The announcement of Zak Hilditch’s thriller These Final Hours in the Directors’ Fortnight line-up makes three Australian features selected for this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
According to the gleeful Screen Australia media release that followed the announcement, Hilditch’s film “was developed through Screen Australia’s Talent Escalator program, Springboard, a short film initiative enabling filmmakers to develop a short film script that speaks to the sensibilities of their proposed feature film and becomes a strategic tool in its financing”.
If that approach sounds familiar, it’s very much along the lines of changes recently proposed for the NZFC’s Premiere Shorts programme.
These Final Hours trailer
Cannes earlier announced its first selection of a David Michod title, with The Rover screening out of competition in the festival’s Midnight line-up. Charlie’s Country, the final part of Rolf de Heer’s trilogy, will screen in competition in Un Certain Regard.
The Directors’ Fortnight line-up also includes one 40 year-old title, a restored version of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 much-banned Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Balancing that is the selection of the closing film as a comedy, a genre casual observers might believe to be as welcome on the Croisette as Lars Von Trier.
Other than the traditionally strong French presence in the line-up, there’s solid representation for the UK and US. Alongside the UK comedy (Matthew Warchus’ Pride), there are films from John Boorman (Queen and Country) and Daniel Wolfe (Catch Me Daddy). The US supplies films from Jim Mickle (Cold in July), Frederick Wiseman (National Gallery) and Damien Chazelle (Whiplash).
The Directors’ Fortnight announcement completes the line-ups for Cannes’ official and sidebar events. A small number of additional titles may be announced between now and the festival opening.
Directors’ Fortnight runs 15 – 25 May, which the astute will note is not a fortnight but more a week and a half, although Directors’ Week and a Half just doesn’t have much of a ring to it.
The 2014 selections are:
Halleluiah, Fabrice Du Welz (Belgium/France)
Next to Her, Asaf Korman (Israel)
Catch Me Daddy, Daniel Wolfe (UK)
Cold in July, Jim Mickle (USA)
Fighters, Thomas Cailley (France)
Gett Le Proces de Viviane Amsalem, Ronit and Shlomi El Kabetz (Israel, France, Germany)
Tale of Princess, Kaguya Isao Takahata (Japan)
A Hard Day, Seong-Hun Kim (South Korea)
Eat Your Bones, Jean-Charles Hue (France)
National Gallery, Frederick Wiseman (France/USA)
Pride, Matthew Warchus (UK)
Queen and Country, John Boorman (UK)
Refugiado, Diego Lerman (Argentina, France, Germany)
These Final Hours, Zak Hilditch (Australia)
Tu Dors, Nicole Stephane Lafleur (Canada)
Whiplash, Damien Chazelle (USA)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper
Li’l Quinquin, Bruno Dumont
Short Films Category
8 Bullets, Frank Ternier (France)
The Revolution Hunter, Margarida Rego (Portugal)
Cambodia 2099, Davy Chou (France)
In August, Jenna Hasse (Switzerland)
Fragments, Aga Woszczynska (Poland)
Guy Moquet, Demis Herenger (France)
Jutra, Marie-Jose Saint-Pierre (Canada)
Man on the Chair, Dahee Jeong (France/South Korea)
Heartless, Nara Normande and Tiao Tiao (Brazil)
Torn, Elmar Imanov and Engin Kundag (Azerbaijan)
It Can Pass Through the Wall, Radu Jude (Romania)