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With a stellar record of selecting Oscar-nominated films in recent years, including Whiplash in 2014 and Embrace of the Serpent and Mustang last year, the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar on Tuesday unveiled this year’s selections.
While France, Italy, Canada and Chile are well represented, the sole narrative feature entry from the U.S. will be Paul Schrader’s crime thriller Dog Eat Dog, starring Nicolas Cage, which will screen as the closing film.
Documentarian Laura Poitras also will have Risk, the follow-up to her Oscar-winning Citizenfour.
Oscar nominee Berenice Bejo will get double billing in the sidebar, with Belgian filmmaker Joachim Lafosse’s wrenching break-up drama L’Economie du Couple and Italian helmer Marco Bellocchio’s Sweet Dreams, about a woman coming to terms with the secrets surrounding her mother’s death years before.
Late director Solveig Anspach’s final film, The Aquatic Effect, also will feature in the lineup. Anspach had been a festival regular before she passed away from breast cancer at age 54 while the pic was in postproduction.
Rachid Djaidani’s Gerard Depardieu-starrer Tour de France, about an unlikely duo on a road trip, also will unspool.
Claudio Giovannesia’s Fiore and Paolo Virzi’s mental institution friendship drama Like Crazy both hail from Italy.
Two Chilean films include Pablo Larrain’s noir thriller Neruda, starring Gael Garcia Bernal as a police inspector tracking Nobel prize-winning poet and dissident politician Pablo Neruda, and the latest from 86-year-old maestro Alejandro Jodorowsky, with his crowd-funded romance Endless Poetry.
Kim Nguyen’s small-town romance Two Lovers and a Bear, starring Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominee Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan, and Nathan Morlando’s Mean Dreams, a crime thriller starring Kevin Durand and Bill Paxton, will represent Canada.
Indian director Anurag Kashyap brings Psycho Raman, based on the story of a serial killer in 1960s Bombay.
Four first films are included in the Fortnight competition, with a trio of young French directors including Divines from Houda Benyamina; Claude Barras’ animated adaptation Ma Vie de Courgette; and Sacha Wolf’s rugby drama Mercenaire. Young Afghani helmer Shahrbanoo Sadat is also debuting her first film, Wolf and Sheep, which was developed with Cannes Cinefondation in 2011.
Les Vies de Therese from Cesar-winning documentarian Sebastien Lifshitz will round out the main section.
The 2015 competition boasted two winners that went on to earn Oscar nominations: Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent, which received the Art Cinema award, and Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Mustang, which took home the Europa Cinema award.
In the short film category are Isabel Penoni and Valentina Homem’s Abigail, Romane Gueret and Lise Akoka’s Chasse Royale, Alberto Vazquez’s Decorado, Tamar Rudoy’s Habat Shel Hakala, Jan Saska’s Happy End, Jero Yun’s Hitchhiker, Ena Sendijarevic’s Import, Damien Ounouri’s Kindil El Bahar, Dea Kulumbegashvili’s Lethe, Garri Bardine’s Listening to Beethoven and Miroslav Sikavica’s Zvir.
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