PARIS – Alongside Filipino director Lav Diaz, darling of the festivals, French Rebecca Zlotowski and Bertrand Bonello, the Directors’ Fortnight, a parallel section in Cannes, will this year honor filmmakers taking their first steps on the Croisette.
O n the 24 selected feature films, 16 were the result of filmmakers that “this is the first time in Cannes,” said Tuesday Italian Paolo Moretti, the new managing director of the Fortnight.
“The DNA of the Fortnight is to go to visionary flashes, unexpected visions and trust the directors who dare to go to unexplored fields,” Moretti told AFP. His role is “to bring something more to enrich the overall proposal of the Cannes Film Festival”.
Among the films in the running are the new opus of Lav Diav ( The Halt), the much anticipated The Lighthouse by Robert Eggers ( The Witch ), a horror film starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe and the new film by Rebecca Zlotowski (An easy girl) with former escort Zahia Dehar on the bill. It will be about a girl who follows her cousin to a very free lifestyle.
Two French films will have the honors of the opening ( Le Suede, Quentin Dupieux) and the closing of the Fortnight (Yves de Benoit Forgeard).
It will also include Alice and the mayor, second feature film of the French Nicolas Pariser, with Fabrice Luchini and Anaïs Demoustier, Bertrand Bonello’s Zombi Child , Erwan Le Duc’s partridge , with Swann Arlaud, and We’ll all fart, a documentary by Lech Kowalski on a movement of employees.
Dogs Do not Wear Pants , a Scandinavian film, talks about “rebirth through extreme sadomasochistic practices” and Oleg by Juris Kursietis, “the descent into hell of a posted worker,” said the delegate general.
Also worth noting is the presence of a film Netflix ( Wounds ), a psychological thriller by Babak Anvari, with Armie Hammer and Dakota Johnson on “the explosion of a couple because of new technologies”.