Cannes 2014: Midnight Screenings, Special Screenings
The Midnight Screenings line-up at the 67th Cannes Film Festival with details on each title including sales contacts. Special Screenings line-up also included.
The Rover (Aus)
Dir David Michod
Set in the Australian desert in a dangerous and dysfunctional near future, Michod’s follow up to his lauded debut Animal Kingdom sees a loner track down the gang who stole his car ,with the forced assistance of a wounded gang member. Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson star in the thriller produced by Lava Bear’s David Linde, Australian producer Liz Watts and Michod, who is making his Cannes debut. A24 has US rights.
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The Salvation (Den)
Dir Kristian Levring
Danish director Levring made his Cannes debut in 2000 with Dogme film The King Is Alive in Un Certain Regard; he is back in 2014 with something completely different — a straightforward western. Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mikael Persbrandt, Eric Cantona and Eva Green lead the cast in the story of a Danish settler avenging his family’s deaths in the American Wild West of the 1870s. TrustNordisk has already sold to Jour2Fete and Chrysalis Films for France and to Madman for Australia and New Zealand, among other territories. Levring co-wrote the script with Anders Thomas Jensen (In A Better World). Sisse Graum Jorgensen produces for Zentropa and Nordisk has Scandinavian rights.
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The Target (S Kor)
In this South Korean remake of Fred Cavayé’s 2010 thriller Point Blank, an innocent man must team up with an ex-mercenary to rescue his kidnapped wife. Yoon Hong-seung directs The Target under his pseudonym Chang as he did with his first feature, the 2008 horror-thriller Death Bell. This will be his first trip to the Croisette, where he will be joined by a cast that includes Ryu Seung-ryong, Lee Jin-wook and Cho Yeo-jeong. Producer Syd Lim of Barunson and Young Films previously produced Bong Joon-ho’s Mother, which screened at Cannes in 2009, and Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy, the grand prix winner in 2004.
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The Bridges Of Sarajevo (Port-Fr-Bos Herz-Ger)
Dirs Aida Begic, Leonardo di Costanzo, Jean-Luc Godard, Kamen Kalev, Isild Le Besco, Sergei Loznitsa, Vincenzo Marra, Ursula Meier, Vladimir Perisic, Cristi Puiu, Marc Recha, Angela Schanelec, Teresa Villaverde
Omnibus feature The Bridges Of Sarajevo will mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, built around Sarajevo and what the city represents in Europe’s history. It comprises 14 short films of eight minutes each, directed by award-winning European film-makers. Godard and Loznitsa, who both contribute to the omnibus, also have features in Competition and Special Screenings respectively. French journalist Jean-Michel Frodon is the project’s artistic director.
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Cartoonists, Foot Soldiers Of Democracy (Fr)
Dir Stéphanie Valloatto
The Source and The Concert director Radu Mihaileanu teams up with veteran Le Monde cartoonist Plantu to tell the story of global cartoonists struggling for democracy and freedom of expression. Director Valloatto makes her feature debut with the French-language documentary produced by Mihaileanu and Cyrille Blanc of Cinextra. EuropaCorp will distribute in France.
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El Ardor (Arg-Fr-Bra-Mex)
Dir Pablo Fendrik
Argentinian director Fendrik — whose debut El Asaltante screened in Critics’ Week in 2007 and whose second film La Sangre Brota screened in the same section in 2008 — returns with this Amazon-set adventure thriller. Gael Garcia Bernal, who serves on this year’s Competition jury, stars as a mysterious shaman who rescues a rancher’s daughter (Alice Braga) from mercenaries. The feature marks Participant Media’s first investment under its Participant PanAmerica initiative.
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Dir Tony Gatlif
Rising French actress Céline Sallette stars in Géronimo as a young teacher in the south of France who tries to mend relationships between German and Turkish families. Gatlif is a Cannes regular who won the best director prize in 2004 for Exiles and the Un Certain Regard prize for his 1993 Romany documentary Latcho Drom. A screening of Géronimo will also be organised for local high school students.
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Dir Sergei Loznitsa
Acclaimed director Loznitsa’s films My Joy (2010) and In The Fog (2012) have screened in Competition at Cannes, with the latter winning the Fipresci prize. Loznitsa was brought up in Ukraine and returns to his documentary roots to examine the 2013-14 civil unrest in the Ukrainian capital’s central square.
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Of Men And War (Fr-US)
Dir Laurent Bécue-Renard
This documentary by French director Bécue-Renard, charts the emotional turmoil of a squad of US combat veterans years after their return from the front. Bécue-Renard is the author of Chronicles Of Sarajevo, and his first documentary, De Guerre Lasses (2003), screened at more than 40 film festivals.
The Owners (Kaz)
Dir Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Kazakh director Yerzhanov brings his debut feature, a black comedy about 25-year-old John, his teenage brother Erbol and their sickly 12-year-old sister Aliya, who have to leave the city for a remote village. But the house their mother left them has a stubborn squatter. Yerzhanov was selected for Berlinale Talents earlier this year.
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Red Army (US-Rus)
Dir Gabe Polsky
Directed by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Polsky, the son of Russian immigrants, this documentary mixes politics and sport as it peeks behind the Iron Curtain of the 1970s and 1980s. It is told from the perspective of Slava Fetisov, who captained the Soviet Union’s famed Red Army ice-hockey team. Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American, eastern European and Asian rights with Wild Bunch handling remaining international territories. Polsky is best known for producing Werner Herzog’s The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call — New Orleans and directing Rome Film Festival winner The Motel Life. Herzog and Jerry Weintraub are on board as executive producers.
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Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (Fr-Syr)
Dirs Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan
This doc offers a personal perspective on war-torn Syria inspired by an online correspondence between its two directors: Mohammed, a Syrian film-maker exiled in Paris, and Bedirxan, a Kurdish photographer living in Homs. Mohammed’s last film, the 2002 drama The Box Of Life, screened in Un Certain Regard, and at the 2011 festival he denounced the Syrian government’s repressive behaviour during the civil war, accusing those in power of killing civilians. The following year, he was fired by Syria’s Ministry of Culture.
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