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CANNES 2018 Official Selection / Un Certain Regard

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Un Certain Regard puts its faith in young talents


- The Cannes selection features a strong European presence, six feature debuts, and films by Valeria Golino, Ulrich Köhler, Bi Gan and Ali Abbasi

Un Certain Regard puts its faith in young talents
Girl by Lukas Dhont

The Un Certain Regard programme, which was unveiled today in Paris alongside the entirety of the Official Selection (see the article) of the 71st Cannes Film Festival (8-19 May), contains 15 features, a figure that is likely to increase slightly in the coming days. And the tone is the same as that found in the official competition, with a huge surge in the new generations taking part in the rendezvous (a trend that probably also stems from the fact that certain big names who were unsuccessful candidates for the hunt for the Palme d’Or refused exposure in Un Certain Regard, instead preferring to try their luck at other subsequent festivals).

Featuring among the films accepted into the programme are three French feature debuts, with Angel Face by Vanessa FilhoLittle Tickles by duo Andréa Bescond and Eric Metayer, and Sofia by French-Moroccan director Meyem Benm’Barek. Also in the running is their fellow countryman Antoine Desrosières with Sextape

As expected, Belgium’s Lukas Dhont will be partaking with his feature debut, Girl (which has been generating quite a buzz since it was presented at the Les Arcs European Film Festival’s Work-in-Progress in December).

With Euphoria, her second feature as a director, Italy’s Valeria Golino will be making a return to Un Certain Regard, where she revealed her directorial debut (Miele [+see also:
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) in 2013.

Europe will also be on show through Border by Danish director of Iranian heritage Ali Abbasi (popular in the Berlinale Panorama in 2016 with his feature debut, Shelley [+see also:
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, and whose new movie is being executive-produced by Sweden), In My Room by Germany’s Ulrich Köhler (crowned Best Director at Berlin in 2011 with Sleeping Sickness [+see also:
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) and My Favourite Fabric by Syria’s Gaya Jiji (a feature debut produced by France together with Germany and Turkey).

Interestingly, European productions have a strong presence left, right and centre, with The Harvesters by South Africa’s Etienne Kallos (a feature debut co-produced by France, Greece, Poland and South Africa), the Argentinian-Spanish co-production El ángel by Luis Ortega, the French-Chinese title Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Bi GanRafiki by Kenya’s Wanuri Kahiu (a movie jointly staged by South Africa, Kenya, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Norway) and The Gentle Indifference of the World by Kazakhstan’s Adilkhan Yerzhanov (co-produced by France).

An Indian film rounds off the current Un Certain Regard line-up, in which North American filmmakers are especially conspicuous by their absence.

The selected films:

Un Certain Regard

Border - Ali Abbasi (Sweden/Denmark)
Sofia - Meryem Benm'Barek (France/Qatar)
Little Tickles - Andréa Bescond, Eric Métayer (France)
Long Day's Journey into Night - Bi Gan (France/China)
Manto - Nandita Das (India)
Sextape - Antoine Desrosières (France)
Girl - Lukas Dhont (Belgium/Netherlands)
Angel Face - Vanessa Filho (France)
Euphoria - Valeria Golino (Italy)
Rafiki - Wanuri Kahiu (South Africa/Kenya/France/Netherlands/Germany/Norway)
My Favourite Fabric - Gaya Jiji (France/Germany/Turkey)
The Harvesters - Etienne Kallos (France/Greece/Poland/South Africa)
In My Room - Ulrich Köhler (Germany/Italy)
El ángel - Luis Ortega (Argentina/Spain)
The Gentle Indifference of the World - Adilkhan Yerzhanov (Kazakhstan/France)

(Translated from French)

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