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‘Leave Me’

France’s Association for the Diffusion of Independent Cinema (ACID) has unveiled the nine features it will showcase in its parallel Cannes section, running May 17-26.  ACID focuses on films without French distributors and first features. 

Six titles are world premieres including Chiara Malta and Sébastien Laudenbach’s animated family film Chicken For Linda!, which stars Laetitia Dosch and Clotilde Hesme in a story about a mother who feels guilty for punishing her daughter and tries to make it up to her by making her favourite chicken dish. Charades are handling international sales.

Also selected is Leave Me, the debut feature of Swiss director Maxime Rappaz. The mountain-set drama about a woman who finds an unexpected romantic connection stars French actress Jeanne Balibar and Germany’s Thomas Sarbacher.

Another world premiere is Dreaming In Between, the fourth feature from Ninomiya Ryutaro, whose previous films include Sweating The Small Stuff, which premiered at Locarno in 2017.

Rounding out the world premieres are Sana Na N’hada’s Guinea-Bissau-set war drama Nome; Maciek Hamela’s feature debut, documentary In The Rearview, and Liana Kassir and Renaud Pachot’s debut feature The Sea And Its Waves, about smugglers in Beirut. 

The line-up also features Sonia Ben Slama’s documentary Machtat, set to world premiere at Visions du Reel, Justine Harbonnier’s feature debut documentary Caiti Blues, and CPH:DOX selection On The Edge from Nicolas Peduzzi.

A programming committee of 14 filmmakers chose this year’s selection.  Filmmakers to have shown their early works in ACID include Kaouther Ben Hania, Claire Denis, Jim Cummings and Jude Radu.