“Salt of the Earth,” “Red Army,” “Gens du Monde” set for Cannes

Syria doc Silvered Water (pictured), Gabe Polsky's Red Army, and Wim Wenders' profile of photographer Sebastiao Salgado are among the doc selections for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
April 17, 2014

Wim Wenders’ The Salt of the Earth, Ossama Mohammad and Wiam Bedirxan’s Silvered Water (pictured), and Gabe Polsky’s Red Army are among the documentary titles selected for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Salt of the Earth is a portrait of the Brazilian photojournalist Sebastiao Salgado, known for images documenting communities and workers in developing nations. Pina filmmaker Wenders co-directs with Salgado’s son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, and the film features among the 18 titles in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ program.

The remaining documentaries in the festival line-up are grouped in the ‘Special Screenings’ program, and feature Gabe Polsky’s Red Army, which explores Russian hockey during the Cold War; and In the Fog director Sergei Loznitsa’s Maidan, on current events in Ukraine.

Also selected for Cannes is Ossama Mohammad and Wiam Bedirxan’s Silvered Water, a personal account of the political strife in Syria, produced by Orwa Nyrabia (Return to Homs); and Les Ponts de Sarajevo, which commemorates the First World War, and features the contributions of 13 directors, including Jean-Luc Godard, Ursula Meier and Aida Begic.

Finally, rounding out the documentaries is Yves Jeuland’s Les Gens du Monde, which celebrates the 70th anniversary of French newspaper Le Monde.

The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 14-25 in the South of France.

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