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2019 Cannes: Zlotowski, Bonello, Takashi Miike, Robert Eggers, Lav Diaz & Guadagnino in Fortnight

2019 Cannes: Zlotowski, Bonello, Takashi Miike, Robert Eggers, Lav Diaz & Guadagnino in Fortnight

We waited for the other shoe to drop and this year’s Directors’ Fortnight is chockfull of directorial films with six of the twenty-three (twenty-four films if you include Robert Rodriguez‘s Red 11 – a Masterclass on the SXSW title). Among those who don’t need an introduction we find the heavily anticipated sophomore film by Robert Eggers. The Lighthouse might have been too avant-garde for the Un Certain Regard and Main Comp and reunites the section with Willem Dafoe who was there with The Florida ProjectLav Diaz makes his first trip to the Croisette with The Halt while master filmmakers we find Takashi Miike with First Love and Bertrand Bonello‘s shot in Haiti Zombi Child (which was still in production in January – so this print will still be wet) are among the headliner names. Rebecca Zlotowski returns to Cannes with An Easy Girl (Grand Central was a Un Certain Regard selected title). And we also find Luca Guadagnino making his first trip to Cannes with the 35-minute short in the fashion world with The Staggering Girl starring among others Julianne Moore. Shahrbanoo Sadat, who won the top prize in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes for her debut feature Wolf and Sheep (2017), returns with her second feature, The Orphanage. Among the carry-overs from other fests – we have a pair of Sundance items in Kirill Mikhanovsky‘s Give Me Liberty (we expect the final cut to be different from what was shown in Park City) and Babak Anvari‘s night at a bar hell with Armie Hammer, Dakota Johnson and Zazie Beetz in Wounds. We were at both of those world premieres – you can see the video coverage below. Here are the feature selections:

Deerskin – Quentin Dupieux (France) – OPENING FILM
Alice and the Mayor – Nicolas Pariser (France)
And Then We Danced – Levan Akin (Sweden, Georgia)
The Halt – Lav Diaz (Philippines, China)
Song Without a Name – Melina León (Peru, Switzerland) *
Ghost Tropic – Bas Devos (Belgium)
Give Me Liberty – Kirill Mikhanovsky (USA)

First Love – Takashi Miike (Japon, United Kingdom)
To Live to Sing – Johnny Ma (China, France)
Dogs Don’t Wear Pants – Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää (Finland, Latvia)
The Lighthouse – Robert Eggers (Canada, USA)
Lillian – Andreas Horwath (Austria) *
Oleg – Juris Kursietis (Latvia, Belgium, Lithuania, France)
Blow It to Bits – Lech Kowalski (France) (Docu)
The Orphanage – Shahrbanoo Sadat (Denmark, Afghanistan, France)
Les Particules – Blaise Harrison (Switzerland, France) *
Perdrix – Erwan Le Duc (France) *
For the Money – Alejo Moguillansky (Argentina)
Sick Sick Sick – Alice Furtado (Brazil, Netherlands, France) *
Tlamess – Ala Eddine Slim (Tunisia, France)
An Easy Girl – Rebecca Zlotowski (France)

Wounds – Babak Anvari (USA)
Zombi Child – Bertrand Bonello (France)
Yves – Benoît Forgeard (France) – CLOSING FILM
Red 11 – Robert Rodriguez – (USA) – Masterclass SCREENING


Two Sisters Who Are Not Sisters – Beatrice Gibson
The Marvelous Misadventures of the Stone Lady – Gabriel Abrantes
Grand Bouquet – Nao Yoshigai
Stay Awake, Be Ready – An Pham Thien
Je te tiens – Sergio Caballero
Movements – Dahee Jeong
Olla – Ariane Labed
Piece of Meat – Jerrold Chong & Huang Junxiang
Ghost Pleasure – Morgan Simon
The Staggering Girl – Luca Guadagnino
That Which Is to Come Is Just a Promise – Flatform

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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