New films from Damien Chazelle, Xavier Dolan and Barry Jenkins are among the hot American projects to arrive in 2018.

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North America

Beautiful Boy

Dir: Felix van Groeningen
Belgian wunderkind van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgica) makes his English-language debut in a hot package that stars awards hopeful Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) and Steve Carell as a father and son dealing with the youngster’s meth addiction. Amazon Studios holds rights to the drama from Plan B, and has a track record of securing festival launches prior to a theatrical run. Contact: Alice Laffille, FilmNation

Boy Erased

Dir: Joel Edgerton
Australian multi-hyphenate Edgerton’s follow-up to 2015 horror-mystery The Gift centres on the son of a Baptist pastor forced to take part in a gay conversion programme. Adapted from Garrard Conley’s memoir, the drama has awards gloss and stars Lucas Hedges as the youngster, with Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe as his parents. Focus Features plans a September 28 release and Universal will distribute internationally. Contact: Focus Features

The Burning Woman 

Dir: Jake Scott
Sienna Miller is being groomed for a potential awards run with Scott Free’s thriller about a woman who raises her grandson after her teenage daughter goes missing. Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul and Macon Blair also star. Look for a possible autumn festival slot. International contact: Bloom Media, US contact: Endeavor Content

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Dir: Xavier Dolan
Québécois firebrand and Cannes habitué Dolan makes his English-language debut on the story of a young actor (Room’s Jacob Tremblay) who recalls a personally influential correspondence with a now deceased American TV star. The all-star cast includes Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Thandie Newton, Kit Harington, Sarah Gadon and Michael Gambon. International contact: Anick Poirier, Seville International, US contact: CAA


Dir: Karyn Kusama
Kusama, who broke out with Girlfight and confirmed her feature chops with horror The Invitation in 2015, began production on this crime drama at the end of 2017 in Los Angeles. Nicole Kidman plays a troubled detective who reconnects with members of a California desert gang she infiltrated years ago. Sebastian Stan and Toby Kebbell also star. International contact: Rocket Science, US contact: ICM Partners, CAA

First Man

Dir: Damien Chazelle
Chazelle, the winner of last year’s best director Academy Award, reunites with his La La Land star Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong for this biopic about the first man to walk on the moon. Claire Foy (The Crown), Jon Bernthal, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler and Lukas Haas also star. Worldwide rights holder Universal has set an October 12 US release date, setting up a possible launch at Venice — where La La Land premiered — Toronto or Telluride. Contact: Universal

If Beale Street Could Talk 

Dir: Barry Jenkins
Jenkins’ Moonlight established the Miami filmmaker as a creator of singular vision whose follow-up is sure to land a prestige festival berth. Annapurna Pictures plans a 2018 release for the story, based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name about a pregnant woman in 1970s Harlem who races to prove her fiancé’s innocence. Moonlight producer Plan B is also on board, and Dave Franco, Pedro Pascal and Regina King star. Contact: Adriene Bowles, Annapurna Pictures

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Isle Of Dogs

Dir: Wes Anderson
Isle Of Dogs is the first animation to open the Berlinale and marks the director’s fourth film to premiere at the festival after most recent selection and 2014 Silver Bear winner The Grand Budapest Hotel. The story takes place in Japan where a boy searches for his dog. Voice cast includes Greta Gerwig, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Edward Norton and Scarlett Johansson. Fox Searchlight distributes in the US on March 23, and Fox International will roll out the film internationally after that date. Contact: 20th Century Fox


Dir: Drake Doremus
Indie auteur Doremus is keeping busy after Newness premiered at Sundance in 2017 and returns with Scott Free’s Zoe, a romance starring Ewan McGregor and Léa Seydoux as scientists who make a profound discovery while researching romance. Rashida Jones play’s McGregor’s ex-wife. Christina Aguilera co-stars.
International contact: Global Road, US contact: UTA Independent Film Group  

Latin America

Birds Of Passage

Dirs: Ciro Guerra, Cristina Gallego
Guerra dazzled critics with his 2015 black-and-white Colombian foreign-language Oscar contender Embrace Of The Serpent. His follow-up teams Guerra with his wife, producer and co-director Gallego on a story about a Wayuu indigenous family that gets involved in the marijuana trade in Colombia in the 1970s. Contact: Films Boutique


Dir: Alonso Ruizpalacios
Ruizpalacios’s comedy-drama Güeros won the best first feature prize at the 2014 Berlinale and best picture at Mexico’s Ariel Awards the following year. He returns with this 1985-set story of criminals who stage a heist at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Contact: Distant Horizon

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Dir: Pablo Trapero
After his Argentinian box-office smash The Clan, Trapero returns with the story of a prodigal woman who reunites with her mother and sister on the titular family estate as they confront family trauma stemming from the military dictatorship. Production in Buenos Aires began in December. Contact: Eva Diederix, Wild Bunch


Dir: Alfonso Cuaron
It has been four years since Cuaron won the best director Oscar for his global smash Gravity and he returns with his first film set in Mexico since his 2001 international breakout Y Tu Mama Tambien. Little is known about Roma except it chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the 1970s. Contact: Participant Media

Where Life Is Born

Dir: Carlos Reygadas
Cannes regular Reygadas’s sixth fiction feature is the story of a man in an open relationship who struggles to reconcile himself to the fact his wife has fallen in love with another man. Contact: The Match Factory