Cannes Film Fest 2015: Certain Regard Official Selections


There are 14 films in this sidebar right now, but fest director Freamaux indicated there will be several more additions.

“The Chosen Ones” (David Pablos, Mexico).

Pablos’ follow-up to “The Life After” (2013) is adapted from Jorge Volpi’s novel set in the world of juvenile prostitution.

“Fly Away Solo” (Neeraj Ghaywan, India).

Shweta Tripathi and Richa Chadda star in this relationship drama from Ghaywan, a Mumbai-based filmmaker making his feature debut.

“The Fourth Direction” (Gurvinder Singh, France-India).

Singh’s sophomore feature (after his 2011 debut, “Alms for the Blind Horse”) is adapted from two short stories by Punjabi writer Waryam Singh Sandhu.

“The High Sun” (Dalibor Matanic, Croatia-Slovenia).

The Croatian writer-helmer (“Mother of Aspahlt,” “I Love You”) presents a trilogy of love stories set in 1991, 2001 and 2011.

“I Am a Soldier” (Laurent Lariviere, France). 

A social drama starring Louise Bourgoin as a thirtysomething woman who is obligated to return to her parents’ home and agrees to work for her uncle (Jean-Hugues Anglade) in a doghouse.

“Journey to the Shore” (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan). Previously in Un Certain Regard with “Tokyo Sonata” (2008), the Japanese auteur returns with this adaptation of a novel by Kazumi Yumoto, starring Eri Fukatsu as a woman whose husband returns three years after his disappearance. (Sales: MK2)

“Madonna” (Shin Su-won, South Korea). Shin’s follow-up to “Pluto” (2013) centers around a nurse’s aide (Seo Yeong-hee) trying to secure an organ donation.

“Maryland” (Alice Winocour, France-Belgium). Cannes seems an ideal spot to unveil this French Riviera-lensed thriller, starring Mathias Schoenaerts as a French Special Forces soldier suffering PTSD after fighting in Afghanistan, and Diane Kruger as the wife of his new employer. Winocour’s previous film, “Augustine” (2012), premiered in Cannes Critics’ Week. (Sales: Indie Sales)dd

“Nahid” (Ida Panahandeh, Iran). 

Sareh Bayat and Pejman Bazeghi star in the Iranian helmer’s latest, described as “a drama of love.”

“One Floor Below” (Radu Muntean, Romania).

Previously in Un Certain Regard with “Tuesday, After Christmas” (2010), Muntean returns with his fifth feature, about a man who bears witness to a domestic quarrel that ends in murder.

“The Other Side” (Roberto Minervini, Italy).

The latest documentary from Italian filmmaker Minervini, who was previously at Cannes with “Stop the Pounding Heart” (2013, Special Screenings).

“Rams” (Grimur Hakonarson, Iceland).

Sigurdur Sigurjonsson and Theodor Juliusson play two brothers battling to save their ancestral sheep stock following a disease outbreak in the secluded Icelandic valley where they live. The cinematography is by Sturla Brandth Grovlen, who won a Silver Bear at Berlin for his one-take wonder “Victoria.”

“The Shameless” (Oh Seung-euk, South Korea).

A detective falls for the girlfriend (Jeon Do-yeon) of a mobster he’s chasing in this romantic crime thriller. (Sales: CJ Entertainment)

“The Treasure” (Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania).

The Romanian New Wave helmer won the Camera d’Or for his 2006 debut, “12:08 East of Bucharest” (Directors’ Fortnight), and the Un Certain Regard prize for 2009’s “Police, Adjective.” He’ll vie for the latter award again with his latest feature, about two men on a quest for treasure. (Sales: Wild Bunch)


“Amy” (Asif Kapadia, U.K.).

This portrait of the late British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, featuring newly unearthed tracks and archival footage, is Kapadia’s first feature since his acclaimed 2010 documentary, “Senna.” It’s also the first nonfiction project acquired for Stateside distribution by A24, which plans a summer theatrical release. (Sales: Focus Features)

“Office” (Hong Won-chan, South Korea).

Hong, one of the writers on Na Hong-jin’s “The Chaser,” makes his directing debut with this serial-killer thriller.


“Amnesia” (Barbet Schroeder, Switzerland-France).

Previously at Cannes with his Un Certain Regard entry “Terror’s Advocate” (2007), Schroeder returns with this cross-generational relationship drama set against Europe’s electronic music scene. (Sales: Les Films du Losange)

“Asphalte” (Samuel Benchetrit, France).

Isabelle Huppert, Gustave Kervern, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Michael Pitt star in this drama about several lonely inhabitants of the same council estate, adapted by Benchetrit from his novel. (Sales: TF1 Intl.)

“Hayored lema’ala” (Elad Keidan).

The Israeli filmmaker’s debut arrives in Cannes seven years after he won the Cinefondation prize for his short “Himnon.”

“Oka” (Souleymane Cisse).

The Mali-born director was previously at Cannes with 2009’s “Tell Me Who You Are”; he competed at the 1995 festival with “Waati.”

“Panama” (Pavle Vuckovic, Serbia).

Vuckovic’s debut feature is a thriller that, per the press materials, “depicts how digital communication, pornography and vanity obstruct true emotions and love.”

“A Tale of Love and Darkness” (Natalie Portman, Israel).

Portman’s debut is an adaptation of the bestselling autobiography by the Israeli writer Amos Oz, chronicling his years growing up in Jerusalem during the 1940s and ’50s. The actress-director herself plays the role of Oz’s mother.