Twenty five titles selected for busy line-up, including six debut films and the first indigenous Palawanon film.
The full-to-bursting Directors’ Fortnight lineup for this year’s edition includes the first indigenous Palawanon film, a feature from one of the most decorated shorts directors in the world, a movie directed by a breakdancer, a handful of pictures made by directing teams and an appearance by Roger Sterling.
The selection, announced Tuesday in Paris, is made up of 25 titles – six of which are first films and thus eligible for the Camera d’Or prize. Below is a rundown of selected titles.
Busong, by The Philippines’ Auraeus Solito — a director who hails from a line of Shaman-Kings of the Palawan tribe — hinges on the Palawan concept of instant Karma. This is the director’s fifth film. (See full list of films below.)
Volcano (Eldfjall), about a 67-year-old man coming of age, is by Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson, who has previously been nominated for an Oscar, the Palme d’or and a European Film Award for his shorts work.
La Fée, from a trio of theater directors, Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy, is a love story between a hotel worker and a fairy.
Sao Paolo-born Alejandro Landes, a fellow at both the Cinéfondation Résidence and the Sundance Institute, is in the Fortnight with Porfirio. The director, who attended Brown University, saw his previous work, the documentary Cocalero, premiere in Sundance in 2007.
Another Résidence graduate, Rebecca Daly’s The Other Side Of Sleep is about a sleepwalking Irish woman and the emotional connection she makes between her mother’s earlier disappearance and a murder investigation.
Returning to the Fortnight is Kamen Kalev with The Island. Laetitia Casta stars in the film about a young couple on vacation in Bulgaria who stumble onto a lost island in the Black Sea. Kalev’s 2009 debut Eastern Plays was a Fortnight title.
Mushroom (Chatrak) is a Bengali film by former Camera dOr-winning Sri Lankan director Vimukth Jayasundara.
After appearing in the Fortnight last year with Little Baby Jesus Of Flandr, former breakdancer Gust Van den Berghe returns with Blue Bird.
The only US film in the lineup, Liza Johnson’s Return is about a female soldier just back from a tour of duty and stars Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, John Slattery and Talia Balsam.
Finally, veteran director André Téchiné has also scored a berth with the Saïd Ben Saïd-produced Impardonnables starring Mélanie Thierry, Carole Bouquet and André Dussollier.
Full list of Fortnight films (* denotes first film eligible for the Camera d’Or)
Busong, dir: Auraeus Solito (Philippines)
Volcano (Eldfjall), dir: Rúnar Rúnarsson (Denmark, Iceland)*
La Fée, dirs: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon & Bruno Romy (Belgium, France)
Sur La Planche, dir: Leila Kilani (Morocco, France, Germany)
Porfirio, dir: Alejandro Landes (Colombia, Spain, Uruguay, Argentina, France)
Code Blue, dir: Urszula Antoniak (Netherlands, Denmark)
En Ville, dirs: Valérie Mréjen, Bertrand Schefer (France)*
The Other Side Of Sleep, dir: Rebecca Daly (Ireland, Hungary, Netherlands)*
End Of Silence, dir: Roland Edzard (France, Austria)*
Après Le Sud, dir: Jean-Jacques Jauffret (France)*
Return, dir: Liza Johnson (US)*
Corpo Celeste, dir: Alice Rohrwacher (Italy, Switzerland, France)*
The Island, dir: Kamen Kalev (Bulgaria, Sweden)
Mushrooms (Chatrak), dir: Vimukthi Jayasundara (India, France)
Jeanne Captive, dir: Philippe Ramos (France)
Blue Bird, dir: Gust Van den Berghe (Belgium)
Play, dirs: Ruben Östlund, Erik Hemmendorff (Sweden)
Impardonnables, dir: André Téchiné (France)
Atmen, dir: Karl Markovics (Austria)*
Les Géants, dir: Bouli Lanners (Belgium)
O Abismo Prateado, dir: Karim Ainouz (Brazil)
At Night, They Dance, dirs: Stéphane Thibault, Isabelle Lavigne (Canada)
El Velador, dir: Natalia Almada (Mexico)
Guilty Of Romance, dir: Sion Sono (Japan)
Des Jeunes Gens Modernes, Jérôme de Missolz, Jean-François Sanz (France, Belgium)
Short and Medium Length Films
Summer Growing Up, dir: Blaise Harrison (France)
Boro In The Box, dir: Bertrand Mandico (France)
Cigarette At Night, dir: Duane Hopkins (UK)
La Conduite De La Raison, dir: Aliocha (France)
Csicska, dir: Attila Till (Hungary)
Dans Le Jardin Du Temps, Portrait d’Ely Et Nina Bielutin, dir: Clément Cogitore (France)
Demain Ca Sera Bien, dir: Pauline Gay (France)
Fourplay : Tampa, dir: Kyle Henry (US)
Killing The Chickens To Scare The Monkeys, dir: Jens Assur (Sweden, Thailand)
Mila Caos, dir: Simon Paetau (Germany, Cuba)
Nuvem (Le Poisson Lune), dir: Basil Da Cuncha (Switzerland, Portugal)
Le Songe De Poliphile, dir: Camille Henrot (France)
Vice Versa One, dir: Sadat Shahrbanoo (Afghanistan)
Las Palmas, dir: Johannes Nyholm (Sweden)