ACID Program in the Cannes Film Festival

ACID has had its own programme at the Cannes International Film Festival since 1993. It screens nine feature films, fiction and documentary, chosen by ACID filmmakers 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.

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).

Among authors discovered in ACID Cannes are : Lucas Belvaux, Serge Bozon, Djinn Carrénard, Vincent Dieutre, Rachid Djaïdani, Alain Gomis, Arnaud et Jean-Marie Larrieu, Ursula Meier, Avi Mograbi, Yolande Moreau & Gilles Porte, Nicolás Pereda, Pierre Schoeller, Claire Simon…

ACID Cannes 2013 programme rerun will take place on September 27th-29th at the Nouveau Latina in Paris, and in over thirty venues in the Ile-de-France and other French regions.


2 AUTUMNS 3 WINTERS by Sébastien Betbeder
France, 2013, fiction,1h30
*World Premiere

At 33, Arman has decided to change his life. He starts by running. It’s a good start. Amélie carries on with her life. She runs, as well. The first encounter is a shock. The second is a stab in the heart.

France, 2013, documentary, 1h37
*World Premiere

Paris, at night. This is where Jeni, Wenceslas, Christine, Pascal and the others live. Homeless, they haunt the streets and bridges, and corridors of the metro ; on the edge of a world where society no longer offers protection. They face us and they talk.

AGE OF PANIC by Justine Triet
France, 2013, fiction, 1h30
*First Feature /*World Premiere

May 6, 2012 : Cable news reporter Laetitia is covering the French presidential elections, while Vincent, her ex-husband, demands to see his two young daughters. It’s a manic Sunday in Paris : two agitated girls, a frazzled babysitter, a needy new boyfriend, a grumpy lawyer and France cut in half !

BRADDOCK AMERICA by Jean-Loïc Portron et Gabriella Kessler
France, 2013, documentary, 1h43
*First Feature /*World Premiere

The film focuses on Braddock. This town has been the home to key events that have greatly shaped American history, from a key battle that lead to the American Revolutioin to the creation of the nation’s first steel mill. Today, it is struggling to reinvent itself and stay relevant.

THEY ARE THE DOGS… by Hicham Lasri
Maroc, 2013, fiction, 1h25
*World Premiere

Majhoul is a political prisoner, imprisoned in 1981 during the riots in Morocco. He is released in 2011 in the midst of the Arab Spring. A TV crew doing a report on the social movements in Morocco decides to follow Majhoul in the quest of hist past…

O HAPPY DAYS ! by Dominique Cabrera
France, 2013, documentary, 1h32

Ten years ago my brother Bernard got married for the second time. We all came to the wedding in Boston, where he lives. It felt as if we were four little children again with our mom and dad. I had brought along a small camera, which I began to use to film our family. I’ve continued to this day…

Germany, 2013, fiction, 1h12
*First Feature /*French Premiere

Siblings Karin and Simon are visiting their parents and their little sister Clara. That evening, other relatives will be joining them for dinner. This sequence of seemingly unspectacular family scenes in a Berlin flat creates a wondrous world and an exciting choreography of the everyday.

SWANDOWN by Andrew Kötting
England, 2013, documentary, 1h34

Swandown is a travelogue and an odyssey – as two men and a plastic swan travel the waterways of South-East England. They met all sorts en route, from the hoi polloi to the hoity toity, from the very old to the very young, with the pedalo acting as catalyst and magnet.

France/Afghanistan, 2013, Fiction, 1h25
*Second Feature /*French Premiere

A young man in Kaboul, Mustafa, charms a pretty student named Wajma. The pair begins a clandestine relationship—they’re playful and passionate but ever mindful of the societal rules they are breaking...

See you in Cannes from 16th to 25th may 2013 !

Screening Schedule

All screenings in LES ARCADES and STUDIO 13 are introduced by directors and followed by Q&As.

Thursday may 16th WAJMA by Barmak Akram – LES ARCADES – 8 p.m

Friday may 17th BRADDOCK AMERICA by Jean-Loïc Portron et Gabriella Kessler – STUDIO 13 11 a.m – LES ARCADES – 8 p.m

Saturday may 18th 2 AUTOMNS 3 WINTERS by Sébastien Betbeder – STUDIO 13 - 11 a.m – LES ARCADES – 8 p.m

Sunday may 19th THEY ARE DOGS by Hicham Lasri– STUDIO 13 - 11 a.m – LES ARCADES – 8 p.m

Monday may 20th AGE OF PANIC by Justine Triet – STUDIO 13 - 11 a.m – LES ARCADES – 8 p.m

Tuesday may 21th THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Claus Drexel– STUDIO 13 - 11 a.m – LES ARCADES – 8 p.m

Wednesday may 22th SWANDOWN by Andrew Kötting– STUDIO 13 - 11 a.m – LES ARCADES – 8 p.m

Thursday may 23rd THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT de Ramon Zürcher– STUDIO 13 - 11 a.m – LES ARCADES – 8 p.m

Friday may 24th Ô HEUREUX JOURS ! By Dominique Cabrera– STUDIO 13 - 11 a.m – LES ARCADES – 8 p.m

Saturday may 25th WAJMA by Barmak Akram – STUDIO 13 - 11 a.m

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