Out of competition film profiles

ALOIS NEBEL (Czech Rep-Ger)

Dir Tomas Lunak

The feature debut of Czech director Lunak — whose credits include several rock videos — Alois Nebel is an animated movie set towards the end of the 1980s at a small railway station on the Czech-Poland border. When the local dispatcher, Alois Nebel, begins to see hallucinations of trains from the past, he is sent on a personal journey. Produced by the Czech Republic’s Negativ and Tobogang and Germany’s Pallas Film.

Sales The Match Factory - info@matchfactory.de


Dir Ermanno Olmi

Italian auteur Olmi has already earned a number of major awards, including a Palme d’Or for The Tree Of Wooden Clogs in 1978 and Venice’s Golden Lion for The Legend Of The Holy Drinker in 1988. Like the latter, The Cardboard Village (Il Villaggio Di Cartone) stars Rutger Hauer and explores spirituality. Hauer plays a priest who finds a new mission in life after he sees his church demolished. The film was produced by Luigi Musini of Cinemaundici with Rai Cinema.

Sales Rai Trade - rossi@rai.it


Dir Steven Soderbergh

One of the big US draws on the Lido, Soderbergh’s high-octane international  thriller about a deadly virus has a high-profile cast that includes Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law and Laurence Fishburne. Produced by Participant Media and Imagenation Abu Dhabi with Double Feature Films and Gregory Jacobs, the film will be released in the US by Warner Bros on September 9.

Worldwide distribution Warner Bros Pictures - www.warnerbros.com

DAMSELS IN DISTRESS (US) (closing film)

Dir Whit Stillman

The fourth film from writer-director Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days Of Disco) is a comedy about three girls who set out to revolutionise a grungy US university. Damsels In Distress was produced by Westerly Film Production and the cast includes Greta Gerwig and Adam Brody.

Worldwide distribution Sony Pictures Releasing - www.sonypictures.net


Dir Philippe Faucon

This $3m drama from the director of The Betrayal is a Lille-set drama about political extremism. It was produced by Yves Chanvillard and Nadim Cheikhrouha of Screen Runner, and co-produced by Istiqlal Films and Dragons Films. Rachid Debbouze, Yassine Azzouz, Ymanol Perset and Mohamed Nachit star.

Sales Pyramide International - elagesse@pyramidefilms.com

EVA (Sp-Fr)

Dir Kike Maillo

The Weinstein Company picked up all English-speaking territories to the debut feature from Spanish director Kike Maillo at Cannes this year. Set in 2041, the film is the story of a cyber-engineer seeking to create a child android who discovers something unexpected about his young niece. Produced by Escandalo Films, the cast includes Daniel Brühl, Claudia Vega, Marta Etura and Alberto Ammann.

Sales Wild Bunch - edevos@wildbunch.eu


Dirs Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou

The duo behind Microcosmos unite on The Field Of Enchantment (La Clé Des Champs), which blends a nature documentary with a fictional love story. It tells the story of a young boy and girl who are brought together by creatures in a deserted pond. It was produced by Thelma Films and Manchester Films.

Sales Wild Bunch - edevos@wildbunch.eu


Dir Chantal Akerman

Adapted from Joseph Conrad’s debut novel Almayer’s Folly, La Folie Almayer is set in south-east Asia and tells the story of a merchant whose dreams of riches for his daughter collapse under the weight of his own greed and prejudice. The film is produced by Liaison Cinématographique, Artemis Productions and Paradise Films.

Sales Doc & Film International - d.elstner@docandfilm.com


Dir Mary Harron

Harron’s adaptation of cult novel The Moth Diaries, by Rachel Klein, is an emotional drama with supernatural elements set in an elite girls’ boarding school. Lily Cole and Sarah Bolger star. Alliance Films is distributing in Canada and Lionsgate in the UK. Cinetic is handling for the US.

Sales Wild Bunch - edevos@wildbunch.eu


Dirs Francesco Maselli, Carlo Lizzani, Ugo Gregoretti, Nino Russo

Four veteran Italian directors explore the effects of the earthquake — or ‘scossa’ — that struck Messina in Sicily and Reggio Calabria on the Italian mainland 100 years ago, claiming 100,000 lives. The four 20-minute films each have their own distinct styles.

Sales Paco Cinematografica - info@pacocinematografica.it


Dir Tony Ching Siu-tung

Jet Li and Eva Huang headline this $25m fantasy epic about a white snake that transforms into a beautiful woman to rescue a man with whom she falls in love. The Sorcerer And The White Snake (Baish Echuanshuo) is the latest feature from Hong Kong director and action choreographer Ching, whose credits include A Chinese Ghost Story and An Empress And The Warriors.

Sales Distribution Workshop - virginia@distributionworkshop.com


Dir Rolando Colla

Colla’s coming-of-age story is set during a traditional Italian summer at the beach. As their parents’ relationships teeter, the games played by two 12-year-olds become violent. Summer Games (Giochi D’Estate) was backed by MEDIA and Eurimages.

Sales Rezo Films - infosrezo@rezofilms.com

TAHRIR 2011 (the good, the bad and the politician) (Egy)

Dirs Tamer Ezzat, Ahmad Abdalla, Ayten Amin, Amr Salama

A feature documentary about the revolution that ended the Egyptian regime’s 30-year grip on power. Three young directors tell the story of the revolution, focusing on the individuals whose actions would change the future. The film was produced by Film Clinic and Amana Creative.

Sales Pacha Pictures - dbesse@pachapictures.com


Dir Takashi Shimizu

From the director of The Grudge, this 3D film centres on a young boy whose family seems to be falling apart around him. The situation becomes worse when he manifests a dangerous friendship and reliance on a stuffed toy rabbit that comes to life. Christopher Doyle is the film’s DoP, marking the first time the acclaimed cinematographer has worked in 3D.

Sales Fortissimo Films - info@fortissimo.nl


Dir Victor Kossakovsky

For this feature documentary, Russian director Kossakovsky goes on a journey to explore Earth’s land-to-land antipodes. The film was produced by Germany’s Ma.Ja.De, with co-producers including Lemming Film, Gema Films and Producciones Aplaplac.

Sales Deckert Distribution - info@deckert-distribution.com

W.E. (UK)

Dir Madonna

Madonna’s second film (her Filth & Wisdom played at the Berlinale in 2008) intertwines the story of the love affair between Edward VIII and US divorcee Wallis Simpson with that of a contemporary couple. An appealing cast is headed by Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, James D’Arcy, Oscar Isaac, Natalie Dormer and James Fox. The Weinstein Company has US rights and will release the film on December 9 in Los Angeles and New York. Optimum will release in the UK.

Sales IM Global - jonathan_deckter@imglobalfilm.com


Dir Al Pacino

Working in the same style as his acclaimed Looking For Richard, Pacino mixes documentary, fiction and improvisation to re-interpret Oscar Wilde’s controversial Salome. The film stars Pacino and Jessica Chastain and was produced by Barry Navidi and Robert Fox.

Sales Arclight Films - gary@arclightfilms.com

Orizzonti (selected)

CUT (Jap) (opening film)

Dir Amir Naderi

The latest from Iranian director Naderi follows a young Japanese film-maker who becomes embroiled with Yakuza gangsters. Billed as a love letter to Japanese films of the past, the cast includes Hidetoshi Nishijima.

Sales The Match Factory - info@matchfactory.de


Dir Jonathan Demme

A documentary about an African American woman trying to rebuild her life in the years after Hurricane Katrina, from the director of Rachel Getting Married and The Silence Of The Lambs.

Sales clinicaasst@gmail.com; lindsayjaeger@gmail.com


Dir Marina De Van

Denis Lavant, Adrien De Van, Rachel Arditi and Valerie Dashwood star in this fairytale from De Van (Don’t Look Back). Little Tom Thumb (Le Petit Poucet) is produced by Flach Film.

Contact Flach Film jfl@flachfilm.com


Dir James Franco

Franco’s latest directorial outing tells the story of doomed Hollywood icon Sal Mineo. Val Lauren plays Mineo.

Sales CAA - filmsales@caa.com


Dir Michael Glawogger

A documentary exploring the sex trade in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico.

Sales The Match Factory - info@matchfactory.de

Venice Days (selected)


Dir Philippe Lioret

Adapted from Emmanuel Carrere’s book, All Our Desires (Toutes Nos Envies) stars Vincent Lindon and Marie Gillain as two judges who unite to make a change.

Sales Other Angle Pictures - otheranglepics@gmail.com


Dir Jean-Marc Vallée

Vanessa Paradis stars in this film, from C.R.A.Z.Y. director Vallée, which spans 1960s Paris and present-day Canada.

Sales Films Distribution - fry@filmsdistribution.com

Li And The Poet (It-Fr)

Dir Andrea Segre

Segre’s documentary Green Blood screened in Venice Days last year, and the director’s fiction debut is a romantic drama about a Chinese woman and an old Italian fisherman. Li And The Poet (Io Sono Li) stars Zhao Tao, Rade Serbedzija and Marco Paolini.

Italian dist Parthenos - rborghero@gmail.com


Dir Lou Ye

Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Corinne Yam star in this film from the director of Spring Fever, which won the screenplay prize at Cannes in 2009. The story follows a young teacher from Beijing who begins an intense and abusive affair. It is produced by Dream Factory, Why Not Films, Les Films du Lendemain and Arte France Cinema.

Sales Wild Bunch - edevos@wildbunch.eu