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Brit films in official selection at Cannes

Cannes Daily Spotlight 2012: Brits in Cannes

“Broken”

The opening film of Critics Week, starring Cillian Murphy and Tim Roth, is a drama about an 11-year-old girl whose life is shattered when she witnesses an assault. It’s the feature helming debut of actor Rufus Norris, who previously directed an acclaimed London stage version of Danish pic “Festen.” Irish writer Mark O’Rowe adapted Daniel Clay’s novel. This BBC Films/BFI project was made by Cuba Pictures, the production arm of U.K. talent agency Curtis Brown, which reps O’Rowe, Clay and Norris.

“Sightseers”

With “Down Terrace” and “Kill List,” director Ben Wheatley earned a reputation for giving a sharp genre twist to British social miserablism. His third film, “Sightseers,” premieres in Directors’ Fortnight. It’s a black comedy scripted by and co-starring Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, about a couple whose family vacation takes a macabre turn. Big Talk produced for Studiocanal and Film4.

“Trashed”

Candida Brady directed this eco-doc about what happens to all the world’s garbage. The project is fronted by Jeremy Irons, who travels to Iceland, Vietnam and Brazil to excavate the problem. Brady produced with partner Titus Ogilvy for their own company, Blenheim Films. Pic will get a special screening in the official selection.

“The Curse”

Screening in Directors’ Fortnight, Fyzal Boulifa’s short, backed by the BFI and Film4, is a dark fairy tale set in the Moroccan countryside, about a girl who goes to increasingly absurd lengths to stop a group of local kids from spilling her secret.

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