The ACID Program in the Cannes Film Festival

The ACID programm at the Cannes International Film Festival was created in 1993. Films are chosen by fifteen or so filmmakers, members of ACID. It presents nine feature films, fiction and documentary, chosen among hundreds of works from all around the world.

This programme rests on the filmmakers’ wish to give visibility to directors whose work is scarcely distributed, in order to facilitate a theatrical release.

The screenings, opened to the public and professionals are all followed by Q&As with the films’ crews and ACID filmmakers.

The films shown in Cannes are then accompanied by ACID and its filmmakers in the various stages of the theatrical release (search for distributors / promotion / programming / organization of the Q&A’s / audience research).

ACID Cannes 2017 programme rerun will take place on september 15th-17th at the Louxor in Paris, from september 22nd to 24th at the Comoedia in Lyon and in over fifteen venues in the Ile-de-France region in september-october.

Among authors whose first features were programmed in ACID Cannes are : Lucas Belvaux, Serge Bozon, Djinn Carrénard, Vincent Dieutre, Rachid Djaïdani, Benoit Forgeard, Alain Gomis, Arnaud et Jean-Marie Larrieu, Hicham Lasri, Ursula Meier, Avi Mograbi, Yolande Moreau et Gilles Porte, Nathan Nicholovitch, Ioanis Nuguet, Nicolás Pereda, Pierre Schoeller, Claire Simon, Justine Triet…

For any further information, please contact Mr Amaury Augé, Head of Festivals amaury


Claudine Bories
LM - Les règles du jeu
LM - Les Arrivants
LM - Les femmes des douze frontières
LM - Monsieur contre Madame

Ludovic Boukherma
LM - Willy 1er
CM - Perrault, La Fontaine, Mon Cul !
CM - Ich Bin Ein Tata

Zoran Boukherma
LM - Willy 1er
CM - Perrault, La Fontaine, Mon Cul !
CM - Ich Bin Ein Tata

Patrice Chagnard
LM - Les règles du jeu
LM - Les Arrivants
LM - Dans un camion rouge
MM - Impression, Musée d’Alger
LM - Le Convoi

Wissam Charaf
LM - Tombé du ciel
CM - Après
LM - It’s all in Lebanon
CM - L’armée des fourmis
CM - Un héros ne meurt jamais
CM - Hizz Ya Wizz

Patric Chiha
LM - Brothers of the night
LM - Boys like us
LM - Domaine
CM - Home
CM - Les Messieurs
CM - Casa Ugalde

Philippe Fernandez
LM - Cosmodrama
LM - Léger tremblement du paysage
CM - Perspectives atmosphériques
CM - Connaissance du monde
CM - Réflexion
CM - Conte philosophique

Marielle Gautier
LM - Willy 1er
CM - Ich Bin Ein Tata

Jean-Baptiste Germain
LM - Lac Noir
LM - Le Cinéma français se porte bien
CM - Le chant du coquelicot
CM - Dahomey
CM - L’homme de fer, mémoires d’idéaux
LM - Au pays d’Orphée, faut-il se retourner ?

Jean-Louis Gonnet
MM - Ados des champs
MM - Le voyage en Afrique du sud
MM - Stigmates
CM - Comme un seul homme
CM - Histoires de poison



Pour le réconfort / Vincent Macaigne
1st feature, world premiere

France | 2017 | 1h30 | Fiction

Distribution : UFO Distribution
Production : CG Cinema , Les Canards Sauvages

With Emmanuel Matte, Pascal Rénéric, Laure Calamy, Pauline Lorillard, Joséphine de Meaux, Laurent Papot

After many years spent travelling, Pascal and Pauline return on their parents’ lands.
Manu, Pascal’s childhood friend, takes advantage of the fact they haven’t paid back the bank drafts they took out for their lands to purchase them for next to nothing, in order to build up retirement homes there. To Manu’s dismay, the war will not take place…


ACID opens up a new programme in Cannes, given to a foreign independent filmmakers’ organization involved in film distribution and working with audiences.

Serbian filmmakers association Bande à part, which curates Auteur Film Festival in Belgrade, inaugurates this carte blanche of three screening sessions on may 19, 20 and 21.

REQUIEM FOR Ms J. / Bojan Vuletić
2nd feature, world premiere

Serbia, Bulgaria, Macédonia, France, Russia | 2017 | 1h33 | Fiction

Although life may be complicated, death is much more so…

HUMIDITY / Nikola Ljuca
1st feature, french premiere

Serbia, Netherlands, Greece | 2016 | 1h53 | Fiction

The wife of a successful man has disappeared after an ordinary morning. Maybe she is just the first of the collapsed dominoes.


DOS PATRIAS / Kosta Ristić
Serbia, Cuba | 2017 | 4 min. | Ciné-poème

TRANSITION / Milica Tomović
Serbia | 2016 | 22 min. | Fiction

SORTIE DE SECOURS / Vladimir Tagić
Serbia | 2015 | 15 min. | Fiction

A HANDFUL OF STONES / Stefan Ivancić
Serbia | 2017 | 15 min. | Fiction

Serbia | 2015 | 16 min. | Fiction


L’ASSEMBLÉE / Mariana Otero
4th feature, world premiere

France | 2017 | 1h36 | Documentary

Production : Buddy Movies, Archipel 35

Last year, citizens gathered together in Paris on Place de la République to fight against a reform project of the labor code and the « El Khomri » law . This movement quickly became an occasion to invent another way of doing politics. This is the birth of « Nuit Debout ».

AVANT LA FIN DE L’ÉTÉ / Maryam Goormaghtigh
first feature, world premiere

France, Switzerland | 2017 | 1h20 | Documentary

Production : 4 A 4 Productions, Intermezzo Films

After spending five years as a student in Paris, Arash, having not become accustomed to life in France, has decided to return to Iran. With the secret hope of changing his mind, his two friends Hossein and Nima convince him to go with them on a last trip through France.

BELINDA / Marie Dumora
4th feature, french premiere

France | 2017 | 1h47 | Documentary

Production : Gloria Films
Co-Production : Les Films d’Ici, Quark Productions, Digital District
Sales : B for Films

Belinda is 9. She loves snow, ice to slide on, and more than anything her sister with whom she lives in a home. They are parted.
Belinda is 15. Not the type to work in a shoe shop. In mechanics at a pinch.
Belinda is 23. She loves Thierry, his blue eyes and his accent from the Vosges mountains. She wants to marry him so they’ll never be apart. But...

2nd feature, world premiere

France | 2017 | 1h17 | Fiction

Production : Bathysphère Productions

With Laurent Poitrenaux, Camille Chamoux, Marilyne Canto, Alma Jodorowski, Michèle Moretti, François Chattot, Frank Williams...

Bruno has published his first novel in 1996.
Back then the press wrote : « There is a before and after Le ciel étoilé au-dessus de ma tête ».
20 years later, Bruno is 50. He is single, without kids and his roomate is a Femen. He wakes up at 2pm and spends most his days in his underwear looking for inspiration. For him everything’s fine but his relatives are getting worried…

COBY / Christian Sonderegger
1st feature, world premiere

France | 2017 | 1h17 | Documentary

Production : Ciaofilm, Willow Film

Small town smack in the American Midwest. Suzanna age 23 changes gender and becomes a boy : Coby. Her transformation deeply disrupts the lives of all who love her. Ultimately, Coby’s chrysalis becomes the one of a whole family compelled to modify their own perspective.


KISS AND CRY / Lila Pinell , Chloé Mahieu
1st feature, world premiere

France | 2017 | 1h16 | Fiction

Production : Ecce Films I Sales : Ecce Films

With : Sarah Bramms, Xavier Dias, Dinara Droukarova, Carla-Marie Santerre, Aurélie Faula

Sarah, 15 years old, returns to figure skating and high level competition at the Colmar club. Confronted with the rivalry between the girls and the harsh words of the trainer, her body is put through its paces by the ice while her adolescent desires turn her attention away from her sporting ambitions.

LAST LAUGH / Zhang Tao
1st feature, world premiere

Hong Kong, France | 2017 | 1h22 | Fiction

Production : House on Fire, Butong Pictures, Tender Madness Productions

With Yu Fengyuan, Li Fengyun, Chen Shilan

In a Shandong village, an old peasant woman falls. Immediately, her children take advantage of it to declare her disabled, in order to sign up her in a nursing home. Waiting for a bed to be released, the old mother is brought to each of her children’s home, no one willing to keep her.

SANS ADIEU / Christophe Agou
1st feature, world premiere

France | 2017 | 1h39 | Documentary

Production : Les Enragés

In her farm in the Forez mountains, France, 75-year-old Claudette is fighting for her dignity facing a society who couldn’t care less about her. She has trouble accepting its consumerist evolution. The modern world gradually takes away her land and her neighbour’s. Like her, Jean, Christiane, Jean-Clément, Raymond, Mathilde and the others can’t get themselves to see their goods and their lives taken away.

1st feature, world premiere

Israel, Poland | 2017 | 1h28 | Fiction

Production : Green Productions, Film Produkcja
Sales : New Europe Film Sales

With Ami Smolarchik, Jacob Cohen, Keren Berger, Asher Lax, Ami Smolarchik, Jacob Cohen, Keren Berger

17-year-old Asher is split between his charismatic teacher and his brash father, who wants him to take over his scaffolding business.


From May 18th to 27th

For the association’s 25th anniversary, ACID filmmakers will be delighted to present in Cannes a programme of 9 feature films, a special screening and a carte blanche to the serbian filmmakers’ organisation Bande à part called ACID TRIP #1.

12 feature films including 8 first films, 7 fictions and 5 documentaries will be screened and presented by filmmakers and film teams. A programme of serbian short films will complete this edition.

ACID filmmakers who programmed this edition : Claudine Bories, Ludovic Boukherma, Zoran Boukherma, Patrice Chagnard, Wissam Charaf, Patric Chiha, Philippe Fernandez, Marielle Gautier, Jean-Baptiste Germain, Jean-Louis Gonnet, Ioanis Nuguet, Kathy Sebbah, Idir Serghine

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