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CANNES 2021 Directors' Fortnight

A squadron of Europeans set their sights on Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight

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- Miguel Gomes, Joanna Hogg, Jonas Carpignano, Clio Barnard, Alice Rohrwacher and Pietro Marcello are among the 29 selected directors, 22 of whom will debut on the Croisette by way of a feature

A squadron of Europeans set their sights on Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight
The Tsugua Diaries by Miguel Gomes and Maureen Fazendeiro

"It’s a selection full of new discoveries, which is one of the aims and the raison d’être of Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight." Stressing that 22 of the 29 filmmakers (out of the 24 feature films selected) set to be showcased in the 53rd edition of the parallel section (running 7 – 17 July, as part of the 74th Cannes Film Festival) have never presented a feature film on the Croisette until now, the artistic director of the event Paolo Moretti described his choices as being characterised by "modernity in their writing and in their vibrant portrayal of our epoch".

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Presented at noon in Paris’s Forum des Images, the programme is largely dominated by European filmmakers, 19 of them to be exact, with six of them hailing from France: Emmanuel Carrère with Between Two Worlds [+see also:
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(which is set to open the Directors’ Fortnight and stars Juliette Binoche in the lead role), Jean-Gabriel Périot with his documentary Returning to Reims (Fragments) [+see also:
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, Anaïs Volpé with The Braves [+see also:
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, Rachel Lang with the French-Belgian production Our Men [+see also:
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, and two directors of debut feature films: Vincent Cardona with Magnetic Beats [+see also:
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 and Yassine Qnia with A Brighter Tomorrow [+see also:
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.

In terms of the Old Continent, Italy is equally well-represented at the event, with three feature films jostling in the line-up: A Chiara [+see also:
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by Jonas Carpignano (who was discovered in Critics’ Week 2015 via Mediterranea [+see also:
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, and who previously participated in the Fortnight in 2017 with A Ciambra [+see also:
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), the collective documentary Futura [+see also:
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by the high-class trio Alice Rohwacher, Pietro Marcello and Francesco Munzi (who have all taken part in Cannes or Venice-based competitions in the past) and The Tale of King Crab [+see also:
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by the directorial duo composed of Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis.

The UK, meanwhile, will be able to wager on Ali & Ava [+see also:
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by Clio Barnard (who was the star attraction of the 2013 Directors’ Fortnight by way of The Selfish Giant [+see also:
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, and who earned herself a Special Mention in Toronto’s Platform competition in 2017 thanks to Dark River [+see also:
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), as well as on The Souvenir Part II [+see also:
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by Joanna Hogg (whose prequel, The Souvenir [+see also:
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, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2019 and will also be treated to a Special Screening during the Directors’ Fortnight).

Portugal looks set to stand out with The Tsugua Diaries [+see also:
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 by Miguel Gomes and Maureen Fazendeiro, the former being a very familiar face at major international film festivals, who scooped an award in Berlin in 2012 thanks to Tabu [+see also:
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interview: Miguel Gomes
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, and who took part in the Directors’ Fortnight in 2008 with This Dear Month of August [+see also:
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and then again in 2015 with The Arabian Nights [+see also:
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trilogy.

For its part, Romania will be staking its bets on Întregalde [+see also:
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by Radu Muntean, who is also making his return to the Fortnight after presenting Boogie [+see also:
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interview: Dragos Vîlcu
interview: Radu Muntean
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at the event in 2008, and then being selected a further two times on the Croisette, on both occasions within the Un Certain Regard section, thanks to Tuesday, After Christmas [+see also:
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in 2010 and One Floor Below [+see also:
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in 2015, before heading off to compete in Locarno in 2018 with Alice T. [+see also:
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).

This impressive European armada is rounded off by two first feature films: Murina [+see also:
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by Croatia’s Antoneta Kusijanović and The Hill Where Lionesses Roar [+see also:
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by the French-Kosovar director Luàna Bajrami.

Asia is also in on the act, boasting five titles in the Directors’ Fortnight line-up, three of which hail from the Middle East: Europa [+see also:
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by the Iraqi-born filmmaker Haider Rashid (a 100% Italian production), The Sea Ahead [+see also:
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by Ely Dagher (a majority French production with Lebanon and Belgium, which is the first feature film to come courtesy of this director who won the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film in 2015) and Hit The Road by Iran’s Panah Panahi (the son of the famous director Jafar Panahi). A Chinese film (signed Shujun Wei) and an Indian movie (a first feature by Payal Kapadia) are likewise on the agenda.

Latin America will enjoy a similarly respectable presence in the form of three representatives: Clara Sola [+see also:
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interview: Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
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by Costa Rican director Nathalie Álvarez Mesén (who was the victor of this year’s Les Arcs Film Festival Work-in-Progress initiative, with her debut feature film produced by Sweden in league with France, Germany, Belgium, the Costa Rica and the USA), Medusa by Brazilian filmmaker Anita Rocha da Silveira and The Employer and the Employee [+see also:
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 by Uruguay’s Manuel Nieto Zas.

North America, by contrast, can only lay claim to one contender this year, namely Neptune Frost, which is co-directed by American rapper Saul Williams (the lead actor of Cannes’ 1998 Caméra d’Or-winning work Slam) and the French playwright of Rwandan origin Anisia Uszeyman.

For the record, the American documentary-maker Frederick Wiseman is set to receive the Carrosse d’Or, courtesy of the French Society of Film Directors (read our news).

The full list:

Feature Films

Between Two Worlds [+see also:
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interview: Emmanuel Carrère
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]
- Emmanuel Carrère (France) (Opening film)
A Chiara [+see also:
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interview: Jonas Carpignano
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]
- Jonas Carpignano (Italy/France/USA)
Ali & Ava [+see also:
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]
- Clio Barnard (UK)
Clara Sola [+see also:
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interview: Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
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]
- Nathalie Álvarez Mesen (Sweden/France/Germany/Belgium/Costa Rica/USA)
A Brighter Tomorrow [+see also:
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- Yassine Qnia (France)
The Tsugua Diaries [+see also:
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interview: Maureen Fazendeiro and Migu…
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- Miguel Gomes, Maureen Fazendeiro (Portugal)
The Employer and the Employee [+see also:
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- Manuel Nieto Zas (Uruguay/Argentina/France)
The Braves [+see also:
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]
- Anaïs Volpé (France)
Europa [+see also:
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- Haider Rashid (Iraq/Italy)
Futura [+see also:
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- Pietro Marcello, Alice Rohrwacher, Francesco Munzi (Italy)
Hit the Road - Panah Panahi (Iran)
Întregalde [+see also:
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interview: Radu Muntean
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]
- Radu Muntean (Romania)
The Hill Where Lionesses Roar [+see also:
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interview: Luana Bajrami
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]
- Luàna Bajrami (Kosovo/France)
Magnetic Beats [+see also:
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interview: Vincent Maël Cardona
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]
- Vincent Maël Cardona (France)
Medusa - Anita Rocha da Silveira (Brazil)
Murina [+see also:
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interview: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović
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]
- Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović (Croatia/Brasil/USA/Slovenia)
Neptune Frost - Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman (Rwanda/USA)
A Night of Knowing Nothing [+see also:
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]
- Payal Kapadia (India/France)
The Tale of King Crab [+see also:
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interview: Alessio Rigo de Righi and M…
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]
- Alessio Rigo de Righi, Matteo Zoppis (Italy/Argentina /France)
Returning to Reims (Fragments) [+see also:
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]
- Jean-Gabriel Périot (France)
Ripples of Life - Shujun Wei (China)
The Sea Ahead [+see also:
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]
- Ely Dagher (Lebanon/Belgium/France)
The Souvenir Part II [+see also:
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]
- Joanna Hogg (UK/USA)
Our Men [+see also:
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interview: Rachel Lang
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]
- Rachel Lang (France/Belgium) (Closing film)

Special Screening

The Souvenir [+see also:
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- Joanna Hogg (UK/USA)

Short Films

Anxious Body - Yoriko Mizushiri (France/Japan)
El Espacio sideral (The Sidereal Space) - Sebastián Schjaer (Argentina)
The Parents’ Room - Diego Marcon (UK/Italy)
Simone est partie (Simone Is Gone) - Mathilde Chavanne (France)
Sycorax - Lois Patiño, Matías Piñeiro (Spain/Portugal)
Train Again - Peter Tscherkassky (Austria)
The Vandal - Eddie Alcazar (USA)
When Night Meets Dawn (Quand la Nuit rencontre l’Aube) - Andreea Cristina Borțun (Romania)
The Windshield Wiper - Alberto Mielgo (Spain/USA)

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(Translated from French)

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