The free-spirited Badri family have escaped the toxic pollution of Beirut by seeking refuge in the utopic mountain home they have built. But unexpectedly, a garbage landfill is built right outside their fence, bringing the trash and corruption of a whole country to their doorstep. As the trash rises, so do tensions between leaving or resisting, threatening their idyllic home and family unity.
Blanco, the charismatic owner of a family-run factory, is under pressure as he covets a local award for business excellence. Everything needs to be perfect! But the veneer of the perfect company cracks as Blanco has to deal with a vengeful fired worker, a depressed supervisor, and an infatuated ambitious intern.
To win the competiton, the manipulative “good boss” shamelessly meddles in his employees’ private lives and crosses every line imaginable, unknowingly starting an explosive chain reaction with wild consequences.
Julie (30) lives with Aksel (early 40s), a cult graphic novelist. Aksel is caring and their life in the Oslo art world is full of cocktails and events. But Julie feels she is mainly living Aksel’s life. Unable to bear the brunt of her family’s expectations or Aksel’s desire for a child, Julie keeps chasing ever-changing personal dreams.
One evening, while desperately looking to rediscover a few lost sensations of her youth, Julie sneaks into a random wedding party, where she meets Eivind, a man her age…
The insatiably curious and headstrong inventor Leonardo da Vinci leaves Italy to join the French court, where he can experiment freely, inventing flying contraptions, incredible machines,
and studying the human body. There, joined in his adventure by the audacious princess Marguerite, Leonardo will uncover the answer to the ultimate question: “What is the meaning of it all?”
2020 / France / drama / French
Elegant, retired architect Shauna (70) crosses paths with Pierre, a happily married doctor in his 40s, who first made an impression on her in a brief meeting 15 years previously.
Both are quite troubled to meet again and begin an affair. While Pierre’s family
life is soon turned upside down, Shauna struggles with feelings she thought belonged to the past.
Solange is a typical 12 year old, curious and full of life, with perhaps the peculiarity of being overly sentimental and adoring her parents. But when her parents begin to argue, fight and slowly drift apart, the threat of divorce looms near and Solange’s world begins to splinter. To keep her family together, she will worry, act out, suffer. It’s the story of a young and overly tender teen who wants the impossible: for love to never end.
Jonas, a 40 something Parisian, is still desperately in love with his ex-girlfriend Léa. When he knocks on her door to confess his feelings and she turns him down, he ends up at the café downstairs.
Inspiration strikes and he sits down to write her a long love letter, dodging everything he was supposed to do that day. What begins as a last attempt to get her back surprisingly turns into a vivid musing on the state of his life.
Over the course of a day, helped by a wisecracking bartender and an array of patrons from the neighborhood, Jonas has to face his past relationships, his uncertain future and, most of all, himself.
Belgique, France, Germany, Pologne, Royaume-Uni / animation
Bavaria, 1812. A lovelorn young poet banished from society is forced to wander across mountains, ice and snow, on a dangerous journey which will either lead him to death or to a new life.
France, Italie / drama / Italian / 100'’
Naples, early 1980’s. Aldo and Vanda go through a separation, after he reveals his affair. Their two young children are torn between their parents, in a whirlwind of resentment. But the ties that keep people together are inescapable, even without love. Now, 30 years later, Aldo and Vanda are still married.
“A vivid marriage story with Ferrante flavour, the emotionally tough yet intricately constructed portrait of a relationship in slow-motion meltdown. It’s like the Italian version of Marriage Story, only stretched out over 40 years. Alba Rohrwacher and Luigi Lo Cascio are exceptionally strong as Vanda and Aldo. If Venice needed to make a statement about the enduring power of cinema, and it’s still relevant, still urgent, emotional reach, then this was the way to do it.”
“A well-acted freely time-skipping domestic drama, whose strength lies in conveying the more banal everyday details, incidents and anecdotes that become the very fabric of family history. There are casually skilled pleasures of performance to be taken from it, with a fine cast of internationally regarded players. Rohrwacher, always an intense, deep-feeling presence on screen.”
“A European cousin to Marriage Story, Daniele Luchetti’s handsome divorce drama focuses on the grisly meltdown of a middle-class couple and the emotional baggage that they then bequeath to their children. Luchetti navigates a time-slipping structure with aplomb, gliding back and forth between Naples and Rome, and from the early 1980s to the present day. Superbly played by Alba Rohrwacher.”
“An all-star cast quality Italian drama finely crafted by director Daniele Luchetti. The grasp of relationships is utterly authentic and dives deep into the cruel dynamics of a couple at the breaking point.”
The Hollywood Reporter
“The cast of Italian A-listers is excellent and responds to the intimacy of an approach in which faces, gestures and silences often count more than words spoken. Shot in a close, warm handheld style that matches the stifling nature of the emotional prison the couple have built for themselves, The Ties comes up with good visual and aural ideas and some virtuoso touches.”
“A sly, sexy drama.”
“Luchetti’s depiction of this unsatisfactory marriage arrangement is honest and observant, with well-judged, understated performances throughout.”
Etienne, an often out of work but endearing actor, runs a theater workshop in a prison, where he brings together an unlikely troupe of prisoners to stage Samuel Beckett’s famous play Waiting for Godot. When he is allowed to take the colorful band of convicts on a tour outside of prison, Etienne finally has the chance to thrive.
Each date is a new success and a unique relationship grows between this ad hoc group of actors and their director. But soon comes the final performance in Paris.
Will their last night together be the biggest hit of them all?
An uplifting comedy inspired by true events, starring Kad Merad (Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis, César Award Winner for Don’t Worry, I’m Fine).
Executive produced by Dany Boon.
Written and directed by the writer of Welcome, and French box-office sensation In The Name of the Land.
Aharon has devoted his life to raising his son Uri. They live together in a gentle routine, away from the real world. But Uri is autistic, and now as a young adult it might be time for him to live in a specialized home. While on their way to the institution, Aharon decides to run away with his son and hits the road, knowing that Uri is not ready for this separation. Or is it, in fact, his father who is not ready?
France / documentary / English, French
At the beginning of the 19th century the discovery of the wide-open spaces of the United States and its incredible wildlife was key in the political development of the country. Intent on painting all the birds of America, John-James Audubon became a central figure of America’s national identity. But as these birds started disappearing with the dawn of the industrial era, so did the original American dream. In this “river movie” along the banks of the Mississippi, political, environmental and human rights issues are interwoven with the tales, myths and ghosts of these now extinct birds.
France / documentary / English, French
Today, the race is on between human and artificial intelligence. While researchers are slowly uncovering the mysteries of the human brain, dramatic progress is being made in the field of AI.
We follow the silent war raging inside cutting-edge laboratories embodied by two scientists: a father and his son. While the father, dedicates his life to the understanding of the human brain, his son, a young AI researcher in Oxford, aims to build intelligent machines. Their captivating confrontations around the world challenge our beliefs in a disturbing yet fascinating existential journey.
A documentary about the future of humanity, that is both deeply political and philosophical, and where discoveries are so advanced they could be science fiction.
By the director of cleveland vs. Wall Street (cannes 2010 Director’s Fortnight) and The Paris Opera.
Production: Bande à Part, Les Films Pelléas
French Distribution: Ad Vitam
France / documentary / French / 85’
7-year-old Sasha has always known she was a little girl, even though she was born a boy.
As society fails to treat her like the other children her age – in her daily life at school, dance lessons or birthday parties – her supportive family leads a constant battle to make her difference understood and accepted.
Multi-award winner Sébastien Lifshitz (4 selections in Cannes and 4 selections in Berlin) follows Sasha and her family for a year, capturing with his insightful, delicate and subtle camera their truly moving moments of joy and the many challenges they face together.
“Sébastien Lifshitz’s LITTLE GIRL gently lifts the veil on one family’s battle against strict social norms surrounding the subject of gender. Deeply moving.”
Fabien Lemercier - Cineuropa
“Lifshitz has become a documentarian of such skill and confidence that his films feel increasingly light on their feet while at the same time gaining in depth and emotional resonance.”
Boyd van Hoeij - The Hollywood Reporter
Jafar Panahi’s new short film follows the filmmaker, his daughter, and her theater-producer friend to a remote Kurdish village to visit a woman, a preternaturally gifted singer, whose traditional family refuses to allow her to perform publicly.
What they find there is both beautifully surprising and richly allegorical: a secret to be kept hidden that is nevertheless yearning to break free.
France / 19'’
Entirely based on archive photos, Sergei Loznitsa revives with humor the fantastic Gala evenings organized by the Paris Opera during the 1950s and 1960s. Where the creme de la creme of Paris and beyond climb the steps of the Palais Garnier with great fanfare and pomp.
Belgique, Germany, Irlande / animation / English
Len is the slightly overweight head of a family of foxes who live in the city. Sal is his resourceful partner: bouncy, inquisitive. Kev is their cub. They’re set up in a comfortable garden shed in the suburbs: there’s a steady supply of hamburgers and chips in the bins behind the cafes. Life is easy for the little family. So, when, one Autumn day, young Kev puts on his cutest face and says he’d like to visit the place where Len was born – just to see what it’s like, Dad – he agrees. After all, it’s just a day out in the country. What could possibly go wrong?
Germany / documentary / English, French, German / 89'’
Women were clearly at the core of legendary photographer Helmut Newton’s work. The stars of his iconic portraits and fashion editorials – from Anna Wintour to Grace Jones, Charlotte Rampling to Isabella Rossellini – finally give their own interpretation of the life and work of this controversial genius. A portrait by the portrayed. Provocative, unconventional, subversive, his depiction of women still sparks the question: were they subjects or objects?
“"An engaging and surprisingly playful documentary about the man who was arguably the most transgressive photographer to emerge from the 1960s and '70s. Captivating."”
“"Delights in its hero's troublemaking side and urges viewers to look beyond his pictures' surface sexual politics. Fascinating."”
The Hollywood Reporter
“"A vivid, if hagiographic dive into the career of the 20th century's most iconoclastic fashion photographer. Unexpectedly moving, a nostalgic time capsule of an art-world rebel whose unorthodox methods and decidedly politically incorrect vision couldn’t exist today."”
France / documentary / French / 115’
Golda Maria is a holocaust survivor and a beloved mother and grandmother whose past is shrouded in mystery.
Born in 1910 in a Jewish family in Poland, raised in 1920’s Berlin, she has to flee to Paris in 1933 and run again to the free zone during the war, where she is separated from her husband and daughter. In May 1944, just a few days before the Normandy landing, she is arrested and deported with her young son. After 12 months in the horror of the camps, she comes back to Paris, without her son but with a life to resume. And a family to love.
In 1994, film producer Patrick Sobelman recorded his grandmother’s story.
Over two decades later, along with his son Hugo, they will shape Golda’s story into a loving portrait which not only uncovers family secrets but which is also a universal testimony from a courageous and spirited woman.
“Enlightening. A genuine, real and raw glimpse into the power of humanity and our innate ability for survival which is both moving and inspirational.”
Jonathan Marshall - The Upcoming
“A testimony of inestimable human and historical value in memory of a woman who experienced a dramatically exceptional fate ... Inevitably elicits great emotion.”
Fabien Lemercier - Cineuropa
Chine / documentary / Chinese / 112’
Prominent Chinese writers and scholars gather in a village in Shanxi, a province of China and the hometown of Jia Zhang-Ke. This starts an 18-chapter symphony about Chinese society since 1949. Narrated by three important novelists born in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s respectively, telling their own stories with literature and reality, the film weaves a 70-year spiritual history of the Chinese people.
Production: XSTREAM PICTURES, HUAXIA FILM DISTRIBUTION CO., LTD., SHANXI FILM AND TELEVISION GROUP, HUAXIN KYLIN CULTURE MEDIA CO., LTD., WISHARTY MEDIA CO., LTD., HUAYI BROTHER PICTURES LIMITED
“Meditative and handsomely shot.”
Wendy Ide - Screen International
“Quiet, dignified and ruminative, it gets far closer to real Chinese people.”
Deborah Young - The Hollywood Reporter
“Jia Zhangke documentary is a spiritual depiction of China. Illuminating.”
James Mottram - South China Morning Post
“A superior work … the Chinese master travels to his hometown, Fenyang, to meditate on how memory and tradition can withstand the thrust of modernizing processes.”
Periodico de Catalunya
“A fascinating portrait of writing under communism, as well offering key insights into the esteemed Chinese director himself.”
“Swimming confirms Jia Zhang-ke as one of the most important Asian directors, always capable to interest ant stimulate.”
Andrea Chimenti - Il Sole 24 Ore
“Swimming Out till The Sea Turns Blue is a beautiful documentary by the filmmaker who has been a major chronicler of China’s transformations over the last decades.”
“The Exceptional Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke manages effortlessly to weave words and images into a dynamic idea of History.”
“Beautiful. A melancholic, nostalgic look at how rural China has changed from 1940s to now. It has a really caring feeling to all of it, and hearing these stories told is so delightful.”
Alex Billington - First Showing
“Swimming Out provides an informative backcloth to Chinese culture in Shanxi province, a thoughtful ethnological, cultural and socio political snapshot of this vast nation.”
1997, Fengyang, Shanxi. Xiao Wu is a small town pickpocket. Having never managed to get away from the streets like his friends, he finds himself alone with his troubles. A local cop is out to get him and his love affair with Mei Mei, the local karaoke hostess, is going nowhere. He realises it’s time to think about his future but can he find the force to break with his criminal past?
“An incisive mastery of political symbolism.”
The New Yorker