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Nine world premieres for ACID


- Ten independent films to be screened on the Croisette as part of the alternative programme held on the fringes of the Cannes Film Festival

Nine world premieres for ACID
Avant la fin de l'été by Maryam Goormaghtigh

"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.

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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 review
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'AssembléeMariana Otero (France)
Before Summer Ends – Maryam Goormaghtigh (France/Switzerland)
Belinda [+see also:
film review
film profile
 – Maria Dumora (France)
The Starry Sky Above Me – Ilan Klipper (France)
Kiss and CryLila Pinell, Chloé Mahieu (France)
CobyChristian Sonderegger (France)
Last LaughZhang Tao (Hong Kong/France)
Sans adieuChristophe Agou (France)
ScaffoldingMatan Yair (Israel/Poland)

Special Screening:

Pour le réconfortVincent Macaigne (France)

ACID TRIP #1 – Feature films

Requiem for Mrs. J. [+see also:
film review
film focus
interview: Bojan Vuletić
film profile
Bojan Vuletić (Serbia/Bulgaria/Macedonia/France/Russia)
Humidity [+see also:
film review
film focus
interview: Nikola Ljuca
film profile
Nikola Ljuca (Serbia/the Netherlands/Greece)

ACID TRIP #1 – Short films

Dos patriasKosta Ristić (Serbia/Cuba)
TransitionMilica Tomović
Sortie de secoursVladimir Tagić (Serbia)
A Handful of StonesStefan Ivancić (Serbia)
If I Had It My Way I Would Never LeaveMarko Grba Singh (Serbia)

(Translated from French)

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