The French Association for the Distribution of Independent Cinema (ACID) has unveiled the nine feature films it will present in its parallel Cannes section, from May 18 to 26.
Seven titles will be presented in world premiere including the fourth feature film by French director Damien Manivel Magdala. Inspired by the final days of the biblical figure of Mary Magdalene, it features her longtime muse, Jamaican-born French choreographer Elsa Wolliaston.
Manivel’s latest film, Takara, The night I swam, co-directed with Kohei Igarashi, premiered at Venice Horizons in 2017.
Other French selections include Martin Jauvat’s Greater Parisfollowing two young slackers who find a mysterious artifact at a construction site for a new metro line on the outskirts of Paris, and Lucas Delangle’s first feature film The strange case of Jacky Caillou about a young man with healing powers.
International fiction titles include Swiss director Jan Gassman’s drama 99 moonsexploring modern notions of love, and the third feature by Japanese director Juichiro Yamasaki Yamabuki about three lives that intersect in a small mining town in the mountains of western Japan. The latter title was first showcased in the main competition in Rotterdam earlier this year.
Three world premiere documentaries: the Franco-Greenlandic co-production by Spanish filmmaker Ainara Vera Polaris, about two sisters with very different trajectories after difficult childhoods; Denis Gheerbrant and Lina Tsrimova The hillwhich revolves around people recovering a hillside dump in Kyrgyzstan and French director Fanny Molin Atlantic Bar about life inside a local bar threatened with closure.
The line-up also includes Russian director Marusya Syroechkovskaya’s portrait of the lost generation. How to save a dead friend which recently made its competitive debut at the Swiss festival Visions du Réel, earning a special mention.
The selection was overseen by 15 filmmakers and focuses on independent films that have yet to secure French theatrical distribution and feature debuts.
Among the filmmakers who have shown their first works in ACID since its launch in 1992 are Kaouther Ben Hania, who this year chairs the Cannes Critics’ Week jury, Claire Denis, Jim Cummings and Jude Radu.