FESTIVALS: Films from FNE Partner Countries in the Cannes’ Official Selection 2022

    Metronom by Alexandru Belc Metronom by Alexandru Belc credit: Strada Film International

    PARIS: New films by Jerzy Skolimowski and Cristian Mungiu have been selected for the Competition of the 75th Cannes Film Festival (17-28 May 2022), while films by Agnieszka Smoczyńska and Alexandru Belc are in Un Certain Regard. Czech and Croatian minority coproduction Butterfly Vision by Maksym Nakonechnyi was also selected in Un Certain Regard.

    EO, the new film by the Polish veteran Jerzy Skolimowski, is a contemporary interpretation of Robert Bresson’s classic Au hazard Balthazar! (1966) and it follows a donkey from a Polish circus to an Italian slaughterhouse. The cast of this Polish/Italian coproduction includes Sandra Drzymalska, Mateusz Kościukiewicz and Tomasz Organek. Ewa Piaskowska and Jerzy Skolimowski penned the script.

    Cristian Mungiu is coming back for the fourth time to Cannes’ Competition with R.M.N, a film that he also wrote, about a young man working in Germany and visiting his natal village around Christmas, who is preoccupied about his son, the women he secretly loves, and his lonely father. The main characters are played by Marin Grigore and Judith State. The film is a coproduction between Romania, France, Belgium and Sweden.

    Silent Twins, the first English-language film by Agnieszka Smoczyńska, starring Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance, is inspired by the story of twins who communicated with each other in a telepathic way. The screenplay written by Andrea Seigel is based on the book The Silent Twins by investigative journalist Marjorie Wallace.

    30WEST arranged the financing and is co-repping US rights alongside ICM Partners and UTA Independent. Protagonist is handling international sales. Gutek Film will release the film in Poland.

    Metronom, the debut feature by Alexandru Belc, is a love story set in Romania of the 70s between two teenagers of whom one is set to emigrate to the West. The film is a Romanian/French coproduction.

    Butterfly Vision, directed by first-time Ukrainian director Maksym Nakonechnyi, tells a compelling story of Lilia, who was for months held as a prisoner of war, and now she struggles to resume her life in Ukraine as a soldier and wife. It is a harsh and surreal tale about a victim who simply refuses to be identified as one. The film is a coproduction between Ukraine, Czech Republic, Croatia and Sweden.

    Films from FNE Partner Countries Selected for Cannes Official Selection 2022:


    EO (Poland, Italy)
    Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski
    Produced by Skopje Film, Alia Film
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute, the Warmia and Masury Film Fund

    R.M.N (Romania, France, Belgium, Sweden)
    Directed by Cristian Mungiu
    Produced by Mobra Films
    Coproduced by Why Not Productions, Wild Bunch International, France 3 Cinéma, Le Pacte, Les Films du Fleuve, Filmgate Films, Film i Väst
    Supported by the Romanian Film Centre (CNC), Canal+,France Télévisions, Ciné+, Eurimages

    Un Certain Regard:

    Silent Twins (UK, Poland)
    Directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska
    Produced by Kindred Spirit
    Coproduced by Madants, Extreme Emotions and 42
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute, Moderator Inwestycje

    Metronom (Romania, France)
    Directed by Alexandru Belc
    Produced by Strada Film Internațional, Midralgar, Chainsaw Europe
    Supported by the Romanian Film Centre (CNC), La Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Catena, OMD România, Friesland Câmpina

    Butterfly Vision (Ukraine, Czech Republic, Croatia, Sweden)
    Directed by Maksym Nakonechnyi
    Produced by Tabor
    Coproduced by MasterFilm, 4 Film, Sisyfos Film Production
    Supported by the Ukrainian State Film Agency, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, Eurimages, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC), the Swedish Film Institute, the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation and Ukrainian Institute, the Czech Film Fund.

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