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Da Silva Unveils First Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Slate

Da Silva Unveils First Cannes Directors' Fortnight Slate

Da Silva Unveils First Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Slate

by Eugene Hernandez

Director’s Fortnight will include 35 feature films in 2003.

Courtesy of Director’s Fortnight

Thirty-feature films and 18 shorts from 28 countries make up the lineup for the 35th Directors’ Fortnight at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. The section will open with “A Muhler Que Acreditava Ser Presidente Dos Estados Unidos Da America,” a musical directed by Joao Botelho from Portugal. It will close with “La Grande Séduction,” directed by Jean-Francois Pouliot from Canada.

This year’s Directors’ Fortnight is headed for the first time by Francois Da Silva, a former arthouse programmer in Marseilles.

One U.S. film will screen in the section: Ross McElwee’s documentary, “Bright Leaves.”

“The Directors’ Fortnight was born of the desire to see a different kind of cinema in a place that should show everything, but it was also the wish to share and help circulate something to be found before a film exists and which is called — depending on the seasons and the persons — policies or desires,” said Da Silva in an announcement. “For this and other reasons, the Directors’ Fortnight is the only selection that is open to the general public. The film, the director, and the public. This notion, affirmed by the directors in 1969, will lie at the heart of this 35th edition.”

The complete linuep follows:


“Bright Leaves,” directed by Ross McElwee, U.S.

“La Chose Publique,” directed by Mathieu Amal-ric, France

“Deep Breath,” directed by Parviz Shahbazi, Iran

“Filme De Amor” (A Love Movie), directed by Julio Bressane, Brazil

“Gozu,” directed by Takashi Miike, Japan

“La Grande Séduction,” directed by Jean-Francois Pouliot, Canada

“Las Horas del Dia,” directed by Jaime Rosales, Spain

“The Island” (L’Ile), directed by Con-stanza Quatriglio, Italy

“James’ Journey to Jerusalem,” directed by Ra’anan Alexandrowitz

“Kleine Freiheit” (A Little Bit of Freedom), directed by Yavuz Yuksel, Germany

“Les Lionceaux,” directed by Claire Doyon, France

“Le Monde Vivant,” directed by Eugène Green, France

“The Mother,” directed by Roger Mitchell, U.K.

“A Muhler Que Acreditava Ser Presidente Dos Estados Unidos Da America,” directed by Joao Botelho, Portugal

“Nicky Et Flo,” directed by Lucian Pintilie, Romania/France

“No Pasaran, Album Souvenir,” directed by Henri-Francois Imbert, France

“Ossama,” directed by Sedigh Barmak, Afghanistan/Japan

“Pas de Repos Pour Les Braves,” directed by Alain Guiraudie, France

“Des Plumes dans la Tete,” directed by Thomas de Thier, Belgium/France

“Quaresma,” directed by José Alvaro Morais, Portugal

“Salmer Fra Kjokkent,” directed by Bent Hamer, Norway

“Sansa,” directed by Siegfried, France

“Le Silence de la Foret,” directed by Didier Ouénagaré and Bassek Ba Kobhio, Cameroon

“Watermark,” directed by Georgina Willis, Australia

“Les Yeux Secs,” directed by Narjiss Nejjar, Morocco


“L’enfance Nue,” directed by Maurice Pialat, France

“Daft Punk & Leiji Matsumoto’s Interstella 5555,” directed by Kazuhisa Takerushi & Daisuk Nishio, France/Japan

“Mike Brant Laisse-moi T’aimer,” directed by Erez Laufer, Israel/France

“No Hay Tierra Sin Dueno,” directed by Sami Kafati, Honduras

“Saltimbank,” directed by Jean-Claude Biette, France


“A 78-As Szent Johannaja,” directed by Kornel Mundruczo, Hungary

“Castanhao,” directed by Eduardo Valente, Brazil

“Dans La Foret Noire,” directed by Josephine Flasseur, France

“Do You Have the Shine?,” directed by Johan Thurfjell, Sweden/France

“Entropie,” directed by Jérome Thomas, France

“Frikasé,” directed by Martin Krejci, Czech Republic

“Bozhestvo” (The God), directed by Konstantin Bronzit, Russia

“Im Anfang War Der Blick,” directed by Bady Minck, Luxemburg/Austria

“Nasu: Andarushia No Natsu,” directed by Kitaro Kosaka, Japan

“Petits Pas,” directed by Thomas Salvador

“Un Petit Service,” directed by Antoine Pereniguez, France

“Polden,” directed by Alexander Lamakin, Russia

“Quand Le Vent Tisse Les Fleurs,” directed by Bania Medjbar, France

“Sa-Yeon” (My Virginity Flows Through Her Body), directed by Park Jong-woo

“Shiur Moledet: Avdei Hashem” (Slaves of the Lord), directed by Hadar Friedlich, Israel

“Sekmadienis. Evangelija Pagal Liftininka Alberta” (Sunday, the Gospel According to Liftman Alberta), directed by Arunas Matelis, Lithuania

“Susa” (La Secheresse), directed by Dalibor Matanic, Croatia

“Unit #52,” directed by Tony Krawitz, Australia

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