Nine world premieres for ACID
by Fabien Lemercier
- Ten independent films to be screened on the Croisette as part of the alternative programme held on the fringes of the Cannes Film Festival
"The films we like are those that know how to let their screenplays be taken over by the reality they bring to the table". This is one of the mission statements of ACID (Association du Cinéma Indépendant pour sa Diffusion), which will present a selection unveiled today and including 10 feature films (nine in their world premieres and one in its international premiere) on the fringes of the 70th Cannes Film Festival (18-27 May). It is worth pointing out that almost all the films chosen are French productions or co-productions.
The selection features five fictional titles, with a special screening of Pour le réconfort, the directorial debut (fictional) feature by actor Vincent Macaigne, who wrote a screenplay centering on Pascal and Pauline, two people who return after years and years to the land of their parents, who they put into care, but a childhood friend has betrayed them… Produced by Charles Gillibert for CG Cinéma on a budget of €0.4 million, the film was co-produced by Les Canards Sauvages and will be distributed in France by UFO. Director of photography for the film was Spaniard Mauro Herce.
Also being screened in their world premieres are fictional films The Starry Sky Above Me by Ilan Klipper (produced by Bathysphère Productions, the second feature by the filmmaker and co-director in 2010 of documentary Commissariat with Virgil Vernier) and three debut features: Kiss and Cry by Lila Pinell and Chloé Mahieu (produced by Ecce Films), Last Laugh by Zhang Tao (a co-production between Hong Kong and France with House on Fire and Butong Pictures), and Israeli-Polish title Scaffolding by Matan Yair (produced by Green Productions and Film Produkcja).
Among the five documentaries selected are L'Assemblée by Mariana Otero (nominated for the César for Best Documentary in 2011 for Entre nos mains), who immersed herself, for her 4th feature (produced by Buddy Movies and Archipel 35) in Paris last spring, at the height of the Nuit Debout movement. Also making their world premieres on the Croisette are three debut features: French-Swiss film Before Summer Ends by Maryam Goormaghtigh (produced by 4 A 4 Productions and Intermezzo Films), Coby by Christian Sonderegger (produced by Ciaofilm and Willow Films) and Sans adieu by Christophe Agou (produced by Les Enragés). Finally, the selection is completed by the French premiere of Belinda [+see also:
film profile] by Maria Dumora, which made its debut in the Panorama Dokumente section of the Berlinale and is being sold by Be For Films.
As an extra point of information, this year’s 2017 programme will also include a carte blanche for Serbian filmmaker association Bande à part, entitled ACID TRIP #1 (see news article). Altogether, 12 feature films, including eight premieres, 7 fictional films and five documentaries, will be presented.
L'Assemblée – Mariana Otero (France)
Before Summer Ends – Maryam Goormaghtigh (France/Switzerland)
Belinda [+see also:
film profile] – Maria Dumora (France)
The Starry Sky Above Me – Ilan Klipper (France)
Kiss and Cry – Lila Pinell, Chloé Mahieu (France)
Coby – Christian Sonderegger (France)
Last Laugh – Zhang Tao (Hong Kong/France)
Sans adieu – Christophe Agou (France)
Scaffolding – Matan Yair (Israel/Poland)
Pour le réconfort – Vincent Macaigne (France)
ACID TRIP #1 – Feature films
Requiem for Mrs. J. [+see also:
interview: Bojan Vuletić
film profile] – Bojan Vuletić (Serbia/Bulgaria/Macedonia/France/Russia)
Humidity [+see also:
interview: Nikola Ljuca
film profile] – Nikola Ljuca (Serbia/the Netherlands/Greece)
ACID TRIP #1 – Short films
Dos patrias – Kosta Ristić (Serbia/Cuba)
Transition– Milica Tomović (Serbia)
Sortie de secours – Vladimir Tagić (Serbia)
A Handful of Stones – Stefan Ivancić (Serbia)
If I Had It My Way I Would Never Leave – Marko Grba Singh (Serbia)
(Translated from French)