UPDATE: Outgoing Directors’ Fortnight chief Edouard Waintrop revealed a 20-strong 50th anniversary lineup today that includes a return engagement for some, and a surprise inclusion for one of the most controversial filmmakers ever to hit the Croisette. Gaspar Noé will world premiere his Climax, appearing for the first time in the section after turns in Official Selection with such films as Love, Enter The Void and Irreversible. Climax has been kept close to the vest, with some conflicting information circulating (we will update when we know more).
The Fortnight will open with Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra’s Birds Of Passage. The 1970s-set film about the early days of the drug trade is a return to the section for Guerra whose 2015 Embrace Of The Serpent became Colombia’s first Foreign Language Oscar nominee.
Also notable on the roster are Guillaume Nicloux’s Les Confins Du Monde. His Valley Of Love debuted in Competition in 2015 and starred Gérard Depardieu who is also in the new film. Two films are out of Sundance: Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace with Ben Foster, and Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy, “a delirious fever state of a Nicolas Cage revenge flick,” as described by Deadline’s Joe Utichi.
French helmer Marie Monge makes her Fortnight debut with her debut feature Joueurs starring Tahar Rahim and Stacy Martin. Spanish director Arantxa Echevarria is the other first-timer with Carmen Y Lola.
Also in the mix are two animated features, Mirai from Japan’s Mamoru Hosoda and Samouni Road from Italy’s Stefano Savona. Italy is also repped by the closing film, Troppa Grazia which stars Alba Rohrwacher and is directed by Gianni Zanazi.
The section will also confer the Carosse d’Or to Martin Scorsese with a screening of Mean Streets on May 9.
PREVIOUS: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival’s parallel Directors’ Fortnight section. It’s also the last one to be curated by outgoing artistic/executive director, Edouard Waintrop, whose final selection is being announced this morning. Waintrop, who will be replaced by Paolo Moretti for 2019, has had an impactful run, strengthening and reinvigorating the offerings, routinely snagging films by Competition-ordained filmmakers and introducing new talent to the world stage. This year is expected to be no different. We’re updating the list below as the titles are unveiled, so check back. The Fortnight runs May 9-18.
Pajaros De Verano (Birds Of Passage), dirs: Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra – Opening Film
Amin, dir: Philippe Faucon
Climax, dir: Gaspar Noé
Carmen Y Lola, dir: Arantxa Echevarria
Comprame Un Revolver (Buy Me A Gun), dir: Julio Hernandez Cordon
Les Confins Du Monde, dir: Guillaume Nicloux
El Motoarrebatador (The Snatch Thief), dir: Agustin Toscano
En Liberté, dir: Pierre Salvadori
Joueurs (Treat Me Like Fire), dir: Marie Monge
Leave No Trace, dir: Debra Granik
Los Silencios, dir: Beatriz Seigner
Ming Wang Xing Shi Ke De (The Pluto Moment), dir: Ming Zhang
Mandy, dir: Panos Cosmatos
Mirai, dir: Mamoru Hosoda
Le Monde Est A Toi, dir: Romain Gavras
Petra, dir: Jaime Rosales
Samouni Road, dir: Stefano Savona
Teret (The Load), dir: Ognjen Glavonic
Weldi (Dear Son), dir: Mohamed Ben Attia
Troppa Grazia, dir: Gianni Zanazi – Closing Film
Basses, dir: Félix Imbert
This Magnificent Cake!, dirs: Emma De Swaef, Marc Roels
La Chanson, dir: Tiphaine Raffier
La Lotta, dir: Marco Bellocchio
Las Cruces, dir: Nicolas Boone
La Nuit Des Sacs Plastiques, dir: Gabriel Harel
Our Song To War, dir: Juanita Onzaga
O Órafao, dir: Carolina Makowicz
Skip Day, dir: Patrick Bresnan
Le Sujet, dir: Patrick Bouchard