Directed by Jorge Michel GRAU (We Are What We Are)
Early morning, in a Government building: all the employees have been called for a special meeting.
While they get settled, a violent earthquake suddenly buries all of them beneath nine storeys of concrete and twisted metal.
Stuck beneath the rubbles of the building, the few survivors – amongst which Martin, the night watchman, and Fernando, a senior government official – are left alone in the dark, clinging on for their lives while desperately waiting for help.
2015 /// Mexico /// Spanish /// Thriller-Drama /// In Production
CAST Demian BICHIR (The Hateful 8, Che, Weeds), Héctor BONILLA
SCREENPLAY Jorge Michel GRAU, Alberto CHIMAL
PRODUCER Mayra ESPINOSA CASTRO
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Daniel BIRMAN RIPSTEIN (The Crime of Father Amaro)
PRODUCTION Velarium Arts – Alameda Films – Alebrije Cine – Zamora Films
Directed by Rachid BOUCHAREB (London River, Days of Glory)
When the police inform her that Elodie, her only daughter, 20, has left to join the Islamic State somewhere between Syria and Iraq, Elisabeth’s life is thrown into turmoil. She is in shock and cannot understand this decision because the war does not concern them.
Elisabeth manages to contact Elodie but finds herself at a loss faced with this young woman whom she no longer recognizes. Alone in her struggle, she decides to set off for Syria to look for her daughter and to convince her to return to Belgium with her.
Will mother and daughter be able to reunite and understand each other?
Directed by Harry CLEVEN (Duplicity, Why Get Married the Day the Wolrd Ends?)
Devastated after the disappearance of her lover, Louise is sent to a psychiatric asylum where she secretly gives birth to Angel : an invisible baby boy. To protect him from the cruelty of the outside world, Louise hides her child. Angel grows up quite normally until he meets Madeleine, a blind little girl of his age. They quickly fall in love and become inseparable, Madeleine still unaware of Angel’s invisibility. Until one day, Madeleine announces that she will recover her sight.
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…
2015 /// France /// French /// Drama /// Post-production
CAST Sandrine KIBERLAIN (9 months stretch, Little Nicholas), Kacey MOTTET KLEIN (Gainsbourg-a heroic life, Sister), Corentin FILA
SCREENPLAY André TÉCHINÉ, Céline Sciamma (Water lilies, Tomboy, Girlhood)
D.O.P. Julien HIRSCH (3 hearts, Bird people, French Riviera)
PRODUCERS Marc MISSONNIER, Olivier DELBOSC – Fidélité Films (Little Nicholas, French Riviera, Asterix and Obelix, French women, On my way)
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.
2015 /// Romania / France /// Romanian /// Comedy-Drama /// Post-Production
CAST Mimi BRANESCU, Judith STATE, Tatiana LEKEL
SCREENPLAY Cristi PUIU
PRODUCERS Anca PUIU – Mandragora / Laurence CLERC and Olivier THERY LAPINEY – Alcatraz films
Directed by Cyril DION & Mélanie LAURENT (Respire)
STOCKHOLM 2015 – IMPACT Competition
What if telling a story that gives hope by pointing out solutions was the best way to solve the ecological, economical and social crises that shake our world ?
Following the publication of a study forecasting the possible extinction of mankind by 2100, Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent travelled through 10 countries to understand the reasons of this upcoming catastrophe and, most of all, how to prevent it. During their journey, they met the pioneers who reinvent agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education. By pulling together these positive, concrete and tested initiatives, they begin to see what could be the world of tomorrow…
2015 /// France /// English / French /// Documentary /// 118′
NARRATED BY Mélanie LAURENT (Inglorious Basterds, Now You See Me, Beginners, Enemy), Cyril DION
WRITTEN BY Cyril DION
PRODUCER Bruno LEVY – Move Movie (Breathe, The Spanish Apartment, Paris, Chinese Puzzle)
FRENCH DISTRIBUTOR Mars Distribution – Release on December 2nd 2015
Directed by Audrey ESTROUGO (Regarde-moi, Une vie banale)
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?
2015 /// France /// French /// Drama /// 98′
CAST Sophie MARCEAU, Suzanne CLEMENT (Mommy, Lawrence Anyways), Alice BELAIDI (French Women, Radiostars)
SCREENPLAY Audrey ESTROUGO
D.O.P. Guillaume Schiffmann (The Artist, On my Way, Populaire)
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”.
2015 /// France /// French /// Drama /// 107′
CAST Sandrine BONNAIRE (A nos Amours, Joan the Maidden, The Light, Intimate Strangers), Marthe VILLALONGA (My Favorite Season, Nous York, Superchondriac)
SCREENPLAY Pascale POUZADOUX, Laurent DE BARTILLAT
PRODUCERS Fidélité Films – Olivier DELBOSC & Marc MISSONNIER
FRENCH DISTRIBUTOR Wild Bunch Distribution – Release on November 4th 2015
Directed by Emmanuelle BERCOT (Backstage, On My Way)
CANNES 2015 – Official Selection – Opening Film
Abandoned by his mother at the age of 6, 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 caseworker 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.
2015 /// France /// French /// Drama /// 119′
CAST Catherine DENEUVE, Benoît MAGIMEL (The Piano Teacher, Sky Fighters, Little White Lies), Sara FORESTIER (Games of Love and Chance, The Names of Love, Suzanne), Rod PARADOT
SCREENPLAY Emmanuelle BERCOT, Marcia ROMANO
PRODUCERS François KRAUS & Denis PINEAU-VALENCIENNE – Les Films du Kiosque
Co-PRODUCERS France 2 CINEMA, Wild Bunch
FRENCH DISTRIBUTOR Wild Bunch Distribution – Release on May 13th 2015
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”?
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.
2015 /// India / France /// Punjabi /// Drama /// 115′
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.
2014 /// France / Belgium /// French /// Drama /// 95′
CAST Léa SEYDOUX, Vincent LINDON
SCREENPLAY Hélène ZIMMER, Benoit JACQUOT
D.O.P. Romain WINDING (Farewell My Queen, Looking for Hortense, Superchondriac)
SET DESIGN Katia WYSZKOP (Farewell My Queen, 3 Hearts, Potiche, Saint Laurent)
COSTUMES Anaïs ROMAND (House of Tolerance, Sentimental Destinies, Saint Laurent)
MUSIC Bruno COULAIS (Farewell My Queen, 3 Hearts, Coraline, The Chorists, Amazonia, Oceans)
PRODUCERS Kristina LARSEN – Les Films du Lendemain (Lady Chatterley, House of Tolerance, Farewell My Queen, Mystery) , Jean-Pierre GUÉRIN – JPG Films (Mammuth, Farewell My Queen)
Co-PRODUCERS Delphine THOMSON, Luc and Jean-Pierre DARDENNE – Les Films du Fleuve (Two days, One night, Beyond the Hills, The Angels’ Share, Rust and Bone)
FRENCH DISTRIBUTOR Mars Distribution – Release on April 1st 2015