Pix include 'Trashed,' 'Sapphires,' 'Maniac'
MADRID — Seven films have been added to the 65th Cannes Film Festival’s official selection.Cannes topper Thierry Fremaux’s inclusion of Franck Khalfoun’s “Maniac,” a Midnight Screening, is sure to spark Croisette buzz. An English-language remake of William Lustig’s brutal serial-killer classic, starring Elijah Wood and written by Alexandre Aja and longtime partner Gregory Lavasseur, “Maniac” is produced by Thomas Langmann’s Paris-based La Petite Reine, producer of “The Artist.” Fremaux’s promotion of “The Artist” to Cannes competition last year set the film on course to Oscar glory. “Maniac” is being sold by Wild Bunch. Gilles Bourdos’ “Renoir,” produced by Fidelite Film, will close Un Certain Regard. The pic, also repped by Wild Bunch, captures the French painter Auguste Renoir in his twilight years. Un Certain Regard screener and Adam Leon’s feature debut, urban comedy “Gimme the Loot” scored a Sundance Selects pick-up for North and Latin America off a South by Southwest grand jury prize in March. A third addition to Un Certain Regard is “Djeca” (Children), a Bosnian war orphan drama from Aida Begic, a Critics’ Week winner in 2008 with “Snow.” Brit Candida Brady’s docu feature “Trashed,” about consumer waste, receives a special screening. Australian first-timer Wayne Blair’s “The Sapphires,” a bigscreen version of the Australian stage musical, is a second Midnight Screening. The Bela Tarr-produced archive footage film “Final Cut — Holgyeim es uraim,” helmed by Gyorgy Palfi (“Taxidermia”), closes Cannes Classics. The fest, which runs May 16-27, has also unveiled its Masterclass program, which includes sessions with U.S. scribe-helmer Philip Kaufman, French composer Alexandre Desplat and U.S. multi-hyphenate Norman Lloyd. Kaufman, who’s been a prominent figure in U.S. cinema since the 1960s, has been involved in both studio films, such as “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” which he co-wrote, and indie pics, notably “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” the bigscreen adaptation of Milan Kundera’s novel. Kaufman, who will discuss his work and speak about developments in American cinema, will also be in Cannes to present the world premiere of his HBO-commissioned “Hemingway and Gellhorn.” The film, starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen, plays in the official selection, out of competition. Desplat has worked with a long list of acclaimed directors, including Jacques Audiard, Roman Polanski and Terrence Malick. In his masterclass, Desplat will talk about other composers’ work. At 97, Norman Lloyd, an actor-turned-director and producer, who co-founded the Mercury Theater with Orson Welles, is an emblematic figure of American cinema, theater and television. His production credits include “Journey to the Unknown” and “Alfred Hitchcock Hour.”