BREAKING THROUGH THE LENS - CANNES 2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION FILMS
For the second edition of Breaking Through The Lens, our independent Jury has selected ten extraordinary feature films that will present at the Cannes Film Festival this May 19th, all of which are ready for finance and aim to go into production within the next year. These filmmakers were selected from over 200 submissions spanning 54 production countries:
A LIFE ELECTRIC
DOCUMENTARY | UK
A visual exploration of those living in defiance of epilepsy, the world’s oldest and most mysterious disease.
HORROR | USA, PHILIPPINES
A young couple, unknowingly pregnant, visits the Philippines and attracts a child-eating demon thought only to exist in folklore.
DRAMA | USA
Dr. Lauren Atwood has dedicated her life to human genetics; often, to the detriment of time with her husband and daughter. But when her daughter suddenly dies it’s within human genetics that Lauren finds her salvation and, maybe, a second chance by attempting to clone her daughter and carry the clone to term. Based in the present day and reflecting only real and current science and technologies, Carbon explores what happens when grief, innovation, and love collide and what happens when someone who can…does.
DRAMA | SWEDEN, COSTA RICA, BELGIUM, GERMANY
In a mountain village in Costa Rica, Clara, a withdrawn 32-year-old woman, takes off on a journey to break free from social and religious conventions and become the master of her sexuality and newfound powers.
Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
DAWN, HER DAD & THE TRACTOR
DRAMA | CANADA
As a young trans woman and her estranged father begin to restore the old family tractor, they cautiously rebuild their relationship and come to understand the mechanics of the heart.
HYBRID DOCUMENTARY | UK, NETHERLANDS
The film follows detective Jimmy Knight as he hunts for Satoshi Nakamoto – Bitcoin’s secretive inventor, whose true identity has never been uncovered, and whose billions in bitcoin remain untouched.
THRILLER | USA, GERMANY, EGYPT
A thriller about estranged sisters set in LA and Cairo, HEATSTROKE is an Escher-like exploration of psychological conflict set against an explosive political background.
MRS ROBINSON’S DISGRACE
PERIOD DRAMA | UK
Isabella Robinson’s erotic diary is the key evidence in one of Britain’s first divorce cases. Will she stand by her story and ruin the man she loves? Or court public shame as a sexual fantasist?
DOCUMENTARY | USA, LEBANON
In post-war Beirut, five young women navigate friendship, identity and the pressure to conform in their pursuit of becoming thrash metal rock stars.
THE GOOD IRANIAN
THRILLER | UNITED KINGDOM
Sisterhood isn't all it's cracked up to be... Revenge Iranian-style...