The upcoming 2015 Cannes Film Festival is to be held from 13 to 24 May 2015. The festival is widely considered one of the greatest showcases of cinema in the world, one of the most prestigious stages for any filmmaker! With all the hype surrounding this year’s 68th Annual Festival, here’s the synopsis and trailers for all movies in the Un Certain Regard section!
Every year, the Un Certain Regard section includes films that are “original and different” and seek international recognition. The Prix Un Certain Regard prize was introduced in 1998, and will be awarded this year to one of the films below:
Alias Maria, d. José Luis Rugeles Gracia
“María, a 13 year old guerrilla soldier watches the secret birth of the commander’s child, while she decides what she’ll do with the baby she’s expecting. Through her eyes we’ll see the desolate landscape of the armed conflict in Colombia.”
An (Sweet Red Bean Paste), d. Naomi Kawase
“Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves dorayakis – pastries filled with sweet red bean paste (“an”). When an old lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen he reluctantly accepts. But Tokue proves to have magic in her hands when it comes to making “an”. Thanks to her secret recipe, the little business soon flourishes… And with time, Sentaro and Tokue will open their hearts to reveal old wounds.”
The Fourth Direction (Chauthi Koot), d. Gurvinder Singh
“Evokes the atmosphere of suspicion, fear and paranoia of the Punjab in 1984. It considers two loosely connected incidents: two Hindu friends trying to get to Amritsar and, five months earlier, a farmer who is told he has to kill the family dog. One story flows into the other and back – like a relay race one character passing on the baton to another. What binds the two is the condition of the common man trapped between the excesses of the military on one side and the militant movement for a separate Sikh nation on the other.”
Comoara (The Trasure), d. Corneliu Porumboiu
“Costi (33) leads a peaceful life. At night he likes to read his 6-year-old son stories, to help him sleep. Their favourite is Robin Hood. Costi sees himself as the hero – righter of wrongs and defender of the oppressed.
One evening, his neighbour pays him an unexpected visit and shares a secret: there’s treasure buried in his grandparents’ garden, he’s sure of it. If Costi will hire a metal detector to help locate it, he’ll give him half of whatever they get. Skeptical at first, in the end Costi can’t resist. He’s on board. The two accomplices have one weekend to locate the loot. Despite every obstacle in their path, Costi refuses to be discouraged. For his wife and son, he’s a real hero – nothing and no one are going to stop him. “
Hrutar (Rams), d. Grímur Hákonarson
“In a remote Icelandic valley, two brothers who haven’t spoken in forty years will have to come together in order to save what’s dearest to them : their rams”
Je Suis un Soldat (I am a Soldier), d. Laurent Larivière
“Sandrine, 30 years old, is forced to return home in Roubaix to live with her mother. She is unemployed and accepts to work with her uncle in a kennel, which turns out to be a hub for dog trafficking from Eastern Europe. She rapidly acquires authority and respect in this world dominated by men, and earns the money that could provide her with her freedom. But sometimes even good soldiers stop taking orders. “
Kishibe no tabi (Journey to the Shore), d. Kiyoshi Kurosawa
“Mizuki’s husband (Yusuke) drowned at sea three years ago. When he suddenly comes back home, she is not that surprised. Instead, Mizuki is wondering what took him so long. She agrees to let Yusuke take her on a journey. “
Lamb, d. Yared Zeleke
“When Ephraïm, an Ethiopian boy, is sent from his homeland to live with distant relatives, he takes his beloved sheep with him. One day, his uncle announces that he will have to sacrifice his sheep for the upcoming religious feast, but Ephraïm is ready to do anything to save his only friend and return home”
Las Elegidas (The Chosen Ones), d. David Pablos
“Sofia, 14 years old, is in love with Ulises.
Because of him, in spite of him, she is forced into a prostitution ring in Mexico.
To set her free, Ulises will have to find another girl to replace her… “
Madonna, d. Shin Su-won
“Hye-rim, a 35-year-old woman, finds a job at a hospital as a caregiver assigned to a quadriplegic VIP patient who practically owns the hospital. For the past 10 years, the VIP patient’s son Sang-woo has been desperately keeping him alive for money, ordering the doctors to perform several heart transplants despite recurrent heart failures. In need of another one, Sang-woo takes a brain dead unidentified woman as a donor and asks Hye-rim to look into her background. She discovers that the woman was once a prostitute known as ‘Madonna’ who has experienced a lifetime of abuse, and that she is pregnant. In an attempt to save Madonna’s unborn child, Hye-rim goes against Sang-woo’s orders and searches for the baby’s father. “
Maryland (Disorder) , d.Alice Winocour
“Vincent, a French Special Forces soldier just back from Afghanistan, is suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder. He is hired to ensure the security of Jessie, the wife of a rich Lebanese businessman at their luxurious villa ‘Maryland’.
As he starts experiencing a strange fascination for the woman he has to protect, Vincent increasingly seems to fall into paranoia. Unless he is right, and the danger is very real indeed…”
Masaan (Fly Away Solo), d. Neeraj Ghaywan
“Benares, the holy city on the banks of the Ganges, reserves a cruel punishment for those who play with moral traditions. Deepak, a young man from a poor neighborhood, falls hopelessly in love with a young girl from a different caste. Devi, a young student who’s gone off the rails, is tortured by feelings of guilt following the disappearance of her first lover. Devi’s father Pathak, a victim of police corruption, has lost his moral compass because of money, while a young boy, Jhonta, is in search of a family. These characters are all seeking a better future, whilst buffeted between the demands of modern life and an attachment to tradition. And their paths are about to cross… “
Mu-Roe-Han (The Shameless), d. Oh Seung-uk
“Homicide detective Jung Jae-gon is chasing after a suspect of a murder case . He knew his suspect would get in touch with his lover Kim Hye-kyung, who is a madam at a third-rate bar. Jung goes undercover as the suspect’s former cellmate and becomes the floor manager at the bar where Kim works, and watches her every move. But as Jung spends more time with her, he feels strange sense of guilt and his resolve to catch the suspect is shaken. Having dedicated his life to police work, Jung doesn’t understand the feeling he feels towards Kim. On the other hand, Kim waits tirelessly for her lover to come back to her, but she begins to open up to Jung, who is always by her side”
Nahid , d. Ida Panahandeh
“A young divorcee living with her son in a small northern city of Iran, wants to marry the man she has fallen in love with. According to the current rules, the father has the custody of children; however, her ex-husband has granted her that right on the condition that she doesn’t remarry. Struggling to keep both of her beloved ones, she has to think about the third option: Temporary Marriage (Sighe). However, this will get her into a predicament, as despite its being legal, Sighe is not well-received by the society at all. Would temporary marriage be a good solution for her? “
Cemetery of Splendour (Rak Ti Khon Kaen), d. Apichatpong Weerasethakul
“Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier with no family visitors. Jen befriends young medium Keng who uses her psychic powers to help loved ones communicate with the comatose men. Doctors explore ways, including coloured light therapy, to ease the mens’ troubled dreams. Jen discovers Itt’s cryptic notebook of strange writings and blueprint sketches. There may be a connection between the soldiers’ enigmatic syndrome and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the clinic. Magic, healing, romance and dreams are all part of Jen’s tender path to a deeper awareness of herself and the world around her. “
Taklub (Trap), d. Brillante Mendoza
“After the Supertyphoon Haiyan, which changed the city of Tacloban in the Philippines into its horrendous state, the lives of Bebeth, Larry and Erwin intertwine. The survivors are left to search for the dead, while keeping their sanity intact, and protecting what little faith there may be left. A series of events continue to test their endurance. “
The Other Side, d. Roberto Minervini
“In an invisible territory at the margins of society, at the border between anarchy and illegality, lives a wounded community that is trying to respond to a threat: of being forgotten by political institutions and having their rights as citizens trampled.
Disarmed veterans, taciturn adolescents, drug addicts trying to escape addiction through love, ex-special forces soldiers still at war with the world, floundering young women and future mothers, and old people who have not lost their desire to live.
Through this hidden pocket of humanity, the door opens to the abyss of today’s America.”
Un etaj mai jos (One Floor Below), d. Radu Muntean
“After being the sole unfortunate witness to a domestic quarrel that ends up in murder, Patrascu finds himself at odds with two very close neighbors: one is the bizarre murderer. The other is his very own conscience. “
Zvizdan (The High Sun), d. Dalibor Matanić
“Three different love stories, set in three consecutive decades, in two neighboring Balkan villages burdened with a long history of inter-ethnic hatred: this is a film about the dangers – and the enduring strength – of forbidden love”
MustSeeCinema will guide you through all of the festivities this year. In the spirit of Cannes, and to quote Mr. Quentin Tarantino, Vive le cinéma!!!