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WELCOME HOME, HAYABUSA <3D> (Japan) Shochiku, 123mins. Dir: Katsuhide Motoki. Key cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Anne, Tomokazu Miura. Kento Ohashi, a space engineer, Naoko Nomura, a space scientist and countless people challenge the epic voyage of Hayabusa. CinemaxX 9

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BLIND ALLEY (Spain) DeAPlaneta, 76mins. Dir: Antonio Trashorras. Key cast: Ana de Armas, Diego Cadavid, Leonor Varela. In a tiny launderette hidden down an alleyway, Rosa finds herself trapped, completely isolated and unable to escape the nightmarish situation of being attacked by a serial killer. CinemaxX 3

EPILOGUE (Belgium) Cinephil, 90mins. Dir: Manno Lanssens. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Neel decides to orchestrate her own death. A unique and extraordinary insight into her final months and her family’s heartbreaking acceptance and love. Marriott 3

WRONG (France) Kinology, 94mins. Dir: Quentin Dupieux. Key cast: Jack Plotnick, Eric Judor, Alexis Dziena. Dolph Springer wakes up one morning to realise he has lost the love of his life, his dog, Paul. In his journey to find Paul, Dolph may lose something even more vital – his mind. CineStar 7


ABOUT FACE.THE SUPERMODELS, THEN AND NOW (US) Films Transit International, 75mins. Dir: Timothy Greenfield- Sanders. Top models, whose images have defined our

Director Dany Chiasson’s personal journey breathes new life into the myth of Joan of Arc. Chiasson travels by horseback across France, retracing the medieval icon’s first 11-day ride over enemy land to meet the uncrowned King. Parliament


WINNING STREAK (Spain) Film Factory Entertainment, 101mins. Dir: Eduard Cortes. Key cast: Daniel Bruhl, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Lluis Homar. Astonishing story of a

sense of beauty over the past five decades, reveal the stories behind the magazine covers, their ideas on longevity and the philosophy of life in the fashion industry. CinemaxX Studio 16

DARK IMPULSE (Spain) 6 Sales, 95mins. Dir: Mariano Barroso. Key cast: Leonor Watling, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Adriana Ugarte. Eva is assigned to the investigation of a stripper’s murder. A handsome gigolo, the boyfriend of the dead stripper, offers himself to be the primary witness of her case. Eva will let go and give in to her primary sexual impulses. CinemaxX Studio 14

DEAD IN FRANCE (UK) Delacheroy Films, 88mins. Dir: Kris McManus. Key cast: Kate Loustau, Darren Bransford, Celia Muir. Hitman Charles hits Cannes looking for a yacht and a wife – with no experience of either. Essex-girl cleaner Lisa,

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group of young down- and-outs who are presented with a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity to change their luck and set off on the adventure of their lives. Marriott 1

her punk boyfriend Denny, two Brit con- men and foul-mouthed hitwoman Clancy soon change Charles’ retirement plans. Marriott 2

FRENCH KISS (Canada) Delphis Films, 85mins. Dir: Sylvain Archambault. Key cast: Claude Legault, Celine Bonnier, Didier Lucien. How long can romance last when it is based on a lie? When Fred meets Juliette, he lets her believe he’s an old classmate. As time goes by, Fred is falling for Juliette and he’s scared to let her in on his little secret. CinemaxX Studio 18

THEMAGIC OF HOPE (Spain) EastWest Filmdistribution, 85mins. Dir: Paco Torres. Key cast: Patricia Garcia Mendez, Miriam Garcia, Juan Motilla. A mother’s love can heal anything. CinemaxX Studio 11

TEDDY BEAR (Denmark) Visit Films,

93mins. Dir: Mads Matthiesen. Key cast: Kim Kold, Elsebeth Steentoft, Lamiaporn Sangmanee Hougaard. After failing to find love in Denmark, a painfully shy bodybuilder sets off for Thailand in search of a bride and to escape from his overbearing mother. CinemaxX Studio 12

UNION SQUARE (US) Double Dutch International, 81mins. Dir: Nancy Savoca. Key cast: Mira Sorvino, Tammy Blanchard, Mike Doyle. A reluctant reunion of estranged sisters. One on the verge of marriage, the other on the verge of a nervous breakdown; both hiding truths from each other – and themselves. Cubix 3

WETLANDS (Canada) Fortissimo Films, 111mins. Dir: Guy Edoin. Key cast: Pascale Bussieres, Luc Picard, Francois Papineau. On a dairy farm in the middle of a drought, a drama will disrupt the life of the Santerre family. Confronted by each other, they will have to learn to forgive. CinemaxX 2

WINTER NOMADS (Switzerland) Forum Office, 90mins. Dir: Manuel von Sturler.

Together with three donkeys, four dogs and a flock of 1,000 sheep, Pascale and Carole spend three chilly months journeying through the Swiss countryside. CinemaxX 6


RETURN (US) Rezo, 97mins. Dir: Liza Johnson. Key cast: Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon. Back from a tour of duty, Kelli can’t wait to rejoin her old life in the Rust Belt town in which she’s always lived. But slowly, her world comes to feel unfamiliar. Cubix 2

TRAP FOR CINDERELLA (UK) Ealing Metro International, 100mins. Dir: Iain Softley. Key cast: Tuppence Middleton, Alexandra Roach, Kerry Fox. At a house ravaged by fire, two women are trapped inside – one rich and the other poor. Only one of them survives, burnt beyond recognition and in a state of amnesia. Who is she, the heiress or her penniless friend? Cubix 4


MY JOAN OF ARC (Canada) ID Communications, 78mins. Dir: Dany Chiasson. Key cast: Dany Chiasson.

THE AMBASSADOR (Denmark, Sweden, Belgium) TrustNordisk 93mins. Dir: Mads Brugger. A strange and enigmatic white diplomat arrives in central Africa. Officially he is there to start a factory that produces matches. Unofficially he is really there to gain access to vast reserves of diamonds. CineStar 2


EX 2: STILL FRIENDS? (Italy) Rai Trade, 98mins. Dir: Carlo Vanzina. Key cast: Alessandro Gassman, Enrico Brignano, Tosca D’Aquino. An ironic portrait of the sentimental history, or perhaps of the sentimental geography of our times. The film is dedicated to the boundless army of ‘exes’. For whom there is always a second chance. CinemaxX 4

KING CURLING (Norway) Films, Boutique, 75mins. Dir: Ole Endresen. Key cast: Atle Antonsen, Linn Skaber, Kare Conradi. Once a great curling star, Truls Paulsen is diagnosed with obsessive- compulsive disorder and banned from competing. When he learns that his coach Gordon is on his deathbed, Truls decides to compete again to save his friendis life. Kino Arsenal 1


AMERICANO (France) Bac Films, 105mins. Dir: Mathieu Demy. Key cast: Geraldine Chaplin, Chiara Mastroianni, Carlos Bardem. Martin refuses to face up to the death of his mother. Troubled by his childhood

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