Cannes Film Festival continues to be a strong influence for film with recognition of students and short films. Julianne Moore states on the red carpet this evening, “It is the most important film festival in the world. Cinéfondation and short film selections is perfect for young film directors. This is a location to demonstrate the strong upcoming talent.
Cinéfondation created in 1998 is devoted to the search for new talent, sometimes referred to as head hunting for talented young directors. Gilles Jacob began this initiative and continued to over see this selection until 2015.
There is a selection of fifteen to twenty short and medium-length films each year from film schools all over the world. This year Palme D’or (short films) and Cinéfondation includes several animated films and a few anticipated world premieres.
This year’s jury is presided by President Cristian Mungiu. He is a Romanian filmmaker and writer. He is well-known at Cannes. 2007 he received the Golden Palm for his film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. The jury includes a world-wide representation:
- Clotilde HESME Actress (France)
- Barry JENKINS Director, screenwriter, and Academy Award Winner (United States)
- Eric KHOO Director, screenwriter, producer (Singapore)
- Athina Rachel TSANGARI Director, screenwriter, producer (Greece)
Cinéfondation and Short Jury awards a prize to the best three at an official ceremony Friday, May, 26th at the Buñuel Theatre, which will be followed by a screening of the winning films.
This year’s films include:
Palme D’or Short Film Titles
- A DROWNING MAN
- Director Mahdi FLEIFEL
- Actors Mahdi FLEIFEL, Jalal QANIRY, Rebih EL-SALEOUS, Mounir ALKHATEEB, Thymios KOUKIOS
- Country Denmark, United Kingdom, Greece
- Synopsis Alone and far from home, The Kid makes his way through a strange city looking for the means to get through his day. Surrounded by predators he is forced to make compromises merely to survive, his life of exile grows one day longer.
- ACROSS MY LAND
- Director Fiona GODIVIER
- Actors Summer Phoenix, Timothy V. Murphy, Preston Bailey
- Country USA, FRENCH
- Synopsis Father and son ‘minutemen’ patrol the American/Mexican border near their home in Nogales, Arizona.
- Trailer https://vimeo.com/200158464
- Director Andrés RAMIREZ PULIDO
- Actors Magaly Lopez, Yaneth Sanchez
- Country Colombia
- Synopsis Deep inside the jungle, a group of teenage girls are being kept under supervision. Despite abandonment and hostility, Damiana hopes she can get in touch with her father.
- Trailer https://vimeo.com/215791881
- KATTO (The Ceiling)
- Director Teppo AIRAKSINEN
- Actors Inna Bodson, Juho Milonoff, Pekka Strang
- Country Finland
- Synopsis On the brink of divorce a middle aged man, Olavi, retreats to his cabin by the lake. After a few days he finds that the ceiling has come down making him unable to stand up straight. His friend Tuomas arrives and insists that something has to be done whereas Olavi is content with the limited space.
- KONIEC WIDZENIA (Time to go)
- Director Grzegorz MOŁDA
- Country Poland
- Synopsis Marta works at her father’s automobile repair shop. After her boyfriend is arrested, Marta is faced with a difficult choice: to stay loyal to her father, or to do what it takes to get her boyfriend released. Marta’s situation is complicated by a secret that she needs to reveal to both of the men in her life.
- LUNCH TIME
- Director Alireza GHASEMI
- Actors Roya Bakhtiyari, Siavash Cheraghipoor,Khorshid Cheraghipour
- Country Iran
- Synopsis A 16-year-old girl has come to the hospital to identify the body of her mother. The people in charge at the hospital – due to her young age – won’t let her into the morgue.
- PÉPÉ LE MORSE – animation (Grandpa Walrus)
- PUSH IT
- Director Julia THELIN
- Actors Geneth Gurmu, Jeremiah Jeppson, Emilia Azar
- Country Sweden
- Synopsis PUSH IT is a film about never being able to win, even though you’re the best. Hedda tries to approach Adam in every way she can, but everything she does turns out wrong. But Adam gets to break all the rules. PUSH IT explores structures, physicality, identity and emotions. With the gym hall as its arena.
- XIAO CHENG ER YUE (A Gentle Night)
- Director QIU Yang
- Country China
- Synopsis In a nameless Chinese city, a mother with her daughter missing, refuses to go gentle into this good night.
- Trailer https://vimeo.com/214525304
Cinéfondation Film Titles
- BEN MAMSHICH (Heritage)
- Director Yuval AHARONI
- Country Israel
- Synopsis Noam, a young gay man, discovers that his father, who just died, had a secret affair with a married man. He follows and meets that man. He now holds his father’s secret.
- Trailer http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/festival/web-tv/trailer/ben-mamshich
- HEYVAN (Animal)
- Directors Bahman ARK, Bahman ARK
- Country Iran
- Trailer http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/festival/web-tv/trailer/heyvan
- ATLANTÍDA, 2003 (Atlantis, 2003)
- Director Michal BLAŠKO
- Actors Elizaveta Maximová, Levan Mania, and Vladislav Šarišský
- Country Iran
- Synopsis Martin and Denisija, a young couple from Ukraine, are trying to get to Germany.
- Trailer https://vimeo.com/216033189
- Director Stijn BOUMA
- Actors Lejla Hadžić, Vedad Terzić, and Slobodan Čabaković
- Country Bosnia and Herzegovina | Netherlands
- Synopsis Lejla, a young woman from Sarajevo, takes care of her elderly father and feels stuck in her life. One day she meets Vedad and they fall in love. He offers her the chance of leaving with him, but she’s unsure of what’s best for her future.
- VAZIO DO LADO DE FORA (Empty on the Outside)
- Director Eduardo BRANDÃO PINTO
- Actors Dja MARTHINS, Claudia BARBOT, Samara COSTA, Hugo GRATIVOL, Lorena BLANES, Ana Rosa OLIVEIRA, Thais THEDIM, Wilian SANTIAGO, Rollo ROLLO, Jorge Luiz, JERONYMO, Beatriz GOMES, Eddie MIRANDA, Leonardo SERRA, Augusto FONTES JR, Maria DA PENHA, and Kiko ANDRADE
- Country Brazil
- Synopsis After the demolition of the houses and streets, the bodies or the life in pieces remained. There, a girl got ready for a party, a lady prayed, a daughter doubled shirts, a couple counted stars, a boy jumped on a bicycle, another onde danced with his turtle. Film recorded at Vila Autódromo, a community that resisted the devastation in Rio in 2016 during the Olympics.
- Trailer https://vimeo.com/188897931
- Director Aya IGASHI
- Country Japan
- Synopsis A couple is flirting in the classroom. Sitting on the other’s lap, kissing… Mako sits looking disgruntled. She leaves the classroom, passes through a path between paddy fields in the countryside, and arrives at a river. She then jumps into the river from the bridge still in uniform.
- Trailer http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/festival/web-tv/trailer/tokeru
- AFTERNOON CLOUDS
- Director Payal KAPADIA
- Country India
- Synopsis Afternoon Clouds depicts a 60-year old widow, who lives with her Nepali maid, Malati. The entire movie revolves around a single afternoon in their house. This film features Usha Naik and Trimala Adhikari.
- À PERDRE HALEINE (To Lose Haleine)
- Director Léa KRAWCZYK
- Country France
- Director Imge ÖZBILGE
- Country Indonesia | Turkey | Belgium
- Synopsis Camouflage tells the story of a forbidden friendship blossoming in a secret garden in the city where the East meets the West.This animated short inspired by Ottoman Miniatures and Hieronymus Bosch takes the audience to a mysterious and surreal world which is a reflection of the director reality.
- Trailer http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/festival/films/camouflage
- PEQUEÑO MANIFIESTO EN CONTRA DEL CINE SOLEMNE (Little Manifesto Against Solemn Cinema)
- Director Roberto PORTA
- Actors Juan GAMES, Ayelén ESPÍNDOLA
- Country Argentina
- Synopsis A trivial story about two people who meet at a party and spend the night together, told the most pretentious, most poetic, but above all, most solemn possible ways.
- Trailer http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/festival/web-tv/trailer/pequeno-manifiesto-en-contra-del-cine-solemne
- WILD HORSES
- Director Rory STEWART
- Actors Emma CURTIS, CATER, HENDERSON, and COMPTON
- Country UK
- Synopsis Joan’s efforts at teenage rebellion are frustrated by her illness and her mother, until her increasingly vivid dreams and overzealous tutor inspire her to release her independence.
- Trailer http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/festival/films/wild-horses
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- LÁTHATATLANUL (Invisibly)
- Director Áron SZENTPÉTERI
- Actors Tamás BARKÓ, JÓZSA, JÓZSA, LADÁNYI, and Áron
- Country Hungary
- Synopsis Two people meet in the dark. The darkness of an invisible exhibition. Through the film, we follow them as they get closer and move apart from each other by crossing blurry boundaries. Boundaries that exist between and within people and are mostly invisible. Not only for the blind.
- Trailer http://www.festival-cannes.com/es/festival/web-tv/trailer/lathatatlanul
- Social Media
- DEUX ÉGARÉS SONT MORTS (Two Egars are Dead)
- Director Tommaso USBERTI
- Country France
- Synopsis In a wild landscape, Vera and Matteo live their first date of love. The girl’s father surprises them and assaults the boy. At the end of a fierce fight Matteo knocks down the man. Vera asks the boy to take her to dance. Matteo, shaken, runs away.
- YIN SHIAN BIEN JIAN GON LU (Towards the Sun)
- Director WANG Yi-Ling
- Actors Piero USBERTI – Matteo Luàna BAJRAMI, BALDUZZI, Maurizio CAMPANI, Davoli, Elisabetta DINI, Mario MAIORANO, and Andrea TRAVERSI
- Country Taiwan
- Synopsis This is a story about two social outcasts who help each other and make new goals in a road trip.
- Trailer http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/festival/web-tv/trailer/yin-shian-bien-jian-gon-lu
“Uma Thurman states on the red carpet this evening , “I love this festival. It is keeping cinema alive.” These young talented directors are provided international exposure to the top film festival. You can see the screening guide here.
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