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In Focus: Eight Cannes Films Were Shot on Leica Cine Lenses

In Focus: Eight Cannes Films Were Shot on Leica Cine Lenses

CW Sonderoptic – designer and manufacture of Leica Thalia, M 0.8, Summicron-C and Summilux-C Cine lenses – is happy to report that eight films debuting at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and La Semaine de la Critique used our Leica Cine lenses in their production.

The films will be presented in the major categories: In Competition, Un Certain Regard, Special Screenings and more. Below is a brief overview of the chosen films and we hope that you are able to catch a screening of you are in town for the festival beginning Thursday, May 18.

In Competition

Rodin is the third film presented at Cannes from director Jacques Doillon, and will be shown on Wednesday, May 24, at 4 p.m. It depicts the story of the famous French sculptor’s romance with Camille Claude. It was shot on Leica Summilux-C lenses by Belgian cinematographer Christophe Beaucarne, AFC, SBC.

Synopsis: Paris 1880, Auguste Rodin aged 40, finally receives his first State commission: he creates The Gates of Hell, composed of figurines. Some of these will become his most famous works, such as The Kiss and The Thinker. He shares his life with Rose, his lifelong partner, when he meets the young Camille Claudel. His most gifted student, she quickly becomes his assistant, then his mistress. A decade of passion, mutual admiration and complicity ensues. Following their break up, Rodin continues to work relentlessly. He faces both the rejection and enthusiasm provoked by the sensuality of his sculptures, and with his Balzac, rejected during his lifetime, creates the undeniable starting point of modern sculpture.


Un Certain Regard 

Barbara, a film about the making of a biopic, is the opening Un Certain Regard film. Director Mathieu Amalric, winner of the 2010 Director’s award for his film “Tournée” teams up again with director of photography Christophe Beaucarne, SBC, who shot “Barbara” on Leica Summilux-C lenses. Screening will be held on Thursday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, May 25 at 2:45 p.m.

Synopsis: An actress, Brigitte, is playing Barbara in a film that soon begins shooting.Brigitte works on her character, her voice, the songs and scores, the imitation of her gestures, her knitting, the lines to learn. Thingsmove along. The character grows inside her. Invades her, even…Yves, the director, is also working – via encounters, archival footage, the music. He seems  inhabited and inspired by her…But by whom? The actress or Barbara?


 Out is a fishy tale from director Gyӧrgy Kristóf’s feature debut and premieres on Friday, May 26, at 2 p.m. It was shot on Leica Summilux-C cine lenses by DoP Gergely Pohárnok.

Synopsis: Agoston, a family man in his fifties has just lost his job at a power plant. He sets off to wander through Eastern Europe with a desperate hope of finding a job and fulfilling a dream of catching a big fish. In Baltics he finds himself with nothing but a sea-salt and wind behind his collar. Journey spins him deeper and deeper into the sea of bizarre events to meet a friendly woman, a Russian friend with unfriendly intensions and a sad earless stuffed rabbit. Waves spread over the sand, flow backwards slowly. A new wave arrives to sweep off the previous one. Here the sea ends, by no means where it begins.


With films featured at the Cannes Film Festival as both an actor and director, Fortunata is the 11th film from Sergio Castellitto. Shot on Leica Summilux-C by director of photography Gian Filippo Corticelli – who has been nominated three times for a David di Donatello award, the most important for Italian cinema –  it will be screened on Sunday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Sypnosis: Fortunata has a difficult life, a daughter of eight and a failed marriage behind her. She works as a hairdresser in people’s houses, leaving from the outskirts to cross the city, going to the homes of the well-off to do women’s hair. Fortunata fights every day with determination to achieve her dream: opening her own salon and challenging fate, in an attempt at emancipating herself and gaining her independence and the right to some happiness. She knows that to achieve her dreams she has to be firm: she has thought of everything, she is ready for anything, but she had not considered the variable of love, the one subversive force capable of sweeping aside every certainty. Also because, perhaps for the first time, someone looks at her as the woman she is and truly loves her.


Director Michel Franco is back with his latest Cannes Film Festival selection, Las Hijas de Abril. Previously he won the Prize Un Certain Regard at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his film “After Lucia.” In 2015, his film “Chronic” was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The DoP Yves Cape worked with Michel previously on “Chronic”. For this film, Leica Summilux-C cine lens were used. See it on Saturday, May 20 at 2:15 p.m. and Thursday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Synopsis: Valeria at 17 and is pregnant. She lives in Puerto Vallarta with Clara, her 34-year-old sister. Valeria did not want their mother, who was often absent, to be aware of her pregnancy, but because of the cost and responsibility that a child represented, Clara decided to call her. Avril settles down, seemingly anxious to help his daughters, but with the arrival of the baby his behavior changes and Valéria’s reluctance to ask for help is more and more justified.


Out of Competition

Based on a True Story is the 12th film presented at the Cannes Film Festival by Academy Award-winning director Roman Polanski (“The Pianist”). It is an adaptation of the French novel by bestselling author Delphine de Vignan and was shot on Leica Summilux-C cine lenses by DoP Paweł Edelman, winner of Best European Cinematographer for “The Pianist” at the 2002 European Film Awards. Screenings take place on Saturday, May 20, at 2:15 p.m. and Thursday, May 25, at 2:00 p.m.

 Synopsis: Delphine is the author of an intimate novel dedicated to her mother who became a best seller. Delphine is already torn by the multiple solicitations and fragile by the memory, is soon tormented by anonymous letters accusing him of having delivered his family to the public. The novelist is out of order, tetanized at the thought of having to go back to writing. Her path then crosses that of Elle. The young woman is seductive, intelligent, intuitive. She understands Delphine better than anyone. Delphine clings to Elle, confides, abandons herself. While she settled permanently at the novelist’s house, their friendship took a disturbing turn. Did she come to fill a void or steal her life?


Special Screenings 

Sicilian Ghost Story, an Italian drama from directing duo Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, will be the opening Special Screening of La Semaine de la Critique on Thursday, May 18 at 8:30am. It was shot on Leica Summicron-C lenses by award-winning cinematographer Luca Bigazzi, who previously shot the HBO series “The Young Pope” on Leica Summicron-C lenses.

Synopsis: In a little Sicilian village on the edge of a forest, Giuseppe, a boy of 13, vanishes. Luna, his classmate who’s in love with him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance. She rebels against the silence and complicity surrounding her. To find him, she descends into the dark world which has swallowed him up and which has a lake as its mysterious entrance. Only their indestructible love will be able to bring her back.


Quinzaine Des Réalisateurs  

Jeannette L’Enfance de Jeanne D’Arc, a French musical film, has been selected to be screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by Bruno Dumont who made his two first films in the North of France, Bailleul, Life of Jesus and Humanity, both awarded in Cannes (Special Mention Caméra d’Or for the first, Jury’s Grand Prize, Best Actor and Best Actress for the second). Director of Photography, Guillaume Deffontaines lensed this feature with Leica Summilux-C lenses. Screenings will be held Sunday, May 21 at 8:45 am and 5:45 pm; Monday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 23 at 10:30 p.m.

Synopsis: France, 1425. In the midst of the Hundred Years’ War, the young Jeannette, at the still tender age of 8, looks after her sheep in the small village of Domremy. One day, she tells her friend Hauviette how she cannot bear to see the suffering caused by the English. Madame Gervaise, a nun, tries to reason with the young girl, but Jeannette is ready to take up arms for the salvation of souls and the liberation of the Kingdom of France. Carried by her faith, she will become Joan of Arc.


Best of luck to all of the #ShotonLeica productions at Cannes 2017!

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To see the full listing of screenings for the Cannes Film Festival, click here: http://bit.ly/2rsmsot. For the La Semaine de la Critique screenings, click here: http://bit.ly/2rfNTok.

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