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Nine world premieres at Cannes for the ACID


- A slew of independent films, including seven feature debuts and movies helmed by Marie Losier and Marta Bergman, are on the ACID line-up on the fringes of the Cannes Film Festival

Nine world premieres at Cannes for the ACID
Cassandro the Exotico! by Marie Losier

“To subject the world to scrutiny, search one’s core to find the most accurate expression to testify to it, reject it, and then fall in love with it all over again. To film it while constantly reinventing one’s standpoint.” Such is the manifesto of the ACID (Association for Independent Film Distribution), the 26th edition of which will unspool on the Croisette from 9-18 May, on the sidelines of the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Today, the ACID unveiled a selection that includes nine feature debuts set to have their world premieres (two of which are documentaries) and which demonstrates a very strong inclination towards young filmmakers, as seven of the titles are feature debuts.

Five 100% French feature debuts will be on the line-up, with Un violent désir de bonheur by Clément Schneider (produced by Les Films de l’Argile; toplined by Quentin Dolmaire), Il se passe quelque chose by Anne FélixL’Amour debout by Michaël Dacheux (produced by Perspective Films), We the Coyotes by Hannah Ladoul and Marco La Via (produced by Noodles and Studio Orlando), and the documentary In the Mighty Jungle by Caroline Capelle and Ombeline Ley (staged by Macalube Films). That same selection of feature debuts also includes the US title Thunder Road by Jim Cummings and the Kazakh film Bad Bad Winter by Olga Korotko.

Other titles that have been accepted are the documentary Cassandro the Exotico! by Marie Losier (a production by Tamara Films, the first scenes of which were unveiled in Work-in-Progress at the Les Arcs European Film Festival) and the debut feature-length fiction film by Belgian documentarian Marta BergmanSeule à mon mariage (produced by Belgium’s Frakas Productions together with Romania’s HiFilm Productions and France’s avenue B Productions and Zelila Films).

As previously reported, the 2018 programme is enriched by a carte blanche given to the APR (Portuguese Directors’ Association), entitled ACID TRIP #2 (see the news). This means that there will be a total of 12 recent features (ten of which are feature debuts) presented, with a bonus special screening of the French documentary Reprise by Hervé Le Roux (released in 1997 and set to hit French screens again in late May) to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the events of May 1968. 


L'Amour debout - Michaël Dacheux (France) 
Bad Bad Winter - Olga Korotko (Kazakhstan)
Cassandro the Exotico! - Marie Losier (France)
In the Mighty Jungle - Caroline CapelleOmbline Ley (France)
Il se passe quelque chose - Anne Alix (France)
Seule à mon mariage - Marta Bergman (Belgium/Romania/France)
Thunder Road - Jim Cummings (USA)
Un violent désir de bonheur - Clément Schneider (France)
We the Coyotes - Hanna LadoulMarco La Via (France/USA)

Special Screening

Reprise - Hervé Le Roux (France)


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(Translated from French)

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