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Directors’ Fortnight Announces Lineup, 16 Directors to Make Cannes Debut

The sidebar’s lineup also includes new work from Rebecca Zlotowski, Lav Diaz and Bertrand Bonello


New films from Lav Diaz, Bertrand Bonello, Johnny Ma, Takashi Miike, Rebecca Zlotowski and nearly two dozen other directors¬† have been chosen for the 2019 lineup of Directors’ Fortnight, an independent section that runs concurrently with the Cannes Film Festival.

The lineup brings 16 directors to Cannes for the first time, according to Directors’ Fortnight organizers.

Seven of the films are from France and three from the United States. Those three are Babak Anvari’s “Wounds,” Robert Egger’s “The Lighthouse” and Kirill Mikhanovsky’s “Give Me Liberty.”

Additional countries represented in the selection include Belgium, Finland, Switzerland, Denmark, China, Japan, the Philippines, Tunisia, Brazil, Argentina and Peru.

“The Staggering Girl,” a short film from “Call Me by Your Name” director Luca Guadagnino, will also screen as part of the sidebar.

Additional short films are listed on the Directors’ Fortnight website.

Directors’ Fortnight has been presented in Cannes since 1968. Past films that were chosen for the section include Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash,” Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider,” Pablo Larrain’s “Neruda,” the foreign-language Oscar nominees “Embrace of the Serpent” and “Mustang” and, last year, Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace” and the Colombian Oscar selection, “Birds of Passage.”

This year’s lineup:

Feature films:
“Le Daim” (“Deerskin”), Quentin Duplaix (opening film)
“Alice et le Maire” (“Alice and the Mayor”), Nicolas Pariser
“And Then We Danced,” Levan Akin
“Ang Hupa” (“The Halt”), Lav Diaz
“Koirat Eivat Kayta Housuja” (“Dogs Don’t Wear Pants”), Jukka-Pekka Valkeapaa
“Cancion sin Nombre” (“Song Without a Name”), Melina Leon
“Ghost Tropic,” Bas Devos
“Give Me Liberty,” Kirill Mikhanovsky
“Hatsuokoi” (“First Love”), Takashi Miike
“The Lighthouse,” Robert Eggers
“Lillian,” Andreas Horwath
“Oleg,” Juris Kursietis
“On va Tout Peter” (“Blow It to Bits”), Lech Kowalski
“The Orphanage,” Shahrbanoo Sadat
“Les Particules,” Blaise Harrison
“Perdrix,” Erwan Le Duc
“Por el Dinero” (“For the Money”), Alejo Moguilansky
“Sem Seu Sangue” (“Sick Sick Sick”), Alice Furtado
“Tlamess,” Ala Eddine Slim
“Huo Zhe Chang Zhe” (“To Live to Sing”), Johnny Ma
“Une Fille Facile” (“An Easy Girl”), Rebecca Zlotowski
“Wounds,” Babak Anvari
“Zombi Child,” Bertrand Bonello
“Yves,” Benoir Forgeard (closing film)

Special Screenings:
“Red 11,” followed by Masterclass with Robert Rodriguez