1967 film student George Lucas has writer's block trying to finish his "Space Wheat" script, until a beautiful fellow student with a familiar hairstyle teaches him that the best stories are in plain sight.
FIVE FEET HIGH AND RISING has been named an Official Selection of the 53rd Cannes International Film Festival. The twenty-nine minute short, from writer/director Peter Sollett and producer/editor Eva Vives will screen in Cannes' Cinefoundation Section, May 17th-19th, 2000.
FIVE FEET HIGH AND RISING premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival where it received the Best Short Film award. The film is currently continuing its run on the festival circuit and has already earned top prizes at the South by Southwest Film Festival, Aspen Shorts Fest and New York University's First Run Film Festival. Most recent screenings include The Museum of Modern Art's New Directors/New Films series and PS 2000, a short film series hosted by Anthology Film Archives in New York.
The film chronicles the sexual awakening of a twelve year-old boy growing up on New York City's Lower East Side. Utilizing non-professional actors FIVE FEET HIGH AND RISING takes a cinema verité inspired look at sexual innocence and discovery.
Belgian producer/director Luc Dardenne, last year's winner of the Cannes Palme d'Or for his film 'Rosetta' will head this year's Cinefoundation jury. Inheriting the position from Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Thomas Vinterberg, Dardenne will preside over a jury including Oscar winner Mira Sorvino and directors Francesca Comencini, Claire Denis and Abderrahmane Sissako. The Cannes Cinefoundation section showcases first-time and student films.
Peter Sollett and Eva Vives will be in attendance at Cannes.
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