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CANNES 2018 Directors’ Fortnight

Ten Europeans set their sights on Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight

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- Movies by five French filmmakers, two Italians, two Spaniards and a Serbian will be on show in the Directors’ Fortnight; Noé, Guerra, Hosoda and Granik lead the pack

Ten Europeans set their sights on Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight
Le Monde est à toi by Romain Gavras

The programme of the 50th Directors’ Fortnight, which will unspool from 9-19 May as part of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, is shaping up to be particularly tantalising. It includes a dominant European contingent, a notable presence of the Spanish language, an animated film, a documentary and a host of famous thesps (Nicolas CageVincent CasselAlba RohrwacherBen FosterElio GermanoTahar RahimGaspard UllielGérard DepardieuIsabelle AdjaniBárbara LennieAdèle HaenelAudrey TautouEmmanuelle DevosAlex Brendemühl and so on), not to mention the star attraction: the handing out of the Carrosse d'Or to Martin Scorsese (see the news), who will be in conversation with Jacques AudiardRebecca ZlotowskiBertrand Bonello and Cédric Klapisch.

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Presented in Paris at midday today by General Delegate Edouard Waintrop (for whom this will be the last edition after seven years of loyal service), the 20 features on the menu (two of which are feature debuts and five of which are helmed by female directors) give pride of place to European works, as there are ten filmmakers from the Continent in the showcase. 

France is in pole position with five representatives, including seasoned director Philippe Faucon with Amin [+see also:
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interview: Philippe Faucon
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]
Guillaume Nicloux with To the Ends of the World [+see also:
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interview: Guillaume Nicloux
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]
 and Pierre Salvadori with the comedy The Trouble With You [+see also:
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interview: Pierre Salvadori
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]
. They will be joined on the Croisette by Marie Monge and her feature debut, Treat Me Like Fire [+see also:
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interview: Marie Monge
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]
, and the electric Romain Gavras with his second feature, Le Monde est à toi [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Romain Gavras
film profile
]
. This contingent is backed up by the French-Belgian production effort that brought to life the new opus by cult Italian-Argentinian director Gaspar NoéClimax [+see also:
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.

Italian and Spanish cinema can boast two representatives each, the former with the documentary Samouni Road [+see also:
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interview: Stefano Savona
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]
 by Stefano Savona and Lucia's Grace [+see also:
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 by Gianni Zanasi (which will bring the Directors’ Fortnight to a close), and the latter with Carmen y Lola [+see also:
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interview: Arantxa Echevarría
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]
 by Arantxa Echevarria (a feature debut) and Petra [+see also:
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interview: Jaime Rosales
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]
 by Jaime Rosales, who will be making a return to the same Cannes parallel section that kicked off his career back in 2003 with The Hours of the Day.

Europe’s presence is topped off by Serbia’s Ognjen Glavonic with his feature-length fiction debut, The Load [+see also:
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interview: Ognjen Glavonić
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(a Serbian production co-produced by Croatia and France).

Three North American features will also be unveiled (including two hailing from the USA, helmed by Debra Granik and Panos Cosmatos -the latter's film being co-produced by Belgium-, and a Mexican movie directed by Julio Hernandez Cordon), as will three South American ones: the opening film, Birds of Passage [+see also:
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 by Colombian duo Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego (with Denmark and Mexico co-producing), Los silencios [+see also:
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 by Brazil’s Beatriz Seigner (produced by Brazil together with Colombia and France – recently a winner of Films in Progress in Toulouse – see the news) and The Snatch Thief by Argentina’s Agustín Toscano (co-produced by Uruguay, and with France on board as an associate producer).

Asia will also be partaking with a Chinese title (helmed by Ming Zhang) and the new animated film by Japan’s Mamoru HosodaMirai. Finally, Africa has also earned a place in the showcase, with Dear Son [+see also:
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interview: Mohamed Ben Attia
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 by Mohamed Ben Attia (a joint production effort between Tunisia, France and Belgium).

Feature Films

Birds of Passage [+see also:
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 - Ciro GuerraCristina Gallego (Colombia/Denmark/Mexico) (opening film)
Amin [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Philippe Faucon
film profile
]
 - Philippe Faucon (France)
Climax [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Gaspar Noé (France/Belgium)
Carmen y Lola [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Arantxa Echevarría
film profile
]
 - Arantxa Echevarria (Spain)
Buy Me a Gun - Julio Hernández Cordón (Mexico)
To the Ends of the World [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Guillaume Nicloux
film profile
]
 - Guillaume Nicloux (France)
The Snatch Thief - Agustín Toscano (Argentina/Uruguay)
The Trouble With You [+see also:
film review
interview: Pierre Salvadori
film profile
]
 - Pierre Salvadori (France)
Treat Me Like Fire [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Marie Monge
film profile
]
 - Marie Monge (France)
Leave No Trace - Debra Granik (USA)
Los silencios [+see also:
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]
 - Beatriz Seigner (Brazil/France/Colombia)
The Pluto Moment (Ming Wang Xing Shi Ke) - Ming Zhang (China)
Mandy [+see also:
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 - Panos Cosmatos (USA/Belgium)
Mirai - Mamoru Hosoda (Japan)
Le Monde est à toi [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Romain Gavras
film profile
]
 - Romain Gavras (France)
Petra [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jaime Rosales
film profile
]
 - Jaime Rosales (Spain/France)
Samouni Road [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Stefano Savona
film profile
]
 - Stefano Savona (Italy/France)
The Load [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ognjen Glavonić
film profile
]
 - Ognjen Glavonic (Serbia/France/Croatia/Iran/Qatar)
Dear Son [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Mohamed Ben Attia
film profile
]
 - Mohamed Ben Attia (Tunisia/Belgium/France)
Lucia's Grace [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Gianni Zanasi (Italy) (closing film)

Short Films

Basses - Félix Imbert
This Magnificent Cake! - Emma De Swaef, Marc Roels
The Song - Tiphaine Raffier
La lotta - Marco Bellocchio
Las cruces - Nicolas Boone
The Night of the Plastic BagsGabriel Harel
The Orphan - Carolina Markowicz
Our Song to War - Juanita Onzaga
Ship Day - Patrick Bresnan, Ivette Lucas
The Subject - Patrick Bouchard

(Translated from French)

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