Magazine article Screen International

Cannes 2015: Un Certain Regard

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes 2015: Un Certain Regard

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AN (JAP)

DIR NAOMI KAWASE

Opening film

'An' is the name of the sweet red-bean paste that fills the centre of traditional Japanese pastries called dorayakis. Kawase's new feature is about the friendship between a baker and an older woman, who bond over a passion for the pastries. Toshiyuki Nagase and Kirin Kiki star. Kawase is a Cannes veteran whose films have played in Competition four times previously (Shara, The Mourning Forest, Hanezu and Still The Water), with The Mourning Forest winning the Grand Jury Prix in 2007, while her debut film, Suzaku, won the Camera d'Or in 1997 in Directors' Fortnight. An is produced by Kawase's Kumie Inc and her long-time collaborator Comme des Cinémas based in Paris.

Contact MK2 juliette.schrameck@mk2.com

ALIAS MARIA (COL-ARG-FR)

DIR JOSE LUIS RUGELES GRACIA

This drama stars newcomer Karen Torres as Maria, a 13-year-old Colombian guerrilla who must go on the run after her superiors learn that she is pregnant, which is forbidden. Alias Maria is the second feature from director Rugeles Gracia, who will be making his first trip to the Croisette. His debut feature, 2010's Garcia, was a dark crime caper about a middle-aged security guard who discovers that his wife has been kidnapped.

Contact Urban Distribution International eric@urbandistrib.com

CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR (THAI-UK-FR-GER-MALAY)

DIR APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL

Thai director Apichatpong scooped the Palme d'Or in 2010 with his otherworldly Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. He was previously in Competition with Tropical Malady (2004) and in Un Certain Regard with Blissfully Yours (2002). Apichatpong - these days as much at home on the art gallery circuit as he is at festivals - returns with a film set in his home town Khon Kaen, where a middle-aged woman experiences strange visions while tending a soldier with sleeping sickness. The film's production companies include the UK's Illuminations Films, France's Anna Sanders Films and the director's own Kick The Machine.

Contact The Match Factory info@matchfactory.de

THE CHOSEN ONES (MEX)

DIR DAVID PABLOS

Hailing from San Sebastian's 2014 Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, the Mexican child prostitution drama The Chosen Ones (Las Elegidas) is produced by the hip Canana production company that was founded by Pablo Cruz, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. Canana's El Ardor co-producer Manny Films of France is also on board.

Contact Mundial cristina_garza@mundialsales.com

DISORDER (FR-BEL)

DIR ALICE WINOCOUR

Winocour follows her lauded debut Augustine (which played in Critics' Week in 2012) with this Antibes-shot psychological thriller about a former French Special Forces soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, who has to protect the wife and child of a wealthy Lebanese businessman. Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger lead the international cast. Mars Distribution has French theatrical rights for an autumn 2015 launch. Producers are Isabelle Madelaine for Dharamsala and Emilie Tisné for Darius Films.

Contact Indie Sales info@indiesales.eu

FLY AWAY SOLO (FR-IND)

DIR NEERAJ GHAYWAN

Ghaywan's debut feature, Fly Away Solo (Masaan), is a France-India co-production between Mélita Toscan du Plantier and Marie-Jeanne Pascal at Macassar Productions, Anurag Kashyap's Phantom Films and The Lunchbox producer Guneet Monga. The film is about four frustrated lives that intersect in Benares, the holy city on the banks of the Ganges. Pathé handles international sales and will also release in France on June 24. Ghaywan, who previously worked as an assistant director for Kashyap on 2012 Directors' Fortnight selection Gangs Of Wasseypur, won the Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award for Fly Away Solo in 2014.

Contact Pathé International muriel.sauzay@pathe.com

THE FOURTH DIRECTION (FR-IND)

DIR GURVINDER SINGH

Based on two short stories by Waryam Singh Sandhu, The Fourth Direction (Chauthi Koot) uses mostly non-professional actors for its Punjab-set tale, which takes place in 1984 during India's tumultuous groundswell for a Sikh separatist state. …

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