Next month’s Cannes Film Festival has announced further titles for the festival’s two official feature programmes. The additions bring the Official Competition and Un Certain Regard line-ups to 19 titles apiece.
There’s a heavy (in many senses of the word) dose of Asia in the newly-announced titles. Three festival favourite directors are named for Un Certain Regard: Naomi Kawase (twice a Cannes winner with Suzaku and The Mourning Forest), Brillante Mendoza (a winner at Cannes with Kinatay) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Palme d’Or winner with Uncle Boonmee and Un Certain Regard winner with Sud Sanaeha (Blissfully Yours)).
Kawase, whose Still the Water played in the main competition last year, will open Un Certain Regard with An, from Tetsuya Akikawa’s novel. By contrast with the old hands, Ethiopia gets its first selection at Cannes in the form of Yared Zeleke’s coming-of-age tale Lamb, named alongside Kawase’s An for Un Certain Regard.
The new additions are:
Chronic, Michel Franco
Valley of Love, Guillaume Nicloux
Un Certain Regard
Alias Maria, José Luis Rugeles Gracia
Taklub, Brillante Mendoza
Lamb, Yared Zeleke
Cemetery of Splendour, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
AN, Naomi Kawase
Une histoire de fou (Don’t Tell Me the Boy was Mad), Robert Guédiguian
Love, Gaspar Noé