The Australian apocalyptic thriller These Final Hours has been selected to make its international premiere during the Cannes film festival next month.
The film by Zak Hilditch will screen during the Directors’ Fortnight, a section held in parallel with the Festival de Cannes.
These Final Hours, the directorial debut feature by Hilditch, tells the story of a troubled young man who makes his way to the party-to-end-all-parties on the last day on Earth, but ends up saving the life of a little girl searching for her father.
Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason says selection for the Directors’ Fortnight places Hilditch as one of Australia’s new feature film directors to watch.
“We are excited to see how international audiences respond to what is a phenomenal feature debut, created by a talented young team of actors and filmmakers.”
This is the third Australian film selected to be showcased in Cannes this year, with David Michod’s highly anticipated The Rover selected for a Midnight Screening and Rolf de Heer’s powerful drama Charlie’s Country screening in Un Certain Regard as part of the film festival.
The Australian presence will be further emphasised with attendance by Nicole Kidman for her film Grace of Monaco, which is scheduled to open the festival. Ben Mendelsohn’s Lost River will screen in Un Certain Regard and is eligible for the Camera d’Or; and Maps to the Stars, starring Mia Wasikowska, screening In Competition alongside The Homesman with Miranda Otto.
Fellow Australian Sam Holst has been selected for the Cannes Cinéfondation Résidence in Paris. Joining the local talent is eminent Sydney-based filmmaker Jane Campion, who will preside over the jury of the 67th Festival de Cannes, which will take place 14-25 May, 2014.
These Final House will release in Australia on July 24.
DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT LIST
– Alleluia, Fabrice du Welz
– Next to Her, Asaf Korman
– Girlhood, Celine Sciamma
– Catch me Daddy, Daniel Wolfe
– Cold in July, Jim Mickle
– Fighters, Thomas Cailley
– Gett – Le Proces de Viviane Amsalem, Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz
– The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Isao Takahata
– A Hard Day, Kim Seong-hoon
– Eat Your Bones, Jean-Charles Hue
– National Gallery, Frederick Wiseman
– Li’l Quinquin, Bruno Dumont
– Pride, Matthew Warchus
– Queen and Country, John Boorman
– Refugiado, Diego Lerman
– The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Tobe Hooper
– These Final Hours, Zak Hilditch
– Tu Dors Nicole, Stephane Lafleur
– Whiplash, Damien Chazelle