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2019. 67th Edition
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Opening Film (In competition)
Seberg
Benedict Andrews
USA 
Inspired by true events, Seberg tells the story of the star and darling of the Nouvelle Vague, Jean Seberg (Kristen Stewart), who in the late 1960s was targeted by the illegal FBI surveillance programme Cointelpro. Seberg's political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie) made her a target of the FBI's ruthless attempts to disru...

Inspired by true events, Seberg tells the story of the star and darling of the Nouvelle Vague, Jean Seberg (Kristen Stewart), who in the late 1960s was targeted by the illegal FBI surveillance programme Cointelpro. Seberg's political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie) made her a target of the FBI's ruthless attempts to disrupt, discredit and expose the Black Power movement. An ambitious young FBI agent, Jack Solomon (Jack O'Connell), is assigned to surveil her, only to find his fate dangerously interwoven with her own.

Closing Night Film
The Climb
Michael Angelo Covino
USA 
Not in competition
Kyle and Mike are best friends who share a close bond, until Mike sleeps with Kyle's fiancee. The Climb is about a tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men across many years of laughter, heartbreak and rage. It is also the story of real-life best friends who turn their profound connection into a rich, humane and frequently uproarious film about the boundaries (o...

Kyle and Mike are best friends who share a close bond, until Mike sleeps with Kyle's fiancee. The Climb is about a tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men across many years of laughter, heartbreak and rage. It is also the story of real-life best friends who turn their profound connection into a rich, humane and frequently uproarious film about the boundaries (or lack thereof) in all close friendships.

Alice et le maire / Alice and the Mayor
Nicolas Pariser
France - Belgium 
The mayor of Lyon, Paul Théraneau, is in a delicate position. After 30 years in politics, he is running out of ideas and feels as though he’s suffering a sort of existential void. To overcome the adverse situation, Paul decides to hire a brilliant philosopher, Alice Heinmann. The two strike up a dialogue thanks to which their respective characters undergo a drastic change in...

The mayor of Lyon, Paul Théraneau, is in a delicate position. After 30 years in politics, he is running out of ideas and feels as though he’s suffering a sort of existential void. To overcome the adverse situation, Paul decides to hire a brilliant philosopher, Alice Heinmann. The two strike up a dialogue thanks to which their respective characters undergo a drastic change in the way they see and understand the world. Europa Cinemas Label Award at the last Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes.

Amazing Grace
Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack
USA 
In January 1972, the fabulous Aretha Franklin performed over two days at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, where she recorded what would become her highest-selling album, Amazing Grace. Although the sessions were recorded by a film team led by moviemaker Sydney Pollack, the archive footage was eventually forgotten for four decades. Prior to his dea...

In January 1972, the fabulous Aretha Franklin performed over two days at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, where she recorded what would become her highest-selling album, Amazing Grace. Although the sessions were recorded by a film team led by moviemaker Sydney Pollack, the archive footage was eventually forgotten for four decades. Prior to his death in 2008, Pollack expressed his wish that somebody would complete the film and the producer Alan Elliott set about doing just that with a team of people who felt passionately about the project. Among its co-producers is Spike Lee. The film premiered at the Berlin Festival out of competition.

Beanpole
Kantemir Balagov
Russia 
1945, Leningrad. World War II has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and its residents’ lives. Two young women, Iya and Masha, will struggle to rebuild their lives in a city in ruins. Following his debut with Tesnota / Closeness (Zabaltegi-Tabakalera, 2017), with this film the young Russian director Kantemir Balagov garnered the best director award at Un Cert...

1945, Leningrad. World War II has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and its residents’ lives. Two young women, Iya and Masha, will struggle to rebuild their lives in a city in ruins. Following his debut with Tesnota / Closeness (Zabaltegi-Tabakalera, 2017), with this film the young Russian director Kantemir Balagov garnered the best director award at Un Certain Regard in Cannes.

Di jiu tian chang / So Long, My Son
Wang Xiaoshuai
China 
Two couples adapt to the enormous social and economic changes sweeping through China from the decade of the 1980s until today. At the last Berlin Festival, Yong Mei and Wang Jingchun won the Silver Bears for Best Actor and Actress, respectively.

Two couples adapt to the enormous social and economic changes sweeping through China from the decade of the 1980s until today. At the last Berlin Festival, Yong Mei and Wang Jingchun won the Silver Bears for Best Actor and Actress, respectively.

Ema
Pablo Larraín
Chile 
After a shocking incident upends her family life and her marriage to a tempestuous choreographer, Ema, a reggaeton dancer, sets out on an odyssey of personal liberation in this incendiary drama about art, desire, and the modern family.

After a shocking incident upends her family life and her marriage to a tempestuous choreographer, Ema, a reggaeton dancer, sets out on an odyssey of personal liberation in this incendiary drama about art, desire, and the modern family.

Gisaengchung / Parasite
Bong Joon-ho
South Korea 
Ki-taek’s whole family is out of work and takes great interest in the lifestyle of the extraordinarily rich Park family. One day, his son lands a recommendation for an English-teaching job at the Park home, sparking an uncontrollable series of events from which none of them will escape truly unscathed. The latest film from the director of Barking Dogs Never Bite (Official Sel...

Ki-taek’s whole family is out of work and takes great interest in the lifestyle of the extraordinarily rich Park family. One day, his son lands a recommendation for an English-teaching job at the Park home, sparking an uncontrollable series of events from which none of them will escape truly unscathed. The latest film from the director of Barking Dogs Never Bite (Official Selection, 2000), Memories of Murder (Silver Shell for Best Director and New Directors Award, 2003), Mother (Perlak, 2009) and Snowpiercer (2013) landed the Golden Palm at the last Cannes Festival.

Hors normes / The Specials
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
France 
The tale of Bruno and Malik, two friends who have lived for twenty years in a different world: that of autistic children and adolescents. With the support of two non-profit organisations, they train young people to care for cases of severe autism. They therefore create an exceptional association, removed from the traditional environments, for extraordinary characters. The lates...

The tale of Bruno and Malik, two friends who have lived for twenty years in a different world: that of autistic children and adolescents. With the support of two non-profit organisations, they train young people to care for cases of severe autism. They therefore create an exceptional association, removed from the traditional environments, for extraordinary characters. The latest feature film from the directors of Intouchables (Untouchable, Official Selection, 2011) and Samba (Official Selection, 2014) closed the Cannes Festival out of competition.

La vérité / The Truth
Hirokazu Koreeda
France - Japan 
Fabienne is a French movie star. She lives surrounded by men who love and admire her: her new partner, her ex-husband, her agent... She decides to publish her memoires and her daughter Lumir returns from New York, where she lives with her family. The reunion between mother and daughter soon turns to confrontation: truths will come out, scores will be settled, there will be talk...

Fabienne is a French movie star. She lives surrounded by men who love and admire her: her new partner, her ex-husband, her agent... She decides to publish her memoires and her daughter Lumir returns from New York, where she lives with her family. The reunion between mother and daughter soon turns to confrontation: truths will come out, scores will be settled, there will be talk of love and resentment. 

Les Misérables
Ladj Ly
France 
Stéphane has recently joined the Anti-Crime Squad in Montfermeil, in the eastern suburbs of Paris. There he meets Chris and Gwada, two highly experienced colleagues, and soon discovers the tensions existing between the different local gangs. First work from Ladj Ly, a French director born in Mali who landed the Jury Prize (jointly with Bacurau) at the last Cannes Festival.

Stéphane has recently joined the Anti-Crime Squad in Montfermeil, in the eastern suburbs of Paris. There he meets Chris and Gwada, two highly experienced colleagues, and soon discovers the tensions existing between the different local gangs. First work from Ladj Ly, a French director born in Mali who landed the Jury Prize (jointly with Bacurau) at the last Cannes Festival.

Light of My Life
Casey Affleck
USA 
A father and a daughter journey through a world from which women have virtually disappeared. The tale of an over-protective father and of the difficult task of educating and teaching children to live so that they may one day stand on their own two feet.

A father and a daughter journey through a world from which women have virtually disappeared. The tale of an over-protective father and of the difficult task of educating and teaching children to live so that they may one day stand on their own two feet.

O que arde - Lo que arde / Fire Will Come
Oliver Laxe
Spain - France - Luxembourg 
Nobody's waiting for Amador on his release from jail after serving time for having caused a fire. He returns home to an isolated hamlet in the mountains of Lugo, where he will once again live with his mother, Benedict, his dog Luna and their three cows. Their lives pass to the pace of nature, until everything changes when a violent fire razes the area to the ground.

Nobody's waiting for Amador on his release from jail after serving time for having caused a fire. He returns home to an isolated hamlet in the mountains of Lugo, where he will once again live with his mother, Benedict, his dog Luna and their three cows. Their lives pass to the pace of nature, until everything changes when a violent fire razes the area to the ground.

Portrait de la jeune fille en feu / Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Céline Sciamma
France 
French Brittany, 1770. Marianne is an artist commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young girl who recently left the convent. Héloïse doesn’t accept her fate as a married woman and refuses to pose, meaning that Marianne must work in secret. To do it, she pretends to be her lady-in-waiting, so that she can observe the girl by day and paint her at night. T...

French Brittany, 1770. Marianne is an artist commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young girl who recently left the convent. Héloïse doesn’t accept her fate as a married woman and refuses to pose, meaning that Marianne must work in secret. To do it, she pretends to be her lady-in-waiting, so that she can observe the girl by day and paint her at night. Their relationship grows more intense as they share Héloïse's last moments of freedom before her wedding.

Sorry We Missed You
Ken Loach
UK - France - Germany 
Ricky, Abby and their two children live in Newcastle. They are a strong family who care for each other. Ricky has skipped from one labouring job to another while Abby, who loves her work, cares for old people. Despite working longer and harder they realise they will never have independence or their own home. It’s now or never; the app revolution offers Ricky a golden opportun...

Ricky, Abby and their two children live in Newcastle. They are a strong family who care for each other. Ricky has skipped from one labouring job to another while Abby, who loves her work, cares for old people. Despite working longer and harder they realise they will never have independence or their own home. It’s now or never; the app revolution offers Ricky a golden opportunity. He and Abby make a bet. She sells her car so Ricky can buy a shiny new van and become a freelance driver, with his own business at last. The modern world impinges on these four souls in the privacy of their kitchen; the future beckons.

Tenki no ko / Weathering With You
Makoto Shinkai
Japan 
The first year of high school, summer. Hodaka runs away from his home on an outlying island to come to Tokyo. Soon he has no money, but after many days of solitude, he eventually finds work as a freelance writer for a dubious occult magazine. Rain falls day after day as if taking its cue from his life. One day, though, Hodaka meets a girl in amongst the hustle and bustle of the...

The first year of high school, summer. Hodaka runs away from his home on an outlying island to come to Tokyo. Soon he has no money, but after many days of solitude, he eventually finds work as a freelance writer for a dubious occult magazine. Rain falls day after day as if taking its cue from his life. One day, though, Hodaka meets a girl in amongst the hustle and bustle of the big city. Hina is a cheerful, strong-willed girl who lives alone with her little brother due to a series of circumstances. She also has a strange power. "Hey, it's going to clear up now." Gradually the rain stops and the cityscape shines with a beautiful glow. Hina has the power to make the sky clear just by praying...

The Laundromat
Steven Soderbergh
USA 
A widow investigates an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of Panama City law partners who are exploiting the world's financial system.

A widow investigates an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of Panama City law partners who are exploiting the world's financial system.

The Lighthouse
Robert Eggers
USA - Canada 
On a remote island off the New England coast, two lighthouse keepers trapped and isolated by an apparently endless storm lock horns in an escalating series of confrontations as tensions materialise between the two and a series of mysterious real or imaginary forces seem to take hold of both of them.

On a remote island off the New England coast, two lighthouse keepers trapped and isolated by an apparently endless storm lock horns in an escalating series of confrontations as tensions materialise between the two and a series of mysterious real or imaginary forces seem to take hold of both of them.

Waiting for the Barbarians
Ciro Guerra
Italy 
The Magistrate, administrator of an isolated frontier settlement on the border of an unnamed empire, looks forward to an easy retirement until the arrival of Colonel Joll, whose task it is to report on the activities of the 'barbarians' and on the security situation on the border. Joll conducts a series of ruthless interrogations. The treatment of the 'barbarians...

The Magistrate, administrator of an isolated frontier settlement on the border of an unnamed empire, looks forward to an easy retirement until the arrival of Colonel Joll, whose task it is to report on the activities of the 'barbarians' and on the security situation on the border. Joll conducts a series of ruthless interrogations. The treatment of the 'barbarians' at the hands of the Colonel and the torture of a young 'barbarian' woman combine to lead the Magistrate to a crisis of conscience and a quixotic act of rebellion.

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