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MadRiver surges with Neeson, Korine projects Johnny Flynn
RPC’s Kinks biopic sets cast BY ANDREAS WISEMAN
Johnny Flynn (Clouds Of Sils Maria) and George MacKay (Pride) are to play musician brothers Ray and Dave Davies, respectively, in Recorded Picture Company’s biopic of UK band The Kinks. Director Julien Temple (London: The Modern Babylon) is set to shoot You Really Got Me later this year, with daughter Juno Temple (Far From The Madding Crowd) on board to play Ray’s former wife, Raza, who sang on key tracks. HanWay is handling international sales in Cannes with a UK deal understood to be close. The long-time passion project of Croisette veteran Jeremy Thomas (Crash) — producer of Matteo Garrone’s Competition entry Tale Of Tales — will focus on the turbulent relationship between the brothers who fronted the 1960s band. BBC Films has backed the picture while co-producers in Belgium are Jacqueline de Goeij and Ralph Broos from Zilvermeer, supported by Screen Flanders.
» Full report, including interviews with Julien Temple and Jeremy Thomas, on ScreenDaily.com
BY JEREMY KAY
Marc Butan has launched MadRiver Pictures to develop, finance and produce three to four star-driven films a year in the $15m-$50m range. Backing the company is a consortium of investors that includes a $30m revolving equity investment from Christopher Woodrow’s new Vendian Entertainment. MadRiver is financing and producing Martin Zandvliet’s A Willing Patriot, with Liam Neeson in final negotiations to star in the tale
revenge tale set against the backdrop of the Miami music scene. Focus Features will release in the US and Lionsgate International is selling per a prior arrangement. MadRiver will also put at least 10 projects into development over the next 12 months. CAA negotiated on behalf of Vendian Entertainment and MadRiver Pictures. MadRiver and Sierra/ Affinity are working on Butan’s slate of Triple 9, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies and Lost City Of Z.
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Simmons and WWE spark with Voltage BY JEREMY KAY
Irrational Man star Parker Posey, director Woody Allen and actress Emma Stone on the red carpet for last night’s world premiere and Competition screening. See review, page 22
Epic Pictures hits Turbo button Epic Pictures has reported a roaring trade here on its Sundance pick-up Turbo Kid, led by a deal with Lionsgate for the UK. Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson have closed deals in Germany (Ledick), France (109 Films), Scandinavia (NonStop Entertainment), Middle East (Eagle Films) and Latin America (SWEN Group). Filmoption will distribute in
of a CIA agent pursuing a terrorist. Butan recently left Sierra/Affinity and will continue to work with Nick Meyer, who handles international sales on this and all other titles that originate at MadRiver. CAA represents US rights. The new venture is also edging closer to co-finance and co-produce Harmony Korine’s The Trap with DCM and Le Grisbi’s John Lesher. Idris Elba, Benicio Del Toro, James Franco and Al Pacino will start work in early 2016 on the
French-speaking Canada, and Raven Banner in the Englishspeaking region. Japan, Russia and Australia are under discussion. Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf and Michael Ironside star in the retro action-adventure set in a post-apocalyptic future where a young man sets out to overthrow a warlord. Jeremy Kay
IM Global sets off on Adventures BY LIZ SHACKLETON
IM Global has picked up international rights outside the US and Southeast Asia to Chinese action comedy Hollywood Adventures, produced by Justin Lin. Directed by Timothy Kendall, the film stars Huang Xiaoming, Tong Dawei and Vicki Zhao Wei. It was backed by Enlight Pictures and Seven Stars Entertainment and is set for a China release on June 26.
IM Global is also selling Wuershan’s big-budget adventure The Ghouls at Cannes. “We’re seeing more of these big Chinese movies that, in terms of production values and visual sophistication, can compete with anything out there,” said IM Global’s Stuart Ford. Under its output deal with Huayi Brothers, IM Global is also selling Cheng Er’s The Wasted Times, starring Zhang Ziyi.
WWE Studios and Gene Simmons’ Erebus Pictures joint venture has struck a sales deal with Voltage Pictures, who are in Cannes talking up the pipeline. The partnership kicks off with Temple, which WWE Studios acquired and developed with screenwriter Matt Savelloni. A director will be announced shortly on the story of a highly trained unit that infiltrates an isolated military compound and experiences strange phenomena. “The Voltage team and I are incredibly excited to partner with the legendary Gene Simmons, Michael Luisi and the entire WWE Studios team on this exciting slate of films,” said Voltage president and chief operating officer Jonathan Deckter. “With WWE’s marketing muscle and Michael and Gene’s creative direction, we are confident the Erebus Pictures brand will quickly become synonymous with highquality, smart genre films the world over,” he added. “We are excited to introduce our label internationally with a sales partner that understands and influences the international marketplace,” said Simmons, the cofounder of KISS and a media entrepreneur. Bradley Buchanan negotiated the deal for WWE Studios with Deckter.
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Monumental irons out cast By Jeremy Kay
Jeremy Irons, Virginia Madsen, rising star AnnaSophia Robb and Rory Culkin have joined Monumental, which Kathy Morgan International has introduced to Cannes buyers. CAA represents US rights on the action comedy about two youngsters who accidentally kill their tyrannical boss and go on the run with a wise-cracking Vietnam veteran as the FBI closes in. Brett Simon is set to start shooting on July 6. Annie Burgstede and Chad Faust wrote the screenplay and Eric Fischer and Brianna Lee Johnson of Dead Fish Films produce. Aaron Gilbert, Robert Barnum, Three Point Capital, Ksana Golod, James Bryant and George Parra are executive producers. London Pacific Finance provided development funding.
By Jeremy Kay
Roman Kopelevich’s Red Sea Media is to handle international sales on a reboot slate of 10 American International Pictures (AIP) genre classics from the 1950s. Cinedigm will distribute the films in the US, and producers Lou Arkoff and Hal Sadoff have lined up a September start on back-to-back shoots for the roster. Cast and directors are expected to be announced shortly on the slate, which the producers aim to turn into an R-rated comic book-
style cinematic universe with interconnecting characters. The roster includes Girls In Prison, Viking Women & The Sea Serpent, The Brain Eaters, SheCreature and Teenage Caveman. Rounding it out are Reform School Girl, The Undead, How To Make A Monster, The Cool & The Crazy and Day The World Ended. Former New Line and Fox executive Jeff Katz wrote each script so the 10 individual stories will feed into one overarching storyline.
Arkoff is the son of the late AIP co-founder Samuel Z Arkoff and has remade AIP titles for Showtime and HBO. Samuel Z Arkoff and James H Nicholson launched AIP in 1954 and found success in their collaboration with Roger Corman on his Edgar Allan Poe cycle. Cinedigm will release the films theatrically and via DVD, digital, TV and non-theatrical formats. The films will also feature on Cinedigm’s nascent digital network CONtv.
Pagafantas in German take by Geoffrey Macnab
Spanish sales outfit Cinema Republic, together with Cienfuegos Films, has closed a deal on its feature Pagafantas, directed by Borja Cobeaga. Remake rights have been sold to Andreas Brauer of Hupe Films in Germany. The deal was confirmed by David Castellanos, director of Cinema Republic, here in Cannes. It follows on from remake deals on the movie already done with Italy and Mexico. There has been continuing strong interest in Pagafantas as it was scripted by Cobeaga and Diego San Jose, who wrote Spanish box office hit Spanish Affair. Pagafantas was the first feature directed by Cobeaga, who was also behind Oscar-nominated short film Eramos Pocos.
Magic Kimono secures cast and financing By Liz Shackleton
Issey Ogata has joined Kaori Momoi in the cast of the first-ever Japan-Latvia co-production, Magic Kimono, which has also received support from the Riga Film Fund and Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. Scheduled to start shooting on August 15, the film follows a Japanese woman’s efforts to open a sushi restaurant in Latvia’s capital while coming to terms with the sudden reappearance of her longlost husband. Latvia’s Maris Martinsons will direct. Ogata, who recently worked with Martin Scorsese on his Japan-set period drama Silence, will play the husband. Momoi, whose credits include Memoirs Of A Geisha, will play the lead. Magic Kimono is one of four projects that will receive a 20% cash rebate on qualifying spend from the Riga Film Fund. The project has also secured funding of $234,000 (¥27.9m) from Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunka-cho). The film is a co-production between Latvia’s KrukFilms, Japan’s Loaded Films and Estonia’s Oree Films.
Angle’s Larry Gaye takes off Colin Farrell at the photocall here in Cannes for Yorgos Lanthimos’s Competition title, The Lobster. See review, page 20
Swedish scheme rejig slammed By Martin Blaney
Brussels-based International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) has expressed deep concerns about proposed changes to Sweden’s national film policy. UNIC has issued a strongly worded reaction to Sweden’s minister for culture and democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke’s plans to scrap the long-standing Film Agreement — which sees millions in government support channelled into film-making — from 2017 and increase the VAT rate on cinema tickets from 6% to 25%.
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“The vast majority of UNIC members enjoy a reduced VAT rate and, in return, their territories benefit from above-average levels of cinema-going per capita,” UNIC president Phil Clapp said. “Higher levels of attendance translate into higher state revenues — a mutually beneficial outcome for all.” UNIC pointed to the example of Spain where a 13% hike in VAT in 2012 had compounded the cinema sector’s economic troubles and resulted in site closures. Fornstam admitted that, dur-
ing its more than five decades of operations, the Film Agreement was “by no means perfect” but it had been “a useful mechanism to ensure broad industry consensus regarding the direction of film policy as well as the independence of funding”. Kuhnke announced last week in an open letter to a Swedish newspaper that she wants a new scheme that is more “technologyneutral, long-term and qualityoriented” with a “better balance between the artistic and commercial interests of the film industry”.
By Melanie Goodfellow
Paris-based Other Angle has secured a brace of key sales for US comedy Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant. The Airplane-style comedy has landed with pan-Middle East distributor Front Row and South Africa’s M-Net ahead of its market premiere here, set to be attended by director Sam Friedlander and star Mark Feuerstein. The cast also includes Jayma Mays and Rebecca Romijn.
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By Andreas Wiseman
Model-turned-actress Agyness Deyn, Ross Partridge and Lorenzo Allchurch are to star in dystopian drama The White King, set to shoot in Budapest this summer. Based on Gyorgy Dragoman’s novel, published in 28 languages, the film will follow a precocious 12-year-old coming to terms with his father’s internment at the hands of the totalitarian state he calls home. Deyn will play the boy’s mother, who must navigate a world of propaganda and gangs in order to reunite her family. UK duo Alex Helfrecht and Jörg Tittel will make their directorial debuts on the production from UK outfit Oiffy, in association with Yellow Knife and post-production partner Chimney Group. Oiffy’s Philip Munger is producing with Teun Hilte (Miss Julie).
Mirovision enrols in film scho7ol By Liz Shackleton
Korea’s Mirovision has signed a deal with the Dankook Graduate School of Cinematic Content (DGC), headed by Kim Dong-ho, to handle world sales on the school’s features and short films. DGC students have directed critically acclaimed graduate films such as Lee Yong-seung’s 10 Minutes, which won a string of festival awards, and Kim Daehwan’s End Of Winter, which screened at both Berlin and Busan film festivals. 10 Minutes won Fipresci awards at both Busan and Hong Kong film festivals, a jury prize in Shanghai and best film at Taipei. Mirovision is handling both of those titles along with the school’s most recent title, Kim Hyeonseung’s To Be Sixteen, which premiered at Jeonju International Film Festival, where it was awarded the CGV Arthouse Award. Mirovision has also picked up Japanese film-maker Keinosuke Hara’s Serenade, which revolves around a drag queen, and Park Jin-soon’s Sunshine, starring Kang Eun-tak and Lee Mi-so.
Netflix to side-step French cinema laws By Jeremy Kay
Ted Sarandos moved to allay concerns over the fate of the traditional theatrical business on Friday in Cannes although he may have achieved the opposite as he said Netflix would side-step theatrical distribution in France. In a sign of Netflix’s growing power, the chief content officer made it clear the company would circumvent French laws that enforced a rigid window hierarchy. “It makes cinemas more and more irrelevant,” he said. “People will choose not to release in cinemas because they don’t want a 36-month wait because it reduces the value of TV.” In a wide-ranging session in Salle Bunuel inside the Palais,
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Sarandos repeated Netflix’s goal of being in every country by the end of 2016, hinted at locallanguage film production and looked longingly towards China. At one point Harvey Weinstein stood up to hail Netflix as “vision-
aries” after a producer expressed anxiety over the streaming giant’s impact on European content production. Sarandos’s appearance drew frequent applause and furrowed brows in equal measure. “Nothing we’re doing is meant to be anti-cinema,” he said, adding: “I have great confidence that if things were day-and-date it will compete […] people need choice. It might be that theatres have to give up some of that, but in total more movies will be seen.” There remains a question over how more features will get seen in what Sarandos called “the golden age of television” when generational shifts in viewing habits begin to manifest themselves.
Works takes Last Photograph By Andreas Wiseman
The Works International has boarded world sales rights to drama The Last Photograph, produced by Cat Villiers (No Man’s Land) and based on the book by Simon Astaire. Danny Huston will star in and direct the feature, which will also
star Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac) and newcomer Jonah Hauer-King. Astaire, who also produces, has adapted his own novel about a man who risks everything to track down the thieves who stole his most prized possession.
Doha doles out film funding By Liz Shakleton
Doha Film Institute (DFI) has unveiled the projects to receive grants in its spring 2015 funding cycle, including the first Qatari feature awarded a production grant. Sahaab from Qatar’s Khalifa Abdullah Al Muraikhi recently participated in Qumra — the first edition of DFI’s industry platform dedicated to the development of first and second-time film-makers. In total, 25 projects — including features, documentaries and shorts — were selected to receive grants, with 23 from first and second-time film-makers. Five projects from outside the MENA region received funding, including three features: Apprentice from Singapore’s Boo Junfeng; Slovenian film-maker Ziga
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Virc’s Houston, We Have A Problem; and Road To La Paz from Argentina’s Francisco Varone. DFI has also expanded its grants to include post-production funding for established film-makers from the MENA region. In this cycle, funding was awarded to Palestine’s Mai Masri for 3000 Nights, about a newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher who gives birth in an Israeli prison, and Algeria’s Merzak Allouache for Madame Courage, about a teenager living in an Algerian slum. Several projects dealing with the ongoing Syrian war will receive funding including Boutheyna Bouslama’s Seeking The Man With The Camera, Ziad Kalthoum’s Beirut Rooster and Noura Kevorkian’s Batata.
Currently in production in London, The Works is introducing the project to buyers in Cannes. Huston said: “The story is a simple one, made up of fragmented memories, the present and the past, told out of chronology. Love, loss, terror… and the hopeful promise of change.”
Buyers drink to SND’s First Growth France’s SND has sealed several deals on Jérome Le Maire’s viticulture-themed family drama First Growth (Premier Cru) following its market premiere. It has sold to Australia and New Zealand (eOne), Benelux (Liberty Production Lux), Turkey (Filma), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo), Taiwan (Moviecloud L), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Japan (New Select) and Korea (Sejong). The film stars Jalil Lespert as a top wine critic who tries to revive his family’s vineyard. Melanie Goodfellow
9ers steps into Forbidden Cave By Liz Shackleton
Korea’s 9ers Entertainment has picked up international rights to Kim Hwi’s creature horror The Chosen: Forbidden Cave (working title) and Kang Sang-jin’s comedy Three Summer Nights. Starring Kim Sung-kyun and Yoo Sun, The Chosen: Forbidden Cave follows a psychologist investigating the wife and daughter of a deceased friend, who both appear to be possessed. The film is in production for release later this year. Kim Hwi previously directed 2012 thriller The Neighbors. In post-production, Three Summer Nights follows three friends who get mixed up with drug dealers after wrecking a luxury car. The trio are played by Kim Dongwook, Lim Won-hee and Son Ho-jun.
Catalyst, Tiger and Blonde tuck into Eaten By Andreas Wiseman
Newly minted UK production outfit Catalyst, run by former Matador producer Charlotte Walls, is teaming with Ripper Street producers Tiger Aspect and Sadie Frost’s Blonde to Black Pictures on horror title Eaten. Bafta-nominated director Caradog James (The Machine) will direct the film from Rob Green’s script about a notorious celebrity chef who belongs to an exclusive New York cannibal ring. Green said of his lead character: “Imagine a top celebrity chef with the gourmet talents and bravado of Gordon Ramsay and the tastes of Hannibal Lecter.” Set to shoot in the next 12 months, Eaten will be produced by Walls and Mat Wakeham for Catalyst, and Frost and Emma Comley for Blonde to Black. It will be executive produced by Tiger Aspect head of drama Will Gould for the Endemol-owned company’s feature label, Tiger Aspect Pictures, and Matthew Read. Walls most recently produced and financed Netflix acquisition Residue.
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Sony snaps up Sharks Raven Banner has sold Nazi zombie creature feature Sky Sharks to Sony Pictures for home entertainment rights. The studio has picked up rights in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Benelux. Principal photography is scheduled for January 2016.
Wide dances Last Tango BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW
Paris-based documentary specialist Wide House has sold Argentinian film-maker German Kral’s Our Last Tango to Japanese New Select Co, ahead of its world market premiere today. The Buena Vista Social Clubstyle film charts the passionate and complicated relationship
between Argentinian tango stars Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes. The documentary is executive produced by Wim Wenders, Rodrigo Fürth and Jakob Abrahamsson. Octogenarians Rego and Copes met when they were 14 and 17 years old respectively.
Pope promo gets heavenly reception BY JEREMY KAY
Francis: Pray For Us
FilmSharks’ Francis: Pray For Us promo has continued to draw buyers as Metropolitan swooped on French rights to the Vaticanendorsed biopic of the Pope. Rights have also gone to Italy (M2 Pictures) and South Korea (To Must See Movie Releasing),
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with US, UK and Germany offers on the table. Dario Grandinetti stars and Pablo Bossi produces the $6m Spanish-language film, which charts the early career of Jorge Mario Bergoglio through the eyes of a reporter, culminating in the papal conclave in 2013.
In Our Last Tango, they recount their passionate, chaotic relationship to a group of young tango dancers and choreographers from Buenos Aires. The dancers then transform the most beautiful, moving and dramatic moments of Juan and Maria’s lives into incredible tango choreographies.
Goff dreams up deal for Oliver Stone novel Rene Sheridan and Gina G Goff of Goff Productions are lining up an adaptation of Oliver Stone’s novel A Child’s Night Dream. Stone’s son Sean Stone will direct the feature, which the producers are touting in Cannes as they look for co-production partners. Producer Rose Ganguzza is also on board.
Little Studio at first base BY JEREMY KAY
Little Studio Films has optioned the rights to baseball biopic Joe, You Coulda Made Us Proud — about New York Yankees star Joe Pepitone — and is talking to buyers on the Croisette. AJ Ferrara and Amy Demner adapted the screenplay after Ferrara’s production company Magic City Pictures optioned the book rights from Pepitone in 2014. Alexia Melocchi and Alexandra Yacovlef of Little Studio and Magic City Pictures will co-produce. The story charts how the gifted Brooklyn-born Pepitone signed for the Yankees at 17 and fell into a spiral of self-destruction and sex addiction in the 1960s and 1970s. Little Studio’s two most recent productions are the upcoming Ice Scream and Riding 79, and the company is collaborating with actor Blair Underwood on spy thriller Camelot’s Cousin.
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Buena Vista Social Club producer Rosa Bosch is in Cannes with a slate of four new feature docs, all of which are to be made in Cuba as the country begins to open itself up to international production. The first to shoot will be Havana Autos And Architecture, based on the book by UK architect Norman Foster and journalist Mauricio Vicent, produced through Bosch’s Cuban Star and Ivorypress. The film will be based around six stories of oldtimers who keep their cars running year after year.
free fall sequel in the works Actors Hanno Koffler and Max Riemelt are set to be reunited with director Stephan Lacant and co-screenwriter Karsten Dahlem for a sequel to their gay love story Free Fall. Producer Daniel Reich of Kurhaus Production revealed that a crowdfunding campaign is to be launched this month to raise initial financing for the development of the script and packaging the project. The idea for a sequel to the 2013 feature came after Kurhaus received thousands of messages from fans of the original film asking to know what happened next to the two police officers, Marc and Kay. Free Fall 2 will be budgeted between $2.8m and $3.4m. Martin Blaney
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It aims to paint a portrait of the country’s political isolation and the changes Cuba is now undergoing. A director will be announced shortly. Bosch is also making Churchill In Cuba, exploring UK politician Winston Churchill’s time in the
country in the 1890s; a doc about English novelist Graham Greene’s long relationship with Cuba and his involvement in the revolution; and a film about the time spent by Hollywood hell-raiser Errol Flynn in the country during the twilight of his career.
Salon brings Glory By andreas WiseMan
UK production outfit Salon Pictures is in Cannes talking to financiers about new Ron Scalpello documentary Death Or Glory, which is about the rivalries between boxers Michael Watson, Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and Gerald McClellan. Bennett McGhee also produces. Also new to Salon’s development slate is horror film Seaholme from former Screen Star of Tomorrow
writer-director Rob Savage. The film centres on a group of kids who adopt a powerful creature. Sharon Horgan comedy Meet Me In Ten Years, from writer Frances Poletti, and biopics My Name Is Lenny and Churchill are also on the Salon slate. Salon’s Andrew Kötting drama Ivan And The Dogs and documentaries Gascoigne and The Greatest Iron Man are in production.
Wonderworld takes over atlas By Martin Blaney
Michel J Vandewalle’s Munich-based company Wonderworld Entertainment has taken over the German sales agent Atlas International Film from the Menz family, who founded the company in 1967. Vandewalle is here in Cannes under the new banner. Having supported Atlas
in recent years on acquisitions and co-productions, Vandewalle will relocate the company to the Bavaria Studios lot south of Munich and continue to co-develop, co-finance and distribute internationally. The takeover comes just over a year after Atlas International was acquired by US-based Medient Studios.
20 of the most energetic, emerging producers from across Europe have been selected to participate in the networking platform PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE at the Cannes International Film Festival 2015. Since 2000, European Film Promotion (EFP) has been offering support and guidance to European producers by creating a tightly focused working environment involving project pitchings, 1:1 meetings and industry networking opportunities. part one*
ALINE SCHMID Switzerland selected films A Matter Of Liver And Death, in production by Res Balzli (Switzerland) Almost There, in development by Jacqueline Zünd (Switzerland) documentary Horizontes, 2015 by Eileen Hofer (Switzerland) documentary
Broken Land, 2014 by Stéphanie Barbey and Luc Peter (Switzerland) documentary Cantos, 2013 by Charlie Petersmann (Switzerland) documentary Bloody Daughter, 2012 by Stéphanie Argerich (Switzerland, France) documentary
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MARIUSZ WŁODARSKI Poland selected films Viet Wander House, in development by Mariko Saga (Poland, Germany) Wooma, in development by Pawel Borowski (Poland) 21 × New York, in production by Piotr Stasik (Poland) documentary
The Here After, 2015 by Magnus von Horn (Poland, Sweden, France) They Chased Me Through Arizona, 2014 by Matthias Huser (Poland, Switzerland) co-producer Moonshine, 2013 by Michal Poniedzielski (Poland) animation
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MONTSE TRIOLA Spain selected films Story Of My Death, 2013 by Albert Serra (Spain, France) Lord Worked Wonders In Me, 2011 by Albert Serra (Spain)
The Names Of Christ, 2010 by Albert Serra (Spain) Birdsong, 2008 by Albert Serra (Spain) Honour Of The Knights, 2006 by Albert Serra (Spain) co-producer
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MAREK URBAN Slovak Republic selected films Koza, 2015 by Ivan Ostrochovský (Slovak Republic, Czech Republic) The Hostage, 2014 by Juraj Nvota (Slovak Republic, Czech Republic) Pavol Šimai, 2014 by Ivan Ostrochovský (Slovak Republic) documentary
Velvet Terrorists, 2013 by P. Pekarcík, I. Ostrochovský, P. Kerekes (Croatia, Slovak Rep., Czech Rep.) documentary, co-producer Matchmaking Mayor, 2010 by Erika Hníková (Slovak Rep., Czech Rep.) documentary Ilja, 2010 by Ivan Ostrochovský (Slovak Republic) documentary
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ANNIKA ROGELL Sweden selected films My Skinny Sister, 2015 by Sanna Lenken (Sweden, Germany) Concerning Violence, 2014 by Göran Hugo Olsson (Sweden)
The Black Power Mixtape 1967 – 1975, 2011 by Göran Hugo Olsson (Sweden, USA) documentary
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SVETOZAR RISTOVSKI FYR of Macedonia selected films Lazar, 2014 by Svetozar Ristovski (FYR of Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, France) These Are The Rules, 2014 by Ognjen Svilicic (FYR of Macedonia, Croatia, France, Serbia) co-producer
Dear Mr. Gacy, 2010 by Svetozar Ristovski (Canada, USA) as director Mirage, 2004 by Svetozar Ristovski (FYR of Macedonia, Austria) Joy Of Life, 2001 by Svetozar Ristovski (FYR of Macedonia) documentary
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JOANA FERREIRA Portugal selected films The Tow Truck Driver, 2015 by Jorge Cramez (Portugal) short What Now? Remind Me, 2013 by Joaquim Pinto (Portugal) documentary Versailles, 2013 by Carlos Conceição (Portugal) short
A Woman’s Revenge, 2011 by Rita Azevedo Gomes (Portugal) Eden’s Ark, 2011 by Marcelo Felix (Portugal) documentary Side Effects, 2009 by Paulo Rebelo (Portugal)
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INGMAR TROST Germany selected films Fatherland, in development by Francisco Hervé and Tom Schreiber (Germany, Chile) Mimu Pepo Tati, in development by Ilian Metev (Germany, Bulgaria) The Weather Inside, in postproduction by Isabelle Stever (Germany)
The Chambermaid Lynn, 2014 by Ingo Haeb (Germany) Modris, 2014 by Juris Kursietis (Latvia, Greece, Germany) Sofia’s Last Ambulance, 2012 by Ilian Metev (Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia) documentary
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ELLEN HAVENITH The Netherlands selected films Orange Juice, in development by Joost van Ginkel (The Netherlands) Rehepapp, in production by Rainer Sarnet (Estonia,The Netherlands, Poland) The Ardennes, 2015, in postproduction by Robin Pront (Belgium, The Netherlands)
The Paradise Suite, 2015, in postproduction by Joost van Ginkel (The Netherlands, Sweden, Bulgaria) Frailer, 2014 by Mijke de Jong (The Netherlands) A Blast, 2014 by Syllas Tzoumerkas (Greece, Germany, The Netherlands)
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a Christmas star
Cinemagic looks to stars By Geoffrey MaCnaB
ANNECY INT. ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL 2015
Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People has produced its first feature, featuring Irish action stars Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan. A Christmas Star, screening this weekend in the market, is billed as the “first Irish Christmas Film” and features a voiceover from Neeson. The Taken star also cameos along with former James Bond star Brosnan and Kylie Minogue. Featuring D ownton
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Abbey’s Robert James-Collier and Bronagh Waugh, from TV drama The Fall, A Christmas Star, marks the feature directorial debut of Richard Elson and it has given 40 young trainees their first credit on a feature film. The Belfast premiere is set for November 4. “It’s an amazing opportunity to give young people skills development, an opportunity to work on a film and it’s a chance to give something back to the industry,” said producer Joan Burney Keatings.
The Northern Ireland-set story centres on young Noelle (Erin Galway-Kendrick), who believes she can perform miracles after being born under a ‘Christmas Star’ and attempts to use her gift alongside her friends to save their village from developers. Burney Keatings, overseeing sales here in Cannes, has now confirmed that Cinemagic is about to embark on a second feature, teenage drama It’s Not Too Late, which Elson will also direct.
Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund backs first-time four By Geoffrey MaCnaB
International Film Festival Rotterdam’s resurgent Hubert Bals Fund has announced its spring 2015 selection. The fund is geared toward supporting filmmakers from developing countries. It will be investing in the script and project development of four titles from
first-time feature film-makers — Alice Furtado, Maya Da-Rin, Hugo Gimenez and Kaouther Ben Hania — and four projects directed by women. The crop includes Brief Story From The Green Planet, the latest feature by Santiago Loza; Three Missing Policemen, the new film by Chinese director Ju Anqi; and Alice Furtado’s Sick Sick Sick.
Two international coproductions have also received support from the Hubert Bals Fund together with the Netherlands Film Fund. These are Something Useful by Pelin Esmer (Turkey), which is co-produced by Dutch outfit Topkapi, and White Sun by Deepak Rauniyar (Nepal), co-produced by another Dutch company, Waterland Film.
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jects. Finnish Film Affair will also present 20 projects in three categories — Works-In-Progress, oneminute pitch and the development clinic — and around 15 to 20 finished films will be screened.
Baker takes a Breath
Fresh from the completion of The Mentalist television series, Simon Baker has made a swift stop-over in Cannes to discuss his next trick: directorial debut Breath. In pre-production, the film is based on Australian writer Tim Winton’s book of the same name, which chronicles the lives of two thrill-seeking teenage boys who form an unlikely bond with a reclusive older surfer (Baker) and his mysterious wife. Referring to it as a coming-ofage story that intertwines the complexities of being a parent,
Zambian doc dreams big Cannes is welcoming its first Zambian film: e18hteam, a documentary that has a market screening tonight at 6:30pm at The Theatre Alexandre III. The story tracks the Zambian national football team, the Chipolopolo (the Copper Bullets), and their 18-year journey to become champions, from a tragic plane crash in 1993 that killed the entire team to winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012. Star coach Hervé Renard will attend the screening. The Spain-Zambia co-production is directed and produced by Juan RodriguezBriso and also produced by Ngosa Chungu.
Baker gives credence to having two teenage sons and a 21-yearold-daughter as the best research for the project. “There is a fine line between being a parent and a friend, and it is these subtleties that I want to focus on,” he says. The actor also credits Winton’s novel as a driving force for pushing Baker to finally sit in the director’s chair, something he has wanted to do since starting off in the entertainment industry. Using Winton’s descriptions of life growing up in Australia and the nuances in detailing adolescent
growing pains, he envisions a film that is “nimble, fluid in style and having a natural feel with the use of non-actors”. “It’s been an incredible experience auditioning actors from all around Australia. We’ve placed ads on social media and it’s been amazing what kind of response there’s been. There is such raw talent out there,” he says. Previously Baker has directed episodes of television series The Guardian and The Mentalist, giving him an understanding of how the collaboration process works. “Working in television has been like film school to me,” he says. But nothing, he adds, compares to working on an independently financed film from start to finish. While he also credits himself as a recreational film-maker and photographer — spending hours in self-built darkrooms or splicing together Super 8 films with VHS tapes — he admits that “working on the financing and early production stages of a film is all-consuming, and like nothing I’ve ever done before”. Screen Australia, Screen West and Arclight are financing Breath, which is slated to shoot this autumn.
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and then Anker died in 2014 before completing the project. “American Masters realised they had this very wonderful interview and nothing had ever been done with it. They asked me if I would jump in,” recalls director Nancy Buirski. She worked with around 18 hours of interview material shot over five days. Her challenge was to “distil” the footage into a coherent, feature-length doc. “It is sad to know [Anker] was unable to finish the film but it’s an honour to work on it.”
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Q&a Maïwenn Actress and director Maïwenn hits the red carpet on Sunday with her Palme d’Or contender Mon Roi, a searing tale of a passionate but dysfunctional relationship starring Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot. It is her second time in Competition after Polisse won the Grand Jury Prize in 2011. What was the genesis of Mon Roi? It’s a film I’ve wanted to make for 10 years and kept putting it off. But after Polisse, I decided the time was right. I wanted to talk about love. Did you take inspiration from your own life? In the head of an artist, it’s a lot more complicated than that. It’s not about whether it’s invented or autobiographical — it’s all about emotion. I would like people to stop characterising me as being on some sort of autobiographical trip. When I make a film, I put all of my emotion, creativity into it. It’s not important whether it’s autobiographical or not. Why did you cast Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Cassel? I’d wanted to give Emmanuelle a lead role ever since I finished cutting Polisse. I’ve also wanted to work with Vincent for some time. He’s very straightforward and focused without pretensions.
Lumet’s legacy Sidney Lumet directed more than 40 films over the course of half a century, including classics such as Twelve Angry Men, Network and Dog Day Afternoon. Even so, he remains far less feted than some of his contemporaries. Although his films received 46 Academy Award nominations, he never won Best Director. Feature documentary By Sidney Lumet (screening in Cannes Classics) ought to put the film-maker back in the public eye. The doc, sold by Cinephil, is based around a lengthy interview Lumet gave to Daniel Anker for American Masters in 2008 just after he had finished Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead. Lumet died in 2011
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Were you under pressure to cast someone more high-profile than Bercot? At a certain point I was thinking of
setting the film in New York with Jennifer Connelly, but that wasn’t about making it more ‘bankable’ or working with a star. I’d get just as excited about working with my local grocer as Leonardo DiCaprio, if he had an incredible personality and wanted to be filmed. I don’t care about star status. After Polisse’s Cannes success, are you feeling the pressure ahead of Mon Roi’s debut? I’m very stressed but not because of Polisse’s success. What happened with Polisse was magnificent, and it’s normal for people to make comparisons. The most important thing for me is what I’ve done in my work. It doesn’t matter whether Mon Roi is less welcomed, or loved. For me, it’s important that I’ve progressed and matured in my work. You’re one of two women in… No, no. Please don’t ask me the question about women. I am there as a film-maker, not as a woman. Melanie Goodfellow
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Jerome Paillard Marché du Film, Katya Anaya de la Fuente, Guillermo del Toro film-maker, Agustin Garcia-Lopez Mexican Ambassador to France and Jorge Sanchez Sosa Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografia (IMCINE).
2 A na Sofia Diaz Duran Mexico Tourism Board and Jesus Catalan Mexico Tourism Board 3 A lejandra Paulin Los Cabos International Film Festival, Maru Garzon Los Cabos International Film Festival and Paula Amor Morelia Film Festival
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The Lobster Reviewed by Lee Marshall After Dogtooth and Alps, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos and his regular screenwriter Efthymis Filippou continue to mine an absurdist seam of black comedy-drama in their first English-language outing. The budget boost and all-star cast have done nothing to dilute the trademark weirdness of the Hellenic duo or their penchant for stilted dialogue. What lifts The Lobster beyond such avant-garde theatrical mannerisms, most of the time, is the pathos that seeps through the film’s unsentimental facade and its sheer belief in the dystopian world it delivers — a world in which single people are changed into an animal of their choice if they fail to find a partner within 45 days. It may be based on universal human anxieties about love, relationships, compatibility and loneliness, but the script takes on a defiant, prickly life of its own, refusing to play as an easy allegory: this is no linear emotional journey dressed in dystopian clothes in the style of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. This, and the extreme stylisation of character and dialogue, will produce diminishing returns for audiences that fail to engage with the film’s deadpan sense of humour. As a result, The Lobster is unlikely to reach out to those who had no time for Alps or
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COMPETiTiOn Ire-UK-Fr-Greece-Neth. 2015. 118mins Director Yorgos Lanthimos Screenplay Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou Production companies Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Lemming Film International sales Protagonist Pictures, vanessa@ protagonistpictures.com Producers Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey, Yorgos Lanthimos Cinematography Thimios Bakatakis Editor Yorgos Mavropsaridis Main cast Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman, Ashley Jensen, Angeliki Papoulia, John C Reilly, Léa Seydoux, Michael Smiley, Ben Whishaw
» The Lobster p20 » Irrational Man p22 » Son of Saul p22
Dogtooth, though it may well spur a few Lanthimos newcomers to collect the set. Three recognisable but other-worldly settings are deployed in the course of the film: a hotel, a forest and a city. None are Heaven or even quite Hell, but it’s the hotel that comes closest to Purgatory: presided over by a stern, matronly manageress played by Olivia Colman, this is a last-chance saloon in the form of a posh but rather fusty country house resort on a rugged sea coast (actually Ireland’s County Kerry). We first see Colin Farrell’s sadsack character David — with his moustache, round glasses and bouffant hairdo, he’s a bit Ned Flanders, in appearance at least — checking in and leaving his personal possessions. He has a dog with him — Bob, the only other of the film’s ‘characters’ to have a name that is ever spoken — who we later learn is his brother, a previous inmate of the hotel, who “didn’t make it”. What “making it” involves soon becomes clear. Singles are given 45 days to find a soulmate among the other solos on probation. If they do, they’re eventually sent to share a yacht in the bay for a couple of weeks to prove they get on. Singles are also required to participate in hunting expeditions in the woods where the ‘loners’ live — escaped solos who, when immobilised by tranquiliser darts prior to being carted off for animalisation, score their hunter one extra day’s grace in the hotel. This is a world, perhaps a distorted mirror of
» An p26 » My Golden Days p28 » one Floor Below p26 » Sleeping Giant p28
our own increasingly superficial click-culture, in which people are known by their main traits. So Ben Whishaw plays a recently widowed man with a limp, John C Reilly a guy with a (hardly detectable) lisp, Jessica Barden a girl who suffers from nosebleeds and Ashley Jensen a woman with a penchant for biscuits. After a failed attempt to connect with a heartless hotel resident, David escapes to the woods to join the loners. Ruled over with iron discipline by Léa Seydoux’s character, the loners (including Rachel Weisz) have their own equally restrictive rules, the main one being that no romantic or sexual relationships are permitted. The camera’s ironic detachment and the film’s sombre colour palette both match the script’s gelid emotional tone — a quality also embodied in Rachel Weisz’s slightly numbed voiceover narration. A soundtrack of jagged, brittle classical music by Schnittke, Shostakovich and other composers brings the film’s edgy tension and menace to the fore. But the most spot-on musical moment is when the hotel manageress and her portly partner croon a cheesy version of Gene Pitney’s Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart. It’s a song that celebrates the emotional catharsis of true love: an enduring myth that The Lobster puts under the magnifying glass — in the sun, until it starts to burn.
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SCREENINGS MONKEY KING AND I (3D)
3D FAMILY ANIMATION
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Producers: John H. Williams (Shrek 1, 2, 3), Dan Krech
Writer: Lenore Venokur
Producers: Flame Node Entertainment, October Animation and Haute Route Director: Tian Xiao Peng Writers: English adaptation: Stephanie Sheh Creative consultant: Cory Edwards
Voice Cast: John Leguziamo, John Cleese, Samantha Bee, Jim Cummings
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Director: Ross Venokur
Delivery: Q3 2015
(Monkey King and I is screening under the working title Monkey King Returns)
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Producers: Junyoung Jang, Guillaume Benski Writer / Director: Abner Pastoll
Director: Ross Venokur (Get Squirrely 3D)
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Writer: Lenore Venokur (Get Squirrely 3D) Voice Cast: Demi Lovato, Avril Lavigne, GEM, Wilmer Valderrama.
Delivery: Q2 2016
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Producers: John H. Williams (Shrek 1, 2, 3), Cinesite Montreal
Producers: Lori Crook, Allen Bain (Choose) Writer / Director: Josh Crook
Director: Howard Baker (The Reef) Writers: Rob Moreland, Kyle Newman, Micah Herman
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Delivery: Q4 2016
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Irrational Man Reviewed by Graham Fuller Woody Allen comes out with all guns blazing in his modestly appointed but fiercely intellectual thriller Irrational Man — though the oneliners mouthed by Joaquin Phoenix’s initially nihilistic philosophy professor are unusually grim. Astutely guided by Allen, who clocks up his 45th feature as a writer-director, Phoenix and co-star Emma Stone, playing a college student smitten with the Byronic prof, excel as a more dangerously entwined couple than Stone and Colin Firth in Allen’s frothy 2014 comedy Magic In The Moonlight. They are shrewdly supported by Parker Posey, whose sexually frustrated, tousle-haired campus wife is a benign version of Martha in Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf ?. Positive word of mouth from Cannes could give Irrational Man a boost before its July 24 US release, though its satirical philosobabble won’t appeal to mainstream audiences. Sony Pictures Classics will be cautious about its capacity to match Moonlight’s $32.3m worldwide, let alone Blue Jasmine’s $97.5m. That said, this third leg of what might be termed Allen’s ‘Dostoevsky Trilogy’ is lighter than the bleak Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989) and the aloof Match Point (2005). Like the earlier two films, Irrational Man pivots on a murder committed by a character who is essentially an update of Crime And Pun-
oUT oF CoMpETiTioN US. 2015. 96mins Director-screenplay Woody Allen Production companies perdido productions, Gravier productions International sales FilmNation, nyoffice@ filmnation.com Producers Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson Cinematography Darius Khondji Editor Alisa Lepselter Production designer Santo Loquasto Main cast Joaquin phoenix, Emma Stone, parker posey, Jamie Blackley, Betsy Aidem, Ethan phillips
ishment’s Rodion Raskolnikov, and traces the effect on him of this defining existential choice. Phoenix headlines as Abe Lucas, a listless new faculty member at leafy Braylin College in Rhode Island. Abe has derived no satisfaction from writing philosophy books or doing humanitarian work in global hotspots (or from sleeping with female students). His mother’s rumoured suicide and the war-zone killing of his best friend indicate why Abe has succumbed to ennui and alcohol. The inert, depressive newcomer is an unlikely fantasy object for two sexy huntresses, Posey’s cougarish Rita Richards and Stone’s Jill Pollard, the passionate but naïve daughter of Braylin music teachers. Rita quickly (and fruitlessly) seduces him, but he rebuffs Jill, insisting they maintain a platonic friendship. Things change when Abe and Jill eavesdrop on an anguished woman who wishes dead the supposedly biased judge in her children’s custody case. Abe suddenly discovers his inner moral relativist, deciding to help the distraught mother and serve society by offing the judge, his lack of motive making it the perfect crime. His planning and perpetration of the murder rejuvenate him. He fleetingly becomes the “caveman” lover in Rita’s bed but soon deserts her for the inevitable romance with the persistent Jill. Otherwise tightly structured, Irrational Man sags in its middle act as Jill speculates whether
Abe is the murderer. Since Allen allowed Martin Landau and Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ Raskolnikov figures to get away with murder in Crimes And Misdemeanors and Match Point respectively, there’s no telling what will happen as Irrational Man heads towards one of the most startling pieces of action he has ever filmed. It hints where he stands now as a moralist or cynic in a corrupt world. Typically, Allen has subordinated style to story on Irrational Man, but it doesn’t lack for pictorial interest. The Ramsey Lewis Trio’s The ‘In’ Crowd dominates the light jazz soundtrack, its breeziness and background nightclub hubbub mocking the infernal events unfolding onscreen.
Saul, whose hard-to-read face seems something between stone and dead flesh, we sense that his untenable situation has cauterised his very being. Then Saul acquires an obsession that gives the drama a singularly troubling impetus: finding the body of a boy who appears to be his son, he resolves to find a rabbi to bury him. Son Of Saul offers a rigorously desentimentalised representation of the camps as a brutal milieu in which prisoner shows little pity to prisoner, and in which the industry of the death factory rolls on relentlessly — as intimated by continual frenetic action and by Tamas Zanyi’s oppressive, multi-layered sound design. Writer-director Nemes was assistant director on Bela Tarr’s The Man From London, and although he shares that director’s high seriousness and commitment to long takes, the film does not otherwise echo Tarr. Using claustrophobia-inducing 1:33 ratio, and holding tightly for long stretches on Saul’s head and shoulders, Nemes goes to some lengths to recreate the daily business of the camps, using hordes of extras, much as Spielberg did in Schindler’s List. Yet he makes a point of keeping most of this action either obscured or out of focus in the background, which only makes it more horrific. The effect is to show Saul utterly immersed
in his world and yet isolated from it. This visual approach, hanging closely on lead actor Röhrig, owes less to Tarr than to the Dardennes, while the involved choreography of camera and extras recalls Miklos Jancso’s seminal The Round-Up. The drift of events is often hard to follow, but the film finds a mesmerising centre in Röhrig’s performance, which combines unsettling vacancy with primal intensity, and certainly precludes the identification that too often provides the viewer with facile catharsis in such dramas.
Son Of Saul Reviewed by Jonathan Romney It is stating the obvious to say of any Holocaust film that it shows the concentration camps as an earthly hell. But the observation takes on genuine meaning with Hungarian drama Son Of Saul (Saul Fia), which not only gives the metaphor a powerful new charge in terms of dramatic intensity, but represents a serious attempt to rethink the visual codes of depicting the atrocities of the Shoah — events that have, in the past three decades, been increasingly often represented in cinema, arguably to the point of devaluation. Using techniques of distanciation that sometimes make it an alienating, even confusing experience, Laszlo Nemes’ cogent, strikingly confident debut is harrowing, but cinematically rewarding. It will be a must for festivals, and, one hopes, for intrepid arthouse distributors. The setting is Auschwitz in 1944, where a Hungarian Jew named Saul Ausländer (Geza Röhrig) works as a member of the camp’s Sonderkommando. As an opening title explains, these were prisoners detailed to help carry out the day-to-day running of the camp — a duty that includes herding new arrivals into the gas chamber and cleaning up for the next consignment. As soon as we see the first close-up of
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CoMpETiTioN Hun. 2015. 107mins Director Laszlo Nemes Production company Laokoon Film Arts International sales Films Distribution, alexis@ filmdistribution.com Producers Gabor Sipos, Gabor Rajna Screenplay Laszlo Nemes, Clara Royer Cinematography Matyas Erdely Editor Matthieu Taponier Production design Laszlo Rajk Sound Tamas Zanyi Music Laszlo Melis Main cast Geza Röhrig, Levente Molnar, Urs Rechn, Todd Charmont
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Dir. Jeppe Rønde Thriller / Denmark, UK / 2015
Starring Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones, Skins, God Help the Girl), Steven Waddington (The Imitation Game, Sleepy Hollow) and Josh O’Connor (The Riot Club).
“Tribeca FF 2015 World Narrative Competition Winner: Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing”
Jeppe Rønde’s starkly involving dramatization feels like a Joy Division dirge come to life. — time out ny Haunting… disquieting…“Bridgend” moodily plays with the idea of the misunderstood teen, but takes it to an eerie next level. Murray’s turn from naïve teenager to complicit and dangerously-in-love adherent is disquieting stuff. — indiewire This is ripped-from-the-headlines cinema reformulated as real-world horror film, with a shivery stylistic nod to the crime drama of Rønde’s homeland. — variety
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An Reviewed by Dan Fainaru She may divide critical opinion, but Naomi Kawase’s fans will greet An with open arms, appreciative of her slow pace, her contemplative stances and her notion that one of the keys, if not quite to happiness, at least to contentment in life, is a full communion between man and nature. Others, while they may well appreciate the heartwarming performance of veteran actress Kirin Kiki in An’s lead role and the beauty of Kawase’s images in this Un Certain Regard opening film, will hold onto their reservations as the second half of the picture moves towards melodrama, diluting the script and leading to a predictably sweet, sad but ultimately cheerful ending. Adapted from a novel whose title refers to the red bean paste used to fill a Japanese pastry known as dorayaki, most of the film takes place in and around a small bakery where the bitter Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) makes and sells dorayaki to high-school students in the area. One day, the elderly Tokue (Kiki) stops by and asks to be taken on as his assistant. He hesitates but the bean paste she prepares, so vastly superior to anything he has eaten from the readymade factory cans he has been using, leads to a rapid change of mind. The film’s best sequences are the early morn-
UN CERTAIN REgARD, OPENINg FILM Jap-Fr-Ger. 2015. 113mins Director Naomi Kawase Production companies Comme des Cinemas, Nagoya Broadcasting Network, Twenty Twenty Vision International sales MK2, juliette.schrameck@ mk2.com Producers Masa Sawada, Koichiro Fukushima, Yoshito Oyama Screenplay Naomi Kawase, based on An by Durian Sukegawa Cinematography Shigeki Akiyama Editor Tina Baz Production design Kyoko Heya Music David Hadjadj Main cast Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida
ing cooking sessions, with Tokue showing love, respect, attention and care for every single item she uses in every single phase of the preparation of the bean paste. The actress turns these gentle, affectionate tutorials into a delightful experience, with Kawase’s camera underlining every stage of the procedure. But once these come to an end, and a second, unrelated issue — that of leprosy as a social stigma — is brought in, the clichés start to arrive in rapid succession. Even the most moving performances cannot disguise their obviousness, the most painful being the blunt, heavy-handed caricature of
Sentaro’s female landlord. The segment involving a shy young student (Kyara Uchida) who has been badly neglected by her mother is never really worked into the fabric of the plot. Issues such as loneliness in a big city, the vagaries of modern economics that are destroying private lives and unscrupulous social ostracism are mentioned along the way but never dealt with in any depth. Kawase, who has always relied on spectacular visuals rather than solid script treatment, seems to have had the aim of confronting three different generations, and allowing the older one to share her wisdom and experience with the younger two.
his dog in the park and jogging to take the edge off his looming paunch. He lives in an apartment block that could be in any lower-middleclass suburb of any European city, with a wife and adolescent son he gets on with more or less. The film’s dramatic clock is set ticking when, on his way back from the dogwalk, Patrascu hears a loud and seemingly violent lovers’ argument in a downstairs flat. He stops, listens, hesitates and carries on upstairs, followed soon after by the man we know to be the abusive partner, Vali, a well-cast Iulian Postelnicu emanating hungry, needy, affable menace. When it transpires the young woman in the downstairs flat was murdered, Patrascu tells the police he heard nothing, saw nothing, noticed nothing. And back he goes to the job he shares with his wife — expediting vehicle registration and roadworthiness documents for drivers who don’t want to deal with the bureaucracy. He crashes queues, wanders into offices, calls in favours and grants them in return, advancing money to clients to pay licence fees and asking official mechanics if they can turn a blind eye to missing papers. As IT expert Vali continues to inveigle himself creepily into Patrascu’s life, sorting out his son’s video-gaming issues, for example — an obscure
form of blackmail, or bribery, which both men refuse to acknowledge as such — the tension is slowly racked up. But at the same time we begin to make connections between what Patrascu does and his strange moral inertia. He can’t stick to a diet, gets lost at a dog show, leaving his son to parade the mutt and, above all, he lives in a world of shortcuts, favours and debts. In the end, the most impressive thing about One Floor Below is the way it toys with our naïve faith in a narrative of justice and the myth of the conflicted man who must eventually do the right thing. Cinematographer Tudor Lucaciu uses shallow focus effectively as a metaphor for this society’s moral short-sightedness, and bright daylight shots as a counterpoint to the fog inside.
One Floor Below Reviewed by Lee Marshall A slow-burn moral thriller, Romanian director Radu Muntean’s drama of accountability stars 12:08 East Of Bucharest and Aferim! lynchpin Teodor Corban as a reluctant witness to a crime. This is no tight ethical drama in the mould of 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days: some patience is demanded of audiences, especially in the plodding first half hour, when the protagonist’s frequent shirt changes are as arresting as his stalled character arc. But for those prepared to invest the time, One Floor Below (Un Etaj Mas Jos) quietly builds into a devastating portrait of a weak man and the weak society he represents, both of which have lost their moral compass. Distributors stirred by Muntean’s last feature, the simmering adultery drama Tuesday, After Christmas, should take a look at this Un Certain Regard contender, which makes up in thematic richness what it lacks in dramatic muscle. However, it is a niche player, even on the already somewhat specialised ‘contemporary Romanian cinema’ shelf. Corban plays Patrascu (that’s his surname, but it’s what most people seem to call him), a regular middle-aged guy who we see walking
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My Golden Days Reviewed by Lisa Nesselson A Frencher-than-French tale of deeply anchored yet partially thwarted romance, Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days is touching, involving and very well acted. When anthropologist Paul Dedalus (Mathieu Amalric) returns to France from Tajikistan after years in the field, he is taken into custody at the airport. In an interrogation room, Paul tells his life story to a government official (André Dussollier). And what a story it turns out to be. Following its premiere in Directors’ Fortnight, this should find a big-screen home in multiple territories. Newcomer Quentin Dolmaire, who plays the teen and young adult Paul with just enough of Amalric’s mannerisms and vocal cadences, makes a stunning debut, as does Lou Roy-Lecollinet as his girlfriend, Esther. Bursting with young talents but very much a look at the echoing imprint youthful adventures leave on the middle-aged (the French title, Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse, translates as ‘Three Memories From My Youth’), the film’s main audience may well skew old. Divided into a prologue, three chapters and an epilogue, the story skips around in time to evoke distant locations including Soviet-era Minsk, Paris in the ’80s and ’90s and Desplechin’s native Roubaix — 200km to the north of Paris but, in its own way, a slightly foreign country.
DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT Fr. 2015. 124mins Director Arnaud Desplechin Production companies Why Not Productions, France 2 Cinema International sales Wild Bunch, obarbier@ wildbunch.eu Producer Why Not Productions Screenplay Arnaud Desplechin, Julie Peyr Cinematography Irina Lubtchansky Editor Laurence Briaud Production design Toma Baqueni Music Grégoire Hetzel Main cast Quentin Dolmaire, Lou RoyLecollinet, Mathieu Amalric, Dinara Drukarova, Francoise Lebrun, Olivier Rabourdin, Pierre Andrau, Eve Doe-Bruce, André Dussollier
As a youngster, Paul and his little brother and sister are terrorised by their nutty mother. Paul exiles himself to the house his Aunt Rose (glorious veteran Francoise Lebrun) shares with another woman. Rose, and later a university professor from Benin (Eve Doe-Bruce, delightful), are maternal influences who help compensate for the mother Paul never loved. Paul’s father (Olivier Rabourdin) is rarely home. As a student in Paris, Paul bounces around from youth hostels to the couches of generous strangers. (The fact he has no phone or fixed mailing address leads to some lovely episodes — some funny, some bittersweet — from another era.) On a trip back to Roubaix, Paul, aged 19, admits his attraction to his sister’s 16-year-old classmate, Esther, who knows exactly what effect she has on men. The bulk of the film follows the urgent need to be together and (mostly financial) necessity of being apart that characterises Paul and Esther’s romance over the years. While true to Paul in her fashion, Esther proves accommodating to other suitors. Percolating under enigmatic Paul and racy Esther’s intense feelings is a past cloak-anddagger episode on a high school trip to the USSR, when Paul and his best friend sneak away from their tour group. The movie is a free-standing venture, although Amalric also played a character
named Paul Dedalus long involved with a character named Esther (Emmanuelle Devos, then) in 1996’s My Sex Life… Or How I Got Into An Argument, and there are insights and flourishes for Desplechin followers. Nicely wielded poetic licence incorporates an ‘iris’ effect in flashbacks, as well as an omniscient narrator who weighs in without warning. While the depiction of young love is universal, there are some exceedingly French touches, including working-class girls who study Plato in the original Greek, a couple who don’t mind that their 16-year-old daughter is having sex, and a father who isn’t bothered if said sex takes place in his own bed. The film heads toward a two-pronged coda that few viewers could predict.
Moffett) and Nate (Nick Serino), bad-apple cousins who enjoy shoplifting, getting stoned and daring each other to do dangerous stunts. The introverted Adam isn’t a great mix with these teen hoodlums, but a bond develops between the boys as they try to coax him to ask out a local girl, on whom he has a crush. As Sleeping Giant opens, an ominous, pounding, percussive score atop images of natural beauty alert the audience that not all will be idyllic in this teen tale. Unfortunately, Cividino, developing the material from a 17-minute short he made last year, tips his hand in such a way that viewers are prepared to expect a dark turn in what initially seems like an unassuming slice-of-life film. However, Cividino digs beneath the surface to illuminate male-bonding rituals, especially how young men try to assert dominance. Cinematographer James Klopko documents the gorgeous water and beautiful wide-open spaces, but Sleeping Giant consistently undercuts the lakeside eye candy by reminding us of the boys’ unfiltered testosterone, which provokes Riley and Nate to act out and impressionable Adam to follow their lead. But their foolish actions are echoed by the older male role models on display — notably, Adam’s cool-guy father (David Disher).
Sleeping Giant seems to draw parallels between all these characters’ ignorant, selfish actions, suggesting that, for men, maturity is something that is never achieved. But that provocative notion is ultimately the only intriguing variation in what is otherwise a sensitively acted, fairly pedestrian story about fleeting youth and the poignancy of puppy love. Betrayals and dark twists eventually follow, but none of it is particularly surprising. Still, Cividino already has a firm grasp on the marriage between environment and tone. And his young actors deliver loose-limbed performances that feel at least partially improvised without falling into awkward self-indulgence.
Sleeping Giant Reviewed by Tim Grierson The ceaseless stupidity of men is lamented but also dissected in Sleeping Giant, a thoughtful, well-observed but also familiar coming-of-age drama. First-time feature film-maker Andrew Cividino captures a palpable sense of time and place — specifically, anxious adolescence during the lazy days of summer — to examine three teen boys quietly navigating the uncertain waters of encroaching adulthood. But despite its articulation of how male angst poisons plenty of interactions, Sleeping Giant cannot shake conventionality, and the characters’ modest tensions predictably ratchet up to something far more sinister just over the horizon. Screening in Critics’ Week, Sleeping Giant will cater to arthouses, and potential distributors will seek to translate strong reviews into respectable grosses. There are commercial limitations because there aren’t any marketable names attached to the film, whether in front of or behind the camera, but its teen-drama milieu offers an easy hook for audiences. The film focuses on Adam (Jackson Martin), a shy, sweet 15-year-old who is on holiday in the great outdoors around Lake Superior with his parents. Adam soon befriends Riley (Reece
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CRITICS’ WEEK Can. 2015. 90mins Director Andrew Cividino Production companies Film Forge Productions, Hawkeye Pictures, Telefilm Canada International sales Seville International, email@example.com, nkampelmacher@ filmsseville.com Producers Karen Harnisch, Andrew Cividino, Marc Swenker, James Vandewater, Aaron Yeger Screenplay Andrew Cividino, Aaron Yeger, Blain Watters Cinematography James Klopko Main cast Jackson Martin, Reece Moffett, Nick Serino, David Disher, Erika Brodzky, Katelyn McKerracher
IntervIew todd Haynes
Carol reunites Cate Blanchett with director Todd Haynes
before the mad stampede, so that worked out really well. It’s somewhat surprising that it’s only your second time in Competition, after you were here with velvet Goldmine in 1998. Yes, and my second feature Safe was in Directors’ Fortnight in 1995. velvet Goldmine is still discussed as one of those legendary Cannes parties. I like to hear that that’s still true after so many years! We all, of course, like to think of it that way. I realised even being in Directors’ Fortnight with Safe that Cannes is a lot of work for directors, and because Velvet Goldmine was a hard movie to get made for the budget, I just decided for myself and for the actors to try to have a good time. And we did. We really did.
The look of love
Carol is one of this year’s most anticipated entries in Cannes’ Competition. Todd Haynes talks to Matt Mueller about being back on the Croisette
eventeen years after he last played in Competition with his glam-rock celebration Velvet Goldmine, Todd Haynes returns to the Croisette with Carol, an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel The Price Of Salt, about the illicit affair between an aspiring photojournalist (Rooney Mara) and an older, unhappily married woman (Cate Blanchett). Blanchett was already attached when Haynes came on board, the stars aligning after a separate project was put on hold and producer Liz Karlsen of Number 9 Films asked him to read Phyllis Nagy’s script. Karlsen produced the film with Stephen Woolley, former Film4 head Tessa Ross and Haynes’ longtime collaborator Christine Vachon. He spoke with Screen about being back in Cannes, working with Blanchett again and the challenges and opportunities facing independent film-makers. Carol was rumoured to be one of first titles selected for Competition. did you have a feeling you would be coming to Cannes? Well, it’s the first time in many years I’ve had something ready for Cannes well in advance. At least Thierry [Frémaux] got to see it
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do you think you’ll be able to enjoy yourself this year? I’m trying to get my head ready for it. Since I don’t have a film every year, and I certainly don’t have a film every year at Cannes, it’s definitely a hyped experience. But it’ll be so nice to share the time with Cate and Rooney. Of course their presence will be so important and they’ll look outstanding on the red carpet. Also, Gus Van Sant and I are the only two Americans this year. Gus and I go way back; we both live in Portland, Oregon. We’re definitely a funny regional pair. It’s funny that the fates picked us out to be in Cannes this year. How did Carol come into your orbit? I first heard about it through [costume designer] Sandy Powell. There’s always a lack of films about women and particularly period films about women that are circulating and she said, “Well, there’s a frock film that I’m excited about that Liz Karlsen is producing.” I’ve known Liz forever but we’d never made a film together. Sandy said that Cate was attached so immediately my ears pricked up. I was like, “Damn, that sounds great, I want in on that.” so what happened then? It wasn’t until the middle of the following year when I heard they were actually looking for a director. I’d been working on a script that got postponed around an actor’s availability and all of a sudden my fall was open and Liz asked Christine if I’d be interested in reading Phyllis’s draft, which I know had its own life and history, and over the years they were trying to get it going. I was immediately taken with it as subject matter, as historical setting and place, and I thought the book was fascinating. what themes stood out for you? It stands out as the most autobiographical of Highsmith’s novels and one she published under a pseudonym through most of her »
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INTERVIEW TODD HAYNES
‘Rooney Mara is very like Cate as an actor. She’s extremely serious, extremely intelligent’ Todd Haynes
palette and distressed urban environment we wanted to put into the film, which gives it a markedly different look to Far From Heaven.
life. She had written Strangers On A Train and had already sold it to Hitchcock, but she was still a kid in her 20s without much income so she took this job at Bloomingdale’s working in the doll department. That’s when she encountered this beautiful, formidable creature, who came in to buy a doll for her daughter. The encounter was brief but Highsmith became ill with chickenpox and, in that fever state, conjured this entire narrative. What I loved about the novel is that it summons all the obsessive mental and, at times, physical work that characterises the amorous mind, and how much Highsmith aligns that with the criminal mind. Even before it becomes defined as an illicit and lesbian and forbidden love, it’s love itself that puts you outside the world and outside of normal life.
(Above) Actress Toni Collette and Haynes celebrate Velvet Goldmine’s award for best artistic contribution at Cannes in 1998; (below) Carol sees Cate Blanchett play a married woman who has an illicit love affair with store clerk and aspiring photographer Rooney Mara
You’ve explored a similar era and societal taboos about forbidden love before. How close did Carol feel to Far From Heaven? It definitely made me think of Far From Heaven, but the differences were as interesting as the similarities. Carol is set in the very beginning of the ’50s and, as I got into the research, it felt like a radically different period from the full Eisenhower sort of consumer culture that’s typified in the glossy surfaces of a Sirkian melodrama, which was my point of reference in Far From Heaven. In Carol, the world, the culture, the New York City depicted are such a different place — a messy, post-war, sort of splintered society that hasn’t found a dominant voice through consumer culture. Douglas Sirk was a driving inspiration behind Far From Heaven. Was there an influence that played as strongly with Carol? I was interested in how point of view plays a really interesting role in different kinds of classic love stories. Point of view was a challenge in the film because in the book it’s locked inside Therese’s subjectivity, but we needed to open it up for the film to have access to Carol’s story as well. Whose eyes you’re looking out of shifts later in the film, and I wanted to stay in control of those changes. I also looked at a lot of the photojournalism and art photography coming out of New York City at that time. There were a tremendous number of female photographers doing stunning work, and Therese, in our version, is an aspiring photojournalist rather than a theatre designer. The colour photography of that time helped inform the soiled colour
It’s your second time working with Cate, in a much bigger role. How different were the two experiences? It was one of my motivations for getting involved. I had such an amazing time with her on I’m Not There, and watching that particular performance emerge was an extraordinary experience for me. I think it was for her, too. I was just blown away by what she did and who she is as a person; that’s always coupled with my esteem for her. And that just continued to be fleshed out in every possible way on this. It’s interesting because this was almost more her project, and that was cool because it meant there was a whole different way of discussing our prep. We had time in Cincinnati before we started shooting to do some fine tuning and really discuss the depictions of these women. She has incredible knowledge and instincts. And Rooney is very like Cate as an actor. She’s extremely serious, extremely intelligent, but she’s also very kind and easy to work with. It was a lovely atmosphere on set. There are cast pairings that generate huge anticipation, and the prospect of watching Rooney and Cate together qualifies. I’ll say! And I really think it fulfils those expectations. There’s something going on there, I have to say. At times I just had to sit back and watch it happen all by itself. This is your first feature since I’m Not There in 2007, although you made Mildred Pierce for HBO in the interim. Are you finding it any more challenging as an independent film-maker than in the 1990s? I don’t know that it’s more challenging to develop your own stuff. We brought five written episodes of Mildred Pierce and the beginnings of a conversation with Kate Winslet to HBO, which is why we were able to do it as quickly as we did. There are other things I’ve thought of that could only be handled in that way, with a bigger palette and more extended shape. I’m conceiving a limited series based on events that really occurred in the early ’70s in LA, based on The Source Family documentary. The cable world is offering directors a new range of opportunities. There’s a healthy sense of competition within cable and streaming entities now, and they’re actively looking for problematic subject matter and characters who are not s just loveable. That’s encouraging. ■
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Buzz titles Korea There is a strong showing of South Korean films here in Cannes. Jean Noh previews some of the key titles
n the first quarter of 2015, South Korean admissions dropped from 54.5 million to 50.4 million year-onyear, according to data from the Korean Film Council. This was despite the 2014 year-end release of massive local hit Ode To My Father, which took 62.6% of its 14.25 million admissions in 2015, and the UK action comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service, which saw 5.7 million admissions in the first quarter. Box-office receipts also went down 7.4% to $367.4m (WON397bn) year-on-year. On April 23, Avengers: Age Of Ultron had a record opening and, at time of writing, looks well on its way to surpassing the 10 million admissions mark in
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the coming days. Meanwhile, Han Junhee’s Coin Locker Girl, which is a special screening in Critics’ Week, opened April 29 in the number two spot behind the Marvel sequel. The local noir thriller took a total of $4.6m in its first week. Also showing in the Cannes Official Selection, Korea has Hong Wonchan’s thriller Office as a Midnight Screening, as well as Oh Seung-uk’s The Shameless and Shin Su-won’s Madonna — both in Un Certain Regard. In the market, Korean sales agents are debuting films including Lee Yoon-ki’s snowbound drama A Man And A Woman and Kim Ki-duk’s human-versus-nature commentary Stop.
FESTIVAL TITLES Coin Locker Girl Critics’ Week Dir Han Jun-hee Screening in Critics’ Week, Han Jun-hee’s feature directorial debut is set in Incheon’s Chinatown. The noir thriller stars Kim Hye-soo (The Thieves, Tazza: The High Rollers) as a ruthless loan shark called Mother who takes in children who can prove themselves useful. Rising star Kim Ko-eun (Eungyo) plays a girl who was sold off to Mother after being found in a train station coin locker. At 18, she has grown into an indispensible enforcer but while tracking a debtor she is introduced to a kinder, more normal world leading her to make a dangerous choice. Contact Yoonhee Choi, CJ Entertainment firstname.lastname@example.org
Madonna Un Certain Regard Dir Shin Su-won Making its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section, Madonna is directed by Shin Su-won, who was previously at Cannes in 2012 with The Circle Line.. The short screened in Critics’ Week, where it won the Canal Plus award. Shin Madonna
also won a Special Mention in the 2013 Berlinale’s Generation 14plus section with her second feature Pluto. Starring Seo Young-hee (The Chaser, Bedevilled), Madonna follows a hospital caregiver trying to keep a pregnant, braindead and unidentified emergency room patient from becoming a heart donor for a VIP patient. Madonna also features Kim Young-min (Ad-Lib Night), Byun Yo-han (Socialphobia) and Kwon So-hyun in her feature debut. Contact Finecut
Office Midnight Screening Dir Hong Wonchan Debuting feature director Hong Wonchan’s Office is making its world premiere in the Midnight Screening section. Hong was script editor on films such as Na Hong-jin’s The Chaser and The Yellow Sea. Office stars Ko (Snowpiercer The Ah-sung (Snowpiercer, Host Park Sung-woong Host), Encounter The (The Fatal Encounter, Shameless) and Bae Seong-woo (The Royal Tailor Ko plays an intern Tailor). struggling to get hired as a permanent employee when her supervisor (Bae) murders his whole family with a »
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the shameless Un Certain Regard Dir Oh Seung-uk Starring Cannes Best Actress Award winner Jeon Do-yeon (Secret Sunshine) opposite heartthrob Kim Nam-gil (The
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Pirates), and with Park Chan-wook (Stoker) credited as creative producer, The Shameless is making its world premiere in Un Certain Regard. The romantic drama is the second feature from Oh Seung-uk, screenwriter on acclaimed films such as Christmas In August. It’s also noted for being his comeback film, 15 years after his feature directorial debut with gangster film Kilimanjaro. In The Shameless, homicide detective Jung (played by Kim) tries to catch a mob enforcer by getting close to his girlfriend (Jeon), only to fall in love with her. Contact CJ Entertainment, Yoonhee Choi email@example.com
Cannes-feted actress Jeon Do-yeon (Secret Sunshine, My Dear Enemy) stars as a mother who brings her autistic son to Helsinki to send to a special camp. She meets an architect played by Gong Yoo (Silenced), sent to work in Finland, who has a depressed young daughter and a mentally unstable wife. After a short, silent trip together, a snowstorm strands them in a cabin and they spend a passionate night together before going their separate ways without exchanging names. Directed by Lee Yoon-ki and produced by Oh Jung-wan, who collaborated on My Dear Enemy and Come Rain, Come Shine, the film was shot in Estonia and Finland, and is in post-production.
her fall in love with him. But he cannot stay awake forever. The many stars that play Woo-jin include Park Seo-jun (TV’s Kill Me, Heal Me), Ueno Juri (Nodame Cantabile), Lee Jin-uk (The Target), Kim Joo-hyuk (My Wife Got Married) and Yu Yeon-seok (TV’s Reply 1994). Contact Dana Kim, Contents Panda firstname.lastname@example.org
life is But an empty Dream Dir Cho Sung-kyu Starring Kim Dong-wan, Mina Fujii and Philip Choi, Life Is But An Empty Dream is a music drama centring on the dreams and loves of two young men and a woman from Japan working at the Pentaport Rock Festival. Directed by Sungkyu Cho (The Winter Of The Year Was Warm, Santa Barbara), the film is making its market premiere at Cannes.
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Making its market debut at Cannes, The Beauty Inside is based on an award-winning six-episode social film developed by Intel and Toshiba. In this Korean version, Woo-jin is a man who wakes up every day with a different face and body — of different ages, genders and nationalities. When he falls in love with Yi-su, played by Han Hyo-ju (Cold Eyes, Masquerade), he gets to know her in different forms, and then manages to stay awake and not change long enough to date and make
Korean maverick auteur Kim Ki-duk (Moebius, Pieta) is back with a Japaneselanguage film starring Tsubasa Nakae (Kidz-Zero) and Natsuko Hori (Chigasaki Story). They play a couple from Fukushima who move to Tokyo after the nuclear disaster, and soon discover they have a baby on the way. Finecut is holding a buyers-only market screening on today. Contact Finecut s email@example.com n
INTERVIEW HONG WONCHAN
prised. You’d think you take an internship and if it doesn’t work out, you can just move on. But you’re spending your own money to work, with the sole hope of getting hired as a permanent employee, and you could become a delinquent borrower in the process. I empathised with that; as a film school graduate, there were mornings I didn’t want to open my eyes because of the hopelessness and insecurity. We also have a permanent employee in the film who feels just as desperate and kills his family. You could ask if someone would really do that, but people do. We see it on the news all the time. Why do you think Korea holds the number one ranking for suicides? It’s almost like a ticking timebomb in our society — that there’s no buffer or safety net for hardworking people. I thought it would be good to unravel a story dealing with this within a genre film set-up.
Office hell Hong Wonchan talks to Jean Noh about Midnight Screenings selection Office and the intrigue of workplace desperation
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nown for adapting and editing the scripts for thrillers such as Na Hong-jin’s The Chaser and The Yellow Sea and Lee Ho-jae’s The Scam, Hong Wonchan makes his feature directorial debut in Midnight Screenings with the world premiere of Office. The thriller revolves around a salaryman (Bae Seong-woo) who kills his family and disappears, the detective (Park Sung-woong) sent to his office to investigate, and the young intern who may hold the key to the mystery (Ko Asung). A Film Blossom production, Little Big Pictures is planning to release Office in Korea in August. The version in Cannes was pushed through quickly to screen at the festival but it will not be altered significantly, apart from giving Hong more time to polish the CGI, sound mixing and music before the Korean release. The film is sold here by 9ers Entertainment.
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How did this project get started? The head of my company, Choi Yun-jin, wrote the original script and, knowing I wanted to direct, showed it to me. I thought the subject matter was good but it was almost a horror film at that point, and that’s not a genre I like. I talked to him a lot about the script. A month later he came back with a greatly changed book, and I agreed to adapt and direct it. What was your approach to the script? I like films with suspense and thrillers with something different — like the Coen brothers’ films. Rather than having a dichotomy of good and evil, I like to look at how a protagonist goes through changes. I met with some interns for research and was a little sur-
(Left) Hong Wonchan on the set of his directorial debut Office; (Below) Park Sung-woong plays the detective
Was it hard getting a film with a young female lead off the ground? Korean films generally centre around male actors and protagonists so it’s harder to get investment, and there isn’t a great pool of actresses in their early twenties. But Ko Asung liked our script and we were able to cast who we wanted straight off. It’s also hard to find so-called A-list actors who’d agree to appear in supporting roles in a film focused on a female protagonist. But Park Sunwoong thankfully really liked the script. It was the same with Bae Seong-woo. How is the Korean industry changing in your opinion? I’m really a film fanatic and watch films as one. But these days, Korean films seem much the same. It’s hard to find commercial films that have personality or creativity. When I started film school and we’d talk about directors, it was all Wong Kar Wai, Scorsese and Tarantino. When I got back from military service, that’s when we were finally starting to talk about Korean directors like Park Chan-wook and Bong Joon Ho. Back then, the originality in Korean films was alive. But now, debuting directors have to score boxoffice hits right from the start if they want to make another film. The industry has been reshuffled to centre around conglomerates and too much emphasis is placed on scores. As a debuting director yourself, how has the experience been? A small to mid-sized investment and distribution company financed my film, so compared to new directors working for conglomerates, I think I was under less pressure and I’m thankful for that. I’m not saying conglomerates are bad for new directors. They have capital, cinema chains and consideration. Personally, I hope more good small to midsized companies will come up so that more diverse films can gain a foothold. This would s create a healthy base for Korean films. ■
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My Big Night
fter recent travails, 2014 was a strong year at the box office in Spain. Revenues reached $631.9m, up 3% on 2013, and admissions rose 14% to 87 million. Local comedies did especially robust business. The runaway favourite for 2014 was romantic comedy Spanish Affair, which grossed close to $70m, thereby helping boost Spanish films’ share of their own market to 24.9%, almost double the previous year’s figure. Of continuing concern to the local film industry, however, is the lack of younger cinema-goers. The high rate of youth unemployment, the continuing problem of piracy and the lure of other entertainment forms has had a devastating effect on what was once the core of the Spanish film audience. “The lack of access to employment of the younger generations means they have less money to spend attending the cinema,” says Antonio Saura, managing director of Latido Films. Happy 140
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“This implies they concentrate the spending in fewer films, and mostly those that are heavily promoted. Or — what’s worse — they find those titles illegally on the internet. We risk losing a whole generation of the cinema audience, which is really scary.” There is also still uncertainty over how Spain’s warmly welcomed new tax incentive system for international film productions will work in practice. Nonetheless, the Spanish sellers arrive in Cannes in a buoyant mood. “It is not easy but we are adapting to the new circumstances of the marketplace,” says Ivan Diaz, head of international division at Filmax. Branching out One way of adapting has been to diversify. The trick, Diaz suggests, is “to do a bit of everything”. Alongside its traditional horror genre fare, Filmax, for example, has become more active in TV, enjoying notable success with The Red Band Society. “ We f o u n d a
strong business [on TV] for that and we are doing it very seriously now. In terms of movies, we are focusing on another audience. With horror, you are looking for the younger audience but that is the challenging piece of the market right now,” he says. Another strategy is to sell remake rights to Spanish films that might not otherwise find buyers abroad. This is what David Castellanos is doing at Cinema Republic with romantic comedy Pagafantas scripted by Borja Cobeaga and Diego San Jose, the team behind Spanish Affair. The film has already sold to several territories for remakes.
Filmax has strong expectations for Cesc Gay’s new drama Truman, which is having an invitation-only screening in the Marché. The film, a comedy starring Ricardo Darin and Pedro Almodovar favourite Javier Camara, is the story of two childhood friends reunited after many years apart. There is also evidence that buyers are continuing to follow Spanish film-makers whose work has proved successful in the past. For example, Diaz reports strong interest in the script for Muse, the latest feature from horror maestro Jaume Balaguero, director of Fragile and [Rec], described by Diaz as “one of the best directors we »
work with”. The English-language film is due to shoot at the end of the year. Fellow sales agent Film Factory enjoyed spectacular success, culminating in an Oscar nomination, with Wild Tales, the Almodovar-produced Argentinian comedy it brought to Cannes Competition last year. Film Factory’s Vicente Canales is talking up two of the films on his Cannes slate, To Rob A Thief and My Big Night, and argues that it is “very important” the main Spanish television stations remain involved in such productions. With their support, local films stand a stronger chance in the home market — and success in Spain often helps with the international sales drive. Latido is also optimistic about its Cannes slate. Saura heralds the quality of The Yellow Thin Line, produced by Guillermo del Toro, Bertha Navarro and Alejandro Springall, and has strong hopes for Gracia Querejeta’s Happy 140. Meanwhile, crime drama Death Of A Fisherman, adapted from a bestselling
novel by Domingo Villar, is being touted as an Iberian answer to Nordic noir and hopes are high for first-time director Samuel Casal’s Black Wolves, which Suara describes as having “the qualities of some of the greatest Spanish post-war dramas”. El Gato Persa Films will be selling Pedro del Santo’s Paranoid Girls. DeAPlaneta’s Cannes slate includes Spanish box-office hit Off Course, which has grossed $11.4m (¤10m) and rising at the local box office. Spanish films are in short supply in official selection this year in Cannes. However, Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s sixth feature, A Perfect Day, starring Tim Robbins and Olga Kurylenko, screens in Directors’ Fortnight. Meanwhile, the sellers agree that Cannes remains a key market. As Saura puts it: “Although the way deals work has changed, and buyers take longer to react, Cannes remains a great place to do s business.” ■
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Dir Daniel Calparsoro A heist movie following six armed men as they attack a bank in Valencia, To Rob A Thief’s cast is led by Luis Tosar (Cell 211) and The Motorcycle Diaries’ Rodrigo De La Serna. The film boasts some heavyweight producers, among them Juan Gordon and Hugo Sigman.
The prolific Leon de Aranoa’s latest feature, screening in Directors’ Fortnight, has an all-star cast led by Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Mélanie Thierry, Fedja Stukan and Benicio Del Toro. It is the story of aid workers trying to resolve a crisis in a war zone. Contact WestEnd Films firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dir Jordi Llompart Filmax has high hopes for its feature doc about Barcelona’s revered football club, which will be completed by the end of June. “We have great access to the team,” said Filmax’s Ivan Diaz. “This documentary is not just for football fans, it will also explore issues such as how relevant the club is in Catalonia and the rivalry with Real Madrid. It’s really cool.” Footage is being shown in Cannes. Contact Filmax email@example.com
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Dir Gracia Querejeta Maribel Verdu, star of Y Tu Mama Tambien and Pan’s Labyrinth, headlines Querejeta’s dark comedy about the chaos that ensues when a 40-year-old woman wins the lottery. Contact Latido
My Big Night Dir Alex De La Iglesia My Big Night is the latest feature from the frequently outrageous De La Iglesia. It features pop star Raphael alongside familiar faces from Spanish cinema including Mario Casas, Hugo Silva and Santiago Segura. The black comedy follows an unemployed man sent by his job placement agency to work on the summer recording of a New Year’s Eve special. Along with hundreds
of extras, he endures a nightmarish time on the claustrophobic set as the show spirals out of control. Universal is handling the release of the film in Spain in the autumn. Contact Film Factory filmfactory.es
Starring Ricardo Darin opposite longtime Almodovar favourite Javier Camara, Gay’s wry comedy drama about two childhood friends reunited after years apart is billed as an “elegy to friendship and love”. Contact Filmax
Off Course Dir Nacho Garcia Velilla The Spanish comedy blockbuster was released on 287 screens in the spring and, after nine weeks, has taken almost $11.4m (¤10m). The film follows Hugo, a Spanish man who moves with his friend to Berlin. There, he falls in love with Carla, and lies to his girlfriend Nadia and his parents about his life in Berlin. But everything turns upside down when his parents and girlfriend decide to visit. Contact DeAPlaneta deaplaneta.com
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The Yellow Thin Line Dir Celso Garcia Guillermo del Toro, Bertha Navarro and Alejandro Springall produced The Yellow Thin Line, one of the highlights of Latido’s Cannes slate. The feature debut for Garcia is about a group of men hired to paint the yellow lines of a road. Latido pitches it as “an extremely powerful film” that will strike a chord with audiences and critics alike. Contact Latido Films latidofilms.com
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Cast: Jeremie Renier, Kevin Azais. Captain Antares Bonassieu and his squad have been assigned a surveillance mission in a remote valley of Wakhan, on the border of Pakistan. On a dark September’s night, soldiers begin to mysteriously disappear in the valley.
08:30 COIN LOCKER GIRL
(South Korea) 110mins. Dir: Han Jun-Hee. Cast: Kim Hye-Soo, Kim Ko-Eun. Abandoned in a train station coin locker when she was a baby, Il-young was sold to a woman referred to simply as Mother, the boss of a remorseless loan shark group. Now 18, she is exposed to the world that everyone calls normal.
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11:45 ARABIAN NIGhtS VOL. 1
(Portugal) 125mins. Dir: Miguel Gomes. Cast: Crista Alfaiate, Adriano Luz, Carloto Cotta. Scheherazade tells of the restlessness that befell the country.
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Directors’ Fortnight theatre Croisette
(Italy) 106mins. Dir: Nanni Moretti. Cast: Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Nanni Moretti, Giulia Lazzarini. Margherita is a director shooting a film with the famous American actor Barry Huggins, who is quite a character on set. Away from the set, Margherita tries to hold her life together while feeling powerless when facing her mother’s illness and her daughter’s adolescence. Competition press Grand theatre Lumiere
(Argentina) 103mins. Dir: Santiago Mitre. Cast: Dolores Fonzi, Oscar Martinez, Esteban Lamothe. Paulina abandons her successful career as a lawyer in Buenos Aires to engage in social activism back in her homeland on the border between Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. After two weeks working in a neighbourhood scarred by poverty and marginalisation, she is assaulted by a gang. Despite the brutality of the attack, Paulina resolves to survive, against the odds. Critics’ Week Miramar
13:30 thE ShAMELESS
Festival & Press 14:00 IRRAtIONAL MAN
(US) 96mins. Dir: Woody Allen. Cast: Jamie Blackley, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey.
09:00 A PERFECt DAy
(Spain) 105mins. Dir: Fernando Leon De Aranoa. Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Melanie Thierry, Fedja Stukan. A group of aid workers try to resolve a crisis in an armed conflict zone. Directors’ Fortnight theatre Croisette
(UK) 127mins. Dir: Asif Kapadia. Explores the life of Amy Winehouse, five-time Grammy award-winner and arguably Britain’s greatest female singer/ songwriter of this millennium. Using neverbefore-seen archival footage, “Amy” will tell the story, in the megastar’s own uncensored words and actions, of a tragic young woman from London who came of age in the public
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Comedy drama in which a philosophy professor falls for one of his students. Out of Competition Salle Du Soixantieme
eye and whose genius and artistry propelled a celebrity she could never truly come to terms with. Out of Competition press Salle Bunuel
thE FOURth DIRECtION
(India) 115mins. Dir: Gurvinder Singh. Cast: Suvinder Vicky, Rajbir Kaur, Kanwaljit Singh. Based on the short stories “The Fourth Direction” and “I Am Feeling Fine Now” by Indian author Waryam Singh Sandhu about the Sikh separatist movement of the 1980s. Un Certain Regard Salle Bazin
(Iran) 105mins. Dir: Ida Panahandeh. Cast: Sareh Bayat, Navid Mohammad Zadeh, Pouria Rahimi, Nasrin Babaei, Milad Hossein Pour. A young divorcee living
with her son in a small northern city in Iran falls in love with a man who wants to marry her. According to the current rules, the father has the custody of children; however, her ex-husband has granted her that right on the condition she doesn’t remarry. Struggling to keep both of her beloved ones, she has to think about the third option: temporary marriage (Sighe). However, this puts her in a predicament. Despite being legal, Sighe is not well-received by society. Un Certain Regard press theatre Claude Debussy
11:15 thE LOBStER
(Ireland) 119mins. Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos. Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labad, Angeliki Papoulia. An unconventional love story set in a dystopian near future where single people, according to the rules of “The City”, are arrested and transferred to “The Hotel”. Competition Salle Du Soixantieme
11:30 thE SEA OF tREES
(US) 110mins. Dir: Gus Van Sant. Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, Naomi Watts. A moving story about the destructive, redemptive and healing nature of love. It is love and loss that leads Arthur Brennan to Aokigahara, a mysterious forest known as The Sea of Trees lapping the foothills of Mount Fuji, where people go to contemplate life and death. Arthur enters the depths of the forest. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura, a Japanese man who also appears to have lost his way. Unable to leave Takumi behind, Arthur invests all of his remaining energy into saving Takumi and returning him to safety. The two men embark on a journey of reflection and survival which affirms Arthur’s will to live and reconnects him to his love for his wife. Competition Grand theatre Lumiere
(South Korea) 120mins. Dir: Oh Seung-Wook. Cast: Jeon Do-Yeon, NamGil Kim, Park Sung-Woon. In order to capture a mob enforcer, homicide detective Jung befriends his girlfriend, Hye-kyung, only to fall in love with her. Un Certain Regard Salle Bazin
(France) 100mins. Dir: Alice Winocour. Cast: Diane Kruger, Paul Hamy. Set in Antibes in the present day. A former soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder finds himself tasked with protecting the wife and son of a rich Lebanese businessman while he is away. Un Certain Regard press theatre Claude Debussy
(Philippines) 95mins. Dir: Lino Brocka. Cast: Hilda Koronel, Mona Lisa, Ruel Vernal. A destitute Filipino woman seeks revenge on those who have wronged her. Cannes Classics Salle Bunuel
thE WAKhAN FRONt
(France) 100mins. Dir: Clement Cogitore.
IRRAtIONAL MAN See box, above
(Italy) 106mins. Dir: Nanni Moretti. Cast: Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Nanni Moretti, Giulia Lazzarini.
(Iran) 105mins. Dir: Ida Panahandeh. Cast: Sareh Bayat, Navid Mohammad Zadeh, Pouria Rahimi, Nasrin Babaei, Milad Hossein Pour.
Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
Un Certain Regard Theatre Claude Debussy
My GoLDEN DAyS
Festival & Press 16:00 RAMS
(Iceland) 93mins. Dir: Grimur Hakonarson. Cast: Sigurdur Sigurjonsson, Theodor Jœlousson, Charlotte Boving.
In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven’t spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what is dearest to them: their sheep. Un Certain Regard Salle Bazin
(France) 123mins. Dir: Arnaud Desplechin. Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Olivier Rabourdin, Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollinet. Paul Dedalus is preparing to leave Tajikistan. He remembers his childhood in Roubaix — his mother’s attacks of madness… the bond that united him and his brother Ivan, a devout and violent child… and his first — only — true love, Esther.
Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
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STEVE MCQUEEN: THE MAN & LE MANS
(US) 112mins. Dir: Gabriel Clarke, John McKenna. Cast: Steve McQueen. Interweaves stunning newly discovered footage and voice recordings with original interviews. This is the true story of how a cinema legend would risk almost everything in pursuit of his dream.
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(Iran) 105mins. Dir: Ida Panahandeh. Cast: Sareh Bayat, Navid Mohammad Zadeh, Pouria Rahimi, Nasrin Babaei, Milad Hossein Pour. Un Certain Regard press Theatre Claude Debussy
17:00 THE WAKHAN FRONT See box, right
17:30 ARABIAN NIGHTS VOL. 1
(Portugal) 125mins. Dir: Miguel Gomes. Cast: Crista Alfaiate, Adriano Luz, Carloto Cotta.
Moretti, Giulia Lazzarini. Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
(Serbia) 97mins. Dir: Pavle Vuckovic. Cast: Slaven Doslo, Jovana Stojiljkovic, Milos Pjevac, Tamara Dragicevic, Nebojsa Milovanovic, Jelisaveta Orasanin. Out of Competition Salle Du Soixantieme
18:15 A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS
(Israel) 105mins. Dir: Natalie Portman. Cast: Natalie Portman. Festival & Press Amos Os’ love letter to his mother Fania, who Directors’ Fortnight 17:00 struggles with post-war Theatre Croisette realities while raising THE WAKHAN FRONT 18:00 her son in Jerusalem at (France) 100mins. Dir: Clement Cogitore. the end of the British Cast: Jeremie Renier, Kevin Azais. My MOTHER Mandate for Palestine Afghanistan 2014. As the troops’ withdrawal (Italy) 106mins. and the early years of the approaches, Captain Antares Bonassieu and his squad Dir: Nanni Moretti. State of Israel. Dealing have been assigned to a surveillance mission in the Cast: Margherita Buy, with a married life of John Turturro, Nanni ScreenDaily - Half Page 218x150_Layout 1 06/05/15 17:15 Pagina 4
remote valley of Wakhan, on the border of Pakistan. Despite Antares’ and his men’s determination, control of the secluded valley will fall slowly out of their hands. On a dark September night, soldiers begin to disappear mysteriously in the valley. Critics’ Week Miramar
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unfulfilled promises and integration in a foreign land, Fania battles depression and can only escape in a world of daydreams. Out of Competition Salle Bunuel
(UK) 118mins. Dir: Todd Haynes. Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson. Competition press Theatre Claude Debussy
(France) 70mins. Dir: Alexis Veller. Documentary.
(UK) 118mins. Dir: Todd Haynes. Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson. Competition press Salle Bazin
(France) 100mins. Dir: Alice Winocour. Cast: Diane Kruger, Paul Hamy.
A PERFECT DAY See box, below
21:00 HOTEL DU NORD
(France) 95mins. Dir: Marcel Carne. Cast: Annabella, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Louis Jouvet. Classic Parisienne melodrama.
09:15 CHRIST THE LORD
Cannes Classics Salle Bunuel
COIN LOCKER GIRL
BUSINESS AS UNUSUAL
LA LEGENDE DE LA PALME D’OR
(South Korea) 110mins. Dir: Han Jun-Hee. Cast: Kim Hye-Soo, Kim Ko-Eun. Critics’ Week Miramar
CPH:FORUM – CPH:LAB – CPH:MARKET
Un Certain Regard press Theatre Claude Debussy
THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI
(US) 87mins. Dir: Orson Welles. Cast: Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Everett Sloane. Classic film noir. Cannes Classics Salle Du Soixantieme
22:00 THE WAKHAN FRONT
Cinema on the Beach Plage Mace
(France) 100mins. Dir: Clement Cogitore. Cast: Jeremie Renier, Kevin Azais.
THE SEA OF TREES
Critics’ Week Miramar
(US) 110mins. Dir: Gus Van Sant. Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, Naomi Watts.
(UK) 127mins. Dir: Asif Kapadia.
Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
Out of Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
(US) Hyde Park International. 110mins. Dir: Cyrus Nowrasteh. Tells the story of Jesus as a seven-year-old boy. Although Mary and Joseph try their best to give Jesus a normal childhood, he inevitably begins to realise he is different and grapples to understand his miraculous gifts. Conflicted about placing a massive burden on the shoulders of such a young boy, Mary, Joseph and his relatives try in vain to shelter him from the truth about his divine abilities and birth. Gray 3
(US) Submarine Entertainment. 100mins. Dir: Tara Subkoff. Cast: Chloe Sevigny, Taryn Manning, Natasha Lyonne. Inspired by actual events. A group of 12-year-old girls face a night of horror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of a cyber bullying into insanity. Gray 4
AMY BIG FATHER, SMALL FATHER AND OTHER STORIES
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Festival & Press 20:30 A PERFECT DAY
(Spain) 105mins. Dir: Fernando Leon De Aranoa. Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko,
Melanie Thierry, Fedja Stukan. A group of aid workers try to resolve a crisis in an armed conflict zone. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
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Screening Room: Palais B Date: Sunday, May 17th Time: 5:30pms
Urban Distribution International. 102mins. Dir: Di Phan Dang. Cast: Hai Yen Do Thi, Hoang Le Cong, Vinh Truong The. A group of friends discover love, lust and each other as the new millennium begins in Vietnam — from steamy Saigon nightlife to traditional family existence. Lerins 1
Market 09:30 EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO
(Mexico) Films Boutique. 105mins. Dir: Peter Greenaway. In 1931, following the success of the film “Battleship Potemkin”, Soviet film-maker Sergei Eisenstein travels to the city of Guanajuato, Mexico, to shoot a
new film. Freshly rejected by Hollywood, Eisenstein soon falls under Mexico’s spell. Chaperoned by his guide Palomino Canedo, the director opens up to his suppressed fears as he embraces a new world of sensual pleasures and possibilities that will shape the future of his art. Gray 2
(US) Bleiberg Entertainment. 90mins. Dir: Daniel Zirilli. Cast: Jacob Vargas, Rudy Youngblood, Luke Goss. Michael and Olivia are Americans vacationing in Baja, Mexico when the trip takes a frightening turn. Olivia is kidnapped by a drug lord, who demands that Michael smuggle a bag full of cocaine — stolen from a rival cartel — over the border into the US within
12 hours… or else Olivia will be killed. Palais B
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(Germany) Beta Cinema. 97mins. Dir: Mike Marzuk. Cast: Valeria Eisenbart, Quirin Oettl, Justus Schlingensiepen, Neele Marie Nickel, Omid Memar. Enid Blyton’s Famous Five are back in their fourth big-screen adventure based on the beloved book series. This time they venture thousands of miles and thousands of years back in time to solve yet another nail-biting mystery. Arcades 3
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(India) Beta Cinema. 100mins. Dir: Prashant Nair. Cast: Suraj Sharma, Tony Revolori, Smita Tambe.
(Canada) Film Sales Company. 81mins. Dir: Pat Mills. Cast: Pat Mills. A closeted former child actor, out of work and an alcoholic, fakes his resume and gets a job as a high school guidance counsellor, where he thrives on giving terrible advice. Palais J
(US) Cohen Media Group. 85mins. Dir: Kent Jones. Riviera 4 priority badges only
(UK) HanWay Films. 112mins. Dir: Randall Wright. Cast: David Hockney, Arthur Lambert. The definitive exploration of one of the most important artists of his generation. For the first time, David Hockney has given unprecedented access to his personal archive of photographs and films, resulting in a frank and unparalleled visual diary of his long life.
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When Udai Bhai abandons his native Jitvapur for a bigger and better life in America, young Ramkant must follow in his footsteps to find out what truly happened to him. Palais H
Cast: Patrick Bruel, Isabelle Carre. An unexpected romcom about being unable to resist the laws of attraction. Olympia 7
MORTADELO & FILEMON: MISSION IMPLAUSIBLE
(Spain) Film Factory Entertainment. 89mins. Dir: Javier Fesser. Mortadelo and Filemon are the most valuable superspies in the TIA (the secret government agency), charged with solving the crimes that no other spy can... or rather, bungling situations like no one else can. Palais F
(France) Gaumont. 91mins. Dir: Remi Bezancon. Cast: Pierre Rochefort, Pio Marmai. After contacting a childhood friend, a man stuck in the routine of adult life will rediscover the optimism and lightheartedness of his teens.
LOVE AT FIRST CHILD
(France) TF1 International. 95mins. Dir: Anne Giafferi.
(UK) Altitude Film Sales. 90mins. Dir: Cosima Spender. Cast: Gigi
Bruschelli, Giovanni Atzeni, Silvano Vigni. Taking bribes and making deals is as essential as being a good rider in the Palio, the world’s oldest horse race. Giovanni, a young jockey, is up to the challenge when he faces his former mentor on the track. What ensues is a thrilling battle. Star 3
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(Netherlands) Dutch Features Global Entertainment. 86mins. Dir: Boris Paval Conen. Cast: Meral Polat, Nasrdin Dchar, Ali Ben Horsting. Nurgul Ozdemir is a 28-year-old Turkish-Dutch police officer who works in a provincial town in the north of the Netherlands. When she is asked to come to Amsterdam for a temporary undercover assignment, Nurgül jumps at the chance without any hesitation. Just before her departure, her older brother Gokhan suddenly appears on their doorstep. He has had no contact with his parents for 20 years following a serious »
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Saturday, 16 May, 17:30 Market Screening Palais des Festivals, Palais H CAPTIVITY Ukraine, 2015, 84’ Director: Anatoliy Mateshko Production: Oleksandr Itygilov Production Monday, 18 May, 12:00 Presentation NOW I ‘M GONNA LOVE YOU (Post-production) Director: Roman Shyrman Production: INTERFILM Production Studio, Artizm Ltd. GOOD GAME WELL PLAYED (in Development) Director: Olena Fetisova Production: INTERFILM Production Studio Speakers: Olena Fetisova (Director, Producer), Volodymyr Kozyr (Producer) Tuesday, 19 May, 16:00 Presentation 5th Odessa International Film Festival (Ukraine, Odessa, 10-18 July, 2015) Speakers: Viktoriya Tigipko (President), Julia Sinkevych (Executive producer) Wednesday, 20 May, 12:00 Presentation Ukrainian State Film Agency Completed & Work-in-Progress films Speaker: Pylyp Illienko (Head of Ukrainian State Film Agency) MAKSYM OSA (Production) Director: Ivan Sautkin Production: Pronto Film Speaker: Maksim Asadchiy (Producer) BLUE DRESS (Completed) Director: Igor Minaev Production: Trempel Films Speaker: Yuri Leuta (Producer) THE NEST OF THE TURTLEDOVE (Production) Director: Taras Tkachenko Production: Insightmedia Producing Center THE OCCUPATION (Production) Director: Valeriu Jereghi Production: Insightmedia Producing Center Speaker: Andriy Suyarko (Producer)
Market 09:45 SPL 2 — A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES
(Hong Kong (China)) Bravos Pictures. 120mins. Dir: Soi Cheang. Cast: Jing Wu, Louis Koo, Jin Zhang, Simon Yam, Tony Jaa. Undercover cop Kit becomes
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conflict. Gokhan has heard that their father is seriously ill and wants to restore family ties again.
to recover a stolen nuclear weapon.
SPL 2 — A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES
09:45 ADMIRAL: MICHIEL DE RUYTER
(Netherlands) Arclight Films. 151mins. Dir: Roel Reine. Cast: Frank Lammers, Sanne Langelaar, Barry Atsma. When the Netherlands is attacked by England, France and Germany and the country is on the brink of civil war, only one man can lead the country’s strongest weapon: Michiel de Ruyter. Palais C
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a junkie in order to catch Mr Hung, the mastermind behind a crime syndicate. When the operation goes sour and Kit blows his cover, his supervisor and Uncle Wah decide to terminate the operation.
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from Berlin and wants to be part of the nascent electronic music revolution, ideally by getting a job first as a DJ in the new nightclub on the island, Amnesia. Lerins 2 priority badges only
APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD
(France) Studiocanal. 105mins. Dir: Franck Ekinci, Christian Desmares. Cast: Marion Cotillard. The adventuresome animation of one girl’s heroic journey to fulfil her destiny with the support of her closest friends. Olympia 1
THE SWEET ESCAPE
(France) Wild Bunch. 105mins. Dir: Bruno Podalydes. Cast: Bruno Podalydes, Agnes Jaoui, Sandrine Kiberlain. A mid-life crisis propels graphic designer Michel into a newfound passion for kayaking and a pastoral adventure sparkling with good humour and lighthearted charm. Star 2 priority badges only
(Hong Kong (China)) Media Asia Film. 119mins. Dir: Longman Leung, Sunny Luk. Cast: Jacky Cheung, Nick Cheung, Shawn Yue. Law enforcement agencies from South Korea, China and Hong Kong scramble
(Switzerland) Les Films Du Losange. 90mins. Dir: Barbet Schroeder. Cast: Marthe Keller, Max Riemelt, Bruno Ganz, Corinna Kirchhoff. Ibiza, the early 1990s. Jo is a 25-year-old music composer. He has come over
(Argentina) Loco Films. 624mins. Dir: Diego Lerman. Cast: Erica Rivas, Mercedes Moran, Cristina Banegas. Thirteen decades. Thirteen stories. One house. Gray 3
(France) Pyramide International. 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. Star 1
(Finland) The Little Film Company. 95mins. Dir: Klaus Haroe. Cast: Mart Avandi, Ursula Ratasepp, Hendrik Toompere. While escaping from the Russian secret police, an ambitious young Estonian fencer finds himself teaching children in a remote small town. When the kids push for their fencing team to participate in the national fencing competition in Leningrad, he realises exactly what he wants to do with his life. Riviera 3
THE NEW KID
(France) Indie Sales. 85mins. Dir: Rudi Rosenberg. Cast: Raphael Ghrenassia, Johanna Lindstedt, Max Boublil. Benoit, 14 years old, leaves the countryside for Paris. His first day at school turns out to be more difficult than expected and he quickly becomes isolated… until one day a new girl arrives in class. Olympia 5 priority badges only
OUR LAST TANGO
(Germany) Wide House. 90mins. Dir: German Kral. Cast: Maria Nieves Rego, Juan Carlos Copes, Pablo Veron. Maria Nieves and Juan »
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film music cocktail the sound of cologne 68th festival de cannes - invitation only may 17th · 2015 · 18h30-21h00 pavilion #224 · pantiero 14:30h
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WELCOME Bernard Grimaldi, Vice-President ECSA Pauline Durand Vialle, CEO FERA Jeanne Delecroix-Picariello, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs Michael P. Aust, Festival Director SoundTrack_Cologne and Braunschweig International Filmfestival Stefan Wittich, Bayerischer Rundfunk/filmtonart Prof. Dr. Gerhard Pfennig, Initiative Urheberrecht
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EUROPEAN CREATIVITY: A film director and film composer conversation moderated by Jean-Michel Bernard (composer)
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MADE IN GERMANY: Composer Jessica de Rooij Internationally acclaimed German film composer Jessica de Rooij speaks to Matthias Hornschuh, SoundTrack_Cologne
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MADE IN GERMANY: Clearing Wim Wenders Creating new classics – Wim Wenders' famous The Goalie’s Anxiety At The Penalty Kick (Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter - 1972) – a case study with Milena Fessmann and Beckmann, Cinesong and Claire Brunel, Wim Wenders Stiftung
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MADE IN GERMANY: Case Study Dessau Dancers Composers Marc Collin (Nouvelle Vague), Claas Brieler (Jazzanova) and Music Supervisor Vincent Favrat, Just Temptation: Music for Dessau Dancers
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BREAK – Hosted by ÖKB – Austrian Composers’ Association Alexander Kukelka (President Austrian Composers’ Association, Composer) and Peter Janda (Composer, Producer) present: · Winner Viennese Film Music Award 2015: Strange Freedom aka Almalyn Griesauer, Michael Willer, Robert Stefan · Finalist Austrian Film Award 2015 - Best Music: Marcus Nigsch
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Carlos Copes are divided by life, united by Tango. Palais G
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EL SILENCIO DEL RIO
roommate and best friend Celine, the two women dream up every possible solution from telephone sex to flower arranging. And then one day an unexpected couple come knocking at their door.
(Colombia) Habanero. 79mins. Dir: Carlos Tribino Mamby. Cast: Jhonny Forero, Hernan Mendez, Victoria Hernandez, Alberto Cardeno. Anselmo is a boy who has lost his father. Epifanio is a poor countryman who sees his world threatened by violence. Two parallel stories that are tragically connected by a river. A river that is at the same time a mass grave and a river of memory, whose waters demand that the deceased be mourned.
YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE
(France) Be For Films. 103mins. Dir: Charlotte De Turckheim. Cast: Alice Pol, Audrey Lamy, Gregory Fitoussi, Charlotte De Turckheim. Sam, unemployed worker and amateur pompom girl, fights to keep custody of her younger sister and make ends meet. With her
10:30 A CHRISTMAS STAR
(UK) Cinemagic. 77mins. Dir: Richard Elson. Cast: Erin Galway-Kendrick, Bronagh Waugh, Robert James-Collier. Born under the Christmas Star, Noelle believes she has the gift to perform miracles, so when conniving developer McKerrod threatens her peaceful life, she and her friends determine to use this gift to thwart his plans and save their village. 11:00 KULDIP PATWAL: I DIDN’T DO IT! (TRAILER)
(India) Rectangle Media. 3mins. Dir: Remy Kohli. Cast: Deepak Dobriyal, Raima Sen, Gulshan Devaiah, Parvin Dabas.
Screen. 117mins. Dir: Christian Alvart. Cast: Paul “Sido” Wuerdig, Fahri Yardim, Tedros Teclebrhan. Take three half brothers who have nothing in common, shake them up with some unvarnished truths, send them off on a quest, and what have you got? Long-lost relatives who come to realise that there’s only one thing in life more important than brotherly love, friendship and team spirit: an inheritance. Arcades 3
11:30 BLACK FLY
(Canada) Shoreline Entertainment. 89mins. Dir: Jason Bourque. Cast: Matthew MacCaull, Dakota Daulby, Christie Burke. After several traumatic events in their past caused them to drift apart, brothers Jake and Noel find themselves reunited when Jake seeks refuge from his abusive uncle. Palais J
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(US) Short Film Corner. 110mins.
WELCOME · CONVERSATION · NETWORKING DRINKS Michael P. Aust, Festival Director SoundTrack_Cologne and Braunschweig International Filmfestival Virginie Rozière, Member of the European Parliament (S&D) interviewed by Patrick Ager, Secretary General ECSA
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Market 10:00 POSSESSED
(Spain) Filmsharks International. 83mins. Dir: Sam. Cast: Anabel Alonso, Santiago Segura, Josema Yuste. Trini, the world-famous flamenco
dancer, has been deeply depressed and has abandoned the stage. Damian, her eight-year-old son, is possessed by a malicious devil that makes him do the most bloody and cruel misdeeds. Palais E
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Market 11:30 CARTEL LAND
(US) Dogwoof. 98mins. Dir: Matthew Heineman. A harrowing look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy — the murderous Mexican drug cartels.
(France) Kinology. 98mins. Dir: Emmanuel Mouret. Cast: Virginie Efira, Anais Demoustier, Emmanuel Mouret. An average guy meets an actress who is more beautiful than he could ever imagine. But then a pesky girl materialises to make his life a living hell. His perfect girlfriend now thinks that he is involved with this Caprice. Star 4
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THE CORPSE OF ANNA FRITZ
(Spain) Film Factory Entertainment. 76mins. Dir: Hector Hernandez Vicens. Cast: Alba Ribas, Cristian Valencia, Bernat Saumell, Albert Carbo. Anna Fritz — a famous and beautiful actress — just died. Three young guys sneak into the morgue not only to see her naked body but also to have sex with her corpse. But sometimes the dead come back to life. Lerins 1
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In the Mexican state of Michoacan, Dr Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as “El Doctor”, leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc in the region for years. Palais H
Huahao Film & Media Co. 101mins. Dir: Wei Zhang. Cast: Anlian Yao, Yan Tang. Made in China is not just a label.
his mistress. But Pierre doesn’t want to leave Manon — he wants to keep both women.
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THE GOLDEN CANE WARRIOR
(Indonesia) WTFilms. 111mins. Dir: Ifa Isfansyah. Gray 2
HELL & BACK
(US) The Exchange. 100mins. Dir: Tom Gianas, Ross Shuman. Cast: Mila Kunis, Danny McBride, Bob Odernick. Two best friends set out to rescue their pal after he’s accidentally dragged to hell. Olympia 3
IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN
(France) Wild Bunch. 73mins. Dir: Philippe Garrel. Cast: Stanislas Merhar, Clotilde Courau, Lena Paugam. Pierre and Manon make low-budget documentaries and live off odd jobs. When Pierre meets a young trainee, Elisabeth, she becomes
(Italy) Rai Com. 105mins. Dir: Cristina Comencini. Cast: Jordi Molla, Marisa Paredes, Virna Lisi. A rom-com about a great actor who had five daughters with five women. Star 3
(Italy) NDM. 107mins. Dir: Jonas Carpignano. Cast: Koudous Seihon, Alassane Sy, Mary Elizabeth Innocent. 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 out of the continent. Ayiva adapts to life in Italy, but when tensions with the local community rise, things become increasingly dangerous. Olympia 9 priority badges only
96mins. Dir: Michael Winterbottom. Cast: Russell Brand. A look at the growing disparity between different economic classes. Gray 1
(Peru) Jinga Films. 90mins. Dir: Eduardo Schultz. A group of students discover a terrifying “reaction video” on the internet in which the participants have all died in mysterious circumstances. Their search to discover the whereabouts of the video reveals an obscure corner of cyberspace, known as the Dark Web, where a curse brings death to all who witness it.
Market 11:30 THE SEED OF SILENCE
(Colombia) Latido. 105mins. Dir: Felipe Cano Ibanez. Cast: Andres Parra, Angie
Cepeda, Julian Roman. A district attorney seeks justice. A detective follows the truth. A killer goes on a quest for love. Riviera 2
ORSON WELLES : SHADOWS AND LIGHT
warfare in a desperate fight for the girl’s life.
(France) Compagnie Des Phares Et Balises. 56mins. Dir: Elisabeth Kapnist. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Welles’ birth, a unique opportunity to pay tribute.
(South Africa) National Film & Video Foundation Of South Africa. 45mins. Showreel of various South African films/ documentaries on offer. Palais D
11:45 MY GOLDEN DAYS
(France) Wild Bunch. 123mins. Dir: Arnaud Desplechin. Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Olivier Rabourdin, Quentin Dolmaire. Paul Dedalus is preparing to leave Tajikistan. He remembers his childhood in Roubaix — his mother’s attacks of madness… the bond that united him and his brother Ivan, a devout and violent child… and
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(US) Voltage Pictures. 88mins. Dir: Adam Alleca. Cast: Thomas Jane, Laurence Fishburne. Carter is a troubled veteran who gets a chance at redemption by protecting a 12-year-old girl from an assassin after she witnesses a murder. Holding a shotgun with a single shell, he engages in physical and psychological 66 Screen International at Cannes May 16, 2015
his first — only — true love, Esther. Star 2 press allowed
12:00 A MOTHER
(France) Les Films Du Losange. 95mins. Dir: Christine Carriere. Cast: Mathilde Seigner, Kacey Mottet Klein, Pierfrancesco Favino. Marie is an ordinary woman with a strong personality. She lives alone with her son, a withdrawn and often violent adolescent. They clash incessantly and even uncontrollably. However, one day, thanks to the little love that remains between them, they decide to opt for life. Riviera 1
Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Melanie Thierry, Fedja Stukan. A group of aid workers try to resolve a crisis in an armed conflict zone. Palais K
(Philippines) Raven Banner Entertainment. 90mins. Dir: Yam Laranas. A young woman is found unconscious in a city street and claims to be another person who was brutally murdered two months earlier. She escapes from a psychiatric hospital in order to prove her identity and find the truth about her life, her death and her murderer.
(France) Pathe International. 100mins. Dir: Jamel Debbouze. Cast: Jamel Debbouze, Melissa Theuriau. Two million years ago, just after lunch, a young ape-man called Edouard falls out of his tree and breaks one of his forelegs. To survive, Edouard stands upright and invents walking on two feet. But he is alone, surrounded by the dangers of the savannah. To convince his fellow ape-men to join him, Edouard redoubles his ingenuity and invents fire, hunting, modern dwellings, love and hope.
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(Italy) Intramovies. 84mins. Dir: Lorenzo Sportiello. Cast: Simon Merrells, Ana Ularu, Antonia Liskova. 2035, United States of Europe. Some humans are not sustainable any more. Palais I
(India) Smile Films. 108mins. Dir: Madhureeta Anand. Cast: Meenu Hooda, Ridhima Sud, Kuldip Ruhil. An Indian village just 80km from the capital city — New Delhi — where there is no place for a girl child. Gray 5
LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT
THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES
(US) Hanway Films. 100mins. Dir: Rodrigo Garcia. Cast: Ayelet Zuerer, Ciaran Hinds, Ewan McGregor, Tye Sheridan. After 40 days and nights of temptation, Joshua has come to accept his inevitable fate. So when Lucifer presents him with an unexpected final challenge in the guise of a family living in this barren landscape, Joshua must once again find his humanity.
(Sweden) Yellow Affair.
A PERFECT DAY
(Spain) Westend Films. 105mins. Dir: Fernando Leon De Aranoa. Cast:
EVOLUTION MAN 3D
103mins. Dir: AlexandraTherese Keining. Cast: Tuva Jagell, Emrik Ohlander, Wilma Holmen. A story about awakening sexuality and gender identity — willingly crossing the boundaries between dark reality and dreamy fairytale.
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Market 12:00 FROG KINGDOM
(China) Golden Network Asia. 86mins. Dir: Nelson Shin. A street vendor trains for the Froglympics, unaware that he is competing with the runaway Frog Princess, who has disguised herself as a male frog. Riviera 3
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(US) Archstone Distribution. 85mins. Dir: Anthony Diblasi. Cast: Juliana Harkavy, Joshua Mikel, J Larose. A rookie cop’s first shift alone on the last night of a closing police station turns into a living nightmare. Palais E
ONE NIGHT IN ISTANBUL
(UK) The Little Film Company. 93mins. Dir: James Marquand. Cast: Steven Waddington, Lucien Laviscount, Paul Barber. Tommy and Gerry strike a deal with local gangsters to take their sons to watch their beloved football team in the 2005 Champions League Cup Final in Istanbul. But big trouble awaits them in the form of two ruthless crooks and a bag of stolen cash. It’s 3-0 down at half time and things couldn’t be more desperate, both
on and off the pitch. Held hostage and with time running out, a miracle is needed to win the cup and get back home in one piece. Lerins 2
SERGIO HERMAN: FUCKING PERFECT
(Netherlands) Fortissimo Films. 80mins. Dir: Willemiek Kluijfhout. Cast: Sergio Herman, Ellemieke HermanVermolen, Michel Herman. At the height of this culinary career, master chef Sergio Herman feels he needs to let go of his three-star restaurant Oud Sluis in order to fulfil his dreams. A revealing documentary about perfection, ambition and sacrifices. Arcades 2
Market Film & Video Foundation Of South Africa. 45mins. Palais D
119mins. Dir: Tetsuo Shinohara. Cast: Koichi Sato, Tsubasa Honda, Machiko Ono. Palais H
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(Colombia) Voltage Pictures. 96mins. Dir: Ken Sanzel. Cast: Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto, Ryan Kwanten. A young man is part of a violent, money-making subculture in which people don bulletproof vests and shoot at each other, inflicting “blunt force trauma”. Gray 4
CAVANNA, HE WAS CHARLIE
(France) The Bureau Sales. 90mins. Dir: Denis Robert, Nina Robert.
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(Japan) MK2. 113mins. Dir: Naomi Kawase. Cast: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida. Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves
dorayakis — pastries filled with sweet red bean paste. When an old lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen, he reluctantly accepts. But Tokue proves to have magic in her hands. Olympia 6
BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA
(Germany) Sola Media. 95mins. Dir: Hubert Weiland, Nina Wels. Coconut and his friend Oscar are outsiders on Dragon Island. Coconut is supposed to be a flying dragon but he can’t fly. Oscar, a carnivore by nature, is a vegetarian by choice. Together with the porcupine Matilda they go on fabulous adventures and meet dragons of all shapes and sizes. Arcades 3 13-05-15 16:44
DESPITE THE FALLING SNOW
(UK) 6 Sales. 113mins. Dir: Shamim Sarif. Cast: Rebecca Ferguson, Charles Dance, Sam Reid, Antje Traue. In 1950s Moscow, Communist Katya secretly spies for the Americans in the Cold War arms race. When she lands her biggest assignment, stealing secrets from rising government star Alexander, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with him. When Alexander unwittingly closes the net around his own wife, Katya decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect him — a sacrifice that Alexander only uncovers 40 years later. Olympia 9
(UK) Kaleidoscope Film Distribution. 91mins. Dir: Mike Todd. Cast: Jalaluddin Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, Chuck D, KRS-One, Fab 5 Freddy. The story of rap’s greatest lost album, an album which set in motion hip-
hop’s evolutionary chain and inspired some of its greatest artists. Palais D
I AM NOJOOM, AGE 10 AND DIVORCED
(France) Wide. 99mins. Dir: Khadija Al Salami. Cast: Rana Mohammed, Reham Mohammed, Ibrahim Al Ashmori, Naziha Alansi. A hard-hitting condemnation of child brides inspired by the bestselling autobiography by Nojood Alli. Lerins 1
ME HIM HER
(US) Protagonist Pictures. 97mins. Dir: Max Landis. Cast: Dustin Milligan, Luke Bracey, Emily Meade. A comedy of errors, manners and fencing in which three people in their 20s try to figure out love, friendship, sex, identity and life. Olympia 3
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(Canada) Short Film Corner. 110mins. »
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PAY THE GHOST
(US) Voltage Pictures. 91mins. Dir: Uli Edel. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Veronica Ferres. A professor frantically searches for his son, who was abducted during a Halloween parade. Olympia 7
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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?
(Australia) Screen Media. 84mins. Dir: Kosta Ouzas, Nick Kozakis. Cast: Don Bridges, Benjamin Rigby, Tegan Crowley. Pray you don’t survive! After surviving an infection that wiped out most of mankind, a group of people battle the world of terror that was left behind.
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(Lithuania) NDM. 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
(Iceland) New Europe Film Sales. 93mins. Dir: Grimur Hakonarson. Cast: Sigurdur Sigurjonsson, Theodor Juliusson, Charlotte Boving. In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven’t
I SMILE BACK
Director: Adam Salky (Dare) Cast: Sarah Silverman (Take This Waltz, The Sarah Silverman Program), Josh Charles (The Good Wife) A suburban housewife struggles to keep her family together as her secret life of drugs, alcohol, and infidelity spirals out of control.
spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what’s dearest to them — their sheep. Olympia I
ROBIN DES BOIS, THE REAL STORY
(France) Indie Sales. 87mins. Dir: Anthony Marciano. Cast: Max Boublil, Geraldine Nakache, Malik Bentalha, Ary Abittan. A liar, a thief and a coward: meet Robin Hood.
Milos Bikovic. 1920. The final days of Imperial Russia: the Communist revolution is under way. The last soldiers loyal to the Tsar are held in a prison camp awaiting Moscow’s decision regarding their fate. A lieutenant recalls his encounter, years before, with a beautiful and enigmatic woman. Star 3 priority badges only
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SON OF SAUL
(Hungary) Films Distribution. 107mins. Dir: Laszlo Nemes. Cast: Geza Rohrig, Levente Molnar, Urs Rechn. 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 4
(Russia) Wild Bunch. 180mins. Dir: Nikita Mikhalkov. Cast: Martins Kalita, Victoria Soloviova,
(US) Kathy Morgan International. 105mins. Dir: Pamela Romanowsky. Cast: James Franco, Amber Heard, Ed Harris. Based on the groundbreaking memoir by Stephen Elliot, “The Adderall Diaries” explores truth and identity through a new romance and a notorious murder trial. Olympia 1
(Colombia) UDI — Urban Distribution International. 92mins. Dir: Jose Luis Rugeles Gracia. Cast: Karen Torres, Erik Ruiz, Anderson Gomez, Carlos Clavijo. A vision of Colombia’s inhuman armed conflict,
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(Italy) Films Boutique. 86mins. Dir: Duccio Chiarini. Cast: Matteo Creatini, Franscesca Agostini, Nicola Nocchi. It’s summer and everybody seems to talk only about sex. Edoardo is
insecure and awkward with girls: he has never told anybody, even his best friend Arturo, that since birth his foreskin is too narrow, preventing him from having sex. But when you are 17, sex is in the air: Edoardo will have to find his way. Gray 2
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(US) Westend Films. 103mins. Dir: Stephen Herek. Cast: Glenn Close, Sophie Nelisse, Kathy Bates, Octavia Spencer, Julia Stiles. Wisecracking 11-year-old Gilly is well-known in the foster system. Totally
seen through the eyes of a young — and pregnant — girl soldier.
unmanageable, she has stayed with more families than she can remember and has outwitted every one of them. After all, how can she settle down when her real mother, the beautiful and glamorous Courtney, might be out there? Olympia 8
has announced her arrival — the invisible Red Fury. Palais C
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AMONG THE BELIEVERS
(Pakistan) Cinephil. 84mins. Dir: Hemal Trivedi, Mohammed Ali Naqvi. Charts the personal quest of a firebrand Pakistani cleric whose schools are training thousands of children to take part in jihad (holy war). Palais G
ANTBOY: REVENGE OF THE RED FURY
(Denmark) Attraction Distribution. 84mins. Dir: Ask Hasselbalch. Cast: Amalie Kruse Jensen, Marcuz Jess Petersen, Nicolas Bro. Our pint-sized superhero is back, facing greater challenges. His triumph over The Flea has made Antboy hugely popular. But he is now up against a more formidable foe in the shape of the new boy in school, a smooth charmer who is fully intent on luring Ida away. As if this isn’t trouble enough, Antboy also finds himself being haunted; a brand-new supervillain 72 Screen International at Cannes May 16, 2015
BEYOND BLUE — AN UNNERVING TALE OF A DEMENTED MIND
(India) Nanoland. 99mins. Dir: Rajsingh Zanane. Cast: Tushar Pandey, Isheta Sarckar, Dipti Joshi, Ashish Kakkad, Vikas Rathod. An unnerving tale of Manas’s demented mind. An unknown crime fantasy film that revolves around a man’s mysterious and miserable wonderland.
FAMILY FOR RENT
(France) Studiocanal. 97mins. Dir: Jean-Pierre Ameris. Cast: Benoit Poelvoorde, Virginie Efira. Olympia 2
THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS See box, above
(Spain) Latido. 98mins. Dir: Gracia Querejeta. Cast: Maribel Verdu, Antonio De La Torre, Eduard Fernandez. Great celebration. Big mistake.
I SMILE BACK
(Denmark) New Europe Film Sales. 104mins. Dir: Jeppe Ronde. Cast: Hannah Murray, Steven Waddington, Josh O’Connor. Sara and her dad Dave move to a small village that is haunted by suicides among its young inhabitants. Sara falls dangerously in love with one of the teenagers, Jamie, while Dave, as the town’s new police officer, tries to stop the mysterious chain of suicides. Inspired by true events.
(US) Visit Films. 85mins. Dir: Adam Salky. Cast: Sarah Silverman, Josh Charles, Thomas Sadoski. A suburban housewife struggles to keep her family together as her secret life of drugs, alcohol and infidelity spirals out of control.
Palais E priority badges only
(South Africa) Archstone Distribution. 87mins. Dir: Jyoti Mistry. Cast: Alex McGregor, Desmond Dube, Francis Chouler.
(US) K5 International. 85mins. Dir: Reed Morano. Cast: Juno Temple, Luke Wilson, Olivia Wilde. In the wake of her son’s disappearance, a mother goes down an unexpected and dangerous path towards acceptance and her healing process takes an unforeseen turn. Olympia 3
Market 14:00 KILL YOUR FRIENDS
(UK) Altitude Film Sales. 100mins. Dir: Owen Harris. London, 1997; A&R wunderkind
Steven Stelfox’s career is on the ascent. But when the hits dry up, the concept of killer tunes takes on a whole new meaning.
1990s, the first years of reunified Germany — when everything seemed possible. A powerful, wild and tender adaptation of Clemens Meyer’s popular novel.
ASHBY KILL YOUR FRIENDS See box, above
(US) Relativity International. 92mins. Dir: William Monahan. Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Oscar Isaac, Louise Bourgoin, Walton Goggins. An intense, classical thriller about a brilliant, near-suicidal artist, Thomas, who attempts to escape his privileged existence into the desert only to encounter a homicidal, chameleon-like drifter called Jack. Gray 1
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Pyramide International. 100mins. Palais K priority badges only
ONE FLOOR BELOW
(Romania) Films Boutique. 95mins. Dir: Radu Muntean. Cast: Ionut Bora, Liviu Cheloiu, Calin Chirila. After being the sole unfortunate witness to a domestic quarrel that ends in murder, Patrascu finds
himself at odds with two very close neighbours: one is the bizarre murderer; the other is his very own conscience. Olympia 4
(Netherlands) Beta Cinema. 89mins. Dir: Sacha Polak. Cast: Wende Snijders, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Barry Atsma, Martijn Lakemeier. In a desperate attempt to leave the past behind, Nina is wandering along Europe’s motorways. Slowly it becomes clear that Nina’s pain is caused by an ultimate betrayal that has befallen her. Palais I
(US) Bankside Films. 90mins. Dir: Tony McNamara. Cast: Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts, Sarah Silverman. A high-school student strikes up an unlikely friendship with his nextdoor neighbour, who happens to be an ex-CIA assassin.
Cast: Yordana Medrano, Diego Armando Salazar, Eddie Gomez. Dauna dared to be different. She faced the ancestral practices of her culture and she paid the price. She made decisions which made herself suffer and others as well. Without giving up before defeats and losses, these led her to reconcile and become part of a legend herself. Palais F
(France) Kinology. 80mins. Dir: Alexandre Heboyan, Benoit Philippon. What would happen if the sun did not rise one morning? Or if the moon just ran off and forgot to light up the stars and the night sky? The magical tale of loveable Mune, the moon’s keeper, who fights to restore the world when the evil forces of darkness steal the sun. Gray 2
successful career as a lawyer in Buenos Aires to engage in social activism back in her homeland on the border between Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. After two weeks working in a neighbourhood scarred by poverty and marginalisation, she is assaulted by a gang. Despite the brutality of the attack, Paulina resolves to to survive, against the odds. Palais J
ROUND TRIP HEART
(Japan) Nikkatsu Corporation. 97mins. Dir: Yuki Tanada. Cast: Yuko Oshima, Koji Okura, Yoshimi Nozaki, Masataka Kubota. Hachiko is supposed to return to Tokyo, but by chance meets a fishy movie producer. The pair end up going on an incidentfilled road trip throughout Hakone. Gray 4
THE OTHER SIDE SCOUT
See box, below
(Argentina) Versatile. 103mins. Dir: Santiago Mitre. Cast: Dolores Fonzi, Oscar Martinez, Esteban Lamothe. Paulina abandons her
(US) Angel Grace Productions. 92mins. Dir: Laurie Weltz. Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Danny Glover, Jane Seymour. A rebellious girl takes a troubled young man on a road trip to find her
THE FAMILY FANG FOOTAGE
(US) QED International. 16mins. Dir: Jason Bateman. Cast: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman. Raised in the spotlight by their unconventional parents, two famous adult siblings return home and uncover the mystery about their family. Olympia 9 (every 20 minutes)
AS WE WERE DREAMING
(Germany) The Match Factory. 117mins. Dir: Andreas Dresen. Cast: Merlin Rose, Julius Nitschkoff, Joel Basman, Marcel Heuperman, Frederic Haselon, Ruby O Fee. A group of rough-andtumble East German friends grow up in the
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LEGEND OF A RABBIT: MARTIAL OF FIRE
Arclight Films. 90mins. Dir: Lijun Sun. Lerins 1
Market 15:30 THE OTHER SIDE
GONE WITH THE RIvER
(Venezuela) Centro Nacional Autonomo De Cinematografia. 104mins. Dir: Mario Crespo.
(France) Doc & Film International. 90mins. Dir: Roberto Minervini. In an invisible territory on the margins of society, at the border between
anarchy and illegality, lives a wounded community that is trying to respond to a threat: of being forgotten by society’s institutions and having their rights as citizens trampled on. Riviera 2
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94mins. Dir: Kevin Munroe, Jericca Cleland. Cast: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward. Based on the bestselling PlayStation video game franchise. Olympia 5 invitation only
(US) California Pictures. 102mins. Dir: David Meiselman. Cast: Alma Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, Danny Trejo. A coward dies a thousand deaths. And we are all equal in the eyes of the law. Palais E
Market 15:30 STOP
(South Korea) Finecut Co. 87mins. Dir: Kim Ki-Duk. Sabu and Miki, a young couple in Fukushima, are disturbed by a sudden explosion at the nearby nuclear plant. As instructed, they quickly little sister, who has gone missing. Palais H
make their escape from the area contaminated with radiation. After finding a place in Tokyo, they discover that Miki is pregnant. Terrified that the baby could be affected, Miki tries to get an abortion, but Sabu locks her up. Palais D priority badges only
of a malevolent plague doctor and opens a portal to hell. Palais B
THE SENSE OF WONDER
(France) TF1 International. 101mins. Dir: Eric Besnard. Cast: Virginie Efira, Benjamin Lavernhe. A whimsical, engaging romantic comedy about two lost souls whose accidental collision sparks a wonderful feeling. Olympia 7
STOP See box, above
(UK) Jinga Films. 90mins. Dir: Russell England. Cast: Ameeta Chana, Poppy Drayton, Marcus Griffiths. Six students who spend a night patrolling the eerie grounds of their historic school are taken hostage by burglars whose attempts to steal a priceless collection of artifacts disturbs the spirit
16:00 THE BOY WHO HAS LIFELESS EYES See box, right
CALL ME LUCKY
(US) MPI Media Group. 107mins. Dir: Bobcat Goldthwait. Cast: Barry Crimmins, Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron. An inspiring and triumphant portrait of comedian Barry Crimmins, who survived childhood abuse to become an influential political satirist and activist. Olympia 4
(France) Gaumont. 90mins. Dir: Jerome Enrico. Cast: Zoe AdjaniVallat, Jonathan Zaccai. Cerise is 14, but she looks 20. Cerise grew up on the outskirts of Paris, but here she is now, in exile
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in Ukraine. Cerise makes herself up like a scarlet woman, but she still cherishes the dreams of a little girl. Cerise has never known her father, but she now has to live with him. Star 2
LARRY GAYE, RENEGADE MALE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
(US) Other Angle Pictures. 100mins. Dir: Sam Friedlander. Cast: Mark Fuerstein, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. A self-anointed “renegade” male flight attendant must save the day when the airline he works for tries to eliminate flight attendants as a cost-cutting measure. In the vein of the cult comedy “Airplane!”.
his rambunctious, troublemaking sheep dog. Riviera 3
(Australia) Lightning Entertainment. 90mins. Dir: Nick Robertson. Cast: Jack Campbell, Anna Lise Phillips, Kate Moore. You can’t outrun them. You can’t hide from them. Lerins 2
RATCHET & CLANK
(Canada) Cinema Management Group.
TRACES OF SANDALWOOD
(Spain) Imagina International Sales. 96mins. Dir: Maria Ripoll. Cast: Nandita Das, Aina Clotet, Naby Dakhli. Pain is universal. But so is hope. A story of hope and love across Mumbai and Barcelona; from India to the Mediterranean... and all the way back. Palais C
(France) Picture Tree International. 82mins. Dir: Simon Rouby. A boy’s poetic journey to the land beyond the cliffs.
(Canada) DC Medias. 76mins. Dir: John Fallon. Cast: Michael Pare. On a star-filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas finds shelter when he falls upon a vast two-storey house with the lights on and an inviting open front door. Alas the next morning he finds out swiftly that the premises won’t let him depart. The doors are all locked, and the windows puzzlingly cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. Will he survive the ordeal?
(India) Fox Star Studios India. 212mins. Dir: Anurag Kashyap. Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar. Set against the jazz age of Mumbai, the story spans a period from the late 1940s through to the 1970s. “Bombay Velvet” is the story of the rise and fall of one boy, Balraj, who transforms into Karan, a gangster in Mumbai post-independence and on the verge of becoming a metropolis.
BAC Films. 100mins. Palais I invitation only
(Australia) Global Screen Gmbh. 93mins. Dir: Stuart McDonald. Cast: Shane Jacobson, Sarah Snook, Alan Tudyk, Coco Jack Gillies. With persistent fox attacks threatening to close down the main tourist attraction of a small town in southern Australia, an island of Fairy Penguins, an eccentric chicken farmer teams up with his granddaughter to save the penguins using a very odd method...
Market 16:00 THE BOY WHO HAS LIFELESS EYES
(Japan) Open Sesame Co. 80mins. Dir: Hayato Kano. Cast: Naoya Shimizu, Maria Takagi. In a rural town, a shy junior highschool boy, Inuta, meets with a woman, Fueko. She gives Inuta and his friend
Kazumiya, another quiet boy in his class, a boxing lesson so they can fight back at the bullies. The encounter could help them escape from their boring daily life but instead causes a rift within the delicately balanced relationship in their classroom. Gray 5
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Fenn, James Remar, Ray Wise. Global climate change prompts a scientific corporation to genetically modify Alaskan polar bears with horrific and deadly results. Gray 4
(South korea) CJ E&M Corporation/CJ Entertainment. 121mins. Dir: Ryoo Seung-Wan. Cast: Hwang Jung-Min, Yoo Ah-In, Yoo Hae-Jin. Veteran detective Do-chul confronts the tyrannical heir to an untouchable megacorporation, Tae-oh, to deliver him justice and some hard, heavy blows. Lerins 1
Market 17:30 DO YOU BELIEVE?
(US) Pure Flix Entertainment. 119mins. Dir: Jonathan M Gunn. Cast: Alexa Pena Vega, Mira Sorvino, Cybill Shepard, Sean Austin. Follows the deeply personal journey of a
handful of characters in interweaving stories. The story that unfolds is one of love and forgiveness, heartbreak and healing, broken dreams and hope restored, courage, suffering, unwavering faith, second chances and the gift of a new life. Gray 2
81mins. Dir: Michael Goetz, kevin Goetz. Cast: Bailey Noble, Troian Bellisario, kate Burton, Blake Robbins. A survivor of childhood torture faces a martyr’s fate. Star 3 priority badges only
Go “Fond Molodist”. 84mins.
(France) SND — Groupe M6. 90mins. Dir: Jerome Le Maire. Cast: Jalil Lespert, Alice Taglioni, Gerard Lanvin. A heady and delicate romance set in Burgundy.
(Canada) Lightning Entertainment. 109mins. Dir: Jacob Tierney. Cast: Sonja Bennett, James Caan, Danny Trejo. A boozing, live-at-home 30-something finds her world turned upside down when she lies about becoming pregnant.
(Japan) kadokawa Corporation. 129mins. Dir: Takashi Ishii. Cast: Masahiro Higashide, kenta kiritani, Anna Tsuchiya. Once they snap, there’s no going back!
(Croatia) Cercamon. 123mins.
(India) Elle Driver. 115mins. Dir: Gurvinder Singh. Cast: Harnek Aulakh, Gurpreet Bhangu, Rajbir kaur. Olympia 7
DO YOU BELIEVE? See box, above
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT
(Colombia) Films Boutique. 122mins. Dir: Ciro Guerra. Cast: Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Luigi Sciamanna. A tale of the first encounter, approach, betrayal and, eventually, life-transcending friendship between an Amazonian shaman, last survivor of his people, and two scientists who, over 40 years, become the first men to travel the Northwest Amazon in search of ancestral knowledge. Arcades 1
Palais B invitation only
(Uk) Metrodome International. 95mins. Dir: Paul Hyett. Cast: Ed Speleers, Sean Pertwee, Shauna MacDonald, Rosie Day. Last train, full moon, all change. Olympia 3
(US) Wild Bunch.
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allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret, and finds in her teenage love the only person to truly encourage her in flying. Riviera 4
(Uk) The Works International. 90mins. Dir: Colin kennedy. Cast: Elena Anaya, Owen McDonnell, Elizabeth McGovern. Share what you love. Olympia 9
(US) VMI Worldwide. 86mins. Dir: Hank Braxtan. Cast: Sherilyn
V82 — REVENGE OF THE NITROS See box, below
18:00 ARABIAN NIGHTS VOL.1
(Portugal) The Match Factory. 125mins. Dir: Miguel Gomes. Cast: Crista Alfaiate, Adriano Luz, Carloto Cotta. Star 1
DALAI LAMA, THE 14TH — THE WORLD CHAMPION OF PEACE
(Japan) Gold View Co. 116mins. Dir: Fujio Mitsuishi. Cast: Dalai Lama. A candid and humane
portrait of Dalai Lama. Gray 3
(Mexico) Blood Window. 90mins. Dir: Adrian Garcia Bogliano. Cast: Francisco Barreiro, Daniela Soto Vell, Jorge Molina. Aram is immersed in the dullness of his life. He decides to turn things around and kidnaps a teenage girl. He doesn’t know his plan has a flaw and the joke will be on him. Olympia 4
DON’T TELL ME THE BOY WAS MAD
(France) Mk2. 134mins. Dir: Robert Guediguian. Cast: Gregoire LeprinceRinguet, Ariane Ascaride, Simon Abkarian. Paris, 1981. Aram, a young man of Armenian origin, blows up the Turkish Ambassador’s car, seriously injuring Gilles, who just happens to have been passing on his bicycle. Star 2 priority badges only
THE EMPEROR IN AUGUST
(Japan) Shochiku Co, Ltd. 135mins. Dir: Masato Harada. Cast: koji Yakusho, Masahiro Motoki, Shinichi Tsutsumi. The war ended on August 15, 1945. What took place in Japan on the previous night? The unknown destiny of the day is unveiled. Palais C
Riviera 2 priority badges only
THE SUMMER OF SANGAILE
(Lithuania) Films Distribution. 88mins. Dir: Alante kavaite. Cast: Julija Steponaityte, Aiste Dirziute. Seventeen-year-old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. Afraid of heights, she has never dared to even enter a cockpit. At a summer aeronautical show near her parents’ lakeside villa, she meets Auste, a local girl of her age who unlike Sangaile lives her life to the full with creativity and dare. As the two girls become lovers, Sangaile
Market 17:45 V82 — REVENGE OF THE NITROS
(Germany) ARRI Worldsales. 93mins. Dir: Joachim Masannek. Cast: Georg A Sulzer, Maya Lauterbach, Samuel Jakob, Lina keller, Lotta Mia Bokler, Milena De La Rubia.
Robin is forced by the Nitros to drive against his own team while his father, Rasmus V Eight, wants to forbid the races. Can V8 win without Robin against the Nitros and will Rasmus V Eight succeed? Arcades 3
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(France) Pathe. 87mins. Dir: Olivier Baroux. Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Francois Berleand, gerard Jugnot. Richard, Gilles and Philippe have been friends for nearly 50 years. For the duration of one summer, they set sail with their partners on a magnificent sailing boat, heading for the Mediterranean island of Corsica. But things do not always go smoothly on board, especially since each couple has their own problems, and the weather has some surprises in store for them.
(Japan) Shochiku Co, Ltd. 85mins. Dir: Sion Sono. Cast: Reina Triendl, Mariko Shinoda, Erina Mano. No men in sight, only women... and something unthinkable is girls killing girls. This is Sion Sono at his best and craziest! A film that depicts young women’s fragile and sometimes dangerous emotional turbulence and their fear of being chased by the unknown. Palais D
WHERE THERE IS SHADE
(France) Acid. 105mins. Dir: Nathan Nicholovitch. Cast: David D’Ingeo. Meeting a young trafficked girl in Phnom Penh, a crossdresser discovers the feeling of fatherhood.
(India) Montecristo International. 103mins. Dir: Sabal Singh Shekhawat. Cast: Rahul khanna, Arjun Mathur, Shivani ghai, Monica Dogra. A tragic incident from their childhood has coloured the relationship of two estranged brothers and their journey to find true love. Gray 5
(Czech Republic) Expression Entertainment. 86mins. Dir: Petr Jakl. Cast: Jennifer Armour, Jeremy Isabella, Paul S Tracey, Jeremy Isabella. Follows three Americans who travel to the Ukraine to investigate how cannibalism swept through the country during the notorious famine of 1932. After being led deep into the vast Ukrainian forest for an interview with the last known survivor of the cannibalism epidemic, they are plagued with a series of unexplainable supernatural encounters and come face to face with the evil spirit of Andrei Chikatilo, who was born in the Soviet Union and was the most violent serial killer and cannibal of all time. Riviera 3
(France) kinology. 80mins. Dir: Cyrille
Market 20:30 A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS
(Israel) Voltage Pictures. 105mins. Dir: Natalie Portman. Cast: Natalie Portman. Amos Oz’s love letter to his mother Fania, who struggles with post-war realities while raising her son in Jerusalem at the end
of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. Dealing with a married life of unfulfilled promises and integration in a foreign land, Fania battles depression and can only escape in a world of daydreams. Olympia 1 priority badges only
Barbancon, Andy Byatt.
MY SKINNY SISTER
(Sweden) Wide. 95mins. Dir: Sanna Lenken. Cast: Rebecka Josephson, Amy Deasismont, Annika Hallin. There are secrets you can’t keep from your sister.
(Spain) Filmax International. 95mins. Dir: gonzalo Bendala. Cast: Miguel Angel Sola, Maxi Iglesias, Aura garrido. A professor torn apart by his past and a student trying to save his future are bound by a sinister pact. Palais E
MAIKO: DANCING CHILD
(Norway) Wide House. 70mins. Dir: Ase Venheim Drivenes. Cast: Maiko Nishino. Life as a professional dancer over 30 is tough enough for Maiko when she decides to start a family. Palais G
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(Netherlands) Mongrel International. 78mins. Dir: Sam De Jong. Cast: Ayoub Elasri, Sigrid Ten Napel, Jorik Scholten. A troubled teenager attempts to win over the love of his life by becoming the baddest boy on the block. Lerins 2
THANKS TO MY FRIENDS
(France) Studiocanal. 98mins. Dir: Alex Lutz. Cast: Alex Lutz, Tom Dingler, Bruno Sanches. Gray 1
19:30 10 BILLION — WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE?
(germany) Autlook Filmsales. 102mins. Dir: Valentin Thurn. By 2050, the world population will grow to 10 billion people. In the middle of the heated debate about food security comes this broad and analytic look into the enormous spectrum of global food production and distribution — from artificial meat, insects and industrial farming to trendy self-cultivation.
woman hires a downand-out ex-cop to help her retrieve the money her unfaithful husband has disappeared with but soon finds herself the target of a killer and discovers she is not the only one her husband has deceived. Palais F
THE PETER PAN MAN
(Netherlands) Dutch Features global Entertainment. 98mins. Dir: Michiel Ten Horn. Cast: Pepijn Cladder, Anis De Jong, Yannick Van De Velde. Palais H
(Uk) Cincest Films. 108mins. Dir: Liam Regan. Cast: Laurence R Harvey, Dan Palmer, James Hamer-Morton. A young man becomes manipulated by his imaginary friend to exact revenge on his tormenting co-workers. Gray 5
(US) Cinema Paradiso Releasing. 100mins. Dir: Jacqueline Journey. Cast: Jacqueline Journey, Steve Daron, Chris Marks, Roberto Escobar. A determined, self-made
RYUZO AND HIS SEVEN HENCHMEN
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(US) Liberty Spikes Productions. 80mins. Dir: James Merendino. Cast: Ben Schnetzer, Hannah Marks, Colson “Mgk” Baker, Sarah Clarke, Devon Sawa. “Punk’s Dead” is the sequel to cult hit “SLC Punk”. The story kicks in 18 years after Heroin Bob’s death, when his heartbroken son Ross hooks up with two young punks and embarks on an out-of-control odyssey through the Utah hinterlands.
(Japan) Celluloid Dreams/Nightmares. 110mins. Dir: Takeshi kitano. Cast: Masaomi kondo, Akira Nakao, Beat Takeshi. Retired former yakuza boss Ryuzo is living a bored life. Together with his former right-hand man, after one too many sake, they come up with the crazy idea of creating a team of old yakuzas — but what started as a joke gradually becomes a confrontation between the old and the young yakusas, leading to a showdown.
(Colombia) Films Boutique. 122mins. Dir: Ciro guerra. Cast: Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Luigi Sciamanna.
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(US) 3rd Partner Productions. 105mins. Dir: James O’Brien. Cast: Claude Duhamel, Louie Sabatasso, Peter Shinkoda. Your soul is at stake in Religion, Arizona. Palais K press allowed
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The Sea oF TreeS (US) Gus Van Sant
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mon roi (Fr) Maïwenn
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carol (US-UK) Todd Haynes
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Matthew McConaughey plays a widower who makes the decision to travel to Japan’s Aokigahara, or suicide forest,
Emmanuelle Bercot stars as a woman in hospital who looks back on a difficult relationship with the father
1952 New York, and a department store clerk (Rooney Mara) falls in love with wealthy, married Carol (Cate Blanchett)
Vincent Lindon continues his collaboration with Brizé (Mademoiselle Chambon, A Few Hours Of Spring) with the story
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Sicario (US) Denis Villeneuve
A showcase role for Emily Blunt as an FBI agent who becomes embroiled in a CIA mission to take down the boss of a ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Mexican drug cartel. Sicario co-stars Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro, who plays a mysterious CIA operative.
marGueriTe and julien (Fr) Aristocratic siblings Julien and Marguerite de Ravalet (Jérémie Elkaïm and Anaïs Demoustier) have loved each other ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ since childhood. But as their affection veers toward voracious passion, they are hounded by society and are forced to flee. Valérie Donzelli
Michael Caine is a semi-retired composer on holiday in the Alps with his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and his film director
youTh (It-Switz-Fr-UK) Paolo Sorrentino
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mounTainS may deParT (Chi) Jia Zhangke
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dheePan (Fr) Jacques Audiard
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The aSSaSSin (Tai-Chi) Hou Hsiao Hsien
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A Tamil Tiger in Sri Lanka flees with a makeshift ‘family’ — a woman and a girl — in the hope they will make his claim for
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Tim Roth stars in writer-director Franco’s English-language debut as David, a troubled nurse who helps terminally ill
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valley oF love (Fr) Guillaume Nicloux
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macbeTh (UK) Justin Kurzel
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Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu play actors who had a son 25 years ago. After his death, they are summoned
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General Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) receives a prophecy from three witches and goes about securing the Scottish
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