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42nd Director’s Fortnight: New Logo, New Site and a New Direction?

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42nd Director’s Fortnight: New Logo, New Site and a New Direction?

New logo. New website. New artistic director. Olivier Pere exited to become the head honcho at Locarno, so the Director’s Fortnight, also known as La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, will be Frederic Boyer’s baby this year. The mandate will remain the same, but will the tastes differ? Pere’s legacy includes some of my favorites over the past decade such as Corneliu Porumboiu’s 12:08 East of Bucharest…

New logo. New website. New artistic director. Olivier Pere exited to become the head honcho at Locarno, so the Director’s Fortnight, also known as La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, will be Frederic Boyer’s baby this year. The mandate will remain the same, but will the tastes differ? Pere’s legacy includes some of my favorites over the past decade such as Corneliu Porumboiu’s 12:08 East of Bucharest, Anton Corbijn’s Control, Ramin Bahrani’s Chop Shop, Pablo Larraín’s Tony Manero, Bong Joon-ho’s The Host, Lodge Kerrigan’s Keane and Im Sang-soo’s The President’s Last Bang.

 Last year’s major coup was landing Francis Ford Coppola to present Tetro. While the film selections won’t be named for another two weeks, I’ve decided to quickly list some titles that might show up in the section, and having spotted both curators in Park City this year, we can expect in upwards of two, or perhaps even three Park City titles to end up in this sidebar. This is usually a French film heavy section, here are some titles that could very well be there this year, or cross into a different Cannes section altogether. The titles below were on my initial list that I compiled back in February – I figure I’ll get a couple of them right as I’m casting a wide net. The selections will be announced on April 20th.

22nd of May – Koen Mortier
At Ellen’s Age (Im Alter von Ellen) – Pia Marais
Black Heaven (L’autre Monde) Gilles Marchand
The Details –  Jacob Aaron Estes
Fuga Mortis – Kirill Mikhanovsky
Gigola – Laurence Charpentier
Here – Braden King
Incendies – Denis Villeneuve
In Your Hands (Sous ton Emprise) – Lola Doillon
La vida util – Federico Veiroj
Kaboom – Gregg Araki
Love, Imagined (Les Amours imaginaires) – Xavier Dolan
Memoria – Henning Carlsen & Ricardo Del Rio
Morgen – Marian Crisan 
Naufragio – Pedro Aguilera
Norwegian Wood – Tran Anh Hung
Our Grand Despair – Seyfi Teoman
Post Mortem – Pablo Larrain
Prey – Antoine Blossier
Le Quattro Volte – Michelangelo Frammartino
Rebecca H. – Lodge Kerrigan
Shit Year – Cam Archer
Svinalangorna – Pernilla August
Tuesday, After Christmas – Radu Muntean
The Tree – Julie Bertucelli
Two Gates of Sleep – Alistair Banks Griffin
Where the Boys Are (Short Film) – Bertrand Bonello
What’s Wrong with Virginia – Dustin Lance Black
White, White World – Oleg Novkovic
Womb – Benedek Fliegauf
Yelling To The Sky – Victoria Mahoney

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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