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France, Japon / drama / Japanese

Cast : Mariko Tsutsui , Mikako Ichikawa , Sousuke Ikematsu

in post-production

Ichiko works as a private nurse for a family she has almost became a part of. While Ichiko cares for the grandmother, she is also a confidant to Motoko, the eldest sister.
But one day, Motoko’s younger sister disappears. And the media soon reveal the kidnapper to be Ichiko’s own nephew…

After HARMONIUM (Cannes 2016 Un Certain Regard Jury Prize), Koji Fukada returns with the tense portrait of a woman caught up in a spiral of defamation.

Production: Kadokawa, Comme des Cinémas, Tokyo Garage

Belgique, France, Senegal / drama / French, Wolof

Cast : Binta Sane , Amadou Am , Ibrahima Traore

in post-production

Along the Atlantic coast, a soon-to-be-inaugurated futuristic tower looms over a suburb of Dakar. Ada, 17, is in love with Souleimane, a young construction worker. But she has been promised to another man. One night, Souleimane and his co-workers disappear at sea. Soon after, they come back to haunt their old neighbourhood by taking possession of the girlfriends they left behind. Some of the workers have come claiming revenge and threaten to burn the tower down if the developer does not pay their wages. But Souleiman has come back for Ada, so they can be together one last time.

Following her award winning films ONE THOUSAND SUNS and SNOW CANON, Mati Diop continues to harness fantasy and social relevancy in this haunting tale of love.

Production: Les Films du BalCinekap,FraKas Productions
French distribution: Ad Vitam

France / documentary / French

in post-production

Gilles Caron was at the height of his career as a brilliant photojournalist when he went missing in Cambodia in 1970. He was just 30 years old. Through his iconic photographs, and the gaps between them, this film, constructed like an investigation, aims to restore the photographer’s presence, recount the story of his gaze, and how he managed to cover every high profile conflict of his day in such a short period of time.

By award winning director Mariana Otero.
By Archipel 35, producer of the Dardenne Brothers’ films.

Production: Archipel 35
French distribution: Diaphana

France / comedy / French

Cast : Golshifteh Farahani

in post-production

Selma, a psychoanalyst, wrestles with a cast of colourful new clients after returning home to Tunisia to open a practice.

In this sophisticated comedy, Manele Labidi opens a fascinating window into modern Tunisia at a crossroads, with a story of contrasts, contradictions and culture clashes, full of vitality and humour.

Production: Kazak Productions

French distribution: Diaphana

in post-production

Brittany, France, 1760. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all.

Céline Sciamma (WATER LILIES, Cannes 2007 Un Certain Regard; TOMBOY, Berlin 2011 Jury Prize; GIRLHOOD, Cannes 2014 Directors’ Fortnight Opening film; MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI, Cannes 2016 Directors’ Fortnight, Cesar Award for Best Screenplay) reunites with Award-winning actress Adèle Haenel for an intimate and deeply moving period drama.

Production: Lilies Films

French distribution: Pyramide

In Marseille, a family gathers for the birth of baby Gloria. But despite the joy, they have fallen on hard times. However Gloria’s ambitious uncle has a new business idea, which could be a way out of their tough situation.

Director Robert Guédiguian reunites with the cast of THE HOUSE BY THE SEA (Venice 2017 Competition) and THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO (Cannes 2011 Un Certain Regard).

Production: Agat Film & Cie

French distribution: Diaphana

in post-production

Sibyl, a jaded psychotherapist, returns to her first passion: writing. But her newest patient Margot, a troubled up-and-coming actress, proves to be source of inspiration that is far too tempting. Fascinated almost to the point of obsession, Sibyl becomes more and more involved in Margot’s tumultuous life, reviving volatile memories that bring her face to face with her past.

After IN BED WITH VICTORIA, Justine Triet continues her unreserved exploration of the modern woman’s psyche through the intense friendship between a distressed therapist and a troubled young actress.

Production: Les Films Pelléas

French distribution: Le Pacte

Etats-Unis, France / drama / English

Cast : Fionn Whitehead , Leyna Bloom , McCaul Lombardi

in post-production

On the steps outside New York City’s dizzying central bus station, Port Authority, a beautiful girl named Wye vogues with her friends. Paul, a young teenager who has just arrived in the big city, watches, transfixed by her. Wye belongs to a “ballroom community” of voguing queer minority youth. As their love story blossoms, Paul discovers Wye is trans. He is then forced to confront his own identity and what it means to belong.

Executive-produced by MARTIN SCORSESE. A feature debut by up-and-coming visual artist and writer of MOBILE HOMES (Cannes 2017 Director’s Fortnight) Danielle Lessovitz.

 

France, Roumanie / drama. thriller / English, Romanian, Spanish

Cast : Vlad Ivanov , Catrinel Marlon

in post-production

Treason, comic twists and a femme fatale abound in this film noir crime story from Romanian new wave master Corneliu Porumboiu.

Production: 42 KM FILM (Romania), Les Films du Worso (France), Komplizen Film (Germany) and Arte Grand Accord

French distribution: Diaphana

France / documentary / English, French / 115’

completed

An unpredictable documentary from a fascinating storyteller, Agnès Varda’s new feature documentary sheds light on her experience as a director, bringing a personal insight to what she calls “cine-writing”.

The “Queen of French Cinema” Agnès Varda returns with a new documentary following her Academy Award nominated sensation FACES PLACES.

Honorary Academy Award Winner: 2017
Cesar Award Winner 2008, Best Documentary: THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS

“Two hours of magic.”

The Guardian

“A cinematic victory lap [which] will delight her recently expanded fanbase”

Variety

“A personal, playful account of a rich creative legacy (...) A heart-warming mood-lifter.”

The Hollywood Reporter

“Both an excellent primer for newcomers, and a wonderful parting gift for longtime fans (...) The perfect way for the legendary auteur to have the last word.”

IndieWire

“Agnès Varda tells her life story, and it’s a pretty picture. (…) Everyone’s favourite maverick nonagenarian guides us through a lively and engaging account of her inspirations, work practises and engagement with the audience.”

Screen Daily

“Varda by Agnès contains the best parts of Agnès Varda: work, wit and wisdom. (…)It is a cathartic, bittersweet swansong from one of cinema’s most endearing and adored auteurs.”

Cinevue

“To capture a lifetime of greatness in just two hours seems like an impossible task, but the French New Wave legend accomplishes this and more. (…) Varda’s eternally bright acceptance of modernity feels like a breath of fresh air, and makes for a viewing experience which is truly magical for any film fan.”

Much Ado About Cinema

France / drama. Fantasy / French / 97’

Cast : Aomi Muyock , Lukas Ionesco , Maya Coline , Paul Hamy

completed

Jessica is the leader of a group of lost boys with a violent past who now seek peace and harmony. She is the only one to have ever brought them love and understanding. They only wish to create a world where they can live in peace together, and forever.

By the directors of: Golden Bear, Best Short Film, Berlin 2014: AS LONG AS SHOTGUNS REMAIN and AFTER SCHOOL KNIFE FIGHT (Cannes 2017, Critics Week)

“Think the stylised pop nihilism of a director like Gregg Araki channelled through action-adventure video games and star-crossed love poems and you might have an idea what to expect from JESSICA FOREVER.”

AnOther

“Dystopian drama from France stands out from the crowd. A high-concept panache. With the charismatic Jessica offering a ray of hope for the wayward souls in her care, the film presents a feminist subversion of typical savior narratives. Jessica Forever possesses an otherworldly look and feel […] that helps it stand out in the heavily populated dystopian realm. There’s poise and flair in the film’s overall stripped-back nature, echoed in its aesthetic touches as well.”

Screen Daily

“Beautifully shot. A wild genre-bender with visual magic.”

The Hollywood Reporter

“A stylistically measured pace. A clinical look at the characters within. An oddly quiet strain of surrealism that takes hold of the imagery to share metaphor, give pain physical form, and unleash dark premonitions of impending carnage. These transitions from reality to hallucination are absolutely heartbreaking.”

The Film Stage

“Its audacity makes it a potentially cult title, which for a first feature, is already somewhat of a success.”

Cineuropa

“Reminiscent of video games with its tactile, tightly composed visuals and hazy temporality, the film follows a warrior tribe of teenage dropouts from society and their beloved guardian angel, the half-maternal, half-martial Jessica .”

Film Content

France / drama / French / 98’

Cast : Dewi Kunetz , Hugues Njiba-Mukuna , Sandra Poitoux , Bruck , Lilith Grasmug

completed

Sophia Antipolis: a technopole on the French Riviera, a place where dreams should come true. But fear and despair lurk beneath the surface. Under a deceitful sun, five lives map out the haunting story of a young woman: Sophia.

“Vernier exhibits a rare knack for evoking the ennui of modern life and the ghosts that haunt the margins of even the most unassuming environments. Shot on beautifully textured 16mm, Sophia Antipolis imaginatively depicts an ostensibly alien landscape with just enough real world detail to genuinely unsettle.”

Film Comment

“One of the things that make a movie remarkable, is that it suddenly feels perfectly synced with its times, like the most faithful reflection of what is real, an absolute metaphor. That is the case of Virgil Vernier’s new film. [...] Both sophisticated and of a rare clarity, Sophia Antipolis is a great film."”

Les Inrockuptibles

“[Virgil Vernier]’s fifth feature is another fine example of his outstanding anthropological mapmaking in France, in the same vein as his previous effort, Mercuriales.”

CineEuropa

“It feels cold at first, like a blade’s touch, but the film is worth the wait and emotion eventually sinks in, in this turning point of a film.”

L'Humanité

“The high-tech city of the Maritime Alps and its urban surroundings are the set of a series of strange and familiar phenomena, drowned in a sunset science-fiction vibe, bound by the idea of the imminent catastrophe: we are in a world of obsessions, of an apocalyptic and arcane order, security obsessed and pre-fascist, aesthetic and plastic, towards which the film feels, and gives to feel, the dialectic of attraction and rejection, of emotion and terror. It exposes and repeats a contemporary imaginary of France or the modern Western world (here “the sun rises in the West”) to which it grants, through the taste of boundaries and borderline, the beauty of the undecidable.”

Libération

France / drama / French / 106’

Cast : Vincent Lacoste , Stacy Martin , Isaure Multrier

completed

David, who gets by doing odd jobs, meets Lena, who has just moved up to Paris, and falls in love. But soon after, his life is brutally interrupted by the sudden death of his sister. Beyond the shock, and the pain, David now finds himself alone with his young niece Amanda to care for.

By the director of THIS SUMMER FEELING (Rotterdam 2016, Official Selection) and MEMORY LANE (Locarno 2010, Official Selection)

Production: Nord Ouest

French distribution: Pyramide

“Vincent Lacoste is irresistible in Mikhaël Hers's tender, airy study of a young Parisian learning to care for his orphaned niece. A nourishingly classical tear-jerker as well as a glowing valentine to Paris’s endurance in the age of modern terrorism. Vincent Lacoste has grown one of contemporary French cinema’s great faces.”

Variety

“AMANDA is immensely touching in the way it bridges minor-key sketchiness and full-on contemplation of the human condition. An involving and typically graceful piece with a terrifically likeable central performance by Vincent Lacoste. Mikhaël Hers is one of the better-kept secrets in current French cinema.”

Screen

“A calm, healing film with utterly heartfelt, honest and sympathetic performances and a pleasingly emphatic emotional climax.”

The Guardian

“A quietly moving celebration of human resilience with subtle, sensitive lead performances from Lacoste and Multrier, who has a rare easy naturalism for such a young performer.”

The Hollywood Reporter

“Vincent Lacoste is perfectly cast.”

Cineuropa

France / drama / English, French / 80’

Cast : Peter Mullan , Julia Föry , Arieh Worthalter

completed

72 hours from the final of an international female bodybuilding championships. Lea Pearl is set to compete for the prestigious title of Miss Heaven. But her past catches up with her, when her ex-lover Ben shows up with the 6-year-old son she has not seen in 4 years.

Starring BAFTA-winner Peter Mullan (TYRANNOSAUR, MY NAME IS JOE, TRAINSPOTTING, TOP OF THE LAKE).

“A fresh eye to genre conventions [...] Julia Föry cuts a formidable figure as Lea Pearl and Peter Mullan’s performance is typically uncompromising.”

Screen

“An intensely tactile look into a little-known world […] Visually striking, like watching a Nicolas Winding Refn film but without the violence.”

The Hollywood Reporter

“Deeply affecting. The film challenges and interrogates traditional notions of femininity and beauty. PEARL subverts the male gaze in striking fashion. Elsa Amiel makes a striking first impression with her feature debut. Lean, muscular filmmaking that manages to be sensual and gruff in the span of a single scene.”

Indiewire

“The visually appealing and cinematic character of this paradoxical world makes Pearl a solid, important and original first film.”

Cineuropa

completed

Yvonne is a police detective in a town on the French Riviera and the young widow of police chief Santi, a local hero. One day, she learns that her husband was in fact a crooked cop. Determined to right all the wrongs he committed, she will cross paths with one Antoine, who was unjustly imprisoned by Santi for 8 long years. Their encounter leads to a troublesome sequence of wild mishaps. A comedy with romance unlike any other!

By the director of PRICELESS (2006)

“A romantic farce that couldn’t be more preposterous or delightfully goofy. A sexy, funny performance from Adèle Haenel. A polished crowd-pleaser, ‘Trouble’ could be a winning attraction.”

Tim Grierson, Screen Daily

“Exhilarating ... As crazed and lawless as the action gets in either the real or imagined scenarios, or those that blur the two, it's the underlying sweetness of The Trouble With You that makes it so pleasurable.”

David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“Carried by an excellent cast, Pierre Salvadori’s comedy is inhabited by a poetic density which keeps on increasing up to a surprisingly dreamy summit. Its funniness combines efficiency, inventiveness, intelligence and sensitivity. The Trouble with You is a marvel of French comedy.”

Bruno Deruisseau, Les Inrockuptibles

“Ripples of laughter and bursts of applause following the screening of the new film by Pierre Salvadori, the best confectioner of comedies in France. We’ve never seen Adèle Haenel like this before. This comedy is a renewal of the genre. Great pacing, brilliantly written, The Trouble with You is heady like champagne – and even more magic, because it reflects who we are: an audience thirsty for emotions.”

Jacques Morice, Télérama ***

“A comedy as violent as it is elegant, shaken by gags which carried away Cannes audiences. The Trouble with You makes you laugh, and out loud. And fortunately, Pierre Salvadori does not just make people laugh. His at once burlesque, violent, macabre and sweet film contains, in addition to a range of gags and replicas ranging from the most refined to the most distressing, auxiliary mechanisms that generate, along with comedy, complex trains of thought circulating on the frontier between fiction and reality, and between freedom and servitude. It is only after the last laugh that we perceive this delicate balance that preserves the film from the grotesque and gives to the burlesque an elegance that it rarely reaches.”

Thomas Sotinel, Le Monde

“Brilliant new comedy by Pierre Salvadori, a worthy successor of Blake Edwards. Strong, exhilarating and particularly hilarious. Adèle Haenel and Pio Marmaï play truly endearingly mad characters. Audrey Tautou and Damien Bonnard are just as excellent. A great generosity in both humour and emotion. The Trouble with You proves that comedy is never as satisfying as when it is daring.”

Renan Cros, Cinemateaser

“Brilliant. The Trouble with You, a romantic comedy about the devils inside everyone of us and about guilt. Funny and mad. Adèle Haenel and Pio Marmai are great. Salvadori at his best.”

Olivier Joyard, Les Inrockuptibles (on Twitter)

“The Trouble with You at La Quinzaine: ten gags per second, perfect cast, sharp writing. Pure pleasure.”

Raphaël Clairefond, So Film (on Twitter)

“A very smart, well-written French comedy. The poetic and loony duo Haenel-Marmaï is one of the most likeable, alchemical and exciting ones in ages.”

Mehdi Omaïs, Konbini

“Great feedback from the audience at La Quinzaine. Pierre Salvadori in great shape. The previously unseen Pio Marmaï – Adèle Haenel duo makes sparks.”

Thierry Chèze (Studio, on Twitter)

“Pierre Salvadori at his best in this bright and totally exhilarating comedy combining romance and a detective story… the inexhaustible power of fiction.”

Eric Vernay (Première, Les Inrockuptibles, on Twitter)

“The Trouble with You is a joyous, complex, clever, poetic and crazy comedy… A total success. Bravo!”

Thomas Baurez (Studio, on Twitter)

“The film has universal appeal given that its humour isn't based on dialect”

Bénédicte Prot, Cineuropa

Chine, France / drama / Mandarin / 136’

Cast : Tao Zhao , Liao Fan

completed

Qiao is in love with Bin, a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect him. Qiao gets five years in prison for this act of loyalty. Upon her release, she goes looking for Bin to pick up where they left off.

By the director of STILL LIFE (Golden Lion for Best Film, Venice 2006) and A TOUCH OF SIN (Best Screenplay, Cannes 2013)
DOP : Éric Gautier (INTO THE WILD, THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES)

“Chinese gangster’s girlfriend saga burns bright. With Ash is Purest White, the always surprising, habitually envelope-pushing film-maker Jia Zhang-Ke gives us a complex romantic tragedy from China’s aspirational gangster-classes.”

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian ****

“A restless journey through the political and social mainstreaming of China in the first two decades of the 21st century, and in counterpoint, the development of a gangster’s moll into an independent woman capable of resisting the patriarchal values of state and family. The jury’s disregard notwithstanding, the best performance by an actress was Zhao Tao in Jia Zhangke’s Ash Is Purest White.”

Amy Taubin, Film Comment

“An epic tale. Further proof that Zhao Tao is one of the greatest actresses in the world.”

David Ehrlich, IndieWire

“The film provides a transfixing leading role for Jia's wife and indispensable muse Zhao Tao... Their partnership is one of the great husband-and-wife collaborations of contemporary cinema. The performances of the two leads are riveting.”

David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“Ash is Purest White, Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke’s most serious foray into the gangster genre since A Touch of Sin, is a winding tale of love, disillusionment and survival that again represents his vision of his country’s spiritual trajectory... Jia delves deep into the protagonists’ most vulnerable feelings as they pay dearly for both sin and honor… Zhao Tao surpasses herself in a role of mesmerizing complexity.”

Maggie Lee, Variety

“Jolting, seismic shifts in 21st century Chinese society are viewedthrough the bittersweet ebb and flow of an epic love story in Ash Is Purest White. The latest state of the nation report from Jia Zhang-Ke gives the viewer plenty to chew over and is suffused with a mournful melancholy… A thoughtful, measured piece that is rich in atmosphere,and a fantastic showcase for the skills of Zhao Tao whose character is the film’s purest spirit, seeking to recreate something that has already vanished and can never be again.”

Allan Hunter, Screen International

“Beautifully unsettling, poetic and dazzling, simultaneously dark and radiant, Ash is Purest White will surely count as one of Jia Zhang-Ke’s greatest films.”

Jacques Mandelbaum, Le Monde

“Fierce, gripping, emotionally generous and surprisingly funny... a story of thwarted yet oddly resilient love, as well as a beautiful marriage of the political and the personal... the revered Chinese writer-director's work brings the chaos of life in his rapidly evolving country into hyper-crisp digital focus”

Justin Chang, LA Times

“Jia Zhang-Ke is the greatest Chinese filmmaker. His latest film is a cynical, brilliant and secretly romantic film noir.”

Louis Guichard, Télérama

“China’s foremost auteur Jia Zhangke returns with a stirring and constantly surprising social critique. Zhao Tao is never-less-than astonishingly good.”

Anon, Little White Lies

“A digressive and baffling work, held together by a rich, expressive performance from Zhao Tao.”

Joseph Owen, The Upcoming****

“This outstanding Chinese film features a performance that will be a strong candidate for the Best Actress prize. Zhao is magnificent throughout. With her smile she can project warmth or daggers, and she seems able to grow younger or older at will. She has become one of the finest actors in world cinema and is well worth an early flutter for the Cannes Best Actress prize”

Raphael Abraham, The Financial Times****

“Ash is Purest White - Wow. Jia Zhang-ke's sprawling drama of human connection is part gangster film, part romantic epic, ultimately about how everything changes around us but we never change ourselves. This one is deep, very deep.”

Alex Billington, First Showing (on Twitter)

“Jia has become something of a cinematic poet of 21st-century China. The film is a journey... Continually thought-provoking, given the ephemerality of whole cities, much less love affairs.”

Emily Yoshida, New York Magazine, Vulture (on Twitter)

“Jia Zhang-Ke's Ash is Purest White is a fascinating, sprawling, violent, and, ultimately, romantic look at a low-rent underclass of aspiring gangsters in Eastern China… Zhao Tao is a contender for actress.”

Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist (on Twitter)

2017 / France / drama / 132’

Cast : Pierre Deladonchamps , Vincent Lacoste , Denis Podalydès

completed

Jacques is a writer living in Paris. He hasn’t turned 40 but already mistrusts that the best in life is yet to come. Arthur is a student living in Brittany. He reads and smiles a lot and refuses to think that everything in life might not be possible. Jacques and Arthur will like each other. Just like in a lovely dream. Just like in a sad story.

By the director of LOVE SONGS (Cannes 2007, Competition) and METAMORPHOSES (Venice Days 2014, Official Selection)

“A radiant new film. Vibrant and Moving. A complex dynamic that Honoré teases out with warmth, intelligence and more than a dash of mischief. Both leads give luminous, deeply nuanced performances; it’s a pleasure to watch them fuss and flirt, then figure their way into something more meaningful. There’s also a generosity, a compassion here that feels more profound than usual.”

Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter

“A deeply felt crossover drama about two gay men wrestling with incompatible ideas of love… A sincere portrait of modern love a major stride in the treatment of gay relationships on-screen”

Peter Debruge, Variety

“A bittersweet marvel. Beautifully renders a poignant moment in gay history… A rich and thoughtful romantic drama that is less about politics than it is about matters of the heart.”

Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair

“The most emotional and understated work from French director Christophe Honoré is a touching tribute to the art and culture of early ‘90s France, charting creative obsessions young and old, and strikes a note that’s life-affirming and melancholic.”

Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“Sorry Angel is one of Honore’s best. Love, death, time, desire, all that, a very adult drama. Vincent Lacoste & Pierre Deladonchamps among the best performances we’ll see this fest. La tendresse, quoi.”

Jonathan Romney, Film Comment

“This eloquent and expressive gay romance from Christophe Honoré is one of the director's finest achievements. Well, as you can probably guess from this somewhat hackneyed (re)introduction, Honoré’s back, baby, and his new film, Sorry Angel, sees him newly invigorated and mobilising all of his qualities as a maker of droll, quietly affecting and perceptive human dramas… Sorry Angel is an affirmative and sometimes jubilant film.”

David Jenkins, Little White Lies

“Sorry Angel, Christophe Honore's 1993 Paris-set portrait of gay loves evokes a wonderful mood of time, place and romantic memory. It's a work of high craft and deep feeling.”

Nick James, Sight & Sound (on Twitter)

“Of the four films I saw today, the one I enjoyed most was Christophe Honoré's Sorry Angel. Novelistic depth & breadth, finally very moving.”

Geoff Andrews, Sight & Sound (on Twitter)

“The best film to play in competition so far at this year's festival. Honoré's playful pop instincts are on display throughout Sorry Angel in short, affecting bursts...to tether the film, and its aesthetic methods, simultaneously to Arthur's youthful idealism and Jacques's aged fatalism, both equally representing Honoré's artistry at different stages.”

Sam Mac, SLANT (US)

“Honoré’s deliberately paced, willfully unsentimental character study is like the yin to the yang of last year’s Cannes Grand Prize winner, “BPM.” Set 25 years ago, close enough to the present to not feel too much like a period piece but just before the technological, medical and political advances that would forever alter LGBTQ life, the film navigates the fluidity of interpersonal relationships.”

Ben Croll, The Wrap

“A superbly acted romance from the French writer-director Christophe Honoré. "Sorry Angel" is a lovingly detailed affirmation of gay male identity, albeit one that never feels as diagrammed or predetermined as that description.”

Justin Chang, LA Times

“Graceful, subtle, satisfying and emotionally complex, this is one of Christophe Honoré’s best films, with a standout performance from Vincent Lacoste. A film that not only perfectly encapsulates the Honoré identity – at least in his realist mode – but is his most satisfying achievement in arthouse mainstream terms. Sorry Angel is deeply involving on every level. This very adult, emotionally complex film is fabulously acted. Deladonchamps’s Jacques starts off exuding a muscular, faded golden-boy insouciance, modulating into more nuanced emotional weight as his solipsistic identity reveals its fault lines. And the film is a career high point for Lacoste. Arthur is his high point so far, a tender narcissist with more depth than we expect. A nicely curated 90s soundtrack puts the final polish to a film of real grace, subtlety and brio.”

Jonathan Romney, Sight & Sound

France, Inde / drama / English, Hindi / 99’

Cast : Vivek Gomber , Tillotama Shome

completed

Ratna works as domestic live-in help with Ashwin, a man from a wealthy family. Although Ashwin seems to have it all, Ratna can sense that he has given up on his dreams and is somewhat lost… On the other hand, Ratna who seems to have nothing, is full of hope and works determinedly towards her dream. As these two worlds collide and the two individuals connect, the barriers between them seem only more insurmountable…

“An intelligent romance within the confines of upper-crust Indian society. Premiering in the Cannes Critics’ Week sidebar, the film could occupy the same slot that The Lunchbox did back in 2013, providing feel-good fodder for international markets. A warmly nuanced look at love in a place filled with constraints and contradictions, and where a broken heart could perhaps be the first step toward emancipation.”

Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

“An appealing, understated sweetness. Thanks to the disarming performance from Tillotama Shome, the audience is likely to be just as smitten with Ratna as is Ashwin.”

Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

“Thoughtful and heartfelt drama. There is real depth, poignancy and strength to Shome’s character. A delicately observed and attractive drama with some great Mumbai cityscapes and an excellent performance from Shome.”

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian ***

“A modern-day Cinderella story with an edge, presenting a side of Mumbai that is rarely seen in cinema and tying in with strong themes of female independence.”

Leo Barraclough, Variety

“A deceptively simple, emotionally resonant drama that (rightly) puts its characters before its themes”

Baradwaj Ragan, Film Companion ****