Magazine article Screen International

Cannes 2017: Complete Guide to the Special Screenings

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes 2017: Complete Guide to the Special Screenings

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Dir: Raymond Depardon

French journalist and documentary filmmaker Depardon returns with his latest exploration of contemporary France. Specific plot details were still under wraps at the time of going to press, but sales agent Wild Bunch has stated the film captures a world "where justice and psychiatry meet". A prolific documentarian, Depardon has also directed fiction features, including hostage drama Captive Of The Desert, which played in Competition at Cannes in 1990.

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Dirs: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk

Following a rousing reception at Sundance, it seemed inevitable Al Gore's environmental jeremiad would repeat the pattern of its Oscar-winning 2006 predecessor An Inconvenient Truth and make the journey from Park City to the Croisette. The former US vice president takes an emotionally engaged tour of hotspots that illustrate the damage wrought to our planet. Participant Media shot the film under the codename 'Project Rainbow'.

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Dir: Hong Sangsoo

In addition to his black-and-white drama The Day After in Competition, Hong has Claire's Camera as a Special Screening. Working with actress Isabelle Huppert, who was in the Korean auteur's previous Competition title In Another Country, as well as Kim Minhee, who picked up Berlin's best actress prize for her performance in On The Beach At Night Alone, Hong shot this film in Cannes last year. The story brings together a young woman who is fired while at the festival and a mysterious teacher named Claire. Hong's Jeonwonsa Film Co produced.

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Dir: Jude Ratnam

Sri Lankan human rights activist-turned-filmmaker Ratnam makes his feature debut with this Tamil-language documentary. The film follows a Tamil who, as a boy in 1983, escaped an ethnic massacre by fleeing on a train. Thirty years later, he boards another train to explore how the recently ended civil war tore apart his country. The project participated as a work in progress at IDFA in 2015, winning a $43,400 (¤40,000) grant from the IDFA Bertha Fund. Julie Paratian produced for French outfit Sister Productions.

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Dir: Claude Lanzmann

At 91, the director of Shoah shows no intention to slow down. His latest film is one of two the French filmmaker has recently wrapped (the other is the Holocaust-themed The Four Sisters). It is also timely in view of the current stand-offbetween North Korea and the US. Napalm is a documentary that arose from a 1958 encounter between Lanzmann and a Korean Red Cross nurse when he was visiting the secretive Communist state. The director returned three times in later years to capture more footage. "Each take," he has revealed, "represents an extraordinary victory over the permanent control of the regime's political police." This Special Screening is supported by CNC and produced by Francois Margolin's Margo Cinéma, which most recently backed Danis Tanovic's 2016 drama Death In Sarajevo.

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Dir: Eric Caravaca

French actor Caravaca, also present on the Croisette this year in Philippe Garrel's Directors' Fortnight entry Lover For A Day, secured a last-minute Special Screening slot with his second directorial foray. …

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