Hot picks from the film festival
Terror stalks four women at their friend’s baby shower.
Director: Pablo Illanes
Producers: Francisca Cummins, Luigi Araneda
Cast: Ingrid Isensee, Patricia Lopez, Claudia Burr, Kiki Rojo, Francisca Merino
Sales: Ondamax Films
Romance/drama weaves together two love stories in 1960s Prague and in 1990s London.
Director: Christophe Honore
Producer: Why Not Prods.
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Ludivine Sagnier, Milos Forman
Sales: Le Pacte “Between Night And Day”
An autistic man flees his family to find a new way of life in the forest.
Director: Bernardo Arellano
Producers: CCC Film School, April Shannon
Cast: Francisco Cruz, Gabino Rodriguez, Carmen Beato
Sales: n/a “Bunker: La Cara Oculta” (The Hidden Face)
Psychological thriller tracks a classical musician whose girlfriend vanishes.
Director: Andi Baiz
Producers: Rodrigo Guerrero, Cristian Conti, Andres Calderon
Cast: Quim Gutierrez, Martina Garcia, Clara Lago
Sales: Elle Driver/Fox Intl. Sales “Callejon” (Blind Alley)
A serial killer plays cat and mouse with a young woman trapped in a laundry.
Director: Antonio Trashorras
Producers: Miguel Angel Faura, Mercedes Gamero
Cast: Ana de Armas, Diego Cadavid, Leonor Varela
Sales: DeAPlaneta “Chicken With Plums”
Tehran-set drama traces the last week in the life of a celebrated musician who lets himself die because his violin is irreparably damaged.
Directors: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
Cast: Isabella Rossellini, Mathieu Amalric
Producers: Celluloid Dreams Prods., TheManipulators, Clou Partners
Sales: Celluloid Dreams “Cloud Atlas”
Based on David Mitchell’s novel, the multiple-timeline drama sees one soul shaped from a murderer into a savior.
Directors: Andy and Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer
Producers: Stefan Arndt, Grant Hill
Cast: Tom Hanks
Sales: Focus Features Intl. “Days Of Grace” (Dias de gracia)
Multifaceted thriller won a spot among the midnight screenings in Cannes. Director: Everardo Gout
Producers: Arte Mecanica Producciones, Casa B Prods., ARP Selection
Cast: Tenoch Huerta, Dolores Heredia, Carlos Bardem, Kristian Ferrerr
Sales: Kinology (France) “Donkeys” (Burros)
Set in the 1940s amid the violence surrounding land reform in Mexico, where a young boy is forced to flee his hometown after his father is murdered.
Director: Odin Salazar Flores
Producers: Burros Films, Cinema Maquina, Zensky Cine
Cast: Abimael Orozco, Leticia Gutierrez
Sales: n/a “Los Elementales” (The Elementals)
The first live-action 3D pic to come out of Chile tracks a young girl who meets otherworldly creatures in a forest asking her to stop its destruction.
Director: Jorge Olguin
Producers: Dave Brown, Jorge Olguin
Cast: Cristian Campos, Loreto Aradena, Sofia Kaufmann
Sales: HSI FIlms “Elena”
When Elena discovers her wealthy, ailing husband has no intention of helping her family in need, she takes matters into her own hands.
Director: Andrei Zvyagintsev
Producers: Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergei Melkumov
Cast: Andrei Smirnov, Nadezhda Markina
Sales: Pyramide “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”
The contest between a Ming Dynasty general battling a power-hungry eunuch comes to a head at an inn.
Director: Tsui Hark
Producers: Nansun Shi, Tsui Hark
Cast: Jet Li, Zhou Xun, Chen Kun
Sales: Distribution Workshop “Free Men”
Paris-set WWII drama turns on a young Algerian immigrant who joins the Resistance, inspired by his friendship with a Jewish man.
Director: Ismael Ferroukhi
Producer: Pyramide Films
Cast: Tahar Rahim, Michael Lonsdale
Sales: Pyramide Intl. “Friends With Kids”
Director: Jennifer Westfeldt
Producers: Red Granite Pictures, Point West Pictures, Locomotive, Jake Kasdan, Jennifer Westfeldt
Cast: Megan Fox, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph, Edward Burns, Chris O’Dowd
Sales: Red Granite Intl. “Generation P”
A chronicle of Russias transition from communism to capitalism.
Director: Victor Ginzburg
Producer: Gina Ginzburg
Cast: Vladimir Menshov, Renata Litvinova,Vladimir Epifantsev
Sales: TBA “Great Hope Springs”
After 30 years of marriage, a middle-age couple attend an intense marriage- counseling weekend.
Director: David Frankel
Producer: Mandate Pictures
Cast: Meryl Streep
Sales: Lionsgate “The Great Magician”
A master illusionist in the 1900s catches the eye of a warlord to win the affection of a concubine; he then uses his conjuring tricks to save the country.
Director: Derek Yee
Action Director: Stephen Tung
Producers: Emperor Motion Pictures, Bona Film Group
Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Lau Ching-wan, Zhou Xun
Sales: Emperor Motion Pictures “Halt auf freier Strecke”
A happy suburban family reels after the father is diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Director: Andreas Dresen
Producer: Rommel Film
Cast: Milan Peschel, Steffi Kuehnert, Talisa Lilly Lemke, Mika Nilson Seidel
Sales: The Match Factory “Heart Boomerang”
An underground train driver’s assistant hides his weak heart from his co-workers as he contemplates the meaning of life while journeying through a subterranean world; lensed in black and white.
Director: Nikolay Khomeriki
Producers: Svetlana Kuchmaeva, Anastasia Ragozina
Cast: Alexander Yatsenko, Claudia Korshunova, Natalia Batrak, Alexander Ilyin, Renata Litvinova
Sales: Valday Films “I’ll Get My Cigarettes and Be Right Back Darling”
A 60-year-old time-travels to his youth to change his mediocre life.
Directors: Mariano Cohn, Gaston Duprat
Producers: Aleph Media, Television Abierta, Costa Films, Nextudio, Cooperativa Felei
Cast: Emilio Disi, Eusebio Poncela, Dario Lopilato
Sales: Primer Plano Film Group “Iron Sky”
Sci-fi fantasy about Nazis from the moon.
Director: Timo Vuorensola
Producers: Tero Kaukomaa/Blind Spot Pictures, Oliver Damian/27 Films Production, Cathy and Mark Overett, New Holland Pictures
Cast: Julia Dietze, Chris Kirby, Udo Kier, Goetz Otto
Sales: Stealth Media Group “Kokowaah”
A screenwriter’s life is turned upside down by the sudden appearance of a needy 8-year-old girl on his doorstep.
Director: Til Schweiger
Producer: Barefoot Films
Cast: Til Schweiger, Emma Schweiger, Jasmin Gerat, Samuel Finzi, Meret Becker
Sales: Beta Cinema “Le Havre”
A shoeshiner tries to save a refugee child.
Director: Aki Kaurismaki
Producers: Sputnik, Pyramide Intl., Pandora Film
Cast: Andre Wilms, Kati Outinen, Blondin Miguel, Elina Salo
Sales: The Match Factory “Lessons of a Dream”
An English teacher, fresh from Oxford, introduces soccer to his German pupils.
Director: Sebastian Grobler
Producers: Deutschfilm, Cuckoo Clock Entertainment
Cast: Daniel Bruehl, Burghart Klaussner, Thomas Thieme, Justus von Dohnanyi
Sales: Beta Cinema “Los Marziano”
After years of estrangement, two brothers meet at a birthday party they can’t miss.
Director: Ana Katz
Producer: K&S Films
Cast: Guillermo Francella, Arturo Puig and Rita Cortese
Sales: TBA “Miss Bala”
A young woman has dreams of becoming a beauty queen against the backdrop of a violent, corrupt Mexico.
Director: Gerardo Naranjo
Producers: Canana, Fox Intl. Prods.
Cast: Stephanie Sigman, Noe Hernandez, Irene Azuela, James Russo and Jose Yenque
Sales: Fox will distribute in Mexico. “My Kingdom”
In the 19th century, the prince regent of the Qing Dynasty orders the mass execution of the Meng clan. Before his beheading, the leader vows that his family will avenge this action.
Director: Gao Xiaosong
Action Director: Sammo Hung
Producer: Andre Morgan
Cast: Wu Chun, Han Geng and Barbie Hsu
Sales: Celestial Pictures “Niko 2: Family Affairs”
In the 3D sequel to the animated “Niko & the Way to the Stars,” the young reindeer Niko is irked when his single mom’s new boyfriend moves in with a little son in tow.
Directors: Kari Juusonen, Joergen Lerdam
Producers: Animaker, Ulysses, A.Film Prods., Magma Prods.
Sales: Cinepool “Oslo, August 31st”
A portrait of contemporary Oslo and a man in deep existential crisis.
Director: Joachim Trier
Producers: Motlys, Don’t Look Now
Cast: Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava
Sales: The Match Factory “Painted Skin II”
A sequel to enormously successful vampire pic, with Zhou Xun reprising her role as a vampire.
Director: Wu Er Shan
Producers: Wang Zhonglei, Chen Kuofu
Cast: Zhou Xun, Zhao Wei, Chen Kun
Sales: Huayi Bros. Media Corp. “Parker”
Adaptation of Donald Westlake book series penned by “Black Swan” co-writer John J. McLaughlin.
Director: Taylor Hackford
Producers: Steven Chasman, Sidney Kimmel, Les Alexander, Jonathan Mitchell, Taylor Hackford
Cast: Jason Statham
Sales: Sierra/Affinity “Porfirio”
A wheelchair-bound peasant hijacks a plane to call attention to his plight.
Director: Alejandro Landes
Producers: Francisco Aljure, Landes
Sales: Ari Media Worldsales “Que Pena Tu Vida” (Fuck My Life)
Chilean romantic comedy set in the time of Facebook and other social media.
Director: Nicolas Lopez
Producer: Antonio Quercia
Cast: Ariel Levy, Lucy Cominetti, Andrea Velasco, Leonor Varela, Paz Bascunan, Ignacia Allamand
Sales: BF Cine “Saluda al Diablo de mi Parte” (Greetings to the Devil)
A man is forced to slay his former accomplices in order to save his kidnapped daughter.
Director: Juan Felipe Orozco
Producer: Alejandro Angel
Cast: Edgar Ramirez, Carolina Gomez, Ricardo Velez
Sales: Celluloid Nightmares “La Senda” (The Path)
Psychological thriller co-penned by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“Intruders,” “The Crow”) follows a family that spends Christmas night in an isolated cabin.
Director: Miguel Angel Toledo
Producers: Ximo Perez, Pepon Sigler, Victoria Alberca
Cast: Gustavo Salmeron, Irene Visedo, Ricardo Trenor
Sales: TBD “Sidewalls”
A young man and woman are neighbors in the big city, but will they ever meet?
Director: Gustavo Taretto
Producers: Rizoma Films, Pandora Filmproduktion, Eddie Saeta, Zarlek Prods.
Cast: Pilar Lopez de Ayala, Javier Drolas
Sales: The Match Factory “A Single Shot
Thriller is an adaptation of Matthew F. Jones novel.
Director: David M. Rosenthal
Producers: Unified Pictures, Unanimous Pictures, Bron Studios, Alessandro Nivola
Cast: Terrence Howard, William H. Macy, Emily Mortimer, Alessandro Nivola, Juno Temple
Sales: Unified Pictures “Solo”
Back home from Afghanistan, Col. Solo has to face a tough post-traumatic stress in this sci-fi suspenser.
Director: Antonio Banderas
Producer: Antonio Banderas
Cast: Antonio Banderas
Sales: Vertice “The Sorcerer and the White Snake”
Based on an ancient Chinese legend, the White Snake spirit falls for a mortal scholar, but the romance soon has a relentless sorcerer hot on her trail.
Director: Tony Ching Siu-tung
Producer: Yang Zi
Cast: Jet Li, Eva Huang, Raymond Lam, Charlene Choi
Sales: Distribution Workshop “Tatsumi”
Animated biopic about celebrated Japanese comic artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi.
Director: Eric Khoo
Producers: Zhao Wei Films, Infinite Frameworks
Cast: Tetsuya Bessho
Sales: The Match Factory “Terraferma”
Visionary Sicily-set drama about anthropological changes caused by clandestine immigration of North Africans to Italy.
Director: Emanuele Crialese
Producers: Riccardo Tozzi, Marco Chimenz, Cattleya
Sales: TBA “This Must Be the Place”
A retired rock star embarks on a quest to track down his father’s Nazi persecutor at Auschwitz, now a war criminal hiding out somewhere in the U.S.
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Producers: Nicola Giuliano, Indigo Films, Lucky Red
Cast: Sean Penn
Sales: Pathe Intl. “Untitled Zac Efron/Matt Drake Project”
A suburban kid spontaneously travels to Eastern Europe to find himself.
Director: Fredrik Bond
Producers: Mandate Pictures, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, William Horberg, Nathan Kahane, Dean Parisot
Cast: Zac Efron, Matt Drake
Sales: Lionsgate “We Have a Pope”
A newly elected pope experiences panic and starts seeing a psychoanalyst.
Director: Nanni Moretti
Producers: Fandango, Le Pacte
Cast: Michel Piccoli, Moretti
Sales company: Fandango Portobello “Welcome to the Punch”
Action thriller about an ex-con and the detective who has been tracking him for years and who join forces to uncover a conspiracy.
Director: Eran Creevy
Producers: Rory Aitken, Ben Pugh
Cast: James McAvoy
Sales: IM Global “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
The mother of a teenage boy who went on a high-school murder spree attempts to cope with her grief and feelings of responsibility by writing to her estranged husband.
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Producers: Luc Roeg, Jennifer Fox
Cast: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly
Sales: Independent “Where Do We Go Now? “
A group of Lebanese women try to ease religious tensions between Muslims and Christians in their local town.
Director: Nadine Labaki
Producer: Anne-Dominique Toussaint
Cast: Claude, Msawbaa, Leyla Fouad, Nadine Labaki
Sales: Pathe Intl. “Winnie”
Story of Nelson and Winnie Mandela has already stirred controversy about its casting.
Director: Darrell Roodt
Producer: Michael Mosca, Andre Pieterse, Ellen Wander
Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard
Sales: Film Bridge Intl. “Wunderkinder
Drama about three young musical prodigies set in the Ukraine during World War II.
Director: Marcus O. Rosenmueller
Producer: CCC Filmkunst
Cast: Kai Wiesinger, Catherine Flemming, Constantin Wecker
Sales: Cinepool “Wu Xia”
In the late Qing Dynasty, a papermaker’s seemingly normal way of life is threatened by the arrival of a stranger.
Director: Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Action choreographer: Donnie Yen
Producer: Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Cast: Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tang Wei
Sales: We Distribution Clifford Coonan, Anna Marie de la Fuente, Nick Holdsworth, Carole Horst, Elsa Keslassy, Diana Lodderhose, Emilio Mayorga, Charles Newbury, Nick Vivarelli and James Young contributed to this report.
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