Ayka – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

Ayka Sergey Dvortsevoy – Kazakhstan IN A NUTSHELL This Russian-Kazakhstani film follows a young Kyrgyz girl called Ayka (Samal Yeslyamova) who lives and works illegally in Moscow. After giving birth to her son she leaves him in hospital. However, her motherly yearning leads her to desperate attempts of finding the abandoned child, but will she […]

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Capernaum – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

Cafarnaúm / Capernaum Nadine Labaki – Lebanon IN A NUTSHELL This politically-charged fable, which features mostly non-professional actors, tells the story of a child who launches a lawsuit against his parents. This is the third feature by Lebanese actress-turned director Nadine Labaki and is based on an original story penned by Labaki and Jihad Hojeily […]

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Dogman – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

Dogman Matteo Garrone – Italy IN A NUTSHELL Dubbed by it’s director as an “urban western” this film is inspired by a homicide committed by a coked-out dog groomer during the late 1980s in the gangland outside Rome. The case, involved hours of torture in a dog cage, and is considered among the most gruesome […]

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First Reactions: Under the Silver Lake

I rather enjoyed David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows, it was an entertaining, fresh debut which left a lasting impression. So, I was eagerly anticipating his next film, and from my first impressions Under the Silver Lake looks to be just as good as It Follows, if not better. Before I even watched the trailer, I […]

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Burning – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

Beoning / Burning Lee Chang-dong – South Korea IN A NUTSHELL Based on the short story Barn Burning written by Haruki Murakami,  this story follow Jong-Soo (Yoo Ah-In) who ends up meeting his childhood friend Hae-Mi (Jeon Song-Seo). Hae Mi asks him to look after her cat while she’s on a trip to Africa, when […]

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Asako I & II – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

Netemo Sameteo (Asako I & II) / Asako I & II Ryūsuke Hamaguchi – Japan IN A NUTSHELL This Japanese romantic drama based on the 2010 novel by Tomoka Shibasaki, follows Asako (Erika Karata) a 21-year-old woman who lives in Osaka. She falls in love with Baku (Masahiro Higashide), who is a free-spirit. One day, […]

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At War – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

En Guerre / At War Stéphane Brizé – France IN A NUTSHELL Set in Bologna, 2002, when the opposition to the Labor Law explodes in universities. This film follows the fallout of a murder of a judge reopens old political wounds between Italy and France. Marco, a former left-wing activist, sentenced for murder and exiled […]

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Shoplifters – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

Manbiki kazoku / Shoplifters Hirokazu Kore-eda – Japan IN A NUTSHELL This moving drama, is centred around Osamu (Lily Franky) and his eccentric family. Osamu is a poorly paid day laborer, and to make ends meet, he and his son Shota (Kairi Jyo) like to shoplift together. On the way back home from a shoplifting […]

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BlacKkKlansman – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee – United States IN A NUTSHELL An adaptation of the book Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth, this film follows an African-American detective (played by John David Washington) in Colorado Springs, who infiltrates the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Stallworth and his partner Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) risk their lives to […]

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Under the Silver Lake – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

Under the Silver Lake David Robert Mitchell – United States IN A NUTSHELL Sam is aimless young man (Andrew Garfield) who becomes an unwitting detective who quickly finds himself in over his head as he investigates the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful neighbor (Riley Keough). He explores East Los Angeles in the search of any […]

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Happy as Lazzaro – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

Lazzaro Felice / Happy as Lazzaro Alice Rohrwacher – Italy IN A NUTSHELL Lazzaro (Adriano Tardiolo), is a young peasant so good that he is often mistaken for simple-minded, who makes a new friend called Tancredi (Luca Chikovani), a young nobleman cursed by his imagination. Life in their isolated village Inviolata is dominated by the […]

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3 Faces – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

Se Rokh / 3 Faces Jafar Panahi – Iran IN A NUTSHELL This Iranian film follows three actresses at different stages of their career. One from before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, one popular star of today known throughout the country and a young girl longing to attend a drama school. The film begins with the […]

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Girls of the Sun – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

Les filles du soleil / Girls of the Sun Eva Husson – France IN A NUTSHELL Set in Kurdistan. Bahar played by Golshifteh Farahani is commander in chief of the Girls of the Sun, a Kurdish female battalion. The Girls of the Sun are trying to take back the town of Corduene, which is where Bahar […]

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Ash Is Purest White – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

Jiang hu er nv / Ash Is Purest White Jia Zhangke – China IN A NUTSHELL Spanning over 17 years, this film begins in 2001 and ends on a melancholy New Year’s Eve that ushers in 2018, we follow the character of Qiao (Zhao Tao), a local beauty from a dying coal-mining town in love […]

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The Image Book – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

Le livre d’images / The Image Book Jean-Luc Godard – France, Switzerland IN A NUTSHELL In this latest film (probably best described as avant-garde pose poem) from Nouvelle Vague auteur Jean-Luc Godard, the director mixes old film clips, and documentary footage in order to address how we process memories. Goddard plays around with footage, changing […]

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Cold War – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

Zimna wojna / Cold War Paweł Pawlikowski – Poland IN A NUTSHELL This is director Pawlikowski’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed Ida. Ziimma wojna is a drama spans the late 1940s to the early 1960s. We witness a passionate love story between pianist Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and singer-dancer Zula (Joanna Kulig), who are from different […]

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Sorry Angel – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

Plaire, aimer et courir vite / Sorry Angel Christophe Honoré – France IN A NUTSHELL Set in the early 1990s, at the height of the AIDs epidemic, this drama follows the life of Arthur (Vincent Lacoste) a 20-year old student, studying in Rennes. His life changes when he met Jacques (Pierre Deladonchamps), a writer who […]

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Summer – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

Leto / Summer Kirill Serebrennikov – Russia IN A NUTSHELL Kirill Serebrennikov’s latest film is punk movie-musical called Leto, fond tribute to the underground scene in Leningrad, and to the young people in it, who were immersed in music coming from the West but stuck living in the strictures of Soviet Russia. Focusing on a […]

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Yomeddine – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

Yomeddine Abu Bakr Shawky – Egypt IN A NUTSHELL Beshay (Rady Gamal) is a man afflicted by leprosy, traveling across Egypt after his wife’s death to find his long-lost relatives. Along the way he is joined by the orphaned adolescent Obama (Ahmed Abedelhafiz). Together, the pair make their way with a rickety wagon and a […]

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Everybody Knows – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

Todos lo saben / Everybody Knows Asghar Farhadi – Spain IN A NUTSHELL This is the latest film from Iranian director Farhadi who has had past success with A Separation and The Salesman. Rather than make a follow up in his native language, Farhadi has opted to make a film in Spanish. Laura (Penelope Cruz) is […]

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First Reactions: Beoning / Burning

This is rather a teaser trailer than an actual full length trailer, but still is helps to build up the suspense, tension and mood of the film in an effective manner which leaves you eager to know more about this South Korean thriller. The trailer opens with a misty path and it’s hard to work […]

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