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.
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”.
Directed by Emmanuelle BERCOT (Backstage, On My Way)
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.
Directed by Benoit JACQUOT (Farewell My Queen, 3 Hearts)
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.
Laure is a stewardess who wants to have a child. Oussmane is a rapper who wants to become known. Kahina is
out of jail for Xmas and wants to see her son.
The three of them will meet, fight and help each other, while trying to fulfill their dreams. Together they will wonder:
How do you create love? How do you make love ?
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.
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.
Directed by Isabel COIXET (My Life without Me, Map of the Sounds of Tokyo)
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.
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.
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.