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Sony Pictures Classics dances at Jimmy’s Hall
No hyper Marché, just solid sales and top titles
BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW
BY JEREMY KAY
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or contender Jimmy’s Hall for North America ahead of its Competition screening in Cannes. The film is inspired by the true tale of Jimmy Gralton, who came up against opposition when he tried to revive an abandoned dance hall in rural Ireland in the 1930s. Wild Bunch, which is handling sales, expects to sell out on the title — a world premiere here tomorrow. The UK release on May 30 will be handled by eOne and in France on July 2 by Le Pacte. Wild Bunch has also closed sales of Red Army, Gabe Polsky’s documentary exploring the Cold War through Russia’s love of ice hockey. The film has sold to France (ARP), Italy (Good Films) and Germany (Weltkino) and deals are underway for the UK, Scandinavia and Russia.
A flood of US deals combined with headline-grabbing activity on sci-fi Story Of Your Life defied early expectations and set the tone for a solid week of market business. A handful of must-haves translated into sales for the likes of A Monster Calls from Lionsgate International, The Dressmaker from Embankment, StudioCanal’s Bastille Day, eOne’s Eye In The Sky, Foresight Unlimited’s Inversion, IM Global’s Civilian and Sea Of Trees from Bloom, Alex Walton’s new firm. International trade was low-key in contrast to the fanfare that surrounded US activity. Open Road acquired Nightcrawler from ambitious Bold Films, whose The Coup went to the Weinsteins. The latter bought Sing Street and shelled out $12m for Lion, while A24 used its deep pockets to buy Room from busy FilmNation, Son
Music Box in tune with Gett
Of A Gun from Altitude and Atom Egoyan’s Competition entry The Captive from eOne International. Paramount paid an advance of a little under $20m for North American and Chinese rights to Story Of Your Life. Sony brought most of the remaining territories on Story and picked up the UK and other majors on Bill Murray comedy Rock The Kasbah from QED International. The irony of the market was that the scarcity of locomotives was not for lack of available equity. The talent exodus to TV and over-reliance of international buyers on old, proven names made it a challenge to package projects. “It feels like a missed opportunity,” said Lotus Entertainment cofounder Bill Johnson, who reported solid business on Hologram For The King with Tom Hanks and Kidnap starring Halle Berry. “It’s our first market with the two labels and there’s been ongoing
activity on both sides,” said eOne Films International president Harold van Lier, referring to the eOne and Séville International slates. Drilling beneath the bedrock of buyer caution revealed reticence in Germany prompted by picky broadcasters and conservatism in Russia, where rumours of a quota system and economic sanctions in light of Crimea made buyers wary. “We weren’t looking to bring volume to the marketplace and launched with a prestige title with major talent [Matthew McConaughey] who supported the film,” said Walton. However, a forensic approach does not preclude success. “What is now a stark realisation is the value of a particular picture in each territory can be calculated with a degree of accuracy,” said Aldamisa International COO Jere Hausfater, adding that the independent business “continues to flourish”.
Monster deals for Bayona
BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW
BY ANDREAS WISEMAN
US distributor Music Box has picked up US rights to Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz’s courthouse divorce drama Gett, The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem. Paris-based sales agent Films Distribution, which is handling the film, has also sold the picture into Greece (Filmgood Entertainment), Switzerland (Agora), Spain (Festival Films), Australia (Champion Pictures), Benelux (ABC-Cinemien) and Brazil (Imovision). Films Distribution previously collaborated with Music Box on Philippe Falardeau’s Oscarwinning Monsieur Lazhar. Gett is the third film in the Elkabetz trilogy following To Take A Wife and 7 Days, and centres on an Israeli woman trying to obtain a divorce. The film is inspired by the difficulties women face to obtain a divorce under Israeli law and the bias that keeps them shackled to their husbands.
Lionsgate’s JA Bayona fantasy A Monster Calls has been one of the market’s hottest scripts, with multimillion dollar deals recently locking in major territories including UK (eOne) and France (Metropolitan). The former is believed to have closed for around $4.8m and the latter for around $3.8m. “After the amazing success of The Impossible and with this truly lovely script, how could we not want to get into business once more with JA Bayona, Belen [Atienza] and Patrick [Wachsberger],” Alex Hamilton, managing director of eOne Films UK, told Screen. Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones are set to star in the fantasy about a boy who seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother’s terminal illness. Patrick Ness adapted the screenplay for A Monster Calls from his novel. The Impossible grossed more than $20m for eOne in the UK.
Leading lady Marion Cotillard receives kisses from her directors, Jean-Pierre (left) and Luc Dardenne, at the photocall for Palme d’Or contender Two Days, One Night. See review, page 6.
Sony Rocks with Bill Murray Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has struck a deal with QED International for the UK and major territories on Bill Murray comedy Rock The Kasbah. SPWA has also picked up rights for Latin America, Spain, eastern Europe and several other markets. Barry Levinson starts production
in Morocco at the end of the month and Open Road will release in the US in 2015. Leem Lubany of Cannes 2013 UCR selection Omar has joined to play a Pashtun singer discovered by Murray’s rock manager and entered into Afghanistan’s version of American Idol. Jeremy Kay
NEWS Good to Go-Go Other Angle racks up sales of the Cannes Classics title about producers Golan and Globus » Page 2
REVIEW Two Days, One Night The Dardennes return with a powerful, finely scripted issue movie » Page 6
SCREENINGS What to see in Cannes today » Page 12
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Egoli readies bold slate BY ANDREAS WISEMAN
Egoli Tossell Film and parent company Film House Germany are readying an impressive slate of projects in addition to ambitious adventure co-production Ivanhoe. Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) is newly attached to direct Symphony, based on the true story of the performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony during the 900-day siege of Leningrad. Egoli Tossell produces with Andrei Deryabin (Russian Ark). The producers will team again with The Last Station star Christopher Plummer having boarded Atom Egoyan’s Robert Lantos-produced Remember as a co-producer. They are also in development on The Kaiser’s Last Kiss in which Plummer is attached to play Kaiser Wilhelm II. Egoli Tossell is producing with CAA co-founder Bill Haber and Lou Pitt. UK theatre director David Leveaux will direct. The company’s growing number of US tie-ups include backing of Sarah Silverman drama I Smile Back and the outfit is now on the verge of a more permanent US partnership. “The next logical step is to be more present in the US and Asia,” said Egoli Tossell’s Jens Meurer, in Cannes with Film House’s Christian Angermeyer. The company is also working again with writer-director Peter Chelsom (Hector And The Search For Happiness) on a Charles Dickensthemed film. David Bowie-Iggy Pop biopic Lust For Life is readying.
Vaccaro restores faith in Burroughs London-based Argentinian producer Paula Vaccaro is in town talking up an eclectic slate that includes a restored William S Burroughs doc and Emir Kusturica’s On The Milky Road. Pinball London’s Vaccaro and Aaron Brookner serve as remastering producers on Burroughs: The Movie. Brookner launched a Kickstarter campaign in late 2012 to restore the 1983 film, which his late uncle, Howard Brookner, directed and is the only feature doc about the author, born 100 years ago. Criterion is on board to release on DVD and Janus Films will distribute theatrically at the end of the year after Burroughs: The Movie returns to New York Film Festival, the site of its world premiere 30 years ago. Vaccaro is also presenting On The Milky Road, the Pinball London, BN Films and Rasta International Production title. Jeremy Kay
Other Angle cleans up with The Go-Go Boys By Melanie Goodfellow
The Go-Go Boys has been racking up sales following its premiere in Cannes Classics. Hilla Medalia’s feature documentary about the life and times of legendary Israeli producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus has been sold by Paris-based Other Angle Pictures to France (Paradis Films), Japan (Nikkatsu Corporation) and Australia (Champion Pictures). Deals are close to being completed in the UK and Germany.
Both Golan and Globus were in town for the film’s packed premiere last week followed by a party at their spiritual Cannes home of the Carlton, where the duo did business for more than 20 years. Other Angle has also sealed deals on French found-footage comedy hit Babysitting, in which a young employee trashes his boss’s house when he is asked to babysit for the weekend. The film, which has recorded 1.7 million admissions in France, has sold to Spain (Inopia Films),
Hungary (Cinetel) and Turkey (Cinetv). Other Angle also revealed it has begun pre-sales on actor Nael Marandin’s debut feature, Only The Night Remains. The thriller, about a prostitute and her daughter in Paris’s bohemian neighbourhood of Belleville, is set to star André Wilms. It is produced by Marie Genin of Folamour Productions, which has documentary Les Gens Du Monde, a special screening premiere here at Cannes.
Venice Days jury to deliberate live By Melanie Goodfellow
The jury for Venice Day’s new $27,000 (¤20,000) cash prize will make its final deliberations in a public, live-streamed event at its 11th edition (August 27-September 6). “The deliberations should provoke a discussion on cinema,” artistic director Giorgio Gosetti told Screen. The jury will comprise 28 people nominated by members of the Europa Cinemas organisation. In other Days news, the selection will pay tribute to Québécois cinema this year, with the inclusion of at least one film from the territory as well as related events.
NZ and Denmark El Americano flies around world Indie Sales shake on co-pros By Jeremy Kay Film has acquired the film for recounts By Michael Rosser
New Zealand Film Commission and Danish Film Institute have signed a formal co-production agreement here that will enable collaboration between the two countries’ film and television industries.
Guido Rud’s FilmSharks International has closed sales on El Americano: The Movie, featuring a voice cast of Lisa Kudrow, Edward James Olmos and Cheech Marin. Krisko Media has taken all rights for the Middle East, Vietnam and Malaysia, while Top
Russia, CIS and eastern Europe. Rico Rodriguez, Kate del Castillo, Erik Estrada, Adal Ramones, Gabriel Iglesias and Paul Rodriguez round out the cast. Rud said US and Mexican distributors were on board for a firstquarter 2015 release.
London, Paris in film tie-up
Monster tastes Blood
Film London and Ile de France Film Commission have renewed their partnership to promote collaboration between the French and UK capitals. The renewed agreement, signed during Cannes, includes a new business exchange trip in November for high-end television drama producers based in Paris and London. In addition, up to four French producers will attend the Film London Production Finance Market in October to pitch their projects to international film financiers, while four UK postproduction and SFX professionals from London will attend ParisFX in January 2015. “Over the past four years we have seen a great exchange of talent,” said Adrian Wootton, chief executive of Film London. Melanie Goodfellow
Polish sales outlet New Europe Film Sales sold the vampire comedy Summer Of Blood by Onur Tukel to Monster Pictures for Australia and the UK. Monster has also picked up a slate of edgy new genre films, including MPI Media Group’s Starry Eyes (Australia) and LFO (Australia and UK), BoulderLight Pictures’ Eat (Australia and UK) and Contracted (UK) and Dark Tourist (Australia and UK) from Vision Films. Michael Rosser
The Marché du Film hosted a new series of mixers this year, kicking off with the successful Fantastic Mixer: Meet The Horror Gangs, a popular industry networking event. Guests — who sipped on eerie dry-ice cocktails — included film-maker Jorge Michel Grau, Troma Entertainment’s Lloyd Kaufman, Angel Sala from Sitges and Colin Geddes from Toronto. Screen International was a media partner.
Dyer horror scares up UK buyer By Andreas Wiseman
Signature Entertainment has inked a UK deal for horrorromance In A Heartbeat, starring Danny Dyer. Keith Allen and Zoe Grisedale
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co-star in the UK feature about a young man who falls in love with a strange but beautiful model newly arrived from the US. Writer-director-producer Raoul Girard is currently in Cannes dis-
cussing the project with sellers. The Lovelight Ltd production is executive-produced by Doug Abbott of ScreenProjex (Scintilla). SFX supervisor is Cliff Wallace (28 Weeks Later). Co-producers are Arnaud Vaissié and Marc Mourre.
Marie’s Story By Michael Rosser
Indie Sales has closed a raft of deals on Jean-Pierre Améris’ Marie’s Story: From Darkness To Light. The period drama has been pre-sold to Benelux (Victory), Australia (Madman), Czech Republic and Slovakia (CinemArt) and Taiwan (Flash Forward). Sales are in the process of being closed in the US, Japan, Middle East and Mexico. Previous deals were secured in Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Spain (A Contracorriente Films), Germany (Tele München), Austria (Filmladen), South Korea (Aud), Colombia (Cineplex), Brazil (Imovision), Israel (Orlando) and Latin American pay-TV (LAP TV). Naomi Denamur, head of international sales and acquisitions at Indie Sales, said: “We saw uncommonly emotional reactions among the invited buyers who attended our private screenings of the film, and were very pleased to see in person the impact delivered by this very poignant and moving story.” The 19th-century drama stars French actress Isabelle Carré as a deaf and blind young woman. Sophie Révil and Denis Carot at Escazal Films produce. Diaphana will release the film in France on November 12, and launch it at a festival later this year.
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Hairun and Village scale Mountain By Liz Shackleton
China’s Hairun Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures Asia (VRPA) are coproducing Mountain Cry, written by Yang Zi, who will also direct. US-based Story Mining & Supply Co, through its strategic development alliance with VRPA, and Ivanhoe Pictures, through its recently launched Asia production arm, are also boarding the project to contribute in the areas of development, finance and international marketing strategy. The film is based on a Chinese novel of the same name by Ge Shuiping. The script won the prize for best artistic potential at last month’s Beijing International Film Festival’s ‘Pitch and Catch’ event. Set in a remote mountain village, the story begins
with the sudden death of a husband and father, whose family is new to the tightknit local community. Following his death, the villagers come to know the man’s widow, a beautiful mute with the power to tell her story without words. Ya n g s a i d h e w a s inspired to make the film after spending years abroad and how he felt he lacked the language to express his feelings when he returned to a changed China. “While China now has the second-largest film market in the world, there is still rich potential for the devel-
opment of the industry and the quality of its films,” said Hairun Media Group chairman Liu Yanming. “Yang Zi’s Mountain Cry script captivated me with its power.” Ellen Eliasoph, president and CEO of VRPA, was on the three-member jury panel that chose Mountain Cry as one of the winners. She found the project so comp elling that VRPA quickly entered into a coproduction agreement with Hairun. Eliasoph said: “What makes the script so outstanding is the powerful drama of its story, and the fact it feels authentically local in its setting, characters and dialogue — but still resonates with universal themes of forgiveness, compassion and redemption.” Production is expected to begin in early 2015.
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Creative England rallies the Angels By wendy mitchell
Creative England and the UK Business Angels Association, which works with more than 15,000 angel investors, held an event in Cannes to bring together the film industry and investors. Creative England is pushing for more private investment in the creative industries, and in July will launch a national programme to build a commu-
Pictured: Creative England’s Caroline Norbury, Money&Co/ Rockpool Investments’ Nicola Horlick and UK Business Angels Association’s Jenny Tooth
nity of angel investors to invest in film companies and creative SMEs. Creative England CEO Caroline Norbury said: “There are huge opportunities for investment, not just in individual film projects but in small creative film businesses.”
Director Renny Harlin has boarded buddy action comedy Skiptrace, to star Jackie Chan, Seann William Scott and Fan Bingbing. Alex Walton’s Bloom is selling here. Production is set to start in August on the story of a detective whose niece gets into trouble.
Affair feeds Lion The Yellow Affair has sold Dome Karukoski’s neo-Nazi drama Heart Of A Lion to Benelux (Jupiter), Italy (Ripley’s Film), Sweden (Starlet Media), Australia/ New Zealand (Vendetta/ Gamewizz Interactive), Bulgaria (A Plus), Czech Republic (Film Europe), Hungary (Vertigo Media) and Estonia (Estinfilm).
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Who’s a good boy, then? By Wendy Mitchell
As Screen diligently — or is that doggedly — reported, Body, who plays Hagen in White God, became the first canine to be invited on stage with Thierry Frémaux at the film’s Un Certain Regard screening. So surely this mutt is in with a chance for the annual Palm Dog award, which founder Toby Rose will present on Friday at 1pm at the UK Film Centre. Rose tells Screen: “Body is very much the one to beat, but we have dogs in Pudsey: The Movie [in the Marché], The Rover and Saint Laurent.
Those are the ones we’re foaming at the mouth about. Last but not least, Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye To Language has his own dog in it. That’s a wild card.” There is extra excitement surrounding the Palm Dog this year, as the event will feature in Nick Livesey’s new UK romantic comedy called, appropriately, Palm Dog, about a group of Sussex villagers who make a film to try to win the Palm Dog award in Cannes. The movie also builds on the premise that dogs can be babe magnets. Writer/producer Nick
Another side to YSL By Tiffany Pritchard
Bertrand Bonello’s Yves Saint Laurent film, titled Saint Laurent, marks the second biopic of the famed haute couture fashion icon within the last five months. Critics, and the public alike have asked the question — why? And what else will this offer that Jalil Lespert’s Yves Saint Laurent did not?
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French actor/model Gaspard Ulliel, known for his roles in Hannibal Rising and A Very Long Engagement, boldly took on the part of the provocative, troubled designer knowing there was another film already in the works. “I knew from the beginning this would exist alongside the other film. But it didn’t affect my
Hamson is working on the forthcoming feature here in Cannes this year, shooting some footage of actors (including Camilla Rutherford) marching down the Croisette with 10 dogs (eight assorted breeds being driven down from the UK, and two Afghan hounds from France). The gang will also be shooting on a yacht and at a villa. Hamson hopes to film the rest of Palm Dog in the autumn with plans to launch it in Cannes Marché next year. Sounds like they are barking up the right tree.
work. Even Bertrand thought it was beneficial — since the other would be released before ours — he would be able to get rid of aspects of his life that would already be exposed, so he could go straight to the important part of his life in this particular decade.” The film spans 1967-76. The actor says: “This was a special time in French history and Bonello was very seduced by it. He didn’t want to fall into the trap of making just another biopic, where aspects of people’s lives are imitated. So, equally I wanted to reinvent my own vision of Saint Laurent, so my performance would be more sincere and visceral.” He continues: “What I loved about this script [that Bonello cowrote with Rust And Bone’s Thomas Bidegain] is that it’s not trying to justify anything about his enigma.”
Mumbai-based film-maker Kanu Behl is making his feature debut with Titli, about the youngest member of a car-jacking brotherhood attempting to escape his oppressive family. Behl previously directed documentaries and worked as a writer and assistant director on films with Dibakar Banerjee, who co-produced Titli with Yash Raj Films. Ranvir Shorey and Amit Sial head the cast of the film, which premiered yesterday in Un Certain Regard. WestEnd is selling; XYZ Films is handling North American rights. What inspired the film? It’s quite a personal film. I’ve been working with Dibakar since 2007 and was working on another script, but when I pitched it to him, he said this isn’t coming from inside you. So I took time to reassess and realised one of the major things that was disturbing me was this early difficult phase in my relationship with my father and that became a point to get into the film. I started out with my co-writer Sharat Katariya writing a film about a younger brother feeling oppressed by an older brother, but it became a film about circularity — the older brother is violent and oppressive because the father may have been like that. And why is the father the way he is? That’s when we discovered the ghost of the dead grandfather. How did the shoot go? It was a really tough film to shoot — we shot in Delhi in the peak of
summer. Probably the biggest problem was that I’d wanted to go a bit more with long takes, but quickly realised I was working with a lot of first-time actors and that wasn’t going to work. We had to redesign stuff because they were losing the emotion and character. It worked to the advantage of the film because it helped give the actors the freedom they needed.
Titli is a departure for Yash Raj Films. How much did they get involved in the production? We knew that Yash Raj wanted to do films that take them out of their comfort zone, but I think Dibakar coming on board helped them feel more comfortable that someone else shared that sensibility. I’ve been lucky enough to get the freedom to go out and make exactly the film I wanted to make very fearlessly. What are you doing next? I’m excited about a smallish film called Agra, about a guy who is in love with a woman who doesn’t exist. He’s put into a mental asylum in Agra and it’s about his journey to prove she exists. Liz Shackleton
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Two Days, One Night Reviewed by Lee Marshall The impossible choices forced on workers by downsizing, flexible contracts and the declining power of the unions are thrown into stark relief in the Dardenne brothers’ latest film. While it may lack the breathless dramatic energy of earlier works such as The Promise or The Child, this is still a powerful, finely scripted issue movie, made all the more incisive by Marion Cotillard’s raw performance as a woman fighting to save her job while suffering from depression. The story of someone forced to canvas her fellow workers to persuade them to give up a bonus payment in order to keep her job is one that you can imagine Ken Loach taking on, but the undogmatic, compassionate focus on the life of Cotillard’s character, Sandra, and those she meets builds a nuanced portrait of a struggling community that is classic Dardenne brothers. Cotillard, the recessionary topicality of the theme and the dramatic efficiency of a film that takes its time to bite, but never lets go when it does, will send Two Days on a multi-date world tour, perhaps stirring even more interest than the brothers’ last outing, The Kid With A Bike. The first shot of Sandra speaks volumes about who she is and how she is. She is wearing a cheap, bright, department-store singlet, hair
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Competition Bel-Fr-It. 2014. 94mins Directors/screenplay Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne Production companies Les Films du Fleuve, Archipel 35, Bim Distribuzione, Eyeworks, France 2 Cinéma, RTBF, Belgacom International sales Wild Bunch, www.wildbunch.biz Producers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd Executive producer Delphine Tomson Cinematography Alain Marcoen Editor Marie-Hélene Dozo Production designer Igor Gabriel Main cast Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Pili Groyne, Simon Caudry, Catherine Salée, Christelle Cornil
scrunched up in a sporty ponytail, but her face tells a different story. She is suffering from depression, and through the course of the film will pop far more Xanax than is good for her. As if her illness wasn’t enough, Sandra has just been laid off by a small solar-energy firm, following a ballot of colleagues who were told that if they voted for her to stay in her job, it would mean forfeiting their ¤1,000 bonuses. However, late on Friday, the boss tells her he has no objections to a second, secret ballot being held on Monday morning before work. If Sandra can talk her workmates into voting to lose their bonuses, he will keep her on. It is like 12 Angry Men in the workplace — except there are 16 of them, with only two voting in her favour in the first ballot. So with the help of her supportive husband, Manu (Rongione), who fights to keep her from sinking into self-loathing and giving it all up as pointless, Sandra sets out to visit her colleagues one by one in the lowermiddle class suburbs of some unnamed Belgian town over the course of a sunny weekend. The script takes its time to raise the dramatic temperature, adding brushstrokes to the portrait of a woman whose fight with the black dog of depression turns every difficult house call into a mountain peak. She is alternately buoyed by fragile hope and slapped down by despair as
colleagues are either won round or refuse to back her — some for financial reasons, others because they see this colleague, who has only just returned to work after time off for illness, as a weak link who can be easily sacrificed. Shot mostly by day, in stark and sometimes mocking summer sunlight, Two Days, One Night refuses to divide the ayes and nays into goodies and baddies. The simple choice between ‘Sandra’ and ‘bonus’ — as written on the final ballot paper — may be an unlikely scenario, but the Dardennes suggest it is one that many workers are forced to make in a less direct way. But this layered film is more than one long ethical debate. Sandra’s door-to-door mission also enables the directors to touch on issues of immigration, integration and a cash-strapped blue-collar existence that pans out between low-cost diners, mini-markets and launderettes. Even gender issues are nicely nailed: male colleagues are out of the house when she calls far more often than female ones, and marriages are tested, in one case dramatically, in a film that is political in the original sense of the word: it is about people, and the fact that no man, or family, or company, or country, is an island.
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Queen And Country Reviewed by Fionnuala Halligan
Still The Water
Reviewed by Fionnuala Halligan The waves crash into Naomi Kawase’s idyllic Japanese island, with two rattling typhoons framing the action in Still The Water, the Japanese auteur’s otherwise gentle, contemplative take on death and the passing of generations for two teenagers learning how to live. Kawase delivers a striking meditation on what are clearly deeply personal themes, underscored by a profoundly moving death that gives the film its heart and soul. Still The Water is an easier film to watch than some of Kawase’s previous work, visually striking in her first collaboration with Hirokazu Kore-eda’s regular cinematographer, Yutaka Yamazaki. However, the coming of age of two teenagers in love isn’t exactly fresh territory, even in remote tropical locales, and some of its symbolism could be dismissed as obvious — a 500-year-old Banyan tree, for example, seems to exist primarily to be uprooted. Yet other old familiars, in particular the slaughtering of a goat, gain a new perspective as a young girl who is losing her mother watches life depart in ebbing close-up. Throughout, Still The Water is visually striking, growing in power from early, controlled shots to a more free-flowing climax. Set on an island, Amami-Oshima, nature is all-powerful and commands respect, although the director makes a brief detour to Tokyo, during which her love for the city is also palpable. Her message, here, is about how life goes on — Kawase’s waves, like Shakespeare’s, signalling the minutes that hasten to their end. This central message may, at times, feel simple and repetitive, but it is beautifully illustrated through the story of young Kyoko (Yoshinaga), whose mother (Matsuda), a local shaman, is about to die. “I’m on the threshold between gods and humans,” she says. Kawase surrounds her young actors with more experienced professionals, including Tetta Sugimoto as Tetsu, Kyoko’s surfer father, and old-timer Fujio Tokita as weathered fisherman Kamejiro, who talks to the children about the passing of time and the freedom they should carve out to be themselves.
Fr-Jap-Sp. 2014. 119mins Director/screenplay Naomi Kawase Production companies Wowow Films, Comme Des Cinémas International sales MK2, www.mk2pro.com Producers Masa Sawada, Takehiko Aoki, Naomi Kawase Cinematography Yutaka Yamazaki Editor Tina Baz Music Hasiken Main cast Nijiro Murakami, Jun Yoshinaga, Miyuki Matsuda, Tetta Sugimoto, Makiko Watanabe, Jun Murakami, Fujio Tokita
John Boorman’s 1987 film Hope And Glory is a treasured memory. It views the heightened everyday lives led in London during the Second World War through the eyes of a child, and is drawn from Boorman’s own experiences. The director has finally, at the age of 81, revisited his own life story in Queen And Country, set in Britain during the frill-free post-war period. Starting with Hope And Glory’s famous “Thank you, Adolf!” clip, Queen And Country moves nine years on in time to 1952, when Boorman was 18 years old and called up for two years of military service. He — or ‘Bill Rohan’ (newcomer Callum Turner) — is still living on the idyllic island in the Thames where his family retreated after their home was bombed in the war. His grandparents are long gone and Bill’s mother (Sinead Cusack, in the role first played by Sarah Miles) lives peacefully with his father (David Hayman, the only actor to appear in both films). Boorman takes a gentle, episodic approach to Queen And Country, which is structured as a series of vignettes within a loose framework; a snapshot of a now-distant time. Bill’s National Service call-up sees him enter a land of tin huts and tin hats, catapulted into an absurd ‘Dad’s Army’ of soldiers with an uncertain remit in what is rapidly becoming a post-Colonial world. David Thewlis moves into centre-frame as the martinet Sergeant Major Bradley, while Major Cross (Grant) commands the division and Private Redmond (Shortt) has sabotage on his mind. Bill, meanwhile, quickly makes friends with troublemaker and fellow officer Percy (Jones), while falling in love with the appropriately named Ophelia (Egerton). Key incidents include Bill inadvertently “seducing a soldier from the course of his duty”, the theft of the regimental clock and the return from the US of his vivacious older sister, Dawn (Kirby, excellent). The pace is leisurely and the comedy gentle, making it of potential appeal to an older UK audience. Boorman struggled to finance Queen And Country, and much of the film was shot in Romania. Certainly, and sadly, the film does not look as opulent as Hope And Glory. However, if Queen And Country is Boorman’s last film, as he has suggested, it is a fitting, intimate curtain call on a long, dynamic and influential film career.
DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT UK-Ire-Fr-Rom. 2014. 115mins Director/screenplay John Boorman Production company Merlin Films International sales Le Pacte, www.le-pacte.com Producers John Boorman, Kieran Corrigan Co-producers AnneLaure Labadie, Jean Labadie, Vlad Paunescu Cinematography Seamus Deasy Editor Ron Davis Music Stephen McKeon Main cast Callum Turner, Caleb Landry Jones, Pat Shortt, David Thewlis, Richard E Grant, Tamsin Egerton, Vanessa Kirby, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Brian F O’Byrne, Sinead Cusack, David Hayman
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When Animals Dream Reviewed by Allan Hunter
Jauja Reviewed by Jonathan Romney A man makes his way very, very slowly across a desolate Patagonian landscape. This far, at least, we’re in familiar territory with Jauja, the latest from Argentinian director Lisandro Alonso, Latin America’s foremost exponent of what’s come to be known, for better or worse, as ‘slow cinema’. But both in its tone and in the twists of what proves a stranger journey than usual, Jauja is a singular departure for a director who has hitherto specialised in something that, however stylised, has been, essentially, realism. A more magical, philosophical and surreal trip than we are used to from him, Jauja could well divide Alonso’s admirers, purists liable to balk at the story’s dream elements. The film is unlikely to score a crossover hit, but its mystical dimension, plus the presence of Viggo Mortensen in the lead, should bolster its cult appeal considerably. Beyond very niche export prospects, expect Jauja to be hotly debated at festivals. This is also Alonso’s first historical drama, and his first — improbably — in the Danish language. A title card tells us of a fabled El Dorado-like land known as Jauja, which many have sought in vain — which sets us up for the sort of drifting peregrination we are used to from Alonso. The film is set in the desolate expanses of Patagonia, 1882, where Danish army officer Dinesen (Mortensen) is leading an expedition, presumably to Jauja, accompanied by his 14-year-old daughter (Agger). One of Dinesen’s men, seen at the start masturbating in a rock pool, has designs on the girl, and before long she leaves the seal-inhabited coastline to head inland, eloping with a young soldier who becomes her lover. Dinesen takes off in pursuit, aware that the territory is frequented by a soldier who has reputedly gone native, in time-honoured and brutal Colonel Kurtz style. After a long introductory section featuring more dialogue than we are used to from Alonso — the poised, literary tone of these scenes recalling Manoel de Oliveira — much of the action then follows Dinesen alone on horseback through a stark desert landscape. After a bloody encounter that comes as a bolt from the blue, he proceeds on foot through mountainous terrain — with Mortensen athletically earning his fee through some hard slog — before mysteriously acquiring a stray wolfhound as guide. What happens next — an encounter in a cave with a strange elderly woman (Norby) — puts the film into an entirely different register of reality but that’s nothing compared to a coda that comes in from left-field, and will leave viewers either delighted or scratching their heads.
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UN CERTAIN REGARD Arg-Den-Fr-Mex-Ger-Bra. 2014. 108mins Director Lisandro Alonso Production companies Films du Worso, 4L, Perceval Pictures, Fortuna Films, Mantarraya, Massive, Kamoli Films, The Match Factory, Wanka International sales NDM, www.mantarraya.com Producers Viggo Mortensen, Ilse Hughan, Sylvie Pialat, Jaime Romandia, Andy Kleinman, Helle Ulsteen, Michael Weber, Ezequiel Borovinsky Screenplay Fabian Casas, Lisandro Alonso Cinematography Timo Salminen Production designer Sebastian Roses Main cast Viggo Mortensen, Ghita Norby, Viilbjork Mallin Agger, Adrian Fondari
A teenage girl’s awakening sexuality quite literally brings out the beast in her in When Animals Dream (Nar Dyrene Drommer), an atmospheric chiller that marks an accomplished debut from director Jonas Alexander Arnby. Dubbing it the ‘Danish werewolf film’ as an easy aidemémoire should be sufficient to pique the interest of buyers and audiences alike, although this operates on the more sophisticated end of the horror-genre scale. Indeed, the movie may well disappoint those in search of gore and graphic transmutations, which are largely confined to the climax. The most obvious points of reference are Let The Right One In and Ginger Snaps, although this does not achieve a similar balance of horror and heartbreak, or find quite the same level of soulful intensity as the former. Arnby’s strategy is to demand our investment in the character and the location, a remote fishing community on the west coast of Denmark. Cinematographer Niels Thastum makes the most of the pale light and stormy seas. Sixteen-year-old Marie (Suhl) has just begun work at the local fish factory. Her workmates are rowdy, and her life is uneventful. She is devoted to her mother (Richter), a seemingly frail woman who never speaks and is confined to a wheelchair. Her father, Thor (Mikkelsen), anxiously monitors her ailments and administers her medication. Marie has begun to notice changes in her body beyond what can be expected from a normal adolescence. There is the discolouration of a birthmark on her chest and hair growing where it has no business to grow. The family doctor offers bland reassurance, even as the changes become more obvious and alarming. It does leave several questions hanging, including why the community has been so tolerant towards her mother, how past disappearances in the area have been explained and whether each generation of this werewolf family is destined to find their own human protector. Marie’s boyfriend, Daniel (Oftebro), seems unusually willing to come to her assistance despite the eviscerated bodies piling up around him. The trim running time means this is one of those rare films that leave you wanting a little more, rather than watching the clock. Arnby is well served by newcomer Sonia Suhl, whose alabaster beauty already marks Marie as an outsider. A long final sequence on a boat in the middle of the sea carries echoes of Nosferatu. When Animals Dream is a film with that level of ambition and, even if it doesn’t come close to the work of Murnau or Tomas Alfredson, it is all the more impressive for setting its sights so high.
CRITICS’ WEEK Den. 2014. 84mins Director Jonas Alexander Arnby Production company AlphaVille Pictures International sales Gaumont, atoscan@ gaumont.fr Producers Ditte Milsted, Caroline Schlüter Screenplay Rasmus Birch Cinematography Niels Thastum Editor Peter Brandt Production designer Sabine Hviid Music Mikkel Hess Main cast Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen, Jakob Oftebro, Sonja Richter, Mads Riisom
El Ardor Reviewed by Fionnuala Halligan Pablo Fendrik sets up his third feature as a classic Western with the action transposed from the dust of the Wild West to the lush, tropical rainforest surrounding the Parana River in Argentina. ‘The Man With No Name’ is Gael Garcia Bernal (although his mystery diminishes as the film goes along), and he rises topless out of the swirling river to deliver the suffering locals from the tyranny of the land-grab. Bernal, who also produced through his Canana label, is all flinty stares and retribution, although El Ardor toys with mystical, folklorish elements to lesser effect. The result is an atmospheric, if slightly plodding, jungle revenge romp, reuniting Bernal with his The Motorcycle Diaries paramour, Alice Braga. Set for a decent theatrical haul in Latin markets, El Ardor’s paper-thin plotting and slow pace for the genre may deter brisk business in the international arena, but it is a handsome production nonetheless. Fendrik, whose first two features appeared in Cannes Critics’ Week (Blood Appears, 2007, and The Mugger, 2008) directs from his own script. The settlers on the banks of the Parana are clearly non-indigenous, speaking Spanish and drinking mate; and, despite his tattoos, neither is Bernal. “You belong here,” he tells a farmer called Joao (Diaz), who is being menaced by mercenary thugs who are burning the land on behalf of Big Farming. The bloodthirsty invaders want to plant soy
OUT OF COMPETITION Arg-Mex-Br-Fr-US. 2014. 101mins Director/screenplay Pablo Fendrik Production companies Magma Cine, Participant Media, Canana, Bananeira Filmes, Manny Films, Telefe, Aleph Media International sales BAC Films, www.bacfilms.fr Producers Gael Garcia Bernal, Juan Pablo Gugliotta, Nathalia Videla Pena Cinematography Julian Apezteguia Editor Leandro Aste Main cast Gael Garcia Bernal, Alice Braga, Claudio Tolcachir, Chico Diaz, Jorge Sesan, Lautaro Vilo, Julian Tello
and set up a processing plant, says Joao, before he is forced to sign his deeds away and is savagely murdered in front of his daughter, Vania (Braga). Bernal’s character, whose name is later revealed to be Kai, has much local knowledge. He can make a poultice out of boiled snake and herbs to heal a gunshot wound, and he smokes some serious indigenous weed to go into a mystical trance, while at the same time enjoying a rapport with the local wild jaguar. All this proves to be beside the point, however, as the film is constructed as a set genre piece. Kai tracks the villains through the jungle, he sets up a trap, they come to find him, and pretty soon it is Gunfight At The OK Corral, no
matter what the river spirits might be saying. There are some glaring inconsistencies in El Ardor: Kai has several opportunities to kill the thugs, but refuses, only to change his mind later in the piece without further explanation. Vania, meanwhile, is not too bothered that Kai stood by and let her father be murdered — she finds him so attractive, they’re soon having sex in a tropical rainshower. In its favour, El Ardor looks bewitching, the banks of the Parana River shrouded in mist and vegetation. Cinematographer Julian Apezteguia switches tack to handle the showdown gunfight in a classic, dust-driven Western manner, and the interludes featuring the local jaguar are particularly attractive.
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UKâ€™s sparkling reception The annual UK reception held at the Mandala Beach on Monday night attracted more than 400 guests. Hosts were the British Film Commission, Film London, Sargent Disc and Screen International
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Guest LIST 1
aurence Sargent, Sargent Disc, Wendy Mitchell, Screen L International, and Adrian Wootton, Film London
2 S tefan Rüll, Rüll Law, Colette Geraghty, Film London, Claire Dobbin, Melbourne International Film Festival, and Anna Highet, Film London 3 S tephen Kelliher, Bankside Films, Emma Hewitt, BFI, Helena Mackenzie, Film London, and Lorianne Hall, Shooting Stars Distribution 4 A driana Rouanet, Colibriglobal, Rodrigo Guimaraes, RioFilme, Adrian Wootton, Film London, Sergio Sa Leitao, Rio Prefeitura and Fabio de Sa Cesnik, Cesnik Quintino & Salinas 5 S amantha Perahia, British Film Commission, and Anna Kokourina, 20th Century Fox International 6 R obin Gutch, Warp Films, and Chris Auty, National Film and Television School (NFTS) 7
Helen de Witt, BFI, and Lawrence Atkinson, DDA
8 T he scene at Mandala Beach 9 Rachel Robey, British Council, and David Parfitt, Film London 10 R ebecca O’Brien, Sixteen Films, Tara Halloran, British Film Commission, and Joseph Chianese, EP Financial Solutions 11 S ara Norberg, Helsinki International Film Festival, and Thessa Mooij, SilverSalt PR 12 A drian Wootton, Film London, John Hadity, EP Financial Solutions and Conor Dignam, MBI 13 R oger Morris, Elstree Film Studios, Ken Roberts, Shipleys LLP, and Nik Powell, NFTS
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Un Certain Regard Press Theatre Claude Debussy
(US) 105mins. Dir: Ryan Gosling. Key cast: Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Iain Mendelsohn, Matt Smith, Reda Kateb, Barbara Steele, Eva Mendes, Ben De Caestecker. Weaves elements of fantasy-noir and suspense into a modern-day fairytale.
(France) 91mins. Dir: Boris Lojkine. Key cast: Endurance Newton, Justin Wang. Deep in the Sahara desert, as they try to get to Europe, Leonard, rescues Hope. In a fiercely hostile world where safety requires staying with one’s own people, these two try to find their way together, and to love each other.
Un Certain Regard Salle Bazin
Critics’ Week Miramar
(France) 160mins. Dir: Michel Hazanavicius. Key cast: Annette Bening, Berenice Bejo. Tells the powerful story of human conflict through four lives that will be brought together by a shocking twist of fate. Competition Press Grand Theatre Lumiere
10:00 Li’l QUINQUIN
(France) 200mins. Dir: Bruno Dumont. Key cast: Alane Delhaye, Lucy Caron, Bernard Pruvost, Philippe Jore, Corentin Carpentier, Julien Bodard, Baptiste Anquez, Lisa Hartman. Focuses on bizarre crimes on the outskirts of a small Channel town in the Boulonnais that has fallen prey to evil, and to a band of young scoundrels led by Li’l Quinquin and his beloved Eve. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
(China) 85mins. Dir: Wang Chao. Key cast: Chao Wang, Jianmin Lv. The story of an ordinary Chongqing family. Un Certain Regard Press Theatre Claude Debussy
(Belarus) 130mins. Dir: Sergei Loznitsa.
Festival & Press 11:30 WHIPLASH
(US) 105mins. Dir: Damien Chazelle. Key cast: Miles Teller, JK Simmons, Paul Reiser. Documentary about the protests in the central square of the Ukrainian capital, known as Maidan. Out of Competition Press Salle Bazin
(Ukraine) 130mins. Dir: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. Key cast: Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Alexander Dsiadevich. A deaf-mute teenager enters a specialised boarding school where, to survive, he becomes part of a wild organisation — ‘the Tribe’. His love for one of the concubines will unwillingly lead him to break all the unwritten rules within the Tribe’s hierarchy. Critics’ Week Miramar
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12:00 IN THE NAME OF MY DAUGHTER
(France) 120mins. Dir: Andre Techine. Key cast: Guillaume Canet, Catherine
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An aspiring drummer enters an elite conservatory’s top jazz orchestra. Directors’ Fortnight Arcades 1
Deneuve, Adele Haenel. Based on the most famous alleged murder case of the French Riviera. The murder of Agnes Le Roux is a question that still remains 30 years later. A tale of passion, money and betrayal. Out of Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
(Belgium) 95mins. Dir: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne. Key cast: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Olivier Gourmet. For two days and a night, with the help of her husband, 30-year-old Sandra searches the town for colleagues prepared to sacrifice their bonuses so she can keep her job. Competition Salle Du 60Eme
14:00 SNOW IN PARADISE
(UK) 108mins. Dir: Andrew Hulme. Key cast: Frederick Schmidt, Aymen Hamdouchi, Martin Askew, Claire-
Louise Cordwell, David Spinx. Dave thrives on drugs and violence in London’s East End. When his actions kill his best friend, Tariq, he’s propelled into unknown feelings of shame and remorse. He finds Islam and a new peace, but his old life comes back to taunt him. Un Certain Regard Press Theatre Claude Debussy
15:00 REGARDS SUR UNE REVOLUTION: COMMENT YUKONG DEPLAcA LES MONTAGNES
(France) 73mins. Dir: Marceline Loridan, Joris Ivens. Seminal war documentary looking at its impact on Europe. Cannes Classics Salle Du 60Eme
THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA
GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE 3D
(Japan) 137mins. Dir: Isao Takahata. Key cast: Nobuko Miyamoto, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Tatsuya Nakadai. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl grows into an exquisite young lady, raised by an old bamboocutter and his wife.
(France) 70mins. Dir: Jean-Luc Godard. Key cast: Heloise Godet, Jessica Erickson. The idea is simple: a married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly. Then a second film begins.
Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
Competition Press Grand Theatre Lumiere
16:45 OF MEN AND WAR
(India) 124mins. Dir: Kanu Behl. Key cast: Shashank Arora, Ranvir Shorey. In the badlands of Delhi’s underbelly, Titli, the youngest member of a violent car-jacking brotherhood, plots a desperate bid to escape the ‘family’ business. Un Certain Regard Salle Bazin
(France) 142mins. Dir: Laurent Becue-Renard. Documentary. A dozen combat veterans start anew in a pioneering war-trauma therapy centre. Out of Competition Salle Du 60Eme
(Ukraine) 130mins. Dir: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. Key cast: Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Alexander Dsiadevich. Critics’ Week Miramar
17:45 QUEEN AND COUNTRY
(UK) 114mins. Dir: John Boorman. Key cast: Caleb Landry Jones, Callum Turner, David Thewlis. The year is 1952. Bill Rowan is 18, dreaming his life away at the family’s riverside home, waiting to be called up for two years’ conscription in the Army. He swims each morning and yearns for a pretty girl who cycles past at that time on the towpath across the river. This idyll is shattered by the harsh realities of boot camp and the events that unfold on the front. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
19:00 THE SEARCH
(France) 160mins. Dir: Michel Hazanavicius. Key cast: Annette Bening, Berenice Bejo. Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
(Belarus) 130mins. Dir: Sergei Loznitsa.
(China) 85mins. Dir: Wang Chao. Key cast:
Out of Competition Salle Bunuel
Mon 19 May 13:30 Palais J (By Invitation/RSVP)Wed 21 May 10:00 Palais I (By Invitation/RSVP)
SCREENING SCHEDULE Thurs 22 May 14:00 Debussy (Official) Thurs 22 May 22:00 Debussy (Official)
Fri 23 May 15:30 (tbc) Bazin (Official)
(France) 134mins. Dir: Xavier Dolan. Key cast: Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilom, Suzanne Clement. In a fictional Canada, where a law allows distressed parents to abandon their children, Die Despres copes with Steve, her wild yet charming ADHD son.
(China) Wild Bunch. 111mins. Dir: Zhang Yimou. Key cast: Chen Daoming, Gong Li. Olympia 5 Press allowed
Competition Press Theatre Claude Debussy
19:45 PARIS, TEXAS
(US) 145mins. Dir: Wim Wenders. Key cast: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski. About an amnesiac who tries to rediscover his family. Cannes Classics Salle Du 60Eme
20:30 THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA
(Japan) 137mins. Dir: Isao Takahata. Key cast: Nobuko Miyamoto, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Tatsuya Nakadai. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
21:30 DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR
(France) 110mins. Dir: Gerard Oury. Key cast: Louis de Funes, Yves Montand, Alice Sapritch. About a tax inspector trying to keep his job. Cinema De La Plage Plage Mace
22:00 THE TRIBE
(Ukraine) 130mins. Dir: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. Key cast: Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Alexander Dsiadevich. Critics’ Week Miramar
Festival & Press 22:30 COMING HOME
(China) 111mins. Dir: Zhang Yimou. Key cast: Chen Daoming, Gong Li. Returning home to find his wife suffering from
IN THE NAME OF MY DAUGHTER
(France) 120mins. Dir: Andre Techine. Key cast: Guillaume Canet, Catherine Deneuve, Adele Haenel. Out of Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
QUEEN AND COUNTRY
(UK) 114mins. Dir: John Boorman. Key cast: Caleb Landry Jones, Callum Turner, David Thewlis. Directors’ Fortnight Arcades 1
SNOW IN PARADISE
(UK) 108mins. Dir: Andrew Hulme. Key cast: Frederick Schmidt, Aymen Hamdouchi, Martin Askew, Claire-Louise Cordwell, David Spinx. Un Certain Regard Press Theatre Claude Debussy
(France) 134mins. Dir: Xavier Dolan. Key cast: Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilom, Suzanne Clement. Competition Press Salle Bazin
22:30 COMING HOME See box, above
(Greece) The Match Factory. 137mins. Dir: Yannis Economides. Key
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amnesia, the recently released political prisoner Lu Yanshi is determined to reawaken her memory and resurrect their shared past. Out of Competition Salle Du 60Eme
been constantly on the move since they came from Moscow to Paris — from one homeless hostel to another, from one man to another — searching for a place to spend the night, for a place to call home, running from each other and finally finding each other.
cast: Vangelis Mourikis, Vicky Papadopoulou, Petros Zervos.
(France) Pyramide International. 123mins. Dir: Panos H Koutras. Key cast: Kostas Nikouli, Nikos Gelia. Strangers in their own birthplace, 16-year-old Danny and 18-year-old Odysseus cross the entire country in search of their Greek father after their Albanian mother passes away.
09:30 BEAUTIFUL YOUTH
(Spain) Ndm. 106mins. Dir: Jaime Rosales. Key cast: Ingrid Garcia-Jonsson, Carlos Rodriguez, Inma Nieto, Fernando Barona, Miguel Guardiola. Natalia and Carlos, both aged 20, are in love and struggling to survive in today’s Spain. Their limited resources prevent them from getting ahead as they would like to. To earn some money, they decide to shoot an amateur porno film. Palais H
(France, Russia, Romania) Re:voir, Rendez-Vous Pictures. 82mins. Dir: Eva Pervolovici. Key cast: Dinara Drukarova, Dounia Sichov, Georges Babluani, Madalina Constantin, MarieIsabelle Shteynman. Lucia and her six-year-old daughter, Marussia, have
(Germany) Arri Worldsales. 98mins. Dir: Frederik Steiner. Key cast: Bibiana Beglau, Johannes Zirner, Kerstin De Ahna De Ahna, Lena Stolze Stolze, Liv Lisa Fries, Max Hegewald, Minh-Khai Phan-Thi, Sophie Rogall. Terminally ill Lea surprises her family with her wish to die, consciously and controlled, on her own birthday. Her mother tries everything to prevent the plan. But things turn out differently. Tragic and dignified. Riviera 4
Taylor Cole, Tom Arnold. Chris Long dreams of a better life than being a personal trainer, but when his gym is cast in a reality TV show, Chris has to handle more than just weights. Gray 5
ALL MY MOTHER’S GOATS
(France) Doc & Film International. 90mins. Dir: Sophie Audier. For more than 40 years, Maguy has been producing goats cheese on an isolated plateau in the Gorges du Verdon. Retiring soon, she must give away her flock. She decides to sponsor AnneSophie, a young farmer wishing to establish herself. Over the seasons, the transmission process turns out to be a painful renunciation for one and a difficult learning for the other. Can we still transmit the taste for freedom?
(Croatia) Croatian Audiovisual Centre. 75mins. Dir: Dalibor Matanic. Key cast: Areta Curkovic, Bojan Navojec, Goran Bogdan, Niksa Butijer. A comedy about ‘small’, clumsy people who deserve their own film.
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THE CROCODILE OF BOTSWANGA
(France) Films Distribution. 88mins. Dir: Fabrice Eboue, Lionel Steketee. Key cast: Thomas Ngijol, Fabrice Eboue, Claudia Tagbo, Ibrahim Koma. Leslie, French soccer rising star, is Didier’s protege. Marechal Bobo, the unpredictable president of Botswanga, invites Leslie to discover his motherland and Didier to join him on this trip. Lost in his megalomaniac fantasies, what Bobo wants most is to see Leslie play for the national soccer team, The Crocodiles of Botswanga. Concerned with Leslie’s career, Didier disagrees with this idea. But a suitcase filled with dollars given by the dictator easily helps Didier to change his mind. Didier is now ready to do anything to convince his precious client to team up with the Crocodiles of Botswanga. Olympia 7
(France) NDM. 200mins. Dir: Bruno Dumont. Key cast: Alane Delhaye, Lucy Caron, Bernard Pruvost, Philippe Jore, Corentin Carpentier, Julien Bodard, Baptiste Anquez, Lisa Hartman.
(Italy) Other Angle Pictures. 105mins. Dir: Asia Argento. Key cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gabriel Garko, Giulia Salerno. Aria, nine years old, has only one dream in her life — to be loved by her parents. Palais I By invitation only. No press
(Belgium) Media Luna New Films. 110mins. Dir: Jan Verheyen. Key cast: Chris Lomme, Hendrik Aerts, Jappe Claes, Jo De Meyere, Johan Leysen, Koen De Bouw, Veerle Baetens, Viviane De Muyck. When his wife’s murderer is released due to a procedural error, Luc Segers will do everything in his power to stop it from happening. Riviera 3
(US) Red Sea Media. Dir: Christopher Livingston. Key cast: Carl Reiner, Fabio, Jaleel White, Jay Mohr, Mircea Monroe,
(France) Elle Driver. 118mins. Dir: Audrey Dana. Key cast: Isabelle Adjani, Alice Belaidi, Laetitia Casta, Audrey
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Dana, Julie Ferrier, Audrey Fleurot, Marina Hands, Geraldine Nakache, Vanessa Paradis, Sylvie Testud. A film by women for women — and the men who love women. But it’s not a feminist manifesto. It shows a community of women that is varied and diverse, strong and not stereotypical, a community that represents women today.
Castillo, Laura Garcia Godoy, Yelitza Lora, Crystal Jimenez Vicens.
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(Argentina) The Match Factory. 92mins. Dir: Celina Murga. Key cast: Alian Devetac, Daniel Veronese, Gabriela Ferrero. Star 2
11:30 A PATRIOTIC MAN
(Finland) Wide. 101mins. Dir: Arto Halonen. Key cast: Ben Johnson, Eppu Salminen, HannuPekka Bjorkman, Janne Reinikainen, Kari Ketoen, Martti Suosalo, Mikko Kouki, Pamela Tola. Every nation gets the heroes it deserves. Palais H
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(France) Short Film Corner. 110mins.
Market 11:30 RIVERRUN (Riocorrente)
(Brazil) One Eyed Films. 97mins. Dir: Paulo Sacramento. Key cast: Roberto Audio, Simone Illescu, Vinicius Dos Anjos. Four lives are
interwoven, the futuristic city is in imposition while the nation is on the edge of implosion. A woman, Renata, is torn between an art thief and a former car thief. A street kid is the conductor. Gray 4
(Germany) Global Screen. 117mins. Dir: Christian Alvart. Key cast: Nadeshda Brennicke, Charly Hubner, Ken Duken, Andreas Schmidt, Heinz Hoenig, Henny Reents, Niels Bruno Schmidt. Based on the true story of Gisela Werler, Germany’s first female bank robber. Relates the sudden transformation of a shy wallflower into a notorious bank robber in the 1960s.
Key cast: Daniel Munoz, Trinidad Gonzalez, Roberto Farias, Julio Jung, Isidora Urrejola, Gregory Cohen. Domingo is happy in his insignificant life until, in an unfortunate accident, he commits an involuntary manslaughter. Tormented by not feeling any guilt, he dives into a spiral of violence, hoping to recover so he can get back to being just a normal guy.
I AM YOURS
(Norway) Premium Films. 96mins. Dir: Iram Haq. Key cast: Amrita Acharia, Ola Rapace. A twentysomething single mother in Norway’s expatriate Pakistani community struggles with her dysfunctional relationship with her perpetually disapproving mother.
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Les Films de la Robe Rouge. 15mins.
Viewniverse Studio. 70mins. Dir: Loick Coriou. Key cast: Edgar Morin. A documentary which features fictional scenes as well as music videos and more. The film is about the pursuit of happiness in those times of changes, crisis and the rising of new paradigms.
(France) Pyramide International. 91mins. Dir: Boris Lojkine. Key cast: Endurance Newton, Justin Wang.
(Chile) Habanero. 90mins. Dir: Juan Francisco Olea.
Nicolas Buchoux. A disturbing journey into a Kafkaian firm universe. In this firm that could be yours, relationships between humans have been rotted by craziness. The arrival of a new manager is going to sharpen the most toxic, dark and morbid impulses.
(China) Les Films Du Losange. 85mins. Dir: Wang Chao. Key cast: Jeremie Elkaim, Geng Han. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge
(France) Wild Bunch. 97mins. Dir: Pierre Salvadori. Key cast: Catherine Deneuve, Feodor Atkine, Gustave Kerven, Pio Marmai. A taciturn caretaker and an anxiety-stricken resident form an awkward, touching friendship that might just save them from madness. Star 3 Press allowed
The Manager HOPE
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(France) Viewniverse Studio. 18mins. Dir: Loick Coriou, Olivier Peraldi. Key cast: Alix Benezech, Geoffroy Peverelli, Jenny Mutela, Matthew Vladimery,
(Lebanon) Fondation Liban Cinema. 87mins. Dir: Mahmoud Hojeij. Key cast: Camille Salameh, Fadi Abi Samra, Nada Abou Farhat, Hassan Mrad, Manal Khader, Diamand Bou Abboud, Monzer Baalbaki, Ziad Antar. It is December 31 in Beirut and seven people are visiting their psychologist. From the patients to the building’s residents, different stories of lonely souls intertwine and become revealed. All of them are struggling to find a semblance of stability. Palais E
12:00 Days and nights
(US) Spotlight Pictures. 92mins. Dir: Christian Camargo. Key cast: Katie Holmes, Jean Reno, William Hurt, Allison Janney. Reckless desire wreaks havoc over Memorial Day weekend as a family confronts the volatile and
fragile nature of love. Gray 5 Press allowed
HASSAN’S WAY (EL RAYO)
(Spain) Cinema Republic. 85mins. Dir: Ernesto De Nova, Fran Araujo. Key cast: Hassan Benoudra. After 13 years in Spain, Hassan is jobless and decides to go back home to Morocco. He invests all of his savings in a secondhand tractor to earn a living in his country, and then takes to the road. A new life awaits in his village. Palais G
HOW I CAME TO HATE MATHS
(France) Doc & Film International. 100mins. Dir: Olivier Peyon. Riviera 1 Press allowed
ONE FOR THE ROAD
(Mexico) Media Luna New Films. 91mins. Dir: Jack Zagha Kababie. Key cast: Eduardo Manzano, Jose Carlos Ruiz, Luis Bayardo, Pedro Weber. Three 80-year-old men embark on a hilarious road trip in order to fulfil the dying wish of a lifelong friend. Crutches, nursing homes or dead wives won’t stop them. There is, indeed, life after 80! Riviera 3
(Dominican Republic) Filmexport Group. 105mins. Dir: Cesar Rodriguez. Key cast: Frank Perozo, Evelyna Rodriguez, Yorlla
(Chile) Demente Producciones. 90mins. Dir: Jorge Olguin. Key cast: Carolina Arredondo, Felipe Contreras, Fernanda Urrejola, Nicolas Allendes, Paulo Brunetti, Tiago Correa, Yerko Farias. Two indigenous sisters are hired as guides to carry an American geologist through a native forest. The company intends to conduct research in preparation for the construction of a dam there… in a place that hides an ancient supernatural force. Palais I
13:00 CASANOVA VARIATIONS
(France) Alfama Films. 118mins. Dir: Michael Sturminger. Key cast: John Malkovich, Veronica Ferres, Jonas Kaufmann, Florian Boesch, Miah Persson, Kate Lindsey, Anna Prohaska, Barbara Hannigan, Kerstin Avemo, Topi Lehtipuu. The story of Casanova, told both on stage in a chamber-opera play, and in live action. We witness his adventures, his passions and his fear of death. Arcades 2 Press allowed
13:30 El ARDOR
Mexican Film Institute (Imcine). 101mins. Palais H
BIRDS OF SEPTEMBER
(Lebanon) Fondation Liban Cinema. 95mins. Dir: Sarah Francis. A glassed van roams the streets of Beirut, home to a camera that explores the city behind the glass. Along the way, several people are invited to share »
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Moenning, Wolfgang Seidenberg, Marina Anna Eich, Andreas Pegler, Thomas Kollhoff, Ute Meisenheimer, Christoph Baumann. Eight people, all of whom cannot be more different from each other, meet in a bar. They escape their everyday lives and find themselves on a journey to their world of thoughts, their quintessential lust.
a personal moment in this moving confessional. Their confessions are true, blunt and intimate. Palais B
CANADA: NOT SHORT ON TALENT
(Canada) Telefilm Canada. 110mins. Palais F
DESERT WORLD OF BLACK SOULS
(Brazil) Heavybunker. 100mins. Dir: Ruy Veridiano.
N — THE MADNESS OF REASON
FAREWELL TO THE MOON
(Belgium) Wide. 102mins. Dir: Peter Kruger. Key cast: Hamadoum Kassogue, Vieux Farka Toure, Wendyam Sawadogo. A magical film on the confrontation between the Western mind and African spirituality.
(Netherlands) Media Luna New Films Ug. 94mins. Dir: Dick Tuinder. Key cast: Dana Zelcer, Lotte Proot, Marcel Hensema, Pauline Greidanus, Ward Jansen. It is 1972: the last man on the moon; a boy’s first love affair. Riviera 2
MY BROTHER’S KEEPER
(Germany) Media Luna New Films. 88mins. Dir: Maximilian Leo. Key cast: Nadja Bobyleva, Robert Finster, Sebastian Zimmler. A man searches for a new identity. Could he dare take on his own brother’s persona? Riviera 4
(France) Wild Bunch. 80mins. Dir: Raphael Frydman. Key cast: Alban Ivanov, Franc Bruneau, Gregory Nardella, Remi Gaillard, Sylvain Katan. After his number-one fan is injured, Remi Gaillard — the French Borat with 1.4 billion online hits — decides it’s time to come out of retirement… or not. Star 3
14:00 3D LOST IN WRESTLING
(Hong Kong (China)) Gold Harbour International Films. 98mins. Dir: Casey Chan. Key cast: Goo Schen, William Chan, Ke Zhao, Feier Li, Naoko Watanabe, Yi Xin Li, Pei Pei Zheng, Siu Ming Lau. Na Ren, the Mongolian wrestler, leaves to take part in a women’s wrestling show in Japan.
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(UK) The Match Factory. 108mins. Dir: Andrew Hulme. Key cast: Frederick Schmidt, Aymen Hamdouchi, Martin Askew, Claire-Louise Cordwell, David Spinx. Dave thrives on drugs and violence in On the show, Na Ren is intrigued by Boss, the show’s host, who organises a women’s mud-wrestling championship. It is a sad awakening for Na Ren, who finds that her childhood friend, Chi Na Si, once a sumo player now ‘Boss’, has deceived her. Nevertheless, Na Ren brings Chi Na Si to his senses, convincing him to stop behaving foolishly.
London’s East End. When his actions kill his best friend, Tariq, he’s propelled into unknown feelings of shame and remorse. He finds Islam and a new peace, but his old life comes back to taunt him. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge
Stack, Nicolas Cuellar. Inmates from Angola Prison and Louisiana Correctional Institution for Women put on a play. Unprecedented access to inmates-turned-actors whose true stories of despair and a system that failed them translate powerfully through the characters they portray in the Passion Play. Gray 5
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ROMANTIC NOSTALGIA BIRD PEOPLE
(France) Films Distribution. 127mins. Dir: Pascale Ferran. Key cast: Anais Demoustier, Josh Charles. In this very unique atmosphere of airport zones, where all kinds of people transit — but where some also live and work — two strangers are trying to make sense of their lives. Both are ready for dramatic changes to fulfil their hopes and dreams. Riviera 3
CAST THE FIRST STONE
(US) ID Communications. 93mins. Dir: Jonathan
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(Iran) Farabi Cinema Foundation. 88mins. Dir: Reza Azamian. Key cast: Mitra Hajjar, Mohammad Reza Foroutan, Roya Teymourian, Shahrokh Foroutanian, Siamak Atlasi, Shiva Khonyagar, Tabassom Hashemi, Maryam Kavyani. Love in the time of revolution and war. Palais E Press allowed
dismantling plants, that failed customers come to find treasure among the ruins, in the act of dismantling damaged or wrecked cars. This film sets out to meet these men, who come from all over the world, and to tell their story.
SNOW IN PARADISE
Coproduction Office (Paris). 95mins.
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WE ALWAYS LIE TO STRANGERS
NO WAY OUT
Eat Your Bones (MANGE TES MORTS)
(France) Capricci Films. 94mins. Dir: JeanCharles Hue. Palais D
(France) Doc & Film International. 87mins. Dir: Nadege Trebal. It’s in a city’s suburbs, in the few remaining helpyourself dumps of vehicle
National Cinema Center of Armenia. 83mins. Palais F
SCHOOL OF BABEL
(Germany) Wtp International. 93mins. Dir: Roland Reber. Key cast: Carolina Hoffmann, Antje Nikola
GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE 3D
(France) Wild Bunch. 70mins. Dir: Jean-Luc Godard. Key cast: Heloise Godet, Jessica Erickson. Grand Theatre Lumiere Ticket required
(China) Inlook Vision Media. 110mins. Dir: Shengjun Yu. Key cast: Bo Huang, Xuan Liu, Jianing Xue. A rabbit and a wolf, who are growing up together like brothers without knowing they’re natural enemies, now set off on an unexpected journey.
(France) Pyramide International. 89mins. Dir: Julie Bertuccelli.
(US) ID Communications. 90mins. Dir: Matt Goldman. Follows the story of a photojournalist’s quest for meaning through the unforgiving landscape of remote Kenya as she sets out in search of the tribespeople she documented a decade earlier, dodging everything from bullets and floods to heatstrokes along the way.
(Canada) The Shooting Eye. 95mins. Dir: Jeremy Major. Key cast: Becki England, Christena Hampson, Jeremy Major, Marcus Thomas. What begins as a surreal romance between two artists in New York City turns to tragedy when the largest blackout in history threatens their relationship.
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I AM A WOLF THE NIGHT
(Iran) Farabi Cinema Foundation. 95mins. Dir: Dariush Mehrjui. Key cast: Mahtab Karamati, Hassan Majouni, Homayoun Ershadi, Mehdi Soltani Sarvestani, Melika Shirvani, Hengameh Ghazizadeh, Soroush Khoubrou, Amir Ali Danaie. No one could stop the problems of General Mir Soleimani with his wife. Even the family attorney did not succeed in making it right. Now it seems that for the General’s sins, his son should suffer.
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(US) Wide House. 108mins. Dir: Aj Schnack, David Wilson. The live-music capital of the world.
THE WHOLE WORLD AT OUR FEET
(Kazakstan) Bes Karu Federation. 105mins. Dir: Salamat MukhammedAli. Key cast: Armand Assante, Karlygash Mukhamedzhanova, Alexey Frandetti, CaryHiroyuki Tagawa, Tommy Lister, Michael Madson, Olivier Gruner, Bolo Yeung, Serik Bimurzin, Nurlan Altayev. Honour costs more than money.
The Last Safari
LOVE ME HAITI
(US) Submarine Entertainment. 90mins. Dir: Frederic Tcheng. Key cast: Raf Simons. Inside Raf Simons’ first Dior Haute Couture collection.
(US) Yugy Pictures Entertainment. 135mins. Dir: Hugues Gentillon. Key cast: Aurelia Khazan, Pierre-Louis Dieufaite, Deoud Gentillon. A woman struggles to free her husband after he is kidnapped and trapped in a prison cell, ultimately to cover up geopolitical corruption.
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(France) Marche Du Film. 120mins. Dir: Round-Table (Next).
(US) Yugy Pictures Entertainment. 135mins. Dir: Hugues Gentillon. Key cast: Aurelia Khazan, Pierre-Louis Dieufaite, Deoud Gentillon.
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
(Belgium) Wild Bunch. 95mins. Dir: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne. Key cast: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Olivier Gourmet. Star 1 Press allowed
(Hungary) The Match Factory. 119mins. Dir: Kornel Mundruczo. Key cast: Zsofia Psotta, Sandor Zsoter, Lili Monori, Lili Horvath, Laszlo Galffy, Ervin Nagy, Kornel Mundruczo. Star 2
16:30 LOVE ME HAITI
(US) Yugy Pictures Entertainment. 135mins. Dir: Hugues Gentillon. Key cast: Aurelia Khazan, Pierre-Louis Dieufaite, Deoud Gentillon. A woman struggles to free her husband after he is kidnapped and trapped in a prison cell, ultimately to cover up geopolitical corruption. Palais G
(China) Les Films Du Losange. 85mins. Dir: Wang Chao. Key cast: Jeremie Elkaim, Geng Han. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge
LOVE ME HAITI
(US) Yugy Pictures Entertainment. 135mins. Dir: Hugues Gentillon. Key cast: Aurelia Khazan, Pierre-Louis Dieufaite, Deoud Gentillon. Palais G
house, a rotting corpse. The journey begins. Palais D
LOVE ME HAITI
MATEI CHILD MINER
(Romania) Romanian Film Centre. 80mins. Dir: Alexandra Gulea. Key cast: Alexandru Czuli, Remus Marginean, Cornel Scripcaru. Matei, 11, lives with his grandfather in a coal-mining region of Romania. His parents have left to work in Italy. A very close relationship builds up between grandfather and grandson. But their mutual trust will be destroyed by an incident at school. Palais H
PASSENGER FROM SAN FRANCISCO
(Russia) Apollo Film Production. 126mins. Dir: Anatoly Balchev. Key cast: Oleg Drach, Elvira Bolgova, Daz Crawford, Roy Werner, Daniel Olbrychski, Alex Kuznetsov, Valentin Smirnitskiy, William Stanford Davis. Portrays the precarious destiny of a former employee of the Soviet customs service. Sent into ‘forced’ immigration on an assignment in the 1980s, he is forgotten after the regime changes that take place in Russia in the early 1990s. Supported by neither Russian nor American governments, he is forced into a struggle against the international drug mafia. Alone, he will have to find a way out of a labyrinth of highly complex and unforeseen difficulties.
18:00 Announce Earthquakes
(Argentina) The Open Reel. 68mins. Dir: Melina Marcow, Rocio Caliri. Key cast: Augustina Guerra, Jose Morales, Gabriela Solanas, Jacinto Bonillo, Jimena Sivila Soza, Juan Castro Olivera, Mariana Ferro, Rosario Traico. A wave of teenage suicides hits an Argentinian town. The protagonists live in a world where there’s only room for consequences. Gray 5
(France) Wild Bunch. 100mins. Dir: Roschdy Zem. Key cast: Nicolas Duvauchelle, Vincent Rottiers, Yolin Francois Gauvin. A battered dreamer and his estranged son are thrown together with one last chance to heal the wounds of their longdivided family.
(Germany) Munich International Pictures. 117mins. Dir: Damian Chapa. Key cast: Daryl Hannah, Stacy Keach, Michael Mendl. Based on the true-life events of Germany’s Father Rupert Mayor, who served in both World Wars and was awarded the Iron Cross.
(France) Pyramide International. 123mins. Dir: Panos H Koutras. Key cast: Kostas Nikouli, Nikos Gelia.
THE LAST DIAMOND
(France) Other Angle Pictures. 90mins. Dir: Barbier Eric. Key cast: Berenice Bejo, Yvan Attal. Palais I
(Belgium) Aa Les Films Belges. 105mins. Dir: Yvan Le Moine. Key cast: Hande Kodja, Rupert Everett, Jacques Boudet, Firmine Richard, Michael Lonsdale, Beatrice Dalle, Stanislas Merhar, Stefano Cassetti. A famous British writer, languidly elegant, seduces the young daughter of a rich cane-sugar plantation owner on Bourbon Island. He takes her back to
(Brazil) The Match Factory. 106mins. Dir: Karim Ainouz.
(France) Acid. 108mins. Dir: Virgil Vernier. This story takes place in a far distant time, a time of violence. All throughout Europe a war was spreading. Two sisters lived in a city.
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SNOW IN PARADISE
(US) Golden Ceiba Productions. 90mins. Dir: Guillermo Ivan Duenas. Key cast: Guillermo Ivan Duenas, Rheagan Wallace, Miriam Holmlund, Christopher Marquez, Rachel Truitt, Steven Bellairs, Erin Fogel.
(UK) The Match Factory. 108mins. Dir: Andrew Hulme. Key cast: Frederick Schmidt, Aymen Hamdouchi, Martin Askew, Claire-Louise Cordwell, David Spinx. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge
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(Germany) Global Screen. 99mins. Dir: Nadav Schirman. Tells the story of one of Israel’s prized intelligence sources, recruited to spy on his own people for more than a decade. Riviera 1
(US) The Creative Mind Group. 110mins.
KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER
(US) Swimming Wings Productions. 108mins. Dir: Jeremy Casper. Key cast: Cris Cunningham, Dee Ann Newkirk, TJ Maxwell, Richard Miraan, Jason Zahodnik. A fugitive, an empty
(US) Submarine Entertainment. 105mins. Dir: David Zellner. Key cast: Rinko Kiluchi. A lonely Japanese woman becomes convinced that a satchel of money buried in a fictional film is, in fact, real. Abandoning her
(Ukraine) Pomegranate Studios. Dir: Ruslan
A suspenseful drama inspired by actual events about a man who kidnaps three women and keeps them locked in his basement for several years.
Father Rupert Mayor
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HEAVEN ADMITS NO SLAVES (UKRAINIAN REVOLUTION OF 2013-2014)
war-torn Europe. Is it really love or is it something else he’s after?
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THE CREATIVE MIND GROUP — SHORTS
structured life in Tokyo for the frozen Minnesota wilderness, she embarks on an impulsive quest to search for her lost mythical fortune.
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The Captive (Can) Atom Egoyan
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Kate Muir/Wendy Ide The Times, UK
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Saint Laurent (Fr) Bertrand Bonello
Michel Ciment Positif, France
Stephanie Zacharek The Village Voice, US
jose carlos avellar Escrevercinema.com, Brazil
Jan Schulz-ojala Der Tagesspiegel, Germany
Derek Malcolm Honorary president, Fipresci, UK
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Timbuktu (Fr) Abderrahmane Sissako
Winter Sleep (Turk-Fr-Ger) Nuri Bilge Ceylan
David Stratton The Australian, Australia
Robbie Collin The Daily Telegraph, UK
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Bo Green Jensen Weekendavisen Berlingske, Denmark
Wild Tales (Arg-Sp) Damian Szifron
The Homesman (US) Tommy Lee Jones
The Wonders (It-Switz-Ger) Alice Rohrwacher
Foxcatcher (US) Bennett Miller
Maps To The Stars (Can) David Cronenberg
Two Days, One Night (Bel-Fr-It) Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Still The Water (Fr-Jap) Naomi Kawase
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The unlikely friendship between an NGO worker and a young boy in Chechnya. After the boy’s parents are killed in their
The Search (Fr) Michel Hazanavicius
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Goodbye To Language 3D (Fr) Jean-Luc Godard
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Jimmy’s Hall (UK-Ire) Ken Loach
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Barry Ward stars as Gralton, who opens up a dance hall — much to the annoyance of some in the community.
Mommy (Can-Fr) Xavier Dolan
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Clouds Of Sils Maria (Ger-Fr-Switz) Olivier Assayas
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ she had made her own some 20 years earlier. Kristen Stewart co-stars.
Leviathan (Rus) Andrey Zvyagintsev
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The official plot for the New Wave legend’s 39th film gives little away: “A married woman and a single man meet/
Drama about political activist Jimmy Gralton, who was deported from Ireland during the ‘Red Scare’ of the 1930s.
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