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Directors Fortnight 2016 mixes it up

Directors Fortnight Director Edouard Waintrop has unveiled the selection for this year’s event, putting the lid on Cannes’ line-ups – apart from a few titles still being worked on that may or may not make the cut in one or other of the programmes.

The programme offers titles from a mix of new, newish and established directors, including Alejandro Jodorowsky and Citizenfour director Laura Poitras. Directors Fortnight programmer Benjamin Illos was here earlier this year.

While the individual countries from which titles hail varies a little across the whole Cannes programme, the Fortnight selection largely follows one pattern apparent from the Official, Un Certain Regard and Critics Week line-ups: an absence of Australasian titles.

Directors Fortnight has fewer Asian titles than any of the other line-ups. It also has the only contemporary title this year from a deceased filmmaker. The Aquatic Effect (aka The Together Project) is the final part of a trilogy, begun with Back Soon and Queen of Montreuil. The films’ French-Icelandic director Solveig Anspach, who succumbed to cancer while her film was in post.

The Aquatic EffectPhoto: Elsa Palito

The Aquatic Effect
Photo: Elsa Palito

Afghani director Shahrbanoo Sadat’s Wolf and Sheep is among four first features named in the Directors Fortnight line-up. First features (marked * below) qualify for consideration for Cannes’ Camera d’Or award. Sadat’s project, which was partly developed with Cannes Cinéfondation in 2011 and presented at Hong Kong project market HAF last year, was produced by Katja Adomeit. With Leanne Saunders, Adomeit produced Daniel Joseph Borgman’s The Weight of Elephants.

Citizenfour director Laura Poitras has Risk selected. Waintrop told Variety that he’d been offered the film, about Julian Assange, less than a week ago.

The 2016 Cannes Film Festival will run 11 – 22 May. Directors Fortnight runs alongside the festival.

Feature films
Divines*, Houda Benyamina, France
Dog Eat Dog, Paul Schrader, USA, Closing Film
Fai Bei Sogni (Sweet Dreams), Marco Bellocchio, Italy, Opening Film
Fiore, Claudio Giovannesi, Italy
L’Économie du couple, Joachim Lafosse, Belgium, France
L’Effet aquatique, Sólveig Anspach, France
La Pazza Gioia, Paolo Virzì, Italy
Les Vies de Thérèse, Sébastien Lifshitz, France
Ma vie de courgette (My Life as a Courgette)*, Claude Barras, France
Mean Dreams, Nathan Morlando, Canada
Mercenaire*, Sacha Wolff, France
Neruda, Pablo Larraín, Argentina, Chile, France, Spain
Poesía Sin Fin, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Chile, France, Japan
Raman Raghav 2.0, Anurag Kashyap, India
Risk, Laura Poitras, USA
Tour de France, Rachid Djaïdani, France
Two Lovers and a Bear, Kim Nguyen, Canada
Wolf and Sheep*, Shahrbanoo Sadat, Afghanistan, Denmark

Short films
Abigail, Isabel Penoni and Valentina Homem
Chasse Royale, Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret
Decorado, Alberto Vazquez
Habat Shel Hakala, Tamar Rudoy
Happy End, Jan Saska
Hitchhiker, Jero Yun
Import, Ena Sendijarevic
Kindil el Bahr, Damien Ounouri
Léthé, Dea Kulumbegashvili
Listening to Beethoven, Garri Bardine
Zvir, Miroslav Sikavica

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