120 Beats Per Minute

Early 1990s. With AIDS having already claimed countless lives for nearly ten years, Act up-Paris activists multiply actions to fight general indifference. Nathan, a newcomer to the group, has his world shaken up by Sean, a radical militant, who throws his last bits of strength into the struggle.

This movie received critical acclaim at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where it won four awards including the prestigious Grand Prix.

  • Program
  • Original title
    120 battements par minute
  • Director
    Robin Campillo
  • Producer
    Hugues Charbonneau, Marie-Ange Luciani
  • Writers
    Robin Campillo, Philippe Mangeot
  • Photo
    Jeanne Lapoirie
  • Actors
    Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel
  • Playtime
    2 h. 20 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    France
  • Production
    Les Films de Pierre
  • Distributor
    Arthaus

God’s Own Country

Young Johnny is running his ailing father’s farm in Yorkshire, England. The communication between father and son reflects their adverse living and working conditions, the father’s utterances mostly being restricted to terse criticism of his son. Johnny’s grandmother plays her part stoically. A frustrated Johnny endures his strenuous daily routine. In a bid to escape the harsh daily grind, he has no-strings sex with men, or gets drunk at the local pub. In the spring, a farm hand is taken on for the season. Romanian Gheorghe is the same age as Johnny, who at first eyes him with suspicion. The initial tension between the two men soon gives way to an intense relationship. This opens up completely new prospects but also presents new challenges for Johnny.

In his feature-length debut, Francis Lee finds authentic images to depict farm life as one of privation. His film concentrates on the glances and gestures of his characters and their immediate physicality. The archaic landscape of ‘God’s own country’ as the locals call their county, perfectly reflects the turmoil going on inside the protagonists.

  • Program
  • Director
    Francis Lee
  • Producer
    Manon Ardisson, Jack Tarling
  • Writers
    Francis Lee
  • Photo
    Joshua James Richards
  • Actors
    Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones, Ian Hart
  • Playtime
    1 h. 44 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    UK
  • Production
    Inflammable Films, Magic Bear Productions, Met Film Production, Shudder Films
  • Sale
    Protagonist Pictures
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment Norway

Good Time

After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Connie embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city’s underworld in an increasingly desperate – and dangerous – attempt to get his brother out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Constantine finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

Good Time was one of the most critically acclaimed films of the main programme in Cannes this year. Robert Pattinson delivers a career-best performance as the unpredictable and arrogant Nick, and he is almost unrecognizable behind a thick Brooklyn accent and an admirable makeup job. The director brothers Ben and Joshua Safdie provide a vibrant night-time crime adventure similar to Victoria. It is an audiovisual experience in the right sense of the term, complete with engaging electronica compositions from Daniel Lopatin, who won the award for Best Composer in Cannes.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Good Time
  • Director
    Ben Safdie & Joshua Safdie
  • Producer
    Sebastian Bear-McClard, Oscar Boyson, Terry Dougas, Paris Kasidokostas Latsis
  • Writers
    Ronald Bronstein & Joshua Safdie
  • Photo
    Sean Price Williams
  • Actors
    Robert Pattinson, Ben Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barkhad Abdi, Buddy Duress
  • Playtime
    1 h. 40 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    USA
  • Production
    Elara Pictures, Rhea Films (II)
  • Sale
    Memento Films International
  • Distributor
    Europafilm

On Body and Soul

By pure coincidence, Maria and Endre – two quiet and shy people – realise that they both dream the same dream every night. They are amazed, disbelieving and a little scared. Whilst hesitantly accepting this strange coincidence, they try to recreate the tender, beautiful relationship they have at night in broad daylight. It isn’t easy, and the harder they try, the more difficult it gets. Their clumsy attempts are sad, funny, moving – and failing. Can they overcome their inner barriers and find each other?

On Body and Soul is a movie about our fear of opening up to others and on how exciting it can be when we take the chance. Ildikó Enyedi won the prestigious Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for this unusual love story.

  • Program
  • Original title
    A Testról és Lélekról
  • Director
    Ildikó Enyedi
  • Producer
    Ernö Mesterházy, András Muhi, Mónika Mécs
  • Writers
    Ildikó Enyedi
  • Photo
    Máté Herbai
  • Actors
    Géza Morcsányi, Alexandra Borbély, Zoltán Schneider, Ervin Nagy, Tamás Jordán, Zsuzsa Járó
  • Playtime
    1 h. 56 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Hungary
  • Production
    Inforg - M&M Film Kft.
  • Sale
    Films Boutique
  • Distributor
    Arthaus

The Beguiled

Young women take in an injured enemy soldier during the Civil War. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.

  • Program
  • Director
    Sofia Coppola
  • Producer
    Youree Henley, Roman Coppola, Sofia Coppola
  • Writers
    Sofia Coppola
  • Photo
    Philippe Le Sourd
  • Actors
    Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell
  • Playtime
    1 h. 33 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    USA
  • Production
    American Zoetrope, FR Productions
  • Distributor
    United International Pictures Norway