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Official Selection
2011. 59th Edition
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Films
Official Selection
Official Selection
Intruders
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Spain 
Juan and Mia, two children living in different countries, are visited each night by a faceless intruder, a terrifying being who wants to take possession of them. The presences become more powerful and begin to dominate theirs and their families' lives. The anxiety and tension increase when their parents also witness those apparitions.
Juan and Mia, two children living in different countries, are visited each night by a faceless intruder, a terrifying being who wants to take possession of them. The presences become more powerful and begin to dominate theirs and their families' lives. The anxiety and tension increase when their parents also witness those apparitions.
Closing Night Film
Intouchables
Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache
France 
Not in competition
A witty comedy on the unexpected friendship arising between two people with nothing in common and very different ways of understanding life: a millionaire left tetraplegic after an accident and the man hired as his carer, an immigrant from the Parisian suburbs recently released from prison.
A witty comedy on the unexpected friendship arising between two people with nothing in common and very different ways of understanding life: a millionaire left tetraplegic after an accident and the man hired as his carer, an immigrant from the Parisian suburbs recently released from prison.
11 Flowers
Wang Xiaoshuai
China 
Wang Han, an 11 year old boy in the province of Ghizhou, is confronted with a runaway murderer. Hiding in the woods, the wounded man persuades Wang Han to help him out. Frightened yet fascinated, Wang Han and his friends accept to keep the situation secret from the law. Meanwhile, strange things are happening at school and the place is crawling with police...
Wang Han, an 11 year old boy in the province of Ghizhou, is confronted with a runaway murderer. Hiding in the woods, the wounded man persuades Wang Han to help him out. Frightened yet fascinated, Wang Han and his friends accept to keep the situation secret from the law. Meanwhile, strange things are happening at school and the place is crawling with police...
Adikos kosmos / Unfair World
Filippos Tsitos
Greece - France - Germany 
Sotiris is a police interrogator. One day he decides to pardon every poor person to whom life has been cruel. Intending to save an innocent soul, he goes as far as to kill a corrupt security guard. Dora, a lonely cleaning lady who leads a breathless life trying to make ends meet, is the only witness to the crime. Although Sotiris and Dora like each other, love, honesty and just...
Sotiris is a police interrogator. One day he decides to pardon every poor person to whom life has been cruel. Intending to save an innocent soul, he goes as far as to kill a corrupt security guard. Dora, a lonely cleaning lady who leads a breathless life trying to make ends meet, is the only witness to the crime. Although Sotiris and Dora like each other, love, honesty and justice are anything but easy to combine.
Amen
Kim Ki-duk
South Korea 
A woman goes to France in search for her boyfriend, only to find that he has moved on to Venice. On her way to Venice, she is raped by a man wearing a gas mask, who also steals her luggage. Discovering that her boyfriend is no longer in Venice, the woman sets out on a tour of Europe followed by her attacker, who gradually returns her belongings one by one.
A woman goes to France in search for her boyfriend, only to find that he has moved on to Venice. On her way to Venice, she is raped by a man wearing a gas mask, who also steals her luggage. Discovering that her boyfriend is no longer in Venice, the woman sets out on a tour of Europe followed by her attacker, who gradually returns her belongings one by one.
Americano
Mathieu Demy
France 
Unable to recover from his mother?s death, Martin heads for Tijuana to find Lola, a Mexican woman he met as a boy who held a special place in his mother?s life. He eventually finds her in the ?Americano?, a private club where she works as a stripper every night. Martin has no choice but to rummage around in his own past if he wants to find peace with himself.
Unable to recover from his mother?s death, Martin heads for Tijuana to find Lola, a Mexican woman he met as a boy who held a special place in his mother?s life. He eventually finds her in the ?Americano?, a private club where she works as a stripper every night. Martin has no choice but to rummage around in his own past if he wants to find peace with himself.
The Deep Blue Sea
Terence Davies
UK 
Hester Collyer leads a privileged life in 1950s London as the beautiful wife of high court judge Sir William Collyer. To the shock of those around her, she walks out of her marriage to move in with young ex-RAF pilot, Freddie Page, with whom she has fallen passionately in love.
Hester Collyer leads a privileged life in 1950s London as the beautiful wife of high court judge Sir William Collyer. To the shock of those around her, she walks out of her marriage to move in with young ex-RAF pilot, Freddie Page, with whom she has fallen passionately in love.
Happy End
Björn Runge
Sweden 
Although Jonna, Peter, Katrine, Asger and Mårten have close ties, they avoid being sincere with one another. They all live in a world of shadows packed with lies and falsities and are only waiting for the truth to appear so that they can continue their lives in another direction.
Although Jonna, Peter, Katrine, Asger and Mårten have close ties, they avoid being sincere with one another. They all live in a world of shadows packed with lies and falsities and are only waiting for the truth to appear so that they can continue their lives in another direction.
Kiseki / I Wish
Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japan 
Koichi lives with his mother and grandparents in Kagoshima, in the southern part of Kyushu island. His brother Ryunosuke lives with their father in the northern Kyushu town of Hakata. Separated by their parent?s divorce, Koichi desperately yearns to be reunited with his brother. Hearing that a new bullet train line will soon link the two cities, he starts to believe that the mi...
Koichi lives with his mother and grandparents in Kagoshima, in the southern part of Kyushu island. His brother Ryunosuke lives with their father in the northern Kyushu town of Hakata. Separated by their parent?s divorce, Koichi desperately yearns to be reunited with his brother. Hearing that a new bullet train line will soon link the two cities, he starts to believe that the miracle will happen the moment the new bullet trains pass one another at top speed.
Los Marziano
Ana Katz
Argentina 
Juan and Luis haven?t spoken for years. Delfina, the third sibling, and Luis?s wife Nena, try to make them see sense, but to no avail. The brothers not only have different takes on life, they also have particularly disparate views on a debt dating back in time. However, Juan?s presence in Buenos Aires for his daughter?s birthday and the girl?s wish to spend it with her aunts an...
Juan and Luis haven?t spoken for years. Delfina, the third sibling, and Luis?s wife Nena, try to make them see sense, but to no avail. The brothers not only have different takes on life, they also have particularly disparate views on a debt dating back in time. However, Juan?s presence in Buenos Aires for his daughter?s birthday and the girl?s wish to spend it with her aunts and uncles force the brothers to meet again.
No habrá paz para los malvados
Enrique Urbizu
Spain 
One Sunday, making his way home extremely drunk, Inspector Santos Trinidad finds himself involved in a triple homicide. A witness manages to escape... and could incriminate him. Judge Chacón is given the job of investigating the facts. Both will discover that nothing is what it seems as what started out as a simple case of drug trafficking turns into something far more dangerou...
One Sunday, making his way home extremely drunk, Inspector Santos Trinidad finds himself involved in a triple homicide. A witness manages to escape... and could incriminate him. Judge Chacón is given the job of investigating the facts. Both will discover that nothing is what it seems as what started out as a simple case of drug trafficking turns into something far more dangerous.
Los pasos dobles
Isaki Lacuesta
Spain-Switzerland 
The best way to escape your persecutors without trace is to walk backwards over your own footsteps. That was the belief of François Augiéras, who painted every inch of the walls of a military bunker in the desert and let it sink into the sand so that no-one would find it till the 21st Century. But who is Augiéras? A legionnaire, painter, writer, gangster, saint, thief, devil, o...
The best way to escape your persecutors without trace is to walk backwards over your own footsteps. That was the belief of François Augiéras, who painted every inch of the walls of a military bunker in the desert and let it sink into the sand so that no-one would find it till the 21st Century. But who is Augiéras? A legionnaire, painter, writer, gangster, saint, thief, devil, or a little bit of them all?
Rampart
Oren Moverman
USA 
Los Angeles, 1999. Officer Dave Brown is a Vietnam vet and a Rampart Precinct cop dedicated to doing "people?s dirty work" and asserting questionable methods of justice. When he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself in a personal and emotional downward spiral as a result of his past sins and of his refusal to change his ways in the light of a corruption scanda...
Los Angeles, 1999. Officer Dave Brown is a Vietnam vet and a Rampart Precinct cop dedicated to doing "people?s dirty work" and asserting questionable methods of justice. When he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself in a personal and emotional downward spiral as a result of his past sins and of his refusal to change his ways in the light of a corruption scandal affecting the whole department. Brown internalizes his fear, anguish and paranoia as his world starts making less and less sense.
Las razones del corazón
Arturo Ripstein
Mexico-Spain 
Emilia, a housewife oppressed by the mediocrity of her life, a failed husband and her overpowering, poorly nurtured motherhood, feels the cup of life run dry. The same day she?s left by her distant lover, the credit card with which she?s been playing cat and mouse for months folds and her belongings are repossessed. Unable to bear her empty, comfortless flat, she commits suicid...
Emilia, a housewife oppressed by the mediocrity of her life, a failed husband and her overpowering, poorly nurtured motherhood, feels the cup of life run dry. The same day she?s left by her distant lover, the credit card with which she?s been playing cat and mouse for months folds and her belongings are repossessed. Unable to bear her empty, comfortless flat, she commits suicide. Curiously, the cheated husband and elusive lover are drawn closer by her death.
Sangue do meu sangue
João Canijo
Portugal 
Márcia is a single mother with two children. She works as a cook and shares her house in the Lisbon suburbs with her sister, Ivete, a hairdresser in a shopping centre. One day, Cláudia, her daughter, who is studying to become a nurse and works at a supermarket checkout, tells her mother that she?s fallen in love with an older, married man. On meeting the man in question, Márcia...
Márcia is a single mother with two children. She works as a cook and shares her house in the Lisbon suburbs with her sister, Ivete, a hairdresser in a shopping centre. One day, Cláudia, her daughter, who is studying to become a nurse and works at a supermarket checkout, tells her mother that she?s fallen in love with an older, married man. On meeting the man in question, Márcia realises that her family is in serious danger. Joca, her son, is a small-time local drug peddlar who decides to do a dirty on his own supplier, but gets caught, obliging his aunt Ivete to make great sacrifice in order to save him.
Le Skylab
Julie Delpy
France 
1979. Albertine, 10, and her entire family have gathered at the family home in Brittany for the grandmother?s birthday. All are convinced that NASA?s Skylab space station will fall on their heads that summer. The get-together spirals into a crazy weekend packed with revelations, love and song.
1979. Albertine, 10, and her entire family have gathered at the family home in Brittany for the grandmother?s birthday. All are convinced that NASA?s Skylab space station will fall on their heads that summer. The get-together spirals into a crazy weekend packed with revelations, love and song.
Take This Waltz
Sarah Polley
Canada 
When Margot meets Daniel, their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction as she?s happily married to Lou, a celebrated cookbook writer. What she doesn?t know is that Daniel lives just across the street from them...
When Margot meets Daniel, their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction as she?s happily married to Lou, a celebrated cookbook writer. What she doesn?t know is that Daniel lives just across the street from them...
La voz dormida
Benito Zambrano
Spain 
Hortensia is pregnant. She was arrested while trying to help her husband (Felipe), who continues his underground struggle. Hortensia is tried and sentenced to death, although the execution won?t take place until Hortensia has given birth. Pepita, her sister, has travelled from Cordoba to be with Hortensia and take care of her baby once born. Pepita goes to the prison every day ...
Hortensia is pregnant. She was arrested while trying to help her husband (Felipe), who continues his underground struggle. Hortensia is tried and sentenced to death, although the execution won?t take place until Hortensia has given birth. Pepita, her sister, has travelled from Cordoba to be with Hortensia and take care of her baby once born. Pepita goes to the prison every day to ensure that she?s given Hortensia?s child and prevent them from giving it up for adoption or putting it into an orphanage.
Albert Nobbs
Rodrigo García
UK-Ireland 
The star of the film is a woman caught in an unusual love triangle who passes herself off as a man to work and survive in 19th century Ireland, a society dominated by men where women have no opportunities and are condemned to a life of servitude. Some thirty years after donning men's clothing, she finds herself lost in a prison of her own making.
The star of the film is a woman caught in an unusual love triangle who passes herself off as a man to work and survive in 19th century Ireland, a society dominated by men where women have no opportunities and are condemned to a life of servitude. Some thirty years after donning men's clothing, she finds herself lost in a prison of her own making.
Bertsolari
Asier Altuna
Spain 
Bertsolaris are improvisers of Basque verse. This oral tradition has skilfully evolved and adapted to the times, connecting with the youngest generations. A surprising art of austere aesthetics in these days of spectularity and special effects. A performance that in the grand finale of the last championship gathered 14,000 people to watch 8 bertsolaris vie live against one anot...
Bertsolaris are improvisers of Basque verse. This oral tradition has skilfully evolved and adapted to the times, connecting with the youngest generations. A surprising art of austere aesthetics in these days of spectularity and special effects. A performance that in the grand finale of the last championship gathered 14,000 people to watch 8 bertsolaris vie live against one another. Bertsolari is a voyage through improvised verse, silence and art in the raw.
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