Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight Honors ‘Les Garçons Et Guillaume’, ‘Selfish Giant’

The Directors’ Fortnight sidebar has its closing ceremony tonight with Yolande Moreau’s Henri screening after the prize ceremony. The section is actually non-competitive, but certain partners of the Société des Réalisateurs Français, the French directors’ body that organizes the event, attribute awards. Frenchman Guillaume Gallienne won two prizes tonight for Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!, while Brit helmer Clio Barnard took the Europa Cinema Label honor for The Selfish Giant. Her film was recently acquired by Sundance Selects. Last year’s winners included Pablo Larrain’s No, which went on to be nominated for a foreign language Oscar, and Noémie Lvovsky’s Camille Redouble which later scored 13 nominations at France’s César Awards. Here’s the group that took prizes for the 2013 edition of the Fortnight: Read More »

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Hot Cannes Clip: ‘Blue Ruin’

U.S. director Jeremy Saulnier used Kickstarter to help fund thriller Blue Ruin which has its world premiere in Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes on Saturday. The story follows a peaceful vagrant whose life is upended by dreadful news which sets him off to his childhood home to … Read More »

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Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight Lineup Announced; ‘Last Days On Mars’ To Bow

The Directors’ Fortnight roster was unveiled this morning in Paris with a mix of high-profile and debut features on the slate. Ruairi Robinson’s Last Days On Mars with Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai and Elias Koteas, and handled by Focus Features International, is among the world premieres. Sebastián Silva’s Magic Magic, which debuted in Sundance and stars Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning, Catalina Sandino and Agustin Sílva, also has a berth. Another Sundance title, the Jim Mickle-directed cannibal tale We Are What We Are has a spot. The Fortnight is heavy on English-language fare. Along with the above titles are Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin and Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant; UK director Lynne Ramsay is part of the shorts lineup. There will be a special tribute to Alejandro Jodorowosky, the Chilean-French filmmaker whose adaptation of his own autobiography La Danza De La Realidad is in selection. He’s also the subject of a debut feature by Frank Pavich, Jodorowsky’s Dune, which looks at the director’s ill-fated attempt to film the legendary Frank Herbert novel. The Fortnight further makes it two years in a row for director Anurag Kashyap who was there in 2012 with Gangs Of Wasseypur. In total, there are 21 features including seven first films. The section runs at the Cannes Film Festival from May 16-26 and opens with Ari Folman’s The Congress. Yolande Moreau’s Henri will close the sidebar. Click over for the full list of Fortnight titles: Read More »

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Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight To Open With Ari Folman’s ‘The Congress’

Waltz With Bashir helmer Ari Folman‘s The Congress will raise the curtain on the 45th Directors’ Fortnight sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16. The pic a mix of live action and … Read More »

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Cannes Directors Fortnight Prizes ‘No’

By | Friday May 25, 2012 @ 11:54am PDT

The Cannes sidebar event Directors Fortnight today honored Pablo Larrain’s No, which stars Gael Garcia Bernal as the young advertising executive who engineered the advertising campaign that toppled Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in a 1988 referendum. The well-received movie was Read More »

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Directors Fortnight Says It Must “Police Better” After Potential Pirates Halted

On a few separate occasions this week, I’ve heard of instances where Directors’ Fortnight screening attendees saw attempts made by audience members to film movies once the lights went down. In one scenario, a film industry exec tells me … Read More »

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2012 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight: Michel Gondry And A Lot Of Subtitles

By | Tuesday April 24, 2012 @ 4:39am PDT
Mike Fleming

Cannes Film Festival Directors FortnightThe 2012 Cannes Film Festival has announced its Directors’ Fortnight sidebar, naming the Michel Gondry-directed The We And The I as the opening film. There will be 21 films, 18 of which are premieres from … Read More »

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CANNES: ‘Take Shelter’ Wins Critics Week Prize, ‘The Giants’ And ‘Breathing’ Win Directors’ Fortnight

Mike Fleming

While the big Cannes Film Festival awards get handed out this weekend, Take Shelter, the Jeff Nichols-directed Michael Shannon-Jessica Chastain drama, took the Grand Prix Nespresso, the top prize at Cannes Critics Week. Sony Pictures Classics bought the film before … Read More »

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Cannes: Liza Johnson’s ‘Return’ Only U.S. Movie Picked For Directors’ Fortnight

By | Tuesday April 19, 2011 @ 5:48am PDT

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

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