The Directors' Fortnight supports three titles
- The Cannes parallel section backs Luca Guadagnino's series We Are Who We Are, David Dufresne's documentary The Monopoly of Violence and Miranda July's Kajillionaire
Forced to abandon the organisation of the Directors’ Fortnight as a result of the health crisis, the delegate general of the Cannes Film Festival parallel section, Paolo Moretti (see the interview), had likewise chosen not to unveil his list of selected films, unlike the organisers of the Official Selection and the Critics’ Week. However, he had left the door open to the works that had been already selected or shorlisted, expressing that if they wanted it, they could apply for the public support of the Directors' Fortnight in the run-up to their releases.
This is now the case with two titles which should have had their premieres at the 52nd Fortnight, : Italian director Luca Guadagnino's series We Are Who We Are (which is set to be aired on HBO from September onwards and on Sky Italy in October), US filmmaker and artist Miranda July's Kajillionaire (which is set to be released in the USA on 18 September and in France on 30 Septembre, distributed by Apollo Films).
The Directors’ Fortnight is also pleased to support French director David Dufresne's The Monopoly of Violence [+see also:
interview: David Dufresne
film profile]. A socially engaged journalist and novelist (Dernière sommation), Dufresne already has several investigative documentaries (For Money, Quand la France s’embrase, Prison Valley) under his belt. Produced by Bertrand Faivre for Le Bureau, The Monopoly of Violence broaches an extremely timely subject in France, as summed up perfectly by its synopsis: as anger and resentment grow in the face of social inequalities, many citizen-led protests are being repressed with ever-increasing violence. The Monopoly of Violence gathers a panel of citizens to question, exchange and confront their views on the social order and the legitimacy of the use of force by the state. The documentary will be distributed in France from 30 September by Jour2Fête.
(Translated from French)
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