Paolo Moretti, the successor to Edward Waintrop, head of the parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, unveiled his first selection. This 51st edition, from May 15 to 25, is characterized by increasing titles and a strong delegation of French films that, for many, flirt with the fantastic or a singular universe.
Twenty-six feature films For his first selection at the Directors’ Fortnight, Paolo Moretti, defector of the La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival, who also worked for the Venice Film Festival, did not skimp on quantity. This number is well above the average of previous editions. At the press conference held again this Tuesday, April 23 at the Forum des Images, the new delegate general said that of all the feature films selected, sixteen will see their authors land for the first time on the Croisette. “The Directors’ Fortnight also has the role of bringing in new directors,” said Moretti.
Seven French films are part of this selection, opened Wednesday, May 15 by Quentin Dupieux’s Le Suede with Jean Dujardin and Adele Haenel and closed by Yves de Benoît Forgeard ( Gaz de France ) whose dare we hardly dare to pitch. Because Yves is none other than a smart refrigerator supposed to simplify the life to the hero Jerem (William Lebghil). In this comedy about rap and star-up, we also find Philippe Katerine and Doria Tillier.
The Critics’ Week , a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, will take place from May 15 to 23, with a jury chaired by Colombian director Ciro Guerra ( Birds of Passage , currently on screen).
Devoted to the discovery of new talents, it presents only first and second films. Of the eleven selected, seven are in competition and four in special session.
Eight first films out of eleven selected
Among the eleven, appear eight first films, like Abu Leila of the Algerian Amin Sidi-Boumediene and the miracle of the unknown saint of the Moroccan Alaa Eddine Aljem. Two works that ” contrast with the type of productions that can be seen” in the Maghreb and are a reflection of “a new generation that comes from the short film” , according to Charles Tesson, General Delegate of the Week of Criticism.
The first deals with the civil war in Algeria, while the second is a fable about religious tourism.
Exploring other little-known regions of the 7th art, Critics’ Week has also selected first films from Costa Rica ( Sofia Quiros Ubeda’s Black Ash ) and Guatemala’s ( Nuestras Madres by César Diaz on the disappeared of the dictatorship). ).
The region will also be represented with the opening film, Litigante , second opus of the Colombian Franco Lolli ( Gente de bien ), presented as a portrait of a woman “in the vein of Pialat”.
French side, an animated film and two first films
France will be in competition with Jérémy Clapin’s animated film J’ai perdu mon corps , which explores many registers and tones: the fantastic, the poetic, the love story, almost the horror film, has underlined Charles Tesson.
In a special session, two first films complete the French contingent: The heroes never die of Aude Léa Rapin, with Adèle Haenel, who evokes the war in Bosnia by indirect routes (that of a possible reincarnation) and You deserve a love , first feature film by actress Hafsia Herzi, revealed by Kechiche, exploring the love relationships of young people.
Only feature-length film in the running, Vivarium , the second installment of the Irish Lorcan Finnegan, plunges a young couple (Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots) in a fantastic camera.
In closing, will be the first film of Chinese Xiaogang Gu ( Dwelling in the Fuchun Mutains ), the first part of a trilogy and family saga to the rhythm of nature and the life of a river.
The jury will present three prizes including the Nespresso Grand Prix and an award for an actor considered a revelation, after rewarding last year Diamantino , pastiche on a football player in crisis, and Félix Maritaux for his interpretation of a prostitute in Wild .
Charlotte Gainsbourg is on the road again. The Franco-British singer and actress will be on tour in the United States in April of this year. She will stop in Boston (April 7), Washington (April 8), Brooklyn (April 9), and San Francisco (April 15) and before heading to Coachella in Indio, California.
The star, who made her musical debut at the age of 12, will promote her latest album “Rest,” in which she recalls the death of her father, the famous Serge Gainsbourg, and her half-sister, Kate Barry. It was released in November 2017. The album is produced by the French DJ Sebastian Akchoté, alias “SebastiAn”, who has collaborated with Frank Ocean and Fall Out Boy. He also worked on Gainsbourg’s EP, “Take 2”, released in December.