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2012 Directors’ Fortnight includes Raoul Ruiz’s Final Film, Gondry Opener and Pablo Stoll, Pablo Larrain, Jaime Rosales and Ben Wheatley

One section’s lose (Un Certain Regard) is indeed another section’s gain. The Directors’ Fortnight list of 21 films will begin with Michel Gondry’s “The We and the I” and the sidebar which is loaded in items from France and Latin America will include the special screenings of Raul Ruiz’s last picture and Ben Wheatley’s highly anticipated Sightseers. Among the more note-worthy items from Edouard Waintrop’s selections we find a pair of Pablos as in Pablo Stoll (now being referred to as Pablo Stoll Ward and who we’ve been keeping tabs on since 25 Watts) who presents a family comedy with 3 (see pic above) and the return of Pablo Larrain who brought Tony Manero to the section and who will roll out No while Jaime Rosales is also a return visitor with Dream and Silence.

Further breakdown of the section shows us that there are exactly 18 world premieres with only three international preems including a Sundance title that we predicted for the Croisette in Rodney Ascher’s Room 237. Of the 21 films, a total of six are from first-timers, meaning the Camera d’or odds will once again be a Quinzaine vs. Semaine de la Critique honor. Blake Williams and I have plenty of digging to do for our crazy Cannes coverage in three weeks from now, but I imagine we’ll be covering several other nuggets in the titles included below.

“The We and the I,” U.S., Michel Gondry

“3,” Uruguay-Germany-Argentina, Pablo Stoll Ward
“Adieu Berthe,” France, Bruno Podalydes
“Alyah,” France, Elie Wajeman
“The King of Pigs,” South Korea, Yeun Sang-Ho
“Dangerous Liaisons,” China, Hur Jin-Ho
“Ernest and Celestine,” France-Belgium-Luxembourg, Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner
“Fogo,” Canada, Yulene Olaizola
“Gangs of Wasseypur,” India, Anurag Kashyap
“Infancia clandestina,” Argentina-Spain-Brazil, Benjamin Avila
“La Sirga,” Colombia-France-Mexico, William Vega
“No,” Chili-U.S., Pablo Larrain
“Operation Libertad,” Switzerland-France, Nicolas Wadimoff
“Hold Back,” France, Rachid Djaidani
“Le Repenti,” Algeria, Merzak Allouache
“Room 237,” U.S., Rodney Ascher
“Sueno y silencio,” Spain, Jaime Rosales
“A Respectable Family,” Iran, Massoud Bakhshi

“La noche de enfrente,” France-Chile, Raul Ruiz
“Sightseers,” U.K., Ben Wheatley

“Camille redouble,” France, Noemie Lvovsky



Avec Jeff, à moto / Marie-Eve Juste (Canada)

Rodri / Franco Lolli (France)

Königsberg / Philipp Mayrhofer (France)

Porcos Raivosos / Leonardo Sette et Isabel Penoni (Brésil / Brazil)

Os vivos tamben choram/ Basil da Cunha (Suisse, Portugal / Switzerland , Portugal)


Portret Z Pamieci / Marcin Bortkiewicz (Pologne / Poland)

The Curse / Fyzal Boulifa (Royaume Uni, Maroc / United Kingdom, Morrocco)

Tram / Michaela Pavlátová (France, République tchèque / France, Czech Republic)

Os mortos-vivos / Anita Rocha da Silveira (Brésil / Brazil)

Wrong Cops / Quentin Dupieux (France)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric 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. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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