The ACID presents seven world premieres at Cannes
by Fabien Lemercier
- Independent films will unspool on the sidelines of Cannes; the nine movies comprise five fictions and four docs; Pierre Trividic and Patrick-Mario Bernard are the most prominent names
“Fantastical tales, emancipatory fables and documentary realism? The films we thrive on pay little heed to categories, and form hitherto unseen or revisited aesthetic fusions." Such is the editorial policy embedded in the 27th programme that the ACID (Association for Independent Film Distribution) will be offering audiences on the Croisette, on the sidelines of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival (14-25 May). Today, a selection of nine features was unveiled (seven of which will be world-premiered; five are fiction films and four are documentaries). Seven of these are feature debuts, and four are directed or co-directed by women.
Four 100% French films will be on the line-up, most notably Blind Spot, the third feature by Pierre Trividic and Patrick-Mario Bernard, whose most recent movie, The Other One [+see also:
film profile], earned Dominique Blanc the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at Venice in 2008.
There are also three French feature debuts, with the fiction Vif-argent by Stéphane Batut, and the documentaries Des hommes by Alice Odiot and Jean-Robert Viallet and Kongo by Hadrien La Vapeur and Corto Vaclav.
This strong French presence is rounded off by a co-production with Portugal, Rêve de jeunesse by Alain Raoust (a fiction film, which is the third feature by the filmmaker who won the FIPRESCI Prize in competition at Locarno in 2002 with The Cage [+see also:
film profile]), and Solo, the feature-length directorial debut by Prague-based French producer Artemio Benki (see the interview), a documentary produced by France, the Czech Republic, Argentina and Austria.
Lastly, the programme also includes Take Me Somewhere Nice [+see also:
interview: Ena Sendijarević
film profile] by Dutch director of Bosnian descent Ena Sendijarević (a feature-length fiction debut revealed in competition at Rotterdam), the Brazilian documentary Indianara by Aude Chevalier-Beaumel and Marcelo Barbosa, and the US film Mickey and the Bear by Annabelle Attanasio.
As a reminder, the 2019 programme is due to be enriched by a focus on three Argentinian features, dubbed ACID TRIP #3 Argentina and organised in partnership with the PCI (Association of Argentinian Film Directors).
Here is the full list of films:
Blind Spot – Pierre Trividic, Patrick-Mario Bernard (France)
Des hommes - Alice Odiot, Jean-Robert Viallet (France)
Indianara - Aude Chevalier-Beaumel, Marcelo Barbosa (Brazil)
Kongo - Hadrien La Vapeur, Corto Vaclav (France)
Mickey and the Bear - Annabelle Attanasio (USA)
Solo - Artemio Benki (France/Czech Republic/Argentina/Austria)
Rêve de jeunesse - Alain Raoust (France/Portugal)
Take Me Somewhere Nice [+see also:
interview: Ena Sendijarević
film profile] – Ena Sendijarević (Netherlands/Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Vif-argent – Stéphane Batut (France)
ACID TRIP #3
Brief Story from the Green Planet [+see also:
film profile] - Santiago Loza (Argentina/Brazil/Germany/Spain)
Las Vegas – Juan Villegas (Argentina)
Sangre blanca - Barbara Sarasola-Day (Argentina)
(Translated from French)
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