The full line-up of world premiere Special Screenings at the 68th Cannes Film Festival with details on each title including sales contacts.
Dir Elad Keidan
The Israeli film-maker’s debut feature comes to Cannes as a Special Screening seven years after he won the Cinefondation prize for his short Anthem. Afterthought (Hayored Lema’ala), developed at the Cannes Atelier in 2011, follows a chance meeting between a teacher and a former pupil on the 1,000 steps connecting the upper and lower parts of the port city of Haifa. Keidan is a graduate of Jerusalem’s Sam Spiegel Film & Television School and his debut won a prize when it was presented as a work in progress at Jerusalem Film Festival’s Pitch Point in 2014.
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Dir Barbet Schroeder
Schroeder has been a regular on the Croisette since his debut More in 1969, with films such as documentary Terror’s Advocate in 2007 and 1987 comedy romance Barfly, which played in Competition. Produced by Margaret Ménégoz and Ruth Waldburger, Amnesia focuses on a young music producer who heads to Ibiza to become a DJ only to be distracted by an older female recluse. Lluis Altés and Fermi Reixach star.
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Don’t Tell Me The Boy Was Mad (Fr)
Dir Robert Guédiguian
Guédiguian appeared in Competition in 2002 with Marie-Jo And Her Two Loves; out of competition in 2009 with The Army Of Crime; and in Un Certain Regard with Marius And Jeannette in 1997 and The Snows Of Kilimanjaro in 2011. His latest film Don’t Tell Me The Boy Was Mad (Une Histoire De Fou) draws on his Armenian roots, and is about a young man whose radicalisation leads to him injuring a passer-by in an attack on the Turkish ambassador in Paris. The film reunites the director with actors Simon Abkarian and Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, plus his wife and muse Ariane Ascaride.
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Macadam Stories (Fr)
Dir Samuel Benchétrit
This comedy drama is based on the first volume of Benchétrit’s autobiography Les Chroniques De L’Asphalte and explores a series of chance encounters between six solitary people, resulting in moments of compassion and intimacy. The cast includes Isabelle Huppert, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Michael Pitt.
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Dir Souleymane Cissé
Malian director Cissé’s first film since 2009’s Tell Me Who You Are, which premiered as a Cannes Special Screening, has been kept under wraps, with no plot information or cast revealed (there’s talk Oka involves Malian real-estate speculation). Cissé’s movies have twice been included in Competition: 1995’s Waati, about apartheid and intolerance, and 1987’s Yeelen, which won the Jury Prize. The award made Cissé the first African film-maker to win a prize at Cannes. His 1982 drama The Wind, about a student uprising, screened in Un Certain Regard.
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Dir Pavle Vuckovic
Making his feature debut, Serbian director Vuckovic comes to Cannes with this drama about a serial dater who begins a love affair with an enigmatic woman. His obsession with unravelling her inner life prompts him to investigate her social-media activity, with surprising results. Vuckovic’s shorts Run Rabbit Run (2003) and Minus (2007) won first and third prizes, respectively, in the festival’s Cinéfondation section. Panama stars newcomers Slaven Doslo and Jovana Stojiljkovic, and is shot by Vuckovic’s longtime DoP Dorde Arambasic.
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A Tale Of Love And Darkness (US-Isr)
Dir Natalie Portman
Portman’s directorial debut, A Tale Of Love And Darkness (Sipur Al Ahava Ve Choshech), also sees her star as a depressed daydreamer struggling with her young family in the early years after the formation of Israel, in an adaptation of the novel by Amos Oz. Rian Johnson collaborator Ram Bergman produces.
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