Today marks another first for the team at Dublin based Element Pictures as three of its films are invited to official selection at Cannes Film Festival. Cannes Film Festival, which will be held this year from May 14th to 25th, is the most prestigious film festival in the world with a highly competitive selection process. For any production company to have three films in official selection is extremely rare if not unprecedented.

The Element Pictures productions selected are: 

  • KINDS OF KINDNESS is Element Picture’s latest collaboration with Yorgos Lanthimos, director of the multi-Oscar winning POOR THINGS. The film has been selected to premiere in the high-profile Main Competition at Cannes. Emma Stone and Willem Dafoe return to work together with Lanthimos, along with Jesse Plemons and Margaret Qualley in this anthology film written with his long-term writing partner, Efthmis Fillipou. The film is financed by Film4 and Searchlight. It is one of 20 films in the main Competition competing for the Palm D’Or.
  • SEPTEMBER SAYS is French actress Ariane Labed’s debut film and will premiere in the prestigious Un Certain Regard section. Produced by Element Pictures, it was filmed in Ireland with backing from Screen Ireland, BBC Film and Mubi among other financiers.
  • ON BECOMING A GUINEA FOWL is the second feature film from Zambian/British director Rungano Nyoni. It will also premiere in the Un Certain Regard section. The film, produced by Element Pictures, was filmed in Zambia and post-produced in Ireland with backing from BBC Film, A24 and Fremantle.

Previous films from Element Pictures that have won prizes at Cannes include Yorgos Lanthimos’ films THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, which won Best Screenplay in 2016, and THE LOBSTER, which won the Jury Prize in 2015. THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY, which Element Pictures co-produced, won the Palme D’Or in 2006.

Other firsts for Element Pictures this year include, winning four Academy Awards© for the Element Pictures produced POOR THINGS, the most wins for an Irish produced film ever. This brings the total number of Academy Awards© won by Element Pictures to six – a level of critical success unique in Ireland and rare across Europe. POOR THINGS also won five BAFTAS, two Golden Globes and a host of other awards including a Critics Choice Movie Award and the Golden Lion at Venice International Film Festival.

Commenting on the recognition achieved by these three films Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, Co-CEOs of Element Pictures said: “We’re absolutely thrilled and honoured that an unprecedented three films from Element Pictures are included in the Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival.  This is a significant achievement for the Element team and for the exceptionally talented directors, writers, actors and crews that we work with. These films are all incredibly special and we can’t wait for the world to see them. We are as ever very grateful to the Element team who have worked tirelessly on all three films to ensure they were finished in time for the festival.