The following titles at this year’s Cannes Film Festival:
THE NATURAL HISTORY OF DESTRUCTION by Sergei Loznitsa (Official Selection – Special Screening)
The new documentary from the director of DONBASS, MY JOY, BABI YAR. CONTEXT & MAIDAN Inspired by W.G. Sebald’s book and based on WWII archive footage, the film puts forward the question: is it morally acceptable to use civilian population as a means of war? Is it possible to justify mass destruction for the sake of higher “moral” ideals? The question remains as relevant today, as it was 80 years ago, and its urgency is tragically manifested in the current political events.
THE WOODCUTTER STORY by Mikko Myllylahti (Critics’ Week)
The directorial debut from the writer of THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI Pepe is a woodcutter in an idyllic small town in Finland. In the span of a couple of days, a series of tragic events gradually destroys his quiet and happy life – but Pepe seems to be fine with it all. As if he held a secret to existence that is hard to grasp.
GODLAND by Hlynur Pálmason (Un Certain Regard)
From the acclaimed writer/director of A WHITE, WHITE DAY and WINTER BROTHERS In the late 19th century, a young Danish priest travels to a remote part of Iceland to build a church and photograph its people. But the deeper he goes into the unforgiving landscape, the more he strays from his purpose, the mission and morality.
SICK OF MYSELF by Kristoffer Borgli (Un Certain Regard)
The new anti rom-com from the producers of THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD
Signe and Thomas are in an unhealthy, competitive relationship that takes a vicious turn when Thomas suddenly breaks through as a contemporary artist. In response, Signe makes a desperate attempt to regain her status by creating a new persona hell-bent on attracting attention and sympathy.