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Netflix effect fails to dent deals BY JEREMY KAY
Glorious weather on the Croisette played its part in driving brisk trade and casting a warm glow over the market to temper fearful talk of the Netflix effect, for now at least. Yet the streaming giant was never far from people’s lips. The keynote talk by Ted Sarandos dominated the dialogue when people were not debating the festival’s strict dress policy, the arrival of wellheeled new financiers and a flurry of spectacular theatrical deals. Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ $20m worldwide buy on Jake Gyllenhaal’s Nocturnal Animals served up the major buy of Cannes, ensuring FilmNation echoed its success with Story Of Your Life in 2014. Open Road’s $4m deal for Bleed For This was one of the more notable US buys alongside SPC’s move on Truth, Our Little Sister and Son Of Saul, Lionsgate’s acquisition of
A Hologram For The King and The Weinstein Company’s deal for Hands Of Stone. Bleed For This inspired one of the bigger responses for The Solution Entertainment Group and there was heavy action on Celluloid Dreams’ official selection title Dheepan, Salt’s Miss You Already, eOne’s It’s Only The End Of The World, as well as strong all-round business by Sierra Affinity and IM Global. Solution brought a 12-minute reel of Bleed For This to Cannes and, as with other market promos on Truth
and Hands Of Stone, it did the trick. “Miles Teller is one of the brightest young stars in the firmament,” said co-founder Lisa Wilson of the Bleed star. That he may be, but the challenge for the independent space is to prevent the studios from further snatching him away. Studio appetite was healthy in Cannes. Universal’s move on Nocturnal Animals was the most emphatic example and Sony bit large chunks out of Bleed For This. Packaging new product in time for markets continues to be a chal-
Vendian flies Penn’s Flag Chris Woodrow’s Vendian Entertainment has partnered with Wild Bunch on Sean Penn’s upcoming drama Flag Day, which it will co-finance and produce. Penn has been on the Croisette meeting buyers to talk up the project, which Wild Bunch’s fledgling Los Angeles-based sales arm Insiders is selling here. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2016, with Penn lined up to direct and star alongside his daughter Dylan Penn. Jez Butterworth wrote the screenplay, based on Jennifer Vogel’s 2005 memoir Flim-Flam Man: The True Story Of My Father’s Counterfeit Life. William Horberg of Wonderful Films, Butterworth and Penn will produce alongside Vendian. CAA packaged and arranged financing on the film and represents Penn. Jeremy Kay
lenge, yet the results can be striking. “We’re seeing really attractive packages and the studios want them,” said Lotus’s Bill Johnson. Lotus anticipates sell-outs on A Hologram For The King, Kidnap and Fallen, and also reaped the benefits of the US deal on Hands Of Stone. Similarly Content did a roaring trade on Callas. “We had very high expectations about the picture and an opportunity to entice top-tier buyers and we have done that,” said film president Jamie Carmichael. One buyer noted how it was easy to find money today but hard to make it. For many US players, dayand-date distribution could be the answer, with Europe and the rest of the world primed to follow. That will be music to the ears of Ted Sarandos, who told producers day-and-date means “more movies will be seen”. The question is, how will the business define “movie” a decade from now?
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REVIEW Sicario Denis Villeneuve’s film straddles arthouse and multiplex » Page 8
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Signs for the Apocalypse French finance outfit Backup Media, which reps Takashi Miike’s Directors’ Fortnight entry Yakuza Apocalypse, has closed deals on the action-horror with German speaking territories (Koch), France (The Jokers) and Benelux (Cinéart). Nikkatsu is selling Asian territories on the film about a yakuza vampire boss, starring The Raid’s Yayan Ruhian.
Page to mother Tallulah BY JEREMY KAY
Actors Josh Brolin and Emily Blunt with director Denis Villeneuve on the red carpet for the world premiere of Sicario, playing here in Competition. Earlier in the day, Blunt said at a press conference: “Everyone should wear flats, to be honest. We shouldn’t wear high heels,” in reaction to Screen’s story that women were turned away from the Palais for not wearing appropriate footwear. Blunt chose to wear heels on the night. Villeneuve did not deliver on his promise to walk the red carpet in heels with Brolin and actor Benicio del Toro. See review, page 8.
Ellen Page and Allison Janney will star in Route One Entertainment’s dramatic comedy Tallulah, which Good Universe has been touting to buyers on the Croisette. Sian Heder will direct from her screenplay about a free spirit who everybody thinks has kidnapped a baby after she rescues the child from her reckless mother. The woman looks after the baby with help from the mother of her ex-boyfriend. When the baby is returned to her rightful mother, the three women forge an unbreakable bond. ICM Partners represents US rights. Production is lined up for June, with Heather Rae producing alongside Route One CEO Russell Levine, Maiden Voyage’s Chris Columbus and Eleanor Columbus, and Todd Traina. Route One is the financier with Ocean Blue Entertainment on board as co-financier. “We believe in emotionally charged stories with universal
themes,” said Levine, praising the “brilliant script” from a “gifted young writer-director”. He added: “Ellen and Allison will give this film the nuanced comedic and dramatic strength it needs.” Route One co-financed with STX Entertainment on Billy Ray’s Secret In Their Eyes and Gary Ross’s The Free State Of Jones. IM Global handles international sales on both. Route One is also in post on Drake Doremus’s Equals starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult, while Broad Green Pictures will distribute A Walk In The Woods in the US in September.
rams finds it feet in europe New Europe Film Sales has secured further sales of Un Certain Regard title Rams (Hrutar). Grimur Hakonarson’s Icelandic film about two brothers who reconcile to save their sheep, has been taken for Germany and Austria (Arsenal), Switzerland (Xenix), Norway (ArtHaus), Australia (Palace), ex-Yugoslavia (Demiurg), Turkey (FilmArti), Scandinavia (Scanbox) and Japan (Gaga). Deals in the UK and US are under negotiation. Michael Rosser
Brits push US tie-ups By AndreAS WiSemAn
UK funders, including Film4, Film London, Creative England and the BFI, have been in Cannes looking to capitalise on stronger ties with the US and international markets. Film4, which is keen to develop a sharper commercial agenda since the arrival of head David Kosse, is pushing for greater collaboration with top US producers, financiers and talent. One example, announced here last week, was Film4’s partnership with Whiplash producer Blumhouse and New York-based
Cohen Media Group on book adaptation Stoner, with international partners also keen to build on links with the UK outfit. Film4 has met with Netflix in recent weeks, with both parties keen to find breakout potentials in the vein of Ex_Machina, a sleeper hit in the US. As part of its international push, Film4 has also hired a US publicist to further its presence in the world’s premier market. It has also been noted that all four of the Competition films backed by Film4 are by non-UK directors.
During Cannes, Film London announced a new transAtlantic partnership with US promotion agency IFP to give UK producers access to the No Borders International Co-Production Market at Independent Film Week in New York. BFI continues to tout its fund, launched last year to support the export of UK films and promotion of UK talent to US audiences, while Creative England discussed international talent event TalentX and upcoming international schemes.
china may have to pay for Vod Pro-Fun gets By tiffAny PritchArd
Chinese users of free VoD services should brace themselves to pay to view, as the industry looks to become profitable. The country’s VoD market is growing rapidly alongside the number of on-demand service providers, but recorded an industry loss of $150m in 2014, compared to $100m in 2013. “Viewers have become too comfortable with a free model;
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they must now pay,” said Allen Huilong Zhu, senior vice-president of Youku Tudou, one of China’s biggest video sites. The executive was speaking during a China Summit Programme panel. Zhu added that more exclusive content needed to be created to further entice paying members, referencing Youku Tudou’s viral hit Old Boys, which led to ancillary products including video games and merchandise. Panellists also discussed how the government has introduced censorship for online video sites, which will delay the streaming of foreign content resulting in greater piracy. The panel included Marc Ganis, president and CEO of Jiaflix; David U Lee, CEO of Leeding Media; and Li Yansong, president of iQIYI Motion Pictures.
Between Us By michAeL roSSer
Claudia Lorenz’s What’s Between Us (Unter Der Haut) has been acquired here at the market from Film Republic for release in Germany and Austria. Axel Schmidt’s Pro-Fun Media Filmverleih has secured rights to the Swiss drama, about a struggling married couple, which debuted at Palm Springs International Film Festival in January and was produced by Elena Pedrazzoli at Peacock Film. ProFun will give the film a theatrical release this autumn. The deal was negotiated by ProFun’s Schmidt and Film Republic’s Xavier Henry-Rashid, who confirmed possible other deals for France and North America.
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TrustNordisk walks to KMBO TrustNordisk has sold Danish drama Walk With Me to French distributor KMBO, based on a promo screening at the Marché. Directed by Lisa Ohlin (Simon & The Oaks) and starring Cecilie Lassen and Mikkel Boe Folsgaard (A Royal Affair) in the leading roles, the film centres on a soldier and ballerina who take physical rehab together. Michael Rosser
france climbs over the fort
Japanese studios must break borders
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Avinash Arun’s The Fort (Killa) has been sold by 3 Monkeys to Les Films Du Préau for France and French-speaking territories. The Indian feature previously won a Crystal Bear in the Generation Kplus strand of the Berlinale and received support from AFCAE Jeune Public, the youth branch of the French Association of Arthouse Cinemas. It will receive a French theatrical release on October 7. Arun’s directorial debut follows a boy who moves from the big city to a small coastal town.
The heads of Japan’s leading studios discussed their strategies for expanding into international markets at the close of Japan Day Project’s seminar programme. Toho president Yoshishige Shimatani talked about how the company has set up a division to work on remakes of its content. “Sales of Japanese movies are small,” Shimatani said. “We can’t just dub our movies into other languages and try to export them.” Kadokawa chairman Tsuguhiko Kadokawa explained how
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the company is setting up the Kadokawa Contents Academy in several Asian countries to offer courses for animation, manga and character design. “We want to use Japanese pop culture to produce quality content creators associated with local cultures,” Kadokawa said. Jay Sakomoto, president of Shochiku, which exports movies and kabuki theatre, talked about how Japan needs to be engaged in cultural exchange. “Like Toho, we also own theatres and acquire French products
and would like to continue to bring foreign culture into Japan,” he said. Gaga chairman Tom Yoda talked about the international success of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Like Father, Like Son and echoed Sakamoto when he said: “As a curator we are committed to delivering quality foreign movies to the Japanese market.” Speakers also included Amuse chairman Yokichi Osato; Tokyo International Film Festival director Yasushi Shiina and METI’s Kyoko Kashiwabara.
Buyers Believe in Pure Flix By Jeremy KAy
Pure Flix has closed a raft of sales on its slate led by Do You Believe?, the recent US release and followup to the breakout God’s Not Dead. Rights have gone in Brazil and Latin America (California Filmes), Canada (Mongrel), South Africa (Times Media Films) and Poland (Kino Swiat). Mira Sorvino, Cybill Shepherd and Sean Astin are among the cast on Do You Believe?, Jon Gunn’s ensemble drama about a group of people searching for faith and forgiveness. Vice-president of international sales and distribution Ron Gell is fielding multiple offers from eastern Europe, South Korea and Indonesia. Gell also licensed South African rights to CMD on God’s Not Dead, The Black Rider: Revelation Road and Mission Air. Two films sold in Spain, with Art Mood acquiring Finding Normal and Corbi Media taking Taken By Grace.
Boorman rides mcQueen doc By AndreAS WiSemAn
TV presenter and motorcycle enthusiast Charley Boorman, son of director John Boorman, has lent his voice to a new documentary about actor Steve McQueen. Cardinal Releasing handles sales on Desert Racer about McQueen’s love for motorcycles, with the producers looking for final finance to complete the film. Jon Brewer (BB King: The Life Of Riley) directs and produces for Emperor Media from Laura Royko’s script. The feature includes interviews with Chad McQueen, Steve’s son. The hour-long documentary, in post-production, explores the iconic actor’s obsession for motorbikes, his relationship with stunt double Bud Ekins and The Great Escape, one of the films they worked on together. The duo created a new trackracing bike, which McQueen took to England. There he met the Rickman brothers of Métisse Motorcycles, and the Desert Racer bike was born.
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Ankama animated over comic Mutafukaz feature By MelAnie Goodfellow
Paris-based digital production house Ankama has completed the first phase of animation on its upcoming feature film inspired by hit Fr e n c h c o m i c s e r i e s Mutafukaz, revolving around the fantasy world of Dark Meat City. The French transmedia giant is best known internationally for its cult fan-
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Japanese Studio 4°C. “We’ve just finished the first phase of animation and we’re currently editing and doing post-production,” he said. Puech was speaking on the fringes of the Cinema and Transmedia pitching session in Cannes, organised by Paris cross-media event Cross Video Days (June 11-12).
india and South Korea sign co-pro accord By JeAn noh
South Korea and India have signed an agreement to facilitate co-productions. The agreement will give film and broadcast co-productions equal treatment and eligibility for the same benefits as domestic products; facilitation of co-producers’ entry into either country; and temporary committees to resolve other restrictions and barriers.
To qualify as a co-production, 20% or more of a film’s production budget must be from the partner country and 30% in the case of broadcast programmes. South Korean companies will be exempt from the obligation to employ a certain percentage of Indian staff. The Indian film market is expected grow to more than $2.25bn this year. It was $1.33bn in 2009.
Anti-piracy measures will put Russian film business ‘at risk’ By MichAel RoSSeR
New anti-piracy proposals in Russia will jeopardise the film and TV industries, according to a Cannes panel held at the Russian Pavilion. The Russian Association of Film and TV Producers expressed grave concern at the Roskino-hosted discussion on co-production, as the panellists discussed the proposed law from the Rus-
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tasy online game world Dofus, which has 2.5 million players and is also being adapted for the big screen (sold here at the market by Paris-based Indie Sales). “Mutafukaz will be our second film. It will be ready in 2017,” said Ankama audiovisual director Frédéric Puech. It is a joint production between Ankama and
sian Union of Right-holders, which suggests relinquishing the fight against piracy by taxing internet providers and working with pirate websites. The main fears voiced were that cinema revenues would crash as movies would be watched online before and during theatrical release; legal sites that have worked to build a
legitimate business would be forced to close; and copyright holders would lose out on sales of their content from more profitable sources. Association head Sergey Selyanov said: “This law has every chance of being passed and if it is, it will destroy Russian distribution and fundamentally our whole business.”
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2 I srael Horovitz playwright and director and Joe Oppenheimer BBC Films. 3 D eborah Sathe Film London, Mike Kelly Northern Alliance, Cecilia Frugiuele Parkville, Olivier Kaempfer Film London and Maggie Ellis Film London. 4 Bhuvan Lall LALL Entertainment, Nandita Das Chhoti Productions and Helena Danielsson producer 5 Samba Yonga Ku-Atenga Media, John Mwanza Mojo New Media and Ngosa Chungu Purple Tembo Media. 6 Conor Dignam Screen International, Daniel Battsek Cohen Media Group, Samantha Perahia British Film Commission and Susan Everett UK Gateway. 7
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8 Gabe Hoffman producer, Greg Sims producer, Matt Valentinas producer, Greg Louganis Olympian. 9 Deborah Sathe Film London and Rohit Khattar Cinestaan 10 L isbeth Savill Latham & Watkins, Claire Best Claire Best and Associates and Diana Phillips Unlimited Pictures 11 K athy Morgan Kathy Morgan International, Steven Polster RightsTrade and Laurie Woodrow Fierce Entertainment
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Sicario Reviewed by Fionnuala Halligan Sicario is an ambush, a low-slung film about a dirty drugs war with Mexican cartels that challenges and engages in equal measure. It moves with grim tenacity, confounding expectations until its very final sequence. Confronting the war on drugs in a way that is cinematic, but far from superficial, Sicario — cartel slang for ‘hitman’ — is very dark, but it’s also exciting. This is rock-solid, upscale film-making from Canada’s Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy, Incendies). Rather than hark back to Traffic — both share a star in Benicio del Toro — Taylor Sheridan’s screenplay delivers a satisfyingly complicated Heart Of Darkness voyage for Emily Blunt as an FBI operative brought onside by CIA huntsmen who have their sights set on bigger game. The film is an action-packed throwback to the ‘enemy within’ stream of post-Watergate thrillers, from The China Syndrome to Missing, all of which looked at the black hole at the centre of democratic accountability. The film’s biggest surprise is the main female character, played by Blunt, who defies expectations. Lulled by Blunt’s star power and sympathetic, stripped-down performance, audiences will feel secure in her upright FBI agent, thinking they know her arc; principled, uncomprehending, she’s in this battle over her head. It’s a
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CoMPETITIon US. 2015. 121mins Director Denis Villeneuve Production company Thunder Road Productions International sales Lionsgate, mmartinez@ lionsgate.com Producers Basil Iwanyk, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill Executive producers John H Starke, Erica Lee, Ellen H Schwartz Screenplay Taylor Sheridan Cinematography Roger Deakins Production design Patrice Vermette Editor Joe Walker Music Johann Johannsson Main cast Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal, Daniel Kaluuya, Jeffrey Donovan
tough role for Blunt. Information is withheld to the point where the plot’s credibility sways in the balance, and she has the thankless task of embodying American naivety to breaking point. She pulls it off. Villeneuve is a skilful director of set pieces. Sicario has a difficult, fragmented plot to sustain, with the viewer in the dark and only slowly emerging into a half-light. The director deals the information out slowly via two extended, tense action threads that occupy the first 40 minutes. The first introductory sequence involves a raid led by Blunt’s FBI agent Kate Macy, the head of a kidnap response team, on a booby-trapped house where the remains of 42 cartel kidnap victims are found bricked into the wall. This leads, seemingly organically, to Macy being selected by defence department contractor Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) to join an interagency task force aimed at decapitating the Sonora Cartel via its US operation. Macy is invited to tag along on an excursion to El Paso which, illegally, turns into a sally over the border into the toxic city of Ciudad Juarez (“the beast”) to pull out a cartel leader in a dynamic, truly edge-of-the-seat sequence. This extra-judicial activity — and, latterly, murder — is complicated by the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio del Toro), a former prosecutor from Colombia. Both Brolin, as the superficially easy-going good old boy, and del Toro, quietly dangerous, are excellent in creating an atmosphere of relaxed, macho tension that holds a lethal threat.
The screenplay, by actor Taylor Sheridan (Sons Of Anarchy), is challenging. Macy seems at times to be entirely symbolic, at others entirely human. Villeneuve and Blunt make some interesting points with her character. Even at the onset, when she leads the Arizona kidnap response team, Macy is not the beefedup film cliché that has been the standard portrayal of a female warrior since Terminator 2: Judgment Day. She is deliberately presented as physically lesser and more vulnerable than the men in the room, but morally tougher. They want her on board the task force, but not her law-school graduate FBI partner (Daniel Kaluuya), the intimation being that she’s not quite so smart. She’s certainly way out of her league. Blunt plays the divorcee with a quiet resolution, a solid performance that could help lift the UK actress into more serious roles. “You look like a little girl when you’re scared,” she is told. But this is an environment with no mercy for its children. DoP Roger Deakins weights the landscape towards the skies of the south borderlands of Albuquerque, New Mexico and El Paso (Sicario also shot in Veracruz, Mexico) in precise, clean shots, anchored by the low shrublands that hold a world of menace. Horizons are low here, for everybody; empty one moment, when they are filled the next by the teeming brick of Ciudad Juarez, it’s a shock.
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Marguerite & Julien Reviewed by Lee Marshall A film about unconditional love that is rather too much in love with itself, Declaration Of War director Valérie Donzelli’s fourth feature reworks a script abandoned by Francois Truffaut, based on the incestuous love affair between an aristocratic brother and sister in rural France at the dawn of the 17th century. With more ideas than it can digest — including an obtrusive series of anachronistic modern inserts, from helicopters to transistor radios — this period-set tale of a tragic amour fou sometimes lives up to its own immense self-belief, thanks partly to a committed, smouldering performance by Anaïs Demoustier as a young girl swept away by an all-consuming passion. But in the end the way the director drives with her foot slammed down on the star-crossed romance pedal, pausing only to grab sustenance from a cinematic sweet shop of techniques and references, becomes more than a little wearing. It’s not immediately clear the film is based on a true story; an opening caption tells us merely that Marguerite and Julien de Ravalet lived “a long, long time ago”. We first meet the siblings as young kids in the rambling parental estate of Tourlaville in Normandy. They spend all their time in each other’s company: noticing this, their disapproving abbot uncle (Sami Frey)
CoMPEtition Fr. 2015. 108mins Director Valérie Donzelli Production companies Rectangle Productions International sales Wild Bunch, sales@ wildbunch.eu Producers Edouard Weil, Alice Girard Screenplay Jérémie Elkaïm, Valérie Donzelli, from an idea and original script by Jean Gruault Cinematography Céline Bozon Editor Pauline Gaillard Production designer Manu de Chauvigny Music Pierre-Alexandre ‘Yuksek’ Busson Main cast Anaïs Demoustier, Jérémie Elkaïm, Frédéric Pierrot, Aurélia Petit, Raoul Fernandez, Catherine Mouchet, Bastien Bouillon, Sami Frey, Geraldine Chaplin
persuades his brother, Jean de Ravalet (Frédéric Pierrot) to send Julien away to college and then for a series of self-improvement trips around Europe. On his return, however, it’s obvious Marguerite (now a young girl, played by Demoustier) has lost none of her single-minded devotion for her favourite brother (now played by Jérémie Elkaïm), and after some hesitation on his part an erotic spark is ignited between them. Donzelli rarely plays her stories straight and Marguerite & Julien is no exception. The story
is told partly after lights out by older girls in what seems to be an orphanage, with voiceover giving way to in-scene dialogue. There would be some mileage in this once-upon-a-time framing device if Donzelli didn’t drop it around the halfway point. The same goes for the fastforward anachronisms that are hidden here and there like Easter eggs: though costumes and interiors are mostly in the 17th to 19thcentury range, and horses are the main form of transport, glimpses of gramophones, electric lights, police uniforms and cars mess up the time code. The period mash-up extends to a soundtrack that mixes classical pieces and indie rock ballads. If this trickery never quite derails the story, that’s partly because it’s supplied in small doses and partly because a strong cast and mostly solid script hold our attention. But in surrendering so completely to the couple’s own fiery passions, Donzelli neglects little details such as character development. Flashy techniques such as crime-scene photos, scenes starting with characters frozen in suspended animation and a Malick-like montage of abstract natural imagery near the end try to distract us from these shortcomings, but in the end, only the truly smitten will be fooled.
Inside Out Reviewed by Charles Gant Pixar Animation delivers yet another richly realised, candy-coloured universe in the reliably witty, emotionally deft Inside Out. Likely to deliver commercial returns at the top end of the Pixar range, this benefits from a premise that’s relatable and ingenious in equal measure, seeking to answer that eternal question: just what is going on inside our heads? Director Pete Docter completes a winning hat-trick for his Disneyowned employer, following Monsters, Inc and Up, with co-direction this time around from storyboard artist Ronaldo Del Carmen. Pixar’s top creative team, which pitches in on all the animation studio’s hits regardless of individual screen credits, has long been referred to by Disney-Pixar chief John Lasseter as his “brains trust”. The same tag might apply to the five principal characters of Inside Out: the individual emotions that govern the actions of Minnesota-born, 11-year-old Riley (voice of Kaitlyn Dias), who relocates with her parents (Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan) to the alien world of San Francisco, foggy home to upscale bohemia, hilly topography and broccoli pizza. The colour-coded quintet is led by Joy — a saucer-eyed, golden-skinned, light-bathed
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SPECiAL SCREEninG US. 2015. 95mins Director Pete Docter Production company Pixar Animation Studios Distribution Walt Disney Producer Jonas Rivera Co-director Ronaldo Del Carmen Screenplay Pete Docter, Josh Cooley, Meg LeFauve Production designer Ralph Eggleston Music Michael Giacchino Main voice cast Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Richard Kind, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Kaitlyn Dias
avatar voiced with infectious enthusiasm by Amy Poehler — who struggles to keep her hand on the girl’s emotional tiller by deflecting the interventions of Sadness (a tremulous Phyllis Smith), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Anger (Lewis Black) and Fear (Bill Hader), which are rendered in the mood-appropriate tones of blue, green, purple and red. With most of the story of Inside Out playing out inside Riley’s mind — the child’s eyes providing the emotion-themed characters’ view of the outside world — the film offers ample scope for the creativity of the film-making team. And that opportunity is effectively exploited, as we gradually discover a highly evolved interior landscape, which includes various personality islands (initially defined by friendship, family, honesty, goofball play and Riley’s Midwest-earned enthusiasm for ice hockey), a literally depicted Train of Thought, as well as destinations such as Dream Production and Imagination Land. The story’s inciting incident is the family’s move to California: hitherto, most of Riley’s daily memories, which each take the form of a glass ball hued in the colour of its primary emotion, have been golden ones. But lately the child’s memory banks are becoming increasingly speckled with red, green, purple and blue,
as Riley misses Minnesota, cries in front of her classmates, shouts at her father and flunks her hockey trial. After being accidentally ejected from Headquarters, Joy and Sadness must somehow find their way back through the diverse tangle of the brain and return Riley to equanimity. After a run of sequels plus Scottish fable Brave, which unfolded in a world that seemed overly familiar from existing storytelling, Pixar fans will welcome the studio’s return to creating a wholly authored and highly original universe for the first time since 2009’s Up.
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Cemetery Of Splendour Reviewed by Allan Hunter Past lives, shared histories and a fluid sense of personal and national identity are the familiar concerns addressed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul in Cemetery Of Splendour (Rak Ti Khon Kaen), his first major feature since Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives in 2010. Working through a largely linear narrative creates a more approachable piece than many of his previous films, suggesting the potential to broaden his core arthouse audience. Lovers of ‘slow cinema’ and devoted followers of the director should also find enough to mull over in this mysterious, melancholic feature to feel that none of his distinctive vision has been compromised for accessibility. There are shades of the patients treated by Oliver Sacks in Awakenings in the story of a strange sleeping sickness that has overwhelmed a group of soldiers. A former school has been transformed into a temporary clinic where the men now lie slumbering. Volunteer Jenjira (Apichatpong regular Jenjira Pongpas Widner) maintains a vigil at the bedside of handsome soldier Itt (Banlop Lomnoi), watching over him and massaging his body. She has clear memories of the hospital when it was a school, and reminders of the past are all around. She makes friends with young medium Keng (Jarinpattra Rueangram) who
Un CERTAIn REGARD Thai-UK-Fr-Ger-Mal. 2015. 122mins Director-screenplay Apichatpong Weerasethakul Production companies Kick The Machine Films, Illumination Films International sales The Match Factory, firstname.lastname@example.org Producers Keith Griffiths, Simon Field, Charles de Meaux, Michael Weber, Hans Geissendörfer Cinematography Diego Garcia Editor Lee Chatametikool Main cast Jenjira Pongpas Widner, Banlop Lomnoi, Jarinpattra Rueangram, Petcharat Chaiburi
reveals that the grounds were once a graveyard for kings and their spirits could now be accessing the energy of the sleeping soldiers. History is everywhere, submerged in the very ground that people walk on and layered throughout individual lives and experiences. Jenjira’s perspective on events changes as her relationship with Keng deepens and allows her to seek out some of the spirits around her. Maintaining his fondness for long, contemplative shots, Apichatpong creates a deceptively serene sense of storytelling, with gentle grace notes of wry humour. Itt questions his skill with the Isan dialect and is told to “keep eating the local chilli paste and your accent will improve”. The tranquility is undercut by subtle reflections
on the political upheavals that mark Thailand’s history. Apichatpong describes the film as a “rumination on Thailand”. Working with director of photography Diego Garcia for the first time, Apichatpong finds his most striking images in the changing colours of the glowing electric lights used for the experimental treatment of the soldiers. Apichatpong ends the film with a bittersweet sense of joy and optimism in what almost amounts to a big musical production number. Grounds that once saw bloodshed and oppression are now a place where children play football and adults exercise to music. There is the notion that any individual or country can awaken from the darkness of its past.
shepherds and frequented by local members of the Taliban. At the start, local relations are tense but under firm control, and the level-headed, competent Bonassieu seems to be running things smoothly. Then the inexplicable happens: two French soldiers disappear without trace. And then there are further disappearances, among the Taliban too, and no-one can account for what’s going on in this landlocked Bermuda Triangle. As matters escape Bonassieu’s control and understanding, the officer’s psyche begins to frazzle. Cogitore — writing with sometime Jacques Audiard collaborator and Cowboys director Thomas Bidegain — musters an eerie mood that gradually erodes the prevalent masculine rationalism to suggest the encroachment of unearthly forces. The use of military tech visuals — including heat-sensitive imaging and night vision — is in striking contrast to the increasing strangeness that crawls in, creating a mood akin to the elusive creepiness of, say, The Blair Witch Project. But, rather than merely providing chills, Cogitore has more philosophical themes in mind, and the story’s upshot is that humanity’s constant warring has finally prompted the natural (or divine) order of things to take an apocalyptic turn.
A distinctive score by Eric Bentz and Francois-Eudes Chanfrault takes in grinding techno and classical pieces on the viola da gamba, and the theme of visibility and invisibility is brilliantly played throughout in visuals that show the khaki-clad men constantly disappearing into (or suddenly surging from) a singularly inhospitable, colourless landscape.
The Wakhan Front Reviewed by Jonathan Romney You’ve never seen a war film quite like The Wakhan Front. A strange mixture of the military, the metaphysical and the downright mysterious, this debut feature by French director Clément Cogitore has a highly suggestive philosophical agenda, but at the same time functions as a gripping, subtly eerie drama that keeps you guessing even while it maintains its supernatural (or theological) undertow simmering beneath the surface. With a strong lead from Jérémie Renier, the film’s commercial prospects may be mitigated by Cogitore’s refusal of a conventionally satisfying narrative payoff. Then there’s the fact the film is uncategorisable in standard terms — anyone expecting this Afghanistan-set drama to remotely resemble, say, The Hurt Locker is in for a surprise. But, carefully handled by distributors, this could find a crossover following between the upmarket and the cult. The setting is a desolate, rocky region in the Wakhan Province in Afghanistan in 2014, near the Pakistan border (the film was actually shot in Morocco). A detachment of French troops, headed by Captain Antares Bonassieu (Renier), is patrolling a valley inhabited by a village of
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CRITICS’ WEEK Fr-Belg. 2015. 100mins Director Clément Cogitore Production companies Kazak Productions, Tarantula International sales Indie Sales, neschbach@ indiesales.eu Producers JeanChristophe Reymond, Amaury Ovise Screenplay Clément Cogitore, Thomas Bidegain Cinematography Sylvain Verdet Editor Isabelle Manquillet Production design Olivier Meidinger Music Eric Bentz, Francois-Eudes Chanfrault Main cast Jérémie Renier, Swann Arlaud, Kévin Azaïs, Marc Robert
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MARGUERITE AND JULIEN
(France) 105mins. Dir: Valerie Donzelli. Cast: Anais Demoustier, Jeremie Elkaim. An aristocratic brother and sister embrace passion and hope as they flee from society. A timeless story of desire, love and death beyond all morality.
(Italy) 107mins. Dir: Jonas Carpignano. Cast: Koudous Seihon, Alassane Sy, Mary Elizabeth Innocence. Ayiva recently left his home in Burkina Faso in search of a way to provide for his sister and his daughter. He takes advantage of his position in an illegal smuggling operation to get himself and his best friend Abas off the continent.
Competition Salle Du Soixantieme
14:30 PEACE TO US IN OUR DREAMS
Critics’ Week Miramar
(Italy) 107mins. Dir: Paolo Sorrentino. Cast: Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda. Fred and Mick, two old friends approaching their 80s, are enjoying a vacation in the foothills of the Alps. Fred, a retired composer and conductor, has no intention of returning to his music career, while Mick, a director, is still working, hurrying to finish the screenplay of his latest film. Both friends know their days are numbered and decide to face their future together. But unlike them, no one else seems worried about the passing of time. Competition press Grand Theatre Lumiere
09:00 ARABIAN NIGHTS VOL.3
(Portugal) 126mins. Dir: Miguel Gomes. Cast: Crista Alfaiate, Luisa Cruz, Adriano Luz, Carloto Cotta. Scheherazade doubts that she will still be able to tell stories to please the king, given that what she has to tell weighs 3,000 tonnes. She therefore escapes from the palace and travels the kingdom in search of pleasure
Festival & Press 11:30 KRISHA
(US) 83mins. Dir: Trey Edward Shults. Cast: Krisha Fairchild, Robyn Fairchild, Bill Wise, Chris Doubek, Trey Edward Shults.
A holiday celebration turns ugly when a troubled woman returns to the family she abandoned years ago in an attempt to prove that she has changed. Critics’ Week Miramar
Zhao Tao, Yi Zhang, Sylvia Chang, Zijian Dong, Sanming Han, Jin Dong Liang. From China to Australia, the lives, loves, hopes and disillusionment of three individuals in a society changing at breakneck speed. Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
and enchantment. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
11:00 ALIAS MARIA
(Colombia) 92mins. Dir: Jose Luis Rugeles Gracia. Cast: Karen Torres, Erik Ruiz, Anderson Gomez, Carlos Clavijo, Fabio Velasco, Lola Lagos. A vision of Colombia’s inhuman armed conflict, seen through the eyes of a young — and pregnant — girl soldier. Un Certain Regard Salle Bazin
DON’T TELL ME THE BOY WAS MAD
(France) 134mins. Dir: Robert Guediguian. Cast: Gregoire LeprinceRinguet, Ariane Ascaride, Simon Abkarian, Serge Avedikian, Syrus Shahidi. Paris, 1981. Aram, a young man of Armenian origin, blows up the
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Turkish ambassador’s car, seriously injuring Gilles, who just happens to have been passing by on his bicycle. Out of Competition press Salle Bunuel
(South Korea) 120mins. Dir: Shin Su-Won. Cast: Seo Young-hee, Kwon So-hyeon, Kim Young-min. A hospital caregiver tries to stop an unidentified female ER patient, in a brain dead state and pregnant, from becoming a heart donor for a VIP patient. Un Certain Regard press Theatre Claude Debussy
11:30 KRISHA See box above
MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART
(China) 135mins. Dir: Jia Zhangke. Cast:
(US) 121mins. Dir: Denis Villeneuve. Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal, Victor Garber. In the lawless border area stretching between the US and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent is exposed to the brutal world of international drug trafficking by members of a government task force, who have enlisted her in their plan to take out a Mexican cartel boss. Competition Salle Du Soixantieme
(France) 79mins. Dir: Philippe Faucon. Cast: Soria Zeroual, Zita Hanrot. Fatima lives on her own with two daughters to support: 15-year-old Souad, a teenager in revolt, and 18-year-old
Nesrine, who is starting medical school. Fatima speaks French poorly and is constantly frustrated by her daily interactions with her daughters. Her pride and joy, they are also a source of worry. To ensure the best possible future for them, she works odd hours as a cleaning woman. One day, she takes a fall on the stairs. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
(Mali) 96mins. Dir: Souleymane Cisse. Drama about the property crisis in Mali. Out of Competition press Salle Bazin
14:00 I AM A SOLDIER
(France) 97mins. Dir: Laurent Lariviere. Cast: Louise Bourgoin, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Laurent Capelluto. Sandrine, 30 years old, is forced to move back in with her mother. Unemployed, she accepts work with her uncle in a kennel, which turns out to be a hub for dog trafficking from Eastern Europe. Un Certain Regard press Theatre Claude Debussy
(Lithuania) 107mins. Dir: Sharunas Bartas. Cast: Sharunas Bartas, Lora Kmieliauskaite, Ina Marija Bartaite. On a summer day, a man, his daughter and his companion arrive at their country house to spend the weekend. The daughter has just moved in with her father, whose attention she desires. The man is tired of his life, and does not know where to find the strength to carry on living. The woman, a violinist, is confused in her priorities — music, love or career? Despite the fact that the man and the woman love each other, their tense relationship is on the brink of collapse. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
(Philippines) 97mins. Dir: Brillante Mendoza. Cast: Nora Aunor, Julio Diaz, Aaron Riviera, Rome Mallari, Lou Veloso. The lives of Bebeth, Larry and Erwin intertwine after the super-typhoon Haiyan, which changed the city of Tacloban to its horrendous state. The survivors are left in search of the dead ones, of keeping their sanity intact, and protecting what little faith there may be. Un Certain Regard Salle Bazin
(Italy) 107mins. Dir: Paolo Sorrentino. Cast: Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey www.screendaily.com
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Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
(Ethiopia) 105mins. Dir: Yared Zeleke. Cast: Rediate Amare. Ephraim is a young Ethiopian boy. His father leaves him and his ewe, from which he is inseparable, to be looked after by distant relatives, far from his droughtridden homeland. One day, his uncle tells him that they have to sacrifice his ewe for the next religious holiday. The young boy, however, is ready to do anything to save his only friend and return home.
KULDIP PATWAL: I DIDN’T Do IT!
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LES yEUX BRULES
(France) 58mins. Dir: Laurent Roth. 1986 classic. Cannes Classics Salle Bunuel
MoUNTAINS MAy DEPART
(China) 135mins. Dir: Jia Zhangke. Cast: Zhao Tao, Yi Zhang, Sylvia Chang, Zijian Dong, Sanming Han, Jin Dong Liang.
From China to Australia, the lives, loves, hopes and disillusionment of three individuals in a society changing at breakneck speed. Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
Un Certain Regard Salle Bazin
17:15 ARABIAN NIGHTS VoL.3
(Portugal) 126mins. Dir: Miguel Gomes. Cast: Crista Alfaiate, Luisa Cruz, Adriano Luz, Carloto Cotta. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
(US) 83mins. Dir: Trey Edward Shults. Cast: Krisha Fairchild, Robyn Fairchild, Bill Wise, Chris Doubek, Trey Edward Shults. Critics’ Week Miramar
Paul Dano, Jane Fonda. Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
18:45 DoN’T TELL ME THE Boy WAS MAD
Competition press Salle Bazin
centenary of the great film-maker’s birth. Cannes Classics Salle Bunuel
(France) 97mins. Dir: Laurent Lariviere. Cast: Louise Bourgoin, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Laurent Capelluto. Un Certain Regard press Theatre Claude Debussy
(US) 119mins. Dir: Orson Welles. Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane. Classic drama. Cannes Classics Salle Bunuel
(US) 83mins. Dir: Trey Edward Shults. Cast: Krisha Fairchild, Robyn Fairchild, Bill Wise, Chris Doubek, Trey Edward Shults.
out of Competition Salle Du Soixantieme
Critics’ Week Miramar
19:00 THE ASSASSIN
(China) 104mins. Dir: Hsiao-Hsien Hou. Cast: Cheng Chang, Satoshi Tsumabuki. In ninth century China, a high-born female assassin must choose: sacrifice the man she loves or break with the sacred way of the righteous killers. Competition press Theatre Claude Debussy
THIS IS oRSoN WELLES
(US) 53mins. Dir: Clara and Julia Kuperberg. Documentary on the
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(France) 79mins. Dir: Philippe Faucon. Cast: Soria Zeroual, Zita Hanrot. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
21:00 THE TERMINAToR
(US) 108mins. Dir: James Cameron. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn. Classic action film. Cinema on the Beach Plage Mace
21:30 MoUNTAINS MAy DEPART See box, above
PEACE To US IN oUR DREAMS
(Lithuania) 107mins. Dir: Sharunas Bartas. Cast: Sharunas Bartas, Lora Kmieliauskaite, Ina Marija Bartaite. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
(France) 130mins. Dir: Gaspar Noe. Cast: Karl Glusman. Love is beyond good and evil. Love is sperm, fluids and tears. out of Competition Grand Theatre Lumier
10:00 THE ANSWER
(India) Euramco Pictures. 108mins. Dir: Pavan Kaul. Cast: Victor Banerji, Leonidas Gulaptis. Story of a seeker who found the answer.
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NEW INITIATIVES By FILM FESTIVALS
(Germany) Macchiato Pictures. 91mins. Dir: Ismail Sahin, Oona-Devi Liebich. Cast: Matthias Brenner, Oliver Marlo, Frank Auerbach. Comedy about a friendship put to the test by Alzheimer’s disease. Riviera 4
(France) 134mins. Dir: Robert Guediguian. Cast: Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet, Ariane Ascaride, Simon Abkarian, Serge Avedikian, Syrus Shahidi.
(Italy) 107mins. Dir: Paolo Sorrentino. Cast: Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel,
(China) 104mins. Dir: Hsiao-Hsien Hou. Cast: Cheng Chang, Satoshi Tsumabuki.
(India) Rectangle Media. 135mins. Dir: Remy Kohli. Cast: Deepak Dobriyal, Raima Sen, Gulshan Devaiah. A common man, Kuldip Patwal, has been wronged by the local minister all his life. Now — according to reports — he has allegedly killed the chief minister in broad daylight in front of dozens of eyewitnesses. He says he didn’t do it.
I AM A SoLDIER
(India) 103mins. Dir: Neeraj Ghaywan. Cast: Richa Chadda, Sanjai Mishra, Pankaj Tripathi, Sweta Tripathi, Vicky Kaushal. Four lives intersect along the Ganges.
Andrew Johnston. Cast: Bhasker Patel, Reena Anjali, Reese Scholtz. You and I are going to make history.
(Iceland, Denmark) BAC Filmsinternational. 94mins. Dir: Dagur Kari. Cast: Gunnar Jonsson, Ilmur Kristjansdottir. Fusi is in his 40s and yet to find courage to enter the adult world. When a bubbly woman and eightyear-old girl enter his life, he is forced to take a leap. Palais H
09:45 CEMETERy oF SPLENDoUR
(Thailand) The Match Factory. 122mins. Dir: Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Cast: Jenjira Pongpas Widner, Banlop Lomnoi, Jarinpattra Rueangram. Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier with no family visitors.
(Italy) Films Distribution. 106mins. Dir: Nanni Moretti. Cast: Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Nanni Moretti, Giulia Lazzarini.
Next — Marche Du Film. 110mins. Palais K
VoZ EN oFF
(Chile) Habanero. 96mins. Dir: Cristian Jimenez. Cast: Ingrid Isensee, Maria Siebald, Paulina Garcia. In need of peace after her recent separation Sofía decides not to use a cellphone or read anything for a year. But peace doesn’t arrive. Gray 5
(France) Pyramide International. 79mins. Dir: Philippe Faucon. Cast: Soria Zeroual, Zita Hanrot. Lerins 1
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(US) Short Film Corner. 110mins. Palais F
MANINA, LA FILLE SANS VoILES
(France) Wide. 86mins. Dir: Willy Rozier. Cast: Brigitte Bardot, JeanFrançois Calve, Howard Vernon. Brigitte Bardot’s first starring role. Palais B
MUCH LoVED THE FoRBIDDEN NoTE
(UK) Film Engine. 100mins. Dir: Callum
(France) Celluloid Dreams/Nightmares. 108mins. Dir: Nabil
Ayouch. Cast: Loubna Abidar, Asmaa Lazrak, Halima Karaouane. Marrakech today: Noha, Randa, Soukaina and Hlima live a life of “love for sale”. They’re whores, objects of desire, flashes of flesh. In the heat of the night money flows freely but united in their womanhood they’re queens of their kingdom.
CrEaTIVE MInd SHOrTS
(US) Short Film Corner. 110mins.
MarGUErITE and JULIEn SOnGS MY brOTHErS TaUGHT ME
(US) Fortissimo Films. 94mins. Dir: Chloe Zhao. Cast: Irene Bedard, John Reddy, Jashaun St John. A complex portrait of modern-day life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
MY bIG FaT brIdE
(Germany) The Match Factory. 95mins. Dir: Micah Magee. Cast: Devon Keller, Austin Reed, Deztany Gonzales, Kiowa Tucker. A story of love, sex and teen pregnancy in San Antonio, Texas. The portrait of a young woman coming into her own, in an environment that does not always present ideal circumstances.
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VIGILanTE — THE CrOSSInG
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(France) Cinexport. 73mins. Dir: Jean Francois Davy. Cast: Emy Russo, Anna Polina, Rico Simmons. Marion, a good woman, begins to have lewd dreams. First, she doesn’t understand the reason
HEaVEn KnOWS WHaT
(US) Stray Dogs. 85mins. Dir: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie. Cast: Caleb Landry Jones, Arielle Holmes. A vagabond couple in NYC battle addiction amid a manic love affair.
why and she is shocked when she realises that these are not dreams, but real sexual relations with some people from her own circle. Her obsession is now to exorcise this nymphomaniac dual personality. Palais F
SUbMarInE COnFIdEnTIaL SCrEEnInG
(US) Submarine Entertainment. 90mins. Gray 3
THE SWEET ESCaPE
Riki Productions Center. 12mins. Dir: Denis Chernov.
(France) Wild Bunch. 105mins. Dir: Bruno Podalydes. Cast: Bruno Podalydes, Agnes Jaoui, Sandrine Kiberlain. A mid-life crisis propels Michel into a newfound passion for kayaking.
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(Philippines) Films Distribution. 97mins. Dir: Brillante Mendoza. Cast: Nora Aunor, Julio Diaz, Aaron Riviera, Rome Mallari. The lives of Bebeth, Larry and Erwin intertwine after the super-typhoon Haiyan.
(Mexico) Festival Internacional De Cine En Guadalajara. 110mins. A selection of LatinAmerican works-inprogress.
(Israel) Ez Films. 105mins. Dir: Elad Keidan. Cast: Itay Tiran, Uri Klauzner. Haifa walks down Mount Carmel to catch a ship and forever leave all the things he loves to despise. He’s evading military reserve service, thus risking jail. Moshe is a crumbling man going up the mountain on yet another work day. Will this day mark his collapse? Will the two collide or pass one another by?
WICKEd FLYInG MOnKEYS 3d
(Mexico) Filmsharks International. 80mins. Dir: Alberto Mar. Ozzy is an enthusiastic and friendly flying monkey, son of the legendary Goliath, the brave warrior. They serve Evilene — the wicked witch — just as the rest of their kin do. Palais J
12:00 GUadaLaJara IFF GOES TO CannES
(India) Yash Raj Films. 111mins. Dir: Sharat Katariya. Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar. Revolves around the life of a small-town couple. From overcoming his fear of the English language to dealing with an overbearing father, Prem discovers that his oversized wife, Sandhya, who he thought was a spanner in his business and life, will actually lead him to something cool.
12mins. Dir: Denis Chernov.
KIKOrIKI : LEGEnd OF THE GOLdEn draGOn
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(Barbados) Step By Step Productions. 106mins. Dir: Marcia Weekes. Cast: Kirk Brown, Malissa Alanna Williams. Black versus white tension erupts in a racial melting pot as Dexter — the vigilante — pits his Robin Hood-style solution to fighting crime in his community against the Martin Luther King-style of the “white girl” Amy. Palais H
(Germany) Pluto Film Distribution Network. 95mins. Dir: Sebastian Ko. Cast: Mehdi Nebbou, Ulrike C Tscharre, Janina Fautz. Paul and Christine know their teenage daughter Sarah, thrown off track by their separation, is capable of anything, including killing her best friend. They decide to hide the crime. riviera 4
14:00 THE anSWEr
(India) Euramco Pictures. 108mins. Dir: Pavan Kaul. Cast: Victor Banerji, Leonidas Gulaptis. Palais C
(Finland) Black Lion Pictures. 102mins. Dir: Timo Peltokangas. Cast: Juho Leppanen, Mikael Hautala. The story of a dream of one young man that grew into a nationwide phenomenon in Finland.
bEST OF THE 48 HOUr FILM PrOJECT
(US) 48 Hour Film Project. 110mins.
KIKOrIKI: LEGEnd OF THE GOLdEn draGOn
Riki Productions Center.
(France) Wild Bunch. 105mins. Dir: Valerie Donzelli. Cast: Anais Demoustier, Jeremie Elkaim. An aristocratic brother and sister embrace passion and hope as they flee from society. Star 2
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(Hungary) Films Distribution. 107mins. Dir: Laszlo Nemes. Cast: Geza Rohrig, Levente Molnar. In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people, finds moral survival trying to save from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son. riviera 1
(Costa Rica) Figa Films. 71mins. Dir: Paz Fabrega. Cast: Kattia Gonzalez, Fernando Bolaños. Pedro and Luciana meet at a party and spend the night together. The next day, he has to make a trip up to Rincon de la Vieja, a volcano area in Costa Rica, where he is working on his scientific thesis project. Since she’s leaving on a trip soon, they may never see each other again: unless she goes along with him for the weekend. Gray 3
(Austria) Terra Mater Film Studios. 97mins. Dir: Andrew Goth. Cast: Sam Neill, Melia Kreiling, Tom Payne. A sub-atomic fight for the subconscious. Olympia 3
who has returned home to tend to his son, who is gravely ill. He rediscovers his old house, where the woman who was once his wife still lives, with his daughter-in-law and grandson. Lerins 1
(India) Yash Raj Films. 115mins. Dir: Shoojit Sircar. Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan. A cab driver is caught between an eccentric father and daughter as he drives them to Calcutta. Palais H
WELCOME TO LEITH
(US) Submarine Entertainment. 85mins. Dir: Christopher K Walker, Michael Beach Nichols. A white supremacist attempts to take over a small town in North Dakota. Gray 4
16:00 LE COMbaT OrdInaIrE
(France) Films Distribution. 105mins. Dir: Laurent Tuel. Cast: Nicolas Duvauchelle. riviera 1
THE HUnTInG OF THE SnarK
(UK) From The 3rd Story Productions. 76mins. Dir: Saranne Bensusan. Cast: Simon Fox, Tom Stanley, Joerg Stadler. A group of strange individuals embark on a voyage with the aim of capturing the Snark — regardless of the fact that none of them even know what it is, or how to catch it. Gray 5
KIKOrIKI : LEGEnd OF THE GOLdEn draGOn
Riki Productions Center. 12mins. Dir: Denis Chernov. riviera 3
I aM anOTHEr WOMan See box, above
Land and SHadE
(Colombia) Pyramide International. 94mins. Dir: Cesar Augusto Acevedo. Cast: Haimer Leal, Hilda Ruiz, Marleyda Soto. Alfonso is an old farmer
(Romania) Romanian Film Centre. 107mins. Dir: Vlad Paunescu. Cast: Rodica Lazar, Tudor Chirila, Ioana Blaj. Palais G press allowed
(Italy) NDM. 107mins.
Dir: Jonas Carpignano. Cast: Koudous Seihon, Alassane Sy, Mary Elizabeth Innocence.
psychiatric institution of Lopaca at the age of 16 in an attempt to “cure” her of homosexuality.
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(Nigeria) Right Angle Productions. 106mins. Dir: Curtis Graham. Cast: Olu Jacobs, Richard Mofe Damijo, William R Moses. Based on Nigeria’s NigerDelta town Oloibiri, which is credited as the country’s first point of crude-oil discovery in January 1956. “Oloibiri” speaks the central theme: governmental pacification of a long-abused people.
(Argentina) Aporia Producciones. 107mins. Dir: Rodolfo Carnevale. Cast: Adriana Aizenberg, Eduardo Blanco, Ana Fontan. Pilar doesn’t communicate with other people, she lives in her own world of fantasies, until her family takes a decision that will change the course of their lives.
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(Croatia) Croatian Audiovisual Centre. 85mins. Dir: Hrvoje Mabiac. Tells the tragic story of Ana Dragicevic from Rijeka, who was committed to the
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(Panama) Panama Film Commission. 106mins. Dir: Pituka Ortega Heilbron, Abner Benaim, Carolina Borrero, Luis Franco Brantley, Pinky Mon. Cast: Lakisha May. Palais D
(Belgium) Artisan Films. 105mins. Dir: Yvan Le Moine. Cast: Hande Kodja, Rupert Everett, Jacques Boudet. He was dangerous for her. So was she for him.
(Italy) Kess Film. 82mins. Dir: Rocco Ricciardulli. Cast: Gaia Bermani Amaral, Giulio Baraldi, Rocco Ricciardulli. Two criminals find an Albanian child in their car; they then must decide what to do.
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(Argentina) The Open Reel. 68mins. Dir: Rocío Caliri, Melina Marcow. Cast: Paolo Sambrini, Cristian Jensen, Elsa Juri, Victoria Cipriota. Gray 5
Good Post. 60mins
(Romania) Romanian Film Centre. 98mins. Dir: Dan Chisu. Images, sounds and states of mind mix with a dazzling effect.
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(Chile) The Open Reel. 72mins. Dir: Matias Venables. Cast: Oscar Hernandez, Paula Zuniga, Alejandro Sieveking. About to celebrate 30 years working in the barber shop he inherited from his parents, Raul starts to change his daily routine in order to have something new to tell to his customers. Gray 5
(Italy) Bielle Re Srl. 94mins. Dir: Paolo Consorti. Cast: Luca Lionello, Franco Nero, Alessandro Haber.
(South Korea) Dodo Co. 110mins. Dir: Chulhan Kim. Cast: Nara Kim, Kooknam Kim. Centred around a young film director. A true story of people with a conscience struggling against injustice to reveal the truth behind the death of former president Roh Moo-Hyun.
(France) Alpha Violet. 80mins. Dir: Jula Kowalski. Cast: Liv Henneguier, Yoann Zimmer, Andrzej Chyra, Artur Steranko. Rose, a raging teenager, finds herself involved with Jozef, a blue-collar Polish man searching for his son.
(France) Kinology. Dir: Deniz Gamze Erguven. Cast: Gunes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu. In a remote Turkish village, five vivacious girls led by the youngest — rebellious 13-year-old Lale — grow out of childhood in a family obsessed with tradition.
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Greta Joanne Entertainment. 66mins. Dir: Karen Day. Cast: Geena Davis, Nell Shipman. Documentary about Nell Shipman, animal advocate
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