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HanWay’s High-Rise signs for UK and France Paolo Sorrentino
Sorrentino’s Youth draws a crowd BY ANDREAS WISEMAN
Wild Bunch and StudioCanal have both boarded rights to Paolo Sorrentino’s next feature Youth, which is proving a hot commodity at the market. Wild Bunch has taken rights in Germany and Spain from Pathé International while StudioCanal has struck a deal for the UK with the film’s producers. Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel and Paul Dano recently joined Michael Caine on Sorrentino’s follow-up to his Oscar winner The Great Beauty. Written by Sorrentino, the drama is produced by his longtime producers Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima and Carlotta Calori, partners at Rome’s Indigo Film. The director’s regular DoP Luca Bigazzi is also on board. Co-producers are Pathé, who also have French rights, Bis Films, Switzerland’s C-Films and London-based Number 9 Films. Italian distributor Medusa/ Mediaset co-finances. The film follows two elderly men who holiday together in an elegant hotel in the Alps. Filming is due to get underway soon.
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HanWay Films has finalised deals for Ben Wheatley’s anticipated thriller High-Rise with StudioCanal for the UK and Wild Side co-founder Manuel Chiche’s new distribution company, The Jokers, for France. As reported by Screen last week, Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller have joined Tom Hiddleston on the cast of the in-demand Sightseers director Wheatley’s update of JG Ballard’s dystopian novel, which is being produced by Jeremy Thomas’s Recorded Picture Company.
bringing ground-breaking films to a wide audience.” Previous adaptations of Ballard’s work include RPC’s controversial drama Crash, directed by David Cronenberg, and Steven Spielberg’s epic, six-time Oscar nominee Empire Of The Sun. HanWay’s Cannes slate includes buzzed-about Todd Haynes drama Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and Matteo Garrone’s fantasy horror The Tale Of Tales starring Vincent Cassel, Salma Hayek, John C Reilly and Toby Jones.
El Ardor marks Participant Media’s first bow under its Participant PanAmerica initiative, also involving Canana Films, Chile’s Fabula and Colombia’s Dynamo. Other festival titles on the Parisbased company’s slate comprise Philippe Lacote’s Un Certain Regard-screener Run and Thomas Cailley’s romantic comedy Love At First Fight, which premiered in Directors’ Fortnight. Melanie Goodfellow
NEWS Sheridan’s Secret revealed Irish Film Board backs a raft of titles including a Jim Sheridan feature starring Jessica Chastain » Page 4
REVIEWS Westerns ride into town The verdicts on Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman and Kristian Levring’s The Salvation » Page 14 and 16
FEATURES On the frontline Cannes documentaries such as Bridges Of Sarajevo show a new side to conflict » Page 20
Omar star joins Kapadia’s Ali & Nino BY JEREMY KAY
Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Ronda Rousey, Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes at the photocall for The Expendables 3. The ensemble cast rolled into Cannes in Soviet-era tanks yesterday.
Arrow takes aim at El Ardor Argentinian Pablo Fendrik’s rainforest thriller El Ardor has been acquired by UK distributor Arrow for a major theatrical release. The film, which premieres in Official Selection as a special screening today, stars Cannes jury member Gael Garcia Bernal alongside Alice Braga. Other post-Berlin sales include to Australia (Vendetta), Turkey (Mars), Greece (StraDa), Germanspeaking territories (Tiberius) and the former-Yugoslavia (MCS).
Set in the 1970s, Hiddleston leads the cast on the thriller as a young doctor drawn into the violence and debauchery of a surreal residential tower block. The shoot is slated to get underway this July in Belfast. The script comes from Amy Jump while financiers include Film4 and the British Film Institute, with support from Northern Ireland Screen. Thorsten Schumacher, managing director of HanWay Films, told Screen: “StudioCanal and The Jokers are perfect partners for HighRise, proven distribution experts in
Brody builds production company BY JEREMY KAY
Actor Adrien Brody has unveiled his production company Fable House in partnership with Sparkle Roll Cultural Media and Nigerian energy magnate Kola Aluko. The latter has committed $30m and start-up Beijing Cultural Assets Chinese Film & Television Fund a further $20m to a slate of English-language films for China and the international market. First to go in the autumn will be murder mystery Manhattan Nocturne, in which Brody will star
opposite Yvonne Strahovski and Campbell Scott. Brian DeCubellis will direct the adaptation of the Colin Harrison novel and produces with Brody and Scott. Los Angelesbased 13 Films handles international sales and Paradigm represents US rights. “It is the kind of film Sidney Lumet would make,” said Brody, who will produce the entire roster and star in select titles. Jackie Chan is 50% owner in Beijing-based Sparkle Roll Cultural Media.
Adam Bakri will star in Asif Kapadia’s Ali & Nino adaptation, which IM Global has been shopping to buyers on the Croisette. Bakri starred in Hany AbuAssad’s Palestinian foreign-language Oscar submission Omar, which won the Special Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard last year. Speaking to Screen here in Cannes, Kapadia said he spent a year adapting the screenplay with Oscar winner Christopher Hampton, who has worked on the project for several years. Ali & Nino is regarded as the jewel of Azerbaijani literature and charts the romance between a Muslim prince and a Georgian Christian princess. The book was published in 1937 by Kurban Said, whose real identity has been the subject of much speculation. Production is set for winter-spring in Azerbaijan. Kris Thykier will produce.
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IFB commits to Temple, Sheridan, Wilson films By Andreas Wiseman
The Irish Film Board is backing productions from Juanita Wilson, Jim Sheridan, Julien Temple and Aisling Walsh in its latest round of funding decisions. Noel Pearson (My Left Foot) is producing The Secret Scripture, which was announced in Berlin, with Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave attached, being sold by Voltage Pictures. It has received this round’s biggest commitment of $820,000 (¤600,000). My Left Foot’s Sheridan is now lined up to direct. An adaptation by the late Johnny Ferguson of Sebastian Barry’s novel centres on the relationship between a 100-year-old woman
who has been in a mental hospital for half her life and the psychiatrist who tries to understand why she is there. Production is due to get underway later this year. Octagon Films production Tomato Red from writer-director Wilson (As If I Am Not There) has received a commitment of $680,000 (¤500,000). The adaptation of Winter’s Bone novelist Daniel Woodrell’s story is a drama set among the Ozark community in the US. Parallel Films’ Maudie from director Walsh (Song For A Raggy Boy) is to get $340,000 (¤250,000). Sally Hawkins is attached to star in the romance about a disfigured Nova Scotian
woman who works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist. Other projects to receive significant production backing include Virginia Gilbert’s Helen, Paul Mercier’s Pursuit, Bl!nder Films’ Perish and TV series Ripper Street. Docs to receive $140,000 (¤100,000) or more in production support include Temple’s The Strypes from Parallel Films, and Fastnet Films duo Jihad Jane and Zato. Development commitments include The Virgin Of Las Vegas from Good Vibrations directors Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa, and The Stag director John Butler’s Devil.
Radiant racks up a Take Down By Jeremy Kay
Buyers have been flocking to Radiant Films International’s Take Down, which is set to start shooting on June 2. Mimi Steinbauer has shown first footage to the story of rich kids who fight back when their bootcamp colony comes under siege. Deals closed with CIS and eastern Europe (A Company), Middle East (Gulf ) and Portugal (Lusomundo). SquareOne is understood to have picked up German rights, although Steinbauer could not be reached to confirm. Ed Westwick, Dominic Sher-
wood, Jeremy Sumpter and Phoebe Tonkin star. Steinbauer has been screening Rudderless, the hot seller from William H Macy that debuted in Sundance. Unified Pictures and Bron Studios’ The Driftless Area started shooting in Vancouver on the first day of Cannes and stars Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel and Frank Langella. Also drawing heat is the Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti and Ezra Miller starrer Madame Bovary. Steinbauer has been showing footage and the film could be ready for the autumn festivals.
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Premium locates Way Out By Melanie Goodfellow
Paris-based Premium Films has picked up rights to Czech director Petr Vaclav’s The Way Out (Cesta Ven) ahead of its screening in Cannes’ parallel ACID programme today. Filmed against the backdrop of an infamous gypsy ghetto in the Czech city of Ostrava, the film
revolves around a Roma woman trying to succeed in a hostile society and to overcome the overwhelming weight of family ties. Other films on Premium’s lineup include Fanny Jean-Noel’s upcoming hybrid fiction-documentary Move!, exploring dance around the world, and Philippe Appietto’s Océane.
Shochiku hopes its Ninja will travel By Liz Shackleton
Japanese studio Shochiku has launched a series of smallerbudget movies aimed at international markets, starting with Ken Ochiai’s Ninja The Monster. Starring Dean Fujioka, the film, now in post, sees undercover ninjas square off against alien monsters during the samurai era. Ninja The Monster is being
readied for autumn delivery. Shochiku plans to test it in international markets before deciding on dates for the Japanese release. Shochiku screened the 4K digital restoration of Nagisa Oshima’s Cruel Story Of Youth (1960) in Cannes Classics last week. DoP Takashi Kawamata and his disciple, Masashi Chikamori (The Little House), supervised the restoration.
Mark Damon’s Foresight Unlimited has closed key pre-sales here on bigbudget disaster project Inversion, based on a script and dazzling concept art. Damon and Foresight president Tamara Birkemoe are in final talks with a director. A major US studio is in place for the story of a potentially apocalyptic end of gravity. Deals have closed with Spain (DeAPlaneta), Russia (West), South Africa (Nu Metro), Scandinavia (Mis. Label) and Benelux (Dutch FilmWorks). Rights have gone in Latin America and Asia. Bragi Schut and David Arata co-wrote. Philip Lee, Michael Nozik and Markus Barmettler produce. Pegasus Motion Pictures finances and production is set for early 2015. Jeremy Kay
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Mr Perfect visits Japan South Korea’s Mirovision has sold Kim Myung-gyun’s Mr Perfect to a slew of Asian territories including Twin for Japan. The coming-of-age comedy drama has also gone to Vietnam (Lotte Vietnam), Taiwan (Cola Films) and Malaysia (Hwayea Multimedia). The film, about a golfer and his relationship with his manager, stars two rising actors from Korean TV dramas, Yoon Si-yoon and Yeo Jin-goo. Mirovision is also launching sales on Roy Lee’s Melo, a “hardcore melodrama” about a woman who becomes unhinged when her lover’s ex-girlfriend shatters her happiness. The film stars Kim Hae-na and Victor Lee. The company is also selling Kang Je-gyu’s short film, Awaiting, which is part of the Beautiful 2014 omnibus. Liz Shackleton
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The BFI has joined Microwave founding partners Film London and BBC Films for the next iteration of the low-budget production initiative behind Hong Khaou’s Sundance hit, Lilting. Film London is hosting a networking breakfast here in Cannes today to discuss the $3.7m (£2.2m) earmarked by the trio
for the next round of Microwave. Freshly revealed today is the offer of development funding to all shortlisted film-makers and further development grants of up to $16,800 (£10,000) for advancing films. The scheme is due to produce up to six features over three years, with production budgets of $250,000 (£150,000).
IMAX has secured its first commercial cinema deal for Scandinavia, with Nordic Cinema Group. The IMAX in the SF Bio anchor multiplex at Stockholm’s Mall of Scandinavia will open in autumn 2015. IMAX president of EMEA Andrew Cripps told Screen in Cannes that, in Nordic Cinema Group, “we couldn’t pick a better partner… I hope it’s a relationship
Appropriate Behaviour, joins the team as senior Microwave executive, while Tessa Inkelaar steps into a development producer role. Deborah Sathe is head of talent development and production. A distribution consultant and a business and legal affairs exec are due to join. The scheme aims to long list at least 50% black, Asian and minority ethnic film-makers.
Fiddlesticks flies high in Europe By Michael Rosser
German kids adventure Fiddlesticks has been snapped up buyers following its market premiere. Following a deal with Farbfilm, which will release theatrically in Germany and Austria in October, the feature has been sold to France (Pretty Pictures), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Film Europe) and Romania (Metropolis).
IMAX projects first Scandi deal By Wendy Mitchell
A total of $168,000 (£100,000) will come from Microwave, with the remaining $84,000 (£50,000) expected to be raised by the film’s producers. Completed films will have access to an additional $42,000 (£25,000) of P&A funds. Olivier Kaempfer, who produced previous Microwave title Borrowed Time and executiveproduced Sundance 2014 title
we can build on because Scandinavia is very important to us.” This deal follows recent pacts in Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Estonia and Slovakia. IMAX is set to open a new screen at the revamped Empire Leicester Square in London at the end of the month. Other IMAX news includes the firm planning to debut its first laser system in Russia in 2015, and booking another local-language
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Russian project, Nikolai Lebedev’s Flight Crew, to open in October 2015; this follows the success of Russian hit Stalingrad. IMAX has 58 screens in Russia, and Stalingrad was also a hit in China, where it earned more than $11.5m. In China, IMAX has 150 screens open with a further 250 in the works. Other local-language releases on the horizon include Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home.
Deals for Benelux and Norway will be announced soon, according to director Veit Helmer, who is coordinating theatrical sales himself while Beta Film handles TV sales. Fiddlesticks tells the story of six youngsters who try to free their grandparents from an old people’s home, with a cast that includes Benno Fürmann and Fritzi Haberlandt.
F&ME introduces fantastic four By Michael Rosser
London-based Film & Music Entertainment (F&ME) has brought the first four features of its 10-picture $30m slate to the Marché. Sold in Cannes by Metro International Entertainment is Julien Temple’s Rio 50 Degrees, a look at the city’s cultural, political and technical revolutions from the 1970s to 2011, ahead of the Brazilian World Cup. F&ME has just delivered Ben
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Hopkins-directed comedy Welcome To Karastan to Stealth Media Group; while Bac Films Distribution is shopping Mohsen Makhmalbaf ’s The President, the story of a fallen dictator, that wrapped in Georgia in April. Also now wrapped and readying for sale is football documentary Streetkids United II: The Girls From Rio, directed by Brazilian film-maker Maria Clara Costa. The Brazilian co-producer on the sequel is Total Filmes.
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Buyers rally to Save Oz! 3D By Jeremy Kay
Buyers have snapped up rights from FilmSharks International to Save Oz! 3D from Alex Garcia’s Anima Estudios. Alberto Mar of Top Cat fame directs the film and FilmSharks head Guido Rud has been showing first footage on the Croisette. Rights have gone for the Middle East (Shooting Stars), Colombia (Cine Colombia) and CIS and eastern Europe (Top Film). Rud said deals for the US, South Korea and Latin America were under discussion. There has also been activity on Daniel Burman’s rom-com Mystery Of Happiness (El Misterio De La Felicidad), starring Guillermo Francella, which Disney handles in select Latin American markets. Deals have closed in France (Eurozoom), Australia (Potential Films) and CIS and Baltics (Maywin Media). Strand Releasing and HBO previously acquired US rights, Festival Films took Spain and Portugal, and Cine Colombia will release in Colombia.
Arclight heads into the Jungle By Jeremy Kay
Arclight Films is entrenched in talks with international buyers on Wo l f C ree k d i re c to r G re g McLean’s Jungle. The thriller is based on Yossi Ghinsberg’s international bestseller about an adventurer in peril in the Bolivian jungle. CAA packaged the project and represents US rights. Production is set for the end of the year in La Paz, Bolivia, and on Australia’s Gold Coast. Justin Monjo adapted the screenplay, and Dana Lustig and Mike Gabrawy produce. Screen Australia and Screen Queensland supported development.
Russia and Ukraine unite over Sevastopol By Geoffrey Macnab
Russia and Ukraine may be at loggerheads politically, but their film industries are working together more closely than ever. Battle For Sevastopol is a $5m Russia-Ukraine co-production currently shooting in Kiev. Speaking in Cannes this week at a Roskino reception, Russian producer Mila Rozanova said the deteriorating political relations between the two countries have not damaged the production. The aim is to have the film,
which was first pitched here last year, ready for Cannes 2015 — marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War. Yulia Peresild stars as Russian sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko, who killed more than 300 Germans during the war and was lionised as a Soviet hero. Pavlichenko was originally from Kiev — one reason why the film has been put together as a co-production between Russia’s New People and Ukraine’s Kinorob. Part of the film has been shot in
Sevastopol, where there has also been widespread political unrest. Shooting is underway in Kiev, after which filming will move to Vinnytsia in Ukraine. However, tensions are being experienced elsewhere. Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian director of Gamer, has been arrested by Russian secret service officials and accused of organising a terrorist attack. Sentsov has denied any wrongdoing. Director Sergei Mokritsky was born in Ukraine but is a Russian citizen.
Sony hears Adams’ Story By Jeremy Kay
The six lead cast members of John Woo’s upcoming $65m romantic epic The Crossing attended a press conference with the director in Cannes on Saturday. From left to right: Huang Xiaoming, Song Hye-kyo, Zhang Ziyi, John Woo, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tong Dawei and Masami Nagasawa. Liz Shackleton
Focus acts on Bastille Day Focus Features has snapped up North American rights from StudioCanal to the action thriller Bastille Day, starring Idris Elba. James Watkins will direct from a script by Andrew Baldwin. Vendome Pictures’ Philippe Rousselet produces with Steve Golin, David Kanter and Bard Dorros for Anonymous Content. Financier and sales company StudioCanal will distribute in France, the UK, Germany and Australia. Focus executive vicepresident of business affairs Beth Lemberger brokered the deal with StudioCanal head of international sales Anna Marsh.
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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired the bulk of international territories to the Amy Adams sci-fi film, Story Of Your Life. FilmNation, which last week closed with WME Global a $20m deal with Paramount for North America and China, licensed the rights. It has also been taken for the UK (eOne), Australia (Village Roadshow), India (Reliance), Israel (Shani Films) and the Middle East, Greece and Turkey (Italia).
LevelK cracks whip for Mistress By Geoffrey Macnab
LevelK’s erotic drama My Mistress, starring Emmanuelle Béart, has been sold to the UK (House) and Russia (Russian Report). The Australian production will receive its world premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival in August. Béart stars alongside Harrison
Gilbertson and Rachael Blake. It is directed by Stephen Lance and made through Mini Studios, while Leanne Tonkes produces. Screen Australia, Screen Queensland, Film Victoria, MIFF Premiere Fund and Soundfirm provide financing, with Transmission handling the Australian release.
Filmax expands its TV ambitions By Geoffrey Macnab
Revitalised Spanish outfit Filmax is to increase its TV activities following the success of The Red Band Society. The teen drama series, set in the children’s wing of a hospital, is to be remade by
DreamWorks in the US. Filmax is also preparing to make lawyer thriller series I Know Who You Are. The show is likely to run for two seasons, with 10 episodes each season. The first series is planned to shoot in early 2015.
Nordisk joins ski drama Nordisk Film is joining Paradox’s Birkebeinerne as co-producer and distributor. Nils Gaup directs from Ravn Lanesskog’s script, telling the story of real events in the year 1206 in Norway, when skiers saved the baby King Haakon from being killed. Kon Tiki star Jakob Oftebro and Kristofer Hivju from Game Of Thrones will star in the $8.2m film, which will shoot later this year. Nordisk’s executive producer Lone Korslund and head of production Henrik Zein made the deal with Paradox producers Stein B Kvae and Finn Gjerdrum. TrustNordisk will handle international sales. The movie is supported by Norsk Filminstitutt and Eurimages, and is a co-production between Paradox, Nordisk Film Production, Proton Cinema in Hungary and Newgrange in Ireland. Wendy Mitchell
Spotlight on Larry Clark’s Marfa Girl By Jeremy Kay
Spotlight Pictures has secured world rights to Larry Clark’s Marfa Girl and has been in talks with buyers here. Drake Burnette and Adam Mediano star in the coming-ofage tale of a teenager in smalltown Texas. Carlos Rincon of Spotlight negotiated the deal with producer Adam Sherman. “Working with Larry means a lot to me. Kids was a huge influence. My first job in international sales was working on Larry’s Another Day In Paradise,” said Spotlight CEO Matt McCombs.
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The Cuarons fall to Earth By Jeremy Kay
“Forsaken is a story of survival,” says director Jonas Cuaron of his Mexico-France thriller that recently wrapped. “It is a cat-and-mouse chase between a Mexican immigrant [Gael Garcia Bernal] and an American vigilante [Jeffrey Dean Morgan] guarding the border. “The idea was to create a story that had many layers of reading. It is a nail-biting [thriller] but at the same time juggles various themes. It is a story of survival, but is set against a very political backdrop.” Cuaron, whose first feature Year Of The Nail came out in 2007, arrived in Cannes to attend, with his father Alfonso, a buyer presentation on Saturday arranged by IM Global. Father and son are producing Forsaken (formerly titled Desierto) on the back of their triumphant writing partnership on Gravity that delivered an Oscar-winning smash.
Playing the ‘man’s game’ By Geoffrey Macnab
Russian ice hockey star Viacheslav Fetisov, in Cannes with Gabe Polsky’s doc Red Army, has poured scorn on the notion that sports like ice hockey and American football are becoming too violent.
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This time, however, the script was mostly Jonas’s baby. He developed the screenplay with his cousin Mateo Garcia, though the advice and insights of his father were critical. Jonas says: “I have a very close creative relationship with my dad and I always [asked] for his input [during] the process of writing the script. I raised the project on my own, since he was very busy with Gravity, and later he became involved as a producer.” Mexican financier-producer Alex Garcia of AG Studios produces with the Cuarons, Alfonso’s brother Carlos Cuaron and France’s Charles Gillibert. Lava Bear chief David Linde is an executive producer. Latam Distribution holds Latin American rights. Speaking from Italy, where he was visiting family prior to the Croisette trip, Alfonso said his son showed him the first draft in 2008 or 2009 and they began to put together financing on the final
year of production on Gravity. “Jonas is driving the boat as a producer,” says Alfonso. “The story is very contained… In many ways the [Sonoran Desert] is a metaphor for their circumstances. It’s an action movie in many ways and there’s an implicit political commentary about immigration. “When we’re working together I forget we’re father and son. When he was shooting I was away in London, but I would see the dailies and talk to him every week. “He is such an amazing director that I realise I have lost a writer for my films, because now he’s going to be busy doing his own projects. But of course I am also very happy about that.” What is Cuaron Sr doing next? “It took me four-and-a-half years to do Gravity and another six months in post. Then I went back to the biggest pile of dishes you’ve seen on Earth. I’ve been washing dishes ever since. I hope to have a clearer head in the summer.”
US president Barack Obama recently told the media that if he had a son, he would “have to think long and hard before I let him play football”. The former captain of the allconquering Soviet Red Army team thinks Obama is being too timid. “This is the man’s game. In my time, when we played, we had no
shields and little protection for our heads,” Fetisov responded when asked about the potential perils of his sport. “There was no such thing as the doctor taking you to the medical room and putting you down on the table. They stitch you right there on the bench during the game.” Red Army is being sold in the market by Wild Bunch.
Dean DeBlois’ soaring sequel How To Train Your Dragon 2 takes a bolder, braver approach than the first film, in what is a planned trilogy. The second film brings heavier topics to the table that according to the director, “have made some people very nervous”. Directing on his own for the first time, with usual writer/director partner Chris Sanders serving in an executive producer role, he convinced DreamWorks Animation executives that Hiccup and friends should be five years older, and so take on more mature issues. “If we were going to do a sequel, we didn’t want to rehash the same issues Hiccup had from the first movie,” DeBlois tells Screen in Cannes. “By starting five years on, we could have a 20-yearold with a 20-year-old’s problems.” DeBlois’ first hurdle was introducing Hiccup’s estranged mother Valka — bringing Cate Blanchett to the franchise — something that naturally adds great meaning to a young man’s life. DeBlois takes the drama one step further by reuniting Valka with Hiccup’s father Stoick. “Animation as a medium can speak to a broad audience, I don’t like the stigma it’s just for kids. He [Hiccup] has to define himself against the over-bearing nature of his father and now his mother,” says DeBlois. The director also took a stance to take DoP consultant Roger Deakins to the archipelago of Svalbard, Norway’s last stop before the North Pole. “It’s immensely beautiful,
where the human presence is a drop in the ocean. The way the light filters at the northern latitudes is unbelievable. This inspired Valka’s world,” he says. DeBlois, an animator himself, was thrilled when DreamWorks Animation decided to integrate new animation system Apollo, making it the first film to use the five-years-in-the-making software. “We knew the artists could work faster, they had increased controls for acting subtlety and they could manipulate characters in real time — almost like a stop-motion animator with his puppet.” The success from the first film — taking more than $495m in worldwide box-office receipts — plus the lucrative franchise extras including a TV series, short films, video games and a theatre show, leaves DeBlois and DreamWorks expectant. “Once we see how this film does, it’s going to embolden us or caution us for the third film.” DeBlois is now scripting the final part of the trilogy, tentatively set for release in 2016. Tiffany Pritchard
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The Wonders Reviewed by Lee Marshall A rich, strange mix of coming-of-age film and troubled modern pastoral, The Wonders (Le Meraviglie) proves that Alice Rohrwacher’s spikily original feature debut, Corpo Celeste, was no flash in the pan. Delving partly into the director’s own family background, The Wonders captures something profound about the passage to adulthood as a mix of hormonal drama and dream state. Anchored by a fine cast, dominated by the compellingly natural performance of first-time Romanian-Italian actress Alexandra Lungu in the central role of Gelsomina, this resonant film will place Rohrwacher firmly in the canon of Italian directors to watch. Monica Bellucci’s turn as a past-her-sell-bydate TV soubrette should not kid anyone about The Wonders’ target audience: it is resolutely arthouse, though at the wider end of the spectrum and with solid international potential for curious, patient viewers. If The Great Beauty was showy modern opera, this is intimate contemporary chamber music. On one of its many levels, The Wonders is a film about the challenges of growing up in an unorthodox family. Twelve-year-old Gelsomina (who bears little resemblance in looks or character to her namesake in Fellini’s La Strada) is the oldest daughter of a couple of former student revolutionaries, he German and she Italian, who
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COMPETITION It-Switz-Ger. 2014. 110mins Director/screenplay Alice Rohrwacher Production companies Tempesta, Rai Cinema International sales The Match Factory, www. the-match-factory.de Producers Carlo CrestoDina, Karl Baumgartner, Tiziana Soudani, Michael Weber Cinematography Hélene Louvart Editor Marco Spoletini Production designer Emita Frigato Main cast Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louwyck, Alba Rohrwacher, Sabine Timoteo, Agnese Graziani, Luis Huilca Logrono
have moved to the Tuscan countryside to keep bees and build their own utopia. But it is under threat from hunters, non-organic neighbours whose weedkiller is killing the bees, health and safety bureaucrats, and most of all from the sheer unremitting drudgery of farm work. Home is a crumbling, draughty farmhouse with floor mattresses for beds. Family patriarch Wolfgang (Belgian dancer Sam Louwyck) is a taut, feral soul at war with the world and the daughters he loves; the mother, played by the director’s older actress sister Alba, is stressed and overworked, and Gelso — as she is nicknamed — has stepped into the breach, mothering her sisters and helping out dad with the bees. The emotional arm-wrestling match between Wolfgang and Gelso, both stubborn loners in their own ways, spills over into Gelso’s manipulative-affectionate rapport with the next sister down, plump mother’s girl Marinella (Graziani). Two younger sisters run wild, on the fringes of Gelso’s emotional attention. And then there’s Coco (Timoteo), a wiry, lonely German woman who lives and works with the family. Is she a relative, a friend? For Gelso, as for the audience, she’s just there. Two new plot balls eventually thicken the blend: the first is the family’s seaside stumble onto the location shoot of a promo for Il Paese Delle Meraviglie, a madly kitsch ‘best farm produce’ local TV talent show that raids the area’s
Etruscan past with more artistic licence than a 1960s peplum movie. Bellucci plays the fairygodmother presenter of the show, a woman mutely startled by her own superficiality, but seen as a marvel by the daughters. Second turnup is the arrival of a German juvenile offender, Martin (Logrono), sent to work on the family farm as part of a rehabilitation programme. Rohrwacher listens to her characters, lets them take the story in unexpected directions, at the same time building resonance out of recurrent symbols and triggers. One of these is the slow drip of honey from a vat into a bucket that needs changing before it is full — a country ritual, a promise of sweetness, but also a distillation of paternal tyranny. Bees are both threats and wonders: they cannot be relied on to stay in the hive, but can also be persuaded to perform miracles — emerging from Gelso’s mouth in a party trick that gives the film its Italian-release poster image. Cinematographer Hélene Louvart channels both the poetry and harshness of the rural setting, sensitively building on Gelso’s transitional status: half a part of the family that nurtured her, half becoming her own woman. Rarely has the suspended state of pre-adolescence been captured so instinctively on film.
The Homesman Reviewed by Allan Hunter Eschewing the romance and adventure of the old West, The Homesman paints a poignant picture of an era that crushed the spirit and chipped away at the souls of those who barely endured through the harshest conditions. Time is marked in children lost, crops that fail and bitter winters that steal the sanity of your nearest and dearest. By concentrating on the vast human toll of those pioneer days, Tommy Lee Jones has created a beautifully crafted heartbreaker of a tale that will find a ready welcome among older audiences attracted to the unusual subject matter and the classical, unfussy elegance of the storytelling. The Homesman should easily match and exceed the commercial success of Jones’s previous theatrical directorial outing, The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada. After Clint Eastwood’s farewell to the genre in Unforgiven, Tommy Lee Jones is among a handful of actor/directors, alongside Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall, who still believe in the Western and have the clout to make films in that genre. His faith is well rewarded in The Homesman, a film that is beautifully crafted in all departments and is especially noteworthy for the cinematography of Rodrigo Prieto, who captures a sense of vast, desolate plains, dusted by snow, bathed in bleak sunlight and devoid of a human presence as far as the eye can see.
It Follows Reviewed by Fionnuala Halligan The Myth Of The American Sleepover’s David Robert Mitchell turns to genre for his second feature, playing the teen horror conventions skilfully — and attractively — in It Follows. Astute and able, the film works on the premise that the real threat for teens is actually what their parents always warned them about — sex. In It Follows, sex — with an infected person, of course — brings on the murderous zombies, and the only way to get rid of them is by passing the parcel, as it were, to another sexual partner. That’s before these lumbering, dripping trolls kill their victim through — yes — sex. All forms of decay and disease waft their aromas over the groomed suburban landscape that Mitchell has constructed for his Detroit teenagers. It’s late summer/early autumn, and the lush vegetation is about to turn putrid, while this internal plague results in monstrous external manifestations visible only to the infected person. Mitchell pays clear homage to John Carpenter here, particularly with an effective Moroder-ish score. Sound signals of impending peril judder and shake as, unsupervised by
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US. 2014. 122mins Director Tommy Lee Jones Production companies Javelina Film Company, Ithaca Films International sales EuropaCorp, www. europacorp.com Producers Peter Brant, Brian Kennedy, Luc Besson Executive producers Deborah Dobson Bach, G Hughes Abell, Richard Romero Screenplay Tommy Lee Jones, Kieran Fitzgerald, Wesley Oliver based on the novel by Glendon Swarthout Cinematography Rodrigo Prieto Editor Roberto Silvi Production designer Merideth Boswell Music Marco Beltrami Main cast Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep, James Spader, John Lithgow, Miranda Otto, Grace Gummer, Sonja Richter
Critics’ week US. 2014. 97mins Director/screenplay David Robert Mitchell Production companies Northern Light Films, Animal Kingdom, Two Flints International sales Visit Films, firstname.lastname@example.org Producers Rebecca Green, Laura D Smith, David Kaplan, Erik Rommesmo Cinematography Michael Gioulakis Editor Julio C Perez IV Production designer Michael T Perry Music Rich Vreeland (Disasterpeace) Main cast Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe
No wonder early settlers felt dwarfed and defeated by the land. The Homesman is based on a 1988 novel by Glendon Swarthout, who also wrote The Shootist, which became a touching swansong for John Wayne in 1976. You could almost imagine Wayne playing Jones’s role of George Briggs, a grizzled, curmudgeonly rascal saved from a hangman’s noose in return for accompanying a group of women from Nebraska to Iowa. His saviour is God-fearing Mary Bee Cuddy (Swank), a solitary woman with a good heart who is described as being “plain as a tin pail”. She has taken responsibility for transporting three women (played by Miranda Otto, Grace Gummer and Sonja Richter) whose harrowing experiences of death, loss and failure have tipped them towards insanity.
Hilary Swank invests Cuddy with a determination and decency that never descends into caricature. Jones is equally commendable for refusing to play Briggs in a broader register that might have made him a larger-than-life presence. He is as taciturn and flinty as we might expect from this actor, but there are enough moments of quiet humour and compassion to reveal his flawed, weary humanity. Lyrical and touching, and with nicely etched moments from a supporting cast that includes John Lithgow and Meryl Streep, The Homesman also contains one unexpected development that further underlines the tragic lives of the men and women who tamed the West.
adults (of course), the teenagers make their genre-favoured series of dumb choices (fleeing to a cottage in the woods, for example). It Follows is clever enough to attract wider US and international audiences rather than just genre fans. Although it may ultimately be too soft for the hardcore horror brigade, Mitchell clearly signals his maturing talent in this second film, not only as a writer, but with his increasingly sophisticated delivery of imagery.
Maika Monroe, looking like a young Chloe Sevigny, is the centre of action. She plays Jay, the object of everyone’s desire, so it’s no surprise the zombies come looking for her, too. Mitchell starts It Follows with a very effective tracking shot as a hysterical young girl meets a brutal end at the hands of unseen forces, so we already know something is out there in the bushes surrounding Jay’s fragile teenage suburban bliss. A young girl’s sexual passion, of course, provides just the right level of provocation to unleash all sorts of havoc, and soon they’re coming for her — slowly but surely, and with grim determination — to the point where the choice to try to fight them becomes a difficult one. They can appear as friends or relatives, or as random decaying, drooling, menacing fiends. The teenagers in It Follows spend a lot of time looking behind their backs. There are, of course, plenty of special effects, but Mitchell works assuredly with cameraman Michael Gioulakis to create most of his suspense through light, atmosphere and sound. His neighbourhoods feel like tenacious settlements on the outskirts of something ruined, with the rot advancing as slowly as the zombies. An effective sequence featuring the abandoned Detroit Water Works is a case in point.
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The Salvation Reviewed by Fionnuala Halligan It has been more than 20 years since retired sheriff Clint Eastwood took ‘one last job’ and turned Unforgiven into a rare modern commercial and awards success for the no-frills Western. Now Denmark’s Kristian Levring is having a crack at the rifle with his Danish-American version — shot in English — playing all the conventions like a banjo. He has certainly got the armoury to back him up: Mads Mikkelsen has the face for the frontier and just the right level of internalised, righteous rage to keep Salvation on a rusty knife edge throughout. Mikkelsen has crossover appeal, and the curiosity value of seeing the talented Danish star of The Hunt and Hannibal fronting a classic American Western should carry Salvation safely across the international arthouse frontier. Eva Green and Jeffrey Dean Morgan also give strong support in this nicely paced, handsomely mounted film, which shot in South Africa. Levring (The King Is Alive), working from his script with Anders Thomas Jensen, does not seek out the revisionist elements of The Quick And The Dead or From Dusk Till Dawn. Instead he fully abandons his Dogme roots to deliver a dusty homage to classics including High Noon, and the tribute is sure to be appreciated, even if reaching the awards summit of Unforgiven is an ask.
A Hard Day Reviewed by Jason Bechervaise A Hard Day (Kkeut-Kka-Ji-Gan-Da) finds the right balance in addressing issues such as corruption while also paying close attention to what makes a film compelling and engaging through its clever execution and witty script. Though it ends up following the same pattern as other South Korean thrillers, in its opening half especially, it is intelligently and skilfully crafted, allowing it to break out as it premieres in Directors’ Fortnight. Featuring Hong Sang-soo regular Lee Sunkyun — who starred in hit All About My Wife — together with the increasingly visible Cho Jin-woong (Nameless Gangster) as the antagonist, the film’s profile should be raised locally. But it is the potential for strong word-of-mouth that will be the film’s greatest asset when it is released in South Korea on May 29. The story follows detective Gun-su (Lee), who on the day of his mother’s funeral kills a man in a hit-and-run accident, and seeks to cover it up by placing the body in his mother’s coffin at the mortuary. At first, Gun-su believes he has successfully covered his tracks, but things turn sour when
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MIDNIGHT SCREENINGs Den-UK-S Afr. 2014. 89mins Director Kristian Levring Production company Zentropa Entertainments International sales TrustNordisk, www. trustnordisk.com Producers Sisse Graum Jorgensen Screenplay Kristian Levring, Anders Thomas Jensen Cinematography Jens Schlosser Editor Pernille Bech Christensen Production designer Jorgen Munk Music Kasper Winding Main cast Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Mikael Persbrandt, Jonathan Pryce, Douglas Henshall, Michael Raymond-James
DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT S Kor. 2014. 111mins Director/screenplay Kim Seong-hun Production companies AD 406, Dasepo Club International sales Showbox/Mediaplex, www.showbox.co.kr Producers Cha Ji-hyun, Billy Acumen Executive producer You Jeong-hun Cinematography Kim Tae-sung Editor Kim Chang-ju Production designer Lee Mi-kyoung Music Mok Young-jin Main cast Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Jin-woong, Jung Man-sik, Shin Jung-keun
Levring makes the ‘Danish angle’ work by casting Mikkelsen as Jon, a former soldier who moved with his brother (Persbrandt) to America after the loss of the German-Danish War in 1864. They have spent seven hard years establishing a homestead outside the town of Black Creek, and now it is time for Jon’s much-missed wife and son to join them. The west was wild because it was brutally lawless, and Jon’s family falls victim to predatory members of the Delaurue clan on the stagecoach journey home to Black Creek. When his wife and child are brutally murdered, Jon responds violently in kind, taking out the local hard-man’s brother. Colonel Delarue (Morgan) holds Black Creek in his villainous thrall — “he’s never been the same since he murdered all them Indians”, mutters one unnerved townsperson. Furious at the death of his brother he, in turn, will come look-
ing for his revenge, and will take no prisoners. Meanwhile the mute widow ‘Princess’ (Green) stands by and watches. Following genre conventions, the townspeople are universally cowed and helpless, with the mayor (Pryce) doubling up as a busy undertaker, and the priest (Henshall) also serving as the sheriff. A young boy may be the only one among them with the spirit to resist Delarue’s tyranny. Levring’s cameraman, Jens Schlosser, delivers a glowing West, with much shot under the cover of night, and designer Jorgen Munk dreams up a town that may be familiar though the villain’s lair is anything but. The gunfights do not overstay their welcome, either, working within Levring’s snappy 89-minute running time. The classic Western hero is always an outsider, and Levring, coming at it with a completely foreign perspective, somehow salts the dusty Salvation to give it a different, highly palatable taste.
he begins getting phone calls from a man (Cho) who claims he saw everything and starts threatening him. Meanwhile, it is also revealed that the man he hit is the main suspect in a homicide investigation, a fact that pops up on the police database. Although this is by no means the first South Korean film to do so, it portrays the country’s police force as being somewhat unscrupulous in nature, but does so in a semi-serious, humorous tone reflective of the dark humour often associated with some of the best contemporary Korean cinema, such as those from the likes of Bong Joon Ho. The corruption is colourfully illustrated in
an amusing scene that sees Gun-su stopped at a police checkpoint to have his alcohol level tested. Not only is he later excused because he is a detective, but he also ridicules the officers for not believing he is a detective in the first place. Full of suspense and amusement, the scene is indicative of Kim Seong-hun’s potential as both a director and screenwriter, and marks something of a comeback given he has not made a film since 2006 with How The Lack Of Love Affects Two Men. A Hard Day is a worthy accomplishment in both its overall direction and screenplay, which is bound to be of interest to those seeking out the latest South Korean thriller.
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The Go-Go Boys Reviewed by Mark Adams
Self Made Reviewed by Dan Fainaru A gently hallucinatory fantasy, Shira Geffen’s second outing in Cannes after her 2007 Camera d’Or award for Jellyfish tackles the Middle East conflict in a whimsical manner that refuses to be nailed down by even the slightest vestige of realism. There is no plot to follow nor any attempt to analyse or take sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Instead, Geffen offers a long list of amusingly surrealistic comments about some of the more earnest issues, and if some audiences find it innocently endearing or cutely observant, there will be others who will balk at the vacuous portrait of a tragic conflict. In Self Made (Boreg) two women, Israeli artist Michal Kayam (Adler) and Nadine (Saraya), an Arab woman packing screws for Etaca (a parody of the Swedish furniture giant Ikea) meet for a brief moment at a checkpoint between Israel and Palestine. It happens towards the end of the film and they do not meet again, but their parallel fates are supposed to show the absurdity, inhumanity and ridiculousness of the entire conflict. When Michal’s bed breaks, she orders another from Etaca, which delivers it instantly but without a crucial screw that should have held it all together. Michal complains, Etaca apologises, promises adequate compensations and fires the person responsible for leaving out the screw, namely Nadine. And indeed, Nadine is sent home into the arms of her neighbour-lover Amar (Liddawi), who attempts to convince her she could be a celebrity if she becomes a suicide bomber. Walking in a daze and unable to make sense of anything that happens to her, Michal is supposed to be the epitome of an Israeli generation harassed by everything and everyone, running away from stability and responsibility, while Nadine would most likely represent the down-to-earth Palestinian struggling to get a life for herself, a family and most importantly, children, preferably in her own country and not in faraway Kuwait where her aunt would like to see her. Geffen evidently feels that as long as she deals in fairytales, any need for normal continuity, character consistency or factual credibility is unnecessary, her only obligation being to fit in relevant references, preferably in a playful tone, about the present and its incongruities. It all seems as if, exhausted by the unbearable earnestness of all the films dealing with similar subjects, Geffen chose to escape into fantasy, hoping to find, if not answers, then at least some kind of solace.
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Isr. 2014. 89mins Director/screenplay Shira Geffen Production companies United King Films, Movie Plus International sales WestEnd Films, www.westendfilms.com Producers David Mandil, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery Executive producer Michal Graidy Cinematography Ziv Berkovich Editor Nili Feller Production designer Arad Sawat Music Amit Poznansky Main cast Sarah Adler, Samira Saraya, Doraid Liddawi, Na’ama Shoham, Ziad Bakri
This is a delightful delve into the film-oriented antics of Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who delighted in subverting the film industry as they made more than 300 films — a blend of high-brow arthouse and full-on exploitation — and challenged the traditional ways of selling and marketing films. It is richly appropriate that Hilla Medalia’s film premieres in the Cannes Classics section. It was in Cannes that they cheerfully pre-sold packages of films via Cannon Films and Golan-Globus, embraced the publicity their vibrant personalities brought to the marketplace and relished their place in the international film business. Medalia traces their origins as young Israeli film fans through to their attempts at breaking into Hollywood, gradually revealing a bold story that has to be seen to believed. Golan was a film director whose company in Tel Aviv was busy making modest successes in the 1960s, when he was encouraged to find a place for his cousin, Globus, who had an eye for finance. The surprise success of teen film Lemon Popsicle (1978) saw them move operations to Hollywood, where — after a disastrous 1980 musical called The Apple that almost saw them collapse — they hit the teen-music zeitgeist with breakdance film Breakin’ in 1984. This opened the floodgates to their unique blend of arthouse and action, with the Cannon roster blending Chuck Norris, Charles Bronson and Michael Dudikoff with Franco Zeffirelli, Robert Altman, Roman Polanski and Andrei Konchalovsky. Things came to a head, however, with the relative failure of Superman IV: The Quest For Peace and other ambitious projects, though Golan is reticent about discussing finances on screen. While they may be unforthcoming, to Medalia’s credit she is more than happy for you to fill in the blanks and discuss their financial wranglings and occasional errors of judgment. The joy of the film is in the clips, ranging from early Israeli musicals and dramas to action epics. Konchalovsky happily admits his debt of gratitude to Golan and Globus while American Ninja star Dudikoff comments on how his entire career was built around their action films. It is an entertaining look back at a strange and wonderful time in movie production, and while it may not spark a full retrospective of their work (it does make you want to track down The Apple) it is a fascinating delve into the background of a brand that rose high and fell heavily.
CANNES CLASSICS Isr. 2014. 90mins Director Hilla Medalia Production company/ sales Other Angle Pictures, firstname.lastname@example.org Cinematography Oded Kirma Editor Daniel Sivan Music Jonathan Bar Giora
Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait
On the frontline Documentary film-makers are finding new ways to attract finance and audiences. Ahead of today’s Doc Corner Brunch, Colin Brown explores the cutting-edge strategies and the crop of documentaries at Cannes
s in previous festivals, war is an ever-present theme in many of the documentaries selected for Cannes 2014. It is there in the title of Laurent Bécue-Renard’s Of Men And War, in which US war veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan try to process their traumas at a residential treatment centre. It informs both Red Army, which looks at Russian hockey during the Cold War, and Bridges Of Sarajevo, an omnibus involving Jean-Luc Godard, Cristi Puiu and a dozen other film-makers in a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. And you don’t have to delve too far into the photo collections of either Sebastiao Salgado or the French newspaper Le Monde, the respective subjects of Wim Wenders’ Salt Of The Earth and Les Gens Du Monde, to witness the global scars of conflict. Most immediately, two of this year’s festival documentaries directly address ongoing battles that threaten to escalate beyond their domestic borders. The clashes in Ukraine are the subject of Maidan, which is still being filmed — and may well continue being chronicled after Cannes. And the civil war in Syria is at the very centre of Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait, which takes audiences inside the rebel-held besieged city of Homs.
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Bridges Of Sarajevo
‘I can get a feature doc set up in a matter of months on the basis of a great story, a couple of sides of A4 and a top director’ Simon Chinn, Lightbox
Getting footage out of such life-threatening situations, in an attempt to inject visceral punch and human context to the numbing barrage of news reports, has always been one of documentary’s defining strengths. The results are a testament to the guile of nonfiction film-makers. With no set script to work from, creatively or financially speaking, the documentary world has been forced to pioneer adaptive new business strategies that their counterparts in the independent narrative realm have only started to latch on to. Far from being the marginalised cousin of fiction, the long-form documentary is cinema’s new frontline. “Documentary film-makers have to be incredibly ingenious because of the very unpredictable nature of making a documen-
tary. They need to be extremely resourceful, not only how they go about financing their docs but also how they actually go about making the docs themselves,” affirms Anna Godas, CEO of UK-based documentary distributor Dogwoof. “In documentary filmmaking you’ll find, by its very nature, the most dynamic and innovative business models. Docs used to be dismissed as a hard genre to finance and market, and it’s precisely those challenges that have created a breed of truly forward-thinking creative and business thinkers that are getting ahead of the game.” As an example of this paradigm busting, Dogwoof is in the midst of plans to market three as-yet-unannounced titles directly to consumers, across 10 countries simultaneously, all in partnership with a digital platform. Ahead of the curve “Independent film-makers love to talk about the indie model being broken. However, they need to take a hard look at how documentary has broken away from the traditional model and is now leading the way in innovative business models such as equity crowdfunding, engagement tactics, funding consortia and so on,” adds Dogwoof chairman Andy Whittaker, who founded the »
by Dominique Deruddere
Mon 19th 16:00 H (Riviera 1)
Starring Jamie Dornan (protagonist of “Fifty Shades of Grey”) Charlotte De Bruyne and Jan Decleir (Oscar winners „Antonia“ and „Character“
There’s more to life than big business. (Romance/Drama)
by Chus Gutiérrez
Tue 20th 10:00 H (Riviera 1)
A salsa musical romance with more than 200 professional dancers including world champions, choreographies by Blanca Li (choreographer of Beyonce, JP Gaultier and Prada Advertisings, Almodovar’s films, etc) and 3000 extras.
by Jorge Pérez Solano
Mon 19th 10:00 H (Riviera 1)
Starring Gustavo Sanchez Parra (“Amores Perros”, “The Legend of Zorro”, etc.) Adriana Paz and Gabriela Cartol
Cheba has given birth to another man‘s son. Now her husband is back. Will she make the right decision? (Drama)
Tue 20th 15:30 H (Riviera 2) by Alfonso Zarauza Starring Lola Dueñas (Pedro Almodovar‘s films and Alejandro Amenabar‘s Oscar-winning „The Sea Inside“), Luis Tosar („Cell 211“, „Sleep Tight“ or „Even The Rain)Juan Carlos Vellido („Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides“ and „The Devil‘S Backbone“)
A female construction worker building her own life. (Dark Comedy/Drama)
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Wed 21th 12:00 H (Riviera 3)
Soundtrack by the renowned Mexican folk-singer Jose Alfredo Jimenez, including „Yo“, „El rey“ and „En el último trago“ all in one line - Put this sentence upper, closer to by Jack....
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company 10 years ago after experiencing first-hand the transformative effect of internet-enabled social technology as an executive at eBay. This willingness to forge new paths even applies to a venerable documentary company such as Kartemquin Films, the 48-year-old Chicago-based production company that is celebrating its first film in Cannes with Steve James’ Life Itself, about the late film critic Roger Ebert. The documentary marks the first time this non-profit institution has dabbled with profit participants — albeit in a far more co-operative guise. “Traditionally, funding for our work comes from three main sources — broadcast presales, foundation grants and individual donations. That’s still the case, but on Life Itself we also experimented with equity investors and crowdfunding to raise the total budget,” notes Kartemquin’s executive director Justine Nagan. “But Kartemquin runs on collaboration, so even those investors were digging in and contributing a lot of work to the film, not just funds.” While such engagement tactics have always been hard-wired into the documentary mindset, with its devotion to making a difference in the world, it has now found its perfect expression in the social media zeitgeist. “For documentary film-makers, audience platforms, or crowdfunding platforms, are at the core of their projects from day one,” adds Whittaker. “When you think about it, knowing there is an audience and backing for your film at the outset is a smarter way to develop your project. I think you’ll see the indie business increasingly adopt the documentary approach and not see digital as the afterthought as we see happen with fiction films post-Cannes.” Indeed, some of those digital afterthoughts are entering the field as competitive funders in their own right. Xbox, the video gaming platform created by Microsoft, recently turned to Oscar-winning documentary producer Simon Chinn and his Emmywinning cousin to spearhead a multi-film documentary series through their new multiplatform Lightbox company about the start of the digital revolution, each involving a different director. Chinn points to the arrival of Xbox and other players such as Amazon, Hulu, AOL, Vimeo, as well as the ongoing rise of cable television, as evidence of a healthy landscape and appetite for non-fiction.
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We Are The Giant
beginning to build an audience before the film is finished.” Among her current projects Goldman is teamed with Oscar-winner John Battsek to produce We Are The Giant, a film about the Arab Spring that was financed through a combination of private equity and grants and is now being presented by Kaleidoscope at the Marché. While Battsek, who runs the film department at Passion Pictures, has remained largely broadcaster driven, he also acknowledges the pivotal role that crowdfunding now plays even for documentaries that end up being traditionally mounted. “The platforms enable people to avoid the endless delay of waiting for conventional finance to commit so they can actually move on and make their films,” he says.
“New buyers like Netflix and CNN Films seemed to be everywhere at the last Sundance and deals for feature docs were being done in which rights were being split between theatrical, digital and TV alongside unorthodox windowing models,” says Chinn. “Unlike the painful and uncertain process of script development, I can get a feature doc set up in a matter of months on the basis of a great story, a couple of sides of A4 and a top director. By mixing and matching TV pre-sales, equity, grants and soft money, the path to recoupment — and profits — can be swift if sales are strong.” Media mix For sure, such hybrid financing is born partly out of necessity. “It is becoming increasingly rare to have a single broadcaster or financier cover the full budget,” says Emmy-winning producer Julie Goldman of New York’s Motto Pictures, “and so we have had to become more agile in putting together financing from different sources. We’re very focused on raising non-recoupable funds through grants, donations and crowdfunding, which may not be a large sum but can help at a crucial moment and has the bonus of (Right) Red Army
‘Knowing there is an audience and backing for your film at the outset is a smarter way to develop it’ Andy Whittaker, Dogwoof
Opening up online As is the case with We Are The Giant, online mobilisation efforts can serve to bolster that traditional broadcaster reach. “We are building a community out in the marketplace through the huge followings that the subjects in the film have in the social media landscape. And, of course, all the releases in the various international territories plan to capitalise on this presence and how it is reflected in their own territories,” adds Battsek. One of the positive effects of this insurgent thinking is that film festivals themselves can benefit from all the pent-up attention that is stoked during that fundraising and filmmaking process — as Nagan found out at Sundance this January. “With Life Itself, launching the Indiegogo campaign in the lead up to the world premiere achieved multiple functions — bringing in funds, identifying and empowering super-fans, and raising mainstream media visibility — almost like a digital press junket that then exploded at Sundance with the stunning audience response and reviews. By having over 1,500 people also watching, and reviewing, the film from their homes that same night, it allowed us to multiply the impact of a festival screens ing tenfold.” ■
by Ines Maria Barrionuevo
Two teenage sisters alone, only one day to discover the desire. (Coming-of-Age) Screening: Tue 20th 09:30 H (Lérins 1)
1972. The last man on the moon. A boy‘s first love… (Dramatic Comedy) Screening: Wed 21st 13:30 H (Riviera 2) Montreal Palm Springs
by Stijn Coninx
Screening: Wed 21st 13:30 H (Riviera 4)
Law is no longer synonymous for justice. (Courtroom/Thriller) Screening: Wed 21st 10:00 H (Riviera 3)
by Miguel Ferrari
Berlin & Beyond
Berlin & Beyond
A gay father, a straight son. Everything depends on how you look at it. (Feel Good/Gay) Screening: Mon 19th 16:00 H (Palais G)
by Julia von Heinz
After being left by her lover, Eleni embarks in a self-discovery journey far beyond the Arctic Circle. (Love Story/Lesbian)
Hanna is German and ambitious. When she goes to Israel her life is changed. (Romantic Comedy)
Screening: Fri 16th 19:30 H (Riviera 4)
Screening: Tue 20th 12:00 H (Riviera 4)
The love story behind a song, which makes the whole world shake and whistle! (Romantic Drama) Screening: Tue 20th 18:00 H (Riviera 3)
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Rio de Janeiro BUFF
by Bettina Blümner
by Menno Meyjes
Their kids did something terrible. But who knows what? (Psychological Drama/Thriller)
Rotterdam Palm Springs
by Diederik Ebbinge
Sascha wants revenge and to write a novel … And then a love triangle unrolls. (Coming-of-Age/Drama)
São Paulo Göteborg
One day, the tramp Leo wanders into the life of lonely Fred and turns his life upside down. (Comedy)
Gregor’s brother disappears without a trace. For Gregor, this could lead to a new identity. (Drama)
by Jan Verheyen
by Dick Tuinder
by Ingo J. Biermann
MY BROTHER’S KEEPER by Maximilian Leo
by Antoinette Beumer Starring Holy Hunter (THE PIANO) and Carice van Houten (GAMES OF THRONES)
Twin sisters embark on a road trip with their unknown mother. (Drama/Comedy)
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With no way to live a traditional lifestyle in his Aboriginal community, aging Charlie struggles to make his own way in life. “This is an arthouse winner.” – Screen Daily FeStiVaL ScreeningS: May 22 / 11:00 / Debussy Theater May 22 / 16:30 / Debussy Theater May 23 / 13:00 / Bazin Theater
After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself plagued by disturbing visions and the inescapable sense that something is following her. An artful, genre-bending work of horror from David Robert Mitchell, whose debut The Myth of the American Sleepover premiered at Critics’ Week in 2010 and was widely distributed. Market Screening: TODAY / 13:30 / Riviera 4
One year apart, with a continent between them, a couple must rely on modern technology to keep their relationship alive. “[A] beautifully acted love story.” – Variety “Well-crafted, tightly controlled and emotionally probing.” – The Hollywood Reporter “An insightful, moving romance for the technology age.” – Indiewire
16-year-old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons. “Boast[s] breakout talent both in front of and behind the camera.” – Variety “52 Tuesdays feels highly personal and is never less than absorbing or sincere.” – The Hollywood Reporter “A remarkably assured and striking debut.” – Screen Daily
I WON’T COME BACK
SHE’S LOST CONTROL
A young teacher fleeing an unfounded criminal charge goes on the run with an orphaned girl who is searching for her long-lost grandmother.
The professional and personal life of a sexual surrogate begin to unravel when she starts working with a new client. “Sustains tension and is arrestingly lit and shot, exhibiting a sharp eye for expressive composition.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“A resonant, poignant drama.” – Sound On Sight
“Engrossing.” – Indiewire
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CASE STUDY EDGE OF TOMORROW Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s source novel All You Need Is Kill was not set in London but the city became “ingrained in the DNA of the story”, making the decision to shoot Warner Bros’ sci-fi Edge Of Tomorrow a “no-brainer” for producer Erwin Stoff. Based at Leavesden Studios, the film shot on location in London, which included landing a helicopter in Trafalgar Square one Sunday morning in late November 2012. “What started out as a bit of a joke quickly turned into a reality when we began to get a sense of what was actually possible,” recalls Stoff. “The level of co-operation we got was unbelievable.” Edge Of Tomorrow shooting at Trafalgar Square
Call of the capital As Film London celebrates its 10th anniversary, Adrian Wootton talks about changing the perception of the capital, doubling film production and expanding into other creative sectors. Ian Sandwell reports
ome 10 years ago, producer Eric Fellner of Working Title set Adrian Wootton, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, a challenge: to open up the “visual vocabulary” of London. “We did a survey at the inception of Film London about perceptions of filming in London and it was pretty negative,” says Wootton. “The biggest single thing we’ve done over the past 10 years is to change that. And that’s been borne out in the facts and figures, with billions of pounds worth of inward investment that’s flowed into London and the 100% increase in film-making.” The doubling of film production arguably comes down to London having the complete offer as a film-making hub, as
‘We have a fantastic opportunity to make London the content capital of the world’ Adrian Wootton, Film London and the British Film Commission
well as a willingness to ensure anything can be achieved. As Wootton puts it: “The fact Tom Cruise could fly into Trafalgar Square with Edge Of Tomorrow indicates how much film-making is accommodated now in London.” Other productions to have shot recently in the city include features as diverse as Guardians Of The Galaxy and Jupiter Ascending to Belle and Pride, the latter of which was selected as the closing night film in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. Edge Of Tomorrow producer Erwin Stoff is clear about what attracted him to shoot the Warner Bros sci-fi film (see box, above) in London. “It was very financially advantageous to be working in London and there’s probably no finer craftsman than English crews.” Part of Film London’s success in opening up the city for filming has been in bringing together the boroughs, locations, facilities and studios through the London Filming Partnership, which now has more than 250 members. “Film London is invaluable in promoting 3 Mills Studios as part of the myriad locations and facilities available for filming in the capital and for facilitating shooting in all the London boroughs,” adds Derek Watts, chief executive at 3 Mills Studios. London’s resources are arguably no better exemplified than with the city’s
world-class VFX facilities, largely located in Soho, currently primed to take advantage of the enhancements to the UK Film Tax Relief. Wootton describes them as a “global powerhouse” and William Sargent, CEO and co-founder of Framestore, believes the Oscar-winning success of Gravity consolidates that status. “Gravity is now the benchmark that the next generation are starting from. Avatar was the previous one and it’s encouraging that now it’s the British time to be the lead game changer,” Sargent adds. Wootton recognises the government’s support for the organisation. “The government listens to the industry saying we can provide jobs and growth, if you provide us with support around tax reliefs. Without putting those fiscal incentives in place, we couldn’t have achieved what we have achieved.” Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, adds: “The UK creative sector tax reliefs have created an unparalleled opportunity to grow our production industries, which are vital drivers for our economy. Working with Film London, our goal is to maintain the momentum, with the fruits of this important creative industry being enjoyed on screens of all sizes across the globe.” Film London’s success in making London a global production centre has been recognised by the mayor, with the
‘By extending our remit… we can support growth in the wider creative industries’ David Parfitt, producer and Film London chair
organisation’s remit being extended to work across all content industries including television, animation and games. Producer David Parfitt, chair of Film London, is excited by what the future holds: “By extending our work across television, animation and games, I’m confident we can go on to support growth in the wider creative industries.” So what does Wootton think the next 10 years will hold? “The major thing over the next decade is content and technological convergence,” he says. “I think we have all the building blocks there to capitalise on that convergence and we have a fantastic opportunity to make London the content s capital of the globe.” ■ »
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A platform for the planet Film London’s Production Finance Market has an increasing international reputation, thanks to it staying ahead of industry trends and supporting micro-budget features. Ian Sandwell reports
ow in its eighth year, the Production Finance Market (PFM) attracts a host of international financiers and producers to London, a sign of how far it has come since its first edition in 2007. “When we started, the event was quite dominated by UK financiers and UK producers,” says Angus Finney, PFM project manager. “The support we received from the MEDIA programme has allowed us to gradually adjust to spread the market so it became an international financing destination.” Adrian Wootton, chief executive of Film London, explains that this reflects British film producers’ desire for more opportunities to meet with international financiers, and vice versa. “What we’ve found with the PFM is that it’s grown in strength as a result and the international community really values it.” Paolo Virzi’s Tribeca title Human Capital and Steph Green’s Run & Jump are among films that secured funding through recent PFMs. The success of the PFM, which has seen more than 50 films made through it, has also led to increased awareness from participants. “Producers have got to the point where they’re more sophisticated, careful and judicious about their application, and will not apply if they feel it’s too early for a project,” says Finney. And it isn’t just the participants that are adapting with each edition. “We continually strive to make sure the event is current and therefore pretty much every year we tweak various elements to ensure we’re keeping up or ahead of industry financing curves,” adds Helena Mackenzie, head of inward investment and business development at Film London. Last year’s keynote speaker Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, believes the PFM is one of the best on the international circuit: “From the excellent organisation to the quality of the selected delegates to the sheer volume of valuable, meaningful information the sessions impart, the PFM is quite a profound experience.” The 2014 edition will feature a special event on the UK as a co-production destination to help what Finney describes as a “Bermuda Triangle” of projects with budgets between $4.1m (€3m) and $13.8m (€10m) that are finding it difficult to get finance solely from the UK. This year’s PFM also sees the return of Micro Market, supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, following its pilot edition in 2013. Focusing on projects of less than $1.4m (€1m), the event also offers comprehensive
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PFM connects talent with money
‘Dedicated finance events do have serious market value beyond the finding of immediate cash’ Angus Finney, PFM
training in pitching and packaging projects. “Building on the effective and successful structure of the PFM, combined with our micro-budget expertise, Micro Market not only delivers for low-budget film-makers but also gives our talent the skills and knowledge to succeed in a very competitive marketplace,” says Deborah Sathe, head of talent development and production at Film London. Tread Softly Films producer Christine Cheung, whose sci-fi project By The Fire was invited to take part in the pilot edition, says: “Micro Market provided a good platform for our project, helping raise interest with financiers following the market. The workshops and bespoke mentoring provided practical advice to assist projects to get to the next stages.” Finney believes Micro Market addresses a growing trend in the UK of film-makers looking at the “micro film as the new short”.
“It gives them a real opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills, but also be able to tell a story over a cinema length. This allows them to move on more swiftly and positively to further features at different budget levels.” And Micro Market has already seen results, with Dartmoor Killing the latest film from the pilot edition to be greenlit for production in June. “As we move towards filming, we remain in dialogue with a number of key potential distribution and sales partners met through the scheme,” say Dartmoor Killing producers Peter Nicholson and Jayne Chard. What’s clear is that whatever aspect of PFM you look at, there is value in the connections it offers. “We find that financiers are particularly constructive,” says Finney. “Dedicated finance events do have serious market value beyond s the finding of immediate cash.” n
film london markets Production Finance Market (PFM) October 15-16, 2014
Film London Micro Market October 15, 2014
Taking place in association with the BFI London Film Festival, the PFM is the only event of its kind in the UK, connecting producers and major financiers to encourage and foster new financing relationships.
Running alongside the PFM, the Film London Micro Market is the UK’s micro-budget finance market, providing entrepreneurial emerging talent — with projects budgeted at $1.4m (€1m) and less — with the skills and connections to secure finance.
Both markets are open for applications Deadline July 7, 2014
Cultural connections Film London is developing new programmes for audiences and engaging the community with the capital’s film heritage
S Cheng Pei Pei and Ben Whishaw in Lilting
Microwave reheated With Lilting as a recent accomplished calling card, Film London Microwave evolves into its second phase. Ian Sandwell reports
he Microwave scheme has jump-started the careers of UK film-makers such as Eran Creevy, Ben Drew and Hong Khaou; now Film London is introducing Microwave’s second phase through a new partnership with the BFI. Supported by BBC Films and Creative Skillset, Microwave is the UK’s most successful micro-budget scheme, securing 100% UK distribution of its slate to date. It is now investing $3.7m (£2.2m) in London’s emerging talent. Olivier Kaempfer has joined the team as senior Microwave executive, and for the second phase, the scheme aims to longlist at least 50% BAME film-makers. Up to six features will be produced over three years with production budgets of $205,500 (£150,000). “The industry and market at large have evolved significantly since Microwave first launched, and this is a fantastic opportunity to embrace new concepts, both in development and distribution, and grow the overall strategy of the scheme,” says Deborah Sathe, head of talent development and production at Film London. Microwave enters into its next phase on the back of huge success for Hong Khaou’s Lilting, which premiered at Sundance — winning a cinematography award for Ula Pontikos in the process — and has since inked multiple deals in major territories, including North America. “The mentors at the Microschool stage, and the fact Film London brought in sales agents, were invaluable,” says Khaou of his Microwave
experience. “I wouldn’t be where I am now if they hadn’t believed in me and the script.” Indeed, the Microschool training programme has proven so successful that Film London has created Microschool International, in partnership with the British Council, bringing its mix of intensive workshops and experienced industry mentors to territories around the world. “We have delivered schools in Croatia, Georgia and Sweden, as well as the first phase of a year-long strategy in Indonesia,” says Sathe. “The ambition of the Microwave scheme has always been for the films to resonate internationally and for our film-makers to have global ambition. The growth of Microschool International can only aid that goal.” Film London chief executive Adrian Wootton describes Microwave as the “jewel in our crown” for Film London’s talent development strategy. “We’ve gone out of our way with Microwave to make it about the teams, encouraging the filmmakers to employ young crew and, most of the time, it’s the biggest gig those people have had. It’s great the BFI have become partners so we can deliver the scheme again.” “Lilting is a fantastic testament to the potential of the scheme and the talent it sources,” says Sathe. “More excitingly, beyond the scheme itself, it highlights what filmmakers can achieve within the constraints of micro-budget film production, and the barriers that can be broken down when you embrace s the format and make a virtue of it.” n
‘The ambition of the Microwave scheme has always been for the films to resonate internationally’ Deborah Sathe, Film London
ecuring almost $3m (£1.8m) of funding, Film London is utilising its 10th anniversary to strengthen its film culture strategy, continuing its track record of supporting innovative exhibition and education initiatives. “We’re looking back, not just at the history of Film London, but at what’s changed in terms of the London filmmaking climate over the past 10 years; how we’ve contributed to that and how the city has enriched itself as a cultural and content capital,” says Adrian Wootton, chief executive of Film London. Two of the leading initiatives are the Film Hub London — part of the BFI Film Audience Network — and London’s Screen Archives. The latter, made up of more than 100 archives, museums and libraries in the capital, aims to preserve and share more of London’s film heritage. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, London: A Bigger Picture is a major $1.6m (£950,000) three-year project promoting greater engagement in archive film. “We expect that this will take our network to a new level as we’re able to engage directly with an unprecedented number of people and connect them to the histories of their local communities,” says Rebekah Polding, London Screen Archives manager. The Hub has already attracted more than 120 members representing 31 of London’s 33 boroughs and will fund a wide range of film exhibition projects in the capital. “Through Film Hub London, we have a huge opportunity to make a significant impact on cultural cinema accessibility and audience diversity across the capital,” says Anna Highet, head of film promotion and culture at Film London. “London as a region has been leading the way in seeking a truly collaborative range of exhibitors to try and reach the widest possible audience of cinema across the capital,” says Edward Fletcher, Film London board member and co-founder and managing director of independent distributor Soda Pictures. Fletcher adds that one of the greatest impacts of the Hub to date, has been linking community groups with their local multiplexes “which has the potential to be hugely exciting”.
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A buyers’ guide The rebranded London Screenings will build on 10 years of success while offering innovations such as more ‘coming soon’ footage. Ian Sandwell reports
aking place at the BFI Southbank on June 23-26, London Screenings attracts more than 120 buyers from all world territories who come to see approximately 50 new UK feature films in a focused environment. London Screenings — formerly known as the London UK Film Focus (LUFF) — works in partnership with the BFI, with last year’s event generating sales of more than $8m. So what does the renamed event have in store for 2014? “Since our 10th edition, we’ve been working on a way to enhance the event and take it forward into the next 10 years,” says Helena Mackenzie, head of inward investment and business development at Film London. The function remains the same as it did in its first edition: to bring international buyers to London to see new films; to provide an export event for the British sales community; and to promote established and upcoming British talent,
‘We are updating and improving to meet the ever-evolving needs of the industry’ The Look Of Love featured in last year’s London Screenings
the latter through its Breakthrough strand, which offers a platform for emerging British film-makers seeking sales representation. Powder Room received its industry premiere at last year’s event, alongside titles such as For Those In Peril, The Look Of Love and The Selfish Giant. The Breakthrough strand included BIFA nominee Titus, Side By Side and We Are The Freaks.
Film London’s chief executive Adrian Wootton adds: “Every industry event we’ve done has been prompted by the industry telling us what it wants. “I’m really delighted that we’ve retained the central ethos of the event but, with the support of the BFI and a real creative collaboration, we are refreshing and revitalising it.” This year’s edition will see an enhanced ‘coming soon’ section showing promos
Helena Mackenzie, Film London
and footage of not-yet-completed films, with an increased focus on pre-sales by highlighting opportunities in the screening guide. “We are updating and improving to meet the ever-evolving needs of the industry,” says Mackenzie. “The London Screenings is like having an industry reunion every year and we want to keep our international colleagues coming to London and buying s British films.” ■
BRITISH FILM COMMISSION
Open for business The British Film Commission has recently enticed big productions such as Star Wars 7, Maleficent and TV’s 24 to shoot in the UK. Ian Sandwell reports As the front door to the UK, the British Film Commission (BFC) continues to attract numerous high-end feature films and television projects to the UK. Outside of North America, the UK is the most popular place for production and has the potential to be as popular for TV productions, evidenced by the recent recruitment of 24: Live Another Day. “TV has some way to go to catch up with the popularity of the UK for inward film production. However, all the signs are that American event TV is taking very serious interest in what we have to offer in this country,” says Iain Smith, veteran producer and chair of the BFC. The UK’s new high-
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CASE STUDY MALEFICENT
‘The British Film Commission provides a roadmap for production excellence in the UK’
Maleficent director Robert Stromberg was provided information on key UK talent available, both in front and behind the camera, by the BFC. “They are a one-stop-shop for all production-related enquiries,” says Tony To, executive vice-president of production, Walt Disney Studios. Shot at locations including the National Trust’s Ashridge Estate, Disney’s untold story of Sleeping Beauty’s main villain stars young UK actors including Juno Temple and Ella Purnell, with Angelina Jolie.
Tony To, Walt Disney Studios
Angelina Jolie on the set of Maleficent
end TV tax relief is a key enticement. The BFC became part of Film London in 2011 and plays a crucial role in attracting film productions such as Maleficent (see box, above right), Star Wars 7 and Avengers: Age Of Ultron. “It has demonstrated its value in that respect to the industry and it’s much more likely now that people come here and say yes or maybe, rather than say no,” says Adrian
Wootton, chief executive of Film London and the BFC. Disney is one such major studio to say yes to the UK for a number of recent and upcoming productions. “The British Film Commission provides a roadmap for production excellence in the UK,” says Los Angeles-based Tony To, executive vice-president of production at Walt Disney Studios. “They have proved
themselves an indispensable resource.” “We have a long history of highly developed talent across all the creative sectors, which makes us a very attractive destination for international production,” concludes Smith, who also attributes the success to the careful investment in a joined-up film-skills strategy, through Creative Skillset, including schemes like Trainee Finder.
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and leaving his family, triggers an observational comedy around family dynamics.
Un Certain Regard Salle Bazin
(US) 130mins. Dir: Bennett Miller. Key cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum. Biopic based on Olympic wrestling gold medallist Mark Schultz’s autobiography.
(France) 127mins. Dir: Pascale Ferran. Key cast: Anais Demoustier, Josh Charles. In the unusual world of airport zones where all kinds of people transit — but where some also live and work — two strangers are trying to make sense of their lives. Both are ready for dramatic changes to fulfil their hopes and dreams.
Competition Press Grand Theatre Lumiere
GENTE DE BIEN
(Colombia) 90mins. Dir: Franco Lolli. Key cast: Alejandra Borrejo, Brayan Santamaria. Ten-year-old Eric is reunited with his father, whom he barely knows, through the irresponsible generosity of the rich woman the man works for. Critics’ Week Miramar
09:00 EAT YOUR BONES
(France) 94mins. Dir: Jean-Charles Hue. Key cast: Jason Francois, Michael Dauber. Eighteen-year-old Jason Dorkel belongs to a community of travellers. He is about to celebrate his Christian baptism when Fred, his half-brother, returns after several years in prison. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
11:00 A GIRL AT MY DOOR
(South Korea) 119mins. Dir: Jung July. Key cast: Bae Doona, Kim SaeRon. Police chief Young-nam is transferred to a small town where she meets Dohee, a young girl shunned by her family and society, and the two help each other heal. Un Certain Regard Press Theatre Claude Debussy
CARTOONISTS : FOOT SOLDIERS OF DEMOCRACY?
(France) 105mins. Dir: Stephanie Valloatto.
Un Certain Regard Press Theatre Claude Debussy
Festival & Press 11:30 WHEN ANIMALS DREAM
(Denmark) 84mins. Dir: Jonas Arnby. Key cast: Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter. A coming-of-age-horror film set in a secluded
Tells the story of 11 cartoonists from all around the world. Out of Competition Press Salle Bazin
(Argentina) 93mins. Dir: Diego Lerman. Key cast: Julieta Diaz. Seven-year-old Matias returns home from a friend’s birthday party to find his mother, Laura, unconscious on the floor. When she gets back to her senses, they decide to leave home and rush to a shelter for abused women, where they spend 48 hours, before Laura decides to rebuild her life somewhere else. Directors’ Fortnight Arcades 1
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12:00 MAPS TO THE STARS
(Canada) 148mins. Dir: David Cronenberg. Key cast: Julianne Moore,
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fishing village about a young girl falling in love and discovering she is a werewolf, leaading to her being hunted down by the local villagers. Critics’ Week Miramar
Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird, Sarah Gadon, Niamh Wilson, Dawn Greenhalgh, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson. A complex look at Hollywood and what it reveals about western culture. Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
13:00 BEAUTIFUL YOUTH
(Spain) 106mins. Dir: Jaime Rosales. Key cast: Ingrid Garcia-Jonsson, Carlos Rodriguez, Inma Nieto, Fernando Barona, Miguel Guardiola. Natalia and Carlos, both 20, are in love and struggling to survive in modern-day Spain. Their limited resources prevent them from getting ahead as they’d like to. To earn some money, they decide to shoot an amateur porno film. Un Certain Regard Salle Bazin
(France) 105mins. Dir: Tony Gatlif. Key cast: Celine Sallette, David Murgia, Rachid Yous. Geronimo is an upright street educator who has been respected in her city for many years. Everything changes when 16-yearold Nil Terzi runs away from her forced marriage to reunite with her lover, Lucky Molina. Out of Competition Press Salle Bunuel
(France) 123mins. Dir: Panos H. Koutras. Key cast: Kostas Nikouli, Nikos Gelia. Strangers in their own birthplace, 16-year-old Danny and 18-year-old Odysseus cross the entire country in search of their Greek father after their Albanian mother passes away. Determined to force him to acknowledge paternity, little do they know that the road to the much-coveted Greek citizenship is paved with ghosts from the past, adult savagery and a dream that needs to come true, no matter what. Un Certain Regard Press Theatre Claude Debussy
14:15 LE MERAVIGLIE
Dir: Alice Rohrwacher. Key cast: Maria Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louvyck, Alba Rohrwacher, Sabine Timoteo, Luis Huilca, Monica Bellucci. Nothing will be the same at the end of this summer for Gelsomina and her three younger sisters. Competition Salle Du 60Eme
14:30 THESE FINAL HOURS
(Australia) 86mins. Dir: Zak Hilditch. Key cast: Angourie Rice, Daniel Henshall, Jessica De Gouw, Kathryn Beck, Lynette Curan, Nathan Phillips, Sarah Snook. What would you do on the last day on Earth? Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
(US) 130mins. Dir: Bennett Miller. Key cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum. Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
(Sweden) 120mins. Dir: Ruben Ostlund. A Scandinavian family at a French ski resort witnesses a spectacular artificial avalanche, seemingly life-threatening for everybody present. The father’s reaction, fleeing
(Australia) 102mins. Dir: David Michod. Key cast: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson. Pits man against the many obstacles and trials of life alone away from home. Out of Competition Salle Du 60Eme
17:00 LIFE ITSELF
(US) 116mins. Dir: Steve James. Key cast: Roger Ebert. Recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert. Cannes Classics Salle Bunuel
EAT YOUR BONES
(France) 94mins. Dir: Jean-Charles Hue. Key cast: Jason Francois, Michael Dauber. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
WHEN ANIMALS DREAM
(Denmark) 84mins. Dir: Jonas Arnby. Key cast: Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter. Critics’ Week Miramar
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Viibjork Malling, Ghita Norby. The Ancients used to say that Jauja was a mythological land filled with abundance and happiness. Countless expeditions sought to corroborate that place. Over time, the legend grew disproportionately. No doubt the people exaggerated, as usual. All that is known is that everyone who tried to find that earthly paradise got lost along the way.
On the subtropical Japanese island of Amami, traditions about nature remain eternal.
kindergarten teacher discovers a child poet and decides to take it upon herself to nurture him.
Competition Theatre Claude Debussy
Critics’ Week Miramar
(US) 100mins. Dir: John Frankenheimer. Key cast: Rock Hudson, Salome Jens. A man reinvents his identity with unfortunate results.
CARTOONISTS : FOOT SOLDIERS OF DEMOCRACY?
(Argentina) 90mins. Dir: Pablo Fendrik. Key cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Alice Braga. Kai, a man in his thirties, has the looks of someone who has lived in the jungle his whole life. As he is walking into the jungle, he comes across a small tobacco ranch where he meets Joao, the owner, and his beautiful daughter, Vania. The same night, the ranch is attacked by intruders, Joao is killed and Vania kidnapped. Vania is almost driven to insanity by the despair of seeing her father being brutally murdered. Kai, who remains hidden, decides to follow the intruders’ trail to get Vania back.
(France) 105mins. Dir: Stephanie Valloatto.
Out of Competition Salle Bunuel
Out of Competition Salle Du 60Eme
COLD IN JULY
(Japan) 118mins. Dir: Naomi Kawase. Key cast: Nijiro Murakami, Jun Yoshinaga, Tetta Sugimoto, Miyuki Matsuda, Fujio Tokita. On the subtropical Japanese island of Amami, traditions about nature remain eternal.
Un Certain Regard Salle Bazin
(US) 130mins. Dir: Bennett Miller. Key cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum. Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
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(Japan) 118mins. Dir: Naomi Kawase. Key cast: Nijiro Murakami, Jun Yoshinaga, Tetta Sugimoto, Miyuki Matsuda, Fujio Tokita.
20:00 THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
(Israel) 120mins. Dir: Nadav Lapid. A poetry-loving
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(UK) 84mins. Dir: Stuart Cooper. Key cast: Brian Stirner, Davyd Harries. During the war, a young lad is called up and, with an increasing sense of foreboding, undertakes his army training ready for D-Day. Cannes Classics Salle Bunuel
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Festival & Press 19:30 COLD IN JULY
(US) 109mins. Dir: Jim Mickle. Key cast: Michael C Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Nick Damisi, Vinessa Shaw, Wyatt Russell.
After killing a home intruder, a smalltown Texas man’s life unravels into a dark underworld of corruption and violence. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
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Rick Warden, Samuel Anderson. When confonting the past you raise the stakes for the future.
THESE FINAL HOURS
(Australia) 86mins. Dir: Zak Hilditch. Key cast: Angourie Rice, Daniel Henshall, Jessica De Gouw, Kathryn Beck, Lynette Curan, Nathan Phillips, Sarah Snook.
THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA
(Japan) Wild Bunch. 137mins. Dir: Isao Takahata. Key cast: Nobuko Miyamoto, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Tatsuya Nakadai. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl grows into an exquisite young lady raised by an old bamboo-cutter and his wife.
Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
(France) 123mins. Dir: Panos H Koutras. Key cast: Kostas Nikouli, Nikos Gelia. Un Certain Regard Press Theatre Claude Debussy
22:30 A HARD DAY
(South Korea) 111mins. Dir: Kim Seong-Hun. Key cast: Lee Sun-Kyun, Cho Jin-Woong. A thriller that depicts a detective who conceals his crime, and another who can only survive all this if he can uncover the truth. Directors’ Fortnight Arcades 1
MAPS TO THE STARS
(Canada) 148mins. Dir: David Cronenberg. Key cast: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird, Sarah Gadon, Niamh Wilson, Dawn Greenhalgh, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson. A complex look at Hollywood and what it reveals about Western culture. Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
WHEN ANIMALS DREAM
(Denmark) 84mins. Dir: Jonas Arnby. Key cast: Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter. Critics’ Week Miramar
08:30 SONG ONE
(US) Lotus Entertainment. 90mins. Dir: Kate BarkerFroyland. Key cast: Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, Mary Steenburgen, Ben Rosenfield.
Market 09:45 IN THE NAME OF MY DAUGHTER
(France) Elle Driver. 120mins. Dir: Andre Techine. Key cast: Gullaume Canet, Catherine Deneuve, Adele Haenel. Based on the most
A young archaeologist returns home from a dig to see her injured brother and soon strikes up a relationship with his favourite musician. Palais C By invitation only
(Belgium) Films Boutique. 90mins. Dir: Geoffrey Enthoven. Key cast: Tom Audenaert, Veerle Baetens, Tiny Bertels. Involved in a bitter divorce, Stephen moves into a splendid house he managed to buy at a bargain price. Soon his quiet is disturbed by Theo, who is standing in his living room claiming to be the rightful resident of the house and asking him to move out. Unwilling to yield, Stephen finds himself in the midst of a turf war and the harassment between both men soon gets out of hand. Then Stephen discovers that Theo used to be the owner of the house… but he died two years ago. Palais H
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famous alleged murder case of the French Riviera. The murder of Agnes Le Roux is a question that still remains 30 years later. A tale of passion, money and betrayal. Olympia 6 Priority badges only
09:15 CASANOVA VARIATIONS
(France) Alfama Films. 118mins. Dir: Michael Sturminger. Key cast: John Malkovich, Veronica Ferres, Jonas Kaufmann, Florian Boesch, Miah Persson, Kate Lindsey, Anna Prohaska, Barbara Hannigan, Kerstin Avemo, Topi Lehtipuu. The story of Casanova, told both on stage in a chamber-opera play, and in live action. We witness his adventures, his passions and his fear of death. Arcades 1 Press allowed
ROCK PAPER SCISSORS
(Canada) Filmoption International. 117mins. Dir: Yan Lanouette Turgeon. Key cast: Roy Dupuis, Remo Girone, Samuel Tremblay, Frederic Chau, Roger Leger. A young native and a depressive street thug find an unexpected friendship. A ruined Italian risks everything to save his life. A discredited doctor tries to flee the Chinese triads. United by the folly of a Mafia boss, their destinies intertwine. Palais F
09:30 A DARK REFLECTION
(UK) Fact Not Fiction Films. 110mins. Dir: Tristan Loraine. Key cast: Marina Sirtis, Stephen Tompkinson, Lauren Maddox. A journalist digs deep into the world of aviation and discovers some uncomfortable truths… and a conspiracy trail dating back to 1954. But why is no one saying anything? Palais J
(Lebanon) Fortissimo Films. 100mins. Dir: Amin Dora. Key cast: Camille Salameh, Caroline Labaki, Emmanuel Khairallah, Georges Khabbaz, Giselle Boueiz, Lara Rain, Rodrigue Sleiman, Samir Youssef. With the townspeople petitioning to evict Ghadi from their small Lebanese coastal settlement, Ghadi’s father, Leba, the local music teacher, must figure out a way to convince their neighbours and change their minds about his young son. Star 4
(Germany) Sakura Filmproduktion. 75mins. Dir: Thomas Lee. Key cast: Josephine Schmidt, Guntbert Warns, Jens Kauffmann. Suzanna, 29, is facing the end of her marriage. She is trying to cope with her situation and her traumatic experiences. In a vicious circle of
solitude and depression, she finally turns to strangers to find a remedy. Arcades 3
(Jamaica) California Pictures. 84mins. Dir: Mary Wells. Palais D
(Romania) Romanian Film Centre. 95mins. Dir: Radu Gabrea. Key cast: Victoria Cocias, Victor Rebengiuc, Mircea Diaconu. A lost-and-found love story. Palais B
Films Distribution. 71mins. Riviera 2
(US) Red Sea Media. 100mins. Dir: Leigh Scott. Key cast: Collin Galyean, Ramona Mallory, Josh Hammond. Great white sharks — bio-engineered to be the size of piranhas with the purpose of living in rich people’s exotic aquariums — terrorise New York City when they get into the water supply and do what great white sharks do best. Gray 4
(UK) Achilles Entertainments. 98mins. Dir: Mike Doxford. Key cast: Conner Chapman, Darwin Shaw, Gina Bramhill, Ian Sharp, Michael J Jackson, Nicholas Day,
Olympia 4 Priority badges only
TU DORS NICOLE
(Canada) Seville International. 90mins. Dir: Stephane Lafleur. Making the most of the family home while her parents are away, Nicole, 22, is enjoying a peaceful summer with her best friend, Veronique. When Nicole’s older brother shows up with his band to record an album, the girls’ friendship is put to the test. Their vacation takes an unexpected turn, punctuated by a heatwave, Nicole’s growing insomnia… and the persistent courtship of a 10-year-old boy. Riviera 4 Priority badges only
09:45 IN THE NAME OF MY DAUGHTER See box, above left
(Sweden) Coproduction Office (Paris). 120mins. Dir: Ruben Ostlund. Key cast: Kristofer Hivju, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Johannes Kuhnke. Riviera 3
(Hungary) The Match Factory. 119mins. Dir: Kornel Mundruczo. Key cast: Zsofia Psotta, Sandor Zsoter, Lili Monori, Lili Horvath, Laszlo Galffy, Ervin Nagy, Kornel Mundruczo. Olympia 5
10:00 BEIJING, NEW YORK
Films. 110mins. Dir: Rain Li. Key cast: Lin Chiling, Ye Liu. A touching and complex love story that bridges time, distance and culture, intertwining the lives of two Chinese friends since childhood and an American artist. It is set against the backdrop of the economic power shift between China and America. This complex love triangle raises the eternal question in life: what do we really want? Lerins 2
(Russia) Rise And Shine World Sales. 76mins. Dir: Askold Kurov, Pavel Loparev. Putin’s new law that forbids ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors’ hits millions of gay/lesbian youngsters in Russia. Parents and friends of gay kids are now obliged to tell
them they are sick, sinful and abnormal. Palais C
(Mexico) Funny Balloons. 82mins. Dir: Fernando Eimbcke. Key cast: Danae Reynaud, Lucio Gimenez Cacho, Maria Renee Prudencio. Paloma and her 15-yearold son, Hector, have a very strong and special relationship. While on holiday at the seaside, Hector meets Jazmin, a teenage girl with whom he discovers the first glimpses of love and sexuality. Olympia 7
punk rock’s puncturewound on the map of mainstream music, The Descendents were a garage band concocting the perfect mix of pop, angst, love… and coffee. Gray 5
Dir: Benedikt Erlingsson. Key cast: Charlotte Boving, Helgi Bjoernsson, Ingvar Sigurdsson. A country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Palais E
MEXICO’S MOST WANTED (EL CHARRO MISTERIOSO)
(Mexico) Mundial. 100mins. Dir: Jose Manuel Craviotto. Key cast: Tenoch Huerta, Paola Nunez, Gerardo Taracena, Noe Hernandez. Based on the true story of the most prolific bank robber in Mexico.
PARANORMAL BAD TRIP 3D
(France) Artus Films. 72mins. Dir: Frederic Grousset. Key cast: Julien Masdoua, Philippe Hassler, Gilles Serna, Marion Trintignant. A bachelor party leads to hell.
(France) Le Pacte. 100mins. Dir: Abderrahmane Sissako. Key cast: Abel Jafri, Ahmed Ibrahim, Toulou Kiki. Gray 1
LA TIRISIA PULP
FILMAGE: THE STORY OF THE DESCENDENTS/ALL
THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM — FEATURE
(US) Vmi Worldwide. 90mins. Dir: Deedle Lacour. Key cast: Bill Stevenson, Milo Auckerman, Karl Alvarez, David Grohl. Long before Green Day and Blink 182 inflicted
(Netherlands) Autlook Filmsales. 54mins. Dir: Oeke Hoogendijk. Gray 3
OF HORSES AND MEN
(Iceland) Filmsharks International. 85mins.
NEW VISIONS NEW PARTNERSHIPS NEW MARKETS
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album sales) later, they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert. Giving a career-best performance exclusive to the film, the band share their thoughts on fame, love, mortality… and car maintenance.
(UK) Altitude Film Sales. 93mins. Dir: Florian Habicht. Britpop wunderkinds Pulp found fame on the world stage in the 1990s with anthems including ‘Common People’ and ‘Disco 2000’. Twenty-five years (and 10 million
(Mexico) Media Luna New Films. 110mins. Dir: Jorge Perez Solano. Key cast: Gustavo Sanchez Parra, Alfredo Herrera, Gabriela Cartol, Adriana Paz, Mercedes Hernandez, Noe Hernandez. Cheba gave birth to another man’s son while
her husband was working abroad. Now he is back and she needs to decide what to do with the baby. Riviera 1
11:00 A GIRL AT MY DOOR
(South Korea) CJ E&M Corporation/CJ Entertainment. 119mins. Dir: Jung July. Key cast: Bae Doona, Kim Sae-Ron. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge
11:10 THE TRIBE
(Ukraine) Alpha Violet. 130mins. Dir: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. Key cast: Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Alexander Dsiadevich. A deaf mute teenager enters a specialised boarding school where, to survive, he becomes part of a wild organisation — ‘the Tribe’. His love for one of the concubines will unwillingly lead him to
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Since 2000, European Film Promotion (EFP) has been offering support and guidance to European producers during the Cannes International Film Festival. This year, the members of EFP have chosen 24 outstanding up-and-coming producers from 24 European countries to participate in the networking platform PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE. A highly focused working environment involves project pitching, one-to-one meetings and social events.
ELODIE BRUNNER Box Productions CH – 1020 Renens phone +41 21 312 64 11 cell +41 76 458 99 67 email@example.com www.boxproductions.ch
selected films Pause, release Fall 2014 by Mathieu Urfer (Switzerland) Iranien, 2014 by Mehran Tamadon (France, Switzerland) documentary, assistant producer
HENNING KAMM DETAiLFILM D – 20259 Hamburg phone +49 40 6094 0944 cell +49 151 23 000 204 firstname.lastname@example.org www.detailfilm.de
selected films Mahan, 2015, in development by Mohammad Rasoulof Praia do Futuro, 2014 by Karim Ainouz (Brazil, Germany) co-produced
Kuzu – The Lamb, 2014 by Kutlug Ataman (Turkey, Germany) The Special Need, 2013 by Carlo Zoratti (Germany, Italy) documentary Sharqia, 2012 by Ami Livne (Israel, France, Germany) co-produced
TERÉZ HOLLO-KLAUSEN Anna Kron Film N – 4014 Stavanger cell +47 913 16 75 email@example.com
MACEDONIA Mission London, 2012 by Dimitar Mitovski (Bulgaria, UK, Hungary, FYR of Macedonia, Sweden) co-produced Punk Is Not Dead, 2012 by Vladimir Blazevski (FYR of Macedonia) associate produced
selected films Superteacher!, 2015, in development by Remy van Heugten (Netherlands, Belgium, Germany) Falko – Letter Of Fire, 2015, in preproduction by Dennis Bots (Netherlands, Germany, Belgium)
MIKOŁAJ POKROMSKI Pokromski Studio PL – 00-513 Warsaw phone +48 22 115 33 73 cell +48 502 587 387 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pokromskistudio.pl
Casper And Emma – Best Friends, 2012 by Arne Lindtner Næss (Norway) produced through Cinenord Kidstory Totally True Love, 2011 by Anne Sewitsky (Norway, Germany) produced through Cinenord Kidstory
selected films Monument To Michael Jackson, 2014, in postproduction by Darko Lungulov (FYR of Macedonia, Serbia, Germany) co-producer Not An Ordinary Monday, 2014 by Andy Deliana (Albania, USA, FYR of Macedonia) co-prod.
DAVID BIJKER Bijker Film & TV NL – 1031 EK Amsterdam phone +31 20 22 60 100 cell +31 65 57 98 167 email@example.com www.bijker.tv
selected films Dryads, 2014, in preproduction by Sten Hellevig (Norway) It’s Only Make Believe, 2013 by Arild Østin Ommumdsen (Norway) executive produced through Chezville
OGNEN ANTOV Dream Factory Macedonia MK – 1000 Skopje phone +389 2 311 1125 cell +389 70 255 888 firstname.lastname@example.org http://dfm.mk
Puppylove, 2013 by Delphine Lehericey (Belgium, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg) co-produced Até ver a luz, 2013, by Basil da Cunha (Switzerland) Os vivos tambem choram, 2012 by Basil da Cunha (Switzerland) short
The Sword Of D’Artagnan, 2014 by Dennis Bots (Netherlands, Germany) Secrets Of War, 2012 by Dennis Bots (Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg) Cool Kids Don’t Cry, 2011 by Dennis Bots (Netherlands, Belgium)
selected films Marie Curie, 2014, in development by Marie Noelle (Poland, Germany, France) Ethiopiques, in development by Maciej Bochniak (Poland) documentary
Whale From Lorino, in development by Maciej Cuske (Poland) documentary Fuck For Forest, 2012 by Michał Marczak (Poland, Germany) documentary Winter Daughter, 2011 by Johannes Schmid (Germany, Poland) co-produced
VANJA JAMBROVIĆ Restart HR – 10 000 Zagreb phone +385 1 5573 860 cell +385 91 8930 675 email@example.com www.restarted.hr
selected films Gangster Of Love, 2013 by Nebojša Slijepčević (Croatia, Germany, Romania) documentary Boxed, 2013 by Nebojša Slijepčević (Croatia) short
NUNO BERNARDO beActive Entertainment P – 1000-138 Lisbon phone +351 21 3100142 firstname.lastname@example.org www.beactivemedia.com
Áralan Films E – 41015 Sevilla phone +34 955 45 2590 cell +34 676 02 87 57 email@example.com www.aralanfilms.com
selected films When Angels Sleep, in development Cranberry Sauce, in development by Patricia Ferreira (Spain, France) Innocent Killers, 2014, in postproduction by Gonzalo Bendala (Spain)
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contact in Cannes +49 160 440 9595 European Film Promotion Friedensallee 14 – 16 22765 Hamburg, Germany firstname.lastname@example.org
selected films The Golden Horse, 2014, in postproduction by Reinis Kalnaellis & Valentas Askinis (Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Denmark) co-producer Beyond Beyond, 2014 by Esben Toft Jacobsen (Sweden, Denmark) animation
The Great Bear, 2011 by Esben Toft Jacobsen (Denmark) animation The Apple & The Worm, 2009 by Anders Morgenthaler, Mads Juul & Josef Fares (Denmark, Sweden) animation
selected films 45 Years, in production by Andrew Haigh (UK) The Goob (part of iFeatures2), 2014, in postproduction by Guy Myhill (UK) executive producer
Norfolk (part of iFeatures2), 2014, in postproduction by Martin Radich (UK), executive producer Le Capital, 2012 by Costa Gavras (France, UK) co-produced Weekend, 2011 by Andrew Haigh (UK)
* part one on May 18 Denmark Eva Jakobsen, Ireland John Keville, Bulgaria Maya Vitkova, France Mathias Rubin, Finland Mark Lwoff, Georgia Tinatin Kajrishvili, Greece Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Italy Olivia Musini, Czech Republic Tomáš Hrubỳ, Hungary Eszter Gyárfás, Montenegro Ivan Djurović, Iceland Árni Filippusson Participating EFP members: British Council, Bulgarian National Film Centre, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Czech Film Center, Danish Film Institute, EYE International/ The Netherlands, Finnish Film Foundation, Georgian National Film Center, German Films, Greek Film Centre, ICA I.P./Portugal, ICAA/Spain, Icelandic Fim Centre, Irish Film Board, Istituto Luce-Cinecittà/Italy, Macedonian Film Agency, Magyar Filmunió/Hungarian National Film Fund, Ministry of Culture of Montenegro, Norwegian Film Institute, Polish Film Institute, Slovak Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Swiss Films, Unifrance films EFP is supported by
The Extraordinary Tale, 2013 by José F. Ortuño and Laura Alvea (Spain) Me, Myself And Mum, 2012 by Guillaume Galliene (France, Belgium, Spain) co-executive produced The Wild Ones, 2012 by Patricia Ferreira (Spain)
TRISTAN GOLIGHER The Bureau Film Company UK – London W1B 5DW phone +44 20 7439 8257 cell +44 7779 307252 email@example.com www.thebureau.co.uk
Children, 2014, in postproduction by Jaro Vojtek (Slovak Republic) Slovakia 2.0, 2014 by ten Slovak directors (Slovak Republic) omnibus film Fine, Thanks, 2013 by Mátyás Prikler (Slovak Republic)
PETTER LINDBLAD Snowcloud Films AB SE – 118 27 Stockholm cell +46 733 321 600 firstname.lastname@example.org www.snowcloud.se
Collider, 2013, by Jason Butler (Ireland, Portugal) Beat Girl, 2013 by Mairtín de Barra (UK, Ireland, Portugal) The Knot, 2012 by Jesse Lawrence (UK, Portugal) co-produced
selected films Without Guardian Angels, in development by Róbert Lakatos (Slovak Republic, Romania, Hungary) Mirage, 2014, in postproduction by Szabolcs Hajdu (Hungary, Slovak Republic) co-producer
Mama Europa, 2013 by Petra Seliškar (Slovenia, Macedonia, Croatia) documentary, co-executive produced The Blockade, 2012 by Igor Bezinović (Croatia) documentary, assistant producer
selected films Get Happy, in development by Paul O‘Rourke, Pat Connolly, Nuno Bernardo (Ireland, Portugal) Road To Revolution, 2014 by Dânia Lucas (Portugal) documentary
MÁTYÁS PRIKLER MPhilms SK – 83152 Bratislava cell +421 904 674 408 email@example.com www.mphilms.sk
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FROM THE NETHERLANDS
MONDAY MAY 19 break all the unwritten rules within the Tribe’s hierarchy. Riviera 4 Priority badges only
11:15 FACK JU GOEHTE
THE NEW WILDERNESS Dir: Mark Verkerk, Ruben Smit Prod: EMS Films Sales: Atlas International Film (documentary, 97’) 17:30 Palais D (market screening)
(Germany) Picture Tree International. 119mins. Dir: Bora Dagtekin. Key cast: Elyas M’Barek, Karoline Herfurth, Katja Riemann, Alwara Hofels. Somebody built a goddamn school gym directly over the stolen cash his girlfriend buried for him! And now ex-con Zeki Muller has no choice but to pass himself off as a substitute teacher at Goethe Comprehensive School, therefore providing the German education system with one more problem. Arcades 3
Market 11:30 LAGGIES
(France) Films Distribution. 112mins. Dir: Celine Sciamma. Key cast: Karidja Toure, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Marietou Toure. Marieme is 16 and her life seems only made of constraints: the tough street codes; the school offering no prospects; and family oppression. When she meets a group of three free-spirited girls, her life changes. She lives her youth, embracing street life, friendship and sometimes violence.
(US) The Solution Entertainment Group. 100mins. Dir: Lynn Shelton. Key cast: Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace
THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM FEATURE
Dir: Oeke Hoogendijk Prod: Column Film Sales: Autlook Filmsales (documentary, 120’) 10:00 Gray 3 (market screening)
your Dutch film connection
Village International #116 Ph: + 33 492 590 214 www.international.eyefilm.nl
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(China) All Rights Entertainment. 25mins (trailer). Dir: Song Yuefeng. A kind-hearted villager whose parents were brutally murdered joins the Dragon Slayers’ League. Palais I Priority badges only
(Vietnam) Premium Films. 98mins. Dir: Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo.
Ximena Gonzalez Rubio. When Charlie Chaplin met his Mexican alter ego.
A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT
(US) Kinology. 100mins. Dir: Ana Lily Amirpour. Key cast: Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marno, Sheila Vand. Star 3
BLACK COAL, THIN ICE
(China) Fortissimo Films. 106mins. Dir: Diao Yinan. Key cast: Liao Fan, Gwei Lun Mei, Wang Xuebing, Wang Jingchun, Yu Ailei, Ni Jingyang. A detective is badly wounded and forced to retire while investigating a murder. Five years pass. More murders occur. Zhang, determined to solve the case, falls in love with a mysterious woman, Wu Zhizhen, who seems to be connected to the victims. Star 4
(US) Dogwoof. 90mins. Dir: Doug Block. A part-time wedding videographer, hired for his intimate documentary style, has recorded 112 weddings over two decades. Twentyfive years on, he meets them again to find out about love
and life after the big day. Is married life what they thought it would be?
Moretz, Sam Rockwell. A coming-of-age story about a 28-year-old woman who hides from all responsibility with a 16-year-old girl and her world-weary father.
CANADA: NOT SHORT ON TALENT
(France) Pyramide International. 91mins. Dir: Boris Lojkine. Key cast: Endurance Newton, Justin Wang. Deep in the Sahara desert, as they try to get to Europe, Leonard, a young man from Cameroon, rescues Hope, a Nigerian woman. In a fiercely hostile world where safety requires staying with one’s own people, these two try to find their way together, and to love each other. Lerins 1 Priority badges only
HUSSEIN WHO SAID NO
(Iran) Farabi Cinema Foundation. 172mins. Dir: Ahmad Reza Darvish. Key cast: Arash Asefi, Hassan Pour Shirazi, Farhad Ghaemian, Pouria Pour Sorkh, Babak Hamidian, Bahador Zamani. The light of truth on the day of Ashura.
(Canada) Telefilm Canada. 110mins.
Palais B Press allowed
LAGGIES See box, above
(Mexico) 6 Sales. 98mins. Dir: Sebastian Del Amo. Key cast: Ana Layevska, Ilse Salas, Oscar Jaenada,
(Japan) Shochiku Co. 84mins. Umezu is a manga artist.
A publisher researching his life finds out that he draws inspiration from his deceased mother to produce his unique creations. Gray 2
12:00 3 MILE LIMIT
(New Zealand) Park Entertainment. 92mins. Dir: Craig Newland. Key cast: Belinda Crawley, Dan Musgrove, Matt Whelan. The ‘David and Goliath’ story of rock ’n’ roll’s introduction to a politically resistant New Zealand in 1965. Palais I
(France) Bac Films. 98mins. Dir: Thomas Cailley. Key cast: Adele Haenel, Kevin Azais. Olympia 4
(US) Red Sea Media. 96mins. Dir: Daniel Petrie Jr. Key cast: Scott Eastwood, Rita Wilson. John and Ben live the ultimate beach life — they surf, party, fight and always find hot new girls. They’re brothers and while hungry for adventure, this localsonly scene suits them just fine. When Ben is killed, John’s choices lead him down a dangerous path of revenge. Lerins 2
(Ethiopia) Films Boutique. 99mins. Dir: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari. Key cast: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere, Rahel Teshome. Meaza Ashenafi is a young lawyer who operates under the government’s radar helping women and children in Ethiopia, until one young girl’s legal case exposes everything, threatening not only her career but her survival.
(France) Doc & Film International. 105mins. Dir: Mehran Tamadon. An atheist Iranian film-maker Mehran Tamadon managed to convince four mullahs, all believers in the Islamic Republic of Iran, to come and stay with him for two days and engage in discussion. In this confined space, daily life is combined with debate – an unremitting demonstration of the problematic issue of how to live together when each side’s undersanding of the world is so contrary.
(Venezuela) Filmexport Group. 110mins. Dir: Margarita Cadenas. Key cast: Danay Garcia, Patricia Velasquez. Tells the story of a mother, Ana, and her daughter, Elena. Although they are separated in space and time they remain united forever. The people and the millenarian culture of the Yanomami are the framework of this story about the unbreakable bonds of filiations. Gray 3
(France) Pathe International. 90mins. Dir: Nils Tavernier. Key cast: Jacques Gamblin, Alexandra Lamy, Fabien Heraud. A teenager unlike other teenagers, Julien dreams of sharing a powerful experience with his father, so he suggests they take part in one of the world’s toughest triathlons, the Nice Ironman race. Olympia 7
(Indonesia) Birch Tree Entertainment. 90mins. Dir: Helfi Kardit. Key cast: Sarah Carter, Tio Pakusadewo, Nino Fernandez, Dominique Diyose, Belinda Camesi, Kimmy Jayanti, Ganindra Bimo, Claudia Soraya. After the mysterious death of her undercover cop husband, a female martial artist must protect her daughter from assassins and corrupt politicians who will do anything to conceal the truth. Gray 5
Palais G Press allowed
(Argentina) Ndm. 108mins. Dir: Lisandro Alonso. Key cast: Viggo Mortensen, Viibjork Malling, Ghita Norby. The Ancients used to say that Jauja was a mythological land filled with abundance and happiness. Countless expeditions sought to corroborate that place. Over time, the legend grew disproportionately. All that is known is that everyone who tried to find that earthly paradise got lost along the way. Olympia 5
KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE
(Japan) Toei Company. 109mins. Dir: Takashi Shimizu. Key cast: Fuka Koshiba, Ryuhei Hirota, Machiko Ono, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Hirofumi Arai, Yoh Yoshida, Minako Kotobuki, Yuri, Tadanobu Sasano, Michitaka Tsutsui. Kiki, a descendent of witches, journeys to a strange small town near the sea. She meets new locals and is eager to start up her own delivery service, but she is not expecting the obstacles that await her. Palais C
Factory. 110mins. Dir: Alice Rohrwacher. Key cast: Maria Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louvyck, Alba Rohrwacher, Sabine Timoteo, Luis Huilca, Monica Bellucci. Nothing will be the same at the end of this summer for Gelsomina and her three younger sisters. Star 2
(US) Myriad Pictures. 92mins. Dir: Karen Leigh Hopkins. Key cast: Katie Holmes, James Badge Dale, Callan Mulvey. A story centred on a prim and proper elementary school teacher who moonlights as a vigilante. Olympia 3
(Uruguay) Memento Films International (Mfi). 100mins. Dir: Alvaro Brechner. Key cast: Hector Noguera, Nestor Guzzini, Rolf Becker. Jacob Kaplan lives an ordinary life in Uruguay. He fled Europe for South America because of the Second World War. But now, turning 76, he’s become rather grumpy, fed up with his community and his family’s lack of interest in its own heritage. One beach bar may, however, provide him with an unexpected opportunity to achieve greatness and recover his family’s respect in the community. Its owner, a quiet, elderly German, raises Mr Kaplan’s suspicion of him being a runaway Nazi. Ignoring his family’s concerns about his health, Mr Kaplan secretly recruits Contreras, a former police officer. Together, they will try to repeat the historic capture of Adolf Eichmann by unmasking and kidnapping the German and secretly taking him to Israel.
MARACANAZO: THE FOOTBALL LEGEND
(Uruguay) Latido. 75mins. Dir: Sebastian Bednarik, Andres Varela.
(Italy) The Match
(France) Wide. 100mins. Dir: Jean-Louis Daniel. Two young women’s destinies parallel each other as they go from Paris to Cambodia, hell
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to redemption. They will finally meet at the seventh wonder of the world: the Angkor Temples, lost deep in the jungle.
Dir: Ernesto Daranas. Key cast: Armando Valdes, Alina Rodriguez, Yuliet Cruz, Silvia Aguila. Palais D
THE BORDERLAND RUN, BOY, RUN
(Poland) Radiant Films International. 112mins. Dir: Pepe Danquart. Key cast: Andy Tkacz, Kamil Tkacz, Elisabeth Duda, Jeanette Hain, Itay Tiran, Katarzyna Bargielowska. Srulik, an eight-year-old boy, flees from the Warsaw ghetto in 1942 and attempts to survive alone in the forest. Gray 1 Press allowed
(France) Red Sea Media. 98mins. Dir: Mathieu Weschler. Key cast: Sedina Balde. Gabriel, a bounty hunter, is tasked with a new mission: sneak into the DMZ to retrieve a British secret service agent. With enemies on all sides, will Gabriel complete his mission and make it back across the borderland? Gray 2
THE TRIP TO ITALY
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(US) Visit Films. 100mins. Dir: David Robert Mitchell. Key cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Olivia Luccardi.
After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself plagued by disturbing visions and the inescapable sense that something is following her. Riviera 4
(UK) Goalpost Film. 108mins. Dir: Michael Winterbottom. Key cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon. Michael Winterbottom is on the road again with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in ‘The Trip To Italy’, the follow-up to their success with ‘The Trip’. Olympia 6
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(France) Films Distribution. 115mins. Dir: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz. Key cast: Ronit Elkabetz, Menashe Noy, Simon Abkarian. In Israel, civil marriage and civil divorce don’t exist. Only rabbis have the authority to pronounce a marriage, or its dissolution, on the condition that the husband has given his full consent. Consequently, the husband holds more power than the judges. Viviane Amsallem filed for divorce three years ago. Her husband, Elisha, has refused his consent ever since. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s fight for her freedom and the ambiguous role of the judges affect a procedure where the tragic vies with the absurd, where everything is judged but the original query.
(Italy) Other Angle Pictures. 105mins. Dir: Asia Argento. Key cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gabriel Garko, Giulia Salerno. Aria, nine years old, has only one dream in her life: to be loved by her parents. Palais J By invitation only. No press
(US) Vmi Worldwide. 66mins. Dir: Sylvia Johnson. A modern-day Western about the controversy over wild horses and the fight for their survival. Gray 4
CRACKS IN CONCRETE
(Austria) Films Boutique. 105mins. Dir: Umut Dag. Ertan leaves jail a broken man after 10 years and tries to settle back in society. Fifteen-year-old Mikail spends his time partying, taking drugs and dreaming of a life as a rapper. Ertan is looking for Mikail. Mikail doesn’t know Ertan. Soon they both have to face a harsh reality. Palais H
DARKER THAN MIDNIGHT
(Italy) Rai Trade. 94mins. Dir: Sebastiano Riso. Key cast: Davide Capone, Micaela Ramazzotti, Vincenzo Amato, Pippo Delbono. Davide is different from other teenagers. Something makes him look like a girl. Davide is 14 when he runs away from home. Star 4
(UK) 6 Sales. 103mins. Dir: Richard Raymond. Key cast: Reece Ritchie, Freida Pinto. Fight for your freedom. Lerins 1
(Cuba) Latido. 108mins.
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(US) Campus Moviefest. 100mins.
(France) StudioCanal. 109mins. Dir: Jeanne Herry. Key cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Laurent Lafitte.
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(Germany) Salzgeber & Co. Medien. 79mins. Dir: Till Kleinert. Key cast: Michel Diercks, Pit Bukowski, Ulrike HankeHansch, Uwe Preuss. A wolf wanders the woods on the edge of a small village on the GermanPolish border. Jakob, a young police officer, is tracking him but senses something more in the darkness. He comes across a man, or something akin to one, with a wild gaze and a wiry body. He wears a dress and swings a katana, a Japanese sword. When the stranger tries to tempt Jakob into joining his crusade against the village, the latter must give more than his all to prevent the destruction that his enigmatic admirer wreaks, first among garden gnomes and guard dogs, then upon the inhabitants of the village. In the dawn following this tar-black night, nothing is as it was. Arcades 3
(France) Pyramide International. 123mins. Dir: Panos H Koutras. Key cast: Kostas Nikouli, Nikos Gelia. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge
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(Germany) Global Screen. 80mins.
FILMS FROM ISRAEL CANNES 2014 UN CERTAIN REGARD THAT LOVELY GIRL | Director: Keren Yedaya
Producers: Marek Rozenbaum, Jérôme Bleitrach, Emmanuel Agneray, Micheal Eckelt Production Companies: Transfax Film Productions - Israel BIZIBI Productions - France / Riva Filmproduktion - Germany World Sales: Other Angle Pictures E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org THU THU FRI
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Producers: Sandrine Brauer, Shlomi Elkabetz, Marie Masmonteil, Denis Carot, Michael Eckelt Production Companies: Elzevir & Cie – France DGB Films - Israel / Riva Filmproduktion - Germany World Sales: Films Distribution E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.filmsdistribution.com
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NEXT TO HER | Director: Asaf Korman Producers: Haim Mecklberg, Estee- Yacov-Mecklberg Production Company: 2-Team Productions World Sales: Films Boutique E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.filmsboutique.com THU THU FRI FRI
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SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE SELF MADE | Director: Shira Geffen
Producers: David Mandil, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery Production Companies: Movie Plus Productions, United King Films World Sales: WestEnd films E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.westendfilms.com
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THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER | Director: Nadav Lapid
Producers: Talia Kleinhendler, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Carole Scotta Production Companies: Pie Films – Israel / Haut et Court – France In co-production with: ARTE World Sales: Le-Pacte E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.le-pacte.com
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Dir: Harald Siepermann, Boris Aljinovic. When Bobo, the youngest of the seven dwarves, accidentally pricks Princess Talia (aka Sleeping Beauty) and sends the kingdom into a century-long slumber, Bobo and the other six dwarves must travel into the future in order to revive Talia. Riviera 1
(Belgium) Snd — Groupe M6. 92mins. Dir: Fabrice Du Welz. Key cast: Anne-Marie Loop, Edit Lemerdy, Helena Noguerra, Laurent Lucas, Lola Duenas, Pili Groyne, Stephane Bissot. The tale of a mad love… a destructive and murderous passion. Olympia 3 Priority badges only
82mins. Dir: Patrick Dumont, Francois Hebrard. A human approach for different children. Palais C
(Norway) Versatile. 95mins. Dir: Eskil Vogt. Key cast: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Marius Kolbenstvedt, Vera Vitali. Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her apartment — a place where she can feel in control, where she can invent a world in which she is all-powerful. But Ingrid’s real problems lie within, not beyond the walls of her apartment, and her innermost fears and repressed fantasies quickly begin to take over the fiction she has created. Palais I Press allowed The Canal
(France) Wide House.
(Ireland, UK) Jinga
(UK) Jinga Films. 90mins. Dir: Ate De Jong. Key cast: Edward Akrout, Megan Maczko, Helen Bradbury, Matt Barber, Sadie Frost.
A home invasion irrevocably changes the lives of all involved in ways neither victims nor perpetrator could have imagined. Palais E
(US) Hanway Films. 99mins. Dir: Riley Stearns. Key cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Leland Orsner, Beth Grant. Claire is under the grip of a mysterious new cult called Faults. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire’s parents set out to recruit Ansel Roth, one of the world’s foremost authorities on mind control. He even used to have a TV show. But Ansel’s speciality — deprogramming cult members and returning them to their families — is not an exact science. Mistakes were made, lives were lost. Now, even his
own book publisher is looking to break his legs. Ansel sure could do with the cash that Claire’s parents are offering. He kidnaps Claire and sets to work on this fragile and vulnerable young woman.
Maly, Stephane Bak. A teacher manages to get her toughest class involved in a collective project that could give a whole new meaning to the lives of her students. Olympia 5
THE IDENTICAL FISHING WITHOUT NETS
(US) Altitude Film Sales. 109mins. Dir: Cutter Hodierne. Key cast: Abdi Siad, Abdikani Muktar, Abdikhadir Hassan, Abduwhali Faarah, Idil Ibrahim, Reda Kateb. A story of pirates in Somalia told from the perspective of a struggling young Somali fisherman. Arcades 2
(France) TF1 International. 100mins. Dir: Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar. Key cast: Ariane Ascaride, Ahmed Drame, Genevieve Mnich, Xavier
(US) Vision Films. 107mins. Dir: Dustin Marcellino. Key cast: Amanda Crew, Ashley Judd, Blake Rayne, Brian Geraghty, Erin Cottrell, Joe Pantoliano, Ray Liotta, Seth Green. Separated at birth, identical twin brothers have more in common than just good looks: they both are talented musicians. As one brother rides the rock ’n’ roll wave to the top of the charts, the other struggles to find his purpose in life while trying to please his evangelist father. But with his uncanny likeness to the most famous musician
Films. 90mins. Dir: Ivan Kavanagh. Key cast: Antonia CampbellHughes, Calum Heath, Carl Shaaban, Hannah Hoekstra, Maura Foley, Rupert Evans, Serena Brabazon, Steven Oram. When a film archivist discovers that the home he shares with his wife and son was the scene of a ghastly murder, he suspects that the building’s sinister past is somehow responsible for the breakdown of his marriage. In his drive to unveil the shadows hidden in the walls, he begins to descend into insanity, threatening the lives of everyone around him.
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in the world, their very different paths eventually converge.
consequences of war.
THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY
(UK) StudioCanal. 98mins. Dir: Hossein Amini. Key cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac. An alluring, mysterious couple draw an unsuspecting young man into a web of deception and desire.
See box, right
(China) Beijing Sun Dance Co. 88mins. Dir: Wei Dong Yuan. Key cast: Qian Yuan Wang, Kun Jiang, Lifu Zhang, Xuan Liu, Chi Cao, Junxiang Jiao, Miao Miao. Since China introduced its one-child policy in the early 1980s most kids have grown up alone, and are used to being the only apples of their parents’ eye. But the policy is changing. Some families could be permitted to have a second child. Gray 1 Press allowed
Submarine Entertainment. 90mins. Dir: Des Doyle. Key cast: Joss Whedon, JJ Abrams, Jason O’Mara. Explores the fascinating world of US television showrunners. Gray 5
THE STORM WITHIN
(Canada) Devilworks. 95mins. Dir: Martin Doepner. Key cast: Andre Kasper Kolstad, Anthony Lemke, Arthur Holden, Charlotte St-Cyr, Isabelle Guerard, Lothaire Bluteau, Peter Miller, Vincent Leclerc. Destiny will render its justice in the end. Palais G
THINGS PEOPLE DO
(US) Celluloid Dreams/ Nightmares. 110mins. Dir: Saar Klein. Key cast: Wes Bentley, Jason Isaacs, Keith Carradine, Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennet. Bill, a well meaning family man, unwittingly turns to crime as a last resort after losing his job. But his growing friendship with a police detective threatens to expose his double life. Olympia 7
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(France) Udi — Urban Distribution International. 83mins. Dir: Marianne Tardieu. Key cast: Adele Exarchopoulos, Reda Kateb, Moussa Mansaly, Hassan N’Dibona, Mohammed Mouloudi, Rashid Debbouze.
Geng Han. Cherif, struggling to pass the entrance exam for nursing school, takes on a side job as a security guard. On duty there, he faces off with a group of hostile teenagers who constantly harass him, and gradually ends up an accomplice to a robbery gone wrong.
Lerins 1 Priority badges only
Palais J By invitation only
(Slovenia) Slovenian Film Centre. 100mins. Dir: Vinko Moderndorfer. A story about the powerlessness of individuals in the world of capital. Inferno exists, but only temporarily.
Inside a fried Chicken
And Experimental Film Center. 48mins. Story of five women who were chemically injured after the inhumane and despicable bombing in Sardasht, during the Iraqi-imposed war. Palais B Press allowed
man can dream of. But as he is partying too hard and paying too little attention to the sales figures in his father’s company, he starts losing it all. When Buddy, Eddie’s overeager guardian angel, appears things go from bad to worse. Arcades 3
THE BOY AND THE WORLD
(Brazil) Elo Company. 80mins. Dir: Ale Abreu. Key cast: Marco Aurelio Campos, Vinicius Garcia, Lu Horta. Suffering from the absence of his father, a boy leaves his village and discovers a fantastic world dominated by animalmachines and strange beings. An extraordinary animation with many artistic techniques, portraying the issues of the modern world. Gray 4
(Germany) Beta Cinema. 94mins. Dir: Michael Bully Herbig. Key cast: Alexander Fehling, Michael Bully Herbig, Mina Tander. Eddie has everything a
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(Sweden) Films Boutique. Dir: Goran Olsson. Key cast: Lauryn Hill. The most daring moments in the struggle for liberation from colonial rule. Riviera 2
(Italy) Wide. 82mins. Dir: Simone Scafidi. Key cast: Andrea De Onestis, Susanna Giaroli, Federica Fracassi, Adele Raes, Giulia Faggioni. Inspired by the Italian sex scandals of the Berlusconi era. Palais H
(China) Les Films Du Losange. 85mins. Dir: Wang Chao. Key cast: Jeremie Elkaim,
(France) 2 Productions. 9mins (trailer). Dir: Gilles Stassart. Key cast: Golshifteh Frahani. Riviera 3
THE LAST SHOWING
(UK) Sc Films International. 89mins. Dir: Phil Hawkins. Key cast: Robert Englund, Emily Berrington, Finn Jones. A couple are trapped in a cinema and become unwillingly cast in their own CCTV horror film. Star 4
turning on his camera when he finds articles on the internet or hears about it on the news. Palais B
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ON TENDER HOOKS
(UK) Jinga Films. 70mins. Dir: Kate Shenton. Key cast: Ana Laco, Charlyne Chiaponne, Havve Fjell, Tam Smith. An eye-opening documentary exploring the world of human suspension. Palais F
(Canada) Reel Suspects. 85mins. Dir: Craig Goodwill. Key cast: Julian Richings, Ken Hall, Rob Ramsay, Scott Thompson, Suresh John, Zoie Palmer. Jon will have to take on a villainous corporation to reunite with his longlost mother, protect his newfound family and finally find freedom. Riviera 4 Priority badges only
(US) California Pictures. 102mins. Dir: Joe McClean. Key cast: Matt Dallas, Barry Finnegan, Rebecca Marshall, Jay Thomas. Dillon stumbles on a littleknown news story about a company called Life Tracker Limited, which claims it has discovered a way to predict biological events in a human’s life by looking at their DNA. Everyone views the story as a modern-day form of palm reading that will go nowhere, but Dillon keeps
(Spain) Film Factory Entertainment. 122mins. Dir: Damian Szifron. Key cast: Ricardo Darin, Oscar Martinez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Erica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg, Dario Grandinetti. 16:00 A CRY FROM WITHIN
(US) 7 & 7 Producers’ Sales Service. 94mins. Dir: Zachary Miller, Deborah Twiss. Key cast: Eric Roberts, Cathy Moriarty, Deborah Twiss, James McCaffrey, Sydney McCann, Robert Vaughn, Matthew McCann. After suffering a miscarriage, a New York family abandon their hectic life in the city in search of a quieter existence in Long Island, but soon find themselves at the mercy of the spirit inhabiting their new home. Lerins 2
A GOLDEN BOY
(Italy) Rai Trade. 102mins. Dir: Pupi Avati. Key cast: Riccardo Scamarcio, Sharon Stone. Gray 1
(UK) The Works International. 99mins. Dir: Diarmund Lavery, Michael Hewitt. Key cast: Liam Neeson. Brothers addicted to speed… at any price. Star 3
(Armenia) Fish Eye Art. 81mins. Dir: Jivan Avetisyan. Key cast: Henrik Shahbazyan, Hovhannes Khoderyan, Mary Movsesyan. A film about the
(Austria) Coproduction Office. 96mins. Dir: Jessica Hausner. Key cast: Birte Schnoink, Christian Friedel, Katharina Schuttler, Peter Jordan, Sandra Huller, Sebastian Hulk, Stephan Grossmann. A trenchantly funny exploration of romanticism’s mundane routines, and a parable about the ambivalence of love: a man convinces a woman to escape the
inevitability of death through love and suicide. Riviera 3
BLUE AND NOT SO PINK
(Venezuela) Centro Nacional Autonomo De Cinematografia/Media Luna New Films. 110mins. Dir: Miguel Ferrari. Key cast: Alexander Da Silva, Carolina Torres, Elba Escobar, Guillermo Garcia, Hilda Abrahamz, Ignacio Montes, Socrates Serrano. Palais G
BOCCACCIO IN HAVANA
(Cuba) Icaic — Productora Internacional. 90mins. Dir: Arturo Sotto. Key cast: Zulema Cruz, Mario Guerra, Luis Alberto Garcia, Tudith Castillo, Jorge Perugorria. Three stories interconnected by a writer in search of good anecdotes. Gray 5
(Belgium) Media Luna
New Films. 95mins. Dir: Dominique Deruddere. Key cast: Jamie Dornan, Charlotte De Bruyne, Jan Decleir, Josse De Pauw, Viviane De Muynck. An ambitious banker will learn that there’s more to life than big business. Riviera 1
GOAL OF THE DEAD
(France) Films Distribution. 115mins. Dir: Benjamin Rocher, Thierry Poiraud. Key cast: Alban Lenoir, Charlie Bruneau, Tiphaine Daviot, Ahmed Sylla. For the Olympique de Paris soccer team, this friendly match scheduled against Caplongue was merely supposed to be one last chore before the end of the professional season. Yet no-one could ever have imagined that an unknown rabies-like infection was going to spread like wildfire,
turning this small town’s inhabitants into ultra-violent and highly contagious creatures.
of freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation in the world today? Palais K
HARD TO BE A GOD
(Russia) Capricci Films. 177mins. Dir: Aleksei German. Key cast: Aleksandr Chutko, Dmitriy Vladimirov, Evgeniy Gerchakov, Leonid Yarmolnik, Natalia Moteva, Yuriy Tsurilo. Gray 3
Rezo. 84mins. Dir: Lea Fazer. Key cast: Deborah Francois, Michael Lonsdale, Pio Marmai. Arcades 2
NELSON MANDELA: THE MYTH AND ME
National Film & Video Foundation Of South Africa. 86mins. Dir: Khalo Matabane. How do people interpret Nelson Mandela’s message
NEULAND (UNKNOWN TERRITORY)
(Switzerland) Rise And Shine World Sales. 93mins. Dir: Anna Thommen. Palais C
(Spain) Wild Bunch. 100mins. Dir: Nacho Vigalondo. Key cast: Elijah Wood, Neil Maskell, Sasha Grey. Nick’s a lucky guy — he’s having dinner with Jill Goddard, the hottest actress on earth. Then a guy named Chord calls: dinner’s been cancelled. And it’s Jill’s fault. But Chord’s got something better. Olympia 4 Press allowed
RIO I LOVE YOU
(Brazil) Westend Films.
98mins. Dir: Paolo Sorrentino. Key cast: Vincent Cassel, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Vanessa Paradis, Nadine Labaki, Ryan Kwanten, Guillermo Santoro.
and his sister, Necla, who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter, as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities.
Olympia 3 Priority badges only
VESTIDO DE NOVIA
(Cuba) Habanero. 100mins. Dir: Marilyn Solaya. Key cast: Laura De La Uz, Luis Alberto Garcia, Jorge Perrugorria, Isabel Santos, Mario Guerra. A love story never told before.
WORKING THE CROWDS
(France) Films Distribution. 127mins. Dir: Pascale Ferran. Key cast: Anais Demoustier, Josh Charles. In this very unique atmosphere of airport zones where all kinds of people transit — but where some also live and work — two strangers are trying to make sense of their lives. Both are ready for dramatic changes to fulfil
(Turkey) Memento Films International (Mfi). 196mins. Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Key cast: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sozen, Demet Akbag. Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife, Nihal, with whom he has a stormy relationship,
(France) Marche Du Film. 120mins. Dir: Round-Table (Next). Palais I
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their hopes and dreams. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge
(Germany) Global Screen. 117mins. Dir: Christian Alvart. Key cast: Nadeshda Brennicke, Charly Hubner, Ken Duken, Andreas Schmidt, Heinz Hoenig, Henny Reents, Niels Bruno Schmidt. Based on the true story of Gisela Werler, Germany’s first female bank robber.
Young, Cho Jung-Seok. The story of politically embattled King Jeong-Jo (nicknamed the King of Misfortune), his dedicated servant, Sang-chaek, and nefarious courtiers and assassins.
(France) Gaumont. 93mins. Dir: Benjamin Guedj. Key cast: Baptiste Lecaplain, Felix Moati, Charlotte Le Bon, Denis Podalydes. Sebastien has only one ambition in life: doing nothing. His world is his couch. He would rather contemplate life than live it. But in today’s world, he who does nothing, is nothing. So he has to do a little. Something.
(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.
THE CHAIR OF HAPPINESS
Riviera 3 By invitation only
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Market FIRST SNOWFALL
(Italy) Adriana Chiesa Enterprises. 105mins. Dir: Andrea Segre. Key cast: Jean-Christophe Folly, Matteo Marchel, Anita Caprioli. As the first snowfall transforms autumn woods and mountains, so the friendship of a man and a young boy turns their sorrows into a force of life. Star 3
GEORGE A ROMERO’S ‘DAWN OF THE DEAD’ 3D
(US) New Amsterdam Entertainment. 128mins. Dir: George A Romero. Key cast: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H Reiniger, Gaylen Ross. When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the Earth. Arcades 1 By invitation only
THE GO-GO BOYS
(Israel) Other Angle Pictures. 88mins. Dir: Hilla Medalia. Key cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jon Voight, Charles Bronson. Tells the inside story of two Israeli-born cousins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who in pursuit of the ‘American Dream’ turned the Hollywood power structure upside down, producing more than 300 films and forming the most powerful independent film company in the world. Star 4
(Germany) The Match Factory. 103mins. Dir: Feo Aladag. Key cast:
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(Italy) Rai Trade. 92mins. Dir: Carlo Mazzacurati. Key cast: Isabella Ragonese, Valerio Mastandrea. A treasure hidden in a chair; a beautician and
GENTE DE BIEN STREIF
a tattoo artist who fall in love while looking for it; a priest looming over them like a threat. Rivals at first, then allies, the three of them become the protagonists of an incredible adventure.
(Austria) Red Bull Media House. 10mins (trailer in a loop. Screening duration 110mins). Dir: Gerald Salmina. Key cast: Aksel Lund Svindal, Erik Guay, Max Franz, Yuri Danilochkin.
Ronald Zehrfeld, Mohsin Ahmady, Saida Barmaki. At an Afghani outpost, German soldier Jesper comes into conflict with his conscience: should he help his interpreter, Tarik, in a life-threatening situation, or should he follow orders? Arcades 3
(Turkey) Adelaware Company Karabulut Production Film USA. 90mins. Palais J
THE NEW WILDERNESS
(Netherlands) Atlas International Film. 97mins. Dir: Mark Verkerk, Ruben Smit. The four seasons and the cycles of wild life and death as they occur in the Oostvaardersplassen natural reserve, situated just 20 miles from Amsterdam. Palais D
(Spain) Dreamcatchers. 95mins. Dir: Barney Elliott. Key cast: Stephen Dorff, Alberto Ammann, David Strathairn, Carlos Bardem. Accountability, greed and hope, set against the
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backdrop of a financial transaction between an American hedge fund and the Peruvian government. Gray 2
(US) Moonstone Entertainment/Prestige Films. 98mins. Dir: Antoni Stutz. Key cast: Aidan Quinn, Beau Bridges, Haley Webb, Josh Henderson. Two delinquent young lovers travel from Los Angeles to a small town in Texas to falsely claim a dead friend’s inheritance, but they wind up in a nightmare of greed and betrayal when foul play surrounding the death is discovered. Palais F
(Iran) Farabi Cinema Foundation. 88mins. Dir: Kamal Tabrizi. Key cast: Reza Attaran, Pantea Bahram, Azadeh Samadi, Sogol Ghalatian, Erfan Naseri, Hootan Shakiba, Bahareh Rahnama, Peyman Ghasemkhani. He will do anything to move a dead man out of his wife’s grave. Palais B Press allowed
(Iran) Visual Media Institute. 90mins. Dir: Hooman Seyedi. Key cast: Yasna Mirtahmasb, Azadeh Samadi, Rima Raminfar, Amir Jafari, Amir Jadidi, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Vishka Asayesh. Palais E
(France) Kinology. 110mins. Dir: Alexandre Arcady. Key cast: Jacques Gamblin, Pascal Elbe, Zabou Breitman. Olympia 4
(Spain) Ndm. 106mins. Dir: Jaime Rosales. Key cast: Ingrid Garcia-Jonsson, Carlos Rodriguez, Inma Nieto, Fernando Barona, Miguel Guardiola. Olympia 6
(Colombia) Evidencia Films Y Producciones. 90mins. Dir: Franco Lolli. Arcades 2 Press allowed
(Canada) Swimming Wings Productions. 109mins. Dir: Michael Hanus. Key cast: Guy Christie, Pamela Anderson, Michael Hanus, Jamie Kennedy, Jason Burkart. In the world of awardwinning professional male-stripping, the stakes are high. When pro-peeler Jackhammer is reunited with his estranged and shy younger brother, Julius, he wants nothing more than to introduce him to the only world he knows.
Beta Cinema. 88mins. Gray 1 By invitation only
THE FATAL ENCOUNTER
(South Korea) Lotte Entertainment. 120mins. Dir: Lee Jae-Kyoo. Key cast: Hyun Bin, Jung Jae-
NICE AND EASY
NICHOLAS ON HOLIDAY
(France) Wild Bunch. 102mins. Dir: Laurent Tirard. Key cast: Matheo Boisselier, Valerie Lemercier, Kad Merad, Dominique Lavanant. School’s out! Between the beach and the hotel, with his friends and family, Nicholas is really going to enjoy a holiday to remember. Star 1 Priority badges only
(UK) Content Media Corporation. 97mins. Dir: Emilis Velyvis. Key cast: Vinnie Jones, Scot Williams, Gil Darnell, Oliver Jackson. Olympia 5
THE SECOND GAME KAMASUTRA 3D
(India) Gj Entertainments Mfze. 100mins. Dir: Rupesh Paul. Key cast: Sherlyn Chopra, Milind Gunaji, King Mal Khan, Makarand Deshpande, Maleena Khan, Andria D’Souza. The epic saga of war, love and lust set against the backdrop of Vatsyayana’s classic work, Kamasutra… and a mighty ocean. Palais K
BETA CINEMA PRIVATE SCREENING
(Italy) Wide House. 85mins. Dir: Andrea Prandstraller, Niccolo Bruna.
(Romania) Romanian Film Centre. 97mins. Dir: Corneliu Porumboiu. Key cast: Corneliu Porumboiu, Adrian Porumboiu. An important Romanian football game set before the fall of communism commented on today by father Adrian Porumboiu (the game’s then referee) and son (Corneliu Porumboiu, the well known Romanian film-maker). Palais I
(China) Vasoon Animation Co. 83mins. Dir: Chuan Wang. Key cast: Jingluo Liu. They are the smallest warriors, but they are chosen for the biggest battle. Palais G
THE WHITE STORM
(Hong Kong (China)) Universe Films Distribution Co. 134mins. Dir: Benny Chan. Key cast: Louis Koo, Sean Lau, Nick Cheung, Yuan Quan, Lo Hoi Pang.
Tin, Chow and Wai are brotherly bonded partners in the Narcotics Bureau. The three have an opportunity to capture notorious druglord ‘Eightfaced Buddha’ in Thailand. Riviera 1
(Austria) Films Distribution. 50mins. Dir: Benjamin Heisenberg. Key cast: Andre Wilms, Georg Friedrich, Susanne Wolff, Maria Hofstatter. When a washed-up bohemian meets a controversial psychologist, he soon becomes the doctor’s involuntary object of interest and study. Nick’s life in disarray is gradually brought back to normal, while Curt’s fading memory manages to unearth the truth about his former involvement with the Third Reich. Olympia 7
19:30 SONG FROM THE FOREST
Deckert Distribution. 96mins. Dir: Michael Obert. A modern epic between rainforest and skyscrapers.
Dir: Skip Thomas. Key cast: Gregg Braden, Dr Joe Dispenza, Dr Rollin McCraty, Dr Deborah Rozman, Dr Rocco Errico, Mary Morrissey, Sarah McLean, Cynthia James. Palais B
20:00 BLUE FAMILY
(US) Golden Ceiba Productions. 90mins. Dir: Guillermo Ivan Duenas. Key cast: Guillermo Ivan Duenas, Rheagan Wallace, Miriam Holmlund, Christopher Marquez, Rachel Truitt, Steven Bellairs, Erin Fogel. Inspired by actual events about a man who kidnaps three women and keeps them locked in his basement for several years. Palais H
SACRED JOURNEY OF THE HEART
(US) 2 Bulls On The Hill Productions. 86mins.
(Vietnam) Vietnam Media Corp/Bhd Co. 100mins. Dir: Victor Vu. Key cast: Thai Hoa, Nha Phuong, Hoang Bach. A newly married couple head off to Da Lat resort after the woman undergoes a heart transplant. But her heart is cursed, causing the ghost of a strange girl to appear. Palais J
live an ordinary life. Arcades 1 ACID screening
THE WOODS ARE STILL GREEN
(Austria) Artdeluxe. 107mins. Dir: Marko Nabersnik. Key cast: Michael Kristof, Simon Serbinek, Clemens Aap Lindenberg, Kristian Hodko. A story about two AustroHungarian soldiers in the First World War, holding a post in the mountains. Cut off from their own troops and under heavy fire, survival becomes an existential challenge. Palais D
20:30 CLOSER TO THE MOON
THE WAY OUT
(Czech Republic) Premium Films. 102mins. Dir: Petr Vaclav. 2013, North Bohemia. Young Zaneta aspires to an impossible future for a modern gypsy woman: to
(Romania) Celluloid Dreams/Nightmares. 110mins. Dir: Nae Caranfil. Key cast: Allan Corduner, Anton Lesser, Christian McKay, Harry Lloyd, Joe Armstrong, Mark Strong, Tim Plester,
Vera Farmiga. Bucharest 1959. Five highranking Jewish members of the Romanian Communist party and heroes of the resistance plan and carry out a spectacular bank robbery. They divert the attention of onlookers by pretending to be shooting a movie. They are arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to death… but not before being forced to re-enact the robbery in a fake propaganda film.
Miki. Key cast: Rena Nounen, Hiroomi Tosaka.
Godam Films. 95mins.
(France) Pyramide International. 123mins. Dir: Panos H. Koutras. Key cast: Kostas Nikouli, Nikos Gelia. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge
22:30 THE WINEDANCERS Palais F
(Thailand) Pastelblue Studio. 90mins. Dir: Phisit Kittithanetphanit. Rose, a famous actress, was born with an unwanted extra sense: she can communicate with spirits and ghosts. Palais C
(Japan) Shochiku Co. 119mins. Dir: Takahiro
00:00 DARKNESS BY DAY
(Argentina) M-Appeal World Sales. 76mins. Dir: Martin Desalvo. Key cast: Luciano Suardi, Marta Lubos, Mora Recalde, Pablo Caramelo, Romina Paula. Two women entangled in madness and attraction… and a craving for blood. Star 1 Blood Window
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Mr. Turner (UK) Mike Leigh
Winter Sleep (Turk-Fr-Ger) Nuri Bilge Ceylan
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Kate Muir/Wendy Ide The Times, UK
Michel Ciment Positif, France
Stephanie Zacharek The Village Voice, US
jose carlos avellar Escrevercinema.com, Brazil
Jan Schulz-ojala Der Tagesspiegel, Germany
Derek Malcolm Honorary president, Fipresci, UK
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Timbuktu (Fr) Abderrahmane Sissako The Captive (Can) Atom Egoyan
David Stratton The Australian, Australia
Robbie Collin The Daily Telegraph, UK
The Screen jury at Cannes
Bo Green Jensen Weekendavisen Berlingske, Denmark
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Saint Laurent (Fr) Bertrand Bonello
Wild Tales (Arg-Sp) Damian Szifron
The Homesman (US) Tommy Lee Jones
The Wonders (It-Switz-Ger) Alice Rohrwacher
Foxcatcher (US) Bennett Miller
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Ruffalo) and their relationship with team sponsor John du Pont (Steve Carell), which leads to murder.
Maps To The Stars (Can) David Cronenberg
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ twisted machinations. Featuring Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska and John Cusack.
Two Days, One Night (Bel-Fr-It) Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ allowing her to keep her job — all with the help of her husband (Fabrizio Rongione).
Still The Water (Fr-Jap) Naomi Kawase
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ His girlfriend Kyoko attempts to help him understand this mysterious discovery.
The Search (Fr) Michel Hazanavicius
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ village, he meets Carole, a European Union delegation head. Starring Bérénice Bejo and Annette Bening.
Goodbye To Language 3D (Fr) Jean-Luc Godard
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ 0.0 They love, they argue, fists fly/ A dog strays between town and country/ The seasons pass/ A second film begins…”
Jimmy’s Hall (UK-Ire) Ken Loach
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Barry Ward stars as Gralton, who opens up a dance hall — much to the annoyance of some in the community.
Mommy (Can-Fr) Xavier Dolan
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ 0.0 son with ADHD, and the kindly neighbour who intercedes in their lives for reasons that may not be entirely altruistic.
Clouds Of Sils Maria (Ger-Fr-Switz) Olivier Assayas
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ she had made her own some 20 years earlier. Kristen Stewart co-stars.
Leviathan (Rus) Andrey Zvyagintsev
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ stop at nothing to take possession of the man’s property and land. Aleksei Serebryakov and Elena Lyadova star. 0.0
The bizarre true story of Olympic wrestling champion brothers Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark
A dark satire sees shallow celebrities manipulated and destroyed by a young woman who represents the fruit of their
Marion Cotillard stars as a woman who has just one weekend to persuade her colleagues to give up their bonuses —
During the full-moon night of traditional dances in August, 16-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body floating in the sea.
The unlikely friendship between an NGO worker and a young boy in Chechnya. After the boy’s parents are killed in their
The official plot for the New Wave legend’s 39th film gives little away: “A married woman and a single man meet/
Drama about political activist Jimmy Gralton, who was deported from Ireland during the ‘Red Scare’ of the 1930s.
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