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.
Venice 2014: Official Selection (Venice Days)
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
Toronto 2014: Special Presentation
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
Toronto 2014: Contemporary World Cinema
Walter Salles (On the Road) follows Jia Zhang-Ke in China to the sets of his films, drawing a touching portrait of one of today’s greatest directors.
“Jia is simply one of the best and most important directors in the world.” The New Yorker
CAST: Fukatsu Eri, Asano Tadanobu
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.
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.
CAST: Michelangelo Passaniti, Lou DE Laâge, Magne-Håvard Brekke
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.
With Lou de Laâge, César nominee for Most Promising Actress (Jappeloup).
DOP Julien Poupard (Party Girl, Caméra d’Or Cannes 2014)
CAST: Syrius Shahidi, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Ariane Ascaride, Simon Abkarian, Serge Avédikian
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…
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.