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EU-backed UK films in Cannes festival selection
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Published on 12-05-14

More than 20 films directed by some of the biggest names in European cinema and supported by the EU's Creative Europe MEDIA programme will be screened at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival (14-25 May), including seven films in competition for the top prize, the Palme d'Or. Among these MEDIA-supported films are Mike Leigh's  Mr. Turner and Jimmy's Hall by Ken Loach.

    EU-backed UK films in Cannes festival selection

    The MEDIA programme backed earlier productions by both directors which won the Palme d'Or: Ken Loach for The Wind That Shakes The Barley in 2006 and Secrets & Lies by Mike Leigh in 1996. Other winners with UK participation include The Pianist (France / Germany / Poland / UK) by Roman Polanski, Palme d'Or in 202.

    The MEDIA programme is also supporting the movie chosen to open the festival, Grace de Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as the Hollywood heroine who married a prince. The others (see full list below) feature new releases by leading European directors such as Michel Hazanavicius (winner of five Oscars in 2012 for The Artist), the legendary Jean-Luc Godard and Belgium's Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (winners of the 1999 Palme d'Or for Rosetta and 2011 Grand Prix for Le Gamin au Vélo). Wim Wenders (winner of the 1984 Palme d'Or for Paris, Texas) is represented in the section 'Un Certain Regard'. To date, these films have received a total of more than GBP 1 million (€1.3 million) in EU funding. MEDIA is part of a fifth generation of EU programmes for the cultural and creative sectors. It supports the development, distribution and promotion of content produced by the EU film and audiovisual industries. One of its chief aims is to help European film-makers to reach markets beyond national and European borders. Since 1991, MEDIA (acronym for 'Mesures pour encourager le développement de l'industrie audiovisuelle' – Measures to encourage the development of the audiovisual industry) has invested €1.7 billion in film development, distribution, training and innovation.

    Please note: all amounts expressed in sterling are for information purposes only.

    Annex 1: List of MEDIA films selected for the CAnnes Film Festival

    Opening film
    Grace de Monaco (Out of Competition), Olivier Dahan, FR

    Official competition
    Sils Maria, Olivier Assayas, FR
    Deux Jours, Une Nuit, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, BE
    Adieu Au Langage, Jean-Luc Godard CH
    Jimmy's Hall, Ken Loach, UK
    The Search, Michel Hazanavicius, FR
    Mr. Turner, Mike Leigh UK
    Le Meraviglie, Alice Rohrwacher, IT

    Out of Competition
    In the Name of my Daughter (L'Homme qu'on aimait trop), André Téchiné, FR

    Midnight screenings
    e Salvation, Kristian Levring, DK

    Special Screenings
    Caricaturistes - Fantassins de la Démocratie, Stéphanie Valloatto, FR

    Un Certain Regard
    The Salt of the Earth, Wim Wenders, FR
    Bird People, Pascale Ferran, FR
    Amour Fou, Jessica Hausner AT, DE, LU
    Xenia, Panos Koutras GR
    Hermosa Juventud, Jaime Rosales, ES
    Turist, Ruben Ostlund, SE

    Semaine de la Critique
    When Animals Dream (Når Dyrene Drømmer), Jonas Alexander Arnby, DK

    Directors' Fortnight
    Alleluia, Fabrice du Welz, BE
    Queen and Country, John Boorman, UK
    Pride, Matthew Warchus, UK

    Annex 2: Films with MEDIA support which received the Palme d'Or

    2013: La Vie d'Adèle (Blue is the Warmest Colour) - Abdellatif Kechiche (France / Belgium / Spain)
    2012: Amour – Michael Haneke (Austria / France)
    2009: Das Weisse Band (Le Ruban Blanc) – Michael Haneke (Austria / Germany)
    2008: Entre Les Murs – Laurent Cantet (France)
    2007: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (4 Mois, 3 Jours, 2 Semaines) – Cristian Mungiu (Romania)
    2006: The Wind That Shakes The Barley (Le Cent Se Lève) – Ken Loach (United Kingdom)
    2005: L'Enfant – Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne (Belgium)
    2002: The Pianist (Le Pianiste) – Roman Polanski (France / Germany / Poland / UK)
    2001: La Stanza Del Figlio (La Chambre du Fils) - Nanni Moretti (Italy)
    2000: Dancer in the Dark – Lars Von Trier (Denmark)

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