Cannes 2022: the Directors’ Fortnight, ask for the program! – Cinema news

Discover the selection of the 2022 Directors’ Fortnight, with L’Envol by Pietro Marcello opening, and Le Parfum vert by Nicolas Pariser closing. This parallel section of Cannes opens tomorrow, May 18 and runs until May 27, 2022.

Cannes 2022: the directors' fortnight, ask for the program! - cinema news
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The Directors’ Fortnight is off to the 54th edition!

For its 2022 vintage – the last headed by Paolo Moretti, who will leave his position as General Delegate at the end of the Festival -, the parallel section offers itself a very good line-up, mixing names well known to festival-goers (Philippe Faucon, Joao Pedro Rodrigues, Nicolas Pariser, Alice Winocourt, Mia Hansen Love, Lea Mysius among others) and many new filmmakers.

Since the Directors’ Fortnight has the mission of accompanying the first steps of directors, this edition will present the first times of 18 filmmakers (out of 24, three titles being co-directed).

Among the stars expected are Léa Seydoux, Virginie Efira, Vincent Lacoste, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Sandrine Kiberlainbut also the Irish actor Paul Mescalreveal of the series Normal People. Also note the presence of Jessie Buckley (revealed by Wild Rose, and seen recently in The Lost Daughter) alongside filmmaker Alex Garland, selected for the first time at Cannes, with Eux (Men), in a special screening.

The selection also gives pride of place to female directors – there are 11 of them – including the first production ofAnnie Ernaux ! The author has indeed co-directed a film with her son, David Ernaux-Briot, The Super 8 years.

Director always in the spotlight, with the Golden Coach which will be awarded this year to the American Kelly Reichardt. The filmmaker will also be competing in the Official Selection with her 8th feature film, Showing-up.

As often a “strong presence of French cinema” is to be noted. “336 French feature films were received“, indicated Paolo Moretti. Strong presence which “responds to the richness and vitality of French cinema“. The Directors’ Fortnight is held from May 18 to 27, 2022.

Discover the official selection of the 54th edition of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs:

Feature films:

3rd feature film by Nicolas Pariser after The Great Game and Alice and the Mayor, The Green Perfume is a detective comedy, “between Tintin and Hitchcock” and brings together Vincent Lacoste and Sandrine Kiberlain.

The pitch: in the middle of a performance, in front of a dumbfounded audience, an actor from the Comédie-Française is murdered by poisoning. Martin, one of the actors of the troop, direct witness of this assassination is soon suspected by the police and pursued by the mysterious organization which ordered the murder. Helped by a cartoonist, Claire, Martin will seek to elucidate the mystery of this violent death during a very hectic trip to Europe.

  • 1976 by Manuela Martelli (1st feature film)
  • El Agua by Elena López Riera (1st feature film)
  • The Dam (Al-Sadd, السّد, Le Barrage) by Ali Cherri (1st feature film)
  • The Super 8 Years by Annie Ernaux & David Ernaux-Briot (1st feature)

Surprise with the announcement of an unexpected first-time director: the novelist Annie Ernaux! For the first time, she signs a feature film, co-directed with her son David Ernaux-Briot, Les Années Super 8, an autobiographical documentary film by the author.

As often in her work, here she gives a universal dimension to a very personal work. We rely here on unique material: their family films, shot in Super 8 between 1976 and 1981, around the images and a new and sublime text, an intimate, social and political story is woven.“, specifies the selection committee of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs.

For the record, the author Annie Ernaux has recently been the subject of two film adaptations: easy passion by Danielle Arbid, and The Event by Audrey Diwan, Golden Lion at Venice in 2021.

5 years after a remarkable first feature film, Ava with Noee Abita and Laura Calamyselected for Critics’ Week in Cannes, the director and screenwriter Lea Mysius present The Five Devilshis second feature film, the start of shooting of which had to be delayed due to the pandemic and confinement.

According to the Quinzaine committee, it is a film “dazzling and mysterious“, whose “the register touches on the fantastic“, with a “Incandescent Adele Exarchopoulos“.

The synopsis is as follows: Vicky, a strange and lonely little girl, has a gift: she can smell and reproduce all the scents of her choice that she collects in carefully labeled jars. She secretly extracted the scent from her mother, Joanne, to whom she has a mad and exclusive, almost sickly love. One day Julia, her father’s sister, bursts into their lives. Vicky embarks on the development of her scent. She is then transported to dark and magical memories where she will discover the secrets of her village, her family and her own existence.

One year later Bergman Island competing in the Official Selection last year, Mia Hansen Love is already back on the Croisette with A nice morning. The film brings together Léa Seydoux, Pascal Greggory, Nicole Garcia and Melvil Poupaud.

We follow Sandra, a young mother who raises her daughter alone, who often visits her sick father, Georg. While embarking with her family on an obstacle course to get him treated, Sandra meets Clément, a long-lost friend…

A film presented by the Directors’ Fortnight selection committee as a “delicate chronicle of the daily life of a young woman rediscovering her taste for life“, with “modesty and elegance on eminently contemporary issues“.

  • Owen Kline’s Funny Pages (1st feature)
  • Falcon Lake by Charlotte Le Bon (1st feature)

After trying her hand at directing a short film for Operation Talents Adami (Judith Hotel), Charlotte LeBon goes to the long, by adapting very freely the comic strip of Bastien Vivès, A sister (published by Casterman), with the collaboration of François Choquet on the screenplay.

The film titled Falcon Lake brings together Joseph Engel (young actor noted in films directed by Louis Garrel, The Faithful Man and The Crusade), Arthur Igual, Sarah Montpetit, Monia Chokri and Karine Gonthier Hyndman. “A story of love and ghosts, both tender and cruel“according to the Fortnight.

  • Fogo-Fatuo (Will-o’-the-Wisp, Wisp) by João Pedro Rodrigues
  • God’s Creatures by Anna Rose Holmer & Saela Davis
  • The Harkis by Philippe Faucon
  • Men (Them) by Alex Garland (Special Screening)

After Ex Machina and Annihilation, Alex Garland comes back with Them (Men), film billed as “feverish and visionary“, which brings together Jessie Buckley, Rory Kinnear and Paapa Essiedu. This is his first Cannes selection.

The Plot: In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, a woman retreats alone to the beautiful English countryside to find a place to heal. But someone or something in the surrounding woods seems to attack her… It will become a nightmare for the heroine.

  • Pamfir by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk (1st feature film)
  • In Male (Un Varon) by Fabian Hernández (1st feature)
  • See Paris again by Alice Winocourt

4th feature film for Alice Winocour. After augustine, Maryland and Nearby with Eva Green in an astronaut’s suit, the director and screenwriter sets out to See Paris again. The film brings together Virginie Efira, Benoît Magimel and Grégoire Colin in particular. Virginie Efira is also expected, as a reminder, as mistress of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Festival.

The Directors’ Fortnight is held from May 18 to 27, 2022.

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