Cannes2014_badgeBelow are profiles of a group of five directors who are generating buzz up and down the Croisette. They are a mix of relative newcomers with varied backgrounds and one veteran theater director making his return to celluloid. Reflecting the diversity of the lineup at Cannes this year across all of the sections, there is only one director from the main competition (and it’s a woman) with the rest in Critics’ Week and Directors’ Fortnight.

JONAS ALEXANDER ARNBY – When Animals Dream, Critics’ Week
jonas alexander arnbyDanish helmer Jonas Alexander Arnby’s When Animals Dream features a young woman who turns into a werewolf, but the director says simply: “We wanted to do a coming-of-age film about a girl who develops from A to B.” The young woman, Marie, is an outsider in her small coastal community. The townspeople live in fear of her and her wheelchair-bound mother, who suffers from a mysterious illness. When Marie discovers her body changing, she begins searching for answers concerning her family’s hidden past. There is a loud amount of buzz around this movie that debuts in Critics’ Week on Monday and is being sold by Gaumont. Arnby told me last week that he shot in a part of northern Denmark where it is “very windy and cold and religious.” He says it’s one of the most exotic places in Denmark, but has never … Read More »