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Cannes 2016

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4 May 2016

Verhoeven is back
The irrepressible Paul Verhoeven, whose Basic Instinct opened the Cannes Film Festival in 1992, is back in competition in 2016 with Elle, produced by SBS Productions. The film stars Isabelle Huppert and is edited by Verhoeven's longtime collaborator Job ter Burg.

Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a leading video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. But after she is attacked in her home by an unknown assailant Michèle's life changes forever. After she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game - a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

Michael Dudok de Wit's The Red Turtle in Un Certain Regard
The Red Turtle, first feature-length animation by Oscar-winning animator Michael Dudok de Wit, is selected for Un Certain Regard. The film is produced by Hayao Miyazaki's renowned Japanese production company Studio Ghibli, Why Not Productions (France) and Wild Bunch (France) and marks the first time that Studio Ghibli has collaborated with a European director.

Made without dialogue, a man's attempts trying to escape a desert island are further beset when he is forced to battle a giant turtle.

In 2001 Dudok de Wit won a Best Short Animation Academy Award for Father and Daughter and was nominated for an Oscar in 1995 for The Monk and the Fish.

Import in Directors' Fortnight
The short film Import by director Netherlands Film Academy graduate Ena Sendijarevic (1987) has been selected for Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs). The film is produced by Pupkin Film (Boys, The Deflowering of Eva van End) and was developed with the support of the Netherlands Film Fund.

Import tells the story of a Bosnian refugee family that, after obtaining a residence permit in 1994, settles in a small village in the Netherlands. However, as time passes, increasingly absurd situations arise as family members try to make a home of this new world.

Comments director Ena Sendijarevic: "In Import, I've focused on the absurdity of the life of a refugee. By maintaining a certain distance from the characters and by using a light tone in storytelling, I have tried not to reduce the characters to victims and tried to emphasize their humanity instead. Integration is ultimately a process that is going on between one man and another, with all the discomfort, miscommunication and awkwardness that entails."

360° Virtual Reality Short Amani in Cannes Next
The 360° short virtual reality film Amani, produced by Amsterdam-based production company Revolver, has been selected for NEXT, the innovators' hub program of the Cannes Marché. The film, produced for the charity Terre des Hommes and directed by Dutch directors Joris Weerts and Eelko Ferwerda, shows the exploitation of 12-year-old Amani by a Kenyan middle class family, and the life of physical violence, harassment and sexual abuse that she continually suffers.

"With Amani we produced one of the first narrative virtual reality films in the Netherlands and being selected for the NEXT program is obviously a big honour. It shows that virtual reality is a serious new tool for cinematic storytelling and that combining film and virtual reality offers tremendous opportunities for filmmakers, producers and advertisers," comments Revolver's Raymond van der Kaaij.

Cannes Atelier welcomes Daoud's Winter
Koutaiba Al-Janabi's Daoud's Winter, produced by Dutch producer Trent, is selected for Cannes Atelier, the scheme created in 2005 to stimulate creative filmmaking and encourage the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers.

The film, due to shoot in Jordan later this year, is the story of a young man whose hopes and ambitions for his life are put on hold when he is drafted to fight in the Iraq v Iran war in the late 1980s. He ends up working in a morgue, cataloguing the dead. When he comes across an actual survivor, he decides to take the living body back to the man's family, even if it means deserting...

"I read about the project and there was one sentence that grabbed me," producer Trent recalls. "This was a line from the director saying he wanted to "show the war...without showing the war. For me, this really fascinating... What we hope to find in the Atelier is the best structure for the film to enable us to make it. We hope to meet sales agents, TV partners, co-producers many of the funding institutions from the Middle East and Europe."

For more information:

ELLE
Sales: SBS Distribution
Ph: +33 1 4563 6660
contact@sbs-distribution.fr
www.sbs-distribution.fr/international-sales

THE RED TURTLE
Sales: Wild Bunch
vmaraval@exception-wb.com
www.wildbunch.biz

IMPORT
Producer: Pupkin Film
layla@pupkin.com
www.pupkin.com
Festivals: Some Shorts
info@someshorts.com,
www.someshorts.com

AMANI
Producer: Revolver Amsterdam
raymond@revolver.nl
www.revolver.nl

DAOUD'S WINTER
Producer: OAK Motion Pictures
trent@oakmotionpictures.com
www.oakmotionpictures.com

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