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2024 Cannes Film Festival: Matthew Rankin, Tyler Taormina, Poggi/Vinel & India Donaldson Lock in Directors’ Fortnight

2024 Cannes Film Festival: Matthew Rankin, Tyler Taormina, Poggi/Vinel & India Donaldson Lock in Directors’ Fortnight

This year’s edition of the Directors’ Fortnight will begin with Barbie and end with…plastic. Julien Rejl‘s selection committee have lassoed a total of twenty-one features for a slate that will bookend with Sophie Fillières‘ final feature (she passed away shortly after filming) in Ma Vie Ma Gueule which is selected as the section’s opener (Agnès Jaoui’s character’s nickname is that of the plastic doll) and the closing film honors will go to Bloody Oranges director Jean-Christophe Meurisse‘s comedy about a road-trip gone wrong titled Plastic Guns. Adding to the red, white and blue of France, we find high profile items in Patricia Mazuy‘s La Prisonnière De bordeaux (stars Isabelle Huppert and Hafsia Herzi), Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel‘s Eat The Night and Thierry de Peretti‘s À son image.

With a quartet of U.S. film selections (one more than their previous edition) the Quinzaine programmers are once again enarmored by new trends/voices in American indie cinema cinema. After being showcased at Sundance in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section, India Donaldson‘s critically acclaimed Good One will receive its international premiere. It is joined by Tyler Taormina‘s third feature film in Christmas Eve In Miller’s Point. Both of these films were selected as works in progress for Wroclaw’s U.S in Progress. Making it a family affair, the cinematographer on Taormina’s film in Carson Lund will also premiere his feature debut in Eephus – this is about a small-town baseball team. Rounding on the made in America foursome we find Ryan J. Sloan‘s Gazer. In Hollywood North, we find Winnipeger Matthew Rankin’s highly anticipated sophomore feature in Une Langue Universelle which will incorporate a little bit of Farsi. Here are the selections below:

Ma Vie Ma Gueule – Sophie Fillières (France) OPENING FILM
A Son Image – Thierry de Peretti (France)
Christmas Eve In Miller’s Point – Tyler Taormina (U.S)
Desert of Namibia – Yôko Yamanaka (Japan)
East of Noon (Sharq 12) – Hala Elkoussy (Egypt)
Eat The Night – Caroline Poggi & Jonathan Vinel (France)
Eephus – Carson Lund (U.S.)
Gazer – Ryan J. Sloan (U.S)
Ghost cat anzu – Yôko Kuno & Nobuhiro Yamashita (Japan)
Good One – India Donaldson (U.S.)
Mongrel – Chiang Wei Liang & You Qiao Yin – (Taiwan)
La Prisonnière De bordeaux – Patricia Mazuy – (France)
Savanna and the Mountain (A savana e a montanha) – Paulo Carneiro (Portugal)
Sister Midnight – Karan Kandhari (India)
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed – Hernán Rosselli (Argentina)
The Falling Sky (A queda do céu) – Eryk Rocha & Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha (Brazil)
Los hiperbóreos – Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña (Chile)
To A Land Unknown – Mahdi Fleifel (Palestine, Denmark)
The Other Way Around – Jonás Trueba (Spain)
Une Langue Universelle – Matthew Rankin (Canada)
Plastic Guns – Jean-Christophe Meurisse (France) CLOSING FILM

Special Screening
American Stories: Food, Family and Philosophy – Dir. Chantal Akerman

Short Films:
Après Le Soleil (After the Sun) – Dir. Rayane Mcirdi (France, Algérie / Algeria)
Extremely short (Totemo mijikai) – Dir. Maryam Tafakory (Japon / Japan)
Immaculata – Dir. Kim Lêa Sakkal (Liban / Lebanon)
Antoine, Élise and Léandre (Les Météos d’Antoine) – Dir. Jules Follet (France)
Mulberry Fields (Một lần dang dở) – Dir. Nguyễn Trung Nghĩa (Vietnam)
Our Own Shadow (Nuestra sombra) – Dir. Agustina Sánchez Gavier (Argentine / Argentina)
The Moving Garden (O jardim em movimento) – Dir. Inês Lima (Portugal)
Very Gentle Work (Travail très soigné) – Dir. Nate Lavey (U.S.)
When The Land Runs Away (Quando a terra foge) – Dir. Frederico Lobo (Portugal)

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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