BREAKING THROUGH THE LENS - CANNES 2019

SHORTLISTED PROJECTS

 
 
 
 
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A GIRL’S ROOM

Thriller | FRANCE, FINLAND

An aspiring rapper, Elina, 15, is forced to leave Finland and move to the South of France when her mother finds a French boyfriend. Elina is immediately drawn to her new step-sister Sofia, 17, a charismatic ballet dancer who leads a double life full of boys and drugs. Soon, Elina and Sofia’s friendship turns into a power game with toxic consequences.

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DirECTOR:
Aino Suni

 
 
 
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ANJALI

OTHER | INDIA

Anjali, a doctor from a conservative Rajasthani Family, is caught between being the traditional good daughter and the young, modern woman.  When an unexpected love shatters her seemingly perfect world, Anjali must confront her own desires and risk losing the thing most important to her: her family.

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DIRECTOR:
RUKHSHIDA DAVID

 
 
 
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BECOMING BRIE

THRILLER | USA

Becoming Brie’ is a social thriller that follows Sabeen (30) who takes all the crap that society throws at her with a smile. But there’s only so much one woman can take; her alter ego (Brie) starts to emerge, intent on fighting back against those who want to ‘keep her in her place’.

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DIRECTOR:
DREW V. MARKE

 
 
 
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BLACK BARBIE: A DOCUMENTARY

DOCUMENTARY | USA

Black Barbie: A Documentary charts the rise of the most iconic girl toy brand of all time through the eyes of the filmmaker’s aunt, Beulah Mae Mitchell, who spent 45 years working at Mattel.

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DIRECTOR:
LAGUERIA DAVIS

 
 
 
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CAFE NEW YORK

DRAMA | TURKEY AND OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRY (TBD)

‘Cafe New York’ takes place in Istanbul, where the effects of the Syrian war spill over into a hip waterfront cafe, causing tension and connection among lovers, smugglers, rescuers and police officers.

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DIRECTOR:
Katy Chevigny

 
 
 
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DISC

SCI-FI | UK, USA

In a remote forest, a couple and a stranger witness a blazing disc crash to earth which forces them to read each other’s minds. Their sexuality, morality and capacity for violence are all tested.

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DIRECTOR:
NICOLA QUILTER

 
 
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DON’T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING

DRAMA | FRANCE, CYPRUS, GREECE

Young Iris’ curiosity en-kindles when she runs into her long-absent father. Attempting to create a bond with him slowly blurs her perceived reality. 

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DIRECTOR:
MYRSINI ARISTIDOU

 
 
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EL COMENSAL (THE DINNER GUEST)

DRAMA | SPAIN

In order to deal with her mother's sudden death and her father's emotional block, Iciar starts investigating her grandfather's kidnapping and murder in 1977 by terrorist group ETA.

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DIRECTOR:
Ángeles González-Sinde

 
 
 
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POLLY AND SUE

COMEDY | UK

Two unlikely friends take a road trip across the UK in search of freedom, fulfilment and KFC!

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DIRECTOR:
RAYNA CAMPBELL

 
 
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TREES OF PEACE

DRAMA | USA, RWANDA

When four women from different backgrounds and beliefs are trapped and hiding during the Rwandan genocide, their 81-day fight for survival forges an unbreakable sisterhood. Inspired by true events.

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DIRECTOR:
ALANNA BROWN