Cannes Unveils Directors’ Fortnight Lineup Overflowing with Experimental Fare

Sidebar to main competition only features one American film, “Return”

Cannes unveiled 25 films that will screen as part of its annual Directors Fortnight, a sidebar to its in-competition offerings. 

As usual, the movies featured in the lineup are for more experimental fare such as Karl Markovics "Breathing," an Austrian drama about a man searching for his mother, and Alejandro Landes' "Porfirio," about a wheelchair bound man who dreams of flying.

What it is not heavy on is American films. The only entrant from the United States is Liza Johnson's "Return," starring Lisa Cardellini, Michael Shannon and Tim Blake Nelson. The film centers on a female soldier who comes home after serving overseas.

Here's the full list of films:

— Apres le sud (France) – Jean-Jacques Jauffret
— Blue Bird (Belgium) – Gust Van den Berghe
— Breathing (Austria) – Karl Markovics
— Code Blue (Netherlands/Denmark) – Urszula Antoniak
— Corpo celeste (Italy/Switzerland/France) – Alice Rohrwacher
— End of Silence (France-Austria) – Roland Edzard
— La Fée (Belgium/France) – Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy (opening film)
— Les Géants (Belgium-France-Luxembourg) – Bouli Lanners (closing film)
— Impardonnables (France) – Andre Techine
— The Island (Bulgaria-Sweden) – Kamen Kalev
— Iris in Bloom (France) – Valerie Mrejen
— Joan Captive (France) – Philippe Ramos
— Mushrooms (India/France) – Vimukthi Jayasundara
— O abismo prateado (Brazil) – Karim Ainouz
— The Other Side of Sleep (Ireland/Hungary/Netherlands) – Rebecca Daly
— Palawan Fate (Philippines) – Auraeus Solito
— Play (Sweden/France/Denmark) – Ruben Ostlund
— Porfirio (Colombia/Spain/Uruguay/Argentina/France) – Alejandro Landes
— Return (US) – Liza Johnson
— Sur la planche (Morocco/France/Germany) – Leila Kilani
— Volcano (Denmark/Iceland) – Runar Runarsson