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Cannes 2015: The Lobster competes for the Palme d΄Or
28 April 2015
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The 68th Cannes Film Festival (May 13 to 24) is drawing closer and audiences and media around the world have already started commenting the selections and predicting the winners, many of them even "booking" the right spots for a photo at the red carpet.

The Competition program for the Palme d΄Or includes 19 titles, featuring filmmakers such as Gus Van Sant, Matteo Garrone, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Jacques Audiard, Paolo Sorrentino, Denis Villenueve and, of course, Yorgos Lanthimos. The Greek director΄s fifth feature film, The Lobster (Greece/UK/Ireland/Netherlands/France, 2015), is much anticipated, comes with a top-cast and a strange (love)story to tell. 

The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos

The 2015 Competition Jury will be presided by the Coen Brothers and comprised of actresses Rossy De Palma, Sophie Marceau and Sienna Miller, filmmakers Guillermo Del Toro and Xavier Dolan, composer Rokia Traore and actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

Un Certain Regard, the festival΄s second most important competition section also features 19 titles. Three of those films are Balkan co-productions from already established in the International circuit, directors:

The High Sun by Dalibor Matanic, Croatia/Serbia/Slovenia, 2015

One Floor Below by Radu Muntean, France/Romania/Germany/Sweden, 2015 

The Treasure by Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania/France, 2015

Matanic΄s and Porumboiu΄s films are supported by the Eurimages fund, as it is Lanthimos΄ film at the Competition section.

The High Sun by Dalibor Matanic

The debut feature film of Serbian filmmaker Pavle Vuckovic, Panama (Serbia, 2015) will be screened at the Special Screenings programme, while, the 47th annual Directors΄ Fortnight, "full of surprises, myths, legends and serendipity" according to artistic director Edouard Waintrop, will present the debut feature film of Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Mustang (Turkey/France/Germany, 2015).

Cannes 2015 will present another three (unfinished) co-productions, this time at the Cinéfondation΄s L΄Atelier programme, where 15 directors and their producers whose projects have been considered particularly promising, meet potential partners in order to gain access to international financing and speed up the production process. The projects are: Borders by Ionut Piturescu (Romania/Denmark), Hilal, Feza and other Planets by Kutlug Ataman (Turkey/Germany) and Pari by Siamak Etemadi (Greece/France).

Sources: Cannes Film Festival official website, Directors΄ Fortnight official website
  The Lobster
  The High Sun
  One Floor Below
  The Treasure
  Dalibor Matanic
  Radu Muntean
  Corneliu Porumboiu
  Yorgos Lanthimos
  Kutlug Ataman
  Siamak Etemadi
  Pavle Vuckovic
  Deniz Gamze Erguven
  Festival de Cannes
  Cannes Film Festival nominations for 2012
  Balkan Success at Cannes 2012
  Two Balkan Films at Cannes Film Festival 2014
  67th Festival de Cannes: The Awards
  Cannes 2015: Lanthimos gets Jury Prize, Matanic and Porumboiu awarded at Un Certain Regard
  Cannes Film Festival official website
  Directors Fortnight official website
  Cannes Film Festival on Twitter
  Cannes Film Festival on Facebook
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