Cannes: Juliette Binoche, Gerard Depardieu, Vanessa Paradis to Add Star Power to Directors' Fortnight
The sidebar will include new movies from Cannes favorites Claire Denis, Bruno Dumont, Abel Ferrara and Philippe Garrel, as well as Sundance festival hits.
A number of filmmakers that had been conspicuously absent from the Cannes Film Festival's main competition lineup will still get their day in the sun as part of the Directors' Fortnight sidebar.
Among them is Claire Denis’ latest film, Un beau soleil interieur, starring Juliette Binoche and Gerard Depardieu, which will be the opening-night film for the Directors' Fortnight, whose lineup includes 19 titles.
Bruno Dumont’s Jeanette, his follow-up to last year’s Slack Bay, which was in the official selection and went on to be nominated for nine Cesar awards, will also play in the sidebar. Jeanette is a musical about the childhood of Joan of Arc.
Abel Ferrara and Philippe Garrel are two other big names featured in the sidebar's program. Alive in France, the latest from Pasolini director Ferrara, and Garrel’s family drama L’Amant d’un Jour will both screen in its competition section. So will Tangerine helmer Sean Baker’s latest, the Willem Dafoe starrer The Florida Project.
Two Sundance Film Festival favorites will also play in the Directors' Fortnight. Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott’s action thriller Bushwick, which premiered at Sundance, will have a spot along with Patty Cake$, which will be the closing-night film of the sidebar.
Also set for the Cannes section are two feature-length versions of short films. One is A Ciambra, the sophomore feature from Mediterranea director Jonas Carpignano which expands his short of the same name that debuted in the Critics' Week program in Cannes in 2014. The other is Vladamir de Fontenay’s Mobile Homes.
Oscar-nominated films coming out of the Directors' Fortnight in recent years include Whiplash in 2014 and Embrace of the Serpent and Mustang in 2015.
Here are the other titles for the Directors’ Fortnight, which runs May 18-28 in Cannes, this year:
Chloe Zao’s The Rider, the follow-up to Songs My Brothers Taught Me, which appeared in the Fortnight in 2015
Robert de Paolis’ Cuori Puri
Rungano Nyoni’s girlhood drama I Am Not a Witch
Natalia Santa’s The Defense of the Dragon
Sonia Kronlund’s documentary Nothingwood
Frost, a war drama starring Vanessa Paradis from Lithuanian director Sharunas Bartas, who is returning to the sidebar
Marlina, The Murderer in Four Acts, a revenge drama from What They Don't Talk About When They Talk About Love director Mouly Surya
Leonardo di Costanzo’s L’Intrusa
Carine Tardieu’s Otez-moi d’un Doute
Amos Gitai’s West of the Jordan River, the follow-up to his 1982 film Field Diary