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Revealed the List of Films Selected for the Quinzaine des Cinéastes, what to know about this category

As we all know, the Cannes Film Festival is a must-see event for all professionals but also for enthusiasts of the film world.

Since 1946, works from around the world have been presented on this occasion and the best films are awarded with the Palme d'Or, the Grand Prix, the Jury Prize, and many other accolades.

After the Official Competition, the Critics' Week and the Un Certain Regard selection, it's time to reveal the lineup of the Quinzaine des Cinéastes (previously known as Quinzaine des Réalisateurs), a parallel selection of films completely independent from the Festival that celebrates artistic diversity, which will be screened from May 15-25 during the Cannes Film Festival 2024.

The "Directors' Fortnight" is made by a community of filmmakers aiming to promote and bring to light free forms from different contexts, emphasizing the uniqueness of works that might not otherwise reach a wide audience.

This is the 56th edition of this independent film event that has over the decades helped to bring out new talents like Ken Loach and Spike Lee, who have since become highly acclaimed and famous directors.

This year, 30 unique films are presented, bold and innovative works, each representing a spirit of resistance to dominant ideology, using a unique and personal language.

Furthermore, as usual, the 2024 selection of the Quinzaine des Cinéastes will also be screened in Paris at the Forum des Images, for all Parisians who want a preview and to get to know these works before their official release in international theaters.

Julien Rejl, general delegate of the Quinzaine des Cinéastes, presented the official selection of the 56th edition, listed as follows:

  • Ma vie ma gueule by Sophie Fillières (France)  {Opening Film}

  • À son image by Thierry de Peretti (France)

  • Christmas Eve at Miller's Point by Tyler Taormina (USA)

  • Namibia's Desert (Namibia no sabaku) by Yôko Yamanaka (Japan)

  • East of Noon (Sharq 12) by Hala Elkoussy (Egypt)

  • Eating Night by Caroline Poggi & Jonathan Vinel (France)

  • Eephus by Carson Lund (USA)

  • Gazer by Ryan J. Sloan (USA)

  • Anzu's Ghost Cat (Bakeneko Anzu-chan/Anzu, chat-fantôme) by Yôko Kuno & Nobuhiro Yamashita (Japan)

  • Good one by India Donaldson (USA)

  • Mongrel by Chiang Wei Liang & You Qiao Yin (Taiwan)

  • The Prisoner of Bordeaux by Patricia Mazuy (France)

  • The Savannah and the Mountain (A savana e a montanha) by Paulo Carneiro (Portugal)

  • Midnight Sister by Karan Kandhari (India)

  • Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed (Algo viejo, algo nuevo, algo prestado) by Hernán Rosselli (Argentina)

  • The Falling Sky (A queda do céu/La Chute du ciel) by Eryk Rocha and Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha (Brazil)

  • The Hyperboreans (Los hiperbóreos) by Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña (Chile)

  • The Opposite (Volveréis/Septembre sans attendre) by Jonás Trueba (Spain)

  • Toward an Unknown Land by Mahdi Fleifel (Palestine, Denmark)

  • Universal Language by Matthew Rankin (Canada)

  • Les pistolets en plastique by Jean-Christophe Meurisse (France) 

{Closing Film}

  • Stories of America: food, family and philosophy by Chantal Akerman (Belgium)

{Special Screening}

As for short films, the following are selected:

  • After the Sun by Rayane Mcirdi (France, Algeria)

  • Very Short (Totemo mijikai) by Kōji Yamamura (Japan)

  • Immaculate by Kim Lêa Sakkal (Lebanon)

  • The Weather Forecast Antoine by Jules Follet (France)

  • Mulberry Fields (Một lần dang dở) by Nguyễn Trung Nghĩa (Vietnam)

  • Our Shadow (Nuestra sombra) by Agustina Sánchez Gavier (Argentina)

  • The Garden in Motion (O jardim em movimento) by Inês Lima (Portugal)

  • Very Delicate Work by Nate Lavey (USA)

  • When the Earth Flees (Quando a terra foge/Quand la terre se dérobe) by Frederico Lobo (Portugal)

On May 15, 2024, the Société des réalisatrices et réalisateurs de films (SRF) will award the Carrosse d'Or during the opening ceremony of the Directors' Fortnight to British filmmaker Andrea Arnold.

Recognized for her courage, delicacy and contrast, her exploration of the margins and the social through her brilliant works, the director will become the twenty-second winner of this prestigious award established in 2002, which celebrates and rewards a director for the audacity and quality of their films.

Written by Olga Raimondo


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