CANNES 2001: Directors Fortnight Out of the Shadows; Albania's "Slogans" Stands Out

by Michael Giltz

Ah, sibling rivalry. Now in its 33rd year, the Directors Fortnight -- or Quinzaine des Realisateurs -- is a thoroughly separate event from the main competition at the 54th Cannes Film Festival. Founded in 1968 by revolting filmmakers, among them Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard (screening this year in the official competition!), the non-competitive sidebar remains always the kid brother, often put down by its older, stronger sibling. The Fortnight isn't mentioned on the main festival web page or in the main festival catalog (all it can offer is a modest booklet). That second-class status also extends to the trades, which don't review the Directors Fortnight movies as thoroughly. The end result? It's harder to get a bead on which of its movies are catching the fancy of fest goers.

But some trends are clear: the Directors Fortnight is usually more successful at offering popular opening and closing night movies and this year is no exception. The opener -- "Martha