Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Selection to Include 8 Films From North and South America

The festival also announced three documentaries and six narrative films in its ACID program

Directors Fortnight poster 2024
2024 Directors Fortnight poster (Quinzaine des Cineastes)

Eight films from the Americas will screen at the Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight program, Fortnight creative director Julien Rejl announced on Tuesday.

Directors’ Fortnight, or Quinzaine des Cinéastes, is an independent sidebar that presents adventurous works simultaneously with, but independently of, the main festival.

The 21 feature selections come from 14 different countries and include four films by American directors, including Tyler Taormina’s “Christmas Eve in Miller’s Point,” Carson Lund’s “Eephus,” Ryan J. Sloan’s “Gazer” and India Donaldson’s “Good One.”

The lineup also includes films from Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Five of the selections are French, two are Japanese and one, “To a Land Unknown,” is from Palestine.

The Fortnight will also present a special screening of Chantal Akerman’s “Histoires d’Amérique: Food, Family and Philosophy.”

Independently of the Fortnight announcement, Cannes also announced this year’s ACID (Association for the International Distribution of Independent Cinemas) program, which is a selection of three documentaries and six narrative features chosen by a panel of filmmakers.

The full list of ACID selections is below, along with the Fortnight program.

Directors’ Fortnight was founded in 1969, in the wake of the cancellation of the 1968 festival in solidarity with a French workers’ strike. Intended to be a non-competitive section that focuses on adventurous work, it now typically showcases the kinds of films that might otherwise be in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section.

The Fortnight was the first section in Cannes to present films by Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Damien Chazelle, Chloe Zhao, Michael Haneke and George Lucas (with “THX 1138” in 1971).

The program is now on its fifth creative director in the last 15 years with Rejl. In 2022, its board announced that it would “seriously rethink Directors’ Fortnight, its name, its singularity and its strategic and political role.” The following year, it changed its French name from Quinzaine des Realisateurs to Quinzaine des Cinéastes, to focus on more than just directors (realisateurs) in the filmmaking process. In English, though, it is still referred to as Directors’ Fortnight.

Directors Fortnight lineup:

Feature films:
“Ma Vie Ma Gueule,” Sophie Fillières (France) – opening film
“A Son Image,” Thierry de Peretti (France)
“Christmas Eve in Miller’s Point,” Tyler Taormina (USA)
“Desert of Namibia,” Yoko Yamanaka (Japan)
“East of Noon,” Hala Elkoussy (Egypt)
“Eat the Night,” Caroline Poggi & Jonathan Vinel (France)
“Eephus,” Carson Lund (USA)
“Gazer,” Ryan J. Sloan (USA)
“Ghost Cat Anzu,” Yoko Kuno & Nobuhiro Yamashita (Japan)
“Good One,” India Donaldson (USA)
“Mongrel,” Chiang Wei Liang & You Qiao Yin (Taiwan)
“Visiting Hours,” Patricia Mazuy (France)
“Savanna and the Mountain,” Paulo Carneiro (Portugal)
“Sister Midnight,” Karan Kandhari (India)
“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed,” Hernán Rosselli (Argentina)
“The Falling Sky,” Eryk Rocha & Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha (Brazil)
“The Hyperboreans,” Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña (Chile)
“The Other Way Around,” Jonás Trueba (Spain)
“To a Land Unknown,” Mahdi Fleifel (Palestine)
“Universal Language,” Matthew Rankin (Canada)
“Plastic Guns,” Jean-Christophe Meurisse (France) – closing film
Special screening: “Histoires d’Amerique: Food, Family and Philosophy,” Chantal Akerman (Belgium)

Short films:
“After the Sun,” Rayane Mcirdi (France/Algeria)
“Extremely Short,” Totemo Mijaki (Japan)
“Immaculata,” Kim Lea Sakkal (Lebanon)
“Les Meteos D’Antoine,” Jules Follet (France)
“Mulberry Fields,” Mot lan dang do (Vietnam)
“Our Own Shadow, Agustina Sánchez Gavier (Argentina)
“The Moving Garden,” Inês Lima (Portugal)
“Very Gentle Work,” Nate Lavey (USA)
“When the Land Runs Away,” Frederico Lobo (Portugal)

The ACID program is an association of independent filmmakers who have been choosing a small slate of films for the festival since 1992. Justine Triet, who won the Palme d’Or last year for “Anatomy of a Fall,” screened as part of the ACID selection with her first film, “Age of Panic,” in 2013.

ACID program:
“A Fireland,” Mona Convert (documentary, France)
“Ce N’est Qu’un Au Revoir,” Guillaume Brac (documentary, France)
“Château Rouge,” Hélène Milano (documentary, France)
“Fotogenico,” Marcia Romano & Benoît Sabatier (fiction, France)
“In Retreat,” Maisam Ali (fiction, India/France)
“It Doesn’t Matter,” Josh Mond (fiction, U.S.A./France)
“Kyuka – Before Summer’s End,” Kostis Charamountanis (fiction, Greece/North Macedonia)
“Mi Bestia,” Camila Beltrán (fiction, Colombia/France)
“Most People Die on Sundays,” Iair Said (fiction, Argentina/Italy/Spain)

The 2024 Cannes Film Festival runs May 14-25.


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