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2018 Cannes: Ciro Guerra, Gaspar Noé, Romain Gavras, Jaime Rosales & Debra Granik Fill Directors’ Fortnight

Heavy on Spanish language films (including a Brazilian film not in its mother tongue) and the usual block of French film items, after seven years as Artistic Director, Edouard Waintrop leaves the Directors’ Fortnight (the section that gave us The Florida Project and a Claire Denis comedy in 2017) with what appears to be a program of genre-friendly firecracker line-up items.

Opening with Ciro Guerra & Cristina Gallego‘s Birds of Passage, (#71 on our Most Anticipated list) we have Julio Hernández Cordón‘s Buy Me a Gun which is being called a mix of Peter Pan and Mad Max. We have the return of Jaime Rosales (his third trip to Cannes) with Petra which is being called a must see cruel portrait.

Among the French items we have Gaspar Noé‘s Climax (formerly known as Psyché) to look forward to and Les Confins du monde by Guillaume Nicloux (#81 on our Most Anticipated list) is being called an Apocalypse Now for its regional focus – this is Nicloux’s third feature in a row to feature Gerard Depardieu. We have Romain GavrasLe monde est à toi which stars Karim Leklou, Vincent Cassel and Isabelle Adjani in roles we’ve never quite seen them in.

From Asia, Sixth Generation filmmaker Zhang Ming‘s The Pluto Moment might be a truly indie film worth seeking out, and they bring anime helmer from Mamoru Hosoda with Mirai (being repped by Wild Bunch), while from the U.S we find Sundance carry-overs in Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy and Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace. Here is the full line-up:

Amin – Philippe Faucon
Carmen y Lola – Arantxa Echevarria *
Climax – Gaspar Noé
Cómprame un revólver (Buy Me a Gun) – Julio Hernández Cordón
Les Confins du monde – Guillaume Nicloux
El motoarrebatador ( The Snatch Thief ) – Agustín Toscano
En Liberté! – Pierre Salvadori
Joueurs (Treat Me Like Fire) – Marie Monge *
Leave No Trace – Debra Granik
Los silencios – Beatriz Seigner
The Pluto Moment – Ming Zhang
Mandy – Panos Cosmatos
Mirai – Mamoru Hosoda
Le monde est à toi  – Romain Gavras
Birds of Passage – Ciro Guerra & Cristina Gallego (opening film)
Petra – Jaime Rosales
Samouni Road – Stefano Savona
The Load – Ognjen Glavonic
Troppa grazia – Gianni Zanasi (closing film)
Weldi (Dear Son) – Mohamed Ben Attia


Basses de / by Félix Imbert première mondiale
Ce magnifique gâteau ! ( This Magnificient Cake ! ) de / by Emma De Swaef & Marc Roels première
La Chanson ( The Song ) de / by Tiphaine Raffier première mondiale
La lotta de / by Marco Bellocchio première mondiale
Las cruces de / by Nicolas Boone première mondiale
La Nuit des sacs plastiques ( The Night of the Plastic Bags ) de / by Gabriel Harel première mondiale
O órfão ( The Orphan ) de / by Carolina Markowicz première mondiale
Our Song to War de / by Juanita Onzaga première mondiale – documentaire
Skip Day de / by Patrick Bresnan & Ivette Lucas première mondiale – documentaire
Le Sujet ( The Subject ) de / by Patrick Bouchard première internationale

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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