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First-Timers Dominate Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight

11 of the 24 international selections come from new filmmakers

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Directors’ Fortnight, the most high-profile film series at the Cannes Film Festival that isn’t officially part of the festival, is showing two dozen features this year; 21 of them are world premieres, and almost half of them from first-time directors.

The series, which is produced independently of the main festival but which runs concurrently in Cannes, traditionally features younger, lesser-known filmmakers than the main festival.

This year’s lineup, which was announced on Tuesday, includes 22 films in the main Directors Fortnight series, along with two special screenings and nine short films. The films come from 19 different countries, including Malaysia, Uruguay, Kyrgyzstan and Luxembourg.

The series’ will open and close with French films. The opening-night atttraction will be the documentary “Benda Bilili!” from Renaud Barret and Florent de la Tullaye, while the closing film will be “Lily Sometimes” by Fabienne Berthaud, with Diane Kruger and Ludivine Sagnier.

Two of the selections come from the United States: “S— Year,” from Cam Archer, with actress Ellen Barkin; and “Two Gates of Sleep,” from Alistair Banks Griffin, with Brady Corbet and Karen Young.

Two documentaries will receive special screenings: “Boxing Gym,” from Frederick Wiseman (“Titticut Follies”), and “Stones in Exile,” a doc about the making of the Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main Street” album from British director Stephen Kijak.

The Directors Fortnight, according to its own description, “is distinguished by its independent-mindedness, its non-competitive nature and its concern to cater to non-professional Cannes audiences.” Since it was launched in 1968 by the French Directors Guild, the fortnight has presented early works by Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese, Ken Loach, Jim Jarmusch, Michael Haneke and others.

While Directors Fortnight films do not compete for the main Cannes Film Festival awards, they are eligible for the Camera d’Or, an award given to the best first film shown in the main Cannes competition or its Un Certain Regard sidebar, or in Directors’ Fortnight and International Critics’ Week series.

The selection:

FEATURE FILMS
“A Alegria” (“Joy”) – Marina Méliande and Felipe Braganca (Brazil)
“All Good Children” – Alicia Duffy (Ireland-Belgium-France)
“Alting bliver godt igen” (“Everything Will Be Fine”) – Christoffer Boe (Denmark-Sweden-France)
“Año bisiesto” (“Leap Year”) – Michael Rowe (Mexico)
“Benda Bilili!” – Renaud Barrett and Florent de la Tullaye (France) (documentary)
“La Casa muda” (“The Silent House”) – Gustavo Hernandez (Uruguay)
“Cleveland Vs. Wall Street” – Jean-Stéphane Bron (Switzerland – France) (documentary)
“Des Filles en noir” – Jean-Paul Civeyrac (France)
“Ha’Meshotet” (“The Wanderer / Le Vagabond”) – Avishai Sivan (Israël)
“Illégal” – Olivier Masset-Depasse (Belgium-Luxembourg-France)
“The Light Thief” – Aktan Arym Kubat (Kyrgyzstan)
“Little Baby Jesus of Flanders” – Gust Vandenberghe (Belgium)
“La Mirada invisible” (“The Invivible Eye”) – Diego Lerman (Argentina-France-Spain)
“Picco” – Philip Koch (Germany)
“Pieds nus sur les limaces” (“Lily Sometimes”) – Fabienne Berthaud (France)
“Le Quattro volte” – Michelangelo Frammartino (Italy-Germany-Switzerland)
“Shit Year” – Cam Archer (USA)
Somos lo que hay” (“We Are What We Are”) – Jorge Michel Grau (Mexico)
“The Tiger Factory” – Woo Ming jin (Malaysia-Japan)
“Todos vós sodes capitáns” - Oliver Laxe (Spain)
“Two Gates Of Sleep” – Alistair Banks Griffin (USA)
“Un Poison violent” (“Love Like Poison”) – Katell Quillevéré (France)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
“Stones In Exile” – Stephen Kijak (UK) (documentary)
“Boxing Gym” – Frederik Wiseman (USA) (documentary)

SHORT FILMS
“Cautare” (“Quest”) – Ionut Piturescu (Romania)
“Ett tyst barn” (“A Silent Child”) – Jesper Klevenas (Sweden)
“Licht” – Andre Schreuders (Netherlands)
“Mary Last Seen” – Sean Durkin (USA)
“Petit tailleur” – Louis Garrel (France)
“Shadows of Silence” – Pradeepan Raveendran (France)
“Shikasha” – Hirabayashi Isamu (Japan)
“Tre ore” – Annarita Zambrano (Italy)
“Zed Crew” – Noah Pink (Zambia)