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Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight Lines Up Vet Auteurs and American Indies

Cannes: Directors' Fortnight Lines Up Vet Auteurs and American Indies

While some may have expected Cannes faves Jaco Van Dormael and Takashi Miike to wind up in the Official Selection, those auteurs instead lead the 47th Directors’ Fortnight lineup, along with American indies “Green Room,” starring Imogen Poots, Anton Yelchin and Patrick Stewart, the world premiere of Jeremy Saulnier’s punk rock follow-up to Fortnight entry “Blue Ruin,’ and two Sundance titles, Chloe Zhao’s Native American drama “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” and the May 24 Fortnight closer, Rick Famuyiwa’s L.A. comedy “Dope.”

After leaking that Competition two also-rans would play in the Quinzaine rather than accept slots in Un Certain Regard–Miguel Gomes’s three part, six-hour portrait of contemporary Portugal, “Arabian Nights” (The Match Factory) and French Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Years” starring Mathieu Amalric– on Tuesday artistic director Edouard Waintrop laid out the full lineup of 19 films (out of a record 1,623 submissions).

The opener on May 14 will be French auteur Philippe Garrel’s 25th feature, contemporary Paris showbiz drama “In the Shadow of Women” (Wild Bunch), starring Clotilde Courau, Stanislas Merhar and Lena Paugam. 

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The program includes three women filmmakers this year: Zhao, Turkish rookie Deniz Gamze Erguven’s village drama “Mustang,” and Chilean Marcia Tambutti’s “Allende, mi abuelo Allende.” a documentary about her grandfather Salvador Allende.

The Fortnight makes up for a lack of Latin American titles in the festival with Amazon adventure “Embrace of the Serpent,” Colombian rising auteur Ciro Guerra’s return to Cannes after 2009’s “The Wind Journeys” played Un Certain Regard. Comedies in the lineup include Belgian Van Dormael’s religious satire “The Brand New Testament” (La Pacte) his follow-up to “Mr. Nobody,” starring Benoit Poelvoorde as God, Yolande Moreau and Catherine Deneuve, and Japanese Takashi Miike’s Special Screenng “Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld.”

READ MORE: Cannes Pushes Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Years” to the Directors’ Fortnight

Marking another filmmaker working in English is Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s “A Perfect Day” stars Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins and Olga Kurylenko. French screenwriter-turned-director Thomas Bidegain’s “The Cowboys” (Pathe) stars Francois Damiens and Finnegan Oldfield as a father who hires a headhunter (John C. Reilly) to find his missing daughter. Bidegain won the Cesar for Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet” and also wrote “Rust and Bone.”

The French Directors Association will present its Carrosse d’Or to China’s Jia Zhangke, whose “Mountains May Depart” is in the Main Competition. Other awards include the first-time filmmakers’ Camera d’Or as well as the FIPRESCI given by international critics, the Art Cinema Award, SACD Prize and Europa Cinemas Label and the illy Prize. (Hat Tip: Variety.)


A Perfect Day  by Fernando León de Aranoa 1h46
Worldwide Premiere
Beyond My Grandfather Allende by Marcia Tambutti 1h37
Worldwide Premiere – First film
Arabian Nights by Miguel Gomes 
Worldwide Premiere
 Volume 1, The Restless One – 2h05
 Volume 2, The Desolate One – 2h11
 Volume 3, The Enchanted One – 2h05
Les Cowboys by Thomas Bidegain 1h54
Worldwide Premiere – First film
Dope by Rick Famuyiwa 1h45
International Première – Closing Film
Embrace of the Serpent by Ciro Guerra 2h05
Worldwide Premiere
Fatima by Philippe Faucon 1h18 
Worldwide Premiere
Yakuza Apocalypse : The Great War of the Underworld by Takashi Miike 1h55
Worldwide Premiere – Special Screening 
Green Room by Jeremy Saulnier 1h34
Worldwide Premiere
Much Loved by Nabil Ayouch 1h45
Worldwide Premiere
Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven 1h40
Worldwide Premiere – First film
In the Shadow of Women by Philippe Garrel 1h10
Worldwide Premiere – Opening film
Preceded by an unseen short film by Philippe Garrel made in 1968, Actua 1
Peace to Us in Our Dreams by Sharunas Bartas 1h42
Worldwide Premiere
Songs My Brothers Taught Me by Chloé Zhao 1h34
International Première – First film
The Here After by Magnus von Horn 1h42
Worldwide Premiere – First film
The Brand New Testament by Jaco Van Dormael 1h43
Worldwide Premiere
My Golden Days by Arnaud Desplechin 2h
Worldwide Premiere
Blue Thunder by Jean-Marc E. Roy & Philippe David Gagné 21 min
International Premiere
Calme ta joie by Emmanuel Laskar 24 min
Worldwide Premiere
The Broken Past by Martín Morgenfeld & Sebastián Schjaer 17 min
Worldwide Premiere
Kung Fury by David Sandberg 30 min
Worldwide Premiere
Pitchoune by Reda Kateb 23 min
Worldwide Premiere
Trials, Exorcisms by Susana Nobre 25 min
Worldwide Premiere
Pueblo by Elena Lopez Riera 30 min
Worldwide Premiere
A Few Secondes by Nora El Hourch 16 min
Worldwide Premiere
Backyard by André Novais Oliveira 18 min 
Worldwide Premiere
Rate Me by Fyzal Boulifa 15 min
Worldwide Premiere
The Exquisite Corpus by Peter Tscherkassky 18 min
Worldwide Premiere


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