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Essential Cinema from IFC Films + Sundance Selects in Cannes: ON THE ROAD, BEYOND THE HILLS, GIMME THE LOOT and ROOM 237!

Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2012 by Lauren

IFC Films and Sundance Selects are proud to present the following films at the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival:

BEYOND THE HILLS (OFFICIAL SELECTION – IN COMPETITION)

Written and directed by Cristian Mungiu (4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS – Cannes Film Festival Winner of the Palme d’Or)
Starring: Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeria Andriuta, Dana Tapalaga

In an isolated Orthodox convent in Romania, Alina has just been reunited with Voichita after spending several years in Germany. The two young women have supported and loved each other since meeting as children in an orphanage.

Alina wants Voichita to leave and return with her to Germany, but Voichita has found refuge in faith and a family in the nuns and their priest, and refuses. Alina cannot understand her friend’s choice. In her attempt to win back Voichita’s affection, she challenges the priest. She is taken to hospital and the people of the monastery start to suspect that she is possessed.

When the doctors send her back, Alina is included in the monastic routine in the hope that she will find peace. But her condition worsens and they finally have to tie her to a wooden plank to prevent her from hurting herself. After ruling out all other options, the priest and nuns decide to read her prayers to deliver those possessed by the Evil One. They perform an exorcism, but the result is not what they had hoped, and Voichita begins to doubt the religious choice she has made. She decides to free Alina – but her decision comes too late.

Inspired by the non-fiction novels of Tatiana Niculescu Bran.

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ON THE ROAD (OFFICIAL SELECTION – IN COMPETITION)

Directed by Walter Salles

Written by: Jose Rivera
Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Alicia Braga, Elisabeth Moss, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortenson

ON THE ROAD tells the provocative story of Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), a young writer whose life is shaken and ultimately redefined by the arrival of Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), a free-spirited, fearless, fast talking Westerner and his girl, Marylou (Kristen Stewart).

Together, Sal and Dean travel cross-country in a quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism engulfing them, in search of the unknown, themselves, and the pursuit of it — the pure essence of experience.

Seeking unchartered terrain and the last American frontier, the duo encounter an eclectic mix of men and women — Bull (Viggo Mortensen), Camille (Kirsten Dunst), Carlo (Tom Sturridge), Jane (Amy Adams), Terry (Alice Braga), Galatéa (Elisabeth Moss) – each adding meaning to their desire for a new way of life.

Pulsating with the rhythms of jazz, sex and drugs, ON THE ROAD is based on the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac.

Publicity contact – Michele Robertson, mrobertson@mrc-pr.com, interviews with director and cast available upon request

For images and press notes please visit: ifcfilmsextranet.com – log-in: ifcguest01, password: kubrick

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GIMME THE LOOT (OFFICIAL SELECTION – UN CERTAIN REGARD)

Winner: Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Feature at SXSW 2012

Official Selection: New Directors/New Films, San Francisco International Film Festival

Written and directed by Adam Leon
Starring Ty Hickson, Tashiana Washington

Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teens from the Bronx, are the ultimate graffiti-writers. When a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, they must hatch a plan to get revenge by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but they need to raise $500 to pull off their spectacular scheme. Over the course of two whirlwind, sun-soaked summer days, Malcolm and Sofia travel on an epic urban adventure involving black market spray cans, illicit bodegas, stolen sneakers, a high stakes heist, and a beautiful, stoned girl whose necklace is literally their key to becoming the biggest writers in the City.

Attending Cannes: director Adam Leon (May 22 – 27), Ty Hickson and Tashiana Washington (May 23 – 27)

Publicity contact – Lauren Schwartz, lmschwartz@ifcfilms.com, interviews with director and cast available upon request

For images and press notes please visit: ifcfilmsextranet.com – log-in: ifcguest01, password: kubrick

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ROOM 237 (DIRECTOR’S FORTNIGHT)

Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival

directed by Rodney Ascher

In 1980 Stanley Kubrick released his classic horror film, THE SHINING. Over 30 years later, viewers are still struggling to understand its hidden meanings. Loved and hated by equal numbers, the film is considered a genre standard by many loyalists, while other viewers dismiss it as the lazy result of a legendary director working far below his talent level. In between these two poles, however, live the theories of ardent fans who are convinced they have decoded THE SHINING’s secret messages regarding genocide, government conspiracy, and the nightmare that we call history. Ascher’s ROOM 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with the fans and scholars who espouse these theories. Ideas of five devotees of the film with wildly different ideas about its true meaning arebraided together in a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of the horror classic.

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