Discover the selection of the Directors’ Fortnight 2021, the opening of which will be marked by Ouistreham, with Juliette Binoche, adapted from the story by Florence Aubenas. This parallel section of Cannes will take place from July 7 to 17, 2021.
After the official selection, Critics ‘Week and Acid, the Directors’ Fortnight unveiled the selection this morning in its 53rd edition. 24 feature films were selected, including 22 filmmakers who will present a film at Cannes for the first time.
In total, 1395 feature films were submitted to the selection committee (made up of the general delegate Paolo Moretti, Michelle Carey, Anne Delseth, Claire Diao, Valentina Novati and Morgan Pokée) and 1917 short films were received.
The Golden Coach will be awarded this year to Frederick Wiseman on July 7, following the screening in Monrovia, Indiana.
Among the highlights of this selection, let us mention the return of Juliette Binoche for the presentation of the opening film. After having accompanied Claire Denis and her Beautiful interior sun in 2017, the actress is the headliner of Ouistreham, adaptation of the story by Florence Aubenas, The Quai de Ouistreham, directed by Emmanuel Carrère.
Adèle Haenel’s voice is also in selection through Retour à Reims (Fragments), based on the work by Didier Eribon, directed by Jean-Gabriel Périot.
Among the filmmakers selected, we note a significant presence of directors, such as Joanna Hogg or Clio Barnard, and in the younger generation Anaïs Volpé or even the actress Luana Bajrami (Portrait of the young girl on fire) who will present her very first feature film, The Hill where the lionesses roar.
A screening of the films will be organized in Paris at the Forum des images from August 26 to September 5, 2021.
Unveiled this Tuesday, June 8, 2021, discover the official selection of the 53rd edition of the Directors’ Fortnight:
- Ouistreham by Emmanuel Carrère (opening film)
4 years after A beautiful interior sun by Claire Denis at the opening of the Fortnight, the actress Juliette Binoche will return for Ouistreham, according to the book The Quai de Ouistreham.
In the autobiographical story signed Florence Aubenas, the great reporter had dropped everything for several months, inventing a new identity, and had gone to work in Caen, as a cleaning agent, in particular on the ferries connecting Caen-Ouistreham and Portsmouth. . From odd jobs to odd jobs, Le Quai de Ouistreham offered beautiful portraits of women, and a plunge into precariousness.
This adaptation, by Emmanuel Carrère, transposes the story and follows the fictional character of Marianne Winckler, a famous writer, who decides to write a book on precarious work by living this reality concretely. She finds herself a cleaning lady and discovers life to a few euros, the invisible condition of society.
It is a test, but not only, because over the course of her immersion she forges real bonds, warm and even joyful bonds with some of her companions in galley. From mutual aid is born friendship, from friendship trust. But what becomes of this confidence when the truth comes out? The film will be released nationally on January 12, 2022.
From L’Heure de la sortie to 2 Alfred, via Portrait of the young girl on fire, Luana Bajrami has established itself as one of the greatest hopes of French cinema. But she may also have to be counted on as a director. And it is at the Fortnight that she will unveil her baptism of fire: The Hill where the lionesses roar.
Shot in her native Kosova, the feature film examines the quest for independence, the dreams and ambitions of three young women in a small village in the country. Last September, the actress told us that she had been greatly encouraged by Céline Sciamma, won over by her script, which makes it a film to follow very closely.
- The Magnetics of Vincent Maël Cardona
- Medusa by Anita Rocha da Silveira
- Murina by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović
- Neptune Frost by Saul Williams & Anisia Uzeyman
- A Night of Knowing Nothing by Payal Kapadia
- The Legend of the Crab King by Alessio Rigo de Righi & Matteo Zoppis
- Return to Reims (Fragments) by Jean-Gabriel Périot
- Ripples of Life by Shujun Wei
- Facing the sea by Ely Dagher
- The Souvenir by Joanna Hogg
First visit to the Croisette for the Briton Joanna hogg. And with two films for the price of one! The filmmaker will indeed present the two parts of his diptych The Souvenir. Or the love story, in the 80s, between a film student and a complex and charismatic man, but worrying. Based on the director’s own experience, this relationship will be a source of tension between the heroine and her friends, as well as her mother.
And for the occasion, Tilda Swinton gives the answer to her daughter Honor Swinton-Byrne, which will not fail to give more power to this drama whose first part will be released on December 29 while the second has no date yet. But the Fortnight should remedy this.
5 years after the first feature film Baden Baden, the filmmaker Rachel Lang unveils My Legionnaire, notably carried by Louis Garrel, Camille Cottin and the late Ina Marija Bartaité, who died of a road accident at the age of 25.
The pitch of the film: They come from everywhere, they now have one thing in common: the Foreign Legion, their new family. My Legionnaire tells their stories: that of these women who fight to keep their love alive, that of these men who fight for France, that of these couples who are building themselves in hostile territory.
The feature courses:
- Anxious Body by Yoriko Mizushiri
- The Sidereal Space by Sebastián Schjaer
- Diego Marcon’s parents’ room
- Simone left Mathilde Chavanne
- Sycorax by Lois Patiño & Matías Piñeiro
- Train Again by Peter Tscherkassky
- The Vandal by Eddie Alcazar
- When night meets dawn by Andreea Cristina Borțun
- The Windshield Wiper by Alberto Mielgo
Article co-written by Maximilien Pierrette and Brigitte Baronnet
Review the capture of the press conference announcing the 2021 selection: