Directed by André Téchiné (French Riviera,Thieves, Wild Reeds, Strayed)
Damien is the pampered teenage son of a soldier and a doctor. He lives with his mother in Army barracks in the south of France while his father is on a military mission in the Central African Republic. Damien shows a new, defi ant side of himself in high school in order to stave off the bullies who taunt him over his effeminate ways: a friend of his father’s is teaching him to wrestle. When he meets Tom, the adopted son of local farmers, the hatred between the two boys is immediate and visceral. But when Tom’s mother is forced to go to the hospital, Damien’s mother quite naturally offers to take Tom into their home for a short while. The tension between the two boys becomes more and more palpable…
Directed by Cristi Puiu (The death of Mr. Lazarescu, Aurora)
Larry, a neurologist at the top of his career, and his wife, are attending a family meal in Bucharest to commemorate the death of his father, who died 40 days earlier. All the guests are waiting for the priest’s arrival. In the meantime, they argue about the 9/11 events. Lary tries to calm down the debate but opinions are so divided that not even the priest’s fl ying visit succeeds in reconciling the two camps. Just when things seem to be settling down, the arrival of an uninvited guest throws the commemoration into turmoil, which gradually deteriorates into an operatic settling of scores.
Directed by Gurvinder Singh (Alms for a blind horse)
CANNES 2015 – OFFICIAL SELECTION – Un certain Regard
CHAUTHI KOOT evokes the atmosphere of suspicion, fear and paranoia of the Punjab in 1980s. It considers two loosely connected incidents: two Hindu friends trying to get to Amritsar and, some months earlier, a farmer who is told he has to kill the family dog. One story flows into the other and back – like a relay race one character passing on the baton to another. What binds the two is the condition of the common man trapped between the excesses of the military on one side and the militant movement for a separate Sikh nation on the other.
Directed by Emmanuelle BERCOT (Backstage, On My Way)
CANNES 2015 – OFFICIAL SELECTION – Opening Film
Abandoned by his mother, from the ages of 6 and 15 Malony is constantly in and out of juvenile court.
An adoptive family grows around this young delinquent: Florence, a children’s magistrate nearing retirement, and Yann, a teacher and himself the survivor of a very difficult childhood. Together they follow the boy’s journey and try unfailingly to save him.
Then Malony is sent to a stricter educational center, where he meets Tess, a very special young girl who will show him that there are reasons for hope.
In order to save the man she loves from jail, Mathilde takes his place by helping his break-out. While she exclusively relies on him to survive in this prison setting, Mathilde has not heard from him since her imprisonment. Isolated, only supported by her son, she is now identifi ed by the inmate number 383205-B. Will Mathilde become a convict like any other one?
A hot summer’s day in the Gaza Strip. Today the electricity is on. Christine’s beauty salon is heaving with female clients: a bride-to-be, a pregnant woman, a bitter divorcée, a devout woman and a pill-popping addict. But their day of leisure is disrupted when gunfi re breaks out across the street. A gangland family has stolen the lioness from Gaza’s only zoo, and Hamas has decided it’s time to settle old scores. Stuck in the salon, with the prospect of death drawing ever nearer, the women start to unravel. How will the day end? Will they lose their lives for the sake of “liberating the lioness”?
With Humanity threatened by the collapse of ecosystems, journalist and NGO director Cyril Dion and actress and filmmaker Mélanie Laurent head out across the world, in search of solutions to our planet’s crisis. Based on the most successful experiments in all sectors, TOMORROW writes a new story about what our future could be.
Directed by Benoit JACQUOT (3 Hearts, Farewell My Queen)
Berlin 2015 – COMPETITION
Early 20th century, in the French provinces. Much courted for her beauty, Célestine is a young chambermaid who has just arrived from Paris in the service of the Lanlaire household. Fending off her master’s advances, Célestine must also deal with the very strict Madame Lanlaire who lords over the house with an iron fist. Among the domestics is Joseph, the enigmatic gardener, who exerts total fascination over her.
Madeleine, 92 years old, decides to set the date and conditions of her departure. By telling her daughter Diane and her son Pierre, she hopes to prepare them as gently as possible to her coming disappearance. But for her children, it’s a chock, and minds are set ablaze.
Until the end, Madeleine will keep her dignity, wits, and passion for life as a course of conduct, so she can give them all, and in particular Diane, a touching “final lesson”.
SUNDANCE 2014 – Park City at Midnight
BERLIN 2014 – Generation
TIFF 2014 – Midnight Madness People Choice Award
In “What We Do In the Shadows”, frequent collaborators Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement share writing, directing, and acting duties—all with precise comedic timing. The end result is a hysterical mockumentary that unearths a secret, supernatural society where friendship and camaraderie are just as important as feasting upon the flesh of mortals.
When a three-member cult rock band reunites to film a music video at an abandoned gold mine, they unleash the spirit of a sleeping demon/god that will force them to relive and face the horrors of their past.
VENICE 2014 – Official Competition
TIFF 2014 – Special Presentations
One night in a French provincial city, Marc meets Sylvie after missing his train back to Paris. They wander through the streets until morning, talking about everything except themselves, in rare, almost choreographed, harmony. Marc takes the first train back, and sets a date with Sylvie in Paris, a few days later. They know nothing about each other, but this is much more than a game. It’s the way it has to be. Sylvie keeps the date. Misfortune befalls Marc, and he cannot. He searches for her and ends up finding someone else. Sophie.
He does not know that she is Sylvie’s sister. Marc and Sylvie meet again. Their unparalleled harmony still exists… but it is too late…
TIFF 2014 – Discovery
SAN SEBASTIAN 2014 – New Directors
An affluent city woman arrives at a desolate South Korean farm where a pregnant teenage girl and her mother have agreed to let her secretly adopt the girl’s unborn child. As the pregnancy progresses and the three women fall into a new rhythm of life together, their business arrangement becomes more than they bargained for.
Directed by Isabel COIXET (My Life without Me, Learning to Drive)
Berlin 2015 – COMPETITION – Opening Film
INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS
Greenland, 1909. Josephine Peary is a mature, proud, determined and naive woman, in love with celebrated Arctic adventurer Robert Peary, a man who prefers glory and ice to the comforts of an upper-class home. For him she will face all danger, even risk her own life. Another woman, young but wise, brave and humble – Allaka – is in love with the same man, and expecting his child. The relentless icy landscape both separates and draws these two women together during the long, tense wait for the man they both love in such different ways.
«French Women» is a film by women for women…and the men who love women. But it’s not a feminist manifesto.
It shows a community of women that is varied and diverse, strong and not stereotypical, a community that represents women today.
Ariane Felder is pregnant! Since she’s a young judge with strict morals and a hardened single woman, it’s more than a surprise. And even more surprising is that after paternity tests, the father of the unborn child is revealed as Bob Nolan, a criminal who’s being pursued for a monstrous crime. Ariane, who can’t remember a thing, tries to understand what could possibly have happened and what lies ahead.
OSCARS 2014 – WINNER – BEST DOCUMENTARY
SUNDANCE 2013 – U.S. Documentary Competition
What would a pop song be without the riffs, refrains, and harmonies of its backup vocalists? Although these singers are usually relegated
to the margins, and few, if any, become household names, their work has defined countless songs that remain in our hearts and collective
consciousness. Twenty Feet from Stardom juxtaposes interviews with industry legends (Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler and others) and the
relative unknowns who support them like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill as they illuminate the art of melding their
own distinct voices with lead vocals and reveal their desires for careers as solo artists.
From dawn till dusk, paced by the calls to prayer, a surprising crowd wanders about on the rooftops of Algiers. Closed spaces, that have become open air mirrors to the contradictions, the violence, the intolerance of the endless conflicts that mar the Algerian society.
VENICE 2013 – Official Competition
TIFF 2013 – City to City
On the day of her birthday, eleven-year-old Angeliki jumps off the balcony and falls to her death with a smile on her face. While the police and Social Services try to discover the reason for this apparent suicide, Angeliki’s family keep insisting that it was an accident. What is the secret that young Angeliki took with her?
VENICE 2013 – La Settimana della Critica / Opening Film
Two brothers. Two continents. Two lives. One single soul. Under a gloomy sky, between apocalyptic premonitions in a Naples at its utmost decay, Sergio, a taxi driver, receives a shocking news. Nothing will be the same as before. Now Sergio looks at himself in the mirror and what he sees is a forty-year-old man who has turned his back on music and got lost in the limbo of his city. While a storm is raging outside, a crowd of memories, hopes, regrets and presences begins to populate his cab. Sooner or later the rain will stop and the sky will open up again. And the end will come. Or the music will be back.