Magazine article Screen International

Cannes 2014: Un Certain Regard

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes 2014: Un Certain Regard

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The world premieres in Un Certain Regard at the 67th Cannes Film Festival with details on each title including sales contacts.Amour Fou (Aust-Lux-Ger)

Dir Jessica Hausner

The first historical drama from Austria's Hausner, Amour Fou is inspired by the life and death of German Romantic writer Heinrich von Kleist, whose work was adapted in last year's Competition entry Michael Kohlhaas. Amour Fou has the rare distinction of sharing its title with its long-established production company, and of having a DoP -- Martin Gschlacht -- who is also one of its producers. Other producers include Amour Fou's Bady Minck, Coop 99's Antonin Svoboda and The Coproduction Office's Philippe Bober. This is Hausner's third feature in Cannes, following Un Certain Regard entries Lovely Rita (2001) and Hotel (2004).

Contact Coproduction Office olimpia@coproductionoffice.euAway From His Absence (Fr-Ger-Isr)

Dir Keren Yedaya

Based on Efrat Yerushalmi's novel, this drama examines an incestuous, seemingly loving relationship between a sexagenarian man and his twentysomething daughter. Both of director Yedaya's previous features premiered at Cannes with her first, Or, snagging the Camera d'Or in 2004. Away From His Absence stars Tzahi Grad -- who previously appeared in the 2009 Un Certain Regard entry Eyes Wide Open -- and newcomer Maayan Turgeman. The film also finds Yedaya reuniting with her Or cinematographer Laurent Brunet, who shot such Cannes notables as Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's 2010 jury prize-winner A Screaming Man.

Contact Bizibi eabizibi@free.frBeautiful Youth (Sp)

Dir Jaime Rosales

Barcelona-born minimalist Rosales -- known for spare, tense films that are short on dialogue -- returns to Un Certain Regard, which showed his Solitary Fragments in 2007, while his The Hours Of The Day and The Dream And The Silence were in Directors' Fortnight in 2003 and 2012 respectively. Set in the Madrid district of Carabanchel, Beautiful Youth (Hermosa Juventud) -- starring up-and-comer Ingrid Garcia Jonsson -- is about a hard-up young couple who turn to amateur porn. The film reputedly mixes Rosales' 16mm footage with digital material shot by the cast on cameras including smartphones.

Contact Fresdeval Films fresdevalfilms@erermas.comBird People (Fr)

Dir Pascale Ferran

Eight years have passed since Ferran's last film, the critical and cineaste hit Lady Chatterley, which itself came after a 10-year gap. Set in a Paris airport transit zone, Bird People is a drama with supernatural overtones about an American IT engineer (Josh Charles from TV hit The Good Wife) and a French hotel chambermaid (Anais Demoustier) whose lives are about to change radically. Tipped for the main Competition at an earlier point, this looks set to be one of the hotter titles on arthouse distributors' must-see lists.

Contact Films Distribution info@filmsdistribution.comThe Blue Room (Fr)

Dir Mathieu Amalric

Amalric directs and stars -- alongside Léa Drucker -- in The Blue Room (La Chambre Bleue), an adaptation of a novel by Inspector Maigret creator Georges Simenon, about a couple's on-and-off love affair that slowly grows into something more sinister. Amalric made his Cannes debut as a director in 2010 with On Tour (Tournée) -- which screened in Competition and won the best director prize and the Fipresci prize -- and he has also been a regular on the Croisette as an actor.

Contact Alfama Films alfamafilms@orange.frCharlie's Country (Aus)

Dir Rolf de Heer

Charlie's Country is the third in de Heer's trilogy of indigenous stories to feature acclaimed actor David Gulpilil, this time playing an elder who takes a stance on behalf of his community. De Heer's previous films in the trilogy are The Tracker (2002) and Ten Canoes (2006), which also screened at Cannes in Un Certain Regard and took a special jury prize. Charlie's Country marks de Heer's fourth film to premiere at Cannes, with The Quiet Room (1996) and Dance To My Song (1998) showing in Competition. …

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