Crime stories, comedies, horror and suspense movies, documentaries… "There are quite a few bombshells" enthused General Delegate Edouard Waintrop when revealing at noon today in Paris the selection for the 45th Directors' Fortnight to take place from May 16th to 26th as part of the 66th Cannes Film Festival. A daring selection which has chosen to highlight new generations, with seven first feature films and three second features out of the 21 titles on the list. Among them, Europe wil be very widely represented with 13 films (signed by French, English, Irish and Swiss directors) and two minority coproductions. The United States will embark with four films, Asia with three (one Indian, one from Singapore and one from the Philippines), and South America with a Chilean movie.
France gets the lion's share with eight majority productions in the showcase. In the department of comedies which "transcend the genre", we find the off-beat movie Tip Top by Serge Bozon, the "very funny and moving" Les garçons et Guillaume, à table ! by Guillaume Gallienne, and the "post-Godard" title, La fille du 14 juillet by Antonin Peretjatko. They will be joined on the Croisette by "the cruel" Les Apaches by Thierry de Peretti, "the tender" Henri by Yolande Moreau (to be screened on closing night), the Franco-Israeli coproduction A Strange Course of Events by Raphaël Nadjari (set in Israel), the documentary Un voyageur by Marcel Ophüls and La danza de la realidad by the French-Chilean cult director, Alejandro Jodorowsky. Who will, in fact, be doubly honoured with the American-French documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune.
British production has two feature films in the running: The Selfish Giant by English director Clio Barnard (announced as "exceptional"), which delves into the world of Bradford's scrap-metal merchants, and Last Days On Mars by Irish director Ruairi Robinson, which blends an edge-of-the-seat movie and the living dead with suspense described as "diabolical".
Switzerland also scores a double success with two titles in Portuguese and Persian: Après la nuit by Basil Da Cunha (shot in Lisbon) and the documentary L’escale by Kaveh Bakhtiari (coproduced with France).
Finally, it's worth noting that France also distinguishes itself with another minority production: El verano de los peces voladores by Chilean director Marcela Said.
As a reminder, the Directors' Fortnight will open with a screening of The Congress by Israeli director Ari Folman (produced by Germany together with Israel, Poland, Luxembourg, France and Belgium), the traditional Carrosse d’Or will be awarded to filmmaker Jane Campion of New Zealand, and the Directors' Assembly will take place on May 18th and 21st.
(*Film vying for the Caméra d’Or)
The Congress - Ari Folman (opening film)
A Strange Course of Events - Raphaël Nadjari
Les Apaches* - Thierry de Peretti
Après la nuit* - Basil Da Cunha
Blue Ruin - Jeremy Saulnier
La danza de la realidad - Alejandro Jodorowsky
L’Escale* - Kaveh Bakhtiari
La Fille du 14 Juillet* - Antonin Peretjatko
Henri - Yolande Moreau
Ilo Ilo* - Anthony Chen
Jodorowsky’s Dune* - Franck Pavich
Last Days on Mars* - Ruairi Robinson
Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table !* - Guillaume Gallienne
Magic Magic - Sebastian Silva
On the Job - Erik Matti
Le Géant égoïste - Clio Barnard
Tip Top - Serge Bozon
Ugly - Anurag Kashyap
Un voyageur - Marcel Ophuls
El verano de los peces voladores - Marcela Said
We Are What We Are - Jim Mickle
Gambozinos - João Nicolau
Lágy Eső - Dénes Nagy
Le Quepa sur la vilni ! - Yann Le Quellec
Man kann nicht auf einmal alles tun, aber man kann auf einmal alles lassen - Marie-Elsa Sgualdo
O umbra de nor - Radu Jude
Pouco mais de um mês - André Novais Oliveira
Que je tombe tout le temps - Eduardo Williams
Solecito - Oscar Ruiz Navia
Swimmer - Lynne Ramsay