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Pulse climbs Himalaya Mary Magdalene screenwriter Philippa Goslett is adapting Himalaya for Pulse Films and Film4, chronicling the journey by three 1950s housewives into the previously uncharted Zanskar mountain region. The project, which is out to directors, is based on Antonia Deacock’s book No Purdah In Padam and the diaries of Eve Sims and Anne Davies — the three women who organised the 1958 Women’s Overland Himalayan Expedition, which defied gender and political expectations. Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa and Moss Barclay are producing for Pulse Films. Jeremy Kay
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Well Go USA has acquired North American rights to two titles handled internationally by China’s iQiyi: martial-arts action title The Unity Of Heroes and fantasy-action film The Legend Of Zu. The Unity Of Heroes, produced by and starring Vincent Zhao, also went to Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei (Clover Films); Hong Kong and Macau (China 3D); South Korea (My Way Films); and India (Ultra). Directed by Lin Zhen-zhao, the film is backed by Beijing Tmeng Network Technology and also stars Wei Ni and Michael Tong. Zhao is best known for his role in the Once Upon A Time In China series. Produced by Hengye Pictures, The Legend Of Zu has also been sold to South Korea (Poonkyung Sori) and India (Ultra). iQiyi is also launching sales on two in-house productions: Welcome To Beartown, which is a Chinese-language remake of Thai blockbuster ATM; and big-budget animated feature Spycies, co-produced by France’s Lux Populi VFX and Lux Populi Production.
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Reyes flies to Jirafa’s The Gray Beyond Director Gaspar Noé (centre) was in town on Sunday to celebrate the Directors’ Fortnight screening of Climax. He was joined by cast members including Soﬁa Boutella and Romain Guillermic.
Johnny Depp circling Ciro Guerra’s Barbarians BY TOM GRATER
Johnny Depp has reached out to Colombian director Ciro Guerra to work with him, possibly on his next film, JM Coetzee adaptation Waiting For The Barbarians. Guerra’s Birds Of Passage opened Directors’ Fortnight this year. Depp would join Mark Rylance and Robert Pattinson in the project. The producers include
Michael Fitzgerald (Three Burials). Coetzee is adapting his own novel, a political thriller published in 1980, about a British magistrate in a small colonial town who begins to question his loyalty to the Empire. The film will be Guerra’s English-language debut and was first announced in 2016. It is being lined up to shoot in autumn this year. Birds Of Passage is the third film
by Guerra to screen at Cannes following The Wind Journeys (Los Viajes Del Viento, Un Certain Regard, 2009) and Embrace Of The Serpent (Directors’ Fortnight, 2015). The Orchard has fought off stiff competition in Cannes to pick up North American rights to Birds Of Passage, which Guerra co-directed with producing partner Cristina Gallego.
Cannes chiefs to sign equality vow BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW
Cannes delegate general Thierry Frémaux, Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Edouard Waintrop and Critics’ Week chief Charles Tesson will become the first signatories of a new charter to improve gender parity at international film festivals in a special ceremony today. The landmark document, entitled the ‘Programming Pledge for Parity and Inclusion in Cinema Festivals’, has been drawn up by French gender-parity movement 5050x2020, which spearheaded Saturday’s 82-women red-carpet ascent.
Its key commitments include the compilation of statistics to record the gender of the filmmakers and key crew of all submissions; a promise to publicly list the members of selection and programming committees; and to work towards parity on executive boards. French minister of culture Francoise Nyssen will also assist at the ceremony and announce details of a three-day international Conference for Equality — aimed at female and male professionals — to take place in Paris at the end of June. The ceremony will kick off a meeting to discuss the campaign
for better female representation, bringing together key figures from the 5050x2020 collective with other gender equality movements taking shape in the #MeToo era, including Time’s Up in the US and the UK, Italy’s Dissenso Comune, Spain’s CIMA and Women’s Wave in Greece. 5050x2020 will also unveil a study detailing gender data for Cannes Film Festival across 71 editions. The movement, spearheaded by Le Deuxieme Regard, one of France’s first gender-parity activist groups, comprises some 600 cinema professionals.
Fast-rising Colombian actress Natalia Reyes, riding high on strong reviews for Directors’ Fortnight opener Birds Of Passage and set to star in James Cameron’s Terminator reboot, has signed on to play the lead in The Gray Beyond for Chilean producers Jirafa. Bruno Bettati of Jirafa, whose Los Perros screened here in Critics’ Week last year, is on the Croisette scouting for co-production partners and investors. Alejandro Fernandez Almendras will direct the Englishlanguage sci-fi, which will shoot in Patagonia and star Reyes as an assassin. “It’s creating a whole new world,” said Reyes. The Chilean Film Fund is supporting the project, which Jirafa is producing with Japan’s Wa Entertainment. Jirafa is looking for a North American producing partner, and Bettati and Jirafa partner Augusto Matte serve as producers alongside Wa’s Kousuke Ono. Bettati is also meeting with potential investors and production partners on Francisca Alegria’s debut feature The Cow Who Sang A Song About The Future, which is being minority co-produced by Vania Catani’s Bananeira Filmes from Brazil and has support from New York-based Cinereach. Jirafa is waiting to hear about Chilean Film Fund support and has earmarked a production start in the first half of 2019. Jeremy Kay
SFI panel: ‘We have to talk about power and money’ BY WENDY MITCHELL
Science Of Fictions is a fact for Astro BY LIZ SHACKLETON
Malaysia’s Astro Shaw is teaming with French production company Andolfi Production and Indonesia’s Angka Fortuna Sinema to co-produce Indonesian filmmaker Yosep Anggi Noen’s Science Of Fictions. Set in the 1960s, the feature tells the story of a mute man who witnesses a fake moon landing, then tries to convince people in his village of what he has seen by dancing and wearing space outfits. The film arm of pay-TV giant Astro Malaysia Holdings, Astro Shaw has started investing in a growing number of international projects including Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery Of Splendor and Jenny Suen’s The White Girl. Paris-based Andolfi Production has credits including Alain Gomis’s Félicité. Anggi Noen previously directed Peculiar Vacation And Other Illnesses (2012) and Solo, Solitude (2016), which both played at Locarno. Astro Shaw is also in Cannes with Dukun, by Malaysian director Dain Said, whose credits include Bunohan and Interchange, which was made in 2006 but never released. Hong Kong-based sales agent Atrinaga Company is handling international sales on the film, which Astro Shaw remastered and released in Malaysia last month. The film became a box-office hit, grossing $2.5m and entering the all-time top 10 for Malaysian films in their home market. Dukun is loosely inspired by the real case of Mona Fandey, a Malaysian pop star-turnedwitch doctor who decapitated a politician during a ritual.
problem. We have to talk about power and money.” Stacy L Smith, founder of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California, and inventor of the ‘inclusion rider’ in 2016, spoke of the need to shift perceptions about leadership, look for talent outside of closed networks, and foster diversity, inclusion and belonging from film schools upward. Cameron Bailey, artistic director and co-head of Toronto International Film Festival, noted of the 21
programmers at his event, the mix is 12 women and nine men. “If you’re in a position of power where you can hire women, do that. It’s that simple. Also look for a diversity of opinions,” he said. SFI had reached gender parity in its funding in 2014 by concentrating on new ways of evaluating quality, said SFI CEO Anna Serner. “We talked about the actual project, not the gender or the persons,” she explained. “Not, ‘He has done this before, we trust him.’ That’s the way we achieved parity.”
Grindstone Entertainment has bought North American rights to Lazar Bodroza’s Serbian sci-fi romance Ederlezi Rising from Arclight Entertainment. Sebastian Cavazza and porn star Stoya play a cosmonaut and an android on a space mission. The film is written by Dimitrije Vojnov based on a story by Zoran Neskovic. The producers are Aleksandar Protic, Jonathan English and Film Center Serbia. Grindstone will release through Lionsgate Home Entertainment in March 2019. Jeremy Kay
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The next steps for gender equality in film are “to focus on the structures, not the individuals”, said Eva Rose, Swedish actor and member of #tystnadtagning (literally ‘silence shooting), at the Take Two: Next Moves For #MeToo seminar organised by the Swedish Film Institute (SFI) yesterday. “Good intentions are not enough,” she continued. “If we don’t stand up and speak against inequality, we are part of the
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Dyrholm shows faith in Teenage Jesus Trine Dyrholm has joined the cast of Teenage Jesus the debut feature of Danish director Marie Grahto (pictured centre), which started shooting last week. The drama is set in a psychiatric ward, and the cast is led by Lisa Carlehed (right) as a psychologist and Victoria Carmen Sonne (left) as her suicidal patient. Dyrholm plays a fellow doctor. The film will shoot for six weeks on location at Sankt Hans Hospital in Roskilde near Copenhagen. The producers
are Amalie Lyngbo Hjort and Julie Friis Walenciak from Denmark’s Beo Starling, with Mark Lwoff and Misha Jaari from Finland’s Bufo co-producing. The film is supported by the Danish Film Institute’s New Danish Screen, Finnish Film Foundation and Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Development support came from Creative Europe and Nordic Genre Boost at Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Wendy Mitchell
Leading sales agents link up with Cinezen BY JEREMY KAY
Cinezen, the Swedish company behind the upcoming blockchain VoD platform expected to launch later this year, has added Celluloid Dreams and other content suppliers to its network. New sales agent partners include Filmexport Group (Italy), LOCO Films (France), Mirovision
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(South Korea), SDP (Japan) and Entertaining Power (HK). USbased TriCoast, Bid Slate, Summer Hill and The Asylum have also signed up. Distributors Thunderbird (UK) and Nonstop Entertainment, Take One and Edge Entertainment from Sweden are on board as well. Cinezen was founded in Sep-
tember last year by film industry veteran Sam Klebanov and software engineer Pavel Rabetski. Based on the Etherium blockchain software, Cinezen promises transparency by giving content providers access to transactional data on titles, which removes the need for invoicing and royalties reporting.
New films from directors Mohamed Jabaly and Larissa Sansour, and producer Rashid Abdelhamid, are among 14 Palestinian projects to be pitched at a Producers’ Network happy hour event on Tuesday. Palestine’s stateless filmmaking community is out in force at Cannes with its first official pavilion at the event, supported by the Palestinian Ministry of Culture in partnership with the French Consulate in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Cultural Fund. “We have had a strong unofficial presence in Cannes ever since Michel Khleifi’s Wedding In Galilee played here in 1987,” said producer and director Mohanad Yaqubi. “But we’ve never had a pavilion. It’s a relief to have a base where we can set up meetings and welcome people rather than being stateless within the festival, so to speak.” Tuesday’s pitching event is at the heart of the Palestinian delegation’s events in Cannes this year. Jabaly is presenting the documentary Stateless, about six young Arabs living together in Norway, while Sansour’s In Vitro is a post-apocalyptic Bethlehemset sci-fi tale now in pre-production. Producer Abdelhamid is unveiling the debut feature of buzzy upcoming Tunisian filmmaker Ismahane Lahmar, A Respectable Family.
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Bao’s Buddies are Golden Hong Kong-based Golden Network Asia has picked up international rights to action comedy Fat Buddies, which is the directorial debut of comedy star Beier Bao. Bao also stars with Johnny Wen in the film, which was shot mostly in Japan and will be released in October during China’s National Day holiday period. Korean-American actress Clara Lee (Line Walker) and Japanese action legend Yasuaki Kurata also star. The story follows a special agent, who gains weight during missions, and ends up in a Japanese hospital where he teams up with an equally overweight security guard to take down a drugs cartel. Bao’s credits as an actor include blockbusters Lost In Thailand and Journey To The West: The Demons Strike Back, while Wen starred in Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons. Peggy Li and Abe Kwong are producing through Bao’s Haining Hippo Film Co and Beijing Magilm Pictures Media Co. Liz Shackleton
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Doc Day poised for interstellar events BY LOUISE TUTT
Exploration(s) is the theme of the third edition of Doc Day, which takes place tomorrow within the Doc Corner of the Marché. The lively event brings together documentary professionals and filmmakers to debate the future of documentary and showcase the work of various directors. A keynote speech by astronaut Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency will open the event. It will include a presentation on the multi-format documentary project about his mission in space,
which encompasses virtual-reality experiences. The morning events include a presentation by André Singer of Spring Films to introduce the initiative, ‘Media & Society: European Documentary in a Changing Media Landscape’. A round table with industry experts follows, chaired by Screen International, discussing the challenges and opportunities for documentary filmmakers over the next five years. Afternoon events include the presentation of the L’Œil d’Or
BY GEOFFREY MACNAB
Brimstone producer Els Vandevorst of Isabella Films and her daughter Isabella Depeweg are joining forces to produce Dutch director Muriel d’Ansembourg’s debut feature Truly Naked. The English-language film will be structured as a UK-Netherlands co-production and will shoot in Devon in the UK. London Film School graduate d’Ansembourg was Bafta-
nominated for her graduation short Good Night in 2013. Truly Naked is about a 15-yearold boy and touches on what Vandevorst has described as “difficult issues” regarding “intimacy and sexuality”. Depeweg has taken a 50% stake in Isabella Films, which is named after her. Vandevorst founded the company with Depeweg’s father, Wilfried Depeweg. Through her other company
BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW
In a first deal to come out of the Cannes Frontieres platform, Paris-based sales company Versatile has acquired world rights on Turkish filmmaker Can Evrenol’s Girl With No Mouth, excluding North America, which has been snapped up by XYZ. Based on a short story by Cem Ozuduru, the film is a coming-of-age story about a girl born without a mouth on the run from the authorities, who is befriended by a gang of boys also missing body parts. The film, produced by Muge Buyuktalas at MO Film, is due to shoot in Turkey this August.
documentary award to a documentary film presented in one of the Cannes selections. The jury is headed by director Emmanuel Finkiel. Further discussions include ‘When Docs Get Animated: Exploring, Reviving & Preserving Memory’, while filmmaker Marie Losier will talk about her latest work Cassandro The Exotico!. There will also be a networking event for the doc community in Cannes. Morning events take place at the Plage du Gray, with afternoon sessions at the Olympia cinema.
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Randall’s I See You calls action Adam Randall’s horror film I See You, starring Helen Hunt and Jon Tenney, has starting shooting in Cleveland, Ohio. Devon Graye wrote the script, which is about a 12-year-old boy who goes missing in a seemingly perfect small town. The cast is rounded out by Judah Lewis, Owen Teague, Libe Barer, Greg Alan Williams, Erika Alexander and Sam Trammell. Bankside Films is handling sales on the project, which is produced by Matt Waldeck for Zodiac Features. Tom Grater
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N279 Entertainment, Vandevorst is now developing Martin Ko o l h o v e n’s T h e E m e ra l d Butterfly, a film noir set in Indonesia in the late 1940s. Vandevorst is also the producer alongside Michel Schonnemann on Brian De Palma’s European-made feature Domino, now in post-production and being sold by IM Global, and Hungarian director Agnes Kocsis’s latest feature Eden.
Cairo festival builds industry platform Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) will launch an industry platform called Cairo Industry Days, in partnership with the Arab Cinema Center, at its 40th edition in November. The five-day industry programme will comprise three strands: an expanded version of its existing co-production event the Cairo Film Connection, which will showcase up to 15 Arab projects looking for international partners, with a jury doling out cash awards and post-production services to winning projects; the Industry Forum, revolving around discussion panels that will tackle issues facing the Arab film world; and a programme of workshops and masterclasses. “A festival can no longer be of relevance and benefit to its community without paying special attention to its industry’s professionals,” said CIFF’s recently appointed president Mohamed Hefzy, who is at Cannes this year as one of the producers of Palme d’Or contender Yomeddine. The Cairo Industry Days programme will be managed by Aliaa Zaky. Maggie Morgan will oversee the Cairo Film Connection. Melanie Goodfellow
Frontieres finds Fever BY ORLANDO PARFITT
Neasa Hardiman’s Sea Fever has won the inaugural Avanpost Digital Cube post-production award at the Frontieres Platform in the Marché. The prize, worth $179,000 (¤150,0000) of in-kind services at Romanian company Digital Cube, was presented at a lunch event on Saturday. Sixteen projects were selected to take part in this year’s Cannes Platform. Ten in advanced financing stages were presented to potential partners on Saturday, with six projects recently completed or in post showcased to buyers yesterday. Among the proof-of-concept projects are Prano Bailey-Bond’s UK psychological horror Censor,
executive produced by genre critic Kim Newman; Casey Walker’s Canada-UK horror Whitaker, produced by Andy Starke and executive produced by Ben Wheatley; and Can Evrenol’s Turkish fantasy Girl With No Mouth (see ‘Versatile, XYZ bite for Mouth’, left). The buyers showcase included Denis Coté’s Canadian fantasy drama Ghost Town Anthology and Amanda Kramer’s US suspense thriller Ladyworld. The Frontieres Platform is a copresentation between Fantasia International Film Festival and Cannes’ Marché du Film. It is cofunded by Creative Europe, with the support of Wallimage, Cinema Chile and Telefilm Canada.
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We heard it first at the Oscars, but is it now a reality? Speakers: producer Elizabeth Karlsen (Carol), Stacy Smith (Founder and Director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, University of Southern California), writer/director Deborah Riley Draper (Coffee Bluff Pictures), Jennifer Smith (BFI’s Head of Inclusion)
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Speakers: producer Piers Tempest (The Wife, Driven), Andrew Lowe, co-founder & director of Element Pictures (The Favourite), Executive producer Manuel Monzón (The Bookshop) Amy Jackson (Widows, Macbeth)
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Whitney Dir. Kevin Macdonald Midnight Screenings Talent Talk Tuesday
Russia vies to become next locations hotspot BY GEOFFREY MACNAB
Russia’s long-awaited film tax incentives could be in place as early as next year as a proposal from Moscow Film Commission, cinema promotion agency Roskino and Russia’s Association of Film and TV awaits parliamentary approval. The film bodies are asking for a rebate system worth up to 20% for feature films and high-end TV drama.
“Moscow is much cheaper now than Prague or Budapest. Costs are going down because of the currency,” claimed Katya Mtsitouridze, CEO of Roskino, in reference to the weakness of the Russian ruble. Although some highprofile projects have recently shot in Russia including McMafia and Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, Mtsitou-
ridze acknowledged the country faces challenges. “There’s still a lot of bureaucracy. It’s not on a city level but on a state level,” she said. The commission has studied the film-funding systems in London and Paris. Mtsitouridze admitted it may still take some time for Moscow to emulate those: “80% of Russian banks are under [international] sanctions,” she pointed out.
Breaking Glass sweeps up BY JEREMY KAY
The US’s Breaking Glass Pictures has secured a raft of deals for LGBT drama Hooked, religious drama The Revival and slasher film Rave Party Massacre. Po l a n d’s To n g a r i ro Releasing has bought Max Emerson’s Hooked, about a hustler whose married partner tries to save his life. It stars Laura Austin, Conor
Donnally and Jay Alan Christianson. It is produced by Melissa D Llewellyn. Yes Movie Channels has picked up Israeli rights to Jennifer Gerber’s The Revival, about a young preacher who befriends a drifter, with profound consequences on the local Arkansas community. Zachary Booth and David Rysdahl star in the film, which
is produced by Sophie Finkelstein and written by Samuel Brett Williams. Jason Winn’s Rave Party Massacre, starring Sara Bess, will open in South Korea through JoyNCinema. Jonathan W Hickman and Maggie D Hickman produced the story of youngsters who encounter an evil force in an abandoned hospital.
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Talent Talk: Whitney
Oscar® and BAFTA-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (Marley), two-time Oscar®-winning producer Simon Chinn (Man on Wire, Searching for Sugar Man), Emmy nominated producer Lisa Erspamer (The Oprah Winfrey Show) and Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn (LA 92), discuss Whitney, made with full access to Whitney Houston’s family and collaborators, revealing the life, genius, downfall and legacy of one of music’s biggest stars.
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UK writer/director Abid Khan has wrapped his debut feature Granada Nights, which shot entirely on location in the Spanish city of Granada. Khan has also produced the film through his EyeFive Films with Merlin Merton. The team is in Cannes looking to attach a sales agent.
Khan described the film as a comedy-drama for the post-Brexit generation. It stars Antonio Aakeel, whose credits include Tomb Raider, as a heartbroken tourist on a journey of hedonism and discovery in Granada. The cast also includes Virgile Bramly, Alice Sanders, Tabata Cerezo and Oscar Casas.
UK production outfit Animus Pictures, whose credits include Kaufman’s Game and Furthest Witness, has secured $135,000 (£100,000) from a private investor to fund a development slate of genre film projects. The first film under the deal is Surya K Enjam’s The Retreat, a horror set in a post-Brexit world that is set to start shooting this year. Animus’s managing director Ben Richards is producing the project. Sarah Pemberton of Synergie16 helped to set up the deal and has now joined Animus as marketing manager. Tom Grater
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Making a documentary about the late Whitney Houston was “fascinating and soul-destroying” for its Bafta-winning director Kevin Macdonald (Touching The Void). “It was the hardest documentary I’ve done in terms of getting the truth,” he told Screen International. “I interviewed 70 people but only around 40 of them are in the film — there were so many who just didn’t tell the truth. Everybody around her lied for 30 years and were so used to lying.” The film, sold by Altitude and premiering here as a Midnight screening, is authorised by Houston’s family, but Macdonald insists he was not compromised by this. “I got final cut. To be authorised doesn’t mean [the family] have control of everything. It’s more them trusting me and giving me what they’ve got.” Macdonald said he approached Whitney like a “mystery story”, and was intrigued after meeting Houston’s longtime agent Nicole David, who was still “puzzled and
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traumatised” by what happened to her client. “[Houston] never gave any really sincere interviews,” said Macdonald. “There’s acres of archive with her, but it’s almost all false feeling. Why was she so uncomfortable in her own skin?” The film’s interviews with Houston’s mother Cissy and ex-husband Bobby Brown were both uncomfortable for Macdonald. “Cissy did a longer interview with me but I decided not to use it,” he said. “The only thing I was get-
ting from her is incredible pain.” Meanwhile Brown, whose tempestuous marriage to Houston ended in 2006, is “still sort of a child, in some weird way. He can’t talk about the drugs and self-destruction in a way that’s mature.” Even though Macdonald has worked with Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, he insisted that Altitude should not sell Whitney to a streaming giant. “I felt this subject to be a cinematic experience.” Orlando Parfitt
Victor Polster, the breakout star of Girl, limbers up for the ﬁlm’s photocall yesterday. The young actor plays a transgender girl training to become a ballerina in Lukas Dhont’s buzzy Un Certain Regard title.
Quinzaine makes exhibition of itself
Cinéma en liberté
Tomorrow Sunny intervals
Whitney, the lost soul
Today Cloudy, chance of rain
Directors’ Fortnight is looking into its past with an exhibition to celebrate the first three years of the Quinzaine from 1969-72. Visitors will find texts, photos, posters and film clips that represent the social, political and cultural flux of the
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time. They will also be able to participate in a workshop where they can create their own Directors’ Fortnight film. Named ‘Cinéma en liberté’, the expo can be found at Suquet des Artistes until May 27. Ben Dalton
Hirokazu Kore-eda returns to Competition for the fifth time with a story about a father and son who take in a girl they find freezing on the streets after one of their shoplifting sessions. Lily Franky and Sakura Ando play the parents of this family living on the fringes of society, who appear to be happy, but are not all that they seem. The film is being sold here by Wild Bunch.
I was consciously taking ideas from things that were happening to me personally — losing my mother, becoming a father myself — and I was telling stories that took place in the apartment blocks where I grew up. But I stopped working that way following After The Storm and decided to take a wider perspective with films that look at modern-day Japanese society. That’s closer to what I was doing in Nobody Knows.
Where did you get the idea for this film? Shoplifters I wanted to continue with the How did you find theme that I explored in Like working with Sakura Ando for the first time? Father, Like Son — what is it that I still don’t understand all her ties families together? Is it blood abilities as an actor, but whenever or the time you spend together? I was on set, I could just feel how Then a few years ago, there was a she brought this character, a story in the Japanese press about woman who wants to be a mother, pension fraud, where a family, completely alive. I was really after losing their elderly parents, moved by her performance and didn’t report the deaths and that doesn’t happen every day. continued to receive their pensions illegally. The class divide has widened in Japan over the Will you return to a family theme past five years, and there are for your next film? more people who are not being There are many subjects I want reached by the safety net that to work with, including a project should be in place. about Japan’s role as a perpetrator in the Second World War, but it’s difficult for those Does this film feel like a return films to come together. The family to the themes of Nobody Knows stories seem to happen much (which won Yuya Yagira the best more quickly. actor award at Cannes in 2004)? Yes, for sure. For about 10 years Liz Shackleton
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3 Faces Reviewed by Tim Grierson A search for a missing girl leads to a small Iranian village — and sizeable questions about the nation’s patriarchal attitudes — in 3 Faces, a lovely, ineffably moving meditation from writer/director Jafar Panahi. Deceptively slight, like much of his recent work, this modest drama segues slowly from a low-key mystery to a casual survey of how women — especially actresses — have been demonised by their countrymen. The fact that Panahi is currently subject to a 20-year travel ban only intensifies the gentle poignancy of 3 Faces: the empathy he feels for these subjugated women is palpable as well as personal. Panahi plays himself as he and veteran actress Behnaz Jafari (also playing herself ) journey to Iran’s Turkish-speaking Azerbaijan region in a quest to find Marziyeh (Marziyeh Rezaei), who sent Behnaz a desperate video message. In the video, Marziyeh says her family will not support her dream of becoming an actress, and she is so distraught that she seemingly hangs herself at the end of the clip. Deeply alarmed, Behnaz and Panahi look for clues in her provincial village in the hopes that she is still alive.
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COMPETITION Iran. 2018. 100mins Director/screenplay Jafar Panahi Production company Jafar Panahi Film Productions International sales Celluloid Dreams, sales@ celluloid-dreams.com Producer Jafar Panahi Editing Mastaneh Mohajer Cinematography Amin Jafari Main cast Behnaz Jafari, Jafar Panahi, Marziyeh Rezaei, Maedeh Erteghaei, Narges Del Aram
That setup might suggest a nerve-wracking thriller, but 3 Faces exudes a leisurely pace — in part because neither believes Marziyeh went through with the suicide (how could she send the video if she were dead?). But, without any spoilers, it becomes clear that this search is something of a MacGuffin meant to get Behnaz and Panahi to the village so they can get a sense of the environment where this young woman was raised. Filming in Iranian villages where his parents and grandparents grew up, Panahi displays some affection for the uneducated locals encountered by our main characters. In a community in which livestock possibly outnumber humans, there is plenty of religious superstition — as well as suspicion toward aspiring artists such as Marziyeh. 3 Faces is not condescending to the villagers, but Panahi reveals slowly how such a repressive atmosphere can make life unbearable for those who long for more. But it is not just the missing Marziyeh who is experiencing such judgments. In a few deft sequences we see how Behnaz, a successful actress, is herself forced to endure her share of sexism. Leaving a shoot she was working on to find Marziyeh, Behnaz is labelled “emptyheaded” by the irate producers, while the villag-
ers treat her like a possession, conflating the characters she has played with the real person. Because the film plays out in casual exchanges — Panahi and Behnaz often simply talk to villagers about their lives — 3 Faces can feel like a whimsical doodle without much forward momentum. But that placidness belies a certain degree of melancholy resignation on Panahi’s part, for himself and his homeland. In the eight years since he was arrested and banned from making films by the Iranian government, Panahi has defiantly made four, often casting himself as the protagonist. Starting with This Is Not A Film, he has examined his own psyche while also lamenting modern Iran. With 3 Faces, both impulses merge, although his sympathy is focused on the female characters. It is telling these three women are of different generations and yet united by the repression and anger they have each experienced at the hands of men. 3 Faces is hardly a pulse-pounder, but there is a ghostly unease to some of the images, and it feels like a hushed tragedy — Iran’s lingering misogyny lurking just outside the frame, always watching and waiting.
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Girls Of The Sun Reviewed by Lee Marshall
Climax Reviewed by Jonathan Romney France’s wave of Extreme Cinema was getting suspiciously quiet recently, and even the movement’s figurehead Gaspar Noé seemed to have mellowed — his 2015 3D sex film Love coming across more as a depressive mope than the confrontational number that was expected. Rest assured that French cinema’s imp of the perverse has got his distinctly nasty mojo working again with Climax, a blazingly original, extremely disturbing film that’s something quite new: a psychotropic street-dance movie that turns halfway into an orgiastic horror trip. A standalone prelude gives us an overhead shot of a distressed woman crawling across snow, to Gary Numan’s queasily distorted synthesiser version of Erik Satie. Noé then introduces his cast: a large group of multi-ethnic, polysexual young dancers, seen on video interviewed about their aspirations, dreams and nightmares. In front of a glittering French flag, the dancers — at the end of a training camp in a secluded schoolhouse — do an astonishing routine to a pumped-up version of disco classic ‘Supernature’. Their differing styles are kinetic, often sexually hypercharged, and the sequence is all the more dazzling because it is shot in one extended take. Eventually they loosen up and help themselves to sangria provided by organiser Emmanuelle (Claude Gajan Maull), who has unwisely brought along her young son. What follows is a series of dialogues: two men discuss the women they fancy in graphically macho detail, a young man named David (Romain Guillermic) emerges as a self-styled super-stud and one woman comes to the fore — self-possessed vamp Selva (Sofia Boutella). It is some 45 minutes into the film before Noé hits us with a lurid storm of opening titles. It is his signal that the fun has ended and it is time to descend into hell. As the acid-spiked sangria starts to kick in, the revellers start feeling strange — and acting even stranger. Violence breaks out and sexual tensions explode. True to form, Noé is nothing if not sadistic towards his characters and indeed the audience. Allegedly based on events that took place in France in 1996, the film plays to unsettling and perplexing effect. It is an extraordinarily intense experience that seems at once to revel in and to deprecate the hedonistic culture that it depicts.
DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT Fr. 2018. 95mins Director/screenplay Gaspar Noé Production companies Rectangle Productions, Wild Bunch International sales Wild Bunch, sales@ wildbunch.eu Producer Edouard Weil, Vincent Maraval, Brahim Chioua Production design Jean Rabasse Editing Denis Bedlow, Gaspar Noé Cinematography Benoit Debie Main cast Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile, Claude Gajan Maull
The feminist message is clear and sincere in Eva Husson’s ponderous women’s war movie, which focuses on a battalion of female Kurdish fighters on the front line of the fight against Isis. A mid-budget misfire after Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story), the director’s promising indie debut, Girls Of The Sun seems more concerned with staging sisterly bonding sessions amid the rubble than in developing what might have been an intriguing story — about how war can reshuffle social and gender inequality. Husson’s surprisingly static drama has a big, theatrical look and high-volume orchestral soundtrack but is lacking in other departments — the story structure being the most problematic. There is a scene towards the end where we see the faces of an advance party of Kurdish fighters led by commander Bahar (Golshifteh Farahani) and the reporter embedded with them (Emmanuelle Bercot) poetically illuminated by fiery light from the air strikes that their US allies have launched. It makes for a great widescreen array, but any true soldier would have backed away from the windows in a still-active battle zone. It is one small example of the film’s tendency to overstate that undermines our faith in the authenticity of what we are watching. Bercot’s Mathilde is a recently bereaved veteran French photo-reporter who lost an eye while covering the battle of Homs, but is back for more in northern Iraq where she has come to write a story about a Kurdish women’s unit. She is assigned to the battalion under the command of Bahar, whose tragic, faraway look is soon explained via flashback, which takes us back to the abduction of this former lawyer by Isis militants. Sold into sex slavery like thousands of other Kurdish women, she managed to escape and became a fighter in order not only to take revenge on her captors but also to fight for “Women, Life, Liberty” as the battle song of these ‘Girls of the Sun’ have it. Gritty locations and production design put some realism back into the mix, but the director’s decision to shoot for universal values rather than distracting details gives the entire story a soft-focus feel. Bercot and Farahani emote like the great actresses they are but there is little to their characters but tragic backstory.
Fr-Bel-Geo. 2018. 115mins Director/screenplay Eva Husson Production company Maneki Films International sales Elle Driver, firstname.lastname@example.org Producer Didar Domehri Production design David Bersanetti Editing Emilie Orsini Cinematography Mattias Troelstrup Music Morgan Kibby Main cast Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot, Zübeyde Bulut, Maia Shamoevi, Evin Ahmadguli, Nia Mirianashvili, Mari Semidovi, Roza Mirzoiani, Zinaida Gasoiani, Sinama Alievi
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Pope Francis: A Man Of His Word Reviewed by Tim Grierson
Girl Reviewed by Wendy Ide An assured and empathetic feature debut, Lukas Dhont’s Girl uses the discipline and rigor of ballet training to explore the journey of a transgender teenager and her relationship with her body. Fifteen-year-old Lara (a mesmerising performance from Victor Polster) exudes a steely serenity, a carapace that covers pain from the bleeding feet and screaming muscles to the unwitting cruelty of her classmates and her body’s betrayal. Slight pacing issues notwithstanding, this is a sensitive and emotionally persuasive study of Lara’s determination to achieve her dreams, against the odds. There is a compassion and intimacy to Dhont’s approach to gender issues that evokes the work of Céline Sciamma’s Tomboy. And this film should enjoy a similarly warm reception on the arthouse circuit. Girl, which was developed during a Cannes Cinéfondation residency, will certainly be in demand in further festival berths. It is an impressive calling card for both Polster and Dhont, neither of whom should have any shortage of offers for future projects. The world of ballet, where bodies are bent and reshaped by sheer force of will, provides fertile ground for this exploration of transition. The camera’s fascination with Lara’s body is justified — it is her preoccupation and her own personal battleground. Polster, a trained ballet dancer with a sylph-like physique, is utterly convincing in the role. Lara is poised and reserved, she keeps the world, even her supportive father (Arieh Worthalter), at arm’s length. The screenplay, by Dhont and Angelo Tijssens, leaves a lot discreetly unsaid, and there is not much exploration of Lara’s journey up until the point we join her at a prestigious ballet school. Instead, we can read much of her backstory in the superb performances — in the hint of anxiety that bleeds into her father’s solicitous concern; in Lara’s brittle tranquillity as she fields yet another of his blundering attempts to get her to open up. What’s never in question is her father’s support of her decision to transition — his main concern is that she does not put herself at risk in the process. Shot fluidly at first, the camerawork takes on a more feverish and agitated quality as Lara pushes herself to breaking point. Music is elegantly threaded into the film, lifted out of rehearsals and carried into other scenes.
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UN CERTAIN REGARD Bel. 2018. 105mins Director Lukas Dhont Production companies Menuet, Frakas Productions, Topkapi Films International sales The Match Factory, email@example.com Producer Dirk Impens Screenplay Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens Production design Philippe Bertin Editing Alain Dessauvage Cinematography Frank van den Eeden Music Valentin Hadjadj Main cast Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart, Tijmen Govaerts, Katelijne Damen, Valentijn Dhaenens, Alice de Broqueville, Alain Honorez, Chris Thys, Angelo Tijssens, MarieLouise Wilderijckx, Virginia Hendricksen
Whether in fiction or documentary, it can be challenging to depict uncommon, uncomplicated goodness. That is a hurdle Wim Wenders’ well-intentioned Pope Francis: A Man Of His Word never fully overcomes, presenting us with a pontiff whose modesty belies a radical, inspiring message of empathy and social change that has sought to remake the Catholic Church. More a gloss than an insightful dissection, this documentary frustrates by sticking to the surface, reducing the Pope's words to commendable sound bites rather than exploring them deeply. Premiering here before opening in the US on May 18, this Focus Features release will appeal to Catholics, but Francis’s progressive leanings should cater to secular liberals as well. And the film’s optimistic tone might be a balm for viewers troubled by recent political turmoil across Europe and the US. Wenders has constructed Pope Francis around a series of straight-to-camera interviews, as the now 81-year-old Jorge Mario Bergoglio speaks directly to the audience about his views on everything from poverty to the environment. Incorporating footage from the pope’s visits across the globe — as well as unconvincing fictionalised scenes from the life of Saint Francis of Assisi — Pope Francis creates an intimate platform to hear the man’s message of peace, compassion and tolerance. Wenders’ subject is an effortlessly engaging presence, but Pope Francis does not show much interest in the forces that shaped such a remarkable individual. Offering little biographical information, the film too often plays as an advertisement for Francis and his worldview. Pope Francis includes clips of rapt audiences either hanging on his every word or feverishly waving at his motorcade. But Wenders fails to capture what’s so revelatory about this pope — how he risked controversy by condemning the Church’s practice of shielding predatory priests and by demonstrating far more acceptance of homosexuality than previous pontiffs. By trying to bring Catholicism into the 21st century, not to mention embracing other religions and climate change, Francis became something of an internet rock star, resonating with younger people who felt alienated by the Church’s conservative attitudes. That is ample material for a fascinating portrait, but Wenders is simply too reverential to give us a sense of the flesh-and-blood person beneath the robes.
SPECIAL SCREENINGS Fr. 2018. 96mins Director Wim Wenders Production companies The Palindrome, Centro Televisivo Vaticano (CTV), Célestes Images, Solares Fondazione delle Arti, Neue Road Movies, Decia Films, Fondazione Solares Suisse, PTS Art’s Factory Worldwide distribution Focus Features Producers Samanta Gandolfi Branca, Alessandro Lo Monaco, Andrea Gambetta, Wim Wenders, David Rosier Screenplay Wim Wenders, David Rosier Editing Maxine Goedicke Cinematography Lisa Rinzler Music Laurent Petitgand Featuring Pope Francis
Hannover presents two impressive features for Cannes Market Screenings! Worldwide Rights Available. World Premiere Screening is Wed., May 16, Palais K at 18:00 THE RIOT ACT is an epic period-thriller based on a true story from 1901. The film stars Brett Cullen (Dark Knight Rises) and Lauren Sweetser (Winter's Bone), and marks an impressive debut from a promising new director, Devon Parks.
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Screening is Tues., May 15, Palais K at 18:00 Film legend Brooke Shields is joined by Game-of-Thrones villain Iwan Rheon and rising star Sterling Jerins in the critically praised DAISY WINTERS (opened on 100+ theatres in the USA).
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Our Struggles Reviewed by Lisa Nesselson
10 Years Thailand Reviewed by Wendy Ide Four Thai filmmakers envisage their country a decade ahead in this second film in the 10 Years project, following the original 2015 Hong Kong-based collection. The four short films reflect on a country that, since the military coup of 2014, has seen authoritarian curbs on creative freedom and dissenting voices. As with many portmanteau structured pictures, quality is wildly uneven. There is a degree of cultural specificity at play that will likely limit the film’s impact to Southeast Asia, although to fully understand the nuances you probably need to be inside the directors’ heads. The natural home for this idiosyncratic and at times maddeningly elusive projection of Thailand’s future would seem to be the festival circuit, or perhaps even a gallery space. The first of the four films, Sunset by Aditya Assarat (Wonderful Town), is the most accessible. Shot in pensive black-and-white, the film juxtaposes a police raid on an art gallery with the tentative courtship between a young police officer and one of the gallery’s cleaners. The fact there is a dedicated police division assigned to investigate complaints against art suggests a climate of oppression. However, much of the investigation and intimidation unfolds off-screen, with Aditya focussing on the young man’s inability to find the words to charm his sweetheart. It is a low key but effective opener. The second film, Catopia by Wisit Sasanatieng (Tears Of The Black Tiger), tells of a young man, the last human left, who lives among the dominant cat people without their realising his otherness. The penalty for being different is harsh — the cat people (office workers with CGI cats heads) let out a terrifying yodeling death chant. Filmmaker and visual artist Chulayarnnon Siriphol’s Planetarium is completely out-there. He explores a world in which a band of militaristic boy scouts enforce conformity; those failing to meet the norm are fired into the stratosphere to be dispatched by giant space mincers. Finally, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Song Of The City is a wilfully banal slice of lifelessness that unfolds in a city park in Khon Kaen under a statue of former field marshal/prime minister Sarit Thanarat. Passersby reminisce about old friends, discuss dental healthcare and attempt to sell each other relaxation gadgets. Any commentary on the future of Thailand — or indeed its current climate — is a challenge for foreign audiences to unpick.
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OUT OF COMPETITION Thai-HK-Jap. 2018. 95mins Directors Aditya Assarat, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Wisit Sasanatieng Production companies Pop Pictures, 185 Films, 10 Years Studio International sales Golden Scene Company, firstname.lastname@example.org Producers Cattleya Paosrijaroen, Soros Sukhum, Aditya Assarat, Felix Tsang, Lorraine Ma Production design Akekarat Homlaor, Rasiguet Sookkarn Editing Lee Chatametikool, Kamontorn Eakwatanakij, Harin Paesongthai, Apichatpong Weerasethakul Cinematography Chatchai Suban, Sarun Srisingchai, Pithai Smithsuth, Pasit Tandaechanurat Main cast Boonyarit Wiangnon, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Kidakarn Chatkaewmanee, Tanasawan Thepsatorn
A hard-working husband and father, with solid social convictions and major responsibilities on the floor of a dispatching warehouse in provincial France, is obliged to recalibrate his life after an abrupt change at home in Our Struggles (Nos Batailles). A thoughtfully structured indictment of the creeping precariousness of steady work and exploration of the balancing act of a man suddenly left entirely in charge of his two young children, this modest but convincing film benefits from a fine ensemble cast and a committed central performance by Romain Duris. Trendy articles praise the concept of ‘disruption’ and the supposed value ‘disruptors’ bring, but most people probably have a soft spot for stability in their work and home lives. One such man, Olivier (Duris), is about to get thrown for a loop he could definitely have done without. There is not an overabundance of ‘human’ qualities in Agathe (Sarah Le Picard) from HR when she tells Olivier one of the older workers under his supervision cannot keep pace anymore. Olivier defends the man in question, but the employee’s contract is not renewed and bad things result. Union members, including firecracker Claire (Laure Calamy) put a strength-in-numbers spin on matters but they have minimal leverage to improve their conditions. Olivier’s wife Laura (Lucie Debay) is an attentive mother to their two children Elliot and Rose (Basile Grunberger and Lena Girard Voss, endearingly natural). So he could not be more stunned when he gets a call at work to come pick up his kids from school. Her colleague at the dress shop does not know where Laura is. Nobody does. Olivier’s mother helps out, as does his ebullient sister Betty (Laetitia Dosch). But these are stop-gap measures. Olivier is suddenly confronted with the fact that kids need food and clothes and a reliable structure. Some might say that Ken Loach or the Dardennes do this sort of thing better, but co-writer/director Guillaume Senez (Keeper) stakes a legitimate claim to his chosen narrative territory. It is worth noting that men on screen do not get dumped and left to cope as single parents anywhere near as often as female characters. This relative novelty, and the realisation that Olivier was able to be so involved in fighting injustice at work because his wife was holding things together at home, is what makes his engagingly presented learning curve so rewarding to watch.
CRITICS’ WEEK Bel-Fr. 2018. 98mins Director Guillaume Senez Production companies Iota Production, Les Films Pelléas International sales Be For Films, email@example.com Producers Isabelle Truc, David Thion, Philippe Martin Screenplay Guillaume Senez, Raphaelle Desplechin Production design Florin Dima Editing Julie Brenta Cinematography Elin Kirschfink Main cast Romain Duris, Laure Calamy, Laetitia Dosch, Lucie Debay, Basile Grunberger, Lena Girard Voss, Sarah Le Picard
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Waiting For Anya
Peak performance When shooting Ben Cookson’s Waiting For Anya in France, the production had to battle the remote location, inclement weather and the busy diary of a bear. Ben Dalton reports
unset waits for no one in the mountains at Accous, high up in the French Pyrenees. One minute, the crew of Ben Cookson’s Waiting For Anya is shooting in lateevening gold; the next, darkness has taken over. Four weeks into a five-week production in early spring 2018 and the crew is unfazed after having already faced down plenty of other challenges while filming in a remote location. “We had to tear up the schedule on day one due to a blanket snowfall,” says producer Alan Latham of UK-based Goldfinch Studios. The adverse weather meant the caterers had to bed down in sleeping bags in the town hall to ensure food could be served to cast and crew the next day. Further challenges included shooting with a real bear, which had been hired by the production for a key scene, in which it is hunted by local villagers. But the sequence had to be moved to the end of the shoot as it turned out the bear was already booked to appear elsewhere. (How much did that cost? “Don’t even ask,” laughs Latham.) When the bear was finally available, Latham says it rained for 12 hours straight. “The entire crew had to be wrung out, they were so wet,” he recalls. Waiting For Anya is Cookson’s second feature, following romantic comedy Almost Married in 2015. The film is an
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adaptation of the novel by Michael Morpurgo about a French boy who helps Jewish children to escape across the Pyrenees into Spain during the Second World War. With a $10m budget from private equity, sales agent 13 Films and its own funding, Waiting For Anya is an ambitious project for Goldfinch Studios. The company was created last year by the merger of Londonbased film financing outfit Goldfinch Entertainment with Yorkbased production company GSP Studios. Goldfinch is also working with Phin Glynn’s Bad Penny Productions on the feature. Wa i t i n g F o r Anya stars Anjelica Huston, Jean Reno and Noah Schnapp, one of the young stars of Netflix series Stranger Things. Even in secluded Accous, youngsters have queued for a selfie with Schnapp. With his bar mitzvah approaching, Schnapp says his Jewish faith was a motivating factor in taking on the role. “It’s so important to me to be a part of this story,” he says. As for his
first experience leading a film: “It’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun too.” Local villagers welcomed the production with open arms and many have appeared as extras, playing their 1940s counterparts: the dentist came on set after treating Latham and the mayor can be found serving tea and coffee. The warmth is due partly to a local adoration of Morpurgo, who has a long connection to the region. Several decades ago, while he was visiting the area, a young girl asked the author to sign her copy of his children’s novel War Horse. She introduced him to her grandfaNoah Schnapp as Jo ther, who told in Waiting For Anya the author about his childhood, living under German occupation. It was these memories that inspired what became Waiting For Anya, a story about the complex relationship between occupiers and the occupied. “It’s not all jackboots,” says Latham of the tone of the book and now the film. “The children were given sweets and biscuits by the soldiers.” A similar meeting sparked the film adaptation. Waiting For Anya’s screen-
‘It’s not all jackboots. The children were given sweets and biscuits by the soldiers’ Alan Latham, Goldfinch Studios
writer Toby Torlesse says he was 11 years old when he met Morpurgo at a performance of the stage version of War Horse. He asked him to sign his copy of the book and the encounter ignited his love for the author’s work. Perfect producer As Torlesse is the 21-year-old son of Goldfinch’s Latham, the producer/financier was the perfect fit for what is Torlesse’s debut project, and the screenwriter worked closely with Cookson on the script when the director boarded the project. Cookson knocked back talk of shooting in Canada or New Zealand. “It’s not just set in France, it’s set in a place that actually exists,” the director explains. Waiting For Anya is produced by Phin Glynn for Bad Penny Productions, Alan Latham for Goldfinch Studios and Steffen Wild for Fourth Culture Films. It is executive produced by Kirsty Bell, Victor Glynn, Geoffrey Iles and Gareth Wiley. Principal photography wrapped on April s 18 and the film is in post-production. ■
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Leading London With London remaining the location of choice for large-scale international productions, the city continues to evolve and develop in line with their needs MADE IN LONDON A huge number of upcoming big- and small-screen productions have taken advantage of all London has to offer. Here are just a few: FILM
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Mowgli (Warner Bros/ Imaginarium) Dir Andy Serkis Mary Poppins Returns ﬁlmed scenes in London
ake a look at the productions that have shot recently in London, and it reads like a who’s who of cinema’s biggest and best-loved characters. From Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman to Disney’s Doctor Strange, Mary Poppins Returns and Solo: A Star Wars Story, a plethora of ambitious and valuable properties are being entrusted to the capital. For high-end TV production, London has recently hosted TV series as diverse as the third season of The Crown and The Innocents — both from Netflix — AMC’s The Little Drummer Girl and Amazon’s White Dragon. London’s continuing ability to attract high-profile projects has contributed to record-breaking levels of UK production spend. British Film Institute stats published in January revealed that total spend on film production in the UK during 2017 was $2.6bn (£1.9bn), a 12% increase on 2016 and the highest figure since its records began over 20 years ago, with $2.3bn (£1.69bn) — a 23% increase from 2016 — of that being from inward investment. Similarly, inward investment for high-end TV production showed substantial growth, with a spend of $931.5m (£684m) being a 27% increase on 2016. This continued growth is helped by the fact London’s offering as a global production hub remains broad and reliable. Firstly, the UK’s competitive tax relief remains available for producers of films, high-end TV, animation, children’s programmes and videogames that qualify as
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Commission. “Things are changing at an ‘I think it’s exponential rate, and the boom we’re seeing in London and across the UK repfair to say resents a truly golden moment for our this is the screen industries. “Our success in the global film indusmost try represents a constant, from studio exciting work to location shoots and the envetime for our industry’ lope-pushing work of our Oscar-winning Adrian Wootton, Film London VFX facilities. Working at this level does mean a certain amount of challenge. That’s why we’ve redoubled our efforts British and spend a minimum 10% of when it comes to ensuring London conbudget on UK production. tinues to deliver, by expanding, upskill“When you take into account the tax ing and diversifying the city’s talented incentive, our fantastic and burgeoning studio facilities, the talent we can offer workforce and ensuring a through-flow of above- and below-the-line talent.” both in front of the camera and the skilled Equally as important, says Wootton, is craftspeople that make up our crews, plus the development of new filming spaces, Film London’s work in co-ordinating all alongside established studios such as of these assets for both domestic and Pinewood, Twickenham and 3 Mills. international filmmakers, what you have is a full-service hub that’s almost unparal- Plans for a 22-acre film studio in Dagenham are moving forward apace, with leled anywhere else in the world,” says Barking and Dagenham Council working Film London chair and Director of Film4 with US production facilities specialist Daniel Battsek. Pacifica Ventures and private equity “As well as being important in firm Media Content Capital. Conits own right, London is equally struction is due to get underway in vital as a gateway to the rest of 2019. Film London is also working the UK,” he continues. to put sustainability at the top “I think it’s fair to say this of the agenda, running a is the most exciting regional scheme to help protime for our industry ductions like The Crown go in living memory,” green while also partsays Adrian Wootnering on a major ton, CEO of Film $2.3m project funded London and the Disney’s Solo: A Star Wars Story by Interreg Europe. British Film
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Wealth of talent As London’s on- and off-screen talent continues to make a mark on the international stage, Film London is dedicated to ensuring a steady supply of remarkable individuals across all sectors
longside London’s array of facilities and locations, it’s also home to a melting pot of talent. The capital has a history of producing a steady stream of creative individuals who are making an impressive impact on the global stage. This includes filmmakers like Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Amma Asante (Where Hands Touch), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Steve McQueen (currently in post-production on Chicago-set drama Widows). In front of the camera, actors such as Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Widows), John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Solo: A Star Wars Story and TV’s Fleabag and Killing Eve) are making waves well beyond their London roots. “Discovering and developing the next generation is incredibly inspiring and rewarding work,” says Jordan McGarry, Film London’s head of talent development and production. “We have a very strong track record of helping filmmakers find their voice and tell their stories, and we want to continue that.” McGarry cites initiatives such as London Calling, the short-film scheme run in partnership with BFI and Creative Skillset, and the new BFI Network shorts and early feature film concept development funds, for which Film London is the London partner. The alumni speak for themselves — talent including Hope Dickson Leach (The Levelling), Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Michael Pearce (Beast) have benefited from these schemes. Feature ﬁlmmakers Now in its 12th year, Film London’s Microwave continues to support new filmmakers across the breadth of production. The scheme helps filmmakers from script development through to postproduction and marketing, with recent years seeing filmmakers also receive Film London’s Green Screen training so as to embed a sustainable, environmentally friendly approach to the craft. Previous Microwave success stories include Hong Khaou’s Lilting, which was nominated for multiple awards including a Bafta for outstanding debut, and Ben Drew’s ill Manors. Currently at
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various stages of pre-production are anorexia drama Sick(er), which is now shooting in London and Essex, and crime tale Looted, both from the 2015/2016 slate, along with thriller Zero and psychological horror The Visitor, from 2014/2015. Joining them are the two films from the 2016/2017 slate: Violets Are Blue, the tale of a trans man diagnosed with cervical cancer by writer/director (From left) Georgia Parris and Emma Duffy, director and producer of Mari
Marley Morrison; and Mari, from writer/director Georgia Parris, in which a young dancer struggles to cope with the death of her grandmother. “The last 18 months have been a complete roller coaster, but having mentoring from the Microwave team made the transition from shorts to feature far less daunting,” says Parris. “Their guidance and support played a crucial part in how I developed the script but, ultimately, they gave me the confidence
CASE STUDY EQUAL ACCESS NETWORK Launched in January, Film London’s Equal Access Network is a direct response to the growing demand for increased diversity and representation across London’s production sector. Its aim is to encourage the capital’s ﬁlm, TV and post-production companies to help individuals — many from under-represented communities — to ﬁnd paid opportunities. “London’s screen industries are witnessing a golden
moment; there are more opportunities than ever before,” says Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London and the British Film Commission. “Our Equal Access work seeks to capitalise on this boom but also help sustain it, giving industry access to excellent below-the-line talent who might otherwise ﬁnd themselves at a remove from the city’s studios, editing suites and post houses.”
‘Mentoring from the Microwave team made the transition from shorts to feature far less daunting’ Georgia Parris, Mari director
to be bold and made sure my first feature accurately represented me as a filmmaker.” For Mari producer Emma Duffy, Microwave helped hone practical skills that she will take forward into her career. “Though a lot of the challenges were very specific to this project, it helped me grow confidence in my own instincts and tastes as a producer, and demystified a lot of things. It’s also built a great relationship between me and Georgia, and we’re now developing our next projects.” McGarry says this continued focus on practical talent development is crucially important to London’s status as an international production hub. “If London is to maintain its reputation as one of the world’s filmmaking capitals, we have to make sure we’re training up the next generation so they’ll be ready to make the films that will inspire and entertain audiences of tomorrow.”
Visual pioneers London’s world-class VFX and post-production houses continue to push the boundaries of technology in order to meet the exacting demands of international productions
hile London’s small central neighbourhood of Soho has become something of a creative enclave of awardwinning effects and post-production studios, there are many world-class facilities across the capital. This thriving community is, along with the UK’s competitive VFX tax relief, one of the city’s greatest assets, and an industry Film London actively champions as part of its ‘familiarisation trips’, in which overseas producers are given an intensive tour of the capital’s one-stop production offer. “London has the entire ecosystem of companies, talent and facilities that any production could ever need, and those working in London’s VFX community are constantly pushing the boundaries as far as what’s possible to achieve, across all stages of a project’s life,” says Matthew Brown, CEO of Ealing-based motioncapture specialist Imaginarium, which has worked on games including Battlefield 1 and films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the forthcoming Mowgli. “The Imaginarium Studios thrives partly because of its proximity to the rest of the ecosystem, and we’re able to collaborate with excellent pre-viz companies like The Third Floor, production companies of all sizes, and world-leading post providers like Double Negative.” Richness of talent This collaborative attitude is facilitated by what Philip Greenlow, executive producer of film at Moving Picture Company (MPC), credits as “the richness of artistic talent available to London”. “One example is animation,” Greenlow observes. “MPC has led many creatureheavy films in recent years, from The Jungle Book through to The Lion King. All of those photo-real CG animals and characters require an exceptional eye for animation, and we’ve benefitted from a wealth of talent across the UK and Europe.” For Greenlow, it’s not just access to local talent that makes London’s post offering so competitive, but the key position it holds in the global VFX community. “The sheer volume of VFX work means there are now multiple VFX hubs across the world, with London being an indispensable outlet within that network. At MPC, we leverage London as part of a global production pipeline, which ena-
‘London has the entire ecosystem of facilities that any production could need’ Philip Greenlow, MPC
Imaginarium worked on the videogame Battlefield 1
bles us to spread work across Bangalore, London, Montreal, Vancouver and LA, with specific areas of creative activity centred in each city, and supervisors and producers available wherever best suits the production.” This access to a global network is cru-
cial to London’s VFX offering, agrees Fiona Walkinshaw, global managing director of film at Soho-based Framestore, which is currently working on multiple projects including Mowgli (Warner Bros), Mary Poppins Returns (Disney) and Detective Pikachu (Legendary). These
are, she notes, all projects shot out of London that are having their visual effects completed in the capital. “The arrival of the Harry Potter films in 2001 accelerated the growth of the VFX community in London, and allowed us to build on the world-renowned film production presence that already existed. “London has always had a strong technical and creative talent pool built up through years of innovative advertising and high-end TV work and this, combined with the UK’s film tax credit, encouraged Hollywood studios and mainstream filmmakers to base their productions within the UK.”
CASE STUDY BLADE RUNNER 2049 Moving Picture Company’s VFX supervisor Richard Clegg discusses the nine-month challenge of bringing replicant Rachael back to life for Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 “Rachael is such an iconic character that an exact likeness was pivotal to our success. We spent a lot of time gathering and studying as much photographic and video footage of [actress] Sean Young from the early 1980s as possible. Videogrammetry facial capture data was acquired of Sean and a performance double as 3D reference data. Her performance was hand-animated by our team of animators, and we deployed the latest rendering techniques to create the most photorealistic images possible. “We took a proportionally accurate head scan of Sean in the present day and used this to build an accurate skull with the correct bone structure. From there we had the key bone proportions to sculpt the flesh, muscles and skin around. This was all verified with reference images. To prove an exact match, we recreated three shots from the original Blade Runner where our digital head was difficult to spot when cut against non-CG shots.
Moving Picture Company’s work recreating Rachael for Blade Runner 2049
“The biggest challenge was putting a soul behind the eyes and delivering an emotional performance. To pull it off, we needed to add hundreds of small details that are barely perceptible but culminate in a believable performance. “I see this type of effects work becoming more commonplace, although it’s still
an enormous challenge. Improvements are always being made, however there is a long way to go. The human face is something that every person is biologically programmed to be an expert in. There’s a lot to get right, but if the slightest thing feels off then the audience is yanked out of the moment.” »
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Best in the business As part of its remit to support production in the city, Film London is actively involved in business-facing initiatives
hile London’s financial incentives, facilities, locations and talent attract the large number of incoming productions the capital hosts each year, effective management and support is crucial in securing consistent new and repeat business. Film London not only offers free, bespoke advice to productions consider-
‘We’re looking forward to adding to the successful PFM melting pot’ Helena Mackenzie, Film London
ing a shoot in the city and those already here, but it also supports the business side of the industry, through a number of
PRODUCTION FINANCE MARKET (PFM) Held during the BFI London Film Festival, the PFM brings together international producers and ﬁnanciers for pitch meetings. With previous years aiding ﬁlms such as Paolo Virzi’s Human Capital (It-Fr, 2013) and Sally Potter’s Ginger & Rosa (UK-Den-Cro-Can, 2012), the event is key to Film London’s offering. “This year we’re extending the Market’s reach and accepting TV dramas for the ﬁrst time,” says Helena Mackenzie, Film London’s head of inward investment and business development. “As well as this being what our delegates want, this chimes well with our wider strategy to meet the demands of the global industry and connect great talent with trusted ﬁnanciers. We’re looking forward to adding to the successful PFM melting pot and seeing how the Market’s dynamic evolves from here.”
Production Finance Market
key initiatives. Alongside the Production Finance Market (PFM, see box), London Screenings remains the only export market dedicated to UK film. Now in its 15th year, the four-day event invites global buyers to view a selection of new British
films, meet UK sales companies and negotiate international distribution deals. Its Breakthrough strand also acts as a showcase for completed films from new UK filmmakers seeking sales representation and film festival exposure,
while its popular work-in-progress element has been giving buyers a chance to get in at the ground floor with emerging titles for the past four years. London Screenings will take place at BFI Southbank from June 18-21.
Support network The British Film Commission is dedicated to supporting international productions shooting across the UK
he UK’s regions and nations offer a wealth of opportunity for film and high- end TV productions, from diverse locations and world-class studios to award-winning local talent and dedicated infrastructures. Each region has its own dedicated screen agency, which supports and facilitates production in its area, and are linked by the British Film Commission (BFC). The BFC not only helps incoming productions access regional agencies, but it also works proactively with overseas producers, executives and studios before and during production. While that outreach work — which includes regular familiarisation trips for film, high-end TV and VFX — is primarily with key North American markets, the BFC is also working with the BFI and Department for Interna-
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KRYPTON The BFC helped support the production of Warner Horizon and DC Entertainment’s sci-ﬁ show Krypton in Northern Ireland, which was the ﬁrst production to shoot at the new Belfast Harbour Studios. “It couldn’t be better,” says Krypton producer Cameron Welsh of the experience. “No teething problems in terms of the facilities. And there’s great crews in NI, having had Game Of Thrones shoot there for so long. The industry is booming!”
tional Trade to make inroads into emerging markets such as China. “The UK’s film and TV landscape is so incredibly rich that knowing where to start might seem daunting,” says Iain Smith, producer and chairman of the
BFC. “England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland all have their own wellsprings of talent, their own specialisms and their own excellent resources. The BFC exists to help film and TV productions connect the dots and make the
most of what the UK has to offer, whether this means excellent studio facilities, breathtaking location options or the world’s best VFX talent. We can offer expert advice from development to delivery, helping producers get the very best for their projects while accessing some of the industry’s most generous and reliable tax reliefs.”
Calgary brings unique energy to the Croisette Where When Who Why
Le Tube restaurant, 10 Rue Florian, Cannes Saturday, May 12 Canadaâ€™s Calgary Economic Development and Screen International Exclusive dinner to celebrate the film-friendly city of Calgary, AB
CANNES IN PICTURES
GUEST LIST 1 Luke Azevedo Calgary Economic Development, Rajiv Dalal Netflix 2 Tania Sarra MGM, Erika Larson Plexus 3 Diane Shorthouse Evolutionary Films, Vincenzo Mosca TVCO 4 Cemre Ebuzziya actress, Steve Adams Buffalo 8 Productions 5 T om Avison Molinare, John Adams Evolutionary Films, Hugo Grumbar Embankment Films 6 Le Tube restaurant 7 Carrie Wong Golden Network Asia, Ingrid Hammond Screen International 8 Edward Noeltner Cinema Management Group, Anna Granucci AMG Pictures
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ADV E RTIS E M E NT FE AT U R E
Jonny Peters - Founder
HOW DID DREAM COIN COME ABOUT? Founder Jonny Peters talks about his Cannes experiences that led to the crypto currency technology being the talk of the Croisette
ream Channel is the world’s ﬁrst feature
epic. That feeling was the same feeling of excite-
Next’s ‘transmedia’ section, presenting a VR world
ﬁlm and series funded by its own cryp-
ment that every other ﬁlm gromit my age had and
with an intriguing cryptocurrency called Dream-
tocurrency, DreamCoin - creating a new
still has when they come here for the ﬁrst time. I
Coin. Two years later, Dream Channel was back as a
ﬁnancing structure and supporting ecosystem that
left seeing that the walls in between myself and the
60-minute ‘choose your own adventure’ VR ﬁlm and
can be used by other ﬁlms. Dream Channel issues
people with their hands on the purse strings would
premiered in the Cannes VR Cinema.
DreamCoin tokens for each frame in the ﬁlm, allow-
require a life time of climbing experience to navi-
ing investors to select and purchase speciﬁc frames
gate. I was sure that it wasn’t my ﬁlm that was the
worlds could not evolve without their own curren-
in ﬁlms (each with different value) and their corre-
problem - it was ﬁnding the people who could fund
cy connecting worlds together into a truly viable
sponding royalties by a simple smart contract on
it and presenting them with a model that was easy
Metaverse. We knew this would not only give VR
the Ethereum blockchain. The format solves a major
and made sense. Even if I had A list cast conﬁrmed
world builders an audience rewards and adver-
problem in ﬁlm ﬁnancing by connecting buyers
I still would have had limited success. Dream Coin
tising model, but a common currency would also
and sellers directly and providing investors with a
has speciﬁcally been created as the way to solve
serve as the “glue” between worlds, providing the
trackable and transparent royalty structure. Frames
economic means and incentive. The real value in
are traded between fans and investors inside a crypto-collectibles game called Dream Frames. DreamCoin also solves another problem: the current lack of mass cryptocurrency adoption. The fact that the average person has zero understanding of how to operate a digital wallet has plagued the cryptocurrency industry since its inception. That very few in the ﬁlm industry have any idea how to
After the festival, it became apparent that VR
the Metaverse, as in the real world, is attention
This conundrum is one that is well known to all filmmakers: investors in films rarely see returns
buy, hold or trade digital currency is what inspired
and that’s exactly what we focused on pinning the currency to: real value, real attention. Gaze Coin was born out of Dream Channel. Gaze Coin has expanded to power immersive advertising in AR/VR as well as unique artists’ tokens, and is now also solving other content ﬁnancing problems. This year at Cannes, Gaze Coin is powering a new, revamped DreamCoin - a coin to solve the
us to design and build a wallet allowing anyone to
The Cannes Film Festival has now evolved
simply operate and store their tokens without any
from a place for launching the most cutting-edge,
prior knowledge or experience with crypto. This is
avant-garde ﬁlms into one that also recognizes
ﬁlmmakers: investors in ﬁlms rarely see any returns.
an essential part of the Dream Coin roadmap; we
and promotes the intersection of ﬁlm and emerg-
Producers have very few ﬁnancing options availa-
know the only way advertisers will be able to book
ing technology. This began back in 2014 with the
ble to them; even with established cast on board,
and manage campaigns across Gaze-driven AR/
launch of Cannes Next, a “festival within the festival”
producers still face the legacy studio model (rife
VR worlds (our core business) is if the same user
focused on technological innovation in ﬁlm. Next
with studio accounting to ensure most proﬁts are
onboarding issue is addressed.
quickly became a VR focused event attracting the
absorbed by them). As such, few ﬁlms ever actually
Here in 2018, the flurry of ICO activity has brought
world’s leading VR ﬁlmmakers and technology
make a proﬁt on paper, thus few investors or outside
the idea of ﬁnancing ﬁlms using cryptocurrencies to
sponsors, leading to the launch of the Cannes VR
producers ever see signiﬁcant money. But, not any-
the Cannes Film Festival with Cannes Next introduc-
Cinema in 2016.
more. Not with DreamCoin.
ing a new “Blockchain Corner”.
Gaze Coin founder, Jonny Peter, ﬁrst brought
ﬁlm ﬁnancing conundrum. This conundrum is one that is well known to all
The best way to pitch technology at Cannes - a
My experience at Cannes Film Festival began
the same project that is the basis for Gaze Coin’s
place the global ﬁlm industry goes for the singular
back in 2001 – I arrived a budding ﬁlmmaker with a
expanding ecosystem - Dream Channel, to Cannes
purpose of ﬁnding and buying the next blockbuster,
ﬁlm pitch that I was sure only needed time in front
at the very beginning of Cannes Next in 2014. That
is with a ﬁlm that uses technology to fund itself in a
of the right guy and I’d be making a science ﬁction
year, Dream Channel won its way into the ﬁnal of
whole new way ■
Come see us at Palais Level 01, Booth 18.06 at the Cannes Next #Blockchain Corner!
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SINK OR SWIM
(France) 122mins. Dir: Gilles Lellouche. Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Virginie Efira, Guillaume Canet. A group of 40-something guys going through a mid-life crisis, decide to form their local pool’s first ever synchronised swimming team for men.
08:30 CHRIS THE SWISS
(Switzerland) 90mins. Dir: Anja Kofmel. Cast: Joel Basman, Megan Gay. Croatia, 1992, in the middle of the Yugoslav Wars: a young journalist is found dead, dressed in the uniform of an international mercenary group. Twenty years later, his cousin, Anja Kofmel, investigates his story.
Out of Competition Lumiere Ticket required, press
THE WORLD IS YOURS See box, left
Critics’ Week Miramar
SINK OR SWIM
(France) 122mins. Dir: Gilles Lellouche. Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Virginie Efira, Guillaume Canet.
(Japan) 121mins. Dir: Hirokazu Kore-Eda. Cast: Franky Lily, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Kilin Kiki, Kairi Jyo, Miyu Sasaki. A father and son find a little girl on the street and take her home. Before long, secrets are revealed and family bonds are tested. Competition Lumiere Ticket required, press
08:45 BUY ME A GUN
(Mexico) 84mins. Dir: Julio Hernandez Cordon. Cast: Angel Leonel Corral, Fabiana Hernandez, Matilde Hernandez. Drama set in Mexico in the near future, where young women are disappearing. A girl tries to hide her identity from the cartel. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
09:30 HAPPY AS LAZZARO
(Italy) 125mins. Dir: Alice Rohrwacher. Cast: Nicoletta Braschi. This is the tale of a meeting between Lazzaro, a young peasant so good that he is often mistaken for simple-minded, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his www.screendaily.com
FESTIVAL & PRESS 11:30 THE WORLD IS YOURS
(France) 110mins. Dir: Romain Gavras. Cast: Karim Leklou, Vincent Cassel, Isabelle Adjani. Francois is tired of being a petty drug dealer: his dream is to settle down and set up a Mr Freeze’s ice lolly franchise in Morocco. But his ambition is smashed when he discovers his own mother, a
imagination. Life in their isolated pastoral village Inviolata is dominated by the terrible Marchesa Alfonsina de Luna, the queen of cigarettes. A loyal bond is sealed when Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping. This strange and improbable alliance is a revelation for Lazzaro; a friendship so precious that it will travel in time and transport Lazzaro in search of Tancredi. His first time in the big city, Lazzaro is like a fragment of the past lost in the modern world. Competition Salle Du 60eme
compulsive gambler and seasoned scammer, has burnt his savings he was relying on to start this new life. Putin, the local gang leader, offers Francois one last job in Spain so he can make the money he desperately needs. Things go from bad to worse when the deal goes wrong and everyone around him gets involved. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre De La Licorne
11:00 MURDER ME, MONSTER
(Argentina) 103mins. Dir: Alejandro Fadel. Cast: Esteban Bigliardi, Francisco Carrasco, Tania Casciani. Rural police officer Cruz investigates the bizarre case of a headless woman’s body found in a remote region in the Andes. Un Certain Regard Bazin
POPE FRANCIS: A MAN OF HIS WORD
(US) 96mins. Dir: Wim Wenders. Cast: Pope Francis, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, John Kerry.
Wim Winders follows the Pope delivering his message around the world. Special Screenings Bunuel Press
emotionally frail. One day his mother, fiercely religious, brings home Pieter, a hardened orphan. Un Certain Regard Debussy Press
THE TROUBLE WITH YOU
(India) 96mins. Dir: Rohena Gera. Cast: Vivek Gomber, Tillotama Shome. In Mumbai, Ratna, a young widow from the countryside, works as a servant for Ashwin, a son from a good family whose wedding has just been called off. As he’s trying to pull himself together, he starts to fall in love with Ratna. But these new feelings may not sit well with their social positions.
(France) 107mins. Dir: Pierre Salvadori. Cast: Adele Haenel, Pio Marmai, Audrey Tautou, Vincent Elbaz, Damien Bonnard. In a town on the French Riviera, detective Yvonne is the young widow of police chief Santi, a local hero. When she realises her husband was not exactly the model of virtue so idolised by their young son, and that an innocent young man, Antoine, has spent eight years in prison as Santi’s scapegoat, she is thrown into turmoil. Yvonne wants to do everything she can to help this very charming Antoine get back to his life and his wife. Everything that is, except tell the truth. But Antoine is having trouble adjusting to life on the other side, to say the least, and soon blows a fuse leading to a spectacular sequence of events.
Critics’ Week Miramar
(France) 105mins. Dir: Etienne Kallos. Cast: Brent Vermeulen, Alex van Dyk, Juliana Venter. South Africa, Free State region, isolated stronghold to the Afrikaans white ethnic minority culture — in this conservative farming territory obsessed with strength and masculinity, Janno is different: secretive,
Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
Out of Competition Salle Du 60eme
(India) 112mins. Dir: Nandita Das. Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Dugal. Follows the most tumultuous four years in the life of Manto and that of the two countries he inhabits — India and Pakistan. In Bombay’s seedy-shiny film world, Manto and his stories are widely read and accepted. But as sectarian violence engulfs the nation, Manto makes the difficult choice of leaving his beloved Bombay. In Lahore, he finds himself bereft of friends and unable to find takers for his writing. His increasing alcoholism leads him into a downward spiral. Through all of this, he continues to write. This is the tale of two emerging nations, two faltering cities and one man who tries to make sense of it all. Un Certain Regard Bazin
14:00 LITTLE TICKLES
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THE TROUBLE WITH YOU
(France) 107mins. Dir: Pierre Salvadori. Cast: Adele Haenel, Pio Marmai, Audrey Tautou, Vincent Elbaz, Damien Bonnard. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
17:15 SIR See box, below
16:30 LEAVE NO TRACE
(US) 108mins. Dir: Debra Granik. Cast: Ben Foster, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey. For years Will and his teenage daughter, Tom, have lived off the grid, blissfully undetected by the authorities in a vast nature reserve on the edge of Portland, Oregon. When a chance encounter blows their cover, they are
Directors’ Fortnight Cinema Alexandre III
Masahiro Hagashide, Erika Karata. One day Asako’s first love suddenly disappears. Two years later, she meets his perfect double. Competition Lumiere Ticket required, press
16:30 ASAKO I & II
(Japan) 120mins. Dir: Ryusuke Hamaguchi. Cast: Masahiro Hagashide, Erika Karata. Competition Bazin Press
Dirs: Andrea Bescond, Eric Métayer. Cast: Andréa Bescond, Karin Viard, Clovis Cornillac. Odette is eight years old, she likes to paint and laugh. Of course she trusts adults, why would she be afraid of her parents’ friend? Why would she refuse to play “little tickles” with him? Odette doesn’t say anything, no one would believe her. To be understood, she dances. Odette is now 30-something: funny, intense and completely wild. A very promising dancer but still broken by her lost childhood. Un Certain Regard Debussy Press
14:15 BUY ME A GUN
(Mexico) 84mins. Dir: Julio Hernandez Cordon. Cast: Angel Leonel Corral, Fabiana Hernandez,
Matilde Hernandez. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
14:30 FIVE AND THE SKIN
CHRIS THE SWISS
(Switzerland) 90mins. Dir: Anja Kofmel. Cast: Joel Basman, Megan Gay.
(France) 95mins. Dir: Pierre Rissient. Cast: Féodor Atkine. A man called Ivan returns to Manila in search of his past and the meaning of his existence.
Critics’ Week Theatre De La Licorne
Cannes Classics Bunuel
(Belgium) 98mins. Dir: Guillaume Senez. Cast: Romain Duris, Laure Calamy.
(Japan) 121mins. Dir: Hirokazu Kore-Eda. Cast: Franky Lily, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Kilin Kiki, Kairi Jyo, Miyu Sasaki. Competition Salle Du 60eme
16:00 ASAKO I & II
(Japan) 119mins. Dir: Ryusuke Hamaguchi. Cast:
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their cousins have lost their parents, their houses and their olive trees. The neighbourhood where they live is being rebuilt. As they replant trees and plough fields, they face their most difficult task: piecing together their own memories. Directors’ Fortnight Cinema Le Raimu
(France) 105mins. Dir: Etienne Kallos. Cast: Brent Vermeulen, Alex van Dyk, Juliana Venter. Un Certain Regard Debussy Press
(US) 128mins. Dir: Spike Lee. Cast: Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Laura Harrier, Ryan Eggold.
CYRANO DE BERGERAC
(Japan) 121mins. Dir: Hirokazu Kore-Eda. Cast: Franky Lily, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Kilin Kiki, Kairi Jyo, Miyu Sasaki.
(France) 137mins. Dir: Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez. Classic adaptation of the French work.
Competition Salle Du 60eme
removed from their camp and put into the charge of social services. Struggling to adapt to their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a perilous journey back to the wilderness, where they are finally forced to confront conflicting desires — a longing for community versus a fierce need to live apart.
Competition Lumiere Ticket required, press
Competition Bazin Press
FESTIVAL & PRESS
Klan and became the head of the local chapter.
Cannes Classics Bunuel
(France) 90mins. Dir: Gaspar Noé. A tense film about a group of young dancers on a getaway that goes wrong.
(Japan) 121mins. Dir: Hirokazu Kore-Eda. Cast: Franky Lily, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Kilin Kiki, Kairi Jyo, Miyu Sasaki.
Directors’ Fortnight Studio 13
(US) 128mins. Dir: Spike Lee. Cast: Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Laura Harrier, Ryan Eggold. Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux
Competition Olympia 1
20:00 THE STATE AGAINST MANDELA AND THE OTHERS
(France) 105mins. Dirs: Nicolas Champeaux, Gilles Porte. This year marks the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. He seized
LEAVE NO TRACE See box, above
Critics’ Week Studio 13
(France) 126mins. Dir: Stefano Savona. On the rural outskirts of Gaza City, a small community of farmers, the Samouni extended family, is about to celebrate a wedding. It’s going to be the first celebration since the last war. Amal, Fuad, their brothers and
FESTIVAL & PRESS 17:15 SIR
(India) 96mins. Dir: Rohena Gera. Cast: Vivek Gomber, Tillotama Shome. In Mumbai, Ratna, a young widow from the countryside, works as a servant for Ashwin, a son from a good family whose
wedding has just been called off. As he is trying to pull himself together, he starts to fall in love with Ratna. But these new feelings may not sit well with their social positions. Critics’ Week Miramar
09:00 LOVE AND BULLETS
FESTIVAL & PRESS 22:30 THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
(Denmark) 155mins. Dir: Lars von Trier. Cast: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, Sofie Grabol, Siobhan Fallon Hogan. US, 1970s: we follow the highly intelligent Jack through five incidents and are introduced to
the murders that define his development as a serial killer. Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is — contrary to all logic — set on taking greater and greater chances. Out of Competition Lumiere Ticket required
ONE SINGS, THE OTHER DOESN’T
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
(France) 120mins. Dir: Agnès Varda. Cast: Thérèse Liotard, Valérie Mairesse, Robert Dadies. Drama about the intertwining lives of two women during the turbulent years of 1960s and ’70s.
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centre stage during a historic trial in 1963 and 1964. But there were eight others who also faced the death sentence. They too were subjected to pitiless cross-examinations. To a man they stood firm and turned the tables on the state: South Africa’s apartheid regime was in the dock. Recently recovered archival recordings of those hearings transport us back into the thick of the courtroom battles. Special Screenings Salle Du 60eme
WE THE COYOTES
(France) 87mins. Dir: Hanna Ladoul, Marco La Via. Cast: Morgan Saylor, McCaul Lombardi, Betsy Brandt, Khleo Thomas, Lorelei Linklater, Cameron Crovetti, Nicholas Crovetti. A young couple move from the Midwest to Los
Angeles. Their journey across the city revisits the American dream. ACID Arcades 1
21:30 DEAR SON
(Tunisia) 105mins. Dir: Mohamed Ben Attia. Cast: Mohamed Dhrif, Mouna Mejri, Zakaria Ben Ayed, Imen Chérif, Taylan Mintas, Tarik Copti. Riadh is about to retire from his job as a forklift operator at the port of Tunis. The life he shares with his wife revolves around their only son, Sami, who is preparing for his high school exams. The boy’s repeated migraine attacks are a cause of much worry to his parents. But when he finally seems to be getting better, Sami suddenly disappears. Directors’ Fortnight Studio 13
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(US) 108mins. Dir: Debra Granik. Cast: Ben Foster, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey.
(France) 103mins. Dirs: Andrea Bescond, Eric Metayer. Cast: Andrea Bescond, Karin Viard, Clovis Cornillac. Un Certain Regard Debussy Press
(Italy) 134mins. Rai Com. Dir: Manetti Bros. Cast: Claudia Gerini, Carlo Buccirosso, Serena Rossi. Ciro is a feared killer who serves Don “King of the Fish” Vincenzo, and his shrewd wife, Donna Maria. Fatima, a young nurse, is a dreamer. Their lives are worlds apart but destined to meet once again. One night, Fatima finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. As she has seen too much, Ciro is given the task of disposing of her but things don’t quite go to plan: the two protagonists find themselves face to face and, recognising each other, rekindle the love they had felt for each other in their youth. For Ciro there is only one way out. Arcades 1
GIRLS OF THE SUN
(France) 115mins. Elle Driver. Dir: Eva Husson. Cast: Emmanuelle Bercot. A young lawyer visits her family in a small town in Kurdistan. In a bloody attack led by extremists, her husband is killed and she’s taken prisoner with her son and thousands of other women and children. A few months after her escape, she’s now the commander of the ‘Girls of the Sun’, a female battalion. The objective: to take back the town where she was captured and bring back her hostage son. By her side is Mathilde, a veteran war reporter. Olympia 1
THE REALM NEVER GOIN’ BACK
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(India) 96mins. Dir: Rohena Gera.
(France) 108mins. Playtime. Dir: Vanessa Filho. Cast: Marion Cotillard, Ayline Etaix,
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Alban Lenoir, Amélie Daure. One day, Marlene suddenly chooses to abandon her daughter for a man she has just met after yet another night of excess. Elli must confront her mother’s demons to get her back.
(Us) 86Mins. A24 Films. Dir: Augustine Frizzell. Cast: Maia Mitchell, Camila Morrone, Kyle Mooney. Jessie and Angela, high school dropouts, are taking
Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
22:00 HAPPY AS LAZZARO
(Italy) 125mins. Dir: Alice Rohrwacher. Cast: Nicoletta Braschi. Competition Olympia 1
(US) 128mins. Dir: Spike Lee. Cast: Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Laura Harrier, Ryan Eggold. Competition Bazin Press
(France) 90mins. Dir: Gaspar Noé. Directors’ Fortnight Arcades 1
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(Spain) 130mins. Latido Films. Dir: Rodrigo Sorogoyen. Cast: Antonio De La Torre, Josep Maria Pou, Barbara Lennie, Nacho Fresneda. Manuel Gomez Vidal is a beloved politician in his region. He enjoys a good social position, has a loving family, friends and plenty of natural charisma.
He is also a corrupt man who has been enriching himself with public funds for years. After attempting to cover up for an associate, Manuel is left exposed. To his surprise, the Party’s members seek to place the blame for the entire plot on his shoulders. But he will not surrender. How far is a person willing to go in order to hold on to power? Lerins 4 Priority badges only
a week off to chill at the beach. Too bad their house got robbed, the rent’s due, they are about to get fired, and they’re broke. Olympia 6 By invitation only
(Italy) 95mins. Media Luna New Films. Dir: Samad Zarmandili. Cast: Donatella Finocchiaro, Paolo Pierobon, Maria Roveran.
SUDANI FROM NIGERIA
(India) 120mins. E4Experiments. Dir: Mohammed Zakariya.
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ASH IS PUREST WHITE
(China) 150mins. mk2 Films. Dir: Jia Zhang-Ke. Cast: Tao Zhao, Liao Fan. Qiao is in love with Bin, a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect her lover. This lands her five years in prison. Upon her release, Qiao goes looking for Bin to try and start over again Olympia 5 Priority badges only
90mins. Macedonian Film Agency. Dir: Borjan Zafirovski. Cast: Sasko Kocev, Petre Arsovski, Jovica Mihajlovski. Lea, 21, is diagnosed with leukemia. Having no time left she starts appreciating every hour, seeing beauty where she’s never seen it before. Hoping she could change the world, Lea makes a video project aiming to give her contribution to the living by creating a viral happiness effect. Palais B
RAIN OF HOMS
(Syria) 100mins. Wide. Dir: Joud Said.
Cast: Mohammad Al Ahmad, Lama Al Hakim, Wassim Kazk. Yusuf and his nephew were planning to leave Homs just like many civilians on the day a ceasefire was declared in 2014. Yet Homs did not want them to leave. Instead it held them back and made them meet Yara, a stubborn girl with very different perspectives and backgrounds, who is searching for her missing brother hoping she could find him in what was left of their beautiful city. Palais D
(France) 80mins. Be For Films. Dir: Meryem Benm’Barek. Cast: Maha Alemi, Lubna Azabal, Sarah Perles, Faouzi Bensaidi, Hamza Khafif, Nadia Niazi. Sofia, 20, lives with her parents in Casablanca. Suffering from pregnancy
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(Hong Kong) 90mins. Breaking Glass Pictures. Dir: Scud. Cast: Adonis He Fei, Susan Shaw, Nora Miao, Bank Chuang, Eric East. Yang Ke, an actor at the Beijing Opera,
discovers the world of prostitution, offering his services to both men and women. With devotion and passion, he surrenders his body while also searching for love. But all around him, hypocrisy reigns and devours him. Gray 4
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Devon O’Connor, Jonathan St-Armand, Simon Duchesne. A comic-tragedy looking at the last year of high school through the eyes of a disaffected teen.
Clothilde Courau, Nicole Garcia. A film that is a tribute to all the mothers around the world.
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(Estonia) 98mins. Estonian Film Institute. Dir: Moonika Siimets. Cast: Tambet Tuisk, Helena Maria Reisner, Yulia Aug, Eva Koldits, Liina Vahtrik, Juhan Ulfsak, Lembit Peterson. In the midst of Stalinist
tyranny, six-year-old Leelo’s mother is sent to a prison camp. Haunted by her mother’s last words telling her to be a good kid, Leelo vows to be on her best behaviour in the confusing grownup world in the hope that it will bring back her mother. Palais I
Quality Fix. Dir: David G Evans. Cast: Madeline Carroll, Sarah Drew, Jason George, Skye P Marshall, Eric Close. Upon returning from serving in the US Army, Chaplain Darren Turner faces a crisis that shatters his family and faith in god but through the help of his fellow soldiers, he returns to his faith and family. Palais G
denial, she finds herself breaking the law by giving birth to a baby out of wedlock. The hospital gives her 24 hours to provide them with the identification papers belonging to the father of the child before informing the authorities. Riviera 2 Priority badges only
(Argentina) 96mins. Primer Plano Film Group Sa. Dir: Nicolas Tuozzo. Palais H
(Canada) 139mins. Grandmuse Pictures. Dir: Mostafa Keshvari. Cast: Sara Omran. An immigrant Muslim woman secretly joins an acting class, as acting empowers her to unveil her true-self beyond limitations as passion and faith collide. Gray 3
Dirs: Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra. Cast: Carmina Martinez, Jose Acosta, Jhon Narvaez. In the 1970s, as the American youth embraces hippie culture, a marijuana bonanza hits Colombia, quickly turning farmers into seasoned businessmen. In the Guajira desert, a Wayuu indigenous family takes a leading role in this new venture and discovers the perks of wealth and power. But when greed, passion and honour blend together, a fratricidal war breaks out. Olympia 2
IN MY ROOM
(Germany) 120mins. The Match Factory. Dir: Ulrich Kohler. Cast: Hans Low, Elena Radonicich, Michael Wittenborn. A bored man suddenly realises everyone around him has disappeared though he isn’t sure what happened.
100mins. Doc & Film International. Riviera 1
(France) 95mins. Other Angle Pictures. Dir: Xavier Gens. Cast: Manu Payet, Jonathan Cohen. Two childhood friends, Vincent and Arnaud, leave their stable but boring jobs to start a company that organises bachelor parties in Budapest. As it turns out, it’s a risky business.
(US) 118mins. Pure Flix/
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HERO OF MY TIME
110mins. Festival Internacional De Cine En Guadalajara. Palais K
GUADALAJARA GOES TO CANNES
THE FALL OF SPARTA
(Canada) 84mins. Filmoption International. Dir: Tristan Dubois. Cast: Lévi Doré, Karl Walcott, Lili-Ann De Francesco,
CINDERELLA THE CAT
(Italy) 86mins. Rai Com. Dir: Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri, Alessandro Rak, Dario Sansone. Cast: Massimiliano Gallo, Maria Pia Calzone, Alessandro Gassman. Cenerentola struggles to escape the shadow and evil schemes of her stepmother and six stepsisters who all live aboard the Megaride, a ship stuck in the port of a decaying future Naples.
(Ukraine) 100mins. Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival. Dir: Tonya Noyabrova. Cast: Evgen Bushmakin, Oleg Shevtsov.
11:30 ALL ABOUT MOTHERS
(France) 100mins. Gaumont. Dir: MarieCastille Mention-Schaar. Cast: Audrey Fleurot,
(Tunisia) 105mins. Luxbox. Dir: Mohamed Ben Attia. Cast: Mohamed Dhrif, Mouna Mejri, Zakaria Ben Ayed, Imen Cherif, Taylan Mintas, Tarik Copti. Riadh is about to retire from his job as a forklift operator at the port of Tunis. The life he shares with his wife revolves around their only son, Sami, who is preparing for his high school exams. The boy’s repeated migraine
CITY OF JOEL
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(France) 60mins. Stray Dogs. Dir: Stéphane Demoustier. Cast: Vimala Pons, Anders Danielsen Lie. Lost in Paris, Cléo is looking for Paul and Paul is looking for Cléo. A poetic adventure lived in three-year-old kids’ shoes.
(Argentina) 110mins. Instituto Nacional De Cine Y Artes Audiovisuales/Incaa. Collection of short films.
(US) 83mins. Visit Films. Dir: Jesse Sweet. Fifty miles north of New York City, a town called Monroe becomes a microcosm for a divided nation as a land dispute between an ultra-orthodox Hasidic sect and their secular neighbours erupts into a turf war.
BIRDS OF PASSAGE
(Colombia) 120mins. Films Boutique.
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CLÉO & PAUL
(France) 107mins. Le Pacte. Dir: Cedric Kahn. Cast: Anthony Bajon, Damien Chapelle, Hanna Schygulla, Alex Brendemühl. Thomas, 22, is a drug addict. To recover, he decides to join a community of former addicts who use prayers as a way to cure themselves. Gradually, Thomas discovers faith and love but also a new kind of torment.
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(China) 88mins. Asmik Ace. Dir: Gao Ze Hao. Cast: Yong Dong, Ming Hu, Liu Hua.
One hot day, a quiet watermelon farmer meets an enchanting stranger. This is the story of a man at the bottom of the society and his need to fight back in life. Palais E
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(Germany) 120mins. Picture Tree International. Dir: Bora Dagtekin. Cast: Elyas M’Barek, Jella Haase, Sandra Huller, Katja Riemann. attacks are a cause of much worry to his parents. But when he finally seems to be getting better, Sami suddenly disappears. Arcades 1 Priority badges only
Cynical ex-con-turned-teacher Zeki Mueller tries to make sure his rowdy students pass their final exams while facing the possible closure of his school because of its disastrous conditions. Arcades 3
Digital. Dir: Claudio Poli. Cast: Toni Servillo. An extraordinary report on how Hitler looted “the great beauty” of Europe: the art that was the expression of its culture. Olympia 6
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THE LAST PRINCE OF ATLANTIS
(US) 84mins. Cinema Libre International. Dir: Barbe Vladlen. Cast: Nikolay Drozdov, Stanislav Duzhnikov, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan. A beautiful fairy tale about love: an old pearlfisher Bltazar is forced to sell his boat to wealthy man Don Vincenzo. But this is not the worst part. Now Vincenzo wants to take his beautiful daughter Adrianna.
(France) 92mins. Le Pacte. Dir: Thomas Lilti. Cast: Vincent Lacoste, William Lebghil. Antoine is starting his first year of medical school for the third time. Benjamin is making his first try. In this competitive environment, the two freshmen search for some balance between despair for the present and hope for the future. Lerins 4 Press allowed
(US) 90mins. Red Bull Media House. Dir: Michael Oblowitz. Cast: Nathan Fletcher, Makua Rothman, Danny Fuller, Herbie Fletcher. Big wave surfer Nathan Fletcher and filmmaker Michael Oblowitz team up to capture the essence of what it means to surf the largest breaks in the world. Palais B
HITLER VERSUS PICASSO AND THE OTHERS — THE NAZI OBSESSION FOR ART
(Italy) 90mins. Nexo
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50 miles north of New York City, a town called Monroe becomes a microcosm for a divided nation as a land dispute between an ultra-orthodox Hasidic sect and their secular neighbors erupts into a turf war.
PAUL SANCHEZ IS BACK!
(France) 110mins. SBS International. Dir: Patricia Mazuy. Cast: Laurent Lafitte, Zita Hanrot. Paul Sanchez is back. But why now, after 15 years on the run? Gray 2
(Kenya) 82mins. MPM Premium. Dir: Wanuri Kahiu. Cast: Patricia Amira, Muthoni Gathecha, Jimmy Gathu. Kena and Ziki, two girls living in Nairobi, fall in love and must ultimately choose between love and safety.
MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING (WT)
(Italy) 89mins. True Colours Glorious Films. Dir: Alessanro Genovesi. Cast: Diego Abatantuono, Monica Guerritore, Salvatore Esposito, Cristiano Caccamo. Antonio and Paolo live happily together in Berlin and are finally getting married. They decide to celebrate in the small village where Antonio’s parents live. While his mother immediately supports his intentions, her husband Roberto,
TEN DAYS WITHOUT MOM
(Argentina) 99mins. Filmsharks International. Dir: Ariel Winograd. Cast: Diego Peretti, Carla Peterson, Martin Lacour. Victor and Vera Garbor have been married for 20 years and have four children. Absorbed by his work, Victor lives outside the daily life of his wife and children. Vera, overwhelmed by domestic life, decides to take a vacation from her family. Palais D
1985 “Subtle and gripping(...) A fine piece of cinematic craftsmanship.” - Indiewire
CORY MICHAEL SMITH (Gotham) MARKET SCREENING: TODAY / 12:00 / Lerins 1
Academy Award Nominee
VIRGINIA MADSEN (Sideways)
MICHAEL CHIKLIS (The Shield)
A closeted young man returns home for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family. CANNES OFFICE: Lerins M4 +1.617.835.6307 email@example.com
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(US) 85mins. Visit Films. Dir: Yen Tan. Cast: Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Chung, Aidan Langford. A closeted young man returns home for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.
Goran Stojanovski, Salaetin Bilal. Palais C
THE LAST SERMON
(US) 5mins. Mistral Artist Management. Dir: Jack Baxter. Two filmmakers who survived an infamous suicide bombing go on a quest to find answers and to confront the families of their attackers in England. Gray 5
LITTLE HERO (WATERMARKED)
(US) 106mins. Global Genesis Group. Dirs: William Fajito, Jason J Lewis. Cast: Alex HydeWhite, Jason J Lewis, Aly Marianelli, Jilian Gomez. A young boy’s quest to save his father from an ancient monster.
(Canada) 107mins. Intramovies. Dirs: Rodrigo Barriuso, Sebastian Barriuso. Cast: Rodrigo Santoro, Maricel Alvarez, Milda Gecaite. Cuba 1989: a Russian literature professor is ordered to work as a translator for child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster sent to Cuba for medical treatment. Palais E
BLUES BY THE BEACH
72mins. Mistral Artist Management. Gray 5
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GRANDFATHER AND GRANDSON
107mins. Macedonian Film Agency. Dir: Ilija Piperkoski. Cast: Blagoj Veselinov,
(UK) 95mins. The Exchange. Dir: Mandie Fletcher. Cast: Jennifer Saunders, Beattie Edmondson, Ed Skrein. Sarah Francis is a young woman whose life is a bit of a mess. The last thing she needs is someone else to look after, let alone someone who dribbles, snores and eats from the kitchen trash. Yet, like it or not, her grandmother has left Sarah her prized possession, a very spoilt pug named Patrick. This four-legged friend
MARKET proceeds to cause chaos in all aspects of Sarah’s life. But then something remarkable happens as Patrick, with all his stubby, stumpy attitude, begins to turn her life around. Palais I
THE REAL ESTATE
(Sweden) 88mins. The Match Factory. Dirs: Axel Petersen, Mans Mansson. Cast: Leonore Ekstrand, Christer Levin, Christian Saldert, Olof Rhodin, Carl Johan Merner, Don Bennechi. After a life of decadence and monthly allowances, 68 year-old Nojet inherits an apartment building
in downtown Stockholm. However, the building turns on her and what appeared to be a cash cow is in fact a curse. Gray 3
(Brazil) 88mins. Pyramide International. Dir: Beatriz Seigner. Cast: Marleyda Soto, Enrique Diaz, Maria Paula Tabares Pena, Adolfo Savinino. Nuria and Fabio arrive with their mother Amparo at an unknown island on the border between Brazil, Colombia and Peru. They are fleeing the conflict in Colombia. Fearful of betraying family secrets, Nuria goes silent. In the midst of this, the family tries to receive compensation for the father’s death and to obtain a visa to emigrate to Brazil. By covering up this story, they uncover others about the family’s past. Riviera 1
SUBMARINE PRIVATE SCREENING
(US) 90mins. Submarine Entertainment. Select reels from upcoming secret projects in development or production.
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(Switzerland) 92mins. Films Boutique. Dir: Markus Imhoof. Drawing inspiration from his personal
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encounter with the Italian refugee child Giovanna during the Second World War, Markus Imhoof tells how refugees and migrants are treated today.
TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD
VILNIUS GOES TO CANNES
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12:00 TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD
(France) 103mins. Orange Studio. Dir: Guillaume Nicloux. Cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Guillaume Gouix, Lang-Khe Tran, Gerard Dépardieu. Indochina, 1945: a young French soldier, Festival ‘Kino Pavasaris’. Palais K
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(Iran) 100mins. Celluloid Dreams/Celluloid Nightmares. Dir: Jafar Panahi. Cast: Behnaz Jafari, Jafar Panahi, Marziyeh Rezaei, Maedeh Erteghaei. Three actresses at different stages of their careers: one from before the 1979 Islamic Revolution; one a popular star of today in Iran; and a young girl longing to attend a drama conservatory. Olympia 6
(Argentina) 105mins. Film Factory Entertainment. Dir: Luis Ortega. Cast: Lorenzo Ferro, Chino Darin, Mercedes Moran, Daniel Fanego, Luis Gnecco, Peter Lanzani, Cecilia Roth. Carlitos is a 17-year-old youth with movie-star swagger, blond curls and a
Robert Tassen, survives a brutal massacre in which his brother dies before his eyes. Thirsty for revenge, he sets off alone, on a secret mission to find the assassins. But when he meets Mai, a young Indochinese girl, everything changes. Olympia 2
baby face. As a young boy, he coveted other people’s things, but it wasn’t until his early adolescence that his true calling — to be a thief — manifested itself. When he meets Ramon at his new school, Carlitos is immediately drawn to him and starts showing off to get his attention. Together they will embark on a journey of discovery, love and crime. Arcades 1
THE BLACK PEOPLE
(Mexico) 100mins. Imcine — Mexican Film Institute. Dir: Perez Solano Jorge. The story of Magdalena and Juanita, two women who are united in the spiritual realm by their tona, or spirit animal, and in the material realm by Neri, Juanita’s husband and Magdalena’s lover. Riviera 2
CORNELIUS, THE HOWLING MILLER
(France) 105mins. Films Boutique.
1. Lukas Dhont, director of «Girl» screened at Un Certain Regard. 2. Pierre Deladonchamps and Vincent Lacoste, actors in «Sorry Angel». 3. Mads Mikkelsen, main actor of «Arctic». 4. Camille Vidal-Naquet, director of «Savage» and his actor Felix Maritaud.
Dir: Yann Le Quellec. Cast: Bonaventure Gacon, Anais Demoustier, Gustave Kervern.
(US) 87mins. Archstone Distribution. Dir: Ron Carlson. Cast: Tom Arnold, Sean Astin, Jake Busey, Leisha Hailey, Michael Horse, Sydney Sweeney, Rhys Coiro. When the 1989 one-hitwonder glam-metal band Sonic Grave embark on a trip to Coachella in the hope of a comeback, their peyote trip pit stop in Joshua Tree incites an “unworldly” viscous attack, and they must “rock” themselves out of harms way.
(Estonia) 85mins. Estonian Film Institute. Dir: Maria Avdjushko. Cast: Ingrid Isotamm, Johann Urb, Eva Eensaar, Epp Eespaev, Bert Raudsepp, Adele Taska, Rasmus Kallas. The story of Pia, whose marriage has recently ended because she was not able to have children. As she strives to move forward with her life, Pia learns the unknown but also finds her inner strength. Unexpectedly, her deepest wish materialises, but not quite in the way she imagined it Gray 2
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THE HIDDEN CITY
(Spain) 80mins. Shellac. Dir: Victor Moreno. Beneath the modern city there lies a vast labyrinth of galleries, tunnels, sewers, supplies of light, water, gas and telephone, transportation networks and underground stations… an immense spider’s web that sits upon and depends on the visible city; a functional and essential space but also a symbolic area, a hidden sphere — the unconscious of the city. Palais B
I LOST ALBERT
(France) 110mins. Studiocanal. Dir: Didier van Cauwelaert. Cast: Stephane Plaza, Julie Ferrier, Josiane Balasko. Chloe is the most famous young medium in France. She decides private matters for the world’s leaders, chooses the CEOs of big companies as well as the next trends in fashion. Having a sound reputation in the industry, Chloe is however just a channel: an extremely advanced spirit has chosen her ever since her childhood to convey his ideas through her. This spirit is none other than Albert Einstein. Olympia 1
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(Spain) 97mins. Filmax International. Dirs: Cesar and Jose Esteban Alenda. Cast: Javier Rey, Maria Leon. Javier’s obsession for his work and Maria’s unfulfilled dreams have taken their toll on the relationship and especially Maria. Javier realises there’s only one way to help her. He must travel back in
RUDEBOY: THE STORY OF TROJAN RECORDS
(US) 81mins. Submarine Entertainment. Dir: Nicolas Jack Davies. Gray 4
THE SECOND SUN
(US) 80mins. Haymarket Annex II. Dir: Jennifer Gelfer. Cast: Eden Epstein, Jocelyn Jones, John Buffalo Mailer. Two lost souls meet one cold night in post-war Manhattan. Before dawn deep-rooted secrets will be revealed. And this man and woman will believe in life, love and, most importantly, miracles again. The human spirit can survive anything. Palais F
SHUT UP AND PLAY THE PIANO
(Germany) 82mins. Charades. Dir: Philipp Jedicke. Cast: Gonzales,
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time to rewrite Maria’s destiny and avoid the miserable existence they are living. Together, they reminisce and relive the magic of the first day they met, 15 years earlier, in the hope that Maria will once again become the happy, vivacious girl he fell in love with. Who wouldn’t travel back in time to change those things they’ve always regretted? Lerins 2
Peaches, Leslie Feist. The journey full of megalomania and piano music of Chilly Gonzales: from the Berlin punk scene to philharmonic orchestras. Olympia 7
TENGKORAK (WORK IN PROGRESS)
(Indonesia) 110mins. Good Move Media. Dir: Faudi Yusron. Palais D Press allowed
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(Germany) 82mins. Phantasticas. Dir: Fabian Fint Huebner. Cast: Kiki Sukezane, Yuho Yamashita, Kazushi Watanabe, Jiwoon Ha, Yusuke Yamasaki. Set in another time and place, where people barely communicate, three lone drifters make an odyssey
to experience a mysterious rock star’s final cosmic performance. Arcades 3
14:00 AMERICAN LIONS
(US) 78mins. Global Genesis Group. Dir: Shane Gober. Cast: Antoni Corone, Zack Matthews, Mary Kathryn Martin, Adela Guerra, Harry Marsh, Thomas Giampa. Rudy has had a rough life growing up in South Florida after his parents died. His gangster uncle Joe has always been there to guide him in a town overrun by warring syndicates. When Rudy finds himself unable to provide for his girlfriend and new baby, Joe offers him a position with his enforcers. Things go well until Rudy robs a local politician and major criminal on the same night a mysterious and valuable bag goes missing. Against a backdrop of a city at war with itself, Rudy and his uncle find themselves in a game of survival where the lines of loyalty are blurred. Palais G
ARMEN AND ME
(Armenia) 93mins. Pitchers. Dir: Maxim Airapetov. Cast: Sos Janibekyan, Mikael Aramian, Hovhannes Azoyan, Samvel Topalyan, Karina Gondagsazian, Arsen Grigoryan, Vruyr
Harutyunyan, Satik Hakhnazaryan, Charlie Armstrong. Two friends who lost contact due to a tragic accident when they were young suddenly find each other again. This is a story about love, betrayal and hope. Palais E
BEST SHORT FILMS FROM THE 48HFP
(US) 110mins. 48 Hour Film Project. Palais I
CHRIS THE SWISS
(Switzerland) 90mins. UDI — Urban Distribution International. Dir: Anja Kofmel. Cast: Joel Basman, Megan Gay. Croatia, 1992, in the middle of the Yugoslav Wars: a young journalist is found dead, dressed in the uniform of an international mercenary group. Twenty years later his cousin, Anja Kofmel, investigates his story. Lerins 3
DAUGHTER OF MINE
(Italy) The Match Factory. Dir: Laura Bispuri. Cast: Valeria Golino, Alba Rohrwacher, Sara Casu, Udo Kier. A 10-year-old girl is torn between two mothers, one who raised her with love and her birth mother, who instinctively claims her back. Gray 1
(Philippines) 80mins. Tba Studios. Dir: Emerson Reyes. Cast: Ces Quesada, Charles Aaron Salazar. A comedy about seven people living in a dormitory owned by a strict widow. Gray 3
(UK) 102mins. Moviehouse Entertainment. Dir: Adrian Shergold. Cast: Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine, Stephen Graham, Tony Pitts. Charts the rise of a female comedian through the 1970s and 1980s industrial northern England. From her violent childhood to her turbulent adult relationships, she uses the raw material of her life experiences to bring comedy to the stage. Olympia 5
HIDE AND SEEK
(France) 77mins. Cinexport. Dir: Guillaume Chemouili. Cast: Nadia van de Ven, Tristan Delus, Ludovic Thievon. Five friends get together in a countryside house, far from everything. After some strange events, they disappear one by one until only Lea and Adrian remain. They will have to play a dangerous game of hide and seek to find their lost friends. Gray 5
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Dirs: Francois Margolin, Lemine Ould Salem. Exposes the radical ideologists indoctrinating thousands of jihadists. Lerins 4 Press allowed
NEW EUROPE FILM SALES SECRET SCREENING
100mins. New Europe Film Sales. Palais C
92mins. Baril Productions. Dir: Franck Phelizon. Olympia 2 Press allowed
(France) 98mins. Pyramide International. Dir: Camille Vidal-Naquet. Cast: Felix Maritaud, Eric Bernard, Nicolas Dibla, Philippe Ohrel. Leo is 22 and sells his body on the street for a bit of cash. The men come and go, and he stays right here, longing for love. He doesn’t know what the future will bring. He hits the road. His heart is pounding. Riviera 1
THESSALONIKI GOES TO CANNES
110mins. Thessaloniki International Film Festival. Palais K
71mins. Electric Flix. Dir: Tom Lawes. Cast: Chonky Beatz, Liz May Brice, Adam El Hagar. The story of a talented teenage skater girl who, in a bid to escape her overbearing alcoholic mother, reaches out to a charismatic drug dealer but his affection isn’t all it seems. Gray 2
Screenbound International Pictures. Dir: Iain Ross-McNamee. Cast: Neil Morrissey, Katie Goldfinch, Charles O’Neill. A naive university researcher who is sent to a gothic manor to appraise an ancient crucible once belonging to a sorcerer from the 17th century. It soon becomes apparent that the house holds more than one dark secret. Palais F
(Tunisia) 105mins. Luxbox. Dir: Mohamed Ben Attia. Cast: Mohamed Dhrif, Mouna Mejri, Zakaria Ben Ayed, Imen Cherif, Taylan Mintas, Tarik Copti. Olympia 9 Priority badges only
(US) 104mins. Arya Worldwide Entertainment. Dir: Perry King. Cast: Bryan Kaplan, Perry King, Sara Arrington. Set in drought-plagued Northern California in 1976, the story of an ageing rancher with a failing memory, his estranged and independent-minded daughter and a young ranch hand who finds himself in the midst of a family in crisis.
CRUCIBLE OF THE VAMPIRE
(Turkey) 97mins. Cinepotamya. Dir: Bulent Gunduz. Cast: Delil Dilanar, Egite Cimo. Delil Dilanar, a singer of traditional Kurdish songs, has continued to keep alive a rich and complex musical style known as dengbej. However, after years of exile in Europe, he finds his heart hasn’t followed him. During a concert in New York City, he announces his return to his roots. Once back in Kurdistan, he falls into a deep depression and must turn to his old music master. Palais J
LET’S CHEAT TOGETHER
(Taiwan) 102mins. Mandarinvision. DirL: Lien Yi-Chi. Cast: Lien Li-Chi, Ko Chia-Yen. Sleuth Cheng, host of a popular show, is found trapped in a tetrapod at the shore, while a video of him kissing the mayor’s wife goes viral and causes media frenzy. As Cheng’s girlfriend angrily confronts him, he reveals details that may turn a secret love affair into a political megastorm. Palais H
THE GREAT MYSTICAL CIRCUS
LIVING IN THE FUTURE’S PAST
(Brazil) 94mins. Latido Films. Dir: Carlos Diegues. Cast: Jesuita Barbosa, Bruna Linzmeyer, Rafael Lozano. Follows a century in the lives of the Knieps, an Austrian family of circus owners.
(US) 85mins. Vision Films. Dir: Susan Kucera. Cast: Peter Russel, Ugo Bardi, Kari Norgaard, Clive Hamilton, Jeff Bridges. What kind of future would you like to see? This film upends our way of thinking and provides original insights into our subconscious motivations, the unintended consequences, and how our fundamental nature influences our future as humankind.
90mins. Autlook Filmsales. Dir: Niels Bolbrinker, Thomas Tielsch. One hundred years ago, an artistic utopia was born in Germany — one whose principals continue to influence us today
who was put to death on a wheel of spikes because of her refusal to worship Rome’s pagan gods.
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KATHERINE OF SINAI
(Greece) 115mins. Greta Joanne Entertainment. Dir: Michael Redwood. Cast: Peter O’Toole, Joss Ackland, Steven Berkoff, Edward Fox. Historical movie about St Katherine of Mount Sinai,
NOME DI DONNA
(Italy) 91mins. Celluloid Dreams/Celluloid Nightmares. Dirs: Marco Tullio Giordana. Cast: Cristiana
Noa Zatta, Valeria Golino. Young superhero Michele meets his mother and his twin sister. Both have stories and superpowers but their intentions may not be what Michele thinks.
INVISIBLE BOY: SECOND GENERATION
(Italy) 100mins. True Colours Glorious Films. Dir: Gabriele Salvatores. Cast: Ludovico Girardello, Galatea Bellugi, Ksenia Rappoport, Ivan Franek,
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Capotondi, Fabrizio Gifuni, Kseniya Rappoport. Single mother Nina discovers her new job at an old people’s home comes with unexpected strings attached when its powerful director demands sexual favours. Nina realises he has been sexually preying on the home’s female careworkers for years and that the dark secret has been covered up by both the staff and the local priest. With the support of a female-rights lawyer, Nina breaks her silence, putting herself at odds with the other staff and the Roman Catholic Church.
travels to his home town to persuade relatives to sell land. During the Christmas Eve supper, Adam learns that the price for his dream to come true is higher than anticipated. Palais G
(US) 106mins. Charades. Dir: Crystal Moselle. Cast: Kabrina Adams, Tom Bruno, Thaddeus Daniels. A teen girl gets on the ride of her life when she joins all-girl New York skateboard collective Skate Kitchen and falls for a mysterious guy. Gray 1
THE TROUBLESHOOTER THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN
(US) 110mins. Voltage Pictures. Dir: Safinia Farhad. Cast: Sean Penn, Natalie Dormer, Steve Coogan, Eddie Marsan, Jennifer Ehle. A professor begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid-19th century and receives more than 10,000 entries from a doctor at a lunatic asylum.
16:00 MY LOVE OR MY PASSION
(Argentina) 105mins. Filmsharks International. Dir: Marcos Carnevale. Cast: Adrian Suar, Julieta Diaz, Rafael Spregelburd, Federico D’Elia, Peto Menahem, Alfredo Casero. Pedro Pintos, 40,
watches football games 24/7. One day, he finds himself divorced from his wife, detached from their daughters and fired from work. Submerged in the loneliness of autumn, he acknowledges himself as a football addict and decides to look for help. But is it too late?
(France) 98mins. Films Boutique. Dir: Antoine Desrosières. Cast: Souad Arsane, Inas Chanti, Loubna Abidar. Olympia 7
STORIES FROM THE CHESTNUT WOODS
(Slovenia) 80mins. Slovenian Film Centre. Dir: Gregor Bozic. Cast: Giusi Merli, Ivana Roscic, Massimo De Francovich. In the mid-20th century, in a forested valley between Italy and Yugoslavia, a stingy widower befriends a young woman and helps her depart across the ocean to find a better life there. A chance encounter gives rise to a dreamy parable on loss, loneliness and the power of imagination. Palais B By invitation only
(Germany) 101mins. The Match Factory. Dir: Christian Petzold. Cast:
Riviera 1 Press allowed
TO THE FOUR WINDS
(Mexico) 80mins. Habanero. Dir: Axel Munoz Barba. Cast: Hoze Melendez, Florencia Rios, Laura de Ita, Johanna Murillo. A social dysfunctional young man in his 30s discovers a young woman who, like him, enjoys sneaking into other people’s homes to steal their intimate objects. They will soon find out if they are truly made for each other.
Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Lilien Batman, Ronald Kukulies, Godehard Giese. When a man flees France after the Nazi invasion, he assumes the identity of a dead author whose papers he possesses. Stuck in Marseilles, he meets a young woman desperate to find her missing husband — the very man he’s impersonating.
(France) 100mins. Jour2Fete Sales. Dir: Michel Toesca. In the Roya valley between France and Italy, thousands of migrants try to cross the border in search for a better life. The local farmer has been welcoming migrants at his home since the beginning of the crisis, turning his backyard into a muchneeded shelter.
(Belgium) 90mins. Studiocanal. Dir: Francois Damiens. Olympia 2
LE GRAND BAL
(France) 99mins. Pyramide International. Dir: Laetitia Carton. It’s the story of a ball. A big ball. Every summer, more than 2,000 people come from all over Europe, to a small town in the French countryside. Palais K
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Cast: MJ Kehler, Steven Oates. A hack director is forced to become the villain in his own horror movie. Lerins 3
JUST A NIGHT
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(Brazil) 99mins. Cinema Do Brasil. Dir: Alain Fresnot.
(France) 84mins. Le Pacte. Dir: Julien Guetta. Cast: Eric Judor, Laure Calamy. Alex, 43, is a man of few responsibilities. He works as a tow truck driver. One day, he assists a woman and ends up spending the night at her place. The next morning, Alex discovers that he is alone… with three kids.
GREY IN THE EYES
(Uruguay) 120mins. Blood Window. Dir: Santiago Ventura. Cast: Cecilia Milano, William Prociuk, Rafael Soliwoda, Natalia D’Alena, Roberto Suarez. In a post-apocalyptic future, mankind is colour blind. Mr Blue dies suddenly and his precious briefcase falls into the hands of Ana, a 12-yearold girl who runs away with the help of his two protectors, Jay and Zed. The briefcase is filled with a highly-addictive synthetic drug that allows people to see colours again for a moment. A doctor obsessed with controlling the drug will chase them on a difficult journey that will reveal Ana hides a secret that could be the key to this world in ruins. Olympia 4
(Canada) 96mins. The Hunting Party. Dir: G Patrick Condon.
Palais C Priority badges only
UNDER THE EIFFEL TOWER MY LOVE OR MY PASSION See box, above
(Poland) 100mins. Intramovies. Dir: Piotr Domalewski. Cast: Dawid Ogrodnik, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Tomasz Zietek. Christmas Eve, eastern Poland: Adam, a young economic migrant, finds out his girlfriend is pregnant and decides to change his life. He wants to leave Poland for good and set up his firm abroad. In order to do that he
(US) 86mins. The Orchard. Dir: Archie Borders. Cast: Matt Walsh, Judith Godreche, David Wain, Reid Scott, Gary Cole, Ary Abittan, Michaela Watkins. A heart-crushing breakup in Paris sets a life crisis in motion for a bourbon salesman. This comingof-middle-age tale follows him on a journey across the French countryside where a possible romance blooms with a local wine saleswoman. Lerins 1
(Japan) 121mins. Wild Bunch. Dir: Hirokazu Kore-Eda. Cast: Franky Lily, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Kilin Kiki, Kairi Jyo, Miyu Sasaki. A father and son find a little girl on the street and take her home. Before long, secrets are revealed and family bonds are tested. Arcades 2 17:30 BOYS CRY
(Italy) 95mins. The Match Factory. Dir: Damiano D’Innocenzo, Fabio D’Innocenzo. Cast: Matteo Olivetti, Andrea Carpenzano, Milena Mancini, Max Tortora, Luca Zingaretti. When youngsters Mirko and Manolo accidentally get involved in a hitand-run on the outskirts of Rome, they uncover an opportunity for a prosperous underground career and thus, a better life. But this exciting new world is tough, unforgiving and increasingly overwhelming. Gray 2
DEAD SOULS — PART 2
(France) 250mins. Doc & Film International. Dir: Wang Bing. Lerins 2
DER GESCHMACK VON LEBEN
(Germany) 88mins. WTP International Gmbh. Dir: Roland Reber. Cast: Antje Nikola Monning, Marina Anna Eich, Wolfgang Seidenberg, Iris Boss, Andreas Pegler. What does life taste of ? For joyful Nikki the answer is clear: of pleasure. Lerins 4
(UK) 113mins. Movie On Pictures./ Movie On Pictures & Entertainment. Dir: Bret Roberts. Cast: John Savage, James Duval, Chris Coppola, Blanca Blanco, Bret Roberts. A story with a group of kids, a dog, woods, a vet, a police officer with his team
and the typical gang of bad guys.
harbour, Tsukisue begins to suspect foul play.
NINE TO NIRVANA
(China) 90mins. Beijing International Film Festival Dir: Lu Chunwei.
(France) 90mins. All Rights Entertainment Limited. Dir: Benjamin Goalabre. Cast: Michael Madsen, William Baldwin, Ivan Gonzalez, Cassie Howarth. What would you do if you woke up in the trunk of a car all tied up? Don’t expect to see any landscapes, you won’t get out of this hell hole. So buckle up.
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(Saudi Arabia) 110mins. Saudi Film Council. Collection of short films. Palais D
THE COOLEST GUY MOVIE EVER
(US) 57mins. Virgil Films And Entertainment. Dir: Christophe Espenan. Cast: Lawrence Montaigne. The definitive look at the making of the 1963 classic ‘The Great Escape’. Palais H
THE DEAD AND THE OTHERS
(Brazil) 114mins. Luxbox. Dir: Joao Salaviza, Renee Nader Messora. Cast: Henrique Ihjac Kraho, Raene Koto Kraho. The mourning must cease. Denying his duty and in order to escape a process of becoming a shaman, Ihjac runs away to the city. Far from his people and culture, he faces the reality of being an indigenous in contemporary Brazil. Palais J Priority badges only
THE SCYTHIAN LAMB
(Japan) 126mins. Asmik Ace, Inc. Dir: Daihachi Yoshida. Cast: Ryo Nishikido, Fumino Kimura. Suffering from population decline, the small seaside town decides to welcome six strangers into the community: a malevolent fishing boat operator, a sexy caregiver, a frightening launderer, a timid barber, a methodical cleaning woman, and a simple-minded deliveryman are all brought together by this mysterious government-sponsored programme. Tsukisue, the city official put in charge, has no idea why they’ve been brought to town. But when the truth comes out about the six strangers’ mysterious past and a body is discovered in the
109mins. Golden Network Asia. Dir: Chin Ka-lok. Cast: Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan, Michael Tse, Chin Ka-lok, Jerry Lamb, Eric Tsang, Phil Chang. Globe-trotting mercenaries stage the ultimate heist. The target? America’s CIA who are hoarding life-saving medicine. Betrayal in their ranks reveals secrets in their past and sends them on a high speed chase across Asia and Europe. To secure justice, they must lay siege to a towering fortress. Lerins 1
(Switzerland) 93mins. Cat & Docs. Dir: Barbara Miller. Embarks on a journey to discover the remaining obstacles that stand in the way of female sexuality in the 21st century.
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(China) 90mins. Mendovision. Dir: Zhang Miao. Palais E
(Spain) 119mins. Latido Films. Dir: Javier Fesser. Cast: Javier Gutierrez, Sergio Olmos, Julio Fernandez, Jesus Lago, Jesus Vidal, Jose de Luna, Gloria Ramos, Alberto Nieto Fernandez, Fran Fuente. A coach in Spain’s top basketball league lands in court for drink-driving. He loses his job and his girlfriend, and then he is sentenced to the worst possible punishment for his ego: coaching a group of intellectually disabled players. Lerins 3
(Ukraine) 80mins. Image Pictures. Dir: Oleksandr Klymenko. A girl named Clara lives in an amazing fairy tale world inhabited by dwarfs, dragons and sorcerers. Astonishing adventures await Clara and her friends and the future of the whole world will fall into her hands. Palais I
(Lebanon) 110mins. Spirifilm. Dir: Farjallah Tony. Palais K
(Portugal) 105mins. Alfama Films. Dir: Antonio Pinhao Botelho. Cast: Igor Regalla. The story of a young Mozambican footballer called Eusebio: a gifted athlete destined to great achievements, coveted by a rival club, Benfica, which ends up hiring him. Blackmail, kidnapping attempts, ministers involved, press hysteria and huge money offers make the story of this football transfer into a saga evolving between the two continents. It ends up when the legend begins: with Eusebio’s first match at the Benfica Stadium.
Braga, Claudia Marasca. A professor who goes to a small town in northern Italy to study the story of the witch Shanda killed in the early 1800s will be enslaved by a magic spell and forced to repeat the same day over and over. Palais G
19:15 UNCLE VANYA
(Germany) 134mins. Noma Filmproduktion. Dir: Anna Martinetz. Cast: Martin Butzke, Korinna Krauss, Wolfgang Hubsch. A revolution breaks out, caused by a financial crisis, business intrigues and corresponding natural disasters. Alexander flees from the uprising in the capital to Uncle Vanya’s farm in the countryside. There Alexander and his wife Elena cause further chaos with Alexander’s business ideas. Will Vanya and Sonja manage to protect their farm from the outrage of capitalism?
Industryworks Studios. Dir: Picard James. Palais H
Palais I THE LOAD
(Serbia) 98mins. New Europe Film Sales. Dir: Ognjen Glavonic. Cast: Leon Lucev, Pavle Cemerikic, Tamara Krcunovic. Vlada works as a truck driver during the Nato bombing of Serbia in 1999. Tasked with transporting a mysterious load from Kosovo to Belgrade, he drives through unfamiliar territory, trying to make his way in a country scarred by the war. He knows that once the job is over, he will need to return home and face the consequences of his actions. Olympia 3
WE THE COYOTES
(Italy) 94mins. Variety Communications. Dir: Giorgio Tirabassi. Cast: Marco Giallini, Valerio Mastandrea, Gianfelice Imparato.
(France) 87mins. Cercamon. Dir: Hanna Ladoul, Marco La Via. Cast: Morgan Saylor, McCaul Lombardi, Betsy Brandt, Khleo Thomas, Lorelei Linklater, Cameron Crovetti, Nicholas Crovetti. A young couple move from the Midwest to Los Angeles. Their journey across the city revisits the American dream.
20:00 THE BIG JUMP
Tianxing Film and Television Culture Co. Dir: Hu Yi Chuan.
THE MIDAS TOUCH
109mins. FTBProductions. Dir: Tilman Borck. Cast: Clayton Nemrow, Ulas Kilic, Mirijam Verena Jeremic. Felix, a young advertiser, is down on his luck. Ridiculed by his boss and suffering from unrequited love, he knows that something has to change, when the chance of a lifetime appears completely out of the blue. He acquires ‘The Midas Touch’ — the ability to conquer every woman with a mere touch. Enjoying life to the fullest for a brief period of time, Felix quickly notices that evil forces are after his new talent and ‘The Midas Touch’ soon gets completely out of hand. Riviera 1
STRAIGHT 8 2018
(UK) 60mins. Straight 8. The only films in Cannes that have never been seen before, even by the people that made them. Olympia 2 Press allowed
22:00 THE BOAT
THE DARK AND THE WOUNDED
(UK) 90mins. Carnaby International Sales and Distribution. Dir: Azzopardi Winston.
(India) 86mins. KR Movies And Entertainment. Dir: Arnab K Middya. Cast: Priyanka Sarkar, Rajesh Sharma, Saayoni Ghosh. A saga of womanhood in the correlative context of human relationships and complex society. Gray 5
(Italy) 90mins. Ellipsis Media International. Dir: Marco Rosson. Cast: Margherita Remotti, Diego Runko, Marcella
(US) 118mins. Pure Flix/Quality Fix. Dir: Clare Niederprem. Cast: Lea Thompson, Ian Bohen, Lucas Grabeel, Bart Johnson.
A modern retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel: we follow the lives of four sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March — detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood. Riviera 1
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YOMEDDINE (Egy-Aust) AB Shawky
LETO (Rus-Fr) Kirill Serebrennikov SORRY ANGEL (Fr) Christophe Honoré
ANTON DOLIN Meduza, Russia
MICHEL CIMENT Positif, France Culture, France
EVERYBODY KNOWS (Iran) Asghar Farhadi
JUSTIN CHANG Los Angeles Times, US
TIM ROBEY, ROBBIE COLLIN The Daily Telegraph, UK
KONG RITHDEE Bangkok Post, Thailand
NICK JAMES Sight & Sound, UK
WANG MUYAN Ellemen, China
KATJA NICODEMUS Die Zeit, Germany
THE SCREEN JURY AT CANNES
JULIEN GESTER, DIDIER PERON Libération, France
COLD WAR (Pol-Fr-UK) Pawel Pawlikowski
THE IMAGE BOOK (Fr) Jean-Luc Godard
ASH IS PUREST WHITE (China-Fr) Jia Zhangke
GIRLS OF THE SUN (Fr) Eva Husson
THREE FACES (Iran) Jafar Panahi
Italy’s of her homeland man, living on the margins ★★Rohrwacher ★★ returns ★★to the countryside ★★ ★★ ★★ for the ★★tale of a★★ ★★ ★★ of society, HAPPY AS LAZZARO (It-Ger-Fr-Swi) Alice Rohrwacher who can travel through ★★ time. The cast Sergi Lopez ★★ ★★ ★★includes ★★ ★★and Nicoletta ★★ Braschi. ★★ ★★ ★★
SHOPLIFTERS (Jap) Hirokazu Kore-eda
Lily Franky, Sakura Ando and Mayu★★ Matsuoka★★ star in the★★ story of a shoplifting father-and-son the little girl ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ duo and ★★ they take in from time in Competition. ★★ ★★the street. ★★It is Kore-eda’s ★★ fifth ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★
ASAKO I & II (Jap) Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Asako her boyfriend’s double two ★★meets★★ ★★ perfect ★★ ★★years after ★★his abrupt ★★disappearance. ★★ Masahiro ★★ Higashide ★★ and Erika Karata star for Hamaguchi, who his Cannes★★ debut in Competition. ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★makes ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★
BLACKKKLANSMAN (US) Spike Lee
Lee’s inspired by the true story Stallworth, an undercover police officer ★★latest is★★ ★★ ★★ of Ron★★ ★★ ★★ African-American ★★ ★★ ★★ who infiltrated Ku Klux Klan. Adam Driver star. ★★ ★★ the★★ ★★John David ★★ Washington ★★ and★★ ★★ ★★ ★★
AT WAR (Fr) Stéphane Brizé
Brizé Vincent★★ Lindon reunite prize winner Man for another ★★and actor ★★ ★★after Cannes ★★ 2015 ★★ ★★The Measure ★★ Of A★★ ★★ socially engaged this time about leader fighting ★★ tale,★★ ★★ a union ★★ ★★ a factory ★★ closure. ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★
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a curious★★ mind who★★ investigates missing★★ persons from ★★ Garfield ★★heads this ★★trippy crime ★★ tale as ★★ ★★ ★★his UNDER THE SILVER LAKE (US) Andrew David Robert Mitchell neighbourhood. Topher Grace ★★ ★★Riley Keough ★★ and ★★ ★★also star. ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★
BURNING (S Kor) Lee Chang-dong
Lee’s Steven Yeun play a well-to-do with a secret Yoo Ah-in★★ as a part-time ★★love triangle ★★ sees ★★ ★★ ★★ man ★★ ★★ hobby,★★ ★★deliveryman hoping a novelist and woman ★★ who comes★★ between them. ★★ to be ★★ ★★newcomer ★★Jun Jong-seo ★★ as the ★★ ★★ ★★
DOGMAN (It-Fr-UK) Matteo Garrone
Billed is based★★ on a 30-year-old story and★★ centres on★★ a man (Marcello ★★as an ‘urban ★★ western’ ★★, Dogman ★★ ★★ news ★★ ★★ Fonte) seeking friend who him in jail. ★★ ★★ revenge ★★on an old ★★ ★★landed ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★
CAPERNAUM (Leb-Fr) Nadine Labaki
Lebanese film focuses on a rebellious who wishes parents★★ for having him. ★★ filmmaker ★★ Labaki’s ★★ third★★ ★★ ★★ youth ★★ ★★to sue his ★★ Set in the titular village, the★★ film has a★★ cast of mainly actors. ★★ ★★ ★★Palestinian ★★fishing★★ ★★non-professional ★★ ★★
KNIFE + HEART (Fr) Yann Gonzalez
Vanessa a late-1970s-set about a Parisian executive seeking credibility with ★★ Paradis ★★stars in★★ ★★ story★★ ★★ TV★★ ★★ to restore ★★ her★★ a more is disrupted cast is targeted a serial killer. ★★ creatively ★★ ambitious ★★production, ★★ which★★ ★★when the ★★ ★★ by ★★ ★★
AYKA (Rus-Ger-Pol) Sergei Dvortsevoy
A young immigrant worker in★★ Moscow tries down her★★ baby, who★★ she abandoned hospital. ★★ Asian★★ ★★ ★★to track★★ ★★ at the★★ Samal Yeslyamova, and David★★ Alaverdyan star. ★★ ★★ Andrey ★★Pashnin★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★
THE WILD PEAR TREE (Tur-Fr) Nuri Bilge Ceylan
An★★ aspiring writer to his native in rural Turkey, he becomes overwhelmed father’s debts. ★★ returns ★★ ★★village★★ ★★ where★★ ★★ ★★ by his★★ Dogu T Hazar★★ Erguclu and Ahmet Rifat star. ★★Demirkol, ★★ ★★ ★★Sungar★★ ★★ ★★ ★★ ★★
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