Cannes Unveils Directors' Fortnight Lineup


The sidebar will feature Cannes regulars John Boorman and Bruno Dumont, "Tale of Princess Kaguya" from Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli and a restored cut of horror classic "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

PARIS – The Cannes Film Festival's official Directors' Fortnight sidebar on Tuesday unveiled the lineup for its 46th annual event, with a roster of Oscar-, Cesar- and BAFTA-nominated filmmakers making the cut.

Festival veterans, such as Britain's John Boorman and France's Bruno Dumont, who both had been tipped for Cannes' main competition, will instead be in the sidebar.

Boorman, who’s nabbed the main competition’s best director prize twice, will return to Cannes with Queen and Country, the sequel to his Oscar-nominated Hope and Glory, in the sidebar competition; and two-time main competition jury prize winner Dumont’s Li’l Quinquin will show in a special screening.

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A newly restored cut of Tobe Hooper’s horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will also be granted a special screening.

French director Celine Sciamma’s Girlhood (Bande de Filles) will open the official sidebar. It explores similar themes as her 2007 debut Water Lilies, which marked her first appearance at the festival in the Un Certain Regard section. The follow-up had been widely speculated to make it into the main competition before the titles were announced last Thursday.

British director Matthew Warchus’ gay activist comedy Pride will make its world premiere as the closing film of the Fortnight. Starring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and Paddy Considine, the fish-out-of-water comedy marks the Tony-winning director’s return to the big screen.

Two Sundance features will be making international premieres as part of the Fortnight lineup. Jim Mickle’s dark thriller Cold in July, which received raves back in January for the intense performance of Michael C. Hall, will be showing internationally for the first time in the sidebar before a stateside release May 23.

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Sundance’s audience and jury prize winner Whiplash, Damien Chazelle’s feature-length fleshing out of his short about an aspiring jazz drummer, will also make its international debut.

Japanese director Isao Takahata’s Tale of Princess Kaguya will be the sole animated film in the lineup this year. It comes from Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli.

Three young filmmakers whose directorial debuts are premiering in the Director's Fortnight -- Asaf Forman’s Next to Her, Daniel Wolfe’s Catch Me Daddy and Thomas Cailley’s Fighters -- will also be in competition for the Camera d’Or prize for best first feature, which is selected from the Official Selection, Directors' Fortnight and Critics’ Week categories. French actress and director Nicole Garcia will head up that jury, the festival announced last week.

Overall, the Directors' Fortnight official sidebar will screen 18 features, 14 world premieres and 11 short films, up from nine shorts last year.

See the full lineup below.

Special Screenings

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Tobe Hooper

Li’l Quinquin Bruno Dumont


Feature Competition

Halleluiah Fabrice Du Welz (Belgium/France)

Next to Her Asaf Korman (Israel)

Catch Me Daddy Daniel Wolfe (U.K.)

Cold in July Jim Mickle (USA)

Fighters Thomas Cailley (France)

Gett Le Proces de Viviane Amsalem Ronit and Shlomi El Kabetz (Israel, France, Germany)

Tale of Princess Kaguya Isao Takahata (Japan)

A Hard Day Seong-Hun Kim (South Korea)

Eat Your Bones Jean-Charles Hue (France)

National Gallery Frederick Wiseman (France/USA)

Pride Matthew Warchus (U.K.)

Queen and Country John Boorman (U.K.)

Refugiado Diego Lerman (Argentina, France, Germany)

These Final Hours Zach Hilditch (Australia)

Tu Dors Nicole Stephane Lafleur (Canada)

Whiplash Damien Chazelle (USA)


Short Films Category

8 Bullets Frank Ternier (France)

The Revolution Hunter Margarida Rego (Portugal)

Cambodia 2099 Davy Chou (France)

In August Jenna Hasse (Switzerland)

Fragments Aga Woszczynska (Poland)

Guy Moquet Demis Herenger (France)

Jutra Marie-Jose Saint-Pierre (Canada)

Man on the Chair Dahee Jeong (France/South Korea)

Heartless Nara Normande and Tiao Tiao (Brazil)

Torn Elmar Imanov and Engin Kundag (Azerbaijan)

It Can Pass Through the Wall Radu Jude (Romania)