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2016. 64th Edition
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Closing Night Film
Arrival
Denis Villeneuve
USA 
Not in competition
When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team - lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team - lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Elle
Paul Verhoeven
France 
Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game, a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game, a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

Florence Foster Jenkins
Stephen Frears
UK 
Set in 1940s New York, Florence Foster Jenkins is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her 'husband' and manager, St. Clair Bayfield, an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect...

Set in 1940s New York, Florence Foster Jenkins is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her 'husband' and manager, St. Clair Bayfield, an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall, St. Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge.

Frantz
François Ozon
France 
In a small German city after the 1st World War, Anna goes to the cemetery every day to mourn the loss of her boyfriend Frantz, who died while fighting in France. One day she meets Adrien, a young French boy who has come to put flowers on Frantz’s grave and whose presence in a country that has recently lost the war will inflame contradicting passions.

In a small German city after the 1st World War, Anna goes to the cemetery every day to mourn the loss of her boyfriend Frantz, who died while fighting in France. One day she meets Adrien, a young French boy who has come to put flowers on Frantz’s grave and whose presence in a country that has recently lost the war will inflame contradicting passions.

Fuocoammare / Fire at Sea
Gianfranco Rosi
Italy - France 
The island of Lampedusa is Italy’s southernmost point. Since 1990 it has become a place of mass disembarkation by illegal immigrants coming from Africa. In little more than 20 years, more than 20,000 people have drowned while making the crossing to what is for many a route of entry to Europe, and one which should allow them to escape from war and hunger. Samuele lives on the ...

The island of Lampedusa is Italy’s southernmost point. Since 1990 it has become a place of mass disembarkation by illegal immigrants coming from Africa. In little more than 20 years, more than 20,000 people have drowned while making the crossing to what is for many a route of entry to Europe, and one which should allow them to escape from war and hunger. Samuele lives on the island. He’s ten years old, goes to school and likes playing with his sling and hunting. He prefers games related to land, even if everyone around him talks about the sea and about the men, women and children who try to make their way over it to get there.

I, Daniel Blake
Ken Loach
UK - France - Belgium 
English joiner Daniel Blake (59) has heart problems, and for the first time ever he needs help from the State. Despite doctor’s orders not to work, the social services oblige him to find a job if he doesn’t want to be sanctioned. At one of his Job Centre appointments, Daniel meets Katie, a single mum with two children who’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless host...

English joiner Daniel Blake (59) has heart problems, and for the first time ever he needs help from the State. Despite doctor’s orders not to work, the social services oblige him to find a job if he doesn’t want to be sanctioned. At one of his Job Centre appointments, Daniel meets Katie, a single mum with two children who’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know some 300 miles away. Finding themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy in modern day Britain, Daniel and Katie will try to help one another.

L' économie du couple / After Love
Joachim Lafosse
France - Belgium 
After fifteen years together, Marie and Boris decide to separate. Marie is the owner of the house they live in with their two daughters, but Boris has completely renovated it. He can’t afford to get himself another place to stay, meaning that they must continue to live under the same roof. When all’s said and done, neither of the two are willing to give in.

After fifteen years together, Marie and Boris decide to separate. Marie is the owner of the house they live in with their two daughters, but Boris has completely renovated it. He can’t afford to get himself another place to stay, meaning that they must continue to live under the same roof. When all’s said and done, neither of the two are willing to give in.

L' Avenir / Things to Come
Mia Hansen-Løve
France 
Nathalie teaches Philosophy at a Parisian high school. She loves her work and enjoys thinking about things. Married and with two children, she splits her time between her family, former students and her mother, an enormously possessive woman. One day her husband announces that he’s leaving her for another woman. Nathalie will have to put all of her theories on freedom into pr...

Nathalie teaches Philosophy at a Parisian high school. She loves her work and enjoys thinking about things. Married and with two children, she splits her time between her family, former students and her mother, an enormously possessive woman. One day her husband announces that he’s leaving her for another woman. Nathalie will have to put all of her theories on freedom into practice and reinvent her life. 

La tortue rouge / The Red Turtle
Michael Dudok De Wit
France - Belgium 
A man marooned on a desert island tries desperately to escape, until one day he encounters a strange turtle that will change his life.

A man marooned on a desert island tries desperately to escape, until one day he encounters a strange turtle that will change his life.

Little Men
Ira Sachs
USA 
Summer in Brooklyn. Jake’s parents have recently moved into his grandfather’s house. Tony’s mum has been running the downstairs shop for years. The two boys, Jake and Tony, both 13, find that they have heaps of interests in common. 

Summer in Brooklyn. Jake’s parents have recently moved into his grandfather’s house. Tony’s mum has been running the downstairs shop for years. The two boys, Jake and Tony, both 13, find that they have heaps of interests in common. 

Ma vie de courgette / My Life as a Courgette
Claude Barras
Switzerland - France 
Courgette is an intriguing nickname for a 9-year-old boy. Although his unique story is surprisingly universal. After his mother's sudden death, Courgette is befriended by a kind police officer Raymond, who accompanies Courgette to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first Courgette struggles to find his place in this, at times, strange and hostile env...

Courgette is an intriguing nickname for a 9-year-old boy. Although his unique story is surprisingly universal. After his mother's sudden death, Courgette is befriended by a kind police officer Raymond, who accompanies Courgette to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first Courgette struggles to find his place in this, at times, strange and hostile environment. Yet with Raymond's help and his new found friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust, finds true love and at last a new family of his own.

Na mlijecnom putu / On the Milky Road
Emir Kusturica
UK - Serbia 
Spring in wartime. Each day a milkman crosses the frontline on a donkey, dodging bullets to bring his precious wares to the soldiers. Blessed with good fortune on his mission, loved by a beautiful villager, a peaceful future seems to await him... until the arrival of a mysterious Italian woman turns his life upside down. Thus begins a story of passionate, forbidden love, which ...

Spring in wartime. Each day a milkman crosses the frontline on a donkey, dodging bullets to bring his precious wares to the soldiers. Blessed with good fortune on his mission, loved by a beautiful villager, a peaceful future seems to await him... until the arrival of a mysterious Italian woman turns his life upside down. Thus begins a story of passionate, forbidden love, which will plunge them both into a series of fantastic and dangerous adventures. They have been joined by fate, and nothing and no one seems able to stop them...

Neruda
Pablo Larraín
Chile - France - Argentina - Spain 
It’s 1948 and the Cold War arrives in Chile. In the Congress, Senator Pablo Neruda accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party and is stripped of his parliamentary immunity by President González Videla. The prefect of Investigative Police Óscar Peluchonneau is instructed to arrest the poet.

It’s 1948 and the Cold War arrives in Chile. In the Congress, Senator Pablo Neruda accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party and is stripped of his parliamentary immunity by President González Videla. The prefect of Investigative Police Óscar Peluchonneau is instructed to arrest the poet.

Sieranevada
Cristi Puiu
Romania - France 
Three days after the Charlie Hebdo attack and forty days after his father’s death, Lary – aged 40, a doctor – goes to spend a Saturday with his family, gathered in memory of the dead man. But the event will not go as planned. Obliged to face up to his fears and to his past and forced to reconsider the position he holds within his family, Lary will have to tell his truth.&...

Three days after the Charlie Hebdo attack and forty days after his father’s death, Lary – aged 40, a doctor – goes to spend a Saturday with his family, gathered in memory of the dead man. But the event will not go as planned. Obliged to face up to his fears and to his past and forced to reconsider the position he holds within his family, Lary will have to tell his truth. 

Toni Erdmann
Maren Ade
Germany - Austria 
Ines works for a high-powered German corporation with its headquarters in Bucharest. Her life is perfectly organised until her father Winfried suddenly turns up and asks her an unexpected question: “Are you happy?” Incapable of answering him, her existence is thrown into upheaval by the presence of the father she feels a little ashamed of, but who will gradually help her to...

Ines works for a high-powered German corporation with its headquarters in Bucharest. Her life is perfectly organised until her father Winfried suddenly turns up and asks her an unexpected question: “Are you happy?” Incapable of answering him, her existence is thrown into upheaval by the presence of the father she feels a little ashamed of, but who will gradually help her to make new sense of her life thanks to an imaginary character: the entertaining Toni Erdmann. The film won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Festival 2016. 

Umi yorimo mada fukaku / After the Storm
Hirokazu Koreeda
Japan 
Ryota dwells on his past glory as a prize-winning author. After his divorce, he wastes all the money he makes on betting and can’t pay his son’s child support. An unexpected tornado will change the course of things. 

Ryota dwells on his past glory as a prize-winning author. After his divorce, he wastes all the money he makes on betting and can’t pay his son’s child support. An unexpected tornado will change the course of things. 

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