Magazine article Screen International

Cannes 2012: In Competition; out of Competition

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes 2012: In Competition; out of Competition

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From the anticipated films by seasoned auteurs to the buzz titles from first-timers, Screen profiles the films headed to all the sections of the Cannes Film Festival in 2012In CompetitionAfter The Battle (Egy-Fr)

Dir Yousry Nasrallah

After The Battle is a Cairo-set drama charting the unlikely romance between an educated young woman and a poor camel herder, set during the tumultuous political upheaval of the Arab Spring. Nasrallah's The Gate Of The Sun screened out of competition in 2004.

Contact MK2, intlsales@mk2.comThe Angels' Share (UK-Bel-Fr-It)

Dir Ken Loach

Loach has appeared in Competition at Cannes a record 11 times -- winning the Palme d'Or for The Wind That Shakes The Barley in 2006 -- and he returns to the Croisette with this Glasgow-set comedy caper. Starring John Henshaw, William Ruane and Gary Maitland, the film was written by Loach's long-time writing partner Paul Laverty.

Contact Wild Bunch, www.wildbunch.bizBeyond The Hills (Rom)

Dir Cristian Mungiu

Having won the Palme d'Or in 2007 with 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days, Romanian director Mungiu returns with this drama about two young women in a convent who grew up in the same orphanage. The Dardenne brothers produced. Sundance Selects has North American rights.

Contact Wild Bunch, www.wildbunch.bizCosmopolis (Can-Fr)

Dir David Cronenberg

Cronenberg adapted Don DeLillo's novel about a financial golden boy who embarks on a day-long odyssey across Manhattan as his world is on the verge of collapse. Robert Pattinson leads the cast which also includes Juliette Binoche, Mathieu Amalric and Paul Giamatti. Paulo Branco and Martin Katz produce. Stone Angels will release in France and Kinology has done a slew of pre-sales. Cronenberg won a special jury prize in Cannes in 1996 for Crash, while his films Spider and A History Of Violence also showed in Competition.

Contact Kinology, gmelin@kinology.euHoly Motors (Fr-Ger)

Dir Leos Cara

xCarax's first feature since Pola X, which screened in Competition at Cannes in 1999, Holy Motors follows 'DL', a being who inhabits multiple lives over a 24-hour period. Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue star alongside Michel Piccoli, a previous best actor winner at Cannes back in 1980 for Salto Nel Vuoto.

Contact Wild Bunch, www.wildbunch.bizThe Hunt (Den-Swe)

Dir Thomas Vinterberg

Mads Mikkelsen stars as Lucas, a divorced man rebuilding his life who is accused of a crime he did not commit. Nordisk will release in Denmark, and TrustNordisk has already sold the Zentropa production to the UK (Arrow) and Benelux (Wild Bunch). Vinterberg's Festen won a jury prize at Cannes 1998; his last feature, Submarino, premiered at the Berlinale. The Hunt is the first Danish-language film to compete in Cannes in 14 years.

Contact TrustNordisk, info@trustnordisk.comIn Another Country (S Kor)

Dir Hong Sang-soo

South Korean director Hong won the Un Certain Regard prize in 2010 with Hahaha and returns to the Cannes Competition for the third time. In Another Country stars Isabelle Huppert, playing three different women called Anne in three different stories.

Contact Finecut, www.finecut.co.krIn The Fog (Ger-Neth-Belarus-Russ-Lat)

Dir Sergei Loznitsa

Ukrainian director Loznitsa returns to Cannes after screening My Joy in Competition in 2010. Adapted from the novel by Vasiliy Bykov, In The Fog is set in the German-occupied Western frontiers of the USSR in 1942, when a railway worker is wrongly accused of being a collaborator. The cast includes Vladimir Svirski, Vlad Abashin and Nikita Peremotovs.

Contact The Match Factory, info@matchfactory.deKilling Them Softly (US)

Dir Andrew Dominik

Brad Pitt's annual sojourn to the Croisette coincides with a second starring role for his The Assassination Of Jesse James director, this time in Killing Them Softly (formerly Cogan's Trade) as an enforcer who investigates a heist. New Zealand-born Dominik made his debut in 2000 with the acclaimed Chopper. …

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