Directed by Desiree AKHAVAN (Appropriate Behavior – Sundance 2014)
IN POST-PRODUCTION – FIRST IMAGES
When Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) loses her parents in a car accident she’s left with a sense of guilt and relief because their deaths mean they’ll never learn that she’s gay. Years later (1993) 16-year-old Cameron is living with her born-again Evangelical aunt while (secretly) sleeping with the prom queen. When the girls are caught in the back of her boyfriend’s car, Cameron’s sent to to God’s Promise, a conversion therapy center where teens are “cured” of their homosexual attractions. It’s in this surreal setting that she finds her place among two fellow sinners, Jane (Sasha Lane) and Adam (Forrest Goodluck) who introduce her to the pleasures of normal teen life. She even opens herself up to the possibility of change until one of her classmates has a breakdown and she comes face to face with the cost of brainwashing yourself into denying your identity and fighting against your every urge. It’s then that she, Jane and Adam realize their best hope for “salvation” is to escape.
2017 /// USA /// English /// Drama – Comedy – Coming of Age /// In Post-Production
CAST Chloë Grace MORETZ (Kick-Ass, Let me In, Clouds of Sils Maria), Sasha LANE (American Honey), Forrest GOODLUCK, John GALLAGHER JR., Jennifer EHLE
SCREENPLAY Desiree AKHAVAN & Cecilia FRUGIUELE (Appropriate Behavior)
PRODUCERS Beachside Films (Louder than Bombs, Morris from America), Parkville Pictures (Appropriate Behavior)
Based on the book «The Miseducation of Cameron Post» by Emily DANFORTH
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