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Directors’ Fortnight: Larraín, Nguyen, Lafosse, Poitras, Kashyap, Schrader & Jodo Among 2016 Line-up

Three films from Italy, one posthumous offering from Solveig Anspach and plenty of robust, yet familiar “Quinzaine” faces figure among the eighteen selections announced by Edouard Waintrop this morning. Among what some one say are major coups for the section, the opening slot belongs to Marco Bellocchio’s Sweet Dreams (starring Bérénice Bejo), while patrons of the section in Alejandro Jodorosky’s Endless Poetry, Pablo Larraín’s Neruda, Joachim Lafosse’s After Love and Anurag Kashyap’s Psycho Raman make much anticipated returns. Worth singling out is the latest film from Quebecois helmer Kim Nguyen – his Two Lovers and a Bear features Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan, while Laura Poitras, who had originally began to dissect Julian Assange’s life in short films, has put out a docu-feature on the controversial figure in Risk. The closing film slot could be a treat – it belongs to an oldie in Paul Schrader’s film Dog Eat Dog (starring Nicolas Cage/Willem Dafoe). Here are the selections:

Dog Eat Dog  Paul Schrader (closing film)
After Love – Joachim Lafosse
The Aquatic Effect – Solveig Anspach
Divines – Houda Benyamina
Endless Poetry – Alejandro Jodorowsky
Fiore – Claudio Giovanessi
Like Crazy – Paolo Virzi
My Life as a Zucchni – Claude Barras
Main Dreams – Nathan Morlando
Mercenaire – Sacha Wolff
My Life as a Courgette – Claude Barras
Neruda – Pablo Larrain
Psycho Raman – Anurag Kashyap
Risk – Laura Poitras
Sweet Dreams – Marco Bellcchio (opening film)
Tour de France – Rachid Bjaidani
Two Lovers and a Bear – Kim Nguyen
Les Vies de Therese – Sebastien Lifshitz
Wolf and Sheep – Shahrbanoo Sadat

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, 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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