Four Film4-backed films – Todd Haynes’ Carol, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth – have been invited into official selection at this year’s Cannes film festival.
All four films will have their World Premieres In Competition, a record number for Film4-backed films in Cannes.
David Kosse, Director of Film4, says: “It’s a very special year for us with four extraordinary films premiering In Competition at this year’s festival. Cannes is the perfect stage for such visionary work from these world-class directors.”
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, Carol stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in the throes of love in 1950s New York. It was developed by Film4 and is co-produced by Liz Karlsen and Stephen Woolley at Number 9 Films, and Christine Vachon at Killer Films. International sales handled by HanWay Films.
Yorgos Lanthimos returns to Cannes following his 2009 Prix Un Certain Regard win for Dogtooth with The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman and John C. Reilly. The Lobster is co-financed by Film4 and co-produced by Element Pictures, Scarlet Films and Limp. International sales handled by Protagonist Pictures.
Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, sees Justin Kurzel return to Cannes following his debut feature Snowtown which screened in Critics’ Week in 2011. Co-developed by Film4 and See-Saw Films, MACBETH is produced by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman at See-Saw Films, and Laura Hastings-Smith, and majority co-financed by STUDIOCANAL and Film4. International sales handled by STUDIOCANAL
Youth, starring Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda, will also screen in Competition, and will be Sorrentino’s sixth film to screen at Cannes. It is produced by Indigo Films, Number 9 Films are co-producers with Film4 co-financing. International sales are handled by Pathé International.
The Cannes Film Festival runs from 13th to 24th May. For more information, visit http://www.festival-cannes.com