From today's German Films' press release:
Festival director Thierry Frémaux announced the highly anticipated program for the 65th Cannes International Film Festival (16 – 27 May 2012) today.
For the second time, after MY JOY in 2010, Sergei Loznitsa has been invited into the Official Competition with his new film IN THE FOG (IM NEBEL, DE/LV/NL/BY). ma.ja.de. fiction/Leipzig is the German producer. The film tells the story of two partisans who receive the order during the Second World War to kill a presumed traitor in their ranks. The accused is in a hopeless situation, he cannot prove his innocence and finally passes judgement on himself. A film about the attempt to make a moral decision in an immoral situation.
An old friend in Cannes is Michael Haneke – his new film AMOUR (LIEBE, FR/DE/AT), German producer is X Filme Creative Pool/Berlin, will also be featured in the Competition. An elderly retired couple have to prove the strength of their love for one another when the wife suffers a stroke.
POST TENEBRAS LUX by Carlos Reygadas, the German producer is The Match Factory/Cologne (MX/FR/NL/DE), is the observation of a Mexican couple who cannot cope with the harsh life in the countryside.
Also in Competition are HOLY MOTORS by Leos Carax (FR/DE), who is following 24 hours in the life a being traveling between multiple parallel lives, German producers Pandora Film Produktion/Cologne and Pola Pandora Film/Berlin; and Ulrich Seidl‘s PARADISE: LOVE (AT/DE/FR), produced on the German side by Tatfilm/Cologne, which tells three stories of three women and of three loves.
Fatih Akin will be in Cannes now for the third time. This year, he will be in Special Screenings with a documentation entitled GARBAGE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN (DER MÜLL IM GARTEN EDEN), produced by corazón international/Hamburg, which accompanies the 10-year struggle of a Turkish mountain village against the Turkish state about a garbage dump which directly affects the village.
The literary adaptation CONFESSIONS OF A CHILD OF THE CENTURY by Sylvie Verheyde (FR/DE/GB) has been invited to screen in Un Certain Regard. The German producer is Integral Film/Berg. In his autobiographical Confessions, the writer Alfred de Musset elaborated on a passionate affair with the writer George Sand who was six years older than him.
Another film in Un Certain Regard, LA PIROGUE by Moussa Touré (FR/SN/DE), German producer Royal Pony Film/Munich, tells the story of Baye Laye, who was supposed to bring 30 men from Africa to Spain with his pirogue. Nobody knows how it will turn out.
Eicke Bettinga will be a guest on the Côte d’Azur again with a new short film, this time with an invitation to the Short Film Competition. GASP tells a story about a seventeen-year-old boy. All he wants is to feel something. Anything. Until one day he pushes his longing to the limit.
The programs of Quinzaine des Réalisateurs and Semaine de la Critique will be announced on 23 April.