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 and Marie-Ange Luciani
  • Writers
    Robin Campillo and Philippe Mangeot
  • Photo
    Jeanne Lapoirie
  • Actors
    Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel
  • Playtime
    2 h 20 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    France
  • Age limit
    9
  • Production
    Les Films de Pierre
  • Sale
    Films Distribution
  • Distributor
    Arthaus

Bye Bye Germany

Frankfurt, 1946. Jewish merchant David is trying to set up a business with friends who, like himself, narrowly escaped death. He wants to resume the traditional linen trade of his family who were all murdered in the Holocaust. He and his other self-appointed salesmen are making their way from door to door, using the most absurd of ploys to gain entrance and offer German housewives their finest bed linen. Between his duties as salesman, he is interrogated and tries to dismiss a number of charges: Why does he have two passports? Did he help the Nazis? And is it really true that he visited Hitler to give him a humor lesson?

The daring drama comedy Bye Bye Germany presents a refreshingly original view on the post-war era in Germany, but the film is also a charming tribute to the Jews who chose to stay in the country. It is a both funny and exciting story, and the post-war period comes alive in an impressively rich production design.

 

  • Program
  • Original title
    Es war einmal in Deutschland...
  • Director
    Sam Garbarski
  • Producer
    Roshanak Behesht Nedjad, Sébastien Delloye, Jani Thiltges
  • Writers
    Michel Bergmann and Sam Garbarski
  • Photo
    Virginie Saint-Martin
  • Actors
    Moritz Bleibtreu, Antje Traue, Tim Seyfi, Mark Ivanir, Anatole Taubman, Hans Löw, Pál Mácsai
  • Playtime
    1 h 42 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium
  • Age limit
    9
  • Production
    IGC Films, Samsa Film, Entre Chien et Loup
  • Sale
    The Match Factory
  • Distributor
    Storytelling

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 and 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
  • Age limit
    12
  • 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 and Joshua Safdie
  • Producer
    Sebastian Bear-McClard, Oscar Boyson, Terry Dougas, Paris Kasidokostas Latsis
  • Writers
    Ronald Bronstein and 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
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Elara Pictures, Rhea Films (II)
  • Sale
    Memento Films International
  • Distributor
    Europafilm

Happy End

On a streamed mobile video with ongoing chat comments, we see the death of a depressed mother. As a result, 13-year-old Eve moves in with her father and the wealthy Laurent family, who must also clean up after a fatal accident on one of their construction sites.

This sets the scene for the auteur Michael Haneke’s brilliant family drama Happy End, exploring everything from our morbid social media voyeurism to the petty problems of the European upper class, with the refugee crisis as a distant backdrop. This may sound dark, but Haneke’s characteristic black humor makes Happy End a surprisingly enjoyable affair. The film can swing from tragedy to comedy and back again – in one scene. Those who are already familiar with Haneke’s earlier films, primarily Hidden (2005) and Gullpalme winner Amour (2012), but also Benny’s video (1992) and Code Unknown (2000), will appreciate that Haneke picks up and further develops themes he has dealt with earlier. Happy End stars, among others, an excellent Isabelle Huppert in her fourth role in a Haneke movie.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Happy End
  • Director
    Michael Haneke
  • Producer
    Margaret Ménégoz
  • Writers
    Michael Haneke
  • Photo
    Christian Berger
  • Actors
    Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin, Franz Rogowski
  • Playtime
    1 h 47 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    France, Austria, Germany
  • Age limit
    9
  • Production
    Les Films du Losange, X-Filme Creative Pool, Wega Film
  • Sale
    Les Films du Losange
  • Distributor
    Arthaus

Jupiter’s Moon

A young immigrant is shot down while illegally crossing the border between Serbia and Hungary. Terrified and in shock, wounded Aryan can now mysteriously levitate at will. Thrown into a refugee camp, he is smuggled out by Dr Stern, intent on exploiting his extraordinary secret. Pursued by enraged camp director Laszlo, the fugitives remain on the move in search of safety and money. Inspired by Aryan’s amazing powers, Stern takes a leap of faith in a world where miracles are trafficked for small change.

Jupiter’s Moon is the fifth film by director Kornél Mundruczó to have its world premiere at Cannes, among them White Dog which won the 2014 Un Certain Regard Prize. Jupiter’s Moon is an ambitious, modern fable with amazing effects, combining det supernatural with the brutal realities of our time.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Jupiter holdja
  • Director
    Kornél Mundruczó
  • Producer
    Viola Fügen, Eszter Gyárfás, Michel Merkt, Viktória Petrányi, Michael Weber
  • Writers
    Kornél Mundruczó, Kata Wéber
  • Photo
    Marcell Rév
  • Actors
    Merab Ninidze, Zsombor Jéger György Cserhalmi, Mónika Balsai
  • Playtime
    2 h 3 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Germany, Hungary
  • Age limit
    15
  • Production
    KNM, Match Factory Productions, Proton Cinema, Pyramide Films, ZDF/Arte
  • Sale
    The Match Factory
  • Distributor
    Tour de Force

Kills on Wheels

Driven by despair and fear of becoming useless, a 20 year-old boy, his friend, and an ex-fireman offer their services to the mafia. But things are not what they seem. The boundaries between reality and fiction blur, and the story becomes a whirling kaleidoscope showing us gangsters and gunfights, but also the challenge of life in a wheelchair and the pain caused by a father’s rejection.

Director Attila Till was inspired to make Kills on Wheels while working with physically disabled people – he wanted to make a movie about and starring people with real disabilities rather than putting able-bodied actors in wheelchairs. Consequently, most of the leading roles are played by amateur actors with some form of handicap. The result is an action-packed and dark dramedy, but also a nuanced criticism of our society’s tendency to underestimate people who are different.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Tiszta szívvel
  • Director
    Attila Till
  • Producer
    Judit Stalter
  • Writers
    Attila Till
  • Photo
    Imre Juhász
  • Actors
    Szabolcs Thuróczy, Zoltán Fenyvesi, Adám Fekete
  • Playtime
    1 h 45 min
  • Year
    2016
  • Country
    Hungary
  • Age limit
    15
  • Production
    Laokoon Filmgroup
  • Sale
    HNFF World Sales
  • Distributor
    Manymore Films

Lumière!

This is a fantastic, funny and entertaining variety show that takes us back to the birth and childhood of film! The Lumière brothers are most famous for their first public film screening ever, with their The Train Arrives at the Station, but together with their team, they produced over 1400 other short films from around the world. Thierry Frémaux, who is both director of the Cannes Film Festival and the Institut Lumière, has seen the films of pioneer brothers Lumière and picked and restored the 114 best to this compilation. The result is not only an invaluable film story lesson, but also offers several amazing short depictions from Paris and the rest of the world in the early nineties. Lumière! The adventure begins is, in short, a must for all film and history enthusiasts!

  • Program
  • Original title
    Lumière! L'aventure commence
  • Director
    Thierry Frémaux
  • Producer
    Thierry Frémaux, Bertrand Tavernier
  • Playtime
    1 h 30 min
  • Year
    2016
  • Country
    France
  • Age limit
    All ages
  • Production
    Institut Lumière
  • Sale
    Wild Bunch
  • Distributor
    Fidalgo

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
    Testről és lélekről
  • 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
  • Age limit
    All ages
  • 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.

This remake of Don Siegel and Clint Eastwoods 1971 collaboration comes courtesy of Sofia Coppola, director of Lost in Translation and The Bling Ring. It is a gorgeous, beautifully acted movie with incredible portrayals by Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. The Beguiled was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, where Sofia Coppola won the award for Best Director.

  • Program
  • Original title
    The Beguiled
  • 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
  • Age limit
    9
  • Production
    American Zoetrope, FR Productions
  • Distributor
    United International Pictures Norway

The Big Sick

Based on the real-life courtship between comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail, who connects with grad student Emily after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry, who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his love for Emily and his parents’ wishes.

Hailed as a new standard for romantic comedies to live up to after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, The Big Sick is a refreshing take on the modern romance – hilarious, heartfelt and real.

  • Program
  • Original title
    The Big Sick
  • Director
    Michael Showalter
  • Producer
    Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel
  • Writers
    Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani
  • Photo
    Brian Burgoyne
  • Actors
    Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Ray Romano, Holly Hunter
  • Playtime
    1h 59 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    USA
  • Age limit
    9
  • Production
    Apatow Productions, FilmNation Entertainment
  • Distributor
    Nordisk Filmdistribusjon

The Glass Castle

A young girl comes of age in a family of nonconformist nomads. Her mother is an eccentric artist and her alcoholic father stirs the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. Her father is dreaming of building a crystal castle for the family, and works on the sketch for the construction every chance he gets, but every new place the family moves to and every new quarrel between their parents leads the children closer to the difficult truth: If they want to fulfil their dreams in the real world, they have to get away from their parents.

In this gripping drama based on Jeannette Walls’ best-selling memoirs, Oscar winner Brie Larson (Room) shines in the role of the young woman who, despite much pain and adversity, was inspired by her unconventional father to create a successful life for herself. Woody Harrelson delivers a simply spectacular performance as the father Rex, who is torn between his big dreams, his rebellion against the social structures and his inner demons.

  • Program
  • Original title
    The Glass Castle
  • Director
    Destin Daniel Cretton
  • Producer
    Erik Feig, Ken Kao, Gil Netter
  • Writers
    Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham
  • Photo
    Brett Pawlak
  • Actors
    Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson, Max Greenfield
  • Playtime
    2 h 7 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    USA
  • Age limit
    9
  • Production
    Lionsgate, Netter Productions
  • Distributor
    Nordisk Film Distribusjon

The Midwife

Claire is a single mother and a dedicated midwife who is completely wrapped up in her job. The maternity ward where she works is to be closed, and in the midst of all this upheaval she receives a phone call that rekindles memories of her youth. Béatrice, her late father’s former mistress, asks to meet her. Béatrice is a true bohemian – loud, colourful, egocentric and completely different to the focused, helpful Claire. The younger woman asks herself why, after all these years of silence, Béatrice has suddenly decided to approach her for help, and is at first less than enthusiastic.

Martin Provost has made a name for himself with powerful portraits of women (Séraphine, Violette). Sage femme revolves around the encounter between two headstrong women, perfectly cast with two of French cinema’s grandes dames. A dramatic comedy about the need for change, and the question of whether steak, pommes frites and red wine is really what one would call a healthy lunch.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Sage femme
  • Director
    Martin Provost
  • Producer
    Olivier Delbosc
  • Writers
    Martin Provost
  • Photo
    Yves Cape
  • Actors
    Catherine Frot, Catherine Deneuve, Olivier Gourmet, Quentin Dolmaire, Mylène Demongeot
  • Playtime
    1 h 57 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    France
  • Age limit
    All ages
  • Production
    Curiosa Films
  • Sale
    Memento Films International
  • Distributor
    Fidalgo

Thelma

Thelma has just moved away from her religious family in West Norway to become a student in Oslo, when she is suddenly struck by a powerful seizure in the reading hall, an incident she keeps from her parents. At the same time she meets Anja, a fellow student, and they are drawn to each other in mysterious fashion. Thelma is overwhelmed by emotions she does not dare acknowledge, the seizures come more often and are more dangerous, and the doctors have no explanation. Frightening and supernatural powers are forcing themselves into the open, and one day Anja disappears without a trace.

Thelma is a supernatural romantic thriller from Joachim Trier, one of Norway’s most internationally renowned directors. Trier won the Amanda Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Director with his debut film Reprise, and his next film Oslo August 31st was chosen for the Un Certain Regard programme in Cannes. He also won the Amanda Award again for Best Director. His third film Louder Than Bombs was a star-studded English-language drama that ensured that Trier became the first Norwegian director in the Cannes main programme since Anja Breien in 1979.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Thelma
  • Director
    Joachim Trier
  • Producer
    Thomas Robsahm
  • Writers
    Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt
  • Photo
    Jakob Ihre
  • Actors
    Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen
  • Playtime
    1 h 56 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Norway, France, Denmark, Sweden
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Motlys
  • Sale
    Memento Films International
  • Distributor
    SF Studios Norway

Tom of Finland

From shunned to celebrated, this is the story of cult-artist Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, and the events that influenced his iconic homoerotic drawings. After the trauma of serving in WWII, Tuoko finds no peace at home as he has to go to increasingly greater lengths to hide his homosexuality, even from his family. As the secret affairs and police crackdowns wear on him, he commits more deeply to his art, drawing inspiration from the uniforms that oppress him.

Tuoko gains confidence from the positive reactions he receives after sharing his explicit drawings of muscular men in sexually uninhibited situations with a select few. But it is only when an American publisher sees them and invites Tuoko over to the West Coast that his life really takes a turn. Finally being able to walk free and proud in Los Angeles, Tuoko dives head first into the sexual revolution, becoming an icon and a rallying point. Tuoko’s story is unique and unforgettable. Director Dome Karukoski brings him to life, creating a moving portrayal of the man behind the legendary images.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Tom of Finland
  • Director
    Dome Karukoski
  • Producer
    Aleksi Bardy, Miia Haavisto, Annika Sucksdorff
  • Writers
    Aleksi Bardy
  • Photo
    Lasse Frank Johannessen
  • Actors
    Pekka Strang, Jessica Grabowsky, Lauri Tilkanen, Jakob Oftebro, Werner Daehn
  • Playtime
    1 h 55 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Helsinki-filmi, Anagram Vast, Fridthjof Film, Neutrinos Productions
  • Sale
    Protagonist Pictures
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment Norway

Vidar the Vampire

Vidar Hårr is a 33-year-old, sexually frustrated bachelor farmer, living a christian, monotonous and straining worklife on his mother’s farm. In a desperate prayer to higher powers, Vidar begs for help to break out of his routine and live a life without limits. Unfortunately, his prayers are heard, and one night Vidar transforms into a prince of darkness in the sinful city of Stavanger.

UFOh! is an indie production company from Stavanger. They have produced several music videos for renowned artists such as Kaisers Orchestra (Hjerteknuser), Kvelertak (Bruane Brenn) and Oliver Hohlbrugger (Satan, you can have me). Their short film BELIEVEtheDANCE (a fantasy-horror-dance-comedy), won the award for Best Short Film at the Sci-Fi-London Film Festival, Best Experimental at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Audience Award at both the Maelstrom International Film Festival and Kort at KinoKino. Vidar the Vampire is their feature-length debut.

  • Program
  • Original title
    VampyrVidar
  • Director
    Thomas Aske Berg and Fredrik Waldeland
  • Producer
    Thomas Aske Berg
  • Writers
    Thomas Aske Berg and Fredrik Waldeland
  • Photo
    John Iver Berg
  • Actors
    Thomas Aske Berg, Brigt Skrettingland, Kim Sønderholm, Henrik Rafaelsen
  • Playtime
    1 h 23 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    UFOh!

What Happened to Monday

In a world where families are limited to one child due to overpopulation, a set of identical septuplets are born. The Child Allocation Bureau are ruthlessly hunting families with more than one child. Consequently, the seven sisters have taken on the shared identity of one woman, Karen Settman. They are named after the days of the week, and each of them may go outside on their day to experience the freedom outside the apartment. But one night Monday doesn’t come home…

Noomi Rapace stars as the seven sisters in this dark Sci-fi thriller from Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola, alongside Glenn Close, Willem Dafoe, Christian Rubeck and Pål Sverre Hagen.

  • Program
  • Director
    Tommy Wirkola
  • Producer
    Raffaella De Laurentiis, Philippe Rousselet
  • Writers
    Max Botkin, Kerry Williamson
  • Photo
    José David Montero
  • Actors
    Noomi Rapace, Willem Dafoe, Glenn Close, Robert Wagner, Pål Sverre Hagen, Christian Rubeck, Cecilie Mosli
  • Playtime
    2 h 3 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Storbritannia, Frankrike, Belgia, USA
  • Production
    Nexus Factory, Raffaella Productions, SND Films, Title Media, Vendome Pictures
  • Distributor
    Norsk Filmdistribusjon