Magazine article Screen International

Cannes 2018: 20 Films to Look out For

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes 2018: 20 Films to Look out For

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Screen selects a few of the exciting projects to appear at Cannes this year

‘Rafiki’, ‘Arctic’, ‘BlacKkKlansman’, ‘Woman At War’

On the eve of the 71st Cannes Film Festival (May 8-19), Screen has selected a few of the stand-out titles from the Competition, Out of Competition, Un Certain Regard, Special Screenings, Directors’ Fortnight and Critic’s Week sections.

Competition

Cold War (Pol-Fr-UK) - dir. Pawel Pawlikowski

Pawlikowski’s follow-up to the Oscar and Bafta-winning Ida (2015) is a Cold War-era love story set in Eastern Europe. The cast includes Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig, alongside Ida’s Agata Kulesza, with Pawlikowski, Janusz Glowacki and Piotr Bordowski co-writing the Polish/French script. Backers include Film4, BFI, Protagonist Pictures and the Polish Film Institute. Pawlikowski’s longtime partners Tanya Seghatchian (Apocalypso Pictures) and Ewa Puszczynska (Opus Film) produce along with MK Productions. Amazon Studios and Curzon respectively have North American and UK rights.

Contact: mk2 Films; Protagonist Pictures

Girls Of The Sun (Fr) - dir. Eva Husson

Three years after her debut feature Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) premiered in Toronto’s Platform section, writer-director Husson brings her sophomore feature to Cannes. Golshifteh Farahani stars as the leader of a real-life Kurdish female battalion that set out to liberate their town after it had been overrun by Isis extremists. Emmanuelle Bercot co-stars as a journalist embedded with the fighters. Lead producer Didar Domehri of France’s Maneki Films/Full House won the Arte International Prize, given to the producer of the best Cine­Mart project, for Santiago Mitre’s The Summit at Cannes 2017.

Contact: Elle Driver

Knife + Heart (Fr) - dir. Yann Gonzalez

France’s Gonzalez makes his Competition debut with his second feature following 2013 Critics’ Week entry You And The Night. Vanessa Paradis stars in a late-1970s-set story about a Parisian TV executive seeking to restore her credibility with a more creatively ambitious production, which is disrupted when the cast is targeted by a serial killer. Charles Gillibert’s CG Cinema (France) produces in co-production with Julio Chavezmontes’s Piano (Mexico) and Consuelo Frauenfelder’s Garidi Films (Switzerland), while Memento Films distributes in France.

Contact: Kinology

BlacKkKlansman (US) - dir. Spike Lee

The arch provocateur returns to Competition for the first time since Jungle Fever played the Croisette in 1991. …

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