Top Austrian pix at Cannes

Producers: Wega-Film (Austria), Les Films du Losange (France), Bavaria Film (Germany), Bim Distribuzione (Italy)
Sales: Films des Losange
Director: Michael Haneke
Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche
Cannes: In Competition
Synopsis: Georges, host of a TV book show, is given secretly taped videos showing him and his family, in addition to disturbing and incomprehensible drawings.

Sleeper (Schlaefer)
Producer: Coop 99 (Austria), Juicy Film (Germany)
Sales: Austrian Film Commission
Director: Benjamin Heisenberg
Cast: Bastian Trost, Mehdi Nebbou, Loretta Pflaum
Cannes: Un Certain Regard
Synopsis: A university assistant is asked to provide reports on an Algerian colleague suspected of being a terrorist.

The Headsman (Der Henker)
Producers: Allegro Film (Austria), Eurofilm Studio, Fame (U.K.), T&C Film (Switzerland), Samsa Film (Luxembourg), Home Run Pictures (Germany)
Sales: Allegro Film
Director: Simon Aeby
Cast: Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter McDonald
Cannes: Market
Synopsis: Medieval tale about a compassionate executioner who takes on the Catholic Church; set against a backdrop of religious intolerance in 16th-century Tyrol.

Producers: Epo Film (Austria), Film-Line (Germany), Lunar Films (U.K.), Gemini (France), Andreas Schmid (Germany)
Sales: Independent Film Sales
Director: Raoul Ruiz
Cast: John Malkovich, Saffron Burrows
Cannes: Market
Synopsis: On his deathbed, painter Gustav Klimt feverishly recounts his life to his friend Egon Schiele.

Working Man’s Death
Producers: Lotus Film (Austria), Quinte Film (Germany)
Sales: Austrian Film Commission
Director: Michael Glawogger
Cannes: Market
Synopsis: Doc on the world of hard physical labor, the brutal effect it has on those who do it and what happens when these jobs disappear; from “Megacities” helmer.

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