirts with Welles, and tries to understand what shaped his vision. Awe and wonder inform Cousins’ approach to Welles as he follows in his footsteps on a global journey from his Wisconsin birthplace of Kenosha to Ireland, Morocco, Paris, Spain and beyond. The journey is illustrated by Welles’ own work. Given the blessing of Welles’ daughter Beatrice, Cousins is able to present everything from rough pencil sketches to Christmas cards, oil paintings and works in charcoal, ink and watercolour. Welles seemed to sketch and paint with a prodigious energy, matching the legacy he left as a filmmaker and actor. Taking his cue from the art of Orson, Cousins discourses on Welles’ sense of civic duty, his political engagement with the world, his fascination with the outmoded virtues of chivalry and his sense of being out of harmony with his own times. Cousins suggests that Welles was “attracted to the grandeur of kingship”, drawn to rulers and tyrants and those who cannot escape the burden of their own power. Always intriguing, the documentary becomes more compelling the more acutely it traces the connections between Welles’ visual thinking and his films. Engaging, insightful and wide-ranging, The Eyes Of Orson Welles is compact but leaves the impression that it could easily have been twice as long.

CANNES CLASSICS UK. 2018. 115mins Director/screenplay/ cinematography Mark Cousins Production company Bofa Productions International sales Dogwoof, ana@dogwoof. com Producers Mary Bell, Adam Dawtrey Editing Timo Langer Music Matt Regan Featuring Mark Cousins, Beatrice Welles

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Rafiki Reviewed by Allan Hunter

One Day Reviewed by Lee Marshall Juggling one child’s busy schedule is a parental headache; with three, life can become a spreadsheet nightmare. Especially if, as in Hungarian director Zsofia Szilagyi’s wonderful debut film, it is the working mother who somehow gets landed with the brunt of the childcare and taxi-service duties. On this mundane premise, Szilagyi builds a deeply relevant film that manages to turn 36 hours in the life of a worn-out mother-of-three into a small yet powerful drama of ordinary desperation. Szilagyi worked as casting director on Ildiko Enyedi’s Oscar-nominated On Body And Soul, and it is the surefooted casting of the family unit that gives One Day its edge of convincing quotidian realism. Zsofia Szamosi is excellent as Anna, a stressed mother-of-three who is first seen dealing with an affair her indecisive lawyer husband Szabolcs (Leo Furedi) may or may not be having with one of her girlfriends (Annamaria Lang). But the point of One Day, which is surely destined for further festival play and arthouse bookings is that, like so many working women with families, Anna cannot move the furniture or the kids out of the way to deal with the issue, let alone have a proper conversation with Szabolcs. The couple hasn’t even been able to find the time to fix a broken pipe under the kitchen sink — meaning Anna has to empty a dirty bucket periodically before it over flows, an apt metaphor for the life she is stuck in. Between dealing with an outbreak of lice, a mortgage payment foul-up and the worry that hubby might be drifting away from her, Anna’s emotional grey-water sump is filled to overflowing, never able to tip out the potentially toxic waste. It’s not all misery: Anna has a real bond with eldest son Simon, a dreamer who spends most of his time thinking about an intergalactic computer game. This innocent astral evasion contrasts with the limited escape on offer to Anna, who inhabits a world of closed spaces at the school where she teaches and the family’s messy apartment. Sound design enhances the aggression of these confined urban spaces: when a clank rings out in her son’s fencing hall, Anna positively flinches. In dwelling on the heroism of an ordinary woman’s ordinary day, Szilagyi delivers a sympathetic movie that makes the car chases and shootouts of the classic action genre look like the easy option compared to the challenge of holding down three kids, a job and a wayward husband.

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CRITICS’ WEEK Hun. 2018. 99mins Director Zsofia Szilagyi Production companies Partnersfilm, Sparks, Filmpartners, Propclub, Hungarian Filmlab International sales Films Boutique, contact@ filmsboutique.com Producers Agi Pataki, Edina Kenesei Screenplay Zsofia Szilagyi, Reka ManVarhegyi Production design Judit Varga Editing Mate Szorad Cinematography Balazs Domokos Music Mate Balogh Main cast Zsofia Szamosi, Leo Furedi, Ambrus Barcza, Zorka Varga-Blasko, Mark Gardos, Annamaria Lang, Eva Vandor, Karoly Hajduk

Wanuri Kahiu’s second feature reveals a lightness of touch in her approach to an adaptation of the prizewinning short story Jambula Tree by Monica Arac de Nyeko. Sharp editing and fluid camerawork help create a portrait of a Nairobi housing estate pulsing with life. As someone casually strums a guitar, others exchange gossip, play football, chop vegetables or string washing between houses. All human activity unfolds in plain view. When teenager Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) breezes through the area on her skateboard, the film’s fizz and sense of community are reminiscent of the early work of Spike Lee. Once the story unfolds, it also reveals echoes of Hettie Macdonald’s Beautiful Thing (1996). Considered one of the boys by Blacksta (Neville Misati) and his mates, the lean, willowy Kena is not like other girls. She plays on Blacksta’s football team and scoffs quietly at the idea that her big dreams are of a good husband, a solid marriage and a family. Lingering glances exchanged with Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) are the start of a dangerous friendship. Ziki is a riot of colour, from the bubblegum pink of her nail varnish to the rainbow hues of her hair. The smouldering attraction between the two girls gradually ignites, despite the prejudice and ignorance that surrounds them. Rafiki tries to pack a lot into its modest running time as it addresses a range of social attitudes, political issues and family matters that threaten the happiness of these star-crossed lovers. The insulting language of casual homophobia is never challenged, the church preaches against same-sex relationships and the girls are daughters of rival, image-conscious candidates in a local election. Kena’s father John (Jimmy Gathu) is one of the few adult figures sympathetic to the couple. Rafiki also strives to weave in empowering notions as the girls discuss their hopes and dreams for a future in which they might travel the world and not settle for being a nurse, when they have the academic qualifications to be a doctor or a surgeon. The central couple is very engaging and the relationship will win the hearts of inveterate romantics. Charismatic performances by Mugatsia and Munyiva make you believe in the characters and invest in the romance. When harsh reality inevitably intrudes on their dream love, the emotional impact is all the deeper.

UN CERTAIN REGARD US-UK. 2009. 153mins S Afr-Ken-Fr-Neth-GerNor. 2018. 82mins Director Wanuri Kahiu Production companies Big World Cinema, Afrobubblegum International sales MPM Premium, rmonastier@ mpmfilm.com Producer Steven Markowitz Screenplay Wanuri Kahiu, Jenna Bass based on the story by Monica Arac de Nyeko Production design Arya Lalloo Editing Isabelle Dedieu Cinematography Christopher Wessels Main cast Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Neville Misati, Jimmy Gathu

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Flying colours Jia Zhangke is back in Competition, while Wang Bing and Bi Gan also have features in Cannes’ 71st edition. And over at the Marché, filmmakers Tsui Hark, Wilson Yip and Herman Yau are among those with projects. Liz Shackleton reports

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ollowing a quiet couple of years, Chinese cinema is returning to the Croisette in force in 2018, with Jia Zhangke’s gangland drama Ash Is Purest White in Competition and three other titles across different sections of the festival. Guizhou-based filmmaker Bi Gan, who won the best emerging director prize at Locarno in 2015 for his debut feature Kaili Blues, is presenting his second film, Long Day’s Journey Into Night,

a similarly dreamy meditation on memory but with greater star power, in Un Certain Regard. Wang Bing, another recent Locarno award winner, who took the Golden Leopard for Mrs Fang last year, has eight-hour-plus documentary Dead Souls in Special Screenings. Meanwhile, Zhang Ming’s The Pluto Moment, about a group of filmmakers out of their depth in the mountains of southwest China, has been selected for Directors’ Fortnight. It is backed by iQiyi

Motion Pictures, the film arm of streaming platform iQiyi, which is shaping up to be a Chinese counterpart to Amazon Studios, with its interest in festivalfriendly dramas that often play in theatres before being streamed. In the Marché, Hong Kong sales companies will be presenting several strong director/star action combinations, including Emperor Motion Pictures’ Crossfire, directed by Benny Chan and starring Donnie Yen; Universe Films

(The Final Master) and the lead actor of Kaili Blues, Chen Yongzhong. The story revolves around a man who returns to Kaili, the hometown he fled many years ago, to search for the woman he loved and has never been able to forget. Shanghai-based Dangmai Films, established by Bi and producer Shan Zuolong, produced the film with France’s CG Cinema and other Chinese partners.

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Ash Is Purest White Dir Jia Zhangke Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke is returning to Competition for the fifth time with his most commercial film to date, a drama set against the underworld of the northern Chinese city of Datong. Liao Fan and Zhao Tao head the cast of the film, which is about a woman who is sent to jail for five years after she fires a gun to protect her gangster boyfriend. Upon her release, she goes looking for him to pick up where they left off. Shot by French cinematographer Eric Gautier (The Motorcycle Diaries), the film is co-produced by Jia’s Xstream Pictures, Shanghai Film Group, Huanxi Media and France’s mk2 Films. Contact mk2 Films

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Dead Souls Dir Wang Bing Following his award-winning documentary Mrs Fang, which took the Golden Leopard award in Locarno last year, Wang Bing is presenting an eighthour, 15-minute film in Special Screenings about the re-education camps in Gansu province, northwest China, in the 1950s. Produced by France’s Les Films d’Ici and Switzerland’s Adok Films, Dead Souls features interviews with survivors of the camps, where many prisoners, deemed “ultra-rightists” by the Communist Party’s AntiRightist campaign, starved to death.

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Distribution’s The White Storm 2: Drug Lords, a sequel to Chan’s 2013 hit The White Storm, but this time directed by Herman Yau and starring Andy Lau; and Bravos Pictures’ Limbo, directed by Soi Cheang and starring Lam Ka Tung. Distribution Workshop is unveiling a slate that includes crime action title Project Gutenberg, directed by Felix Chong and starring Chow Yun Fat and Aaron Kwok; and Find Your Voice, starring Lau and directed by Adrian Kwan.

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night Dir Bi Gan Screening in Un Certain Regard, the second feature from Chinese director

Bi Gan, following the widely acclaimed Kaili Blues, brings together a top -flight cast including Tang Wei (Lust, Caution), Sylvia Chang (Mountains May Depart), Huang Jue (Right) The Pluto Moment

Zhang Ming’s seventh feature, which will play in Directors’ Fortnight, revolves around four urbanite filmmakers who find themselves physically and psychologically tested when they travel into the mountains of southwest China to scout locations for a movie. Wang Xuebing (Black Coal, Thin Ice) and Liu Dan (Night Train) head the cast of the film, which is produced by Shen Yang for iQiyi Motion Pictures and Way Good Entertainment. Zhang won awards in Busan, Vancouver and Torino for his 1996 debut In Expectation and also has credits including Weekend Plot (2001), Folk Songs Singing (2011) and China Affair (2013). Contact Shen Yang shenyang60@ foxmail.com »

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Big Brother Dir Kam Ka Wai Following their successful collaboration on Chasing The Dragon, action star Donnie Yen reteams with producer Wong Jing on this action drama, also starring Joe Chen. Yen plays a highschool teacher who must tame a group of unruly students at the same time as protecting the school from an evil entrepreneur. Directed by Kam Ka Wai (Colour Of The Game) with Kenji Tanigaki (The Monkey King) as action director, the film is currently in postproduction for release in the third quarter of 2018. Contact Mega-Vision Project Workshop angelaolwong@mvphk.biz

Binding Souls Dir Chan Pang Chun

Binding Souls

Award-winning actress Kara Wai (Happiness), Tsao Yu Ning (Kano) and Carlos Chan (To The Fore) star in this horror film about a university student who revisits his old high school with some friends and stumbles across a series of supernatural events. Currently in postproduction, the film is directed by Chan Pang Chun, whose credits include 2015 horror thriller Daughter, which starred Wai as a mother dealing with her possessed daughter.

escorting a convict to Japan. Currently in post-production, the film is directed by renowned action choreographer Kenji Tanigaki, whose credits include SPL, The Monkey King and Japanese manga adaptation Rurouni Kenshin. It is produced by Bona Film Group, MegaVision Project Workshop and Super Bullet. Contact Mega-Vision Project Workshop, angelaolwong@mvphk.biz

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Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Kris Wu and Jennifer Du star in the third instalment of Jingle Ma’s Tokyo Raiders and Seoul Raiders franchise, which is currently in post-production after shooting in Europe, China and Japan. Produced by Hong Kong’s Jet Tone Films and China’s Inlook Media, the $45m action film follows a couple of CIA agents tracking down a stolen missile who must collaborate with a computer hacker to uncover a European gang.

Dir Renny Harlin Nick Cheung, Richie Jen and Yang Zi head the cast of Renny Harlin’s Chinese-language action thriller, which is currently in post-production for release in late 2018. Scripted by David Lesser, the film follows a group of masked thugs who break into a morgue demanding access to a body that contains evidence of a crime they recently committed. Wanda Pictures and Media Asia are co-producing, with the latter also handling international sales. Contact Media Asia frederick_tsui@mediaasia.com

Crossfire Dir Benny Chan Returning to high-octane action after directing last year’s fantasy adventure Meow, Benny Chan is teaming with action star Donnie Yen on this story of a former high-ranking Hong Kong police officer who receives news that his wife’s

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squad has been attacked while on a clandestine mission in South America. Currently in pre-production, the film is produced by Chan and Yen for Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures. Chan’s action credits include Call Of Heroes (2016), The White Storm (2013) and Shaolin (2011). Contact Emperor Motion Pictures raymondliu@emperorgroup.com

Detective Dee And The Four Heavenly Kings Dir Tsui Hark The third film in Huayi Brothers’ blockbuster Detective Dee franchise reunites the cast of the second instalment: Mark Zhao, Feng Shaofeng, Lin Gengxin and Carina Lau. The story follows Detective Dee as he battles a supernatural crimewave at the same time as defending himself against accusations of wrong-

doing from his most formidable opponent, Empress Wu. Currently in post-production, the film is scheduled for release on July 27. Contact Huayi Brothers celia.hao@huayimedia.com

Enter The Fat Dragon Dir Kenji Tanigaki D o n n i e Ye n a n d Wong Jing are both producing and starring in this action title about an overweight cop with emotional issues who is tasked with (Right) Europe Raiders

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Find Your Voice Dir Adrian Kwan Following his 2015 hit Little Big Master, Adrian Kwan is continuing with an educational theme in this drama about a world-renowned conductor who returns to Hong Kong to form a choir with a group of problematic students. Currently in post-production, the film stars and is produced by Andy Lau. Contact Distribution Workshop june.wu@justcreative.studio

Golden Job Dir Chin Ka-lok Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan and Michael Tse head the cast of this car-chase action picture, directed by veteran action choreographer Chin Ka-lok (Cold War, Firestorm). Produced by Eric Tsang and backed by Beijing Sparkle Roll Media and The Entertainer Production Company, the film follows a group of globetrotting mercenaries staging the ultimate heist. Currently in post-production following an extensive international shoot, the film is being readied for release in August.

Limbo

case as penance for killing the detective’s wife and child in an accident, although her embittered colleague cannot forgive her. Currently in post-production, the film is backed by Sun Entertainment Culture, Er Dong Pictures, Bona Film Group and Sil-Metropole Organization.

Contact Clarence Tang, Golden Network Asia clarence@goldnetasia.com

Contact Bravos Pictures may.yip@bravospictures.com

Integrity

The Poet

Dir Alan Mak Director Alan Mak and producers Felix Chong and Ronald Wong, who worked together on the Overheard trilogy, are reteaming on this crime thriller, which is currently in production. The story follows a leading anti-corruption agent who is forced to team up with his ex-wife to salvage an investigation in which both the defendant and the whistleblower have disappeared. Sean Lau, Nick Cheung and Karena Lam head the cast. Contact Emperor Motion Pictures raymondliu@emperorgroup.com

Invincible Dragon Dir Fruit Chan Max Zhang (Ip Man 3) and mixed martial arts star Anderson Silva star in Fruit Chan’s $12m action film about an undercover agent who helps the police solve mysterious cases, but clashes with a Macao detective and a US army veteran with a secret link to his past. Currently in post-production for release in the third quarter of 2018, the film also features behind-the-scenes talent such as cinematographer Cheng Siu Keung (Election) and action director Stephen Tung Wei (Operation Mekong). Contact Mandarin Motion Pictures kathyyeung@mandarinmovie.com.hk

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Ip Man 4 Dir Wilson Yip The fourth instalment in producer Raymond Wong’s blockbuster Ip Man franchise will again star Donnie Yen as the eponymous hero, along with Chan Kwok Kwan, Vanness Wu and Scott Adkins. Currently in production, the $52m film follows the kung-fu master to the US where his student Bruce Lee has ruffled feathers by opening a Wing Chun school. Yuen Wo Ping is again on board as action director. Contact Mandarin Motion Pictures kathy.yeung@mandarinmovie.com.hk

The Knight Of Shadows: Between Yin And Yang Dir Vash Jackie Chan stars as a demon hunter defending humanity from an inhuman invasion in this period action-comedy,

which also stars Ethan Juan, Elane Zhong and Lin Peng. When a mysterious force starts kidnapping village girls to feast on their souls, Chan’s character encounters another demon hunter who is not fully human. Currently in postproduction for release during Chinese New Year 2019, the film is produced by Kiefer Liu (The Monkey King series) and backed by iQiyi Pictures, Beijing Sparkle Roll Media and Golden Shore Films & Television. Contact Clarence Tang, Golden Network Asia clarence@goldnetasia.com

Limbo Dir Soi Cheang Produced by Wilson Yip and Paco Wong, this $16m action drama stars Lam Ka Tung as a veteran detective and Mason Lee as a rookie cop, both on the trail of a serial killer. Cya Liu plays a woman who volunteers to work on the

Set during China’s economic reform period in the 1980s, this drama follows a mine worker who aims to improve his life by becoming a poet with the help of his wife. Currently in post-production, the film stars Song Jia (The Master) and Zhu Yawen (The Golden Era), and is directed by Liu Hao, whose credits include award-winning dramas Two Great Sheep (2002), Addicted To Love (2004) and Back To The North (2015). Contact Julian Chiu, Edko Films chiujulian@edkofilms.com.hk

Project Gutenberg Dir Felix Chong Chow Yun Fat and Aaron Kwok star in this crime-action film revolving around a gang of expert currency counterfeiters. The Hong Kong police extradite a gang member (Kwok) from Thailand and attempt to track down the group’s elusive mastermind (Chow). Currently in post-production, the film also stars Liu Kai Chi (Call Of Heroes) and Zhang Jingchu (Overheard), and is produced by Hong Kong’s Pop Movies with backing from Bona Film Group. Contact Distribution Workshop june.wu@justcreative.studio

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Quan Dao: The Journey Of A Boxer Dir William So Currently in post-production, this action title stars Chan Kwok Kwan (Ip Man 3) and Ngo Ka Nin (Ip Man 2) in the story of two friends and trainee boxers who become involved in trying to bring down a drug smuggling ring. Produced by Lam Yiu Kei, the film also stars Awayne Liu (The Four 3) and Ashina Kwok (With Prisoners). One of Hong Kong’s leading photographers, William So is making his feature directorial debut with the film. Contact Entertaining Power Co gracechan@entertainingpower.com

Shock Wave 2 (working title) Dir Herman Yau Andy Lau and director Herman Yau are reteaming on the sequel to their hit action drama Shock Wave, which grossed $63m in mainland China last year. Shock Wave 2, which features completely new characters in a related story, revolves around a bomb disposal officer who is injured in a blast and then named as a suspect in a terrorist bombing. Currently in pre-production, the film is being lined up for release in the third quarter of 2019.

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Green Dragons and the Infernal Affairs series, it revolves around a gang of bandits who plan to break into an official’s residence to take back what he has stolen from the people, only to be spied on by a mysterious monster. Contact Media Asia frederick_tsui@mediaasia.com

Contact Universe Films Distribution mia_sin@uih.com.hk

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Theory Of Ambitions

The team behind romantic comedy hit Finding Mr Right, including director Xue Xiaolu and actress Tang Wei, are reuniting for this action thriller about a woman who vows to expose the multinational conspiracy that her company engages in and puts her own life at risk. Currently in production, the film is produced by Hong Kong-based Edko Films with mainland Chinese partners.

Dir Xue Xiaolu

Dir Philip Yung Following their collaboration on multiple award-winning drama Port Of Call, Hong Kong director Philip Yung is reteaming with star Aaron Kwok on this $38m crime-action drama, which also stars Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Jennifer Du. Currently in post-production, the film is based on the true story of a group of corrupt cops in Hong Kong in the 1960s when the city was still under British colonial rule.

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and off the stage. The female ensemble cast also includes Qi Xi and Angie Chiu. Contact Lung Kwok Yiu, Golden Scene lung@goldenscene.com

Contact Sara Law, Mei Ah Entertainment sara@meiah.com

Warriors Of Future

Untitled Stanley Kwan project

Louis Koo and Sean Lau star in this ambitious sci-fi action title set in the not-too-distant future when the Earth’s atmosphere has been destroyed and a mysterious vine is running rampant, leaving genetic modification as the only hope for mankind. Currently in post-production, the $56m film is directed by visual-effects veteran Ng Yuen-

Dir Stanley Kwan Sammi Cheng, Gigi Leung and Bai Baihe star in Stanley Kwan’s first feature in seven years, during which time he has focused on producing films such as So Young and Cities In Love. Currently in post-production, his new project follows an actress past her prime who makes a comeback only to discover she is acting alongside her biggest rivals, both on

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fai (Bodyguards And Assassins), who runs One Cool Group’s VFX company FatFace Production. Contact Christy Choi, One Cool Pictures christy@onecoolfilm.com

When Robbers Meet The Monster Dir Andrew Lau Currently in post-production, this fantasy-action title stars Louis Koo, Cheney Chen, Bao Bei Er and Zhou Dongyu. Directed by Andrew Lau, whose credits include Re v e n g e O f T h e (Left) Warriors Of Future

Contact Julian Chiu, Edko Films chiujulian@edkofilms.com.hk

The White Storm 2: Drug Lords (working title) Dir Herman Yau Following their collaboration on Shock Wave, Herman Yau and actor-producer Andy Lau are reteaming on a sequel to Benny Chan’s 2013 action drama The White Storm. Scheduled to start shooting in June 2018, the $25m film also stars Louis Koo, who was in the original, Michael Miu, Karena Lam and Cherrie Ying. The story again revolves around cops battling drug dealers in the Hong Kong underworld. Contact Universe Films Distribution s mia_sin@uih.com.hk ■

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SPOTLIGHT STUART FORD/AGC STUDIOS

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tuart Ford has a refreshing disregard for resting on laurels, and arrives in Cannes intent on building his new venture AGC Studios into a very different beast from his previous enterprise. Some aspects will be similar to what he accomplished with IM Global, the company he founded 11 years ago. Ford will be on the Croisette cutting deals on two heavyweight sales titles: the upcoming animation Missing Link from Laika, and the Roland Emmerich Second World War epic Midway starring Woody Harrelson. However, whereas licensing films constituted the core business of IM Global — which the Los Angeles-based, Liverpool-born businessman departed last August after a disagreement over strategy with majority owners Tang Media Partners (TMP) forced him out — the goals of AGC Studios are more expansive. Backed by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Latin American private-asset manager MediaNet Partners and Australian tech entrepreneur and Symantec CEO Greg Clark, the venture takes its cue from shifts in how entertainment is getting made and consumed. “The opportunity comes from the fact there’s a really strong demand for original premium content in film and television from the ever-widening array of distributors, broadcasters, streaming platforms and networks,” Ford tells Screen International on the eve of the market. “There’s never been more buyers. “That doesn’t mean it’s easy to produce and finance content, but [there are opportunities] if you can build an engine that’s very versatile as to the

‘The opportunity comes from the fact there’s a really strong demand for original premium content in film and television’ Stuart Ford, AGC Studios

genre and the variety of the content, is very versatile as to the financing structure that it uses for that content, and then is completely agnostic in terms of which distribution platform or platforms specific content goes down.” Ford sees an opportunity to build a prolific engine, but not so much in sales, where the approach will be premium boutique with an appetite for big names and big budgets where appropriate. He also commands a seven-figure development war chest and a brand new $150m co-financing pact with Ingenious Media out of the UK.

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‘Maybe we’ll be seen at the film markets with three to five films a year instead of 12 to 16. I’d like to think this Cannes is a test case for that’ Stuart Ford

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APPEAL Former IM Global chief Stuart Ford launches his new company AGC Studios with a mission to be versatile in terms of content, financing and the distribution model. Jeremy Kay talks to him about his nimble ambitions “Maybe we’ll be seen at the film markets with three to five films a year instead of 12 to 16. I’d like to think this Cannes is a test case for that, where we come with only two movies but they are frankly two behemoths by independent standards.” The plan is to produce and finance from three to five films a year budgeted in the $5m-$65m range. Lack of volume raises the need to hit the target with fewer titles. “From the

overall business perspective, that puts the onus on us to be prolific in our producorial activity, whether it’s producing for the independent marketplace and then selling, or producing for studios and streamers.” After Ford left IM Global “under unexpected circumstances, shall we say”, he moved fast. “I sealed the sale of my stock in IM Global to TMP in late 2017. I had a business plan ready and

only at that juncture did I start looking for investors… We were in discussion with all three by late 2017, and all the legal formalities and money was in the bank by mid-February. That’s very, very quick by anybody’s standards.” He had worked with Image Nation Abu Dhabi at IM Global, and knew Media­Net Partners through Latin American sales operation Mundial and other interactions. Clark was more of an unknown factor, and the two men struck up a rapport after an introduction through a mutual friend. “One of the differences between AGC and IM Global is part of our initial capital raise gives us a fairly significant development war chest for film and television,” Ford notes. “And going back to this idea of being platform-agnostic and being flexible, if it makes sense for us to make one of our films with a studio as a producer for hire, or to allow a streaming company to fully finance a show on a buy-out basis, then our business model absolutely permits us to do that. I’m sure that’s going to be a feature of our output, as well as also making film and television through an independent financing or deficit financing model, something IM Global became very adept and prolific at.” Flexible from the outset Ford believes AGC Studios’ business model will prevent it from becoming tied to one financing paradigm or partner, enabling it to become more flexible, more nimble and more inclined to take on risk. The company backers will be involved to varying degrees depending on their skillsets and experience. Ford has the ability to move quickly if he needs to strike a deal or acquire content, a situation enhanced by the co-financing pact with Ingenious Media, the London-based private equity manager that co-financed Avatar and backed films from Fox and Fox Searchlight. Ingenious worked with IM Global back in the day and will serve as equity partner and debt financing partner on the feature slate. “They’ve been very prolific for a number of years and I’ve always been prolific, so I’m optimistic we’ll get a lot done,” says Ford. AGC Studios’ TV business is a large »

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part of the vision. “The business model is absolutely to be 50-50 film and TV,” he notes. “Our overhead structure and our initial capital raise put us in a position to become a prolific producer, developer and financier of high-end scripted content, probably focusing primarily on the drama space, but not exclusively. “We also have similar aspirations in the unscripted space, in the live-event television space [awards shows, musicals], and in the factual space, all of

Palos returns as COO, Greg Shapiro is head of film, Michael Rothstein is head of worldwide distribution and Bonnie Voland is back as head of marketing. “It’s such a major boost at a new company to have such an established team that’s all worked together for years,” Ford says. “We’re a familiar line-up in Cannes.” Former Mundial executive Cristina Garza is developing and producing a slate of Latino-facing content in English, Spanish and a mix of the two, while Glendon Palmer runs the urban division, and David Schulhof oversees the music division.

‘It’s such a major boost at a new company to have such an established team that’s all worked together for years’

Independent thinking Returning to the subject of film markets, Ford predicts an ongoing “high-profile and muscular presence” that will remain acutely aware of the pitfalls in today’s independent space. “The appetite of foreign distributors for indie TV dramas, for action programmers or non-theatrical movies is significantly diminished,” he notes. “Not only does that mean the pricing is reduced, but the ability to finance an independent film through the pre-sales model is nowhere near as substantial as it was for most of the last 15, 20 years.

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which are enjoying a real boom time at the moment. I’m in the process of putting together an executive team for those areas and we’ll announce them in early summer and we’ll get going.” Speaking of executives, Ford has brought back a core of veterans who worked for him at IM Global. Miguel

That’s really put the squeeze on indie financiers and indie producers unless they’re playing at the top of the space.” He argues Midway and Missing Link could have been studio films in any other year. The collaboration with Emmerich — the Independence Day director who is dipping his toes in the independent space — and Laika, taking its first steps outside a previously long-term relationship with Focus Features and Universal, show how content creators with money and knowhow can control their own destiny. Screen International understands that Laika’s Travis Knight was eager to assert more control over distribution after the disappointing international performance of Kubo And The Two Strings, striking a North American deal with Annapurna and coming to AGC Studios for international. It is a coup for the independent space. Ford offers no comment on the whys and wherefores, but is clearly thrilled, observing: “That’s a fabulous relationship.” Ford is bullish on Latino-facing content, and can see his company working with more than one Chinese financing and producing partner in the future. “We had a lot of great relationships [at IM

‘The independent distributor community is really important... we are going to feed them plenty of product’ Stuart Ford

Global] with Huayi and Wanda and Enlight and Tencent and Alibaba and a number of independent players, and I absolutely imagine continuing to be a high-profile presence in their life.” There are no plans to strike output deals, as the unpredictable nature of box office means not all AGC Studios’ content will go through the independents. “Having said that, the independent distributor community is a really important one for me — it sustained me throughout my career and we’re going to feed them plenty of product,” he says. “But these days it’s more about delivering the right product for that marketplace and engineering the financing so the price point is appropriate for that marketplace, and that’s an exercise that takes s more of a skillset than ever before.” n

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Beyond barriers A boom in homegrown genre films is fuelling a new era and a renewed sense of confidence for Brazil’s filmmakers. Elaine Guerini reports

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razilian cinema used to be seen as a genre in itself. Locally, as well as internationally, a poster of a Brazilian film could be counted on to signal a story of violence and social inequality in its society. Not any more. With the growth of the industry — a record 158 local titles were released in 2017 — comes diversity. Never before has Brazil’s cinema explored so many genres, including horror, western, animation and action films. The Brazilian darlings of the international festival circuit are already venturing into the genre space, not previously considered material for ‘serious’ filmmakers in the country. Having achieved worldwide recognition with the social dramas Neighboring Sounds (2012) and Aquarius (2016), Kleber Mendonca Filho is now filming sci-fi western Bacurau. It is being co-directed with Juliano Dornelles, who was the production designer on Mendonca Filho’s previous films, and is set on the Brazilian dry backlands, known as Sertao.

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“The new generation of filmmakers are more intimately related to the idea of genre cinema. This didn’t use to happen, with the exception of Jose Mojica Marins,” says Mendonca Filho, referring to the cult horror Brazilian filmmaker known as Coffin Joe. A wave of Brazilian genre films has gathered strength in the past two years and some have broken through on the international festival circuit. Davi Pretto’s Rifle, also a western, played in Forum at the Berlinale in 2017, went on to win the grand prize at Jeonju International Film Festival and screen at more than 20 festivals; Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s Good Manners, a horror film with echoes of Rosemary’s Baby, won the special jury prize at Locarno last year and has been sold to 17 countries; while Marina Meli(Right) Good Manners

ande’s Sultry, a drama with an undercurrent of horror, screened in competition at Rotterdam earlier this year. None fit the usual profile of a Brazilian film. “Nobody expected an action film about a gang of young dirt bikers coming from Brazil,’’ says producer LG Tubaldini Jr of Vicente Amorim’s action thriller Motorrad, which was sold to 15 countries following its world premiere in Toronto last September. Ancine, the national film agency, is aiming to stimulate the continued growth of the production sector by increasing the amount it invests in each local production to up to $3.4m (BRL12m) per film from a maximum of $1.7m (BRL$6m) per film. Christian de Castro, the director-president of Ancine whose tenure began in January, hopes this will come into effect later this year.

‘The new generation of filmmakers are more intimately related to the idea of genre cinema’ Kleber Mendonca Filho, director

If projects are set up as international co-productions and are therefore able to secure further international funding, Castro estimates budgets for local films will be able to reach around $14.3m (BRL$50m), resulting in increasingly ambitious films. “Bigger budgets will allow more genre diversity,” suggests Castro. “Animation, musical, horror, action and sciencefiction films need more post-production work, demanding more investment.” Until 2013, most Brazilian films were made via Article 3 of the country’s Audiovisual Law, through which international companies based in Brazil, including »

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the local distribution arms of the US studios, receive tax relief of up to 70% of earnings if it is invested in local audiovisual projects. Even though this mechanism has helped sustain the Brazilian industry for some time, international companies tend not to prioritise projects with diverse themes or ones that probe issues of national identity. They prefer to invest in films that are as commercial as possible — mainly comedies starring local TV stars, which perform well at home but do not cross borders. A more direct financing mechanism, the Audiovisual Sector Fund (FSA), administered by Ancine, is gradually replacing the Audiovisual Law, which expires on December 31, 2019. “With the FSA, we can support more daring cinema and filmmakers who are willing to test new genres, and are interested in confronting the realities of the country on screen,’’ says Paulo Sergio Almeida, president of Filme B, an online content company that specialises in collecting and analysing data from the local film market. Metaphorical movies Savvy filmmakers are well aware genre films are deft vehicles for smuggling serious themes in front of audiences. “Horror is a genre with great metaphorical potential,” says Marco Dutra, the codirector of Good Manners. “Social, racial and family issues can be addressed through this prism with great power.” Good Manners attempts to do this, he says, by addressing the knotty issues of class, race and faith through the story of two women preparing for the birth of an unusual child. “The folklore around the werewolf, which is very strong in Brazil, brings conflicts that have a lot to do with the film, with the idea of exploring contrasts and extremes,’’ adds co-director Juliana Rojas. Genre films are also helping to broaden the image of Brazilian cinema abroad. Right after the so-called Retomada, the renaissance of local cinema in the mid-1990s, only films that marked Brazil as a third-world nation gained real international visibility: Central Station (1998), City Of God (2002), Carandiru (2003) and Elite Squad (2007). More recently, films such as Casa Grande (2014), The Second Mother (2015) and Aquarius (2016) have brought middle-class issues to the fore. These films reflect the social changes in Brazil that have seen the country enter the BRIC club of developing nations. “Now is an era of expansion that shows Brazil can also be a producer of genre films,’’ says Leo Monteiro de Barros, the producer of Andrucha Waddington’s supernatural thriller The Loss.

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Director Andrucha Waddington (second from right) on the set of supernatural thriller The Loss

Co-directors Juliano Dornelles (left) and Kleber Mendonca Filho on the set of sci-fi western Bacurau

‘We can support more daring cinema and filmmakers who are willing to test new genres’ Paulo Sergio Almeida, Filme B

“This is a new chapter for us.” Now in post-production, The Loss is about a family forced to deal with the ghost of the man their ancestors assassinated 300 years ago. Feature animation production is also booming. A record seven titles were released in 2017, up from one in 2016 and none in 2015. The most successful was Rafael Ribas’s Lino — Uma Aventura De Sete Vidas, about an unlucky children’s party entertainer, which garnered 300,000 admissions to become the biggest Brazilian animation of all time, and the 13th most successful Brazilian film of

last year. Lino has been sold to Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Estonia, Turkey, South Korea and Vietnam. However, the Brazilian wave has hit a few rocks at the local box office and the industry still has a long way to go in persuading audiences to watch the newlook local films. Brazilian films had a box office market share of just 10% in 2017, compared to 14.8% in 2016. Local comedies have dominated the box office for the past 10 years. Cesar Rodrigues’s My Mom Is A Character 2, starring TV and theatre comedian Paulo Gustavo, was the local hit of 2017 with

9.3 million admissions. Comedies tend to feature soap stars and lead actors from shows of the country’s leading broadcaster, TV Globo, or Globosat, its cable TV service. They are also relatively cheap to make. “We have never had a large amount of funding for suspense and horror movies compared to comedies,’’ says Rifle director Pretto. But he believes this is changing and points to the FSA fund as a significantly enhanced funding option. He is also galvanised by the success of US horror title A Quiet Place in Brazil and internationally as he hopes it will raise the appeal of local projects of a similar stripe. “Results like this [for A Quiet Place] can impact the industry’s own view of itself,’’ Pretto suggests. The hope for Pretto and other ambitious filmmakers is that the Brazilian industry is ready to embrace an entirely new image and take local audiences s along with it. n

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hen Christian de Via the FSA, Ancine plans Castro took over to invest a total of more than Quotas for female, black and as director-pres$280m (brl1bn) in the Braindigenous directors, as well as a plan zilian film and TV industry, ident of Brazil’s to decentralise the industry, form including in distribution and national film agency Ancine in the cornerstone of a bold new January, he immediately unveiled exhibition, by the end of the financing strategy for Brazilian a new strategy to galvanise the year. This is up from $136m filmmakers. Elaine local film industry and broaden the (brl486m) in 2017. So far it has Guerini reports announced investment of $132m scope of its filmmakers. He wants to (brl471m), and so further announceincrease the average budget of Brazilian ments are expected. films, open the door to national blockbusters and drastically reduce the The FSA has two different production amount of red tape filmmakers have to To do that, Castro wants local producfunding mechanisms. The first one is ers to take advantage of Brazil’s bilateral wade through when applying for fundthe so-called automatic line of action in co-production agreements with couning, allowing them to receive the money which this year $42m (brl150m) will be invested in films using a points system, tries including Germany, Canada, the UK much quicker and attract third-party investors to their projects. taking into account the artistic and comand France, with Brazil’s producers joining projects as the minority co-producer. “We cannot compete with foreign mercial merit of the project, filmmaker Most Brazilian films are entirely films in our cinemas with just one or two and production company. funded by the FSA or via the tax breaks The second funding mechanism is box-office hits a year,” says Castro, a former financier and film producer whose of Article 3, with little additional support called the selective line, of which $28m appointment has been generally welfrom the private sector. The stream­ (brl100m) will be allocated this year to rising filmmakers and companies. No comed by the film industry. “We need to lining of the paperwork previously points system is used for this. be more consistent.” required by Ancine may make film Most significantly, Castro is increas“I hope the points system doesn’t ing the level of investment filmmakers privilege only the big production com‘Much of the panies,” says producer Tatiana Leite of can receive from both the country’s federal Audiovisual Sector Fund (FSA) potential of the Bubbles Project, whose credits include Sundance and Rotterdam title Loveling. and from Article 3 of the Audiovisual Brazilian Law, which provides tax relief for inter“The films that recently represented national companies investing in local industry comes Brazil at prestigious film festivals came productions. Both funding streams from small companies such as mine.” precisely from our are administered by Ancine, which cultural diversity’ comes under the aegis of the Ministry Representing diversity Christian de Castro, Ancine of Culture. Part of Castro’s new mandate is to provide the resources for local films to Castro hopes that within two years become much more representative of Brazil will be producing at least two or financing more attractive for third-party the Brazilian population. “Much of the three features budgeted at up to $14.3m investors. potential of the Brazilian audiovisual (brl$50m) annually. “This amount puts “If the whole process takes too long, us at a more competitive level,” he industry, both at a national and internathe investors never know when the fund tional level, comes precisely from our explains. “The Shape Of Water, for examwill be granted,” says Castro. “And the cultural diversity,’’ he points out. ple, was made for $19m.” investors disappear.”

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‘I hope the points system doesn’t privilege only the big production companies’ Tatiana Leite, Bubbles Project

He wants to decentralise film production out of the south-eastern states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and stimulate the creation of new filmmaking hubs in the north and north east of the country. Under Castro, the FSA has also introduced quotas to back women, black and indigenous filmmakers. The aim is to rectify a situation revealed in a recent study by Ancine that 75.4% of the Brazilian films released in 2016 were directed by white men. Black men directed 2.1% of the titles that year, but no black women led a movie set. Of the $28.6m (brl100m) from the FSA’s selective fund, 35% will be invested in projects directed by women (including transsexual women) and 10% will be reserved for films directed by black and indigenous people. It is a move that has been met with praise from the industry. “I am developing a project with a black female protagonist — I’d love to hand over the direction to a black woman,” says Vania Catani, producer at Bananeira Filmes, of the unnamed project. “But the few I know do not have the experience that this film requires as it is a big production. I hope the quotas help to fill this s gap in the future.” n

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The Inheritance Dir Joao Candido Zacharias Bubbles Project’s Tatiana Leite is developing the first feature from Joao Candido Zacharias, a horror film about a young man living in Berlin with his German boyfriend. When he learns he is the sole heir of a great-aunt he never knew, the couple travel to Brazil and realise the isolated mansion in Minas Gerais they have inherited is not entirely what they expected — and that they are trapped in a very strange situation. Shooting is due to start at the beginning of next year in Brazil and Germany. Leite’s previous projects include Sundance title Loveling. Contact Bubbles Project tatimilk123@gmail.com IN DEVELOPMENT

Yakuza Princess Dir Vicente Amorim Fresh from Motorrad, a Toronto premiere in 2017, Vicente Amorim is now working on another action thriller, which this time celebrates female empowerment on screen. Based on a comic book by Brazilian author and illustrator Danilo Beyruth, Yakuza Princess is about a young Japanese woman raised in Sao Paulo, where she was sent as a baby after her father, a yakuza boss, was killed. She discovers the truth about her origins when her father’s bodyguard finds her. Contact Filmland

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FILM FIESTA Horrors, westerns and sci-fi titles are among the most exciting new projects in the pipeline from Brazil. Elaine Guerini profiles a selection

The Loss is a supernatural thriller from Andrucha Waddington, best known for Me You Them, which screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2000 and The House Of Sand, which played at Sundance in 2006. The Loss is about a family who inherit a farm where a diamond dealer was murdered 300 years ago. They discover the farm is haunted by his vengeful ghost.

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O Silencio De Dolores Dir Rodrigo Siqueira This will be the first fiction feature from Rodrigo Siqueira, a documentary director who won the Dove Talent Award at DOK Leipzig for The Earth Giveth, The Earth Taketh Away in 2010. O Silencio De Dolores is a western set in a remote region of Brazil where many conflicts are still settled through violence. It is about a wealthy farmer who hires a hit-

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Static Future is a sci-fi film set in a near future when moving images are banned. A former police officer, now working for the government, finds a camera and begins filming in secret, transforming himself into an outcast in the process. It is Pretto’s follow-up to Rifle, a western that screened in Berlin in 2017. Shooting is due to begin next year.

Cinemascopio, Said Ben Said of Parisbased SBS Productions (who also coproduced Aquarius) and Michel Merkt of Monaco-based KNM Productions. Shooting is due to finish this month for a 2019 release.

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man to kill his former lover. But when the farmer dies suddenly, his wife is left to decide the fate of her late husband’s mistress. The film is being produced by Beto Amaral, whose credits include Daniela Thomas’s Vazante. Contact Cisma Productions betoamaral@cisma.art.br

the Sertao, Brazil’s dry outback. The film tells the story of how the residents of a small, isolated town begin to discover each other’s secrets following the death of the 94-year-old Dona Carmelita. The film is being produced by Emilie Lesclaux through Mendonca Filho’s own

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Bacurau Dirs Kleber Mendonca Filho, Juliano Dornelles Kleber Mendonca Filho’s follow-up to Aquarius is a sci-fi western set in the near future. He is co-directing with Juliano Dornelles, who has worked as the production designer on his previous films. Bacurau is set in a small village in

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The Father’s Shadow Dir Gabriela Amaral Almeida While developing her new horror film The Father’s Shadow, Gabriela Amaral Almeida attended the Sundance Institute Lab and secured the support of Rodrigo Teixeira’s RT Features, whose credits include Call Me By Your Name, The Witch and Frances Ha. It tells the story of a nine-year-old girl who tries to resurrect her dead mother in order to reconnect with her ill father. This is Amaral Almeida’s second feature following Friendly Beast (O Animal Cordial), for which Murilo Benicio won the best actor award at Rio International Film Festival in 2017. Contact ACERE s acere@acere.com.br n

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Cinema is coming The triumph of Games Of Thrones in Belfast has spurred the city to propose the creation of an ambitious new Belfast Film Centre and the revamp of the Queen’s Film Theatre, to enhance cinemagoing in the region and nurture the audiences of the future. Mark Salisbury reports

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ver the past decade, the global success of HBO’s fantasy television drama, Game Of Thrones, has established Northern Ireland as an international hub for film and television production. “It’s totally revolutionised everything,” explains Richard Williams, chief executive of Northern Ireland Screen. “Game Of Thrones has delivered an incredible physical legacy, but also an empowerment. It’s given the whole sector a belief — to think bigger and believe bigger.” Last year, that manifested in the opening of Harbour Studios in Belfast, a brandnew $27m (£20m) facility, and now Northern Ireland Screen has announced ambitious plans to build a major new film centre in the city that will be a cultural, educational and industrial hub, open to new and existing creative talent, foreign investors and the stars of tomorrow. “We want this to be the heart and the home of all of the screen industries in Northern Ireland,” says Williams. “We

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want it to be fully integrated, and for everybody. We want this to be as noisy and as relevant to the international context as Game Of Thrones coming to Northern Ireland. We’re saying that screen industries in Northern Ireland, as a cultural activity, as an economic activity, are here to stay. That’s what the bricks and mortar does, if you do it well.” Theatre revamp While the planned Belfast Film Centre will play home to Northern Ireland Screen, Cinemagic, Nerve Belfast (the Creative Learning Centre), Into Film NI, Film Hub NI, a new film and television archive and Belfast Film Festival, the beating heart of this cinematic revival will be a revamped Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. “It’s a very well-loved cinema,” says Williams. “If you measure box office and bums on seats, it compares very favourably to anywhere else in the UK

‘Game Of Thrones has delivered an incredible physical legacy, but also an empowerment’ Richard Williams, NI Screen

and Ireland. But it only has two screens and it’s not in the centre of town, so it isn’t as accessible to everybody as we need it to be. All evidence points to the fact there is significant demand for cultural cinema in Belfast and Northern Ireland, and QFT is simply constrained. It can’t expand. It’s maximised the audience it can get.” Belfast is well served by mainstream cinema and the QFT is the city’s only cultural alternative. However, according

to a recent Northern Ireland Screen survey, the potential audience could be much greater, but only 5% of those questioned had seen a cultural film in the past year. When asked if they would be interested in going to see classic films, documentaries or foreign films, 44% said yes. “That’s nine times as many people than are going to that kind of cinema at the moment,” notes Belfast-born filmmaker Mark Cousins who recently joined Belfast Film Festival as chairperson and is also working on the Film Centre project. His feature documentary The Eyes Of Orson Welles, is screening in Cannes Classics. “The local population [is] being massively underserved by what is available to them. When you turn that [desire] into bums on seats, per year, it’s something like 200,000 extra tickets for world cinema, documentaries… Multiply that by a fiver, minimum, and you’ve got $1.35m (£1m) of extra revenue to »

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run a building showing non-mainstream cinema. There’s a strong business model there.” Cousins points to thriving arthouse cinemas in UK regional cities such as Dundee, Bristol, Cardiff and Tyneside as proof that if you give audiences a choice, they will come. “These are cities that have had a post-industrial problem, nothing as bad as Belfast, but part of their recovery and rejuvenation has been through quality cinema buildings,” he says. Then there is the fact Northern Ireland has, proportionally, five times as many teenagers studying A-level film than in Scotland and England. “We’ve got a highly educated, young cinephile audience,” he notes. “Cinema attendance in Northern Ireland, before The Troubles, was really quite high — higher than the UK average. Belfast was a city that loved cinema. Cinema — the art of the people, of the working class. Cinema was the thing that got many of us through the war.”

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The Film Centre is being co-developed by Northern Ireland Screen and Belfast City Council. The bulk of the money will come from a city grant, although “the Department for Communities will be encouraged to support it”, says Williams. “We will certainly have to raise [additional] third-party, philanthropic funding.” While the total cost is still being calculated, the plan is for it to open by 2022. “We want this to come fast,” says Williams. “Everything that has been successful in the screen sector in Northern Ireland in the past 10 years has been about momentum, and about delivering things quicker than might be expected. Our expectation and our ambition [is] this will be up and running within four years.” An international architecture contest is to be announced in due course to find a design for the building that will be built on an as-yet-specified regeneration site in the city centre. “Belfast is a very vibrant city, but there are areas in the centre, obviously greatly exacerbated by The Troubles, that aren’t fully developed,” says Williams. “This will be bang in the centre, adjacent to the Cathedral quarter.” For Cousins, the choice of location is

‘Belfast was a city that loved cinema — the art of the people, of the working class’ Mark Cousins, Belfast Film Festival

highly significant. “It has to be right at the heart, a kind of jewel in the crown of the city, the new Belfast,” he reflects. “Given the populations in Belfast are still, unfortunately, regrettably, not sharing cultural spaces very much, people are still living in divided communities, something has to happen. This will be a building that will serve social change.” Northern Ireland’s rich history The revamped QFT will have a permanent programme reflecting the area’s history and heritage. “We’re thinking of calling it the Green Screen,” says Cousins. “Tourism has gone bonkers in Belfast. A lot of those people are cultural tourists, historical tourists, they want to see stories, films, about Belfast and Northern Ireland and what happened.” But there will also be a provision for the more recent arrivals. “Belfast didn’t have many non-white people living there through The Troubles,” Cousins continues. “Now its population is in

transition, faster than any other UK city. All those new populations of Indians and Chinese and Lithuanians and Roma and Polish people need their culture reflected on screen.” There will be a realignment, too, in the direction of Belfast Film Festival. Cousins, who has made films all over the world, is already putting his enviable contacts book to good use, working with festival director Michele Devlin to rebrand the event on the international map without sacrificing its uniqueness. “I go to lots of festivals and unfortunately a lot of them are quite cookie cutter,” Cousins says. “Belfast Film Festival has always been quirkier than that, with a sense of humour, but also socially engaged. That doesn’t have to change.” He and Devlin have already embarked on a five-year plan to transform the festival into “a centre of excellence for international cinema”, approaching the Chinese, Indian and Polish consul generals in Belfast to host “world-class, super high-profile events”. “It’s not going to be ‘wee Belfast’ any more’,” says Cousins. “I saw Belfast referred to recently as a ‘regional capital’. We think, ‘Fuck that, just watch this space.’ We’re going to wear our international cinephilia on our sleeves. We’re going for the greatest Indian, the greatest Chinese filmmakers [of] today. We’re going to bring them here and celebrate their work. So we need a place to house s them properly.” ■

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creen International’s seventh annual focus on the rising talents in a key sector of the international film industry turns the spotlight onto producers this year. Our intrepid correspondents have chosen those people whom their peers — from sales agents to funding bodies to festival programmers and other local producers — have singled out as the ones beginning to make a real name for themselves.

As always, our focus is firmly international and Future Leaders showcases the young — and not so young — whose impact is being felt beyond their home industry. Most of the names on our list only have between one and three feature credits, but even at this stage of their career they have made waves. As the industry continues to evolve, these talented producers from every corner of the globe, including Argentina, China, Poland,

Israel, Brazil, Palestine, France, the US and the UK, know the importance of making and sustaining international partnerships and we celebrate their achievements so far. What they all have in common is a desire to engage with the world both in front of and behind the camera, and to collaborate with singular creative talents to tell compelling and idiosyncratic stories. We look forward to seeing what they do next. Louise Tutt, contributing editor

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Beto Amaral BRAZIL Cisma Productions

betoamaral@cisma.art.br Past projects Daniela Thomas’s Berlin Panorama title Vazante and Felipe Hirsch and Thomas’s Insolacao, which was selected for Venice’s Horizons in 2009 Up next Two projects from Thomas: the recently finished The Last Dinner and Manu, which is in pre-production, as well as documentary filmmaker Rodrigo Siqueira’s first narrative feature, O Silencio De Dolores

Beto Amaral is looking for filmmakers with an avant-garde vision. “I prefer working with directors who express the world around them with an alternative language,’’ says the producer, who studied production and screenwriting at New York’s Columbia Uni-

Birgitta Bjornsdottir ICELAND Vintage Pictures

birgitta@vintagepictures.is Past projects Producer on Toronto 2017 title The Swan, A Reykjavik Porno, Pale Star. Co-producer on Land Ho!, Bokeh, When You Least Expect It Up next Co-producer on Benedikt Erlingsson’s Cannes 2018 selection Woman At War

Birgitta Bjornsdottir “fell in love with producing” when studying at London Film School. After working at Zik Zak Filmworks, she co-founded Vintage Pictures with Hlin Johannesdottir in 2017. The company co-produced Land Ho!, which premiered at Sundance 2014, and produced Asa Helga Hjorleifsdottir’s debut feature The Swan, which premiered at Toronto in 2017. Bjornsdottir has recently co-produced Benedikt Erlingsson’s Woman At War, his genre-defying arthouse action thriller set in Iceland and Ukraine,

versity. It was Amaral who encouraged theatre director Felipe Hirsch to explore film with the bold and experimental Insolacao, which he co-directed with Daniela Thomas. It was also Amaral who subsequently encouraged Thomas to direct on her own. The result was Vazante, which was selected to open Panorama at the Berlinale in 2017 (Amaral cowrote the script). Amaral defines himself as the type of producer who participates directly in the creation of the project. “Often I get too involved,” he admits, cheerfully. “I want to get my hands on every thing.” What sets him apart in Brazil right now, Amaral suggests, is the importance he places on the development process. “I have the impression directors are usually in a hurry to shoot,” he ventures, “ignoring the time needed for a script to mature.”

Andy Brunskill UK SUMS* Film & Media

andy@sumslondon.com Past projects The Bafta-nominated Lilting, Jet Trash, The Hungry, Turkish romantic drama Water And Fire Up next US drama Gully starring Amber Heard, Alice Eve and Charlie Plummer; Sebastian Godwin’s psychological horror The Visitor with the BFI, BBC and Film London; Harry Michell’s Ilkley, starring Derek Jacobi; new-format project Phone Book, in development with the BFI

Andy Brunskill cut his teeth working at Alison Owen’s Ruby Films, where he was an assistant on projects including The Other Boleyn Girl, The Men Who Stare At Goats and Tamara

which has been selected for Critics’ Week at Cannes. The producer — who is also one of European Film Promotion’s Producers On The Move at Cannes this year — says she is not afraid to tackle a range of material. “My taste in movies is varied, so I’m open to all genres,” she explains. “I just want projects that I’m passionate about and would like to see in the cinema myself.” Next up is Silja Hauksdottir’s second feature Agnes Cho, which is set to shoot this autumn, followed by Hjorleifsdottir’s second feature, which is based on the novel Reply To Helga’s Letter, which Bjornsdottir is producing with Zik Zak. She is also working on TV series Weekends With Dad, again with Zik Zak, and is putting together a new feature, of which details are scant. Working in Iceland can be both a challenge and a real boon for a producer. “The Icelandic Film Centre only gives out three to five grants per year, so competition is tough,” says Bjornsdottir of the country’s state financing system. “On the other hand, Iceland is a small country, so you can really develop strong relationships.”

Drewe. “It was an ideal place to learn,” he says. After leaving Ruby, he produced short film Venus & The Sun starring UK glamour model Keeley Hazell, which was unconventionally released as an interactive app featuring a spinthe-bottle game. Brunskill says he is fascinated by new ways to release films, and he is combining that with everything he learnt at Ruby — “proper storytelling and development”. Brunskill now runs SUMS* Film & Media, which is part of the Bob & Co media group. He produced the UKIndia thriller Jet Trash, starring Robert Sheehan, and has worked as an executive producer across multiple films including Hong Khaou’s Lilting. The producer is also focused on “challenging the norm by coming up with narrative films for digital platforms” and has been working on Phone Book, an ambitious, new-format project with development support from the BFI and an (unnamed) high-profile director. “The marketplace is so crowded that companies have to take bigger risks to subvert or challenge the norm,” he says. “My projects, which are well developed thanks to people like the BFI, are arriving at the right time.”

Rian Cahill US Automatik

rian@automatikent.com Past projects Low Tide, Dreamland Up next Jim Mickle’s In The Shadow Of The Moon starring Boyd Holbrook, which shoots this summer in Toronto for Netflix

Rian Cahill’s mentor Brian Kavanaugh-Jones used to send him to the set early in his career. Once there, he learned how to handle the frequent daily demands of production, and eventually worked his way up to executive producer. Kavanaugh-Jones and his Automatik partner Fred Berger encouraged Cahill to bring in material. Cahill says he is not fussy about which genre or budget range he works in: “I just want to collaborate with passionate filmmakers who want to do something creatively ambitious, because those are the films and filmmakers being rewarded right now.”

The dynamic nature of the independent business, the lack of soft money in every region of the US, and high production costs mean producing is not as easy as Cahill initially thought. However, the range of creative options more than makes up for the shortfalls. “Part of the trick is to partner with people you really like and trust,” he says, “because no matter what, producing a film is going to be a bumpy ride at times and it’s much better to go on that ride with people you want to be in the trenches with.”

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Jeremy Chua SINGAPORE Potocol

jeremy@potocol.co Past projects K Rajagopal’s A Yellow Bird, which premiered in Critics’ Week at Cannes 2016, and Lav Diaz’s Berlin Silver Bear winner A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery Up next Ying Liang’s Family Events, Malaysian director Bradley Liew’s Motel Acacia, Singapore visual artist John Clang’s Dear Friend Of Pain

After working at two independent cinemas in Singapore, Jeremy Chua moved to Paris to join Silke Schmickl’s French label Lowave, distributing video art and artists’ films. His big career break came when he moved home and producer Fran Borgia asked him to co-produce Singapore director K Rajagopal’s A Yellow Bird, which went on to premiere in Critics’ Week at Cannes in 2016. This was followed by Filipino auteur Lav Diaz’s A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery; Chua co-produced the film with Bianca Balbuena and it went on to win a Silver Bear in Berlin. Given its small population, Singapore is a tough place for the auteurdriven projects for which Chua has a liking. “The audience is not yet receptive to local cinema,” he explains. “At the same time, our independent films do not qualify for a lot of the international funds because we’re classified as an economically developed country.” It does not help, he says, that local audiences are obsessed with blockbusters. He suggests the answer “is to change this culture from a grassroots level because the cinema chains are not going to shoot their golden goose. The question is, how can we create a movement towards independent cinema-going and make it part of the daily culture and lifestyle of the future?” Chua founded Potocol in 2014 and is based in both Singapore and Paris, where he finds inspiration for his writing. He is working on his second feature script after co-writing A Yellow Bird.

Past projects Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook, and apocalyptic family drama Cargo starring Martin Freeman Up next Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale, Rodd Rathjen’s debut feature Buoyancy (now shooting in Cambodia), TV spinoff of Cargo

Kristina Ceyton and Sam Jennings both bypassed film school and learned the ropes on film sets and in writers’ rooms (Ceyton was a runner on German TV dramas and Jennings was a script development executive at Screen NSW). The friends joined

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forces to launch Causeway Films as the buzz around The Babadook was building ahead of its 2014 Sundance debut. “[Creating the company] was a natural progression because we just click,” Ceyton explains. “We feel very passionate about what we do.” A feature enterprise grant from Screen Australia enabled the pair to

Gary Cranner NORWAY Chezville

gary@chezville.no Past projects It’s Only Make Believe, co-producer on Ida’s Diary, Cloudboy and Crack, Back And Sack Up next Thriller Now It’s Dark, drama The Ski Jumper Who Didn’t Want To Land, action drama From Grace, historical drama The Opera Singer — The Kirsten Flagstad Story

As a former film editor, Norway’s Gary Cranner knows storytelling inside and out. He says editing taught him “many technical, practical and creative aspects of the filmmaking process”. In 2010 he set up Chezville, which produced the Amanda-winning It’s

Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly UK Sixty Six Pictures

fodhla@sixtysixpictures.com Past projects Oscar-nominated short Head Over Heels; Bafta-nominated period drama Lady Macbeth; feature documentary My Generation about Michael Caine’s recollection of the cultural revolution in 1960s England Up next An Ireland-set neo-western written by Shane Crowley; a TV series based on My Generation with Caine and Simon Fuller; a stop-motion animated feature film with Head Over Heels director Timothy Reckart

Only Make Believe, and he co-produced the documentary Ida’s Diary and family feature Cloudboy. “We seek to think outside the box and tailor the way in which each project is developed, shot and edited to the project and the people at hand,” he

Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly’s National Film and Television School graduation short Head Over Heels, with director Timothy Reckart, was nominated for an animated short film Oscar in 2013. Her debut feature, William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth, was produced through the low-budget iFeatures initiative and was an international festival hit. Her second feature, the 1960s doc My Generation, was released by Lionsgate in the UK in 2018 and a spin-off TV series is planned. Fo r C r o n i n O’Reilly, the key

focus on building a slate, rather than worry about how to keep the lights on as a fledgling company. In just a handful of projects, Causeway has displayed a knack for those that straddle critical and financial success. “The projects we are drawn to are often ambitious, so they tend to involve challenges in terms of practical production, but we like to push ourselves,” says Jennings. “The biggest challenge for us,” says Ceyton, “has been having to let go of projects that we have shepherded through development and sometimes financing, but for one reason or another we’ve had to let go. Those decisions are tough.”

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explains. “This often involves using the editing and experience as a part of the development process.” Cranner has just finished the psychological drama Now It’s Dark by Arild Ostin Ommundsen, and is developing a new feature by Ommundsen. He is also working on action drama From Grace, drama The Ski Jumper Who Didn’t Want To Land — which will be directed by Hans Petter Moland — and historical drama The Opera Singer — The Kirsten Flagstad Story. “The fact most Norwegian films travel poorly is a challenge I would like to overcome through great stories,” says Cranner, a veteran of EAVE and ACE. “I make films that focus on ambitious storytelling.”

lessons learned from her work to date have been to “never compromise on the creative” while creating “a respectful and safe collaborative environment for everybody to work in”. Her third feature looks set to be an Irish neo-western from Shane Crowley’s script, via her own Sixty Six Pictures with backing from the Irish Film Board. She is also hoping to get a stop-motion animation feature with Reckart off the ground. “It is ambitious, but so was making a period film on a micro b u d g e t ,” C r o n i n O’Reilly says.

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Valérie Delpierre SPAIN Inicia Films

iniciafilms@gmail.com Past projects Carla Simon’s Summer 1993, Laura Ferrés’ short film The Disinherited Up next Pilar Palomero’s feature debut Las Ninas, which is set to star Natalia de Molina and Veronica Forqué and shoot in summer 2019, and David Ilundain’s Uno Para Todos

Monaco-born, Spain-based Valérie Delpierre opened the doors to Inicia Films in Barcelona in 2006. Her feature breakthrough after several shorts and documentaries came with Carla Simon’s Summer 1993, which premiered at Berlin 2017 where it scooped two awards. A few months later, Laura

Ferrés’ documentary short The Disinherited was selected for Critics’ Week at Cannes and won the Leica Cine Discovery Prize. When involved in a project, Delpierre is sure to keep the audience in mind. “It’s not a question of numbers, whether it’s a big or small target, but a film should find its niche.” She says the Spanish market is a tough one to crack for locally produced independent films. “There’s a type of independent European cinema that has an audience, but a lot of independent Spanish cinema doesn’t enjoy the same reception. There’s scope for more interesting independent films, quality cinema that doesn’t necessarily torture its audience,” she adds with a smile. Co-producing is part of the equation for Inicia Films. Delpierre is collaborating with Spain’s BTEAM Pictures on the upcoming 1990s-set Las Ninas, a story about how childhood shapes the adults we become, and is poised to close a deal with both a Colombian and French distributor. Furthermore, Delpierre is developing Uno De Los Nuestros with France’s Cinéma Defacto. “Confront problems before they inevitably snowball,” is the big lesson she has learned. “Remember that whatever hasn’t been sorted in the screenplay won’t be resolved later.”

Alexis Dulguerian & Stéphanie Bermann

maya@greenproductions.co.il Past projects Eltan Aner’s A Quiet Heart, Matan Yair’s Scaffolding, co-producer on Joshua Z Weinstein’s Menashe Up next Portmanteau film The Quarters, to be directed by Todd Solondz, Arsinée Khanjian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Anna Muylaert; black comedy Milk ; culture-clash story Cinema Sabaya

A graduate of Tel Aviv University’s Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Maya Fischer was first given the opportunity to produce features by Gal Greenspan’s Green Productions. Her preference is for “timely stories that can make an impact”. She has focused on femaledriven films, with directors such as Maya Kenig, Michal Vinik and Orit Fouks Rotem. “Producing films in Israel is not a simple affair,” Fischer explains. “There is plenty of talent but not enough state funds allocated to culture and

film. There is more political interference than ever before. But box-office numbers keep growing and I feel there’s intense demand and interest in Israeli talent and content abroad.” One of her most recent projects is Matan Yair’s directorial debut Scaffolding, which screened in Cannes’ ACID sidebar in 2017 and was a surprise hit at home. It also played widely at international festivals, winning awards in Jerusalem, Geneva, Tbilisi and Singapore. Next up for Fischer is The Quarters, a project that was initiated by Jerusalem International Film Festival. The portmanteau will see four international directors each focus on a different quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. Also in pre-production is Milk, a black comedy to be directed by Maya Koenig, and Cinema Sabaya Sabaya, to be directed by Orit Fouks Rotem, about a group of Jewish and Muslim women who meet in a community bomb shelter.

DENMARK Nordisk Film Spring

lina.flint@nordiskfilmspring.com

domino@dominofilms.fr

Alexis Dulguerian and Stéphanie Bermann are flying high on the success of Hubert Charuel’s Bloody Milk, the first feature to come out of Domino Films, which they set up in 2015. The drama, about a farmer whose cows catch a deadly disease, premiered in Critics’ Week at Cannes last year, before winning three Césars including best actor and best

ISRAEL Green Productions

Lina Flint

FRANCE Domino Films

Past projects Bloody Milk Up next Actress and director Joséphine de Meaux’s Le Syndrome Du Moniteur De Ski and three first-time films: Erwan Le Duc’s Perdrix, Cécile Ducrocq’s Une Femme Du Monde and Camille Lugan’s Fun, Fun, Fun

Maya Fischer

first film. The duo met at Studiocanal before Bermann left for Mars Film to head up acquisitions; she then turned to producing. Dulguerian joined Partizan Films, where he worked on titles by Michel Gondry, Kim Chapiron and Antoine BardouJacquet. Their focus is on directordriven projects. “It is above all our meetings with the director, which dictates our desire to make a film. And after that, our only rule is to produce films that we as viewers would rush to see in the cinema. Producing is such a challenging activity, we have to be 100% enthusiastic about everything we take on.”

Past projects The Elite, TV series Joe Tech, Sundance winner The Guilty Up next Gustav Möller’s Rahowa, Thomas Daneskov’s Dad Is Feeling Bad, William Reynish’s animated debut feature The Story About Everything, documentary Home In The Jungle

Winner of the world cinema audience award at Sundance this year, The Guilty marks the arrival of not just a major new directing talent in Gustav Möller, but of the innovative production company behind the film, Nordisk Film Spring. Spring founder Lina Flint started producing shorts at just 15, and some years later used that DIY spirit to produce Thomas Daneskov’s low budget The Elite, which won the new talent grand prize at CPH:PIX. Working on that film as a “creative collective” inspired Spring’s ethos.

Flint graduated from the prestigious National Film School of Denmark in 2015, and went to work as an assistant and co-ordinator at Nordisk — where she convinced the powers-that-be to back her idea of a new talent collective. “We have built a safe space for young and ambitious filmmakers to develop their experimental projects together, in very different ways,” she says of Spring. “As young filmmakers, I think our task is to creatively risk everything we can in an attempt to move the film language just a little bit.”

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Tanja Georgieva GERMANY Elemag Pictures

tanja@elemagpictures.com Past projects Roman Bondarchuk’s documentary Ukrainian Sheriffs, Andreas Pichler’s documentary The Sixth Continent, co-producer on Bondarchuk’s feature debut Volcano Up next Noel Dernesch and Olli Waldhauer’s documentary Another Reality

Cormac Fox IRELAND Vico Films

cormac@vicofilms.com Past projects The Young Offenders feature film and TV series; History’s Future, a docudrama hybrid starring Mark O’Halloran; horror feature A Dark Song, which sold to Netflix Up next Sophie Hyde’s Animals, Jonathan Ellen’s Sarajevo Calling, Rory Bresnihan’s The Wanted Man, eight-part London-set thriller Cold Courage, a new series of The Young Offenders with the BBC

It was a chance meeting with a documentary filmmaker at a literary conference that introduced Tanja Georgieva to the world of film. “[The filmmaker] was working on a themed evening about the dramatist Heiner Müller and looking for an assistant director and I was looking for a job,” she recalls. “I didn’t know

Erik Glijnis NETHERLANDS Lemming Film

erik@lemmingfilm.com

Cormac Fox established his production outfit Vico Films with fellow producer Michael Doherty and writer-director Peter Foott in 2004. After several years working on commercials, the company moved into films with the micro-budgeted The Young Offenders in 2016. It was a sensation in Ireland, grossing $1.8m (¤1.3m) at the box office, and spawned a BBC-commissioned spinoff series of the same name. Fox says he made The Young Offenders after becoming frustrated with other projects. “We wanted to shoot something, so we funded it ourselves and shot for ¤60,000 [$74,000]. We kept the crew small and got everybody local from Cork, where we filmed.” The lessons he learned from his time on micro-budget features has influenced his work on Sophie Hyde’s Animals, which is sold by Cornerstone Films. It wrapped in Dublin this spring and is Fox’s biggest feature to date. “I am so conscious of how important time is [on a film shoot],” he says. “You get all these people who haven’t worked together before, and you need to make them work effectively in the time you have.” Working between film and TV, Fox says there are more opportunities on the small screen right now. For him these include the next series of The Young Offenders, as well as several projects he is developing with backing from the Irish Film Board.

Past projects My Giraffe, The Matchmaker Up next Guido Hendrikx’s Sublime, Viktor van der Valk’s Nocturne and his next project The Photo Camera, which is being developed as part of TorinoScriptLab

Erik Glijnis started making films at high school and after studying economics at university, he worked as an intern first at a commercials

David Horler SOUTH AFRICA Proper Film

david@properfilm.com Past projects Jenna Bass’s High Fantasy, which premiered at Toronto 2017; shorts including Bass’s The Tunnel and William Nicholson’s The Flea — both produced under Focus Features’ Africa First shortfilm programme Up next Bass’s Flatland, Roger Young’s contemporary youth drama Love Runs Out, sci-fi romance Headland, religious drama Of Virtue and a series set in the world of exotic dancing

“We have chosen to focus on elevated-genre projects as a means

anything about filmmaking, but I knew a lot about Heiner Müller.” Fascinated by the production process, Georgieva subsequently worked in various positions for several German production companies before becoming a producer in her own right on the award-winning documentary The Graveyard Of The Illegals. “I had found my profession and passion,” she says. In late 2014, she joined forces with Bulgarian producers Borislav and Viktor Chouchkov and Jan Krüger (Jack) to establish Leipzigbased Elemag Pictures. The remit is to focus on documentary and fiction arthouse features with the potential to engage a worldwide audience. For Georgieva, a good producer needs a balance between two ele-

company and then at feature outfit Rinkel Film. He went to the Filmacademie in Amsterdam and worked as an associate producer on Guido Hendrikx’s documentary Stranger In Paradise, which opened IDFA and was nominated for a European Film Award in 2016. He joined Lemming Film shortly after, working closely with CEO and producer Leontine Petit. “I joined Lemming to learn and to gain experience on an international level,” says Glijnis, who h a s s w i tc h e d

to help position our films more appealingly,” says David Horler of South Africa-based Proper Film. It is an approach that is paying off: Jenna Bass’s innovative High Fantasy was one of the buzz titles at Toronto 2017 and then at Berlin 2018, and will be released later this year in the US and other territories. The micro-budget feature was shot on an iPhone and partially improvised. Proper is now producing Bass’s next film — the feminist western Flatland — which is a co-production with German and Luxembourg outfits. He is also

ments: “If you’re only rational, you’d be boring and work only in stereotypes, never taking risks. If you’re only emotional, you wouldn’t survive long,” she says. “So far, the greatest challenge has been, and still is, to realise the difference and start learning when to be what.”

focus from his own company Maniak Film. “I said to myself I would do it for five years, to [learn to] set up films and go through development. [Then] I will see where I’m standing.” His projects at Lemming have ranged from family box-office hit My Giraffe to David Verbeek’s longgestating China-set vampire film Dead & Beautiful. Glijnis believes the biggest challenge of producing is protecting writers and directors when so many opinions are flying around. “If you set up a film in the Netherlands, everyone is commenting on it and you have to be really confident about your own project,” he says.

in post-production on Roger Young’s youth drama Love Runs Out and is developing Elan Gamaker’s sci-fi romance Headland, Imran Hamdulay’s religious drama Of Virtue and Emma Bestall’s LGBTQI+ documentary series Show Me Love, set in the world of exotic dancing. Horler has a strong vision for the future of Proper: “From 2019 onwards, Proper Film will only be working on female-led film projects and/or prioritising filmmakers of colour while exploring series format and new media such as virtual reality and interactive storytelling platforms.”

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Simone Isola ITALY Kimerafilm

simoneisola@kimerafilm.com Past projects Matteo Botrugno and Daniele Coluccini’s Et In Terra Pax and Tainted Souls, Daniele Gaglianone’s My Class, Claudio Caligari’s Don’t Be Bad Up next Valerio Mastandrea’s directorial debut Ride, and Voglia Di Perdere, a documentary about director Claudio Caligari’s life told through the making of his last movie, Don’t Be Bad

Rojeh Khleif

Simone Isola cut his teeth studying production at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy’s national film school. During that time he founded Kimerafilm with some fellow students and produced his first feature, Et In Terra Pax, co-directed by Matteo Botrugno and Daniele Coluccini. Following that 2010 crime drama from inception to theatrical distribution acted as his initiation, Isola says. “I would like to work on debut films and with young auteurs creating prototypes,” he says. “Auteur cinema must go in that direction. It must be about the creation of highconcept movies with a strong sense of authenticity.” The film he is most proud of so far is Claudio Caligari’s fourth feature Don’t Be Bad. The crime drama set in 1990s Italy was shot as the director’s health was failing, which made for a very different production. Caligari died before the release of the film, which went on to win multiple awards at home in Italy and screened out of competition at Venice in 2015.

two films a year so everyone ends up getting involved,” says Khleif. His comrojeh.khleif@gmail.com pany is in the throes of shooting the collective documentary Creation Under Past projects Peter Keller and Stefan Occupation about the alternative PalesSarazin’s No Name Restaurant (as production tinian music scene in Israel, the West manager), Annemarie Jacir’s Wajib (as Bank and East Jerusalem. production manager) and Nayef Hammoud’s “I’ve moved more deeply into producThe Day My Father Dies ing and stepped up professionally as time Up next Elad Keidan’s A Wish And A Half, goes on,” he says. “I want to bring funds and collective documentary Creation to Palestinian filmmakers. There are a lot Under Occupation of ideas but people struggle to get money to bring these to fruition… I know the next Rojeh Khleif is a dynamic force in the generation of directors, they’re my friends. buzzy Palestinian cultural scene of the There are some real talents out there and I port city of Haifa in northern Israel. want to help them make it happen.” In addition to producing, he is also the founding director of Haifa Independent Film Festival and a cofounder of the Jazar Crew collective aimed at fostering an underground Palestinian music and arts scene. Prior to setting up his own production company Um Abdo, named in honour of his grandmother, Khleif gained experience on the set of several high-profile regional features including Suha Arraf ’s Villa Touma, Maysaloun Hamoud’s In Between and Maha Haj’s Personal Affairs. “The Palestinian film industry is very small. We make, like, PALESTINE Um Abdo

Laurence Lascary FRANCE De L'Autre Côté du Périph’ (DACP) contact@dacp.fr

Past projects Ludovic Bernard’s The Climb, shorts collection Dans Mon Hall, Rokhaya Diallo’s Les Marches De La Liberté Up next An untitled documentary by Mary-Noël Niba

Laurence Lascary burst on to the radar with Ludovic Bernard’s romantic comedy The Climb, about an unemployed Senegalese-French man who embarks on an expedition to scale Mount Everest to prove his love. It garnered more than 1 million admissions for Mars Films and was picked up by Netflix for the rest of the world. The feature put both Lascary and its young star, Ahmed Sylla, on the map. Alongside making features, Lascary also produces the Dans Mon Hall short-film project aimed at giving a

voice to the communities of workingclass neighbourhoods across France. The name of Lascary’s company De L’Autre Côté du Périph’, which translates as “from the wrong side of the tracks”, describes the types of project that interest her. “I like projects with a modern outlook, either in their subject matter or treatment,” she says. “I want to talk about contemporary France with stories that capture its plurality.”

Tatiana Leite BRAZIL Bubbles Project

tatimilk123@gmail.com Past projects Loveling screened in Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition this year, Pendular won the Fipresci prize after playing in Berlin’s Panorama in 2017 and Hopefuls won Locarno’s Carte Blanche prize in 2015 Up next Immersed Family, a co-production with Argentina and the directorial debut of La Nina Santa actress Maria Alché; and a new feature to be directed by Christiane Jatahy, which is a co-production with Mexico

After stints at Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival and at the Rio State Secretariat of Culture, Tatiana Leite set up her own production company in 2013, to make the kind of films she wants to watch. “I’m attracted to auteur films which can communicate with the rest of the world,” she says. Working more with Brazil’s neighbours, both on- and off-screen, is also a priority.

“We need to demarcate our space in this market, even if we are kind of isolated because of our language.” Leite is now developing co-productions with Argentina, Chile and Mexico. Loveling, which has sold to 16 countries, was a co-production with Uruguay. “I want to promote a more organic creative partnership between the countries and not just the inclusion of an actor from the minority country in the cast,” she says. In the case of Immersed Family, Leite was able to secure Brazil’s Livia Serpa as the Argentinian production’s editor.

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Ali Mohamed Al Marzouqi UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Dhabi Gulf Film alimarzouqi@dhabifilms.com Past projects Grandmother’s Farm, Grandmother’s Farm 2 and Hajwala 1 Up next Hajwala 2: The Mysterious Mission, set against the backdrop of the local cardrifting scene and starring champion drivers Omar Al Hashmi, Kashoona and Saudi Arabia’s Abdulla Al Youssif

Ali Mohamed Al Marzouqi is the young Emirati producer behind local hit comedy-horror tale Grandmother’s Farm and highoctane street-racing drama Hajwala 1, which grossed around $1m across the Gulf and was then picked up by Netflix. Al Marzouqi started producing in 2011, inspired by the short film Grandfather by director Ibrahim Bin

Bennett McGhee UK Silvertown Films

bennett.mcghee@gmail.com Past projects Ron Scalpello’s documentary Bobby, about England footballer Bobby Moore, and John Crowley’s Brooklyn (as associate producer for Wildgaze Films) Up next Ed Lilly’s rap battle drama VS, starring Connor Swindells; political thriller Reason Of State written by Matthew Orton with Black Bear Pictures and Wildgaze Films; a sports drama to be directed by Ed Lilly; and a French-language Paris-set thriller written by Samantha Collins

To finance his first short film, What Does Your Daddy Do?, Bennett McGhee successfully applied to the business fund of his local council in Silvertown, east London. His business smarts earned him valuable internships at Working Title Films and British Council, after which he joined Amanda Posey and Finola Dwyer’s Wildgaze Films. He was a production executive on Quartet and A Long Way Down and an associate producer on the Oscarnominated Brooklyn. McGhee then decided to step out on his own and set up Silver-

Mohamed and cinematographer Ali Bin Matar. The country’s fledgling film industry was just starting up. “It proved we have great talents in our country,” he says. The trio set up Dhabi Gulf Film and after a series of shorts moved into features with Grandmother’s Farm. Shot on a tiny budget, its zany comedyhorror mix and authentic Emirati backdrop appealed to local audiences and the group’s work gained local fans. Hajwala 1 further fuelled their success. Al Marzouqi says it is still a struggle to get projects off the ground. “Most of our filmmakers today don’t do it full-time. They have to use their holidays and weekends to produce their movies,” he says. “Our industry still has to mature but we hope it will go to the next level soon thanks to the exposure our films are now getting internationally.”

town Films. “It was time to fulfil my creative urges and be the producer I wanted to be,” he says. A Vision Award from the British Film Institute has helped the young producer build a development slate of projects from emerging filmmakers. “I’m genre agnostic,” says McGhee. “If I believe in a filmmaker, I’m going to try to find a way to get their project made.” His slate includes two projects from director Ed Lilly: the BBC Films and Lorton Entertainment-backed rap battle drama VS, which Altitude will release in the UK, and an upcoming sports drama, which is at script stage. McGhee is also working on political thriller Reason Of State from emerging writing talent Matthew Orton.

Emily Morgan UK Quiddity Films

emily@quiddityfilms.com Past projects Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not A Witch, and Grant Gee’s docudrama Innocence Of Memories, which premiered at Venice Film Festival Up next Psycho-sexual thriller Make Up from writer/director Claire Oakley, Harry Macqueen’s Supernova and Antarctic thriller White from director Emily Young based on the novel by Marie Darrieussecq

Emily Morgan has experienced a whirlwind 12 months since the premiere of her debut feature I Am Not A Witch in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes last year. The film went on to

play festivals around the world, secure US distribution via Film Movement, and score a Bafta for outstanding debut (shared between Morgan and director Rungano Nyoni). I Am Not A Witch shot in Zambia as a UK-France-Germany co-production. The experience gave Morgan a crash course in the intricacies of co-producing, and armed her with the tools to fulfil her ambition of working on international projects. “My dream is to continue working globally,” she says. “I have always had a passion for Latin America.” Morgan is now producing Make Up, which is backed by Creative England’s low-budget iFeatures initiative and is shooting in Cornwall. She also has further projects on the horizon, including Supernova with director Harry Macqueen and Londonbased production house The Bureau, and the Antarctic thriller White with UK director Emily Young and producer Janine Marmot. “I’ve got an eclectic slate with lots of different partners on several projects,” she says. “I’m looking for stories that are meaningful while also being bold and original.”

Julia Nottingham UK

julia@jnfilms.co.uk Past projects Big-game hunting doc Trophy, Lucy Cohen’s Kingdom Of Us and Crystal Moselle’s Skate Kitchen Up next Tim Travers Hawkins’ XY Chelsea; an adaptation of Isabel Greenberg’s graphic novel The One Hundred Nights Of Hero; and the first fiction features from Edward Lovelace and James Hall, Lucy Cohen (with BBC Films) and Julia Hart

Julia Nottingham has now set up on her own after spending four years as head of documentary at UK production house Pulse Films, during which time she produced 2017 Sundance title Trophy and the Bafta-nominated Kingdom Of Us. “Pulse gave me so much autonomy to work with the filmmakers I wanted to work with,” she says. “They had development resources, which are invaluable in the feature doc world.”

Her most recent credit with Pulse is Crystal Moselle’s Skate Kitchen, which premiered at Sundance this year and was picked up by Magnolia Pictures. She is also working on XY Chelsea, about whistleblower Chelsea Manning, with Pulse, which looks set to premiere at an autumn festival. Nottingham now has several nondocumentary projects on her solo producer slate through her as-yetunnamed company. “I love the creative side of producing when you work with a director,” she says. “It dawned on me, ‘Why don’t I do what I’ve been doing in docs, which is working with great filmmakers on one-in-a-million stories, and do that in fiction?’”

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Charles Philippe & Lucile Ric FRANCE Les Films du Clan

contact@lesfilmsduclan.com Past projects Margot Gallimard’s Feedback, Léa Frédeval’s The Rehearsal and Romain Laguna’s I’m Cold Meat Up next Frédeval’s Starving Generation and Laguna’s Les Reptiles

Charles Philippe and Lucile Ric started producing shorts under their Les Films du Clan banner while they were students at France’s prestigious film school La Fémis. “We work with directors who

interest us, often connecting with them before an idea is even born. We like to research and build a project

together,” they say. Ric first specialised in distribution and exhibition, working in marketing at Wild Bunch

Beata Rzezniczek POLAND Madants

beata.rzezniczek@madants.pl Past projects Co-produced Sofia Exarchou’s Park, Gabe Klinger’s Porto starring Anton Yelchin, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s 2017 Venice title Under The Tree, Babis Makridis’s Sundance 2018 title Pity, Janis Nords’ Hearts & Fangs, Claire Denis’ High Life Up next Hagar Ben-Asher’s The War Has Ended, about a young girl wandering through post-war Poland

Jameson Parker CANADA Brightlight Pictures

jameson@brightlightpictures.com Past projects Summer Of 84, Prodigals Up next Evan Rachel Wood’s feature directorial debut

Jameson Parker began his entertainment career as an actor before moving into production with his debut feature Prodigals, which premiered in Canada last year. Around that time Brightlight Pictures’ Shawn Williamson took Parker under his wing. Serial killer mystery Summer Of 84 played Sundance at the start of the year, where it earned an enthusiastic reception. Parker is searching for anything that is character-driven, regardless of genre. He says he has learned a lot but prefers to distil his education into a fundamental law of the universe: “Hard work and be nice to absolutely everyone.” As for his next move, producing Evan Rachel Wood’s as-yet-untitled feature directing debut, he says: “She will make an incredible director.”

“I studied film production almost by accident,” says Beata Rzezniczek. “I had no previous audiovisual or cultural experience. I just loved films and I am well organised, so I thought film

Melanie Schapiro ARGENTINA Trapecio Cine

melanie@trapeciocine.com.ar Past projects Matias Pineiro’s trilogy, Viola, The Princess Of France and Hermia & Helena, which take a sideways look at Shakespeare; Sebastian Schjaer’s The Omission, which premiered in Berlin’s Panorama section earlier this year Up next Pineiro’s Isabella, Schjaer’s El Espacio Sideral, Lucia Garibaldi’s Argentina-Uruguay co-production Los Tiburones

Melanie Schapiro founded Trapecio Cine with director Matias Pineiro in 2011 and together they have produced the latter’s features. Viola, The Princess Of

producing would be perfect for me.” She founded Warsaw-based production company Madants with Klaudia Smieja in 2015 to focus on making films with international potential. “I am interested in things that tell us a bit about ourselves,” she says. “I love

France and Hermia & Helena have all played at international festivals, marking Schapiro and her director as exciting filmmakers to watch from Argentina. Beyond Pineiro’s films, Schapiro has also pro duced Sebastian Schjaer’s first feature The Omission as a coproduction with the Netherlands and Switzerland. She is now working with Schjaer on his next feature, El Espacio Sideral. “People are key for me,” says Schapiro, when talking about the projects on which she likes to focus. “It’s not

Distribution. Philippe has previously worked as a freelance producer. To date, Les Films du Clan has produced some 15 shorts and is gearing up for the Studiocanal release of its first feature Starving Generation, an adaptation by Léa Frédeval of her novel about a group of Generation Y-ers. The company is also in postproduction on sci-fi tale Les Reptiles. The pair are keen to keep their options open in terms of the films they make. “We don’t want to be catalogued, so we can succeed in making films which are v e r y d i ffe re n t f ro m o n e another,” they say.

ambiguities. I am attracted to dark characters like in Pity and Under The Tree, but I also love naivety and lightness.” Madants’ biggest project to date is Claire Denis’ sci-fi film High Life, which shot for two days in Poland earlier this year. Rzezniczek describes working with such a cinema icon as “extraordinary”. Her next project will be Hagar BenAsher’s The War Has Ended, which will be co-produced with Israel’s Transfax and Germany’s Match Factory Productions and will shoot in 2019. It was presented at this year’s Berlinale Co-Production Market, where it won the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award and the Arte International Prize.

so much about the project itself, but [the director’s] personality and their view on cinema.” That is also true of the coproducers with whom she works. “In order to work as an independent producer in Argentina at the moment, you have to rely more and more on coproductions with other Latin American countries or Europe,” Schapiro says. “The challenge is to ensure you don’t sacrifice the artistic or auteur content of the film in order to make it possible.”

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Bongiwe Selane SOUTH AFRICA Blingola Media

bongiwe.selane@gmail.com Past projects The Female Only Filmmaker Project, a series of 26 shorts by women filmmakers in South Africa; Happiness Is A Four-Letter Word Up next A Happiness film sequel and a TV series; dark comedy Miles From Nowhere; romantic comedy Take Two; and drama Clock Strikes Four

After gaining experience in TV and at South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation, Bongiwe Selane made the leap to features in 2016 as a

producer on the hit romantic comedy Happiness Is A Four-Letter Word, directed by Thabang Moleya. She is now producing a sequel, Happiness Ever After, and a TV series. Selane is also developing romcom Take Two, written by Nigeria’s Femi

Kayode, and Samantha Nell’s dark comedy Miles From Nowhere, about integration at a Jewish elderly people’s home in contemporary South Africa. She is developing the latter as part of EAVE Producers Workshop 2018 and it has also been selected for Institut Francais’ La Fabrique Cinéma of Les Cinemas du Monde at Cannes this year. Working with women writers and directors is important to her. “I have always been conscious that the history of cinema in Africa has been informed by men and I want to play a role in changing that,” she says.

Wang Zijian CHINA Blackfin Production

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Rachel Xiaowen Song

Past projects Geng Jun’s Free And Easy, winner of the special jury prize in Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition; Bi Gan’s Kaili Blues; Wang Xuebo’s Knife In The Clear Water Up next Zhai Yixiang’s Mosaic Portrait, Geng Jun’s Manchurian Tiger, Qiu Jiongjiong’s The Neo-New Adventures

US-CHINA XS Media

rachelsong@xsmediaxs.com Past projects Sundance 2018 selection A Kid Like Jake Up next Chinese-language feature Summer Knight

Rachel Xiaowen Song studied at Peking University and Carnegie Mellon University before working in film financing, sales and acquisitions for US and Chinese companies. She co-founded the consultancy Vantage Entertainment in 2015 prior to launching production house XS Media in 2017. Song says she finds producing in the US easier than in China, because the unions, experience within the community and the infrastructure generally ensure things go smoothly. However, it is easier to raise money in China. The flip side of working in the US, she says, is that she often feels being young, female and Asian can make her feel like an outsider. “I would love to spend more time working with my fellow local Chinese filmmakers to promote high-quality next-generation content and bring it to the global audience in the future.”

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Wang Zijian studied jewellery design before turning to producing when he discovered there was a need for independent producers in China. His first film was Bi Gan’s Locarno 2015 winner Kaili Blues, which earned acclaim from international festivals and local audiences. He founded Blackfin Production in 2013,

Stephanie Wilcox US Rumble Films

stephanie@rumble-films.com Past projects Small Crimes Up next Donnybrook (in postproduction); The Other Lamb is a 2017 Black List script set in a cult, which Malgorzata Szumowska is attached to direct; noir thriller The Burnt Orange Heresy has Elizabeth Debicki and Christopher Walken attached and will shoot this summer in Italy

Fate drew California-native Stephanie Wilcox to her first job

which has seven films under its belt. “A production company carries the value of a brand, which has the power to change an entire industry, whereas an individual does not,” he says. Producing arthouse films remains an uphill battle in China. “Auteur films still lack the essential costrecovery channels and solid audience base, not to mention the severe hindrance from government censorship,” says Wang. “Producers must maintain a balance between cost and return in order to secure enough room for filmmaking itself.”

as a receptionist at Bold Films. She learned fast on the likes of Whiplash, Nightcrawler and No Escape before she ended up partnering with her “incredible mentor” David Lancaster when he launched Rumble Films four years ago. “I am drawn to character-driven material that walks the line between arthouse and commercial,” says Wilcox. “I am a genre fan, but a thematic element is key. I love projects that seem like they

Yang Cheng CHINA NeZha Bros Pictures

yangcheng@nezhabros.com Past projects Liu Jian’s Have A Nice Day, the first Chinese animated feature to screen in Competition at the Berlinale; Yang Heng’s Ghost In The Mountains Up next Liu’s third animated feature Art College; Yan Xiaolin’s A Family With Troubles

A former film journalist and graduate of Beijing Film Academy, Yang Cheng joined Heaven Pictures (Beijing) Culture & Media, for which he produced several acclaimed films including Hao Jie’s Single Man and Li Ruijun’s Fly With The Crane. Yang, who has also worked as a curator for Nanjing’s China Independent Film Festival, is now the head of NeZha Bros Pictures, which he founded in 2016, and is putting together a slate of artistically driven films. For Yang, the fast-growing Chinese film market is full of exciting opportunity but it is filled with pitfalls. “It is very hard to make a good film,” he says. “We need to cope with the continuously changing market, to deal with the regulation and censorship, and also with the most challenging part, the limitations [of the filmmakers’] creativity.”

will fit into a certain box and then subvert expectations.” She says there are no safe bets in her line of work, and will take a chance on something if it feels special — so long as it is set up at the right size. Besides attempting to explain her work to her family, she notes the biggest challenge is finding out how to assemble the right package for the pre-sales market while remaining true to a filmmaks er’s vision. ■

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“Never forget you are doing something privileged” Leading European producers, all members of the 25-year-old ACE Producers network, reflect on their own careers to offer some top tips to Screen’s Future Leaders 2018. Geoffrey Macnab reports Protect and guide your filmmaker “You have to really love and admire the director because you’ll live with him or her for four years,” says Miléna Poylo of Paris-based TS Productions, whose credits include Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies and Stéphane Brizé’s A Woman’s Life. “You have to protect them from the world but you also have to be frank.” ACE president Simon Perry, who produced 1984 and White Mischief among others, advises young producers to keep their funders, co-producers and distributors close, “but your writers and directors even closer”. And

‘The key talent for a producer is to spot talent in others’ Ed Guiney, Element Pictures

once you have identified a talented writer and/or director, know how to nurture them because a strong director-producer bond is hard to break. “The key talent for a producer is to spot talent in others,” notes Ed Guiney, cofounder of Element Pictures with Andrew Lowe, whose credits include Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster and Lenny Abrahamson’s Room. Learn by doing rather than dreaming “Get as much made as possible,” says Guiney. “Given technology nowadays, it’s relatively easy to make a film and this is worth so much more than endlessly hawking projects about.” And don’t be shy, advises Jelena Mitrovic of Serbian production outfit Bas Celik, about “seeking advice from senior colleagues… they can really help you if you are stuck”. Only co-produce when necessary “Everyone loves co-production but only do it when it’s a necessity,” says Marleen

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Rafiki

The Lobster

Neon Bull

Slot, founder of Amsterdam’s Viking Film whose credits include Sacha Polak’s Dirty God and Gabriel Mascaro’s Neon Bull. “It’s fantastic but it’s also much more complicated.” On the other hand, if co-production interests a young producer, the advice from Roman Paul, co-founder of Germany’s Razor Film Production (Cannes 2018 title Rafiki), is to “start as early as possible in your career. Otherwise, fear builds up the more you don’t do it and the pressure become greater.” Furthermore, says Pavel Strnad, founder of leading Czech production company Negativ, only co-produce with producers who share the same passion for the project. “It is important to find the right person who shares the same taste,” he says. “You’re going to spend a couple of years working with them so find people you like.” (Right) Marleen Slot

Don’t grow too quickly “You will sleep better and wake up less scared each morning if you don’t have to pay too many bills,” says Tom Dercourt, founder of France’s Cinema Defacto and producer of The Page Turner and Los Perros. “Put as much as possible of your overhead into the film’s budget. “Ten percent of films make money out of the market so make your films with the money you raise, not the money you think you will get on the market,” he adds. “About 90% of the time, the film won’t bring you money.” Choose a great line producer “They will be the person who keeps a handle on the budget,” says Poylo. “If they’re good, they’ll also be a strong link between the director and the production.” Tap into professional networks “Take advantage of all the networking and training opportuni-

‘Start [co-producing] as early as possible in your career. Otherwise fear builds up’ Roman Paul, Razor Film Production

ties available in countries across Europe as well as pan-European programmes,” says Guiney. “Something like ACE is invaluable not only for the information you pick up but also the contacts you make with other participants.” Love what you do and don’t fear failure “Never forget,” says Paul, “that you are doing something very privileged and that is supposed to be enjoyable and joyful while you’re doing it.” Slot adds: “It’s not a bad thing to fail. The mistakes you s make only make you stronger.” ■

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city but the children have little time for them.

FESTIVAL

Cannes Classics Bunuel

AND PRESS

14:00 08:30

SEXTAPE

ONE DAY

See box, left

(Hungary) 99mins. Dir: Zsofia Szilagyi. Cast: Zsofia Szamosi, Leo Furedi, Ambrus Barcza. Anna, 40, has an average life: three healthy children, her work as an Italian teacher, a flat she owns with her husband and a mortgage that is not too bad. When she finds out that her husband is cheating on her with her best friend, her well situated life is put on the line and she runs the risk of losing control.

YOMEDDINE

(Austria) 97mins. Dir: AB Shawky. Cast: Rady Gamal, Ahmed Abdelhafiz, Shahira Fahmy. Competition Salle Du 60eme

14:45 SAMOUNI ROAD

Critics’ Week Miramar

SUMMER

(Russia) 126mins. Dir: Kirill Serebrennikov. Cast: Teo Yoo, Irina Starshenbaum, Filip Avdeev, Alexandr Gorchilin, Alexandr Kuznetsov. Leningrad, summer 1981: the underground rock scene is booming. Among the followers of Led Zeppelin and Bowie, Viktor Tsoi is eager to make a name for himself. The encounter with his idol, Mike, and Mike’s wife will change his life forever. Together they will build Viktor’s legend and make him immortal. Competition Lumiere Ticket required, press

WILDLIFE

(US) 104mins. Dir: Paul Dano. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan. A boy witnesses his parents’ marriage falling apart after his mother finds another man. Critics’ Week Bunuel

08:45 PETRA

(Spain) 105mins. Dir: Jaime Rosales.

FESTIVAL & PRESS 14:00 SEXTAPE

(France) 98mins. Dir: Antoine Desrosieres. Cast: Souad Arsane. In the absence of her sister Rim, what was Yasmina doing in a car park with their boyfriends Salim and Majid? Rim knows nothing about it but Cast: Barbara Lennie, Marisa Paredes, Alex Brendemuhl. A smart, complex and morbidly curious portrait of a broken family. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette

11:00 SUMMER

(France) 126mins. Dir: Kirill Serebrennikov. Cast: Teo Yoo, Irina Starshenbaum, Filip Avdeev, Alexandr Gorchilin. Competition Salle Du 60eme

11:15 BORDER

(Sweden) 108mins. Dir: Ali Abbasi. Cast: Eva Melander,

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that’s because Yasmina is doing her utmost to prevent her from finding out. What was it, then… the unmentionable? The worst thing ever? Supersize shame? And it was all captured by Salim in a potentially volatile video recording. Un Certain Regard Debussy Press

Eero Milonoff, Viktor Akerblom. When a customs officer develops a strange attraction to the suspect she’s investigating, the case’s revelations soon call into question her entire existence. Un Certain Regard Debussy Press

11:30 SAUVAGE

(France) 98mins. Dir: Camille VidalNaquet. Cast: Felix Maritaud, Eric Bernard, Nicolas Dibla, Philippe Ohrel. Leo is 22 and sells his body on the street for some cash. The men come and go, and he stays right here, longing for love. He

doesn’t know what the future will bring. Critics’ Week Miramar

YOMEDDINE

(Austria) 97mins. Dir: AB Shawky. Cast: Rady Gamal, Ahmed Abdelhafiz, Shahira Fahmy. A Coptic leper and his orphaned apprentice leave the confines of the leper colony for the first time and embark on a journey across Egypt to search for what is left of their families. Competition Lumiere Ticket required

11:45 TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD

(France) 103mins. Dir: Guillaume Nicloux. Cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Guillaume Gouix, Lang-Khe Tran, Gérard Depardieu. Indochina, 1945: a young French soldier survives a brutal massacre in which his brother dies before his eyes. Thirsty for revenge, he sets off alone, on a secret mission to find the assassins. But when he

meets Mai, a young IndoChinese girl, everything changes. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette

13:00 DONBASS

(Netherlands) 110mins. Dir: Sergei Loznitsa. Cast: Boris Kamorzin, Valeriu Andriuta. In the Donbass, a region in eastern Ukraine, a hybrid war takes place, involving open-armed conflict alongside robberies on a mass scale perpetrated by gangs. In the Donbass, war is called love, propaganda is uttered as truth, hatred is declared to be love. It is not about one region, one country or one political system, it’s about humanity and civilisation in general. It’s about each and every one of us.

(France) 126mins. Dir: Stefano Savona. In the rural outskirts of Gaza City a small community of farmers, the Samouni extended family, are about to celebrate a wedding. It’s going to be the first celebration since the last war. Amal, Fuad, their brothers and their cousins have lost their parents, their houses and their olive trees. The neighbourhood where they live is being rebuilt. As they replant trees and plough fields, they face their most difficult task: piecing together their own memories. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette

15:00 SUMMER

(Russia) 126mins. Dir: Kirill Serebrennikov. Cast: Teo Yoo, Irina Starshenbaum, Filip Avdeev, Alexandr Gorchilin. Competition Lumiere Ticket required

WILDLIFE

Un Certain Regard Bazin

(US) 104mins. Dir: Paul Dano. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan.

TOKYO STORY

Critics’ Week Miramar

(Japan) 136mins. Dir: Yasujiro Ozu. Cast: Chieko Higashiyama, Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara. An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the

16:00 RAFIKI

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Kena and Ziki, two girls living in Nairobi, fall in love and must ultimately choose between love and safety. Un Certain Regard Bazin

16:30 BORDER

(Sweden) 108mins. Dir: Ali Abbasi. Cast: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff. Un Certain Regard Debussy Press

18:00 SAUVAGE

(France) 98mins. Dir: Camille Vidal-Naquet. Cast: Felix Maritaud, Eric Bernard, Nicolas Dibla, Philippe Ohrel. Critics’ Week Miramar

TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD

(France) 103mins. Dir: Guillaume Nicloux. Cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Guillaume Gouix,

Lang-Khe Tran, Gérard Depardieu. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette

18:30 SORRY ANGEL

(France) 132mins. Dir: Christophe Honore. Cast: Vincent Lacoste, Pierre Deladonchamps, Denis Podalydes. Jacques is a writer living in Paris. He hasn’t turned 40 but already mistrusts that the best in life is yet to come. Arthur is a student living in Brittany. He reads and smiles a lot and refuses to think that everything in life might not be possible. Jacques and Arthur will like each other. Just like in a lovely dream, and like in a sad story. Competition Lumiere Ticket required

18:45 BEATING HEART

(France) 97mins. Dir:

Henri Decoin. Cast: Danielle Darrieux, Claude Dauphin, Andre Luguet. Monsieur Aristide runs a special school where he teaches his shady pupils to become consummate pickpockets. A poor girl, Arlette, is enticed by false advertising in a newspaper and shows up one day at his office. Cannes Classics Bunuel

19:00 10 YEARS THAILAND

(Thailand) 95mins. Dir: Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Chulayarnon Sriphol, Apichatpong Weerasethakul. A series of crowdfunded short films from new Thai directors imagining the country in the future. Special Screenings Salle Du 60eme

BIRDS OF PASSAGE

(Colombia) 120mins. Dir: Cristina Gallego,

Ciro Guerra. Cast: Natalia Reyes. In the 1970s, as the American youth embraces hippie culture, a marijuana bonanza hits Colombia, quickly turning farmers into seasoned businessmen. In the Guajira desert, a Wayuu indigenous family takes a leading role in this new venture and discovers the perks of wealth and power. But when greed, passion and honour blend together, a fratricidal war breaks out that will soon put their family, their lives and their ancestral traditions at stake. Directors’ Fortnight Studio 13

20:00 ALONE AT MY WEDDING

(Belgium) 120mins. Dir: Marta Bergman. Cast: Alina Serban, Tom Vermeir, Viorica Tudor, Marian Samu, Marie Denarnaud, Jonas

Bloquet, Johan Leysen, Karin Tanghe. Pamela, a young Roma, is different from other women in her community. A single mother, she lives with her grandmother and her little girl in a small hut where the three of them share a bed. How can she reconcile the needs of her two-year-old daughter and her dream of freedom? ACID Arcades 1

SUMMER

(France) 126mins. Dir: Kirill Serebrennikov. Cast: Teo Yoo, Irina Starshenbaum, Filip Avdeev, Alexandr Gorchilin, Alexandr Kuznetsov. Competition Olympia 1

20:45 PETRA

(Spain) 105mins. Dir: Jaime Rosales.

Cast: Barbara Lennie, Marisa Paredes, Alex Brendemuhl. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette

21:00 THE APARTMENT

(US) 125mins. Dir: Billy Wilder. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray. CC Baxter is an office clerk who courts favour with the executives in his office by giving them the key to his small apartment for their extramarital flings. Among them is his callous boss, JD Sheldrake, who Baxter eventually learns is using his place to sleep with Miss Kubelik, the sweet elevator operator the clerk has loved from afar. When Sheldrake coldly dumps the vulnerable young woman, she tries to commit suicide in Baxter’s apartment, giving the clerk the

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FESTIVAL & PRESS MIDNIGHT ARCTIC

(Iceland) 97mins. Dir: Joe Penna. Cast: Mads Mikkelsen. A man stranded in the Arctic is finally about to receive his long-awaited

SAUVAGE

rescue. After a tragic accident, he must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or to embark on a deadly trek to safety.

(France) 98mins. Dir: Camille VidalNaquet. Cast: Felix Maritaud, Eric Bernard, Nicolas Dibla, Philippe Ohrel.

Midnight Screenings Lumiere Ticket required

Critics’ Week Miramar

22:15

opportunity to save the woman of his dreams — but possibly lose his job.

22:00 COLD WAR

(France) 103mins. Dir: Sergio Corbucci. Cast: Johnny Hallyday, Gastone Moschin, Francoise Fabian. A classic spaghetti western about a cowboy seeking vengeance for his murdered brother.

(Poland) 84mins. Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski. Cast: Tomasz Kot, Joanna Kulig, Agata Kulesza, Jeanne Balibar, Cedric Kahn. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris — the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.

Cinema On The Beach Plage Mace

Competition Lumiere Ticket required

Cannes Classics Bunuel

21:30 THE SPECIALIST

SEXTAPE

(France) 98mins. Dir: Antoine Desrosieres. Cast: Souad Arsane. Un Certain Regard Debussy Press

22:30 YOMEDDINE

(Austria) 97mins. Dir: AB Shawky. Cast: Rady Gamal, Ahmed Abdelhafiz, Shahira Fahmy. Competition Olympia 1

MIDNIGHT ARCTIC See box, above

MARKET SCREENINGS

08:30 ONE DAY

(Hungary) 99mins. Films Boutique Sas. Dir: Zsofia Szilagyi. Cast: Zsofia Szamosi, Leo Furedi, Ambrus Barcza. A day in the life of an Italian teacher: three kids, a husband and no time for herself. On this one day we follow her life as her husband cheats on her. Miramar

09:30 A CHRISTMAS CAROL

(US) 75mins. Electric Entertainment. Dir: David Izatt. Cast: Bonnie Wright, Sarina Taylor, Stuart Brennan, Rebecca Hanssen. In this fun and

contemporary retelling of Dickens’ timeless holiday tale with a fresh twist, Scottish business tycoon Mr Scrooge faces some big changes when a trio of atypical spirits pay him a visit at Christmas.

venture, and discovers the perks of wealth and power. But when greed, passion, and honour blend together, a fratricidal war breaks out that soon puts their lives and ancestral traditions at risk.

Gray 2

Olympia 2

A DYSFUNCTIONAL CAT

BLESSED MADNESS

(Germany) 99mins. Media Luna New Films. Dir: Susan Gordanshekan. Cast: Pegah Ferydoni, Hadi Khanjanpour, Henrike von Kuick. Mina has rejected several potential husbands in Iran. She then meets Kian, a successful Iranian surgeon living in Germany. It’s not love at first sight but the seduction of life in Europe that makes her consent. In his mid30s, Kian is desperate for a wife to make his life appear complete. He takes his new bride back home, but marriage to a virtual stranger is more difficult than they imagined.

(Italy) 109mins. True Colours Glorious Films. Dir: Carlo Verdone. Cast: Carlo Verdone, Ilenia Pastorelli. Guglielmo, owner of a shop selling religious items, is depressed and unable to enjoy anything else in life after being dumped by his wife. That all changes when a new employee convinces him to sign up to a dating app to forget all about her. Guglielmo will embark in an incredible series of incredibly absurd dates and out-of this-world situations.

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BIRDS OF PASSAGE

(Colombia) 120mins. Films Boutique. Dir: Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra. Cast: Carmina Martinez, Jose Acosta, Jhon Narvaez. In the 1970s, as the American youth embraces hippie culture, a marijuana bonanza hits Colombia, quickly turning farmers into seasoned businessmen. In the Guajira desert, a Wayuu indigenous family takes a leading role in this new

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BREAK IT ALL

(France) 100mins. SND — Groupe M6. Dir: Marc Fouchard. Cast: Sabrina Ouazani, Kévin Mischel, Slimane Nebchi. Lucie has only one dream: she wants to join the Byrd Dance Company. When she has an accident rehearsing, her parents urge Lucie to focus on her law exams. Lucie has other plans. She is convinced she needs to work twice as hard and get out of her comfort zone. She asks Vince, a magnetic break dancer with a past, to introduce her to his crew and give her lessons. Arcades 3

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DARKNESS VISIBLE

(UK) 107mins. Protagonist Pictures. Dir: Neil Biswas. Cast: Jaz Deol, Sayani Gupta, Seema Biswas. A supernatural thriller set on the streets of Kolkata. Olympia 7

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DUMPED

(France) 95mins. WestEnd Films. Dir: Eloise Lang. Cast: Camille Cottin, Camille Chamoux, Miou Miou, Johan Heldenbergh. Free-spirited Rose and her uptight sister take their mother Francoise a the tropical island for her birthday. But when a sexy bartender and cheap margaritas get in the mix, their fun in the sun starts to get out of hand. Olympia 9

THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES

(US) 115mins. Dogwoof. Dir: Mark Cousins. Granted exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, filmmaker Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of this legendary director and actor, to reveal a portrait of the artist as he’s never been seen before — sketched with his own hand, painted with his own brush. The film explores how the genius of Welles still resonates today in the age of Trump. Palais C

JELLYFISH

(UK) 101mins. Bankside Films. Dir: James Gardner. Cast: Liv Hill, Victoria Alcock, Angus Barnett. A young carer discovers an unlikely talent for standup comedy. Palais H

KSHITIJ: A HORIZON

(India) 95mins. Maharashtra Film, Stage & Cultural Development Corporation. Dir: Manouj Kadaamh. Cast: Upendra Limaye, Manoj Joshi, Vidyadhar Joshi, Sanjay Mone. The story of a 12-year-old girl’s struggle to continue her education in the face of severe adversity. Gray 4

OUT OF BLUE PROMO

(UK) Independent. Olympia 6

RED COW

(Israel) 91mins. Films Boutique Sas. Dir: Tsivia Barkai. Cast: Avigail Kovari, Gal Toren, Moran Rosenblatt. A coming-of-age film that takes place in the days leading up to the assassination of Rabin. Depicts the life of Benny, 16, orphaned from mother

MARKET 09:30 DRIVER

(Israel) 92mins. Beta Cinema. Dir: Yehonatan Indursky. Cast: Moshe Folkenflik, Manuel Elkaslassy Vardi. Nahman lives on the fringes of the ultra-orthodox community, driving beggars to wealthy homes and coaching them with stories in order to inspire philanthropy. For his services he gets

a cut of the money and spends the rest of his nights in makeshift casinos and dining halls with the more questionable members of this pious society. But when his wife suddenly leaves, Nahman is faced with the responsibility of taking care of his nine-year-old daughter alone. Now, he has to take her with him on his nightly journeys. Palais J

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1985

Writer/Director: Yen Tan (Pit Stop) Cast: Cory Michael Smith (Gotham), Virginia Madsen (Academy Award Nominee, Sideways), Michael Chiklis (The Shield), Jamie Chung (The Hangover II & III)

A closeted young man returns home for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family. “Subtle and gripping (...) A fine piece of cinematic craftmanship.” – Indiewire “Richly hypnotic (...) A rare, miracle of a film.” – Film School Rejects

SCREENINGS: May 12 / 13:30 / Palais J May 14 / 12:00 / Lerins 1

MAINE

Writer/Director: Matthew Brown (In the Treetops) Cast: Laia Costa (Victoria, Newness), Thomas Mann (Kong: Skull Island, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)

Backpacking alone on the Appalachian trail, a married woman meets a younger hiker and the two strangers become inexplicably drawn to one another. “Quietly piercing (...) Costa is an arresting presence.” – The Hollywood Reporter “Brown has a keen understanding of exiles and runaways.” – Indiewire

SCREENING: May 13 / 12:00 / Palais I

BEHOLD MY HEART

Writer/Director: Joshua Leonard (Beautiful Losers, The Lie) Cast: Marisa Tomei (Academy Award Winner, My Cousin Vinny, Academy Award Nominee, The Wrestler), Charlie Plummer (All the Money in the World, Lean on Pete), Timothy Olyphant (Justified, Santa Clarita Diet), Mireille Enos (World War Z, The Killing), Emily Robinson (Transparent)

After the tragic death of his dad, 16-year-old Marcus must look after his self-destructive mother while navigating the difficulties of adolescence.

SCREENING: May 11 / 18:00 / Lerins 1

MADELINE’S MADELINE

Writer/Director: Josephine Decker (Thou Wast Mild And Lovely, Butter on the Latch) Cast: Molly Parker (House of Cards, Deadwood), Miranda July (The Future, Me and You and Everyone We Know), Helena Howard

Madeline got the lead role in the play! Strangely, the character looks just like Madeline. And has a cat just like Madeline’s. And is holding a steaming hot iron next to her mother’s face – like Madeline is. “A mind-scrambling masterpiece (...) One of the boldest and most invigorating American films of the 21st century.” – Indiewire

SCREENING: TODAY / 18:00 / Riviera 1

SLUT IN A GOOD WAY

Director: Sophie Lorain (Heat Wave) Cast: Marguerite Bouchard, Romane Denis, Rose Adam, Alex Godbout

When 17-year-old Charlotte discovers that her newfound sexual empowerment has all been part of a game created by her male coworkers, she bands her female colleagues together to go on a sex strike.

“The Quebecois teenage answer to Frances Ha.” – The New York Times “Fierce energy (…) Gorgeously shot.” – Film Threat

SCREENING: May 13 / 9:30 / Lerins 2

CITY OF JOEL Director: Jesse Sweet Cast: Hasidic community of Kiryas Joel, Members of the town of Monroe, NY

50 miles north of New York City, a town called Monroe becomes a microcosm for a divided nation as a land dispute between an ultraorthodox Hasidic sect and their secular neighbors erupt into a turf war. SCREENING: May 14 / 10:00 / Lerins 1 SALES: Ryan Kampe rk@visitfilms.com +1 646 548 4700

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at birth and the only child of Joshua — a religious, right-wing extremist, in those critical junctures when she is forming her sexual, religious and political awareness. Riviera 2

TAZZEKA

MARKET 10:00 AN IMPOSSIBLY SMALL OBJECT

(Taiwan) 100mins. Flash Forward Entertainment. Dir: David Verbeek. Cast: David Verbeek, Chung ChenHung, Lisa Lu, Klara Mucci, Lucia Xie.

An eight-year-old girl from Taipei and a 33-year-old photographer from Amsterdam seemingly have no connection accept the fact that she appears in a photo he took. Yet somehow their lives seem entangled. Gray 5

(France) 95mins. Wide. Dir: JeanPhilippe Gaud. Cast: Madi Belem, Ouidad Elma, Olivier Sitruk. Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother, who raised him. Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home. In Paris, Elias faces unstable work and financial hardship as an undocumented immigrant — but he also finds friendship with Souleymane, who helps revive his passion for cooking. Palais B

MIRANDA JULY

MOLLY PARKER

( THE FUTUTRE )

( HOUSE OF CARDS )

AND INTRODUCING

HELENA HOWARD

the 1960s bond over their lifetime of experiences together despite their differences. Arcades 1

09:45 AMERICAN ANIMALS

(US) 117mins. Sierra/ Affinity. Dir: Bart Layton. Cast: Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd. The unbelievable but mostly true story of four young men who mistook their lives for a movie and attempted one of the most audacious heists in US history. Olympia 4

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10:00 A MODERN SHEPHERDESS

TRICKY OLD DOGS

Madeline got the lead role in the play! Strangely, the character looks just like Madeline. And has a cat just like Madeline’s. And is holding a steaming hot iron next to her mother’s face – like Madeline is.

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TODAY / 18:00 / Riviera 1

(France) 90mins. Gaumont. Dir: Christophe Duthuron. Cast: Pierre Richard, Eddy Mitchell, Alice Pol. Three elderly men who have been friends since

11:00

Next VR Cinema Ticket required

(France) 87mins. Upside Distribution. Dir: Delphine Detrie. A portrait of a 30-yearold woman who leaves Paris to start a new life in Normandy working as a shepherdess.

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(Italy) 120mins. The Match Factory. Dir: Gianni Zanasi. Cast: Alba Rohrwacher, Elio Germano, Giuseppe Battiston.

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AN IMPOSSIBLY SMALL OBJECT

11:30 2 HOURS FROM PARIS

(France) 80mins. Wide. Dir: Virginie Verrier. Cast: Erika Sainte, Frédéric Pierrot, Fanny Cottencon, Thierry Frémont, Valerie Mairesse. Sidonie raises her 15-yearold daughter Lolo alone, not knowing who the father is. In an effort to satisfy Lolo’s growing curiosity as to her origins, Sidonie takes her to her own native region, Somme Bay, in search of potential fathers. Palais B

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ANIMAL CRAZY FIST

INDIEWIRE

(France) 90mins. Wild Bunch.

ARTE VR EXPERIENCES

(US) 77mins. Octane Entertainment. Dir: Jenn Wexler. Cast: Chloe Levine, Jeremy Holm, Larry Fessenden. Teen punks, on the run from the police and hiding out in the woods, come up against the local authority — an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind.

(France) 100mins. Jour2Fete Sales. Dir: Michel Toesca. In the Roya valley located between France and Italy, thousands of migrants try to cross the border each month in search of a better life. A local farmer has been welcoming migrants at his home since the beginning of the crisis, turning his backyard into a much-needed shelter.

WILD BUNCH PROMO REELS

45mins. Arte France.

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“A MIND-SCRAMBLING MASTERPIECE”

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LUCIA’S GRACE

THE RANGER

TO THE FOUR WINDS

Pictures. Dir: Peter Hutchings. Cast: Maisie Williams, Nina Dobrev, Peyton List. A hypochondriac working as an airport baggage handler is forced to confront his fears when a British teenager with a terminal illness enlists him to help her carry out her eccentric bucket list.

(China) 97mins. All Rights Entertainment. Dir: Qing Guo. Cast: Qing Guo, Wei Wang, Xiaoming Huang, Wei Zhao. Shanghai, a former mixed martial arts champion and heir to a multibillion corporation, swore never to fight in the ring again after accidentally killing his opponent during his last fight. But when his brother is killed in an underground boxing tournament, he has no choice but to team up with a police informer, to investigate his death… and ends up uncovering a huge conspiracy.

(Argentina) 95mins. Film Factory Entertainment. Dir: Armando Bo. Cast: Guillermo Francella, Carla Peterson, Gloria Carra. Antonio has the perfect life: a loving family, a good job and a nice house. But that bubble bursts when he finds out he’s in urgent need of a kidney transplant. Antonio has always been a by-the-book kind of guy but when all legal means for obtaining a kidney fail he turns to the black market, where his desperation puts his morals to the test. Gray 2

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BAD BLOOD DEPARTURES

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Dir: David Pulbrook. Cast: Xavier Samuel, Morgan Griffin. When Carrie accepts an invitation from Vincent to spend a long weekend at his mountain resort, she realises something is terribly wrong. What she now discovers about Vincent turns everything on its head and hurls her into a one-sided battle against a psychopathic killer. Palais D

CATS

MARKET 12:00 CAPTAIN MORTEN AND THE SPIDER QUEEN

(Estonia) 75mins. Sola Media. Dirs: Kaspar Jancis, Henry Nicholson, Riho Unt. Cast: Michael McElhatton, Ciaran Hinds, Brendan Gleeson.

A young boy called Morten learns to take control of his life when he is shrunk to the size of an insect and has to sail his own toy boat through a flooded café. Morten has to be shrunk down before he can grow up. Lerins 1 Press allowed

(China) 105mins. All Rights Entertainment. Dir: Gary Wang. Cape, a highly-intelligent little yellow cat, leaves his owner’s home and his father in search of the fabled Peach Blossom Land where all cats may live a wonderful life. In his search, he uses his own inventions, like a rocket or a diving bell, and is helped by Wanderer, a mysterious stray cat. Olympia 3

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An introverted Christian discovers love, friendship and a whole new and mysterious world between the aisles of a wholesale market.

travels the world gaining wisdom and building the army she needs to win back her throne.

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WELCOME HOME

INVISIBLE ESSENCE: THE LITTLE PRINCE

(Canada) 90mins. The Orchard. Dir: Charles Officer. Documentary about the author of ‘The Little Prince’, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and the popularity and universality of his beloved children’s book.

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(US) 96mins. Voltage Pictures. Dir: George Ratliff. Cast: Emily Ratajkowski, Aaron Paul, Riccardo Scamarcio. Riviera 2 By invitation only

WRAITH

(Russia) 90mins. Luminescence.

(US) 100mins. Princ Films. Dir: Michael Sajbel. Cast: Lance Henriksen, Jackson Hurst, Ali Hillis. After living in an old mansion for almost 10 years, a family suddenly discovers a ghost-like presence trying to communicate with them.

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LUMINESCENCE ANIMATION PROMO REEL

ONE DAY

(Hungary) 99mins. Films Boutique Sas. Dir: Zsofia Szilagyi. Cast: Zsofia Szamosi, Leo Furedi, Ambrus Barcza.

12:00 BEST OF VIRTUALITY EUROPEAN CINEMA

37mins. Virtuality. Next VR Cinema Ticket required

CELLULOID DREAMS PRIVATE SCREENING 2

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CAPTAIN MORTEN AND THE SPIDER QUEEN

113mins. Celluloid Dreams/Celluloid Nightmares.

STOCKHOLM

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EUPHORIA

(Italy) 120mins. True Colours Glorious Films. Dir: Valeria Golino. Cast: Valerio Mastrandrea, Riccardo Scamarcio. Two distant brothers are forced together by life events. Riviera 1 Priority badges only

IDAK: THE GOAT

(India) 106mins. Maharashtra Film, Stage & Cultural Development Corporation. Dir: Deepak Gawade. Cast: Sandeep Phatak, Usha Naik, Kishore Kadam, Suhas Palshikar. Namya is on a journey with a goat to fulfil his mother’s dreams. But the notorious goat won’t make the journey easy. Gray 4

IN THE AISLES

(Germany) 125mins. Beta Cinema. Dir: Thomas Stuber. Cast: Franz Rogowski, Peter Kurth, Sandra Huller.

(US) 96mins. Sierra/ Affinity. Dir: Robert Budreau. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace, Mark Strong. Inspired by the absurd but true 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm that was documented in the ‘New Yorker’ as the origins of the psychological phenomenon Stockholm Syndrome. The story focuses on one of the female bank employees who falls for her captor — an unhinged American outlaw — as she turns against the police and aids in his escape attempt.

CHARMING

(Canada) 85mins. SC Films International. Dir: Ross Venokur. Cast: Wilmer Valderrama, Demi Lovato, Ashley Tisdale, Avril Lavigne, John Cleese, Nia Vardalos. Three fairy tale princesses find themselves engaged to the same guy, Prince Charming. Gray 3 By invitation only

COHEN MEDIA PROMO SCREENING

15mins. Cohen Media Group.

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VIKING DESTINY

COPS

(Ireland) 81mins. Film Mode Entertainment. Dir: David LG Hughes. Cast: Terence Stamp, I an Beattie, Paul Freeman, Martyn Ford, Will Mellor, Anna Demetriou. A Viking Princess is forced to flee her kingdom after being framed for the murder of her father, the king. Under the guidance of the god Odin, she

(Austria) 93mins. Eastwest Filmdistribution. Dir: Stefan Lukacs. Cast: Laurence Rupp, Anton Noori, Maria Hofstatter. Chris trains with a special police unit, a daily life of action, and peer pressure. When he shoots a man during an operation, allegedly in self-defence, his colleagues celebrate »

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13:30 A NEW GIRL IN PARIS

MARKET 12:00 DINO KING: JOURNEY TO FIRE MOUNTAIN

(South Korea) 92mins. Odin’s Eye Entertainment. Dir: Ho Han Sang. Cast: Park Hee Soon. Speckles, a ferocious Tarbosaurus, and his young son, Junior, roam the lands in search of food, adventure and peace. Under the him as a hero but the outside world reacts with criticism. Palais C

DINO KING: JOURNEY TO FIRE MOUNTAIN See box, above

DONBASS

110mins. Pyramide International. Dir: Sergei Loznitsa. Cast: Boris Kamorzin, Valeriu Andriuta. In the Donbass, a region of Eastern Ukraine, a hybrid war takes place, involving an open-armed conflict alongside robberies on a mass scale perpetrated by gangs. In the Donbass, war is called love, propaganda is uttered as truth, hatred is declared to be love. It’s not about one region, one country or one political system, it’s about humanity and civilization in general. It’s about each and every one of us. Lerins 3

watchful eye of Speckles, Junior is growing up healthy and strong but with an overconfidence that is due to his young age. After one encounter results in Junior being kidnapped, Speckles embarks on an adventure to the ends of the earth to find Junior. Speckles will stop at nothing to save his offspring. Palais E

FAMILY IS FAMILY

(France) 107mins. Pathé International. Dir: Dany Boon. Cast: Dany Boon, Line Renaud, Laurence Arne. When the world of northern country bumpkins collides with the world of Paris high design and luxury, it is bound to be explosive. Olympia 4

a symbolic area, a hidden sphere… the unconscious of the city. Gray 1 MUG

(Poland) 91mins. Memento Films International. Dir: Malgorzata Szumowska. Cast: Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Malgorzata Gorol. A man undergoes a face transplant and experiences ensuing identity issues. Arcades 2

RAOUL TABURIN

(France) Wild Bunch. Dir: Pierre Godeau. Cast: Benoit Poelvoorde. No one loves bikes more than bicycle dealer Raoul Taburin. But Raoul has a terrible secret: he’s never been able to ride one without stabilisers.

Dir: Gustavo Hernandez. Cast: Belen Rueda, Eva De Dominici, Eugenia Tobal, German Palacios, Natalia de Molina, Juan Manuel Guilera. In an abandoned psychiatric hospital, a theatre company experiments with insomnia for the preparation of a stage play. When Bianca, a young actress, joins the cast competing for the lead role, she must survive, not only the intensity of the work and her castmates, but the unknown force that’s pulling them towards a tragic outcome. Palais G

(France) 100mins. TF1 Studio. Dir: Alexandre Castagnetti. Cast: Héloise Martin, Noémie Chicheportiche, Jimmy Labeeu, Oussama Kheddam, Rayane Bensetti, Idrissa Hanrot, Annie Cordy, Sylvie Testud, Blanche Gardin, Cyril Guei. Free at last, well, almost… Tamara and her best friend Sam finally leave their provincial hometown to study and make it on their own — in Paris. It’s a big city but a small world when they end up renting rooms in their old classmate Wagner’s huge family apartment. And guess who else happens to be living there? Diego, Tam’s ex. Caught between her studies, her new life, her friends, her future ex and her parents always on her back, Tamara has some tough choices to make and some growing up to do. Olympia 9 By invitation only

CROSSED LINES

(US) 100mins. California Pictures. Dir: Courtney G Jones. Cast: Michelle Waterson, Theresa JuneTao, Rick Gomez. Palais H

FOR LOVE OR MONEY

(UK) 100mins. Myriad Pictures. Dir: Mark

Murphy. Cast: Robert Kazinsky, Samantha Barks, Tony Way, Rachel Hurd-Wood. A fairy tale romance takes an unexpected turn when Mark discovers his beautiful bride-to-be, Connie, has actually been plotting against him, so he decides to take revenge. Palais B

THE FRESHMEN

(France) 92mins. Le Pacte. Dir: Thomas Lilti. Cast: Vincent Lacoste, William Lebghil. Antoine is starting his first year of medical school for the third time. Benjamin is making his first try. In this competitive environment, the two freshmen search for some balance between despair for the present and hope for the future. Lerins 4 Press allowed

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GASTON

(France) 85mins. Gaumont. Dir: Pierre Francois Martin-Laval. Cast: Théo Fernandez, Pierre Francois MartinLaval, Alison Wheeler, Arnaud Ducret. Gaston might just be the clumsiest and yet the most endearing character you have ever met. He lives in a world of his own, with his animal friends. Olympia 3

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THE HIDDEN CITY

(Spain) 80mins. Shellac. Dir: Victor Moreno. Beneath the modern city there lies a vast labyrinth of galleries, tunnels, sewers; supplies of light, water, gas and telephone and transportation networks and underground stations; areas of leisure and consumption; basements, garages — an immense spider’s web that sits upon and depends on the visible city; a functional and essential space but also

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TITO AND THE BIRDS

(Brazil) 73mins. Indie Sales. Dir: Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar, Andre Catoto. Follows the life of Tito, a 10-year-old boy who is on mission to save the world from an unusual epidemic: people are getting sick whenever they get scared. Olympia 5

YOU SHALL NOT SLEEP

(Argentina) 105mins. Filmsharks International.

MARKET 13:30 FUGUE

(Poland) 100mins. Alpha Violet. Dir: Agnieszka Smoczynska. Cast: Lukasz Simlat, Gabriela Muskala, Malgorzata Buczkowska. Alicja suffers from memory loss and has rebuilt her own free-spirited way

of life. Two years later, she returns to her former family to assume — against her will — her role as wife, mother and daughter. Her estranged husband and son do not recognise this woman who looks familiar and yet behaves like a stranger. Riviera 2 Priority badges only

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HE’S OUT THERE

(US) 87mins. Octane Entertainment. Dir: Quinn Lasher. Cast: Yvonne Strahovski, Justin Bruening, Julian Bailey. On vacation at a remote lake house, a mother and her two young daughters must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath. Palais D

HIGH FLASH

(Taiwan) 102mins. Activator Marketing Co. Dir: Chuang Ching-shen. Cast: Kang-Jen, Yao Yi-Ti, Shin Yin. Fisherman Ah-Hai is found dead of selfimmolation during a large-scale protest against TL Petrochemical. Ah-Hai is praised as a martyr and TL Petrochemical is ordered by the authorities to suspend all operations pending further investigation. Medical examiner Chou is assigned to work on the case with public prosecutor Kim who happens to be Chou’s former fiancee. Chou discovers suspicious evidence in the autopsy and concludes Ah-Hai did not commit suicide. Gray 4

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RAFIKI

(Kenya) 82mins.

MPM Premium. Dir: Wanuri Kahiu. Cast: Patricia Amira, Muthoni Gathecha, Jimmy Gathu. Kena and Ziki, two girls living in Nairobi, fall in love and must ultimately choose between love and their safety. Palais J

RBG

(US) 97mins. Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing. Dirs: Betsy West, Julie Cohen. Cast: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem, Nina Totenberg. The exceptional life and career of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. Olympia 6

SISTERHOOD

(France) 106mins. SND — Groupe M6. Dirs: Saphia Azzeddine, Francois Regis-Jeanne. Cast: Sabrina Ouazani, Alice David, Charlotte Gabris. Salma, Olivia and Lauren meet for the first time when they inherit a luxurious flat in Paris from their estranged biological father. The three sisters have nothing in common and cohabitation is rocky. Salma teaches in a difficult suburb, Lauren is a true Parisian

MARKET fashionista and Olivia is obsessed by finding the perfect husband. They will have to learn to become sisters to keep the flat their father’s legitimate family want back. Arcades 1

THE TASHKENT FILES

(India) 10mins. Dancing Shiva. Dir: Agnihotri Vivek. Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Mithun Chakraborty. An investigative thriller based on the mystery surrounding the death of India’s second prime minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri. Palais F

13:45

HEILSTATTEN

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(Germany) 89mins. Schmerbeck Entertainment. Dir: Michael David Pate. Cast: Sonja Gerhardt, Tim Oliver

14:00 5 WEDDINGS

(US) 90mins. Vision Films. Dir: Namrata Singh Gujral. Cast: Candy Clark, Bo Derek, Nargis Fakhri, Rajkummar Rao, Anneliese Van Der Pol, Mariana Paola Vicente. An American journalist travels to India to cover Punjabi weddings but winds up in the middle of a colourful mosaic of transgender dancers and cultural clashes, and falls in love with the man seeking to keep her story censored. Palais E

BERGMAN REVISITED

(Sweden) 88mins. TrustNordisk. Dirs: Pernilla August, Patrik Eklund, Jane Magnusson, Linus Tunstrom, Lisa Aschan, Tomas Alfredson. Olympia 8

THE CLEANING LADY

MARKET 13:30 PRINCESS EMMY

(Germany) 76mins. Studio 100 Film. Dir: Piet de Rycker. Cast: Ruby Barnhill, John Hannah, Franka Potente.

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A young princess is severely put to the test and risks everything in order to win the right to possess a truly remarkable gift. Gray 2

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HEILSTATTEN

(US) 90mins. Jinga Films. Dir: Jon Knautz. Cast: Alexis Kendra, Stelio Savante, Rachel Alig, Elizabeth Sandy, Joanne McGrath, Mykayla Sohn. A beautiful but lonely women finds companionship with

her cleaning lady whose face was disfigured in a childhood accident. But as the relationship develops she discovers the tragic truth behind the scars and becomes embroiled in a horrific act of revenge. Palais G

DUKUN

(Malaysia) 110mins. Astro Shaw. (Astro Malaysia Holdings). Dir: Dain Said. Cast: Umie Aida, Kin Wah Chew, Elyana. In a case that had the nation riveted and human rights organisations the world over up in arms due to the death sentence handed out to the accused, comes a tale about the lure of riches, power, eternal youth, beauty and the blood one must spill to achieve this. Gray 3

ELIZABETH HARVEST

(US) 95mins. Voltage Pictures. Dir: Sebastian Gutierrez. Cast: Dylan Baker, Matthew Beard, Carla Gugino. Newlywed Elizabeth

Schultz, Lisa-Marie Koroll. A group of YouTubers challenge each other at the abandoned former Nazi clinic Heilstatten. But they are not alone. Lerins 2

arrives with her brilliant scientist husband Henry to his magnificent estate, where he wows her with lavish dinners and a dazzling tour of the property. The house staff Claire and Oliver treat her deferentially but she can’t shake the feeling something is off. Henry explains that everything in his world now belongs to her, all is for her to play in — all except for a locked-off room he forbids her from entering. When he goes away for business Elizabeth decides to investigate and finds she may not be who she thinks she is at all. Riviera 1 By invitation only

GRANNIES ON THE RUN

(Italy) 90mins. Adriana Chiesa Enterprises. Dir: Laszlo Barbo. Cast: Claudia Cardinale, Nunzia Schiano, Jordi Molla. The adventure of Angela and Franca — who escape from the retirement home — to take their dream trip to Venice. Olympia 4

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BAC FILMS PROMO

(Italy) 60mins. Bac Films. Palais J

DAMN KIDS

MARKET 14:00 KING LEAR

(UK) 115mins. Great Point Media. Dir: Richard Eyre. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Jim Broadbent, Andrew

THE HAPPY PRINCE

(UK) 105mins. Beta Cinema. Dir: Rupert Everett. Cast: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Colin Morgan. The story of the last days of Oscar Wilde in exile. Palais I

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KUNG FOOD

(China) 90mins. Yi Animation. Dir: Sun Haipeng. In the world of food, mortal enemies Super Bao and Salmon — a hot steaming bun and a cold sushi roll — are forced to unite to prevent the world’s flavours from getting out of control. Lerins 1

LARGER THAN LIFE : THE KEVYN AUCOIN STORY

(US) 98mins. Wide House. Dir: Tiffany Bartok. Cast: Christy Turlington, Tori Amos, Kevyn Aucoin. Documentary film about legendary makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin. Palais C

Scott, Florence Pugh. An ageing king invites disaster when he abdicates in favour of his two corrupt elder daughters and rejects his younger, honest child. Gray 1

MEKTOUB, MY LOVE: CANTO UNO

(France) 175mins. Pathe International. Dir: Abdellatif Kechiche. Cast: Shain Boumedine, Ophelie Bau, Salim Kechiouche. A coming-of-age saga set in 1994: a teen boy goes back to his hometown during the summer vacation in search of love.

15:00 MK2 FILMS & VR

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(Germany) 115mins. Beta Cinema. Dir: Emily Atef. Cast: Marie Baümer, Birgit Minichmayr, Charly Hübner, Robert Gwisdek, Denis Lavant. In a spa hotel, Romy Schneider — the biggest female star in Europe of her time — gives her last interview to two journalists. The film is driven by romantic desire, professional ambition and the urge for living.

children. His work is his life, his friends the men who live with him in the social home. Aisha sees her husband only once or twice a year, for a week or two, sometimes a month. She accepts this situation as a necessity: the money that Amin sends to Senegal provides for several people. One day, Amin meets Gabrielle and begins a relationship. Riviera 2 Priority badges only

A mentally challenged teenager whose death occurs from school bullying gets revenge on his tormentors. Palais H

(Chile) 95mins. CMG — Cinema Management Group. Dir: Gonzalo Justiniano. Cast: Nathalia Aragonese,Daniel Contesse, Elias Collado, Corina Posada de Gregorio. In 1983, a woman fights for democracy in Chile under the regime of vicious dictator General Pinochet. Gladys is known as “The French Girl”. To earn money, Gladys takes in a young missionary named Samuel. Samuel’s mission is to spread the good word and document the people’s struggles in the corrupt system. He soon also captures the senseless murders orchestrated by the government and the first massive protests against Pinochet. Will Gladys and Samuel unite and bring a change? Lerins 2

DOWN’S REVENGE

(US) 108mins. California Pictures. Dir: Patel Lekhraj. Cast: John Savage, Gabriela Alvarez.

I’M BACK

(Italy) 92mins. True Colours Glorious Films. Dir: Luca Miniero. Cast: Massimo Popolizio, Frank Matano. Present-day Rome: Benito Mussolini reappears in Piazza Vittorio. The war is over, his beloved Claretta is gone and everything seems changed. Andrea Canaletti, a young documentarist with great ambitions but very few successes, happens to accidentally film the dictator’s return. Thinking he is a cosplay, Canaletti decides to shoot a documentary about him hoping to finally be recognised as a filmmaker. Then the two start a surreal journey around Italy that takes them to TV shows and curious moments of confrontation with today’s Italian population. All of this makes the Duce popular and he starts believing he could rule the country again. What if he could be back once more for real? Palais B

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ALL ABOUT MOTHERS SOLIS

90mins. CMG — Cinema Management Group. Dir: Carl Strathie. Cast: Steven Ogg, Alice Lowe. Astronaut Troy Holloway awakens, trapped aboard a drifting escape pod shooting towards the sun, and quickly realises the terror of his situation. Lerins 3

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WONDERS OF THE WORLD: AN IMMERSIVE TOUR

41mins. Vrroom. Next VR Cinema Ticket required

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(France) 100mins. Gaumont. Dir: MarieCastille Mention-Schaar. Cast: Audrey Fleurot, Clothilde Courau, Nicole Garcia. A tribute to all the mothers in the world. Arcades 1

AMIN

(France) 91mins. Pyramide International. Dir: Philippe Faucon. Cast: Moustapha Mbengue, Emmanuelle Devos, Noureddine Benallouche. Amin came from Senegal nine years ago to work in France, leaving behind his wife Aisha and their three

MARKET 14:00 WE ARE MERMAIDS

(US) 90mins. NCHD Productions. Dir: David Lee Morea. An intimate glimpse of what it takes to

become a world-famous Weeki Wachee Mermaid and the profound, lasting effects it has on the performers of Florida’s oldest and last remaining roadside attractions. Gray 5

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SCREENINGS

LEO DA VINCI: MISSION MONA LISA

(Italy) 85mins. All Rights Entertainment. Dir: Sergio Manfio. Cast: Johnny Yong Bosch, Cherami Leigh, Bryce Papenbrook. Life flows peacefully in Vinci: Leonardo is struggling with his incredible inventions, Lorenzo helps him and Gioconda observes them mockingly. When a mysterious storyteller comes to town and speaks of a hidden treasure, an adventure begins. Arcades 3

MARNIE’S WORLD

(Germany) 85mins. Global Screen. Dirs: Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein. Four crazy antiheroes on the run. Their leader is the unworldly innocent, naive Marnie, a house cat who is not allowed to leave the house and only knows about real life from television. Olympia 6

MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A.

(UK) 97mins. Dogwoof. Dir: Steve Loveridge. Cast: M.I.A. Drawn from a neverbefore-seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the

MARKET Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions. Palais D

MILLION DOLLAR NOMAD

(British Indian Ocean Territory.) 86mins. Rahat Kazmi Films/Indian Film Studios. Dir: Rahat Kazmi. Cast: Shoib Nikash Shah, Cannelle Hoppe, Tariq Khan. Story of a an Indian shepherd who travels to Europe and rediscovers himself and lands up as an actor. Gray 4

THE PERFECT ONES

(Russia) 100mins. Mars Media Entertainment. Dir: Kirill Pletnev. Cast: Polina Maximova, Lyubov Aksenova, Rinal Mukhametov. Two girls in love with the same guy get mysterious text messages after he dies. These messages will help them remember how and why they fell in love with him in the first place. Palais F

SHOTGUN

(US) 95mins. The Exchange. Dir: Marks

Hannah. Cast: Jeremy Allen White, Maika Monroe, Gina Gershon, Sasha Lane, Dean Winters, Joe Keery, Marisa Tomei. Elliot and Mia’s relationship develops quickly after one of them is diagnosed with a lifechanging illness. Gray 2

STORM BOY

(Australia) 98mins. Kathy Morgan International. Dir: Shawn Seet. Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Jai Courtney, Morgana Davies, Finn Little. A story about a rebellious young boy and a pelican who changed each other’s lives forever. Olympia 1

15:45 MARIO

(Switzerland) 119mins. Films Boutique. Dir: Marcel Gisler. Cast: Max Hubacher, Aaron Altaras, Jessy Moravec. There’s a ripple of disquiet in the lockerroom when Leon, a new striker, joins the football team. Sharing a flat with keen rival Mario sets the scene for an unexpected love affair, but the path of love in this macho

years later, after much obstructed efforts to get apologies and answers, Vitaly flies to Switzerland to obtain justice.

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MARKET 15:30 VULTURES

(Iceland) 95mins. WestEnd Films. Dir: Borkur Sigthorsson. Cast: Gisli Orn Gardarsson, Baltasar Breki Samper, Anna Prochniak, Marijana Jankovic.

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Two antagonistic brothers decide to smuggle drugs into their native Iceland using a young Polish girl as their mule. When everything goes off the rails, the fate of these anti-heroes spirals in a lifeor-death race against time. Olympia 9

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lead a small team of elite snipers to secretly prepare an emergency rescue. With diplomacy stalling and time running out, Gerval and his team take on the responsibility of carrying out a simultaneous fiveman sniper attack to get the children and their teacher out safely. A true story.

UNFORGIVEN

(Russia) 100mins. Planeta Inform Film Distribution. Dir: Sarik Andreasyan. Cast: Dmitriy Nagiev, Michael Gor, Sebastien Sisak. Based on true and tragic events in the life of Vitaly Kaloyev. In 2002, his wife and children die in a mid-air collision along with 70 others. Vitaly is one of the first people to discover the bodies of his family at the site of the crash. The blame is put on the company responsible for monitoring the air space, as well as the lone air traffic controller on duty at the time. Two

world is not an easy one. Mario is unwilling or unable to acknowledge the implications of what is happening. But pretend girlfriends don’t fool everyone. And gossip, along with the threat of blackmail, unbalances the team’s morale. With the prospect of a professional career a strong possibility, will Mario forsake the hope of emotional satisfaction for professional gain?

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16:00 15 MINUTES OF WAR

(France) 95mins. Playtime. Dir: Fred Grivois. Cast: Alban Lenoir, Olga Kurylenko. 1976: Somalian rebels hijack a school bus with 21 French children and an American teacher on board and drive it to a no-man’sland, on the border between the French colony and Somalia. French captain Andre Gerval is called to

A TRANSLATOR

(Canada) 107mins. Intramovies. Dirs: Rodrigo Barriuso, Sebastian Barriuso. Cast: Rodrigo Santoro, Maricel Alvarez, Milda Gecaite. Cuba 1989: a Russian Literature professor is ordered to work as a translator for child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster sent to Cuba for medical treatment. Palais G

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SCREENINGS

daring revolt, which aided the mass escape of Sobibor’s condemned prisoners. Gray 1 Press allowed

17:00 DIVERSION SPECIAL SHOWCASE — PROGRAM 1

90mins. Diversion Cinema. Next VR Cinema Ticket required

17:30 COBAIN

MARKET 16:00 BOOGIE MAN

(UK) 100mins. The Little Film Company. Dir: Andy Morahan. Cast: Ankush Khanna, Amy Jackson, Aston Merrygold, Jerry-Lane Pears, Roshan Seth, Nick Moran. A British-Indian teenager struggles with his cultural heritage in modern-

day London. Falling for a 20-something actress/model during a 1970s-themed exhibition, he becomes obsessed with both her, the fashion and music of the ’70s era, all the while trying to keep his family’s Indian traditionalism and the impending responsibilities of adulthood at bay.

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LOUISE LECAVALIER — IN MOTION

NEW EUROPE FILM SALES SECRET SCREENING

(Canada) 102mins. Filmoption International. Dir: Raymond Saint-Jean. Cast: Louise LeCavalier, Robert Abubo, Patrick Lamothe, Frederic Tavernini, Marc Beland, Pierre-Mary Toussaint, Kier Knight, Angelo Barsetti.

100mins. New Europe Film Sales.

DILILI IN PARIS

(France) Wild Bunch. Dir: Michel Ocelot. A girl investigates a spate of mysterious kidnappings of young girls that is plaguing Belle Epoque Paris.

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THE MIDAS TOUCH

LITTLE WHITE LIE

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(Spain) 103mins. Latido Films. Dir: Arantxa Echevarria. Cast: Zaira Romero, Rosy Rodriguez, Moreno Borja, Rafaela Leon, Carolina Yuste. Carmen lives in a gypsy community in the suburbs of Madrid. Like every other woman she has ever met, she is destined to live a life that is repeated generation after generation: getting married and raising as many children as possible. But one day she meets Lola, an uncommon gypsy who dreams about going to university, draws bird graffiti and likes girls. Carmen quickly develops a complicity with Lola and discovers a world that, inevitably, leads them to be rejected by their families.

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109mins. FTB Productions. Dir: Tilman Borck. Cast: Clayton Nemrow, Ulas Kilic, Mirijam Verena Jeremic. Felix, a young advertiser, is down on his luck. Ridiculed by his boss and suffering from unrequited love he knows that something has to change, when the chance of a lifetime appears completely out of the blue. He acquires “The Midas Touch” — the ability to conquer every woman with a mere touch. Enjoying life to the fullest for a brief period of time, Felix quickly notices that evil forces are after his new “talent” and “The Midas Touch” soon gets completely out of hand.

BOOGIE MAN

CARMEN & LOLA

The inspiring story of an irrepressible artist who, working with choreographer Edouard Lock, revolutionised contemporary dance in the 1980s.

Olympia 2 Priority badges only

GO! INSIDER SHOWCASE

(Croatia) 29mins. Go! Pictures. Next VR Cinema Ticket required

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Debay, Laetitia Dosch, Lena Girardr. Olivier does the best he can to fight injustice at work. When his wife Laura abandons the family home, he is left alone to juggle the children’s needs, life’s daily challenges and his job. Faced with these new responsibilities, he struggles to find a balance, because Laura’s not coming back. Olympia 8 By invitation only SOBIBOR

(Russia) 110mins. All Media Company. Dir: Konstantin Khabenskiy.

Cast: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Christopher Lambert, Maria Kozhevnikova. Tells of the heroism of Soviet officer Alexander Pechersky. Sobibor was one of four concentration camps in Poland during the Second World War. Prisoners were not separated into two groups like many of the other camps: fit or unfit for work. Those who arrived in Sobibor were doomed for death. With the greatest odds against him, our hero managed to do the impossible — in only three weeks he organised a

(Netherlands) 94mins. Beta Cinema. Dir: Nanouk Leopold. Cast: Bas Keizer, Naomi Velissariou, Wim Opbrouck, Dana Marineci, Cosmina Stratan. The moving story of a teenage boy giving all the love he has to give to try and save his mother. Olympia 3

CRUCIBLE OF THE VAMPIRE

(UK) 97mins. Screenbound International Pictures. Dir: Iain Ross-McNamee. Cast: Neil Morrissey, Katie Goldfinch, Charles O’Neill. A naive university researcher is sent to a Gothic manor to appraise an ancient crucible, once belonging to a sorcerer from the 17th century. It soon becomes apparent that the house holds more than one dark secret. Palais F

MARKET 16:00

OUR STRUGGLES

LITTLE WHITE LIE

(Belgium, France) 98mins. Be For Films. Dir: Guillaume Senez. Cast: Romain Duris, Laure Calamy, Lucie

(Chile) 80mins. Summerside International. Dir: Tomas Alzamora. Cast: Rodrigo Salinas, Ernesto Melendez, Daniel Antovilo.

A small-town journalist in southern Chile realises he just ran out of good news so he starts making up gossip and fake stories in order to keep his job with the local newspaper. Gray 5

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on a mysterious theory involving geometric landscapes, mountain motorcyclists and a mantra stuck in his head: “Murder Me, Monster”.

Adriana, overwhelmed by a sudden love and violent crime.

Arcades 1 By invitation only

(US) 98mins. Ambassador Film Group. Dir: Emma Forrest. Cast: Jamie Dornan, Billy Crystal, Ben Mendelsohn, Jemima Kirke, Lola Kirke, Alice Eve, Scott Caan, Jennifer Grey. Follows a doctor, Rabbi, former rock star and two conflicted British sisters as they navigate their wild desires and troubled relationships against the backdrop of the infamous Hollywood Hills.

MY FRIEND ‘A’

(Japan) 129mins. Gaga Corporation. Dir: Takahisa Zeze. Cast: Toma Ikuta. Ex-journalist Masuda is working a menial job where he grows suspicious of the and mysterious Suzuki, a loner. Masuda decides to write an article on his co-worker and new acquaintance, whom he comes to suspect is a long-lost murderer. Then it occurs again: Masuda is now sure that Suzuki is the culprit.

MARKET 17:30 MAD MOM

(France) 82mins. Gaumont. Dir: Frederic Quiring. Cast: Audrey Lamy, Florent Peyre, Max Boublil. Everything is for the

MAD MOM

best in Fanny’s perfect housewife life — until one day she discovers that her darling nineyear-old son is being bullied by three boys at school. Arcades 3

GOLD SEEKERS

I WILL NEVER FORGIVE

(Paraguay) 102mins. Filmsharks International. Dirs: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schembori. Cast: Tomas Arredondo. Manu is looking through an ancient book his grandfather gave him when he discovers an old map and photos. Knowing his grandfather was a treasure hunter who always looked for the gold and jewels of the famous Paraguayan triple border war treasures, he thinks this map may be a clue. Enlisting a friend, he discovers that the location in the map is now an embassy and decides to begin an adventure of his own full of danger, love and of missing treasure.

(Japan) 124mins. Crei. Dir: Hideki Wada. Cast: Daisuke Ryu, Shiro Sano, Chiaki Hiratsuka. The story of Yoko, who was gang raped at 15 and given up by her parents, before going on to become a sex worker. Gray 4

LITTLE WOODS

(Japan) 124mins. Kadokawa Corporation. Dir: Nobuhiro Yamashita. Cast: Takayuki Yamada, Takeru Satoh, Yoshiyoshi Arakawa. A hilarious and poignant fable about friendship.

(US) 105mins. Independent. Dir: Nia DaCosta. Cast: Tessa Thompson, Lily James, Lance Reddick. A modern Western that tells the story of two sisters, Ollie and Deb, who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives. For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her North Dakota oil boom town access Canadian healthcare and medication. When the authorities catch on, she plans to abandon her crusade, only to be dragged in even deeper after a desperate plea for help from her sister.

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HARD CORE

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MAPPLETHORPE

(US) 95mins. The Exchange. Dir: Ondi Timoner. Cast: Marianne Rendon, Matt Smith, John Benjamin Hickey. An intimate portrait of the life of Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most controversial and influential photographers of the 20th century.

investigates the bizarre case of a headless woman’s body found in a remote region by the Andes Mountains. David, the husband of Cruz’s lover Francisca, becomes the prime suspect and is sent to a local mental hospital. David blames the crime on the inexplicable and brutal appearance of the “Monster”. Cruz stumbles

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NAPLES IN VEILS

(Italy) 109mins. True Colours Glorious Films. Dir: Ferzan Ozpetek. Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Alessandro Borghi. In a Naples suspended between magic and superstition, madness and rationality, a mystery envelops the existence of

18:00 #FEMALE PLEASURE

(Switzerland) 93mins. Cat & Docs. Dir: Barbara Miller. Courageous women break their silence regarding one of the greatest mysteries and taboos of our time: female pleasure. Palais C

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MINUSCULE — THE MANDIBLES FROM FAR AWAY

(France) 90mins. Futurikon. Dirs: Thomas Szabo, Helène Giraud. When a young ladybug gets trapped by accident in a cardboard box shipped to the Caribbean, his father sets off for the paradise archipelago to find his little kid and free him. Once he finally makes it there, our hero finds himself entrusted with a double mission: find his offspring and save his new Caribbean ladybug friends’ home, threatened by a human construction site. Lerins 2 Press allowed

MURDER ME, MONSTER

(Argentina) 103mins. The Match Factory. Dir: Alejandro Fadel. Cast: Esteban Bigliardi, Francisco Carrasco, Tania Casciani. Rural police officer Cruz

MARKET 17:45 A JAR FULL OF LIFE

(Germany) 85mins. Picture Tree International. Dir: Florian Ross. Cast: Matthias Schweighoefer, Jella Haase. Marleen’s life is turned upside down by

a tragic accident that sends her into a downward spiral of misery. She needs to get away. Carrying nothing but a backpack, Marleen sets off on a journey into the unknown. Lerins 4

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SCREENINGS

BELIEVER

(South Korea) 125mins. Contents Panda/Next Entertainment World. Dir: Lee Hae-Young. Cast: Cho Jin-Woong, Ryu Jun-Yeol, Kim SungRyung, Park Hae-Jun. Follows an investigator who, in an effort to bring down the boss of Asia’s biggest drug cartel, conspires with a lowly member of the gang seeking revenge against the boss. Palais I By invitation only

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DEATH HOUSE

(US) 90mins. Tricoast Worldwide. Dir: Smith Harrison. Cast: Adrienne Barbeau, Richard Speight Jr, Lindsay Hartley. An exclusive tour, a power breakdown inside a secret prison known as the Death House sends two agents fighting through a labyrinth of horrors while being pursued by a ruthless army of roaming inmates. As they fight to escape, the agents push toward the lowest depths of the facility where they learn a supernatural

group of evil beings is their only chance for survival. Palais G

DECISION: LIQUIDATION

(Russia) 96mins. Mosfilm Cinema Concern. Dir: Aleksandr Aravin. Cast: Igor Petrenko, Aleksey Vertkov, Dmitry Parastaev, Ayub Tsingiev. The ruthless extremist Bazgaev, who was responsible for the terrorist attacks that led to deaths of hundreds of civilians — among them school children — is planning new attacks. A group of security officers attempt to track and destroy him. Lerins 1

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(Taiwan) 127mins. Swallow Wings Films. Dir: Yen Cheng-Kuo. Cast: Jen-Shuo Cheng, Wang Shih-Hsien, Peggy Tseng. When his old friend Jian is released from prison and sets an ambitious plan in motion, Ren and his men are dragged into an all-out gang war that will incur a serious body count.

JONATHAN

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(UK) 90mins. Great Point Media. Dir: Bill Oliver. Cast: Ansel Elgort, Suki Waterhouse, Patricia Clarkson, Matt Bomer. Jonathan and his twin John live in harmony, until the arrival of a new girlfriend threatens to upset the balance of their relationship.

KINOLOGY PRIVATE SCREENING 1

127mins. Kinology.

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(US) 88mins. Jinga Films. Dir: Justin Reinsilber. Cast: Justiin A Davis, Grace Van Patten, Ruby Modine, Malika Samuel, Guillermo Arribas, Deema Airken, Charles Borland, Marina Squerciati, Michael Lombardoi,

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OUR HAPPY HOLIDAY

(France) 100mins. Le Pacte. Dir: Patrick Cassir. Cast: Camille Chamoux, Jonathan Cohen, Camille Cottin. Marion and Ben are both in their 30s and have very little in common except the Tinder app. But Paris is hot in summer, so soon after their first date, they decide to go to Bulgaria together. Let the happy holiday begin… Lerins 3 Press allowed

TEAM SPIRIT

(France) 98mins. SND — Groupe M6. Dir: Vianney Lebasque. Cast: Ahmed Sylla, Olivier Barthelemy, Jean-Pierre Darroussin. Pipo and Stan, best friends, share a common love for basketball and a long-time misfortune. That is until they come across a once in a lifetime opportunity: joining the French Paralympics basketball team.

MARKET 18:00 MADELINE’S MADELINE

(US) 94mins. Visit Films. Dir: Josephine Decker. Cast: Helena Howard, Molly Parker, Miranda July, Okwui Okpokwasili,

92 Screen International at Cannes May 10, 2018

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Felipe Bonilla, Lisa Tharps. A theatre director’s latest project takes on a life of its own when her young star takes her performance far too seriously. Riviera 1

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Beyerlein, Grit Uhlemann, Adina Pintilie, Hanna Hoffmann, Seani Love, Irmena Chichikova, Rainer Steffen, Georgi Naldzhiev. Laura, a traumatised Englishwoman in her 50s who is afraid of intimacy, explores her sexuality with the help of therapists and unusual individuals. Palais K

VAN GOGH — OF WHEAT FIELDS AND CLOUDED SKIES

(Italy) 90mins. Nexo Digital. Dir: Giovanni Piscaglia. Cast: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. Vincent van Gogh through the legacy of the largest private collector of artworks: Helene KrollerMüller. Gray 1

TOUCH ME NOT

(Romania) 125mins. Doc & Film International. Dir: Adina Pintilie. Cast: Laura Benson, Tomas Lemarquis, Christian

YOMEDDINE

(Austria) 97mins. Wild Bunch. Dir: A.B Shawky. Cast: Rady Gamal, Ahmed Abdelhafiz,

David Valcin. An obsessed, financially ruined Ponzi-scheme victim seeks revenge on the mastermind of his fall from grace — by going after his child and friends, killing them off one by one, as they try to make it through the night in Central Park. Palais E

Shahira Fahmy. A Coptic leper and his orphaned apprentice leave the confines of the leper colony for the first time and embark on a journey across Egypt to search for what is left of their families. Olympia 2

18:30 SORRY ANGEL

(France) 132mins. MK2 Films Dir: Christophe Honore. Cast: Vincent Lacoste, Pierre Deladonchamps, Denis Podalydès. Jacques is a writer living in Paris. He hasn’t turned 40 but already doubts the best in life is yet to come. Arthur is a student living in Brittany. He reads and smiles a lot and refuses to think that everything in life might not be possible. Jacques and Arthur will like each other. Just like in a lovely dream. Just like in a sad story. Lumiere Ticket required

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funeral service for Ulyana, the witch, and calling upon the ghastly evil spirit Viy. Arcades 3

THE LOST LAND

104mins. Global Chinese Film Forum. Dir: Xu Xiaoli. Cast: Gaowa Siqin, Shuangzhong Chu, Xingqi Hao. Follows the involvement of a Chinese village in the New Life Movement, a government-led civic movement to promote cultural reform in the 1930s. Olympia 2

MASTER Z: THE IP MAN LEGACY

MARKET 20:00 LET’S CHEAT TOGETHER

(Taiwan) 98mins. Mandarinvision. Dir: Lien Yi-Chi. Cast: Chang Shao-Huai, Ko Chia Yen, Chen Chiao-En. Sleuth Cheng, the host of popular variety show ‘Love Is Magic’, was found wounded and

LAKE OF FIRE

trapped in a tetrapod while a video of him passionately kissing the mayor’s wife went viral and caused media frenzy. As Cheng’s girlfriend angrily confronts him, Cheng reveals details that may turn a secret love affair into a political megastorm. Palais D

(US) 85mins. Sonovision. Dir: Raj Thiruselvan. Cast: Christopher Atkins. A story of the lives of two teenagers from the Midwest, Max and Maggie, the town misfits. Total opposites whose relationship develops into love, which is tested later as certain dark secrets are revealed from the past. Gray 5

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(US) 95mins. Global Genesis Group. Dir: Joe Zappa. Cast: Tifani Ahren Davis, Kip Bennett, Marcus Jackson, Shannon Faith, Louie Cowan, Lizzy Walther. A crash victim, a housewife and two repressed teens are connected by hardworking therapist Viola, who helps them battle their addictions while two disillusioned detectives struggle with the mounting war against heroin in Cincinnati. Palais B

ALONE AT MY WEDDING

(Belgium) 120mins. Cercamon. Dir: Marta Bergman. Cast: Alina Serban, Tom Vermeir, Viorica Tudor, Marian Samu, Marie Denarnaud, Jonas Bloquet, Johan

Leysen, Karin Tanghe, Rebeca Anghel. Pamela, a young Roma, is different from other women in her community. A single mother, she lives with her grandmother and her little girl in a small hut where the three of them share a bed. How can she reconcile the needs of her two-year old daughter and her dream of freedom? Arcades 1

CONNY PLANK THE POTENTIEL OF NOISE

(Germany) 92mins. VMI Worldwide. Dir: Stephan Plank. Cast: Gianna Nannini, Conny Plank, Annette Humpe. In the 1970s and 1980s, artists such as Kraftwerk, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Gianna Nannini, Ultravox and the Eurythmics queued to record in Conny Plank’s studio, a farmhouse near Cologne. Gray 4

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her son, and Alessandro has decided to follow her. Palais F By invitation only

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(Russia) 99mins. Central Partnership Sales House. Dir: Egor Baranov. Cast: Oleg Menshikov, Taisiya Vilkova, Aleksandr Petrov. A mysterious dark horseman who slays young girls near the village of Dikanka has already butchered 11. A scribe from

Saint Petersburg has to take charge of the investigation, and the closer he gets to solving the case, the more fits causing macabre visions he has. When he learns the next victim is Liza, his beloved, he questions if he is capable of protecting her and resisting the murderer. Fortunately, he meets somebody who can help him: Khoma Brutus, witch hunter, martial artist and philosopher. Together they spend three dreadful nights in an old chapel reading the

(Hong Kong) Mandarin Motion Pictures Distribution. Dir: Yuen Woo-Ping. Cast: Jin Zhang, Dave Bautista, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Jaa. A spin-off of the popular ‘Ip Man’ film series. Olympia 8 By invitation only

RETREAT

(UK) 82mins. Microvision. Dir: Tom Nicoll. Cast: Kim Allan, Liam Harkins, Jason Harvey. On a retreat to look after a remote highland lodge with her boyfriend, a woman starts to believe someone else is living around the house. Palais C

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WHEREVER YOU ARE

(Italy) 110mins. Fandango. Dir: Bonifacio Angius. Cast: Alessandro Gazale, Francesca Niedda. Alessandro could never have imagined that he could find love again — in a psych-ward. This is where our man meets Francesca. Francesca has seen a hard road, and Alessandro falls in love with her instantly. “You’re not right in the head, you’re a danger to your son, and if you don’t take care of yourself, you’ll never see him again,” they always said to Francesca. This is why she wants to get out of Sassari. Francesca wants to escape, she’s already gotten the ferry tickets, for her and

MARKET 20:00 LOOKING FOR LUCKY

(China) 102mins. Good Move Media. Dir: Jiang Jiachen. Key cast: Ding Xinhe, Yu Hai. An MA student loses his professor’s

dog and must enlist his father’s help to retrieve it. A biting satire on every conceivable ill in modern society and an endearing portrait of a father and son relationship. Palais H

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on a mysterious theory involving geometric landscapes, mountain motorcyclists and a mantra stuck in his head: “Murder Me, Monster”.

Adriana, overwhelmed by a sudden love and violent crime.

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(US) 98mins. Ambassador Film Group. Dir: Emma Forrest. Cast: Jamie Dornan, Billy Crystal, Ben Mendelsohn, Jemima Kirke, Lola Kirke, Alice Eve, Scott Caan, Jennifer Grey. Follows a doctor, Rabbi, former rock star and two conflicted British sisters as they navigate their wild desires and troubled relationships against the backdrop of the infamous Hollywood Hills.

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(Japan) 129mins. Gaga Corporation. Dir: Takahisa Zeze. Cast: Toma Ikuta. Ex-journalist Masuda is working a menial job where he grows suspicious of the and mysterious Suzuki, a loner. Masuda decides to write an article on his co-worker and new acquaintance, whom he comes to suspect is a long-lost murderer. Then it occurs again: Masuda is now sure that Suzuki is the culprit.

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(France) 82mins. Gaumont. Dir: Frederic Quiring. Cast: Audrey Lamy, Florent Peyre, Max Boublil. Everything is for the

MAD MOM

best in Fanny’s perfect housewife life — until one day she discovers that her darling nineyear-old son is being bullied by three boys at school. Arcades 3

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I WILL NEVER FORGIVE

(Paraguay) 102mins. Filmsharks International. Dirs: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schembori. Cast: Tomas Arredondo. Manu is looking through an ancient book his grandfather gave him when he discovers an old map and photos. Knowing his grandfather was a treasure hunter who always looked for the gold and jewels of the famous Paraguayan triple border war treasures, he thinks this map may be a clue. Enlisting a friend, he discovers that the location in the map is now an embassy and decides to begin an adventure of his own full of danger, love and of missing treasure.

(Japan) 124mins. Crei. Dir: Hideki Wada. Cast: Daisuke Ryu, Shiro Sano, Chiaki Hiratsuka. The story of Yoko, who was gang raped at 15 and given up by her parents, before going on to become a sex worker. Gray 4

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(Japan) 124mins. Kadokawa Corporation. Dir: Nobuhiro Yamashita. Cast: Takayuki Yamada, Takeru Satoh, Yoshiyoshi Arakawa. A hilarious and poignant fable about friendship.

(US) 105mins. Independent. Dir: Nia DaCosta. Cast: Tessa Thompson, Lily James, Lance Reddick. A modern Western that tells the story of two sisters, Ollie and Deb, who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives. For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her North Dakota oil boom town access Canadian healthcare and medication. When the authorities catch on, she plans to abandon her crusade, only to be dragged in even deeper after a desperate plea for help from her sister.

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MAPPLETHORPE

(US) 95mins. The Exchange. Dir: Ondi Timoner. Cast: Marianne Rendon, Matt Smith, John Benjamin Hickey. An intimate portrait of the life of Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most controversial and influential photographers of the 20th century.

investigates the bizarre case of a headless woman’s body found in a remote region by the Andes Mountains. David, the husband of Cruz’s lover Francisca, becomes the prime suspect and is sent to a local mental hospital. David blames the crime on the inexplicable and brutal appearance of the “Monster”. Cruz stumbles

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NAPLES IN VEILS

(Italy) 109mins. True Colours Glorious Films. Dir: Ferzan Ozpetek. Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Alessandro Borghi. In a Naples suspended between magic and superstition, madness and rationality, a mystery envelops the existence of

18:00 #FEMALE PLEASURE

(Switzerland) 93mins. Cat & Docs. Dir: Barbara Miller. Courageous women break their silence regarding one of the greatest mysteries and taboos of our time: female pleasure. Palais C

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MINUSCULE — THE MANDIBLES FROM FAR AWAY

(France) 90mins. Futurikon. Dirs: Thomas Szabo, Helène Giraud. When a young ladybug gets trapped by accident in a cardboard box shipped to the Caribbean, his father sets off for the paradise archipelago to find his little kid and free him. Once he finally makes it there, our hero finds himself entrusted with a double mission: find his offspring and save his new Caribbean ladybug friends’ home, threatened by a human construction site. Lerins 2 Press allowed

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(Argentina) 103mins. The Match Factory. Dir: Alejandro Fadel. Cast: Esteban Bigliardi, Francisco Carrasco, Tania Casciani. Rural police officer Cruz

MARKET 17:45 A JAR FULL OF LIFE

(Germany) 85mins. Picture Tree International. Dir: Florian Ross. Cast: Matthias Schweighoefer, Jella Haase. Marleen’s life is turned upside down by

a tragic accident that sends her into a downward spiral of misery. She needs to get away. Carrying nothing but a backpack, Marleen sets off on a journey into the unknown. Lerins 4

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BELIEVER

(South Korea) 125mins. Contents Panda/Next Entertainment World. Dir: Lee Hae-Young. Cast: Cho Jin-Woong, Ryu Jun-Yeol, Kim SungRyung, Park Hae-Jun. Follows an investigator who, in an effort to bring down the boss of Asia’s biggest drug cartel, conspires with a lowly member of the gang seeking revenge against the boss. Palais I By invitation only

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DEATH HOUSE

(US) 90mins. Tricoast Worldwide. Dir: Smith Harrison. Cast: Adrienne Barbeau, Richard Speight Jr, Lindsay Hartley. An exclusive tour, a power breakdown inside a secret prison known as the Death House sends two agents fighting through a labyrinth of horrors while being pursued by a ruthless army of roaming inmates. As they fight to escape, the agents push toward the lowest depths of the facility where they learn a supernatural

group of evil beings is their only chance for survival. Palais G

DECISION: LIQUIDATION

(Russia) 96mins. Mosfilm Cinema Concern. Dir: Aleksandr Aravin. Cast: Igor Petrenko, Aleksey Vertkov, Dmitry Parastaev, Ayub Tsingiev. The ruthless extremist Bazgaev, who was responsible for the terrorist attacks that led to deaths of hundreds of civilians — among them school children — is planning new attacks. A group of security officers attempt to track and destroy him. Lerins 1

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(Taiwan) 127mins. Swallow Wings Films. Dir: Yen Cheng-Kuo. Cast: Jen-Shuo Cheng, Wang Shih-Hsien, Peggy Tseng. When his old friend Jian is released from prison and sets an ambitious plan in motion, Ren and his men are dragged into an all-out gang war that will incur a serious body count.

JONATHAN

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(UK) 90mins. Great Point Media. Dir: Bill Oliver. Cast: Ansel Elgort, Suki Waterhouse, Patricia Clarkson, Matt Bomer. Jonathan and his twin John live in harmony, until the arrival of a new girlfriend threatens to upset the balance of their relationship.

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(US) 88mins. Jinga Films. Dir: Justin Reinsilber. Cast: Justiin A Davis, Grace Van Patten, Ruby Modine, Malika Samuel, Guillermo Arribas, Deema Airken, Charles Borland, Marina Squerciati, Michael Lombardoi,

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OUR HAPPY HOLIDAY

(France) 100mins. Le Pacte. Dir: Patrick Cassir. Cast: Camille Chamoux, Jonathan Cohen, Camille Cottin. Marion and Ben are both in their 30s and have very little in common except the Tinder app. But Paris is hot in summer, so soon after their first date, they decide to go to Bulgaria together. Let the happy holiday begin… Lerins 3 Press allowed

TEAM SPIRIT

(France) 98mins. SND — Groupe M6. Dir: Vianney Lebasque. Cast: Ahmed Sylla, Olivier Barthelemy, Jean-Pierre Darroussin. Pipo and Stan, best friends, share a common love for basketball and a long-time misfortune. That is until they come across a once in a lifetime opportunity: joining the French Paralympics basketball team.

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(US) 94mins. Visit Films. Dir: Josephine Decker. Cast: Helena Howard, Molly Parker, Miranda July, Okwui Okpokwasili,

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Felipe Bonilla, Lisa Tharps. A theatre director’s latest project takes on a life of its own when her young star takes her performance far too seriously. Riviera 1

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Beyerlein, Grit Uhlemann, Adina Pintilie, Hanna Hoffmann, Seani Love, Irmena Chichikova, Rainer Steffen, Georgi Naldzhiev. Laura, a traumatised Englishwoman in her 50s who is afraid of intimacy, explores her sexuality with the help of therapists and unusual individuals. Palais K

VAN GOGH — OF WHEAT FIELDS AND CLOUDED SKIES

(Italy) 90mins. Nexo Digital. Dir: Giovanni Piscaglia. Cast: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. Vincent van Gogh through the legacy of the largest private collector of artworks: Helene KrollerMüller. Gray 1

TOUCH ME NOT

(Romania) 125mins. Doc & Film International. Dir: Adina Pintilie. Cast: Laura Benson, Tomas Lemarquis, Christian

YOMEDDINE

(Austria) 97mins. Wild Bunch. Dir: A.B Shawky. Cast: Rady Gamal, Ahmed Abdelhafiz,

David Valcin. An obsessed, financially ruined Ponzi-scheme victim seeks revenge on the mastermind of his fall from grace — by going after his child and friends, killing them off one by one, as they try to make it through the night in Central Park. Palais E

Shahira Fahmy. A Coptic leper and his orphaned apprentice leave the confines of the leper colony for the first time and embark on a journey across Egypt to search for what is left of their families. Olympia 2

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(France) 132mins. MK2 Films Dir: Christophe Honore. Cast: Vincent Lacoste, Pierre Deladonchamps, Denis Podalydès. Jacques is a writer living in Paris. He hasn’t turned 40 but already doubts the best in life is yet to come. Arthur is a student living in Brittany. He reads and smiles a lot and refuses to think that everything in life might not be possible. Jacques and Arthur will like each other. Just like in a lovely dream. Just like in a sad story. Lumiere Ticket required

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funeral service for Ulyana, the witch, and calling upon the ghastly evil spirit Viy. Arcades 3

THE LOST LAND

104mins. Global Chinese Film Forum. Dir: Xu Xiaoli. Cast: Gaowa Siqin, Shuangzhong Chu, Xingqi Hao. Follows the involvement of a Chinese village in the New Life Movement, a government-led civic movement to promote cultural reform in the 1930s. Olympia 2

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MARKET 20:00 LET’S CHEAT TOGETHER

(Taiwan) 98mins. Mandarinvision. Dir: Lien Yi-Chi. Cast: Chang Shao-Huai, Ko Chia Yen, Chen Chiao-En. Sleuth Cheng, the host of popular variety show ‘Love Is Magic’, was found wounded and

LAKE OF FIRE

trapped in a tetrapod while a video of him passionately kissing the mayor’s wife went viral and caused media frenzy. As Cheng’s girlfriend angrily confronts him, Cheng reveals details that may turn a secret love affair into a political megastorm. Palais D

(US) 85mins. Sonovision. Dir: Raj Thiruselvan. Cast: Christopher Atkins. A story of the lives of two teenagers from the Midwest, Max and Maggie, the town misfits. Total opposites whose relationship develops into love, which is tested later as certain dark secrets are revealed from the past. Gray 5

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(US) 95mins. Global Genesis Group. Dir: Joe Zappa. Cast: Tifani Ahren Davis, Kip Bennett, Marcus Jackson, Shannon Faith, Louie Cowan, Lizzy Walther. A crash victim, a housewife and two repressed teens are connected by hardworking therapist Viola, who helps them battle their addictions while two disillusioned detectives struggle with the mounting war against heroin in Cincinnati. Palais B

ALONE AT MY WEDDING

(Belgium) 120mins. Cercamon. Dir: Marta Bergman. Cast: Alina Serban, Tom Vermeir, Viorica Tudor, Marian Samu, Marie Denarnaud, Jonas Bloquet, Johan

Leysen, Karin Tanghe, Rebeca Anghel. Pamela, a young Roma, is different from other women in her community. A single mother, she lives with her grandmother and her little girl in a small hut where the three of them share a bed. How can she reconcile the needs of her two-year old daughter and her dream of freedom? Arcades 1

CONNY PLANK THE POTENTIEL OF NOISE

(Germany) 92mins. VMI Worldwide. Dir: Stephan Plank. Cast: Gianna Nannini, Conny Plank, Annette Humpe. In the 1970s and 1980s, artists such as Kraftwerk, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Gianna Nannini, Ultravox and the Eurythmics queued to record in Conny Plank’s studio, a farmhouse near Cologne. Gray 4

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her son, and Alessandro has decided to follow her. Palais F By invitation only

20:30 GOGOL. VIY

(Russia) 99mins. Central Partnership Sales House. Dir: Egor Baranov. Cast: Oleg Menshikov, Taisiya Vilkova, Aleksandr Petrov. A mysterious dark horseman who slays young girls near the village of Dikanka has already butchered 11. A scribe from

Saint Petersburg has to take charge of the investigation, and the closer he gets to solving the case, the more fits causing macabre visions he has. When he learns the next victim is Liza, his beloved, he questions if he is capable of protecting her and resisting the murderer. Fortunately, he meets somebody who can help him: Khoma Brutus, witch hunter, martial artist and philosopher. Together they spend three dreadful nights in an old chapel reading the

(Hong Kong) Mandarin Motion Pictures Distribution. Dir: Yuen Woo-Ping. Cast: Jin Zhang, Dave Bautista, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Jaa. A spin-off of the popular ‘Ip Man’ film series. Olympia 8 By invitation only

RETREAT

(UK) 82mins. Microvision. Dir: Tom Nicoll. Cast: Kim Allan, Liam Harkins, Jason Harvey. On a retreat to look after a remote highland lodge with her boyfriend, a woman starts to believe someone else is living around the house. Palais C

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WHEREVER YOU ARE

(Italy) 110mins. Fandango. Dir: Bonifacio Angius. Cast: Alessandro Gazale, Francesca Niedda. Alessandro could never have imagined that he could find love again — in a psych-ward. This is where our man meets Francesca. Francesca has seen a hard road, and Alessandro falls in love with her instantly. “You’re not right in the head, you’re a danger to your son, and if you don’t take care of yourself, you’ll never see him again,” they always said to Francesca. This is why she wants to get out of Sassari. Francesca wants to escape, she’s already gotten the ferry tickets, for her and

MARKET 20:00 LOOKING FOR LUCKY

(China) 102mins. Good Move Media. Dir: Jiang Jiachen. Key cast: Ding Xinhe, Yu Hai. An MA student loses his professor’s

dog and must enlist his father’s help to retrieve it. A biting satire on every conceivable ill in modern society and an endearing portrait of a father and son relationship. Palais H

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A Coptic and his orphaned embark journey across to search★★ for their families. ★★ leper★★ ★★ apprentice ★★ ★★ on a★★ ★★ Egypt★★ ★★ Shawky is the only feature-debut filmmaker selected Competition ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ for★★ ★★this year. ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★

SUMMER (Rus-Fr) Kirill Serebrennikov

Russian set in the★★ 1981 Leningrad ★★ director ★★Serebrennikov ★★ presents ★★ his love ★★triangle★★ ★★ rock-and-roll ★★ scene, ★★as a group of★★ young musicians of age. Teo Yoo, Irina★★ Starshenbaum Filipp Avdeev star. ★★ ★★ come ★★ ★★ ★★ and ★★ ★★ ★★

SORRY ANGEL (Fr) Christophe Honoré

Honoré’s story between writer young literature ★★ bittersweet ★★ love ★★ ★★ a 40-year-old ★★ ★★ and a★★ ★★ student ★★stars Pierre ★★ Deladonchamps ★★ ★★and Vincent ★★ Lacoste. ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★

COLD WAR (Pol-Fr-UK) Pawel Pawlikowski

Pawlikowski’s Cold War-era the passionate a mismatched ★★ ★★ ★★love story ★★follows★★ ★★ love affair ★★between ★★ ★★ couple. ★★The cast includes and Agata★★ Kulesza. ★★ ★★ Tomasz ★★Kot, Joanna ★★ Kulig★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★

THE IMAGE BOOK (Fr) Jean-Luc Godard

The latest project fact and fiction Arab world, ★★ ★★ from New ★★Wave legend ★★ Godard ★★mixes ★★ ★★ to explore ★★the contemporary ★★ ★★ having nearly two years in★★ various countries ★★ shot for ★★ ★★ ★★ across ★★the region. ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★

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ASH IS PUREST WHITE (China-Fr-Jap) Jia Zhangke

Set in China’s★★ underworld, this tale★★ of love and★★ betrayal follows protect her ★★ ★★ ★★ a dancer ★★ who fires ★★a gun to ★★ ★★mobster boyfriend On release★★ from prison five years later, she★★ sets out to★★ find him. ★★ Zhao Tao and Liao Fan star. ★★ during ★★a fight.★★ ★★ ★★ ★★

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GIRLS OF THE SUN (Fr) Eva Husson

Golshifteh as the leader battalion that to liberate★★ their town, ★★ Farahani ★★ stars ★★ ★★of a real-life ★★ Kurdish ★★female★★ ★★sets out★★ which by Isis extremists. Bercot co-stars with ★★has been ★★overrun★★ ★★ Emmanuelle ★★ ★★ ★★ as a journalist ★★ embedded ★★ ★★the fighters.

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Panahi story of★★ three Iranian actresses: one from the pre-revolution days to stop acting, ★★ tells the ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★who had ★★ ★★ one popular of today and one girl longing ★★ star ★★ ★★ ★★ to attend ★★ a drama ★★conservatory. ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★

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Lily Franky, Sakura Ando and Mayu★★ Matsuoka★★ star in the★★ story of a shoplifting father-and-son the little girl ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ duo and ★★ they take in from time in Competition. ★★ ★★the street. ★★It is Kore-eda’s ★★ fifth ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★

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Asako her boyfriend’s double two ★★meets★★ ★★ perfect ★★ ★★years after ★★his abrupt ★★disappearance. ★★ Masahiro ★★ Higashide ★★ and Erika Karata star for Hamaguchi, who his Cannes★★ debut in Competition. ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★makes ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★

BLACKKKLANSMAN (US) Spike Lee

Lee’s inspired by the true story Stallworth, an undercover police officer ★★latest is★★ ★★ ★★ of Ron★★ ★★ ★★ African-American ★★ ★★ ★★ who infiltrated Ku Klux Klan. Adam Driver star. ★★ ★★ the★★ ★★John David ★★ Washington ★★ and★★ ★★ ★★ ★★

AT WAR (Fr) Stéphane Brizé

Brizé Vincent★★ Lindon reunite prize winner Man for another ★★and actor ★★ ★★after Cannes ★★ 2015 ★★ ★★The Measure ★★ Of A★★ ★★ socially engaged this time about leader fighting ★★ tale,★★ ★★ a union ★★ ★★ a factory ★★ closure. ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★

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a curious★★ mind who★★ investigates missing★★ persons from ★★ Garfield ★★heads this ★★trippy crime ★★ tale as ★★ ★★ ★★his UNDER THE SILVER LAKE (US) Andrew David Robert Mitchell neighbourhood. Topher Grace ★★ ★★Riley Keough ★★ and ★★ ★★also star. ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★

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BURNING (S Kor) Lee Chang-dong

Lee’s Steven Yeun play a well-to-do with a secret Yoo Ah-in★★ as a part-time ★★love triangle ★★ sees ★★ ★★ ★★ man ★★ ★★ hobby,★★ ★★deliveryman hoping a novelist and woman ★★ who comes★★ between them. ★★ to be ★★ ★★newcomer ★★Jun Jong-seo ★★ as the ★★ ★★ ★★

DOGMAN (It-Fr-UK) Matteo Garrone

Billed is based★★ on a 30-year-old story and★★ centres on★★ a man (Marcello ★★as an ‘urban ★★ western’ ★★, Dogman ★★ ★★ news ★★ ★★ Fonte) seeking friend who him in jail. ★★ ★★ revenge ★★on an old ★★ ★★landed ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★

CAPERNAUM (Leb-Fr) Nadine Labaki

Lebanese film focuses on a rebellious who wishes parents★★ for having him. ★★ filmmaker ★★ Labaki’s ★★ third★★ ★★ ★★ youth ★★ ★★to sue his ★★ Set in the titular village, the★★ film has a★★ cast of mainly actors. ★★ ★★ ★★Palestinian ★★fishing★★ ★★non-professional ★★ ★★

KNIFE + HEART (Fr) Yann Gonzalez

Vanessa a late-1970s-set about a Parisian executive seeking credibility with ★★ Paradis ★★stars in★★ ★★ story★★ ★★ TV★★ ★★ to restore ★★ her★★ a more is disrupted cast is targeted a serial killer. ★★ creatively ★★ ambitious ★★production, ★★ which★★ ★★when the ★★ ★★ by ★★ ★★

AYKA (Rus-Ger-Pol) Sergei Dvortsevoy

A young immigrant worker in★★ Moscow tries down her★★ baby, who★★ she abandoned hospital. ★★ Asian★★ ★★ ★★to track★★ ★★ at the★★ Samal Yeslyamova, and David★★ Alaverdyan star. ★★ ★★ Andrey ★★Pashnin★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★

THE WILD PEAR TREE (Tur-Fr) Nuri Bilge Ceylan

An★★ aspiring writer to his native in rural Turkey, he becomes overwhelmed father’s debts. ★★ returns ★★ ★★village★★ ★★ where★★ ★★ ★★ by his★★ Dogu T Hazar★★ Erguclu and Ahmet Rifat star. ★★Demirkol, ★★ ★★ ★★Sungar★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★

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