The ACID Programme 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, formerly programmed in Cannes or whose films were supported during the year. It screens nine feature films, fiction and documentary, chosen among hundreds of works from all around the world.
ACID filmmakers follow their love for a film and wish to give visibility to directors whose work is scarcely distributed, in order to facilitate a theatrical release.
Among authors discovered in ACID Cannes are Lucas Belvaux, Sébastien Betbeder, Serge Bozon, Djinn Carrénard, Vincent Dieutre, Rachid Djaïdani, Alain Gomis, Arnaud et Jean-Marie Larrieu, Hicham Lasri, Ursula Meier, Avi Mograbi, Yolande Moreau et Gilles Porte, Ioanis Nuguet, Nicolás Pereda, Pierre Schoeller, Claire Simon, Justine Triet…

ACID’s Cannes programme is a long-awaited meeting for distributors, film programmers and international festivals. It allows them to see films and for ACID to rely on the programmers’ feedback to prepare the releases.
The screenings, in the presence of ACID filmmakers and the films’ crews, are also open to the public and to high school students of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.
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 2016 programme’s rerun will take place at he end of september at the Louxor in Paris, from october 2nd to 4th at the Comoedia in Lyon and in over fifteen venues in the Ile-de-France region in september-october.

ACID unveils its Cannes Selection

May 12th -21st

The ACID 2016 programme is based on eclecticism, in the image of the 14 filmmakers who chose the films. The nine feature films that have been selected are witnesses of the rustling of the world, thanks to a joyful diversity of approaches, productions, narrations and genres. Deadpan comedies, incredible destinies, paranoid anti-heroes, the films shatter the borders and make us step aside.

A major pattern is found in the composition of the programme : the singularity of the characters who cast off embedded stereotypes, be they the delicates, the dissimilars, the melancholics, the loners, and the eccentrics who have been given wise words, immutable will, fertile imagination, refreshing humor…

Faithful to its founding principles, ACID encourages emerging authors. This year, it features movies directed by Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma, Marielle Gautier, Hugo P. Thomas, Wissam Charaf, Sébastien Laudenbach and Jero Yun. But ACID also continues to support filmmakers that have already been programmed in the past, following their evolution or the renewal of their cinema, with directors such as Olivier Babinet, Sébastien Betbeder, Fabianny Deschamps, Emmanuel Parraud or Damien Manivel (whose short film « La Dame au Chien » was screened by ACID in Cannes in 2010)

As every year, these films have been picked out by other filmmakers, among which several directors of films screened in ACID Cannes 2015. It truly is a unique network, from where ACID draws all of its energy.

We’ll be happy to welcome you back in Cannes for this very exciting new edition !

About the movies

HEAVEN SENT by Wissam Charaf
World premiere, 2nd feature

France | 2016 | 1h10 | Fiction
Production : Aurora Films

With Rodrigue Sleiman, Raed Yassin, Said Serhan, George Melki, Yumna Marwan

After 20 years apart, Samir a former militiaman who was presumed dead, reappears in the life of Omar, his little brother who has become a bodyguard in Beirut. Between drama and comedy, Samir has to come to terms with a country he no longer recognizes.


ISOLA by Fabianny Deschamps
World premiere, 2nd feature

France | 2016 | 1h33 | Fiction

Production : Paraiso Production / Pomme Hurlante Films / Audimage

With Yiling Yang, Yassine Fadel, Enrico Roccaforte

On an island lost between two worlds, Dai, a young Chinese woman, survives alone in a cave, waiting for the baby that swells her womb. Selling her body on the harbours which flurry with migrants, she searches for the man she loves and awaits : her husband. One night her wish is to be fulfilled.


MRS B, A NORTH KOREAN WOMAN by Jero Yun
International premiere, 2nd feature

France, South Korea | 2015 | 1h11 | Documentary

Production : Zorba Production (France) / Su:m (South Korea)

While illegally leaving North Korea, Mrs. B. is sold by her smugglers to a Chinese farmer. She becomes a smuggler and engages in a struggle to reunite with her sons. But the Intelligence Service gets involved…


SAC LA MORT by Emmanuel Parraud
2nd feature

France | 2016 | 1h18 | Fiction

Production : A vif cinémas / Spectre Productions

With Patrique Planesse, Charles-Henri Lamonge, Martine Talbot, Nagibe Chader...

In today’s Reunion, Patrice must avenge the death of his brother, who has been brutally murdered. But does he have the strength for it, as he has just lost his home ?


SWAGGER by Olivier Babinet
World premiere, 2nd feature

France | 2016 | Documentary | 1h24
Production : Kidam, Faro

With Aïssatou Dia, Mariyama Diallo, Abou Fofana, Nazario Giordano, Astan Gonle, Salimata Gonle, Naïla Hanafi, Aaron N’Kiambi, Régis Marvin Merveille N’Kissi Moggzi, Paul Turgot, Elvis Zannou

A documentary teen-movie, Swagger carries us in the midst of the astonishing minds of eleven teenagers growing up in one of the most underprivileged neighbourhood in France.
Despite their life difficulties, Aulnay and Sevran’s kids have dreams and ambitions. And no one will take that from them !


THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS by Sébastien Laudenbach
World premiere, 1st feature

France | 2016 | 1h16 | Fiction, Animation

Production : Les Films Sauvages
Distributor : Shellac

With voices of : Anaïs Demoustier, Jérémie Elkaïm, Philippe Laudenbach, Olivier Broche, Françoise Lebrun, Sacha Bourdo, Elina Löwensohn


In hard times, a miller sells his daughter to the devil. Protected by her purity, she escapes but is deprived of her hands. Walking away from her family, she encounters the goddess of water, a gentle gardener and the prince in his castle. A long journey towards the light…


THE JOURNEY TO GREENLAND by Sébastien Betbeder
World premiere

France | 2016 | 1h38 | Fiction

Production : Envie de Tempête Productions / UFO / Bobi Lux
Distributor : UFO Distribution

With Thomas Blanchard, Thomas Scimeca, François Chattot, Ole Eliassen, Adam Eskildsen, Benedikte Eliassen, Mathias Petersen, Judith Henry, Martin Jensen

Thomas and Thomas are going through a rough patch : they are both thirty something actors living in Paris... They randomly decide to leave the city and fly away to Kullorsuaq, one of the most remote villages of Greenland, where Thomas’ father Nathan lives. Among the Inuit community, they will discover the charms of the local customs and find the limits of their friendship.


THE PARK by Damien Manivel
World Premiere, 2nd feature

France | 2016 | 1h11 | Fiction

Production : MLD Films / Shellac Sud
Distributor : Shellac

With Naomie Vogt-Roby, Maxime Bachellerie, Sessouma Sobere

Summer time. A teenage boy and girl have their first date in a park. Hesitant and shy at first, they soon discover each other, get closer as they wander, and end up falling in love. But as the sun goes down, it is time to part... And a dark night begins.


WILLY I
by Zoran Boukherma, Ludovic Boukherma, Marielle Gautier and Hugo P. Thomas
World premiere, 1st feature

France | 2016 | Fiction | 1h22

Production : Baxter Films / Les Films Velvet

With Daniel Vannet, Noémie Lvovsky, Romain Léger, Eric Jacquet, Alexandre Jacques, Robert Follet, Geneviève Plet

When his twin brother dies, Willy, 50, finally decides to leave his parents’ home. He moves to a small nearby town to start afresh. « In Caudebec I’ll live. An apartment, I’ll have one. And friends too. And you can all go to hell ! » Though a misfit, Willy tries to find his place in a world unknown.

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