Directed by Jean-Pierre DEVILLERS (The Man Who Saved The Louvre – Emmy Award 2015, Best Documentary)
ENDORSED BY THE FESTIVAL DE CANNES FOR ITS 70TH ANNIVERSARY
The first edition of Cannes Film Festival should have taken place in 1939 : everything was in place, from the film selection – «The Wizard of Oz» by Victor Fleming or «Only Angels have Wings» by Howard Hawks – to the attendance of the most important Hollywood studios and biggest stars of that time: Cary Grant, Robert Cumming, Barbara Stanwick, Ginger Rogers, Michèle Morgan. But with WWII, the founders had to wait until 1946 to realize their dream of a festival of Liberty, of free nations, a powerful opponent to the Venice Film Festival which had become openly fascist under Mussolini.
During 70 years, the festival has remained true to its ideology, following the World’s changes by keeping a total freedom of expression and uncovering new talents.
Honoring avant-garde movements («Roma, ciuta aperta» by Roberto Rossellini, «Les 400 coups» by François Truffaut), not afraid of societal controversies ( Maurice Pialat’s «Sous le soleil de Satan», pro-abortion film «Histoire d’A»), criticizing foreign policies (Michael Moore’s «Fahrenheit 9/11»), Cannes showcases a fresh point of view, where directors gain worldwide recognition overnight with unforgettable titles like «Blue is the Warmest Color», «Pulp Fiction», «Underground», «La Grande Bouffe»… Cannes is, and always will be, the festival of freedom.
2016 /// France /// French – English /// Documentary /// In Pre-Production
THE ONLY THING MORE DANGEROUS THAN A MAN WHO CAN’T GET WHAT HE WANTS, IS A MAN WHO CAN GET WHATEVER HE WANTS.
IN PRE-PRODUCTION – SHOOTING MARCH 2017
Kate and Matt are a young New York couple in their thirties. He’s a struggling comic book artist, she’s tired of her job in a big law firm. In search of a more authentic and healthy life, they leave the City and move into an old house in upstate New Hampshire. They soon discover a secret hidden room that has the extraordinary power to materialize anything they wish for. Like children in a fairytale candy house, they spend days and nights indulging their every desire of material possession. And then one day, they ask for a child….a little boy .
Beneath this apparent state of bliss, something darker lurks and some wishes can have dire consequences: the Room’s creations cannot leave the house without wasting away. The Room could very well turn their dream into a nightmare…
2016 /// France / Canada /// English /// Fantasy – Horror /// In Pre-Production
CAST Olga KURYLENKO (Quantum of Solace, Oblivion)
SCREENPLAY Eric FORESTIER, Christian VOLCKMAN
PRODUCERS Yaël Fogiel & Laetitia Gonzalez – Les Films du Poisson (On Tour, The Tree) / Martin Katz – Prospero Pictures (Maps to the Stars, A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis, Hotel Rwanda)
Daoud, a young man from Bagdad, is drafted in the war against Iran. Sent to the front line, he is assigned a gruesome task at the morgue : sorting the new arrivals of dead bodies and organizing their transport to their final resting place – either the family home for the “Martyrs” or a burning mass grave in the desert for the “Traitors”.
Amongst the dishonored corpses, a man – Ali – is still breathing. When Daoud finds the farewell letter Ali wrote to his beloved daughter, he decides to save the man from this hell and to reunite him with his family. He deserts the army and embarks on a dangerous journey to bring his new friend home.
2016 /// Iraq / France / Netherlands /// Arabic /// Drama /// In Pre-Production
SCREENPLAY Koutaiba AL-JANABI
PRODUCERS Alcatraz films (Blue is the Warmest Color), OAK Motion Pictures
Directed by Alexandros Avranas (Miss Violence, True Crimes)
A couple hires a young migrant to be their surrogate mother and moves her to their beautiful villa. While the man is away for work, the woman and the girl start to bond and enjoy the couple’s wealthy way of life.
But behind her forced cheerfulness, the woman seems more and more depressed. After a few drinks with the girl, she goes for a drive.
The next morning, her husband gets a call : his wife is dead, her burned body was found in her wrecked car.
2016 /// Greece / France /// Greek /// Thriller /// In Production
Directed by NISHIKAWA Miwa (Sway, Dreams for Sale, Dear Doctor)
TORONTO 2016 – Special Presentations
ROME 2016 – Competition
Sachio, a popular novelist, loses his wife of many years in a bus accident, along with her best friend. He is with another woman when he hears the news and with any affection long gone from their marriage, he has to fake the grief everyone expects from him.
Under pressure to channel emotions he does not feel into his writing , he meets Yoichi, the truly devastated husband of his wife’s friend, left with 2 young children. Without really knowing why, Sachio offers to look after them while their father is at work.
Growing attached to this new found family, he finally begins to feel his loss and the void left by a wife he thought he didn’t care for. In his journey to understanding, he will find his love for her again.
2016 /// Japan /// Japanese /// Drama ///
CAST MOTOKI Masahiro (Departures), TAKEHARA Pistol (Green Mind, Metal Bats)
SCREENPLAY NISHIKAWA Miwa
PRODUCERS NISHIKAWA Asako , YOSE Akihiko – AOI Pro Inc.
Dallas makes her living in a rough trade, shingling roofs, while turning over female lovers in her personal life —until she encounters self-assured and successful fashion editor, Jasmine. From the moment their eyes meet, the two women are inexplicably drawn to one another. Their connection is powerful and immediate, plunging them into a passionate love affair. Jasmine can see through Dallas’s charm and womanizing ways, but that’s only a small problem, the bigger obstacle is Jasmine’s fiancé, Rile.
2016 /// Canada /// English /// Drama /// 90′
CAST Natalie KRILL, Erika LINDER
SCREENPLAY Stephanie FABRIZI
PRODUCERS Melissa COGHLAN – Serendipity Point Films
Directed by Harry CLEVEN (Duplicity, Why Get Married the Day the Wolrd Ends?)
SITGES FILM FESTIVAL 2016
Devastated with grief after the mysterious disappearance of her magician lover, Louise is sent to a psychiatric asylum. Nine months later, she gives birth to Angel, a baby boy with an incredible gift: he is invisible.
To protect him from the cruelty of the outside world, his mother hides his existence. Angel grows up quite normally until he meets Madeleine, a blind little girl of his age who lives nearby. They quickly fall in love and become inseparable, Madeleine still unaware of Angel’s invisibility. Until one day Madeleine announces something that will turn their lives upside down: she will recover her sight.
2016 /// France / Belgium /// French /// Fantasy-Romance /// 79′
CAST Elina LOWENSOHN (Declaration of War, A Very Long Engagement, Schindler’s List), Fleur GEFFRIER, Hannah BOUDRU, Maya DORY
SCREENPLAY Thomas GUNZIG (The Brand New Testament)
D.O.P. Juliette VAN DORMAEL
PRODUCERS Jaco VAN DORMAEL – Terra Incognita Films / Olivier RAUSIN / Daniel MARQUET
Directed by Jorge Michel GRAU (We Are What We Are)
ROME 2016 – Competition
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.
Directed by Andrew ROSSI (Page One: Inside the New York Times, Ivory Tower)
THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, “China: Through The Looking Glass,” an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Met curator Andrew Bolton.
With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi captures the collision of haute couture and celebrity at the Met Gala, one of the biggest global fashion events hosted every year by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour.
Featuring a cast of renowned artists in many fields (including filmmaker Wong Kar Wai and fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano) as well as a host of contemporary icons from Justin Bieber to Rihanna, the movie dives deep into the debate about whether fashion should be viewed as fine art and how misunderstanding and appropriation exists across cultures.
2016 /// USA /// English /// Documentary /// 91′
WITH Anna WINTOUR, Andrew BOLTON, Wong KAR-WAI, Jean-Paul GAULTIER, Karl LAGERFELD, John GALLIANO, Ricardo TISCI, Baz LUHRMANN, André Leon TALLEY
ELLE DRIVER is delighted to annouce the Awards at the CÉSAR 2016 STANDING TALL by Emmanuelle Bercot MOST PROMISING ACTOR – Rod Paradot BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Benoît Magimel Box office success in France – 710.000 admissions “A gritty and compassionate look at an adolescence riddled by violence. (…) An electric lead performance [...]
Directed by André TÉCHINÉ (French Riviera, Thieves, Wild Reeds, Strayed)
BERLIN 2016 – Competition
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…
2016 /// France /// French /// Drama /// 116′
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)
Co-PRODUCERS Wild Bunch, France 2 Cinema
FRENCH DISTRIBUTOR Wild Bunch Distribution – Release on March 30th 2016
Directed by Rachid BOUCHAREB (London River, Days of Glory)
BERLIN 2016 – Panorama Special
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?
2016 /// Algeria / France / Belgium /// French / English /// Drama /// 98′
CAST Astrid WHETTNALL (Yves Saint-Laurent, Capital), Pauline BURLET (The Past, La Vie en Rose)
Directed by Cyril DION & Mélanie LAURENT (Respire)
CESAR 2016 – BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD
STOCKHOLM 2015 – IMPACT Competition
BEST DOCUMENTARY AT THE FRENCH BOX-OFFICE 2015
BOX OFFICE PHENOMENON IN FRANCE – 1.000.000 ADMISSIONS – BELGIUM – 170.000 ADMISSIONS – AND IN SWITZERLAND – 100.000 ADMISSIONS
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 Films – 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)