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New Canadian zomcom brain freeze to play at 25th fantasia

You might not think it but the 25th edition of Fantasia Film Festival is already on its way which means tonnes of new films to looks forward to. The first one announced is a new Canadian zomedy called Brain Freeze. We have the details below, as well as the beautiful poster for this year’s Fantasia Film Festival.

Here’s the press release

Fantasia is proud to be opening its upcoming edition with the World Premiere of a major Québécois genre feature – Julien Knafo’s BRAIN FREEZE. First pitched at Frontières, the festival’s world-renowned international co-production market, the film is a smart and stylish zombie comedy that slyly comments on social concerns both domestic and universal, telling the tale of an environmental disaster that leads to a fast-spreading virus ravaging a wealthy gated community off the island of Montreal.

BRAIN FREEZE joins the ranks of recently-released cinema that holds an eerie mirror up to our collective experience even though scripted and shot pre-pandemic. While production on the winter-set chiller was abruptly halted four days before completion following Quebec’s lockdown, shooting was miraculously able to wrap the following summer. There could not be a more perfect film for Fantasia 2021 to kick off with!

Equally gorgeous as it is bloody

A clever take on corporate greed, the growing rift between the haves and have-nots and a government in crisis that uses a zombie outbreak to express its truth and succeeds at being both a charming horror comedy, coming-of-age tale, and a story of an unexpected friendship in hazardous times.

Now, feast your eyes on the glorious poster for this year’s Fantasia.

For the creation of its 25th-anniversary poster art, pictured below, Fantasia has once again turned to the talents of renowned illustrator Donald Caron. Taking inspiration from Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima’s beloved LONE WOLF AND CUB, Caron has created a work that not only acknowledges the key role that Japanese culture has played across Fantasia’s history, but also one that hints and honours our upcoming edition’s embrace of Japanese cinema as a core cinematic theme. 

I also look forward to sharing the first wave of Fantasia Film Festival films. It really is one of the best festivals in the world. I can’t wait to see what craziness we have this year. It never disappoints.

Anyways, that’s it for this article. As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
Source: Fantasia Official Coverage

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Fan Of Cult/Folk Horror? check out these two upcoming releases.

Who doesn’t love a bit of cult/folk horror? it is a sub-genre that has been on the rise but a sub-genre we certainly still don’t have enough of. I am happy to share with you two new upcoming cult releases; a movie & a series – both sound really good.

THE FEAST

The Feast recently played at SXSW prestigious Midnighters section. This new cult/folk horror is set in Wales and is filmed entirely in Welsh which is something we have never seen before.

The Feast is about a wealthy family who is throwing a huge dinner party for family and close friends. Their home help needs replaced at the last minute and, unknown to them, their new servant plans to get revenge on every single one of them.

I have read a couple of trusted reviews and both of them were great. One of them compares the tone of the film to the first half of Martyrs and then things get insanely violent (also like Martyrs)

A new name in filmmaking to watch out for, folks. The Feast is the directorial debut from Lee Haven Jones. It is written by writer/producer Roger Williams.

ARCHIVE 81

New Upcoming Cult/Horror Releases – Archive 81

This new Netflix horror series is produced and co-directed by James Wan. Written by Rebecca Sonnenshine (Vampire Diaries) & Paul Harris Bordman (Exorcism of Emily Rose).

Archive 81 is about a video archivist that starts to piece together old videotape footage. He finds himself reconstructing film footage of a dangerous cult recorded by a documentary filmmaker called Melody Pendras.

The new Netflix series will consist of 8 one-hour episodes and stars  Ariana Neal & Mamoudou Athie.

The Feast will be finding its way to distribution soon. As for Archive 81, it looks like filming just wrapped this month (03/21). I wouldn’t be expecting any sooner than 2022. I will make sure to keep you all updated on both upcoming releases.

As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

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Upcoming Horror/Sci-Fi Releases To Watch Out For

We are back again with a brand new list for you. This time focusing on Upcoming Horror & Sci-Fi Movies releasing soon.

2021 is looking to be fantastic year for genre releases. Yesterday I published 4 new werewolf flicks that have recently been released or are releasing soon. Now, I can continue with a new list of upcoming horror releases. I hope you enjoy it and find some films that you can look forward to in the near future.

IN THE EARTH

Upcoming Horror Releases To Watch Out For – In The Earth

Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Free Fire, Sightseers) is back with a micro-budget horror movie shot during the pandemic.

Not a lot is known about the plot but focuses on a woman getting lost in a forest with the woods coming to life around her.

Wheatley has been attached to direct the sequel to The Meg, the follow-up to the Jason Statham and Rainn Wilson killer shark flick!. I am so looking forward to seeing what he can do with a Meg sequel. I am sure Mr Wheatley can do a great job. But what he can do, and what he is allowed to do is two very different things.

THE SPINE OF THE NIGHT

Upcoming Releases To Watch Out For – The Spine of the Night

Who is up for some ultra-violent animation inspired by the work of Conan the Barbarian creators? The Spine of the Night gives us just that. A dark fantasy epic full of insane violence featuring necromancers and winged assassins!

SOUND OF VIOLENCE

Upcoming Releases To Watch Out For – The Sound Of Violence

A deaf woman who regains her hearing in the most unfortunate way ever: during the brutal murder of her family. She becomes obsessed with creating new sounds with vicious violence and human flesh after learning that she might be losing her hearing again.

What? This sounds unique and macabre af. I wonder what human flesh sounds like? I can’t wait to find out.

THE ARBORS

Upcoming Releases To Watch Out For -The Arbos

The Arbors has been described as a Lovecraftian sci-fi thriller. I have read some reviews and to be honest, they ain’t been that positive. I am still intrigued though, I am a fan of slow-burn sci-fi but maybe this was just a little slow for some.

There was a flick called Possum that was released a couple of years ago. It took an awful thrashing, but personally, I loved it – it was atmospheric, unnerving and creepy AF!. So yeah, bring on The Arbors

Set in a small town, a recluse locksmith finds a small creature in his house that slowly starts to grow revealing it’s terrifying true form.

MACABRO

Upcoming Releases To Watch Out For – Macabro

Another film listed as released in 2019 but it is slowly making its way to us. Macabro sounds like my sort of flick. It is inspired by the real-life murders of the necrophilic brothers of Nova Friburgo. Two brothers were accused of a string of brutal murders in the late 90s’in Brazil.

It is backed and produced by the producers of the fantastic Wagner Moura starring Elite Squad

GAIA

Upcoming Horror Releases To Watch Out For – Gaia

Directed by Jaco Bouwer and stars Monique Rockman, Carel Nel, Alex van Dyk and Anthony Oseyemi.

A park ranger encounters a father and son living a post-apocalyptic lifestyle in the woods. They have detached from society, have their own rules and their own religion. After their cabin gets attacked by strange human-like beings, she realises that there is a dangerous truth to the father and son’s apocalyptic existence.

CENSOR

Upcoming Horror Releases 2021
Upcoming Horror Releases to watch out for – Censor

From what I am reading, Prano Bailey-Bond’s directorial debut, Censor is going to be one of the greats. I have read nothing but great things about it. A British horror described as both intelligent and disturbing.

The story is about a mysterious video cassette (yay!) that communicates directly with a woman about her sister’s unexplained disappearance.

BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION

Another one that features some sort of evil VHS tapes. A video archivist comes across a series of dark and doomy pirate recordings and becomes obsessed when trying to find out the horrid truth behind them.

Directed by Jacob Gentry
Written by Phil DrinkwaterTim Woodall
Starring Anthony E. CabralRichard CotovskyJeff Dlugolecki |

WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED: A HISTORY OF FOLK HORROR

The last one on the list is a documentary that explores the history of cinematic folk horror. Hey, maybe not for everyone but I love the genre and the real-life tales of madness that comes with folk horror.

This documentary has a staggering runtime of 193mins. That’s 3-hours of pure cinematic folk horror knowledge. Sign me up!

That’s it for this list. Make sure to check back soon to get hooked up with more movie and tv recommends. As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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Fantasia Festival 2020 Review: Sleep

First up for our Fantasia Film Festival coverage is a German film, Sleep.

Mona (Gro Swantje Kohlhof) is deeply worried about her mother, Marlene (Sandra Huller). She doesn’t know if her Sleep condition is just her vivid imagination or some sort of undiagnosed illness.

Mona’s mother works as a flight attendant. They have a strong mother and daughter bond, but Marlene’s nightmares have got worse. She dreams of the same people, the same places and she battles the same, horrible nightmarish things when asleep. She has been doing rough sketches trying to piece together and make some sense of these reoccurring nightmares.

On a routine stay-over in Istanbul, Marlene has a severe episode after recognising the people on the wall photos of the hotel she is staying at. Unable to cope, her body shuts down leaving her in some sort of sleep paralysis limbo.

Mona decides to get the next available flight to be at her mother’s bedside. She books a room in the same hotel hoping to find out a bit more about what happened to her mother. On arrival, she starts to recognise that her mother may be telling the truth. There is truth in her nightmares.

The hotel is run by two odd, but seemingly nice people. It starts to take a turn when we see the owners of the hotel getting changed for bed. Everything is as it seems, an elderly couple in pyjamas about to tuck each other in and say goodnight. Then we realise that the husband has to to physically restrained before Sleep. That’s when things start to get eerie and just weird.

Sleep was a completely different film than what I expected. A film that leaves you thinking for a long time after viewing. Without giving too much away, we are all plagued by nightmarish visions, especially when we are asleep. But these nightmares, fictional or not, all stem from somewhere…or something. Sleep deals with a past that still haunts and a present that some don’t want to forget.

The acting was fantastic from all of the cast with some beautiful, yet fucked up dreamy visuals. When the credits roll you’ll be thinking of Sleep for some time after.

As always, thanks for reading. Stay tuned for more Fantasia Film Festival 2020 coverage here on Moviehooker.

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Trailer For New Sci-Fi Anthology UNDERGODS

Fantasia International Film Festival has dropped the first trailer for new sci-fi anthology ahead of the world premiere for 2020 Virtual Festival

Wow, it looks like Fantasia International Film Festival has done it again. We have so much amazing content coming our way. One of these films is Undergods, a new sci-fi anthology

It is a rare thing for us to get a sci-fi anthology. I mean, we have countless horror anthologies but sci-fi?…well, it’s almost unheard of. We have really been starved of sci-fi that ain’t mainstream bollix. Apart from 2020 being the biggest sci-fi this year, we have had very little. It looks like Undergods may fill that empty void.

Chino Moya’s, Undergods offers us a look at a frail dystopian future dealing with multiple characters across the U.K and Europe.

Here is the official plot from the Fantasia International Film Festival Press-Release

An otherworldly journey through a Europe in decline, Chino Moya’s UNDERGODS is a collection of aesthetically astonishing, darkly humorous fantasy tales about a series of men whose worlds fall apart through a visit from an unexpected stranger. This singular visual feast is a co-production between the UK, Belgium, Estonia, Serbia, and Sweden with a cast that includes Geza Rohrig (SON OF SAUL), Johann Meyers (SNATCH), Hayley Carmichael (LES MISERABLES), Eric Godon (IN BRUGES), Kate Dickie (THE WITCH), Adrian Rawlins (CHERNOBYL), Ned Dennehy (MANDY), and an especially crazed Jan Bijvoet (BORGMAN). World Premiere

Fantasia Press-Release

We have some really good names among the cast for Undergods. That and a trailer that just entices you and reels you in without spoiling any major plot points makes this new sci-fi one to be looking forward to.

You can check out the trailer for Undergods below

You can find out more about what’s playing at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival below

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Cosplay Reaches New Serial Killer Levels In Random Acts Of Violence

Get ready for some killer cosplay in Random Acts Of Violence. Arriving soon…only on Shudder

A cult-hit in the making, Jay Baruchel’s long-anticipated RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE, adapted from the popular 2010 horror graphic novel by the same name, is a force to reckon with. The Canadian filmmaker and actor, best known for his comedic bow in THIS IS THE END and as the voice of Hiccup in the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON series, has long been committed to bringing Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti’s vicious pages to the big screen, and wrote, directed, produced and stars in the upcoming film. 

RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE explores ideas of legitimizing cruelty, the responsibility of the artist, and what makes a monster in society.

Masterfully lensed by award-winning cinematographer Karim Hussain (HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, Brandon Cronenberg’s POSSESOR), the film holds a ferocious mirror up to art, society, and violence.

Featuring a knock-out cast, iconic kills, and a pulsating score from celebrated punk all-star Wade MacNeil (Alexisonfire, Black Lungs) and composer Andrew Gordon Macpherson (Vice’s Dark Side of The Ring) RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE makes for a truly subversive sophomore feature from Baruchel, and the slasher film of the Summer.

Synopsis: What are the real consequences when life begins to imitate art? Comic book creator Todd Walkley (Jesse Williams), his wife Kathy (Jordana Brewster), assistant Aurora (Niamh Wilson) and best friend, Hard Calibre Comics owner Ezra (Baruchel), embark upon a road trip from Toronto to New York Comic Con and bad things start to happen. People start getting killed.

It soon becomes clear that a crazed fan is using Todd’s “SLASHERMAN” comic as inspiration for the killings and as the bodies pile up, and Todd’s friends and family become victims themselves, Todd will be forced to take artistic responsibility.

RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE

Genre: Horror Country: Canada Runtime: 80 min Language: English Rated: Not Rated Director: Jay Baruchel Writers: Jay Baruchel, Jesse Chabot Producers: Jay Baruchel, Randy Manis, Noah Segal Starring: Jesse Willimas, Jordana Brewster, Jay Baruchel, Niamh Wilson Music: Wade MacNeil and Andrew Gordon Macpherson

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You can enjoy the Redband trailer for Random Acts Of Violence below. It already featured on the Moviehooker Facebook page, so I am glad to be able to share more information with you. I was delighted to receive the official press-release.

Random Acts Of Violence Redband Trailer

I have been doing a little bit of reading on the film. It was first announced in 2011, so it has been quite the wait for it to get the big-screen. Now, with the COVID, films are robbed of a theatrical release. So the “small-screen” and home viewing is where it’s at. It is more important now than ever that we support the genre and filmmakers we love.

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Films of the Official Selection of Cannes 2020

On Wednesday 3 June at 6:00pm, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux have announced the line-up of the 73rd edition of the Festival de Cannes, live from the UGC Normandie in Paris.
For the occasion, Thierry Frémaux, the Festival’s General Delegate, has unveileiled the 2020’s Official Selection, comprising fifty-six films to be accompanied by the Festival for their release in cinemas and screenings at certain festivals. 

This year’s Selection marks a shift away from the Festival de Cannes’ traditional structure, and is divided into six categories:

  • The “faithful”, directors who have been included in an Official Selection before,
  • The newcomers, included in the Official Selection for their very first time,
  • The first features, in an extension of the Festival de Cannes’ trademark passion for unearthing new talent,
  • Three documentary films, a genre that has been represented in Official Selection for two decades now,
  • Five comedy films, a genre that remains under-represented at Cannes,
  • Four animated films: from France, Japan, Denmark and the United States.

The short notes were written by the members of the Selection Committee.

Check out the Cannes 2020 films !

THE FAITHFUL

(or at least selected once before)

THE FRENCH DISPATCH by Wes Anderson (USA) – 1h43

In The French Dispatch, shot in Angoulême and featuring an extremely international cast (Frances McDormand, Léa Seydoux, Bill Murray, Mathieu Amalric, Benicio del Toro, etc.), Wes Anderson offers up a work of art comprised of a series of extraordinary miniatures, assembled in such a way as to form an unprecedented whole in the history of cinema. An ode to the power of journalism, this film is a continuation of Wes Anderson’s invaluable and unpredictable style.

Production : INDIAN PAINTBRUSH PRODUCTIONS / AMERICAN EMPIRICAL PICTURES (United Kingdom/France/Germany) – International Sales : FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES – French Distribution : THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

ÉTÉ 85 by François Ozon (France) – 1h40

A story of friendship and love, or perhaps the opposite, between two boys in the mid-eighties at a seaside resort in Normandy. A dark, brooding tale of passion. Ozon plays around with genres in a film that upholds his inimitable style, in which staging is everything. The original soundtrack sees Bananarama and The Cure make their comeback. This will be the first Official Selection film to be released in cinemas on 14 July 2020.

Production : MANDARIN (France) – International Sales : PLAYTIME – French Distribution : DIAPHANA

ASA GA KURU (True Mothers) by Naomi Kawase (Japan) – 2h20

Naomi Kawase’s new film weaves a complex tale of adoption and motherhood, shot with purposeful clarity and transparency, and lashings of humility. The director’s impressionistic, sensuous style is on full display here in her inserts of the wind and other snapshots of the landscape in which her characters are embedded. A humanistic telling of a poignant story.

Production : KINO FILMS CO (Japan) – International Sales : PLAYTIME – French Distribution : HAUT ET COURT

LOVERS ROCK by Steve McQueen (United Kingdom) – 1h08

A flirty film constructed like an epic trance, featuring slow-burning desire set to music in Swinging Sixties London in an antithesis of social distancing measures. The perfect film for easing out of lockdown.

Production : TURBINE STUDIOS LIMITED (United Kingdom) – International Sales : TURBINE STUDIOS LIMITED

MANGROVE by Steve McQueen (United Kingdom) – 2h04

Steve McQueen’s second Official Selection offering this year. The director made his Cannes début with Hunger (Caméra d’Or 2008) and is now back in Competition. Mangrove is the story of Notting Hill’s Caribbean locals and their fight for respect in the face of the police harassment that has been ongoing for years. The Mangrove Nine trial is told with grace by a cast of extraordinary actors and a camera that delves deep behind the scenes in a tale that has echoes in contemporary racial tensions.

Production : TURBINE STUDIOS LIMITED (United Kingdom) – International Sales : TURBINE STUDIOS LIMITED

DRUK (Another Round) by Thomas Vinterberg – (Denmark) – 1h55

Druk (meaning ‘drunk’ and a little something more, according to the director), examines the fascination men in their fifties have with alcohol – and the mid-life identity crisis that can see them put the wine bottle over evenings spent with family. Politically incorrect and upsetting, whichever way you look at it. Druk embodies the full Vinterberg effect, his ease in building mood and an atmosphere of proximity and friendship, the care and attention he pours into his broken characters. Expect an exceptional line-up: Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Bonnevie and Thomas Bo Larsen, to name but a few.

Production : ZENTROPA (Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands) – International Sales : TRUSTNORDISK – French Distribution : HAUT ET COURT

ADN (DNA) by Maïwenn (France / Algeria) – 1h30 

After Polisse, winner of the Jury Prize in 2011, and Mon Roi, which garnered the Best Actress Award for Emmanuelle Bercot’s performance in 2015, Maïwenn is back in the Official Selection. This time, she evokes, not without humour, the toxic heritage of her parents and her Algerian roots, through the loss of her beloved grandfather, which triggers in her a need to get closer to Algeria. A maelstrom of tenderness and violence in which she plays herself, with Fanny Ardant as her mother, Marine Vacth as her sister and Louis Garrel as her best friend.

Production : WHY NOT PRODUCTIONS (France) – Ventes : WILD BUNCH INTERNATIONAL

LAST WORDS by Jonathan Nossiter (USA) – 2h06

Last Words presents film as the start and end of the world, with Harold Lloyd, Toto, Anna Magnani and Louis Lumière taking their rightful place in eternity. Having first landed in Competition with Mondovino, Signs and Wonder director Jonathan Nossiter had no idea just how relevant his film and the notion of cinema and survival would become in the current climate and pandemic. A heart-stopping cast: Nick Nolte, Charlotte Rampling, Alba Rohrwacher and Stellan Skarsgård.

Production : STEMAL (Italy/France) – International Sales : THE PARTY FILMS – French Distribution : JOUR2FÊTE

HEAVEN: TO THE LAND OF HAPPINESS by IM Sang-Soo (South Korea) – 1h40

Im Sang-soo is unafraid of poor taste, and even goes as far as to play on it. A buddy movie in which the actors, including (Cannes!) veteran Min-sik Choi, enchant in a screenplay packed full of twists and turns: an entertaining film that Im Sang-soo injects with a little slapstick style. An examination of a country the director deems overly materialistic and all too often soulless, in which Im Sang-soo’s customary deadpan humour is rolled out with ease.

Production : HIVE MEDIA CORP (South Korea) – International Sales : FINECUT

EL OLVIDO QUE SEREMOS (Forgotten we’ll be) by Fernando Trueba (Spain) – 2h16

An historical epic shot in Colombia by Spanish filmmaker Fernando Trueba, who won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for Belle Époque in 1994. Adapted for the screen based on Héctor Abad Faciolince’s El olvido que seremos (Forgotten We’ll Be, published by Gallimard in France), the present here is shot in black and white, while the past is infused with colour. The film is the story of childhood’s paradise lost, and the nightmare of a country crippled by violence, where families are torn apart. A child’s vision of his much loved and loving father is well served by Javier Cámara’s masterful performance as a medical authority and father figure.  El olvido que seremos (Forgotten We’ll Be) was inspired by a sonnet by Jose Luis Borges.

Production : CARACOL TELEVISION (Colombia) – International Sales : FILM FACTORY ENTERTAINMENT

PENINSULA by YEON Sang-Ho (South Korea) – 1h54

Sang-Ho Yeon is a deft hand in the art of weaving heart-rending relationships between characters – even as they fight off a zombie attack!  After the sensational Train to Busan, the South Korean master of genre film is back with a highly inventive, fast-paced offering. Peninsula is an artful and idiosyncratic blend of John Carpenter-style science-fiction and South Korea’s very own walking dead.

Production : REDPETER FILMS (South Korea) – International Sales : CONTENTS PANDA – French Distribution : ARP SELECTION

IN THE DUSK (Au crépuscule) by Sharunas BARTAS (Lituania) – 2h06

A young man in a Lithuanian village at the close of World War II struggles under the USSR’s grip over his country. How does one resist oppression? Lithuanian filmmaker Sharunas Bartas tackles this historical topic as he explores the soul of a nation, and the spirit of a people. In it, Bartas questions how a teenager might form a sense of self in the midst of major national conflict, and brings to light the deep imprints left by one people’s dominance over another. A threatening, foreboding film underpinned by a cruelly steady hand, In the Dusk (Au crépuscule) is an incredibly contemporary snapshot that serves as a perfect mirror image of the world we live in today. Highly relevant.

Production : STUDIJA KINEMA/KINOELEKTRON (Lituania/France/Czech Republic/Serbia/Portuguese/Latvia) – Ventes : LUXBOX – Distribution France : SHELLAC FILMS

DES HOMMES (Home Front) by Lucas BELVAUX – (Belgium) – 1h40

This eleventh feature film by Lucas Belvaux, is an adaptation of Laurent Mauvignier’s eponymous novel. The story of veterans of the Algerian war whose past comes back to haunt them forty years later. Set in a small village where everyone knows each other, the film captures the leaden blanket of silence that fell on France after the “war that shall not be named”, in a flashback narration guided by the memory of Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Frot and Jean-Pierre Darroussin.

Production : SYNECDOCHE (France/Belgium) – International Sales : THE PARTY FILM SALES – French Distribution : AD VITAM

THE REAL THING by Kôji Fukada (Japan) – 3h48

Undoubtedly one of Fukada’s best to date, after the director’s first appearance at Un Certain Regard (Harmonium), and one of this year’s most moving works. Four hours steeped in obsessive, thwarted love, destiny that clings on for dear life, an epic emotional fragility, all brought to life by mesmerising actors (Japan’s pool of incredible talent seems endless) – and a filmmaker deeply inspired by the stories he tells. Cannes is witnessing the emergence of an up-and-coming generation of Japanese filmmakers, from Hamaguchi to Fukada, all of whom follow in the footsteps of the great ‘K-list’ contemporaries: Kore-eda, Kurosawa (Kiyoshi) and Kawase. One of the Official Selection’s longest feature films, in a list that is shorter than usual this year.

Production : NAGOYA TV (Japan) – International Sales : NAGOYA TV

THE NEWCOMERS

PASSION SIMPLE by Danielle Arbid (Lebanon) – 1h36

A gripping adaptation of French writer Annie Ernaux’s best-selling novel, adapted for the screen by Lebanese filmmaker Danielle Arbid. The film crafts a portrait of the addictive relationship between a mysterious Russian diplomat and a mother, with the latter’s psyche gradually dissolving as she waits for a man with whom she shares nothing in common. With Laetitia Dosch, who starred in 2017’s Caméra d’or-winning Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune Femme) by Leonor Serraille, and ballet dancer Sergei Polunin.

Production : LES FILMS PELLÉAS (France/Belgium) – International Sales : PYRAMIDE INTERNATIONAL – French Distribution : PYRAMIDE DISTRIBUTION

A GOOD MAN by Marie Castille Mention-Schaar (France) – 1h47

A love story that transcends gender. Her and him, him and her, her and her – who cares? What matters is to simply love. Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar makes her début in the Official Selection, turning her razor-sharp gaze to the contemporary world and unapologetically ushering the debate onto the screen. A film in which fiction is used to translate reality, set to be a hot topic for discussion.

Production : WILLOW FILMS (France) – International Sales : PYRAMIDE INTERNATIONAL – French Distribution : PYRAMIDE DISTRIBUTION

LES CHOSES QU’ON DIT, LES CHOSES QU’ON FAIT by Emmanuel Mouret (France) – 2h

Love stories and tales of chance, a time to live and a time to love, beating hearts and weeping eyes: Emmanuel Mouret continues his exploration of all things tender and loving, throwing heart, soul and passion into the subject. The actors here are shown off at their very best: Vincent Macaigne, Camélia Jordana, Niels Schneider, Émilie Dequenne, Jeanna Thiam, Guillaume Gouix.

Production : MOBY DICK FILMS (France) – International Sales : ELLE DRIVER – French Distribution : PYRAMIDE DISTRIBUTION

SOUAD by Ayten Amin (Egypt) – 1h30

Fluid, seamless, up-close-and-personal camera work in a moving portrait of Egypt’s youth. Ayten Amin carefully builds a precious world where local tradition and universal hope are fused. Here, young girls dream, hope to please and seduce, aspire to be loved, to wear make-up, to be born into the world. In sumptuous Alexandria, all of life and the sounds of the city can be heard outside, juxtaposed against the silences of the heroine and director. Following in the footsteps of Yomeddine by A.B. Shawky and Mohamed Diab’s work, proof if ever more was needed of the dynamic energy and vitality of the young up-and-coming Egyptian scene.

Production : VIVID REELS (Egypt/Tunisia)

LIMBO by Ben Sharrock (United Kingdom) – 1h53

Scottish filmmaker Ben Sharrock’s second film turns its attentions to the destiny awaiting the refugees that wait for asylum on a Scottish island. Sad and melancholic, but often very funny in parts too, their portraits are told in an impressive style reminiscent of Roy Andersson, Ulrich Seidl and Rüben Östlund. The second film from British writer and director Ben Sharrock.

Production : CARAVAN CINEMA LTD (United Kingdom) – International Sales: PROTAGONIST PICTURES

ROUGE (Red Soil) by Farid Bentoumi (France) – 1h26

Farid Bentoumi’s second film after his comedy Good Luck Algeria. This time, the filmmaker focuses on a health and safety scandal: toxic waste that leaks out of a chemical plant, the infamous ‘red soil’ or ‘red mud’. Zita Hanrot dazzles in the role of occupational nurse and whistle-blower, forming a powerhouse father/daughter duo with heartfelt union worker Sami Bouajila, who prefers to the run the risk of cancer rather than unemployment, and Céline Sallette, who has just finished her first short film for the ADAMI.

Production : LES FILMS VELVET (France) – International Sales : WTFILMS – French Distribution : AD VITAM

SWEAT by Magnus Von Horn (Poland) – 1h40

Swedish filmmaker Magnus von Horn’s second film after The Here After, seen at 2015’s Director’s Fortnight, and a heart-stopping portrait of a Polish influencer and fitness coach. A hugely contemporary film on this new brand of loneliness in the age of social media.

Production : LAVA FILMS (Poland/Sweden) – International Sales : NEW EUROPE FILM SALES

TEDDY by Ludovic et Zoran Boukherma (France) – 1h28

We loved the Boukherma brothers’ first feature film, Willy 1er, which was selected by the ACID in 2016. Now, the pair is back, this time with a werewolf movie transposed into their natural, ultra-stylistic “Grolandish” atmosphere. The title role is played by up-and-coming actor Anthony Bajon who, alongside Niels Schneider and Vincent Macaigne, is a name we’ve been seeing everywhere in this year’s films. This year also sees The Jokers Films back in the Official Selection after 2019’s Palme d’Or-winning Parasite.

Production : BAXTER FILMS (France) – International Sales : WTFILMS – French Distribution : THE JOKERS FILMS

FEBRUARY (Février) by Kamen Kalev (Bulgaria) – 2h05

For his latest film, Bulgarian filmmaker Kamen Kalev paints a portrait of an individual from childhood to adulthood. To do so, the director chooses to step away from the spectacular and the trappings of modern life, preferring instead to capture external, eternal life with unbelievable surety: a rural landscape, and life at sea, where words carry no weight. A masterpiece and journey of exploration.

Production : KORO FILMS (Bulgaria) – French Distribution : UFO DISTRIBUTION

AMMONITE by Francis Lee (United Kingdom) – 2h

A mid-19th-century British love story and scientific vignette, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. A film brimming with contrast, in which cold, inert, dusty fossils bring unbridled passion to life between two women, one of whom is Mary Anning, an English palaeontologist who revolutionised the field through sheer determination. A smart, novelistic film.

Production : SEE-SAW FILMS (United Kingdom) – International Sales : CROSS CITY FILMS – French Distribution : PYRAMIDE DISTRIBUTION

UN MÉDECIN DE NUIT by Elie Wajeman (France) – 1h40

Elie Wajeman’s third film draws viewers to a back-seat position as the camera follows a Parisian doctor on call after dark to heal drug addicts on comedowns and lonely souls in the throes of panic attacks. Vincent Macaigne was everywhere this year in the French Selection line-up, and is magnificent as this ‘patron saint of the broken’, whose break-neck manoeuvres behind the wheel remind us of Harvey Keitel in Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant.

Production : PARTIZAN FILMS (France) – International Sales : BE FOR FILMS – French Distribution : DIAPHANA DISTRIBUTION

ENFANT TERRIBLE by Oskar Roehler (Germany) – 2h14

A personal biopic about the intense short life of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Enfant terrible is a film-exploit. Oscar Roelher, who has always been inspired by unusual characters, explores Fassbinder’s uncontrollable personality: by turns brilliant, excessive, cruel, and tender. He delivers a work with clear-cut visual perspectives and skilfully calculated narrative choices, just like in the theatre scenes Fassbinder loved so much. What remains is the sensation of plunging into the heart of a life and a soul that tormented all those who approached him, and the feeling that it was time to re-examine a genius in a permanent state of creation.

Production : BAVARIA FILMPRODUKTION (Germany) – International Sales : PICTURE TREE INTERNATIONAL

NADIA, BUTTERFLY by Pascal Plante (Canada) – 1h46

In this second film by Pascal Plante, a former top-level swimmer, he trains his camera on a champion swimmer in early retirement. A melancholy film that looks at what comes next, at what happens to the athletes once they’ve hung up their swimming trunks. The main role is played by a Quebec swimmer and bronze medallist in the Rio Olympics, Katerine Savard, who carries the film on her shoulders in every sense of the word.

Production : NEMESIS FILMS (Canada) – International Sales : WAZABI FILMS

HERE WE ARE by Nir Bergman (Israel) – 1h34

Aharon is in his fifties, but above all he is the father of Uri, an autistic teenager. The father and son understand each other because they love each other, but how far can a father go if he really loves his son? Nir Bergman trains his camera on two men, following a magical duet and offering up a poignant melodrama whose reference is Chaplin’s The Kid. Here we are is thus an escape film, which opts for permanent inventiveness over overwhelming fatality. With this moving portrait of an autistic man, the filmmaker constructs a narrative that is not without drama and also shows that the best can happen. Surprising, lively, moving, Here we are is a father’s film and a son’s film. And the balance it maintains leads us to a state of joy.

Production : SPIRO FILMS (Israel) – International Sales : MK2 FILMS

AN OMNIBUS FILM

SEPTET: THE STORY OF HONG KONG by Ann Hui, Johnnie TO, Tsui Hark, Sammo Hung, Yuen Woo-Ping, Ringo Lam et Patrick Tam Kar-ming (Hong Kong) – 1h53

As everyone knows, Hong Kong has been going through extraordinary, difficult and violent times in recent years. Johnnie To asked six Hong Kong filmmakers (Ringo Lam, Tsui Hark, Yuen Woo-ping, Sammo Hung, Patrick Tam Kar-ming and Ann Hui) to join him in telling a story in which they each share both childhood memories and their visions of Hong Kong. And, of course, by looking back at the past of these filmmakers, we project ourselves into the uncertain future of Hong Kong. So it was now or never to show this sketch film.

Production : MILKYWAY IMAGE (Hong Kong) – International Sales : MEDIA ASIA DISTRIBUTION

THE FIRST FEATURES

FALLING by Viggo Mortensen (USA) – 1h52

First film by the actor Viggo Mortensen, Falling plunges us headlong into the world of family psyche. The past mingles unceasingly with the present, the figure of a terrible and furious father, with the incredulous and determined face of a son who has to suck it up. Mortensen’s story is a universal cinematic story, that’s shot through with secret sensations. Imbued with nature and the heart of rural America, Falling is an original and strong work, as is often the case with films by actors, marking a very personal journey for the poet and photographer Viggo Mortensen. With David Cronenberg (they made History of Violence together) as a guest-star.

Production : PERCEVAL PICTURES (Canada/United Kingdom /Danemark) – International Sales : HANWAY FILMS – French Distribution : METROPOLITAN FILMEXPORT

PLEASURE by Ninja Thyberg (Sweden) – 1h45

The first film by Ninja Thyberg, a Swedish director whose short film, also entitled Pleasure, was presented at La Semaine de la Critique in 2013. Through the hard-hitting portrait of a young Swedish woman who sets out to become a porn star in the United States, it offers a female behind-the-scenes perspective on a macho world.

Production : PLATTFORM PRODUKTION (Sweden/Netherlands/France) – International Sales : VERSATILE

SLALOM by Charlène Favier (France) – 1h32

A film about the moment when everything can go wrong between a trainer/Pygmalion character and his protégée, a young alpine skiing hopeful. A first film shot in Les Arcs in the Savoie region of France where the self-taught director was born, which captures the mountains superbly. With Noée Abita, revealed in Léa Mysius’ Ava, as the sportswoman and Jérémie Rénier as the coach.

Production : MILLE ET UNE PRODUCTIONS (France) – International Sales : THE PARTY FILM INTERNATIONAL SALES – French Distribution : JOUR2FÊTE

CASA DE ANTIGUIDADES (Memory House) by Joao Paulo Miranda Maria (Brazil) – 1h27

Cristovam, a loner working in rural Brazil for a former Austrian colonist, lives a parallel life. As an accepting person, whose ancestors have always been from that land, it is without astonishment that he discovers an abandoned place whose objects carry within them the magical memory of his country. Casa de antiguidades is one of those reconciliatory films that blasts open the limits by paradoxically exposing Brazilian social inequalities. Fantasy rubs shoulders with the most trivial reality, the past regains its rights at the heart of the present. Joao Paulo Miranda Maria constructs rich a work featuring the many Brazils whose common denominator is a light and a landscape that’s superbly captured here.

Production : BEBOSSA (Brazil) / MANEKI FILMS (France)

BROKEN KEYS (Fausse note) by Jimmy Keyrouz (Lebanon) – 1h30

A work of denunciation, in this case of radical Islamism in the time of ISIS, Broken Keys stands out for its classicism and the way it intertwines stories great and small. The music acts as a counterpoint to the horrors of the world in this first film – a work shot through with humanity – by Lebanese director Jimmy Keyrouz.

Production : EZEKIEL (Lebanon)

IBRAHIM by Samir Guesmi (France) – 1h20

The first film by actor Samir Guesmi about a father-son relationship, without stereotypes or clichés. Guesmi has always been an outstanding actor. He is accompanied by the remarkable Abdelrani Bendaher, both shy and obstinate, victim of a sequence of events that he did not set in motion, seeking nothing but happiness for a father increasingly entangled in problems. A film for today’s world.

Production : WHY NOT PRODUCTIONS (France) – International Sales : WILD BUNCH INTERNATIONAL

BEGINNING (Au commencement) by Dea Kulumbegashvili (Georgia) – 2h

This first Georgian film presents a young filmmaker’s perspective on the fossilised society of her country. Dea Kulumbegashvili constructs her story as a hunt, a stalk between a hypnotised prey and accomplished predator. In this story of a young wife, a Jehovah’s Witness, harassed by a young local cop, everything is played out through static sets and a will to survive. A series of impressive debuts.

Production : FIRST PICTURE / O.F.A  (Georgia) – International Sales : WILD BUNCH INTERNATIONAL

GAGARINE by Fanny Liatard et Jérémy Trouilh (France) – 1h35

A debut co-directed by Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh whose short films attracted attention in Clermont Ferrand. The story of a teenager with a predestined first name, Yuri, who grew up in the same city as Gagarin and made it his spaceship, so to speak. It’s a film of resistance since his hero refuses to see this beautifully mixed red-brick block being demolished. For the first time on screen we discover Alséni Bathily alongside Papicha Lyna Khoudri who stood out last year in Mounia Meddour’s film at Un Certain Regard.

Production : HAUT ET COURT (France) – International Sales : TOTEM FILMS – French Distribution : HAUT ET COURT

16 PRINTEMPS by Suzanne Lindon (France) – 1h13

20 year-old Suzanne Lindon talks about her 16th birthday and seizes the opportunity to create a film that watches a woman blossom. Suzanne recounts, films, plays and dances this intimate and fragile moment that gives rise to both desire and fear. A promising first film with Arnaud Valois, seen at Cannes in 120 BPM (Beats per Minute).

Production : AVENUE B PRODUCTIONS (France) – International Sales : LUXBOX – French Distribution : PANAME DISTRIBUTION

VAURIEN by Peter Dourountzis (France) – 1h35

A social thriller that shows that serial killers can be charming people and even flash the smile of Pierre Deladonchamps. An impressive first film and the first time we see Ophélie Bau again after Mektoub My Love by Abdellatif Kechiche. Peter Dourountzis worked for ten years at an emergency medical care centre in Paris and certainly knows how to capture the erratic daily life of a vagrant.

Production : 10:15 PRODUCTIONS (France) – International Sales : KINOLOGY – French Distribution : REZO FILMS

GARÇON CHIFFON by Nicolas Maury (France) – 1h48

A first film, co-written with Sophie Fillières, by Nicolas Maury, an actor who rose to fame in the series Dix pour Cent and first appeared at Cannes in Yann Gonzalez’s Knife + Heart. He admits that he treated himself to “the role of his life” by playing an actor who, by dint of being jealous to the point of sickness, is about to lose the man he loves. A film full of self-mockery with Nathalie Baye in the role of his mother.

Production : CG CINEMA (France) – International Sales : LES FILMS DU LOSANGE – French Distribution : LES FILMS DU LOSANGE

SI LE VENT TOMBE (Should the Wind Drop) by Nora Martirosyan (Armenia) – 1h40 – Copresented with l’ACID

An amazing debut by an Armenian director who took the Cinefoundation Workshop in 2014, and who manages here to create a permanent tension from almost nothing. A sort of minimalist Desert of the Tartars, with the ever stoic Grégoire Colin in the role of an engineer in charge of deciding on the reopening of the airport of a self-proclaimed Caucasian Republic. A permanent visual inspiration, a journey out of time and out of the ordinary where the filmmakers train their cameras.

Production : SISTER PRODUCTIONS (Armenia/France/Belgium) – International Sales : INDIE INTERNATIONAL SALES – French Distribution : ROUGE DISTRIBUTION

JOHN AND THE HOLE by Pascual Sisto (Spain) – 1h38

An explosive pitch (no spoilers here) for this thriller/”coming of age movie” full of great influences (from Haneke to Gus Van Sant), the first film by a Spanish artist living in New York who specializes in the representation of alternative realities. A film co-written with Nicolás Giacobone, Iñárritu’s loyal Argentinian screenwriter.

Production : MUTRESSA MOVIES (USA)

STRIDING INTO THE WIND (Courir au gré du vent) by WEI Shujun (China) – 2h36

Two young men in a state of complete turmoil and a 4×4 in China. This could be the pitch for this first film by a gifted young filmmaker. But behind this easy formula hides an inventive and unpredictable odyssey as free as the air, with a totally fresh perspective on Chinese cinema. A work unlike any other, as is often the case in the films from a China where cinema matters more than ever.

Production : ALIBABA PICTURES (China)

THE DEATH OF CINEMA AND MY FATHER TOO (La Mort du cinéma et de mon père aussi) by Dani Rosenberg (Israel) – 1h40

First Israeli film. A young filmmaker films the dying pains of his father, himself a filmmaker. It’s all about closeness and distance, the desire to capture every last gesture, not to miss a word.

Production : PARDES FILMS (Israel) – International Sales : FILMS BOUTIQUE – French Distribution: NOUR FILMS 

3 DOCUMENTARY FILMS

EN ROUTE POUR LE MILLIARD (Downstream to Kinshasa) by Dieudo Hamadi – (Democratic Republic of Congo) – 1h30

A documentary by the Congolese Dieudo Hamadi who continues his work as a young observer and filmmaker. Hamadi once again trains his camera on the street and follows a group of men in their struggle to obtain what their just rewards from a failing state. With meticulousness and a concern to make everything vibrant, Hamadi offers the viewer the privilege of accompanying his real-life heroes. A magnificent gesture of cinema.

Production : LES FILMS DE L’OEIL SAUVAGE (Democratic Republic of Congo/Belgium/France) – International Sales : ANDANA FILMS

THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS by Michael Dweck et Gregory Kershaw (USA) – 1h24

A documentary that sets out in search of the white truffle from Alba, Italy, prized by the great chefs and gleaners who sell it at astronomical prices. Without voice-overs, The Truffle Hunters tells the story of how an ancestral tradition comes face to face with contemporary business, the love between octogenarians and dogs with a sometimes uncertain sense of smell, on a stubborn and insane search – a journey through the heart of the forests of Piedmont. Presented at Sundance and produced by Luca Guadagnino.

Production : GO GIGI GO PRODUCTIONS LLC (Italia/USA/Greece) – Distribution France : SONY PICTURES RELEASING

9 JOURS A RAQQA by Xavier de Lauzanne – (France) – 1h30

A documentary about an extraordinary woman, Leïla Mustapha, the Kurdish mayor of the former Islamic State capital, a civil engineer in charge of the reconstruction of Raqqa. A rare and intrinsically “feminist” view of Syria.

Production : ALOEST FILMS (France)

5 COMEDY FILMS

ANTOINETTE DANS LES CÉVENNES by Caroline Vignal (France) – 1h35

A hike in the footsteps of Stevenson. Accompanied by her donkey Laure Calamy well wanders off the beaten track. With only her second feature film by Caroline Vignal, in almost 20 years, has directed an anti-love affair comedy based on the theme “the important thing is to travel, not to arrive”. The result is halfway between a Western in the Cévennes and a contemporary tale.

Production : CHAPKA FILMS  / LA FILMERIE (France) – International Sales : PLAYTIME – French Distribution : DIAPHANA DISTRIBUTION

LES DEUX ALFRED by Bruno Podalydès (France) – 1h30

The new film by Bruno Podalydès, who has never featured in the Official Selection before, and a great pleasure to see the two brothers, Bruno and Denis, acting together – more often they merely cross paths. Les Deux Alfred is an upbeat but simultaneously moving comedy about characters overwhelmed by the modern world and new technologies, who need to stick together to get by. Sandrine Kiberlain is great in the role of the formidable businesswoman who keeps her cards close to her chest. And thef “parental coming out” scene is already a huge hit with the selection committee.

Production : WHY NOT PRODUCTIONS (France) – French Distribution : UGC DISTRIBUTION

UN TRIOMPHE (The big hit) by Emmanuel Courcol (France) – 1h40

An actor past his best arrives in a prison to give drama lessons to the prisoners. His best laid plans are not necessarily shared by all, but he’s on mission to stage Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot. Prison life, the presence of art, the existence of the outside world, an escape through words, Emmanuel Courcol delivers a real prison film with a very successful mix of young actors graced with the presence of veterans of the Comédie Française (Marina Hands, Laurent Stocker).

Production : AGAT FILMS & CIE (France) – International Sales : MK2 FILMS – French Distribution : MEMENTO FILMS DISTRIBUTION

L’ORIGINE DU MONDE by Laurent Lafitte (France) – 1st film

Obviously, L’Origine du monde was a painting, painted by Gustave Courbet in 1966. Then it became a play by Sébastien Thiéry, completely unrelated to the artwork. Now, it’s the first film by Laurent Lafitte, actor, author and now director, still on both sides of the camera. The story of a heartless man, in the true sense of the word, apparently alive. We will say no more so as not to spoil this darkly joyful, funny and bemusing spectacle. The actors are having fun and they are not the only ones: it’s comedy time.

Production : TRESOR FILMS (France) – International Sales : STUDIO CANAL – French Distribution : STUDIO CANAL

LE DISCOURS by Laurent Tirard (France) – 1h27 

A new comedy by Laurent Tirard adapted from Fabrice Caro’s novel, about a thirty-something man who has been dumped and awaits a reconciliation SMS during a never-ending family dinner. Laurent Tirard had the excellent idea to give the lead role to Benjamin Lavernhe (from the Comédie Française) who knows how to play the a half-idiot like nobody else. A tender and upbeat film, stylishly written and filmed, which affirms that it is never too late to tell each other the truth. Featuring Sara Giraudeau, who we also see in Elie Wajeman´s A Night Doctor.

Production : LES FILMS SUR MESURE (France) – International Sales : CHARADES – French Distribution : LE PACTE

4 ANIMATED FILMS

AYA TO MAJO (Earwig and the Witch) by Gorô Miyazaki (Japan) – 1h22

An animated film by Gorô Miyazaki, in digital animation and not in the usual manga groove. A contrast with the cinema of his father, the great Hayao Miyazaki, who participated in the elaboration of this opus, which marks the great return of Ghibli studios to the big screen, following their ubiquitous triumph on the platforms. In this highly original work, we find the narrative influences of children’s tales with their disturbing characters, their determined little heroines and their magical powers. Note that the film is not set in Japan but still speaks the language of Ozu. We leave it as a surprise.

Production : NHK / NHK ENTERPRISES / STUDIO GHIBLI (Japan) – International Sales : WILD BUNCH INTERNATIONAL

FLEE by Jonas Poher Rasmussen (Denmark) – 1h30

This hybrid film uses the power of historical archive images, enhanced by animation and its embodiment of the imagination, to deal with a subject relatively new to cinema: the flight of an Afghan family through Russia to reach Europe. A moving miniature epic.

Production : FINAL CUT FOR REAL / SUN CREATURE STUDIO (Denmark/France/Sweden/Norway) – International Sales : CINEPHIL

JOSEP by Aurel (France) – 1h20 – 1st film

A strong subject and a rare form of animation with the use of jump-cut, alternating still and animated images, a mixture of press drawings, comic strip strokes and paintings: the first film by cartoonist Aurel, based on a screenplay by Robert Guédiguian’s companion, Jean-Louis Milesi, evokes with conviction and poetry a story forgotten by History, that of the Retirada, the exodus to France of refugees from the Spanish Civil War in 1939. The power of line drawing to witness and re-enchant the world: Aurel’s first film is ambitious.

Production : LES FILMS D’ICI (France) – International Sales : THE PARTY FILM SALES – French Distribution : SOPHIE DULAC DISTRIBUTION

SOUL by Pete Docter (USA) – 1h30

The friendship between the Festival de Cannes, Studio Pixar and Pete Docter is not new: together at the opening with Up in 2009, we met again for the out-of-competition presentation of Inside Out in 2015. Since then, Pete Docter has taken over the studio but has lost none of his touch: it’s as a director that returns to the Official Selection with Soul, the story of a music teacher who is a reincarnation… well, not really – but hey, we’re not giving the game away. It’s the first Pixar that takes place in New York. Screenplay by Pete Docter, Mike Jones and Kemp Powers, with a score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and it all adds up.

Production : PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS (USA) – French Distribution : THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

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TIFF Zombie Hit Blood Quantum Hits Shudder – Start Your Free Trial today

Need more viral outbreak movies? New indigenous zombie film Blood Quantum bites its way to Shudder

Blood Quantum is a new retro Canadian zombie horror that premiered @ last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Now the world can get to witness the dead ripping people to shreds on horror streaming platform Shudder

Folks, you’ll be happy to know that I have the official press-release to share with you all…here it is!

WHEN THE DEAD RISE ONLY THE IMMUNE SURVIVE

It’s 1981 and a virus infects earth and turns its inhabitants into undead hordes with only one community spared and left to fight in this distinctive and relevant spin on the zombie siege horror. AMC’s horror streaming platform Shudder unleashes Barnaby’s gory chiller NOW!

BLOOD QUANTUM will roll-out on all Shudder platforms as of Midnight EST on April 28th and is expected to fully propagate by midday 

New members can enjoy 30-days free with the promo code SHUTIN when signing up at Shudder.com 

In light of widespread cinema closures, Shudder has rerouted from their planned Spring release for BLOOD QUANTUM and is excited to spontaneously launch it at a moment in history where it could not be more significant. “We knew the film was important and timely when we acquired it last year, but given recent events, Blood Quantum’s themes of isolation, fear of contagion, and humanity struggling with the ramifications of a global virus have only grown more relevant,” said Shudder General Manager Craig Engler. “When a theatrical release became untenable due to the real-world pandemic, we decided to accelerate the launch of Barnaby’s film so it would reach the biggest audience possible.”

So why not just pop that code into Shudder and enjoy Blood Quantum and 100’s of other great horror movies.

As always, thanks for reading.

Article by Gary Gamble
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

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IFC Midnight Pick Up New Russian Sci-Fi SPUTNIK

In need of some new sci-fi? look no further! IFC Midnight has picked up the North American rights for new Russian sci-fi, SPUTNIK

The directorial debut from Egor Abramenko, Sputnik was meant to have its premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival but due to this shit-storm pandemic, the film has now found a new release platform.

Here is the official press-release

NEW YORK, NY (April 03, 2020) – IFC Midnight announced today that it is acquiring North American rights to Egor Abramenko’s directorial debut SPUTNIK from XYZ Films. Abramenko’s sci-fi thriller short film THE PASSENGER played in the 2017 Fantastic Film Festival in Austin, and was the inspiration for his feature debut. The film stars Oksana Akinshina who debuted in Lukas Moodysson’s award-winning film LILYA 4-EVER, alongside Fedor Bondarchuk, Pyotr Fyodorov, and Anton Vasilev. The script was written by Oleg Malovichko and Andrei Zolotarev. Producing is Vodorod Pictures, Art Pictures Studio, Hype Film, Cinema Fund, NMG Studio and CTC Network. Producers are Mikhail Vrubel, Alexander Andryushenko, Fedor Bondarchuk, Ilya Stewart, Murad Osmann, Pavel Burya, Vyacheslav Murugov. SPUTNIK was set to have its world premiere in the Midnight Section at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. IFC Midnight will release the film August 14th, 2020. In SPUTNIK, at the height of the Cold War, a Soviet spacecraft crash lands after a mission gone awry, leaving the commander as its only survivor. After a renowned Russian psychologist is brought in to evaluate the commander’s mental state, it becomes clear that something dangerous may have come back to Earth with him. Arianna Bocco EVP of Acquisitions and Productions of IFC Films said, “Egor has created a stunning film with SPUTNIK in the vein of the classic sci-fi epics that captivate U.S. audiences. We’re thrilled to bring this visually impressive debut to audiences across the country.” Director Egor Abramenko added, “I’m excited to share my film with American audiences. I was inspired by many American films when making SPUTNIK so it’s a very important country for me to show this film. I am so happy to be partnering with IFC Midnight who represent a great family of international filmmakers.” Initially, the film was supposed to be released in Russia on April 16 via Sony Pictures, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian opening is scheduled for a digital release on Russian platforms April 23rd.

The deal for the film was negotiated by Director of Acquisitions at IFC Films Aijah Keith and Pip Ngo from XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers. Egor Abramenko is represented by UTA and managed by Peter Van Steemburg at XYZ Films. International sales are handled by Art Pictures Distribution.

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Oscilloscope and MailChimp have joined forces to bring us all of the short films that were to play at this year’s SXSW

That’s not all! Amazon Prime Video will be releasing all of the feature-length movies that were to play at the festival. No date has been confirmed but you folks will find out when I do.

Imagine being a filmmaker, creating your dream project, getting excepted into one of the finest film festivals in the world and then a killer virus forces the world to close down, fucking, both, you, and your film. Well…that may sound like something from a horror movie but that is exactly what happened.

SXSW has teamed up with MailChimp to bring us all of the short films that were to play at this year’s festival. So, here it is, below you will find a link to enjoy all of these short films.

I love these, if you have a good eye for film, you can tell who is going to be the next big name in the indie horror world.

WATCH THE SXSW 2020 SHORT FILMS ONLINE TODAY AT
mailchimp.com/presents/sxsw

As always, thanks for reading

Words by Gary Gamble 
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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