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Cannes 2017 Announces Directors Fortnight Lineup, Including Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’ and ‘Patti Cake$’

The 2017 Cannes Film Festival runs May 17 - 28.

“The Rider”

Protagonist Pictures

The 49th annual edition of the Cannes Film Festival’s lauded Directors’ Fortnight section announced its picks this morning. The section is a non-competitive sidebar, but members of the Société des Réalisateurs Français, which organizes the event, do dole out honors.

Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Edouard Waintrop announced the titles in a roughly 40 minute presentation Thursday. The section opens with the latest film from Claire Denis, “Un Beau Soleil Interieur,” an adaptation of Roland Barthes’ “A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments,” which stars Juliette Binoche and Gerard Depardieu. Major auteurs in the lineup include Bruno Dumont, with his musical “Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc,” and Bael Ferrara, who will return to Cannes after several years with “Alive In France,” a documentary that follows Ferrara and his band as they tour France.

Other notable titles include “The Florida Project,” Sean Baker’s follow-up to “Tangerine,” and “A Ciambra,” from “Mediterranea” director Jonas Carpignano. Fox Searchlight will present the international premiere of the Sundance hit “Patti Cake$,” as will RLJ Entertainment for its Sundance entry, the action-thriller “Bushwick,” directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milot.

Filmmaker Chloé Zhao returns to Directors’ Fortnight with “The Rider,” a drama about a young cowboy who suffers a near fatal head injury and embarks on a search for a new identity. Zhao presented her debut feature, “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” at Directors’ Fortnight in 2015.

This year’s lineup is comprised of 19 feature films and 10 shorts. Five of the features come from first-time filmmakers, while seven come from female directors. Among the debut features is the British film “I Am Not a Witch,” a drama from the Welsh-Zambian filmmaker Rungano Nyoni that centers on a nine-year old girl accused of being a witch.

Films that screened in the section last year included Laura Poitras’ “Risk,” Pablo Larrain’s “Neruda” and Claude Barras’s “My Life as A Zucchini.”

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Check out the full lineup below:

“Un Beau Soleil Interieur,” directed by Claire Denis (Opening Night Film)
“A Ciambra,” directed by Jonas Carpignano
“Bushwick,” directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott
“Patti Cake$,” directed by Geremy Jasper
“Alive in France,” directed by Abel Ferrara
“L’amant d’un Jour,” directed by Philippe Garrel
“Curio Puri,” directed by Roberto De Paolis
“The Florida Project,” directed by Sean Baker
“Frost,” directed by Sharunas Bartas
“I Am Not a Witch,” directed by Rungano Nyoni
“Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc,” directed by Bruno Dumont
“L’intrust,” directed by Leonardo Di Costanzo
“La Defensa del Dragon,” directed by Natalia Santa
“Marlina Si Pembunuh Dalam Empat Babak,” directed by Mouly Surya
“Mobile Homes,” directed by Vladimir de Fontenay
“Nothingwood,” directed by Sonia Kronlund
“Ôtez-moi d’un Doute,” directed by Carine Tardieu
“The Rider,” directed by Chloé Zhao
“West of the Jordan River (Field Diary Revisited),” directed by Amos Gitai

Short Films:
“Ague Mole,” directed by Laura Goncalves and Alexandra Ramires
“La Bouche,” directed by Camilo Restrepo
“Copa-Loca,” directed by Christos Massalas
Creme de Menthe,” directed by David Philippe Gagné and Jean-Marc E. Roy
“Farpões, Baldios,” directed by Marta Mateus
“Min Borda,” directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr
“Nada,” directed by Gabriel Martins
“Detour a Genoa City,” directed by Benoit Grimalt
“Tijuana Tales,” directed by Jean-Charles Hue
“Tresnje,” directed by Dubravka Turic

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