Linda Cardellini plays a soldier who returns home from a tour of duty and has trouble adjusting in artist-turned-director Liza Johnson’s debut feature Return. John Slattery and Michael Shannon co-star. Return is the only U.S. movie selected to play in the prestigious Cannes sidebar Directors’ Fortnight, announced this morning in Paris. Johnson is one of several female directors injecting a dose of estrogen into this year’s 25-film lineup. Other women directors include Ireland’s Rebecca Daly, whose first film The Other Side of Sleep tells the story of a sleepwalker in a rural town searching for her mother’s killer; Polish filmmaker Urszula Antoniak (Code Blue); Canada’s Isabelle Lavigne and Stephane Thibault (At Night They Dance); and Morocco’s Leila Kilani (Sur La Planche). Directors’ Fortnight runs May 12-22. The lineup:

Apres le sud (France) – Jean-Jacques Jauffret
Blue Bird (Belgium) – Gust Van den Berghe
Breathing (Austria) – Karl Markovics
Code Blue (Netherlands/Denmark) – Urszula Antoniak
Corpo celeste (Italy/Switzerland/France) – Alice Rohrwacher
End of Silence (France-Austria) – Roland Edzard
La Fée (Belgium/France) – Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy (opening film)
Les Géants (Belgium-France-Luxembourg) – Bouli Lanners (closing film)
Impardonnables (France) – Andre Techine
The Island (Bulgaria-Sweden) – Kamen Kalev
Iris in Bloom (France) – Valerie Mrejen
Joan Captive (France) – Philippe Ramos
Mushrooms (India/France) – Vimukthi Jayasundara
O abismo prateado (Brazil) – Karim Ainouz
The Other Side of Sleep (Ireland/Hungary/Netherlands) – Rebecca Daly
Palawan Fate (Philippines) – Auraeus Solito
Play (Sweden/France/Denmark) – Ruben Ostlund
Porfirio (Colombia/Spain/Uruguay/Argentina/France) – Alejandro Landes
Return (US) – Liza Johnson
Sur la planche (Morocco/France/Germany) – Leila Kilani
– Volcano (Denmark/Iceland) – Runar Runarsson

Special Screenings

At Night, They Dance (Canada) – Stephane Thibault, Isabelle Lavigne
Des Jeunes gens modernes (France/Belgium) – Jerome de Missolz
El Velador (Mexico/US/France) – Natalia Almada
Guilty of Romance (Japan) – Sion Sono