Cannes: Paolo Moretti to Head Up Directors’ Fortnight in 2019

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Current artistic director Edouard Waintrop will oversee his last edition of the Cannes sidebar in April.

The Cannes Directors’ Fortnight named a new artistic director today in Paris. Starting in 2019, Paolo Moretti will replace current director Edouard Waintrop, who has been heading up the sidebar since 2011 and will oversee his last edition this coming April.

Since 2014, Moretti has been the artistic director of La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival in western France, while also running Le Concorde art house cinema, which is located in the same town. Before that, he was the deputy director of Venice’s Orizzonti sidebar and a programmer for the Rome and FIDMarseille festivals.

Moretti was appointed by the Societe de Realisateurs de Films (SRF), an association of French filmmakers that created the Directors’ Fortnight back in 1968 in protest against the Cannes official competition. The SRF is currently co-presided by directors Yann Gonzalez (You and the Night), Celine Sciamma (Girlhood) and Rebecca Zlotowski (Planetarium).

Under Waintrop’s reign, the Directors’ Fortnight has premiered several prominent art house and genre titles, with a few receiving Oscar nominations. The list includes Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin and Green Room, animation hit Ernest and Celestine, Pablo Larrain’s No and Neruda, Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash (following its Sundance bow), Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent and Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Mustang.

Last year, the Fortnight bowed Chloe Zhao’s The Rider and Sean Baker’s The Florida Project

This year’s Director’s Fortnight will run from May 9-19.