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Cannes’ Directors Fortnight Includes Michael Cera, Liev Schreiber

Lineup of Cannes sidebar includes science fiction, horror and film noir


The Sundance titles “Magic Magic” and “We Are What We Are” are among the 21 films selected for the 2013 Directors Fortnight sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival.

Michael Cera“Magic Magic,” directed by Sebastian Silva, stars Michael Cera (left) and Juno Temple; Jim Mickle’s “We Are What We Are” is an English-language remake of a Mexican horror film that screened at Directors Fortnight three years ago.

Directors Fortnight is an independent sidebar that runs concurrently with Cannes. Its films are eligible for the Camera d’Or, the prize given to the best debut feature from the main competition, the International Critics Week section or Directors Fortnight.

“Last Days on Mars,” a sci-fi movie from Irish director Ruairi Robinson with a cast that includes Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas and Romola Garai, is one of the most commercially promising entries on a slate that strikes a balance between Europe, Asia and the Americas.

French directors Yolande Moreau, Serge Bozon and Marcel Ophuls are also represented in the section (by “Henri,” “Tip Top” and “Un voyageur,” respectively), but the lineup is unusually heavy on films in English, including “The Arbor” director Clio Barnard’s Oscar Wilde adaptation “The Selfish Giant” and Jeremy Saulnier’s film noir “Blue Ruin.”

Director Alejandro Jodorwosky will be represented by his film “The Dance of Reality,” and also by Frank Pavich’s documentary “Jodorwosky’s Dune,” which chronicles the Chilean director’s unsuccessful attempt to make a film of Frank Herbert’s science-fiction epic “Dune.”

Directors Fortnight will open with “Waltz With Bashir” director Ari Folman’s “The Congress,” a blend of live action and animation starring Robin Wright and Harvey Keitel. Folman’s film was announced last week, but the rest of the selections were unveiled Tuesday morning in Paris.

Seven of the films are the first features from their directors, and 16 are world premieres.

“Swimmer,” from “We Need to Talk About Kevin” director Lynne Ramsay, is one of the nine shorts announced for the sidebar as well.

Last year’s Directors Fortnight selection included Michel Gondry‘s “The We and I,” Rodney Ascher’s documentary “Room 237” and the Chilean Oscar nominee “No.”

The full lineup of features:

“Above the Hill,” Raphael Nadjari
“Apres la nuit,” Basil Da Cunha
“Les Apaches,” Thierry De Peretti
“Blue Ruin,” Jeremy Saulnier
“The Congress,” Ari Folman
“The Dance of Reality,” Alejandro Jodorwosky
“L’escale,” Kaveh Bakhtiari
“La Fille du 14 juillet,” Antonin Peretjako
“Henri,” Yolande Moreau
“Iloilo,” Anthony Chen
“Jodorowsky’s Dune,” Frank Pavich
“Last Day on Mars,” Ruairi Robinson
“Magic Magic,”Sebastian Silva
“Me Myself and Mum,”Guillaume Gallienne
“On the Job,” Erik Matti
“The Selfish Giant,” Clio Barnard
“The Summer of the Flying Fish,” Marcela Said
“Tip Top,” Serge Bozon
“Ugly,” Anurag Kashyap
“Un voyageur,” Marcel Ophuls
“We Are What We Are,” Jim Mickle

Short films:

“Gambozinos,” Joao Nicolau

“Lagy Eso,” Denes Nagy

“Le Quepa Sur La Vilni!,” Yann Le Quellec

“Man Kann Nicht Auf Einmal Alles Tun, Aber Man Kann Auf Einmal Alles Lassen,” Marie-Elsa Sgualdo

“O Umbra De Nor,” Radu Jude

“Pouco Mais De Um Mes,” Andre Novais Oliveira

“Que Je Tombe Tout Le Temps,” Eduardo Williams

“Solecito,” Oscar Ruiz Navia

“Swimmer,” Lynne Ramsay