Artificial Eye acquires 5 films from the 61st Cannes Film Festival, including Palme d'Or winner

4th June 2008

Artificial Eye are thrilled to be able to bring Laurent Cantet’s top prize winner, The Class and Paolo Sorrentino’s Jury Prize winner, Il Divo to cinema and DVD audiences along with three other great

Artificial Eye, renowned for distributing quality film, has continued in its impressive tradition of acquiring major award winners. Five superb titles from this year’s Cannes Film Festival, including the winner of the coveted Palm d’Or, will be added to their offering.

Artificial Eye are thrilled to be able to bring Laurent Cantet’s (Heading South, Time Out) top prize winner, The Class and Paolo Sorrentino’s (The Family Friend, The Consequences Of Love) Jury Prize winner, Il Divo to cinema and DVD audiences. Other Cannes successes, Waltz with Basir, O’Horten and Wong Kar Wai’s, Ashes of Time: Redux have also been secured.

Set in a tough Parisian school, The Class, is an absorbing study of contemporary, multi-ethnic France and a colourful portrayal of the complex issues arising from the drama of the classroom. Shot using real teachers and students over the course of a school year, the film focuses on Francois, a sympathetic teacher whose methods are put to the test by his lively and vocal class.

Paulo Sorrentino’s, Il Divo, tells the story of Italy’s controversial former prime minister, Giulio Andreotti. Approaching his seventh election to Parliament, the composed and inscrutable prime minister calmly handles the challenges of his position - election battles, terrorist massacres and scandalous accusations - until the Mafia decides to declare war against him.

Ari Folman’s, Waltz with Bizarre, is a film like no other, combining documentary with brilliant animation. One night in a bar, an old friend tells Folman about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. The two men conclude there's a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War, however, this period in Folman’s life is now a blank. His curiosity leads him to investigate the missing years, gradually restoring his lost memories in the form of surreal images.

O’Horten is a gently comedic tale of Odd Horten, who, a train driver all his life, has to come to terms with his own retirement. Norwegian director, Brent Hamer, achieves an honest and emotive portrayal of an ordinary and unassuming man’s sadness and disorientation as he struggles to deal with the transition.

Ashes of Time: Redux, is a martial arts film with an arty edge. The film is a re-edit of Wong’s 1994 version of the same title. The protagonist, having been rejected by the woman he loves, has lived in the desert carrying out contract killings with the help of a band of skilled swordsmen. Possessing the Director’s poetically claustrophobic visual style and exploring his signature themes of love, loss and missed opportunity, the film will delight all Wong fans.