Smells of Europe and Discoveries at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight

– 18 of the 25 filmmakers make their debut on the Croisette with a feature film in the program, including Mia Hansen Løve, Alice Winocour, Alex Garland and Joao Pedro Rodrigues

Have a nice morning by Mia Hansen-Løve

Dedicated by the SRF to the Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaraviciusmurdered in Ukraine, to his colleague By Sentsov currently fighting at the front and to all artists forced to go to war instead of movies, the 54th edition of the Directors’ Fortnight (held from 18 to 24 May as part of the 75th Cannes Film Festival) has a very attractive program unveiled of 23 feature films (soon to be completed with an Asian film) dominated by an armada of 17 European filmmakers. A strong presence marked by a flurry of nine French titles, an overrepresentation that according to Paolo Morettithe general representative of the Fortnight (which will retire at the end of this edition – read the news), from the number of registrations from France (336 French feature films applied compared to, for example, 60 from Spain).

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No one will complain though, as the Fortnight will feature new work from particularly attractive filmmakers such as Mia Hansen-LøveAlice Winocour and Philippe Fauconsecond features by the promising Lea Mysius and thomas saviorthe third characteristic of rising star Nicolas Pariser and two documentaries that arouse curiosity, the first signed with her son by the novelist Annie Ernauxand the second by the renowned duo of explorers of extraordinary cinematic experiences, consisting of Verena Paravel and her English alter ego Lucien Castaing-Taylor† And let’s not forget Scarletthe first French-language film by the Italian director Pietro Marcelloopening this year’s edition (read the news).

The other European representatives are also not short of relief, as British filmmakers Mark Jenkin and Alex Garland take their first steps on the Croisette, preceded by the excellent reputation of their previous films, while the Portuguese Joao Pedro Rodrigues will regularly present his new opus here. This wave of filmmakers from the old continent also includes the Swiss Lionel Baier and, in the first features section, Spain’s Elena Lopez Rivera and that of Ukraine Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk

North America is making a good comeback (after only one title last year) with two American feature films (by Owen Kline and the duo Anna Rose HolmerSaela Davis) and a Canadian (Charlotte LeBondirectorial debut). Also to note that the Directors’ Fortnight 2022 Carrosse d’Or will be awarded to: Kelly Reichardt

The showcase is completed by five firsts: two from South America (by Chilean Manuela Martellic and the Colombian Fabian Hernandez), two from Tunisia (directed by Erige Sehiric and Youssef Chebbic) and one of the Lebanese filmmaker Ali Cherry who was shot in Sudan.

Presented today at noon in Paris at the Forum des Images, the program will involve 11 female directors and will arouse great curiosity, clearly dominated by discoveries and enhanced by a number of established values ​​that will create attraction.

The selected movies:

to take offPietro Marcello (Opening film)
1976Manuela Martellic
WaterElena Lopez Rivera
The damAli Cherry
The Super 8 YearsAnnie Ernaux & David Ernaux-Briot
AshkaliYoussef Chebbic
The Five DevilsLea Mysius
The devices of the human bodyVerena Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Continental Drift (to the south)Lionel Baier
Enys MenMark Jenkin
Falcon LakeCharlotte LeBon
will-o’-the-wispJoao Pedro Rodrigues
Funny pagesOwen Kline
God’s beingsAnna Rose Holmer & Saela Davis
The HarkisPhilippe Faucon
The mountainthomas savior
pamphirDmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk
See Paris againAlice Winocour
Under the fig treesErige Sehiric
Have a nice morningMia Hansen-Løve
A manFabian Hernandez
MenAlex Garland (Special display)
The green perfumeNicolas Pariser (closing film)

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