Lexus celebrates 'life is amazing' at the cannes festival 2013

On May 19, Lexus hosted the World Premiere of the five Lexus Short Films at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Panel discussion

Directors Tim Burton and Ryan Coogler, and Lexus Europe Director Paul Van der Burgh joined the five filmmakers for a panel discussion at The Hotel Majestic. The Lexus Short Film Directors: Justin Tipping (Swimming in Air), Cristina Molino (Beyond Memories), Campbell Hopper (one-half of directorial duo known as "Special Problems" with Joel Kefali, Echoes), Chan Chung Ki (Pupil), and Mitsuyo Miyazaki (A Better Tomorrow), discussed their individual interpretations behind the 'Life is Amazing' series, along with the emotional inspirations and technical influences they took from their own parts of the world. 

'Life is Amazing' short films World Premiere:

The filmmakers joined stars such as Zoe Saldana, Naomie Harris and Clive Owen to walk the red-carpet of the Lexus Short Films world premiere event, held at the Olympia screening room. Presented by Lexus and The Weinstein Company, audiences witnessed the five films back-to-back, showcasing the unique visions behind the 'Life Is Amazing' series.


To celebrate the success of the Lexus Short Film Series, The Weinstein Company and Lexus hosted a party for filmmakers, talent and industry professionals at Baoli Beach in an event which culminated the day's successful celebration of the theme 'Life is Amazing' and honoured the importance of emerging global filmmaking talent.

The Lexus Short Film Series will be released one by one from 28th May, 2013 on www.lexusshortfilms.com.Pictures of the Cannes event are available on: http://newsroom.lexus.eu


BEYOND MEMORIES, directed by Cristina Molino Release date: May 28, 10:00 CET

Cristina Molina is a Spanish filmmaker whose first film E VAS? (ARE YOU LEAVING?) was awarded in fifteen Film Festivals including the International Film Festival of Locarno.

Beyond Memories tells the story of Sophie, a young woman who believes that forgetting is the only way of moving on with her life, but one day she realizes that she can't make memories from a previous life completely disappear.

ECHOES, directed by Special ProblemsRelease date: June 4, 10:00 CET

Special Problems is a multi-disciplinary studio comprising directors Campbell Hooper (right) and Joel Kefali. Their unique visual sensibility and hands-on approach to all areas of their work has seen them win multiple awards and created high demand for their skills.

Echoes follows a comedian's 3am musings on love and life, which become the anchor to five stories of five isolated individuals.

SWIMMING IN AIR, directed by Justin Tipping Release date: June 11, 10:00 CET

A recent graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory (AFI), Justin is the recipient of the prestigious Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award and the Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Award for his directorial work at the AFI.

In Swimming in the Air, Victor may be young, but he knows what love is. Emily is the girl of Victor's dreams and when he sets out to impress her, he'll be challenged in every way and ultimately have to risk life and limb for the sake of love.

PUPIL, directed by Chan Chung Ki Release date: June 18, 10:00 CET

An award-winning filmmaker from Hong Kong, Chan Chung Ki's Documentary "Dragon Inn: The Hideout in Temple Street" was officially screened in the 19th IDFA, the International Documentary Film Festival. It was also honoured as Hors Concours Selection by the 27th Annual Banff World Television Awards.

Pupil tells the story of two artists facing a traumatic event that will ultimately shift their perspective on life, challenge their passion for art, and allow them to see the world in new, amazing ways.

A BETTER TOMORROW, directed by Mitsuyo Miyazaki Release date: June 25, 10:00 CET

Miyazaki's directorial debut short TSUYAKO screened at over 60 Film festivals worldwide, winning 38 awards including the DGA Award for the Best Female Student Director and Grand Jury prizes at Academy Award qualified Film Festivals.

In A Better Tomorrow, a water scarcity sees two orphans, Shin and Myra, following in their scientist father's footsteps to develop a technology that could turn the tides of time and heal the earth. Dark forces cause the device to be mistakenly activated and a mysterious power unleashed, transporting them on a voyage out of this world.


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