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May 22, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: LES MISÉRABLES —LADJ LY

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"Stéphane has recently joined the Anti-Crime Brigade in Montfermeil, in the Paris suburbs. Alongside his new colleagues Chris and Gwada – both experienced members of the team – he quickly discovers tensions running high between neighborhood gangs.

When they find themselves overrun during the course of an arrest, a drone captures their every movement, their every action… Inspired by the riots of 2005, César nominee and Kourtrajmé collective member Ladj Ly explores contemporary Montfermeil, the same place where Victor Hugo chose to set “Les Misérables” in 1862. More than 150 years later, the similarities between today’s angry, hoodie-wearing youth and Gavroche are only too clear."

LADJ LY

Ladj Ly's debut narrative feature makes a splash at Cannes by having his debut feature included in the Competition for the Palme d'Or. Festival buzz says Ly's impressive film could take the Palme. The Parisian Ly has worked as an actor and documentary filmmaker, and is notably one of the founding members of the Kourtrajamé artists collective that includes a free film school open to students over 18. Ladj Ly seems to be on the verge of rich career as an auteur.

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May 16, 2019

OUTSIDE CANNES 2019: CHARLIE SAYS — MARY HARRON

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British actor Matt Smith plays cult leader Charles Manson in director Mary Harron's biographical drama. Harron credits Quentin Tarantino's Cannes premiere-screening "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood" for getting her film made. "Charlie Says" opens in limited engagements this week (May 16). Check it out and pretend that it's opening in Cannes. This movie fits the bill.

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May 14, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: LITIGANTE —FRANCO LOLLI

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"A single mother balances taking care of her mother during her fight with cancer while dealing with a corruption scandal at work."

"Litigante" opens the Semaine de la Critique (Critics' Week).

Franco Lolli

"Colombian director, screenwriter and producer, Franco Lolli graduated from the prestigious cinema school of La Fémis in France, before making short films like Como todo el mundo (Grand Jury Prize, Clermont-Ferrand 2007) and Rodri(selected at Directors' Fortnight, Cannes 2012). His first feature, Gente de bien, was presented at La Semaine de la Critique in 2014, before being selected in more than seventy international festivals. His second feature film Litigante will open the 58th Semaine de la Critique."

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