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CANNES 2015 Official Selection/France

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Enfant terrible Gaspar Noé is back with Love

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- The film will be presented as a Midnight Screening, while the Official Selection also includes titles by Guédiguian, Benchetrit, Schroeder and Osborne

Enfant terrible Gaspar Noé is back with Love
A promotional photo for Love by Gaspar Noé

After the unveiling of the French films vying for the Palme d'Or (read the article and the news) at the 68th Cannes Film Festival (13-24 May 2015), and the French productions accepted into Un Certain Regard (read the article), the Directors’ Fortnight (read the article) and the Critics’ Week (read the article), we take a quick look at the features that will be presented out of competition in the Official Selection.

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A particularly “hot” Midnight Screening is on the cards with Love [+see also:
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, the fourth feature by the filmmaker of Argentinian heritage Gaspar Noé, who is back on the Croisette following I Stand Alone (Critics’ Week Grand Prix in 1998), Irréversible (competition in 2002) and Enter the Void [+see also:
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(competition in 2009). Starring Karl Glusman in the lead role, this 3D sexual melodrama about a boy and a girl, and another girl, explores the many facets of love beyond good and evil: genetic needs, surpassing oneself, altered states of consciousness, hard drugs, mental illness, power games, blinding lights, releases of sperm, fluids and tears.

Written by the director himself, the story apparently kicks off one morning as a telephone rings. Twenty-five-year-old Murphy wakes up surrounded by his young wife and his three-year-old child. He hears his answerphone. In the message, Electra’s mother asks him, sick with worry, if he has heard any news about her daughter, who went missing a long time ago. She fears that she has been involved in a serious accident. Over the course of a long, grey day, Murphy finds himself alone in his flat, reminiscing about his greatest love affair with Electra, which lasted two years: a passionate love that involved all sorts of promises, games and excesses...

Love was produced by Les Cinémas De La Zone, Rectangle Productions, Wild Bunch (which will bring the film out in French theatres and is in charge of international sales) and RT Pictures for a budget of €2.55 million, including a pre-purchase by Canal+.

The Official Selection will also unveil Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad [+see also:
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by Robert Guédiguian (read the article) as a Special Screening. Produced by Agat Films & Cie/Ex Nihilo for a budget of €6.42 million, including a co-production by France 3 Cinéma, pre-purchases by Canal+ and Ciné+, and backing from the Ile-de-France and PACA regions, the film will be distributed in French theatres by Diaphana, with international sales handled by MK2.

Asphalte [+see also:
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by Samuel Benchetrit (read the article) will also be getting a Special Screening. It stars Isabelle Huppert (who will also be on the Cannes line-up in competition, in Louder Than Bombs [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Trier
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and The Valley of Love [+see also:
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), Gustave Kervern, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Michael Pitt. Produced by Maje Productions and A Single Man, and having been pre-purchased by OCS and supported by the Alsace region, the film will be distributed in France by Paradis and is sold by TF1 International. 

Lastly of note among the Special Screenings is the minority French co-production Amnesia [+see also:
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by Barbet Schroeder (69% produced by Switzerland and 31% by France, co-produced by Arte France Cinéma, pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, sold and distributed in France by Les Films du Losange).

Standing out on the "Out of Competition" programme is the animated film The Little Prince [+see also:
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by Mark Osborne, an adaptation of the famous tale by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Produced by Onyx Films and On Entertainment together with Orange Studio, and equipped with a budget of €59.6 million, including a co-production by M6 Films and a pre-purchase by Canal+, the movie will be released in France by Paramount on 29 July and is sold by Wild Bunch.

(Translated from French)

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