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CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA by Olivier Assayas

CAST: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz

At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena.

She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria; a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Chloë Grace Moretz) is to take on the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself.

Photography by Yorick Le Saux (Only Lovers Left Alive, Potiche, Carlos, …).

Cannes 2014: In Competition

 

STILL THE WATER by Naomi Kawase

CAST: Nijiro Murakami, Jun Yoshinaga, Tetta Sugimoto, Miyuki Matsuda, Fujio Tokita

On the subtropical Japanese island of Amami, traditions about nature remain eternal. During the full-moon night of  traditional dances in August, 14-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body floating in the sea. His girlfriend Kyoko will attempt to help him understand this mysterious discovery.

Together, Kaito and Kyoko will learn to become adults by experiencing the interwoven cycles of life, death and love.

From the award-winning director of The Mourning Forest (Grand Prix, Cannes Film Festival 2007) and Suzaku (Caméra d’Or, Cannes Films Festival 1997).

Cannes 2014: In Competition

 

TOM AT THE FARM by Xavier Dolan

CAST: Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy, Evelyne Brochu

Tom, a young advertising copywriter, travels to the country for a funeral. There, he’s shocked to find out no one knows who he is, nor who he was to the deceased, whose brother soon sets the

rules of a twisted game. In order to protect the family’s name and grieving mother, Tom now has

to play the peacekeeper in a household whose obscure past bodes even greater darkness for his «trip» to the farm.

Long ways, long lies…

Set in Quebec’s rural panorama, this psychological thriller centres on the evergrowing gap between city and country and the oppositive nature of men who live there. Stockholm syndrome, deception, grief and secretive savageries pervade this brief and brutal pilgrimage through the warped and ugly truth. Adapted from the original play by acclaimed Quebecois author Michel Marc Bouchard, Tom at the Farm is Xavier Dolan’s fourth film.

Venice International Film Festival -  in Competition - World Premiere
Toronto International Film Festival – official selection

 

HOTELL by Lisa Langseth

CAST: Alicia Vidanker, David Dencik, Mira Eklund, Simon J Berger

Erika has it all: a good job, lots of friends and a secure relationship. Until the day it all falls apart. Suddenly this perfect life means nothing, and the feelings she once was able to control are no longer within reach. She starts going to group therapy and meets other people with different kinds of traumas. One day a question is raised within the group: Why shouldn’t we be allowed to feel good? The group decides to head for a place of complete anonymity. A place where you can reboot your persona and become whoever you want to be – they start checking into hotels.

Starring Alicia Vikander (ROYAL AFFAIRANNA KARENINA).

Toronto International Film Festival – official selection - World Premiere

 

 

GERONTOPHILIA by Bruce LaBruce

CAST: Walter Borden, Katie Boland, Pier Gabriel Lajoie

18-year-old Lake has a sweet activist girlfriend, but one day discovers he has an unusual attraction for the elderly. Fate conspires to land him a summer job at a nursing home where he develops a tender relationship with Mr. Peabody. Discovering that the patients are being over-medicated to make them easier to manage, Lake decides to wean him off his medication and help him escape, resulting in a humorous and heartfelt road trip that strengthens their bond.

The always provocative Bruce LaBruce is back with a new romantic comedy (of sorts).

Venice International Film Festival -  Venice Days – World Premiere
Toronto International Film Festival – official selection

 

 

 

IN POST-PRODUCTION

 

METAMORPHOSES by Christophe Honoré

CAST: Amira Akili, Sébastien Hirel, Damien Chapelle

When Europe skips class to climb aboard an eight wheel truck with a magnetic young man named Jupiter, little does she know of the journey of initiation that lies ahead of her. Just off the side of the motorway lies a land inhabited by powerful gods who can transform humans into plants or animals in the blink of an eye. Jupiter, Bacchus, Orpheus: Europe watches, listens and plays in this confrontation of gods and mortals, grasping a greater sense of life and love with these sweet vengeful seducers.

After Love Songs, Making Plans for Lena and Beloved, Christophe Honoré returns with a sensuous and witty modern day adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

 
I, KAMIKAZE by Masa Sawada

CAST: Fujio Hayashi

A veteran narrates his memories from World War II when he volunteered for the very first kamikaze operation planned by the Japanese Imperial Army.

A stunning personal testimony of a bigger-than-life tale.

 

 

 

TRUFFAUT INSURRECTED by Alexandre Moix

This portrait of the world-famous French director based on his personal correspondance reveals the little known insurgent side of his personnality. Featuring interviews with close collaborators, friends and family, this definitive documentary tells his intimate story, from the streets of Paris to the filmmaking accolades and high profile marriages at the height of his career.

When I was 20, my dream was to be Truffaut.” Woody Allen

 

 

CHAPLIN BEHIND THE MASK by Frédéric Martin

When Charles Chaplin for the first time on February 17, 1914 wore the costume, hat and cane of the “Little Tramp”, the most famous character in movie history was born. One hundred years later, this documentary will retrace the story of Chaplin who, on the one hand, so utterly embodied the American dream and yet would became its nightmare at the same time. Extensive use will be made of Chaplin’s personal home footage with his family and all available documents, letters and personal belongings.

 

 

 

MARIN KARMITZ –A LIFE AT THE MOVIES by Felix von Boehm

Marin Karmitz – Bande à Part is an encounter between 23-year-old director Felix von Boehm and Marin Karmitz, founder of MK2, shot on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the company.

This documentary takes you on a journey through 50 years of European cinema history through the intimate portrait of Marin Karmitz, who – from his arrival in France as a child to his first steps in the cinema industry as the assistant of Agnès Varda, Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Rozier among others – has made his way to being today an influential figure in the cultural world. Marin Karmitz has produced more than 100 films (including films from the Taviani brothers, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, Alain Resnais, Ken Loach, Claire Denis, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Michael Haneke, Abbas Kiarostami, Hong Sang-Soo, Gus Van Sant…) and distributed about 350 (Wim Wenders, Fatih Akin, Mike Leigh, Steve McQueen, Xavier Dolan… to name a few). He has also successfully developed an independent network of 10 multiplexes in Paris(gathering an average annual audience of five million), bringing arthouse films in their original versions with subtitles into more working class neighbourhoods of the capital.

This documentary reveals the long haul of a bold entrepreneur who has made a mark in his time and industry.

 

 

IN PRODUCTION

DON’T TELL ME THE BOY WAS MAD by Robert Guédiguian

CAST: Syruis Shahidi, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Ariane Ascaride, Simon Abkarian, Serge Avédikian

Paris, 1981. Aram, a young man of Armenian origin, blows up the Turkish Ambassador’s car seriously injuring Gilles, who just happens to have been passing by on his bicycle.

Aram flees to Beirut to join the Armenian Liberation Army. His mother, Anouch, visits Gilles in hospital to ask for forgiveness for her son, but Gilles wants to meet his executioner face to face. With revenge in mind he heads to Marseille to confront Aram’s family and finds himself welcomed into their home for a prolonged stay. In Beirut Aram clashes with his comrades until the day when he decides to meet his victim in order to make him his spokesman…

 

WONDROUS BOCCACCIO of Paolo & Vittorio Taviani

CAST: Jasmine Trinca, Kim Rossi Stuart, Michele Riondino, Paola Cortellesi, Kasia Smutniak, Lello Arena

Florence, Italy, 1348. As the plague ravages the city dwellers of Tuscany, a group of young men and women takes shelter in a remote villa in the hills surrounding Florence. Now living as a community, they decide to tell each other a story a day to take their minds off their precarious situation…

Paolo and Vittorio Taviani return after Cesar must die (2012, Golden Berlin Bear) to celebrate the power of youth, love and poetry in a colourful adaptation of The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, a masterpiece of classical Italian literature.

 

 

 

THE TOURNAMENT of Elodie Namer

CAST: Michelangelo PASSANITI, Lou DE LAÂGE, Magne-Håvard BREKKE, Adam CORBIER

An International Chess Tournament is about to begin in Budapest, and a group of youngsters is doing some heavy partying in a 5-star hotel. Among them is 22 year old French mastermind Cal Fournier, the natural favourite in the competition. But when his chief adversary turns out to be an unknown eleven-year-old prodigy, the invincible Cal begins to question everything. His late nights, his coach, his girlfriend, his fellow players… Cal may have a lot more to lose than a tournament.

 

ARGENTINA by Carlos Saura

CAST: Soledad Pastorutti, Chaqueno Palavecino, Dino Saluzzi, Roxana Amed, Daniel Barenboim

Argentina plunges us into the heart of traditional Argentine music, via a succession of choreographed tableaux retracing a history rich in métissage. With a unique approach to its mise en scene, documentary images from different regions ofArgentinagracefully mixed with awe-inspiring traditional songs, performed by the greatest singers in the country. Both poetic and fascinating, Carlos Saura calls on the entire history of the country set to the tune of guitars and accordions.

“Carlos Saura [is] the major figure of the Nuevo Cine Espanol.” Variety

 

 

JOURNEY TO THE SHORE of Kiyoshi Kurosawa

CAST: Eri Fukatsu, Tadanobu Asano

Mizuki’s husband (Yusuke) drowned at sea three years ago. When he suddenly comes back home, she is not that surprised. Instead, Mizuki is wondering what took him so long. She agrees to let Yusuke take her on a journey.

Multi-award winner Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata, Kairo, Cure), embarks us on a love story that challenges our usual conceptions of life, death and half-life.

Based on the novel Kishibe No Tabi by Kazumi Yumoto.

 

 

IN PRE-PRODUCTION

 

AN of Naomi Kawase

CAST: Kirin Kiki, Toshiyuki Nagase

Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves dorayakis – pastries filled with sweet red bean paste (“an”). When an old lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen he reluctantly accepts. But Tokue proves to have magic in her hands when it comes to making “an”. Thanks to her secret recipe, the little business soon flourishes… And with time, Sentaro and Tokue will open their hearts to reveal old wounds.

Original story by Durian Sukegawa.