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Cannes to close with “Ice and the Sky”

Luc Jacquet's Ice and The Sky (pictured) will close the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, while docs about actor Steve McQueen and Sidney Lumet will world premiere in the Cannes Classics section.
April 30, 2015

An environmental documentary from the director of March of the Penguins will close this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Luc Jacquet’s Ice and the Sky (pictured) will cap off the 68th annual event with a screening on May 24. The doc focuses on the scientific discoveries of 82-year-old French glaciologist Claude Lorius, who has studied global warming since the 1960s. Pathé is the film’s distributor and Wild Bunch is handling international sales.

Several other documentaries will screen on the Croisette as part of the Cannes Classics line-up, including films about Steve McQueen, Orson Welles and Francois Truffaut’s 1966 book Cinema According to Hitchcock. The cinema-centric section also includes a selection of newly restored films that are due for re-release in theaters and on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD later in the year.

Director Kent Jones’s documentary Hitchcock/Traffaut is based on filmmaker Francois Trauffaut’s seminal book on director Alfred Hitchcock’s approach to movie-making and features interviews with Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Wes Anderson and David Fincher. The film will world premiere at Cannes.

Also world premiering is Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna’s Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (pictured), an archival project about the Bullitt star’s attempt to make a film about the 24-hour auto race in France. Content Media is handling distribution.

Other docs playing in the Classics line-up are Richard Melloul’s Depardieu grandeur nature, following French actor Gerard Depardieu; Nancy Buirski’s By Sidney Lumet, a look at the Dog Day Afternoon director; Daniel Raim’s Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story, about the 60-year relationship between storyboard artist Harold Michelson and film researcher Lillian Michelson; and Stig Björkman’s Ingrid Bergman, In Her Own Words, a Trust Nordisk-distributed documentary portrait of the Swedish actress-turned-Hollywood star.

Cannes is also marking Citizen Kane director Orson Welles’ centennial with a retrospective. Two documentaries will screen along with a selection of his films: Elisabeth Kapnist’s Orson Welles, Autopsie d’une légende and Clara and Julia Kuperberg’s This Is Orson Welles.

Alexis Veller’s The Golden Palm’s Legend will screen to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the creation of the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’or.

Lastly, Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman’s Sembene! will screen alongside a restored print of Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène’s 1966 film La Noire de… (Black Girl).

As previously reported, AmyAsif Kapadia‘s documentary look at late pop singer Amy Winehouse, will play in the festival’s midnight program.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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