The Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival is a rich and interesting mix this year replete with a handful of previous Oscar winners and nominees — and some films that might have been expected to run in Official Selection. This isn’t a new phenomenon as titles regularly find themselves jockeyed for position across the various sidebars (see last year and Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days). Among the names we were expecting to be called out last Thursday and which are now in estimable company in the Fortnight are Italy’s Marco Bellocchio with Sweet Dreams and Belgium’s Joachim Lafosse with L’Economie Du Couple — both starring The Artist’s Bérénice Bejo. Oscar-nominated helmer Pablo Larrain’s biopic of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Neruda is also in and Oscar-winning helmer Laura Poitras will unveil her latest documentary, Risk — which features Julian Assange, as Citizenfour looked at Edward Snowden.
Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky for his part was expected after he tweeted last week that he’d been officially invited to the section — he later pulled back saying his dreams had got the better of him. But he is indeed here with Endless Poetry.
There’s currently no opening night film, although veteran Paul Schrader’s Dog Eat Dog, a crime drama starring Nicolas Cage, is on Closing Night.
Also of note, Canadian director Kim Nguyen with Two Lovers And A Bear starring Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan. The helmer was shortlisted for a Foreign Language Oscar with 2012’s War Witch.
In a return to the Fortnight which marks his third go-round is Indian indie helmer Anurag Kashyap with Psycho Raman. The director has previously been in the section with Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012) and Ugly (2013).
Dog Eat Dog, dir: Paul Schrader – Closing Night Film
Divines, dir: Houda Benyamina*
L’Economie Du Couple, dir: Joachim Lafosse
L’Effet Aquatique, dir: Sólveig Anspach
Sweet Dreams, dir: Marco Bellocchio
Fiore, dir: Claudio Giovannesi
Like Crazy, dir: Paolo Virzì
Ma Vie De Courgette, dir: Claude Barras*
Mean Dreams, dir: Nathan Morlando
Mercenaire, dir: Sacha Wolff *
Neruda, dir: Pablo Larraín
Endless Poetry, dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Psycho Raman, dir: Anurag Kashyap
Risk, dir: Laura Poitras
Tour De France, dir: Rachid Djaïdani
Two Lovers And A Bear, dir: Kim Nguyen
Les Vies De Thérèse, dir: Sébastien Lifshitz
Wolf And Sheep, dir: Shahrbanoo Sadat*
*Denotes first film, eligible for the Camera d’or
Abigail, dirs: Isabel Penoni, Valentina Homem
Chasse Royale, dirs: Romane Gueret, Lise Akoka
Decorado, dir: Alberto Vazquez
Habat Shel Hakala, dir: Tamar Rudoy
Happy End, dir: Jan Saska
Hitchhiker, dir: Jero Yun
Import, dir: Ena Sendijarevic
Kindil El Bahr, dir: Damien Ounouri
Léthé, dir: Dea Kulumbegashvili
Listening To Beethoven, dir: Garri Bardine
Zvir, dir: Miroslav Sikavica