A rich and varied selection of Uk talent arrives in selection for Cannes this year. Here’s our round-out of the titles:
- Irish director Ruairi Robinson's ambitious debut the Sci-Fi thriller The Last Days on Mars, (pictured), produced by Michael Kuhn and Andrea Cornwell for Qwerty Films, will premiere in the Director's Fortnight. The Director's Fortnight will also host the World Premiere of The Selfish Giant, the highly anticipated second feature from acclaimed writer/director, Clio Barnard (The Arbor), produced by Tracy O'Riordan for Moonspun Films.
- Scottish writer/director Paul Wright's debut feature, For Those In Peril, produced by Mary Burke and Polly Stokes for Warp Films, will appear in Cannes' International Critics' Week.
- Stephen Frears’ Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight will feature as a Special Screening in Cannes. An HBO project about Ali's opposition to Vietnam, starring stars Christopher Plummer, Frank Langella, and Danny Glover,
- Jim Jarmusch’s vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive, starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston is in the competition line-up. The production is a UK-Germany-US horror-romance, produced out of the UK by Jeremy Thomas’ RPC.
- Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair's 'playfully absurd' travelogue documentary Swandown, A Fly Film production, produced by Lisa Marie Russo and Executive Produced by Kate Ogborn, will screen in France's Association for the Diffusion of Independent Cinema (ACID) section.
- Mark Cousins' feature documentary A Story of Children and Film is to have its World Premiere in the Cannes Classics section of this year's Cannes Film Festival. The film is the world's first global movie about kids in cinema; a passionate, poetic portrait about the adventures of childhood, as seen through movies. Produced by Adam Dawtrey and Mary Bell for BofA Productions
- Young British director Ana Caro, from the National Film and Television School, has a short film The Magnificent Lion Boy in the Cinéfondation section. The animated film includes characters voiced by Andy Serkis and Hugh Bonneville.
- Amit Kumar, (director of the BAFTA-winning short The Bypass) has his debut feature, cop thriller Monsoon Shootout, in a Midnight screening of the Cannes Film Festival. A co-production between the UK, India, Netherlands and France, UK producer Trevor Ingman’s Yaffle Films developed the project with the support from the UK Film Council.
- Bends, the first feature from 2009 London Film School graduate Flora Lau, from Hong Kong, has been selected to play in Official Selection at in Un Certain Regard.