Directors include Rosales, Larrain, Stoll Ward, Wheatley, Bakhshi.
Dir Pablo Stoll Ward
Ward co-wrote and directed Whisky, which picked up the Un Certain Regard Fipresci prize in 2004, and his latest feature, Hiroshima, was selected for Toronto and Rotterdam. His second solo feature is a comedy about a man (Humberto de Vargas) re-connecting with his family.
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Dir Elie Wajeman
Wajeman makes his feature debut with this drama about a man faced with the dilemma of whether to leave France for Israel after his mother dies. Pio Marmai, Cédric Kahn and Adele Haenel star in the film, which Wajeman co-wrote with Gaelle Macé.
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A Respectable Family (Iran-Fr)
Dir Massoud Bakhshi
The feature debut of Iran’s Bakhshi, A Respectable Family is a family drama set in Iran after the revolution, at the beginning of the Iran-Iraq war, and in the present day.
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Camille Rewinds (Fr)
Dir Noémie Lvovsky
French director Lvovsky’s comedy-drama Camille Rewinds tells the story of a 40-year-old mother — abandoned by her partner for a younger woman — who travels back in time to her teenage years when they first met. Lvovsky, who takes the lead in the film alongside Mathieu Amalric, screened her romantic drama Feelings at Venice in 2003.
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Clandestine Childhood (Arg-Sp-Br)
Dir Benjamin Avila
Having directed the documentary Nietos, Avila’s fiction feature debut revolves around an Argentinian family living in secrecy during the dictatorship of the 1970s. The drama won the Casa De America award at last year’s San Sebastian International Film Festival, which provided funds towards post-production, and it was shown as a work-in-progress at Ventana Sur.
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Dangerous Liaisons (Chi)
Dir Hur Jin-ho
Adapted by Chinese writer Yen Geling, the latest version of the classic novel is moved to 1930s Shanghai and stars Jang Dong-gun, Zhang Ziyi and Cecilia Cheung. South Korean director Hur’s debut feature Christmas In August screened in Critics’ Week in 1998, while his One Fine Spring Day (2001) picked up prizes at Busan and Tokyo.
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The Dream And Silence (Sp-Fr)
Dir Jaime Rosales
The latest from Spain’s Rosales tells the story of a man who loses his daughter in a car crash and wakes from a coma to find he remembers nothing about her. Sergi Lopez, Maria de Medeiros and Celia Correas star. Rosales’ The Hours Of The Day and Solitary Fragments both screened at Cannes.
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Ernest And Célestine (Fr-Bel-Lux)
Dirs Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner
Belgian animators Aubier and Patar’s A Town Called Panic was the first stop-motion animated feature to screen in Cannes’ official selection in 2009. Now they have teamed up with French first-timer Renner for this animated feature about a friendship between a mouse and a bear, based on Gabrielle Vincent’s children’s books. The film was produced by Les Armateurs, whose credits include Kirikou and The Triplets Of Belleville.
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Dir Yulene Olaizola
Mexican film-maker Olaizola’s third feature is an English-language film set on Canada’s Fogo Island. It uses a documentary-style approach to tell a fictional story about a deteriorating small community. Olaizola’s Artificial Paradises screened at Rotterdam and Tribeca in 2011, while her 2008 documentary Shakespeare And Victor Hugo’s Intimacies picked up awards at IDFA and Montreal among other festivals.
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Gangs Of Wasseypur (Ind)
Dir Anurag Kashyap
An epic gangster film set against the backdrop of India’s coal capital Dhanbad, Gangs Of Wasseypur follows a family locked in a blood feud with a local union leader-turned-mafia boss, from the 1940s to the present day. Udaan, which Kashyap co-wrote, screened in Un Certain Regard in 2010, while his credits also include That Girl In Yellow Boots and Dev D.
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Granny’s Funeral (Fr)
Dir Bruno Podalydes
Suffering a midlife crisis, Armand navigates his family life, his job as a chemist and his grandmother’s funeral. Denis Podalydes, Isabelle Candelier and Valérie Lemercier star in the comedy from Why Not Productions. Actor-director Bruno Podalydes picked up a César for Only God Sees Me in 1998. UGC distributes in France.
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Hold Back (Fr)
Dir Rachid Djaidani
Actor and author Djaidani (The Age Of Man… Now Or Never!) makes his feature directorial debut with Hold Back (Rengaine), which he also scripted, about a black Christian man who wants to marry a North African woman. Djaidani’s documentary Sur Ma Ligne, for which he filmed himself writing his second novel Mon Nerf, played as part of the ACID selection at Cannes in 2007.
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The King Of Pigs (S Kor)
Dir Yeun Sang-ho
The first South Korean animation to screen in official selection, Yeun’s brutal debut thriller is about school bullying. The film created serious buzz at the Busan International Film Festival last year where it won the Directors’ Guild of Korea (DGK) director award and the CGV Movie Collage Award. It was released in South Korea in November.
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Dir Pablo Larrain
No stars Gael Garcia Bernal as an ad man who, during Augusto Pinochet’s 1988 referendum, attempts to sway the electorate against the dictator. The fourth feature from Chilean director Larrain, it is his second to premiere at Cannes after Tony Manero screened in Directors’ Fortnight in 2008.
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Opération Libertad (Fr-Switz-Port)
Dir Nicolas Wadimoff
Winner of the Forum Ecumenical Jury Prize at Berlin in 2010 with the documentary Aisheen — Still Alive In Gaza, Wadimoff makes his first visit to Cannes with Opération Libertad, which was shot in Switzerland. Some 30 years after a bank robbery, tapes emerge that were filmed by the group of young left-wing revolutionaries who committed the crime.
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Le Repenti (Alg-Fr)
Dir Merzak Allouache
Algerian auteur Allouache’s latest stars Adila Bendimerad, Khaled Benaissa and Nabil Asli and tells the story of a jihadist who returns to his village seeking amnesty. Allouache won the Fipresci Prize at Cannes in 1994 with Bab El-Oued City.
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Room 237 (US)
Dir Rodney Ascher
A premiere at Sundance earlier this year, Room 237 is an experimental documentary exploring the numerous theories which have sprung up about the meanings of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. IFC Midnight has North American rights.
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La Sirga (Col-Fr-Mex)
Dir William Vega
Winner of Cinelatino’s Films in Progress in Toulouse in March, La Sirga from first-time Colombian director Vega follows a young woman who flees a massacre to set up a new life for herself at the titular boarding house in the Andes.
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The We And The I (US)
Dir Michel Gondry
Gondry’s film about high-school children who travel into the future was shot in New York. The director’s Human Nature screened out of competition at Cannes in 2001, and he headed the shorts jury in 2011.
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The Night In Front (Chi-Fr)
Dir Raul Ruiz
Veteran director Ruiz’s final film before his death last August marked the film-maker’s return to his native Chile after a career spent largely in France. Ruiz previously appeared four times in Cannes Competition, and served on the jury in 2002.
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Dir Ben Wheatley
UK director Wheatley’s third feature — after the critically acclaimed Down Terrace and Kill List — Sightseers was written by and stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram as a couple on a caravanning holiday who indulge in a spot of serial killing. StudioCanal will release in the UK in the autumn.
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