Cannes 2015: ICO Reports

Posted on May 29, 2015 by Duncan Carson

Categories: Festival Reports

Ingrid Bergman Cannes

The Independent Cinema Office had a VERY busy Cannes. If you’ve missed any of the coverage, check out the selection below.

Programmer reports

Our programmers covered a lot of ground during their time in Cannes. In these reports, you can get a strong sense of how the bigger competition films will play in UK exhibition, but also some great recommendations on which smaller titles could prove good additions to your programme.

    • In Selina‘s first report from Cannes she covers French delinquency drama Standing Tall, Japanese family drama Our Little Sister, Hollywood action smash Mad Max: Fury Road and French relationship drama In the Shadow of Women. In her second report, she covers some big and small titles including Turkey’s Mustang, Indie follow up Green Room, Hungary’s Son of Saul, prize-winning Mon RoiThe Lobster, Barbet Schroeder’s Amnesia and Paulina. Read it here.
    • Jemma covered a HUGE amount of ground in Cannes, with Competition titles and many more in the sidebars. In her first report she ticks off Son of Saul, Carol, Sicario and (out ofCompetition) Woody Allen’s Irrational Man. Read it here. In her second report she uncovers the conflicts in female representation in Cannes 2015, including reports on Krisha, Paulina, Nahid, The Anarchists, My Golden Days, Tangerine and My Skinny Sister. Read it here.
    • Jonny starts his time in Cannes with Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendour, Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea, Denis Villeuneuve’s Sicario and David Pablos’ The Chosen Ones. Read it here. His take on the laterselections in Cannes, include Ethiopia’s first festival title Lamb, MountainsMay Depart, The Here After and Palme D’Or winner Dheepan. Read it here.
    • Simon‘s first report from Cannes covers Romania’s Radu Muntean’s One Floor Below, Italy’s Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales and Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Our Little Sister.Read it here.

Team reports

There was plenty to talk about besides the films, and the rest of the ICO team has recommendations and reportage from the Croisette and beyond.

    • ICO Director Catharine reports on the Europa Cinema conference, giving us a taste of what’s happening across the continent, but also caught Journey to the Shore, Louder than Bombs, The Measure of a Man and Alias Maria. Read it here.
    • Marketing and Comms manager (and Cannes first-timer) Duncan gives his take on the Cannes experience, including tips on how to embrace your irrelevance and make the most of your time on the Croisette. Read it here.
    • Sarah, Operations Officer extraordinaire, runs down her viewing including Emily Blunt’s fine features in Sicario, Phillipine drama Taklub, SXSW smash Krisha, French/Algerian study Fatima and the latest from Jia Zhang-Ke Mountains May Depart. Read it here.
    • Nine years at Cannes, ICO Head of Operations Becky gives her tips on how to do the festival and verdict on The Sea of Trees, Mia Madre and Rams. Read her first report here. In her second half she catches up with a whirlwind of world cinema including The High Sun, Disorder from France, Dgrad from Palestine, Coin Locker Baby from South Korea and Mon Roi from France. Read it here.
    • Head of Training Hatice highlights two portrayals of women’slives – Fatima and Mustang – as her picks of Cannes 2015, against the backdrop of ‘heelgate’. Read it here.
    • Our FEDS trainee Emma had the chance to travel to Cannes this year in her role at Umedia International. Read her report here.


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