Cannes 2022: Vincent Lacoste, Virginie Efira, Adèle Exarchopoulos at the Fortnight of…

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 will take place from May 18 to 27, 2022.


After the official selection, and while waiting for Critics’ Week and Acid, the Directors’ Fortnight unveiled the selection this morning for its 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 of the Festival offers itself a very good line-up, mixing names well known to festival-goers (Philippe Faucon , João Pedro Rodrigues, Nicolas Pariser, Alice Winocour, Mia Hansen Love, Léa Mysius among others) and many new filmmakers. Since the Directors’ Fortnight has the primary mission of supporting the first steps of female and male directors, this edition will present the first times of 18 directors (out of 24, three titles being co-directed).

Among the stars expected are Léa Seydoux, Virginie Efira, Vincent Lacoste, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Sandrine Kiberlain, but also the Irish actor Paul Mescal, revelation of the Normal People series.

The selection also gives pride of place to female directors, with 11 female directors, including the first production by Annie 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, Showing up.

We will note as often a “strong presence of French cinema“, the most represented country this year. “336 French feature films were received“, indicated Paolo Moretti, general delegate of the Fortnight. Strong presence which “responds to the richness and vitality of French cinema“, he continued.

A final feature film from Asia will be announced shortly, bringing the number of films selected this year to 22. The short films will be communicated next week.

Unveiled this Tuesday, April 19, 2022, discover the official selection of the 54th edition of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs:

Feature films:

  • The Flight of Pietro Marcello (opening film)
  • Le Parfum vert by Nicolas Pariser (closing film)
  • 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 of Annie Ernaux & David Ernaux-Briot (1st feature film)
  • Ashkal by Youssef Chebbi (1st feature)
  • De Humani Corporis Fabrica by Véréna Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor
  • The Five Devils by Léa Mysius

5 years after a remarkable first feature film, Ava with Noée Abita and Laure Calamy, selected for Critics’ Week in Cannes, the director and screenwriter Lea Mysius present in Cannes The Five Devils, his second feature film, the start of shooting of which had to be delayed due to the pandemic and confinement. The filmmaker directs Adèle Exarchopoulos there.

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 after 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. As she embarks with her family on an obstacle course to get him treatment, Sandra meets Clément, a long-lost friend… A film presented by the Directors’ Fortnight selection committee like 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)
  • Fogo-Fatuo (Will-o’-the-Wisp, Wisp) by João Pedro Rodrigues
  • God’s Creatures by Anna Rose Holmer & Saela Davis
  • Harkis by Philippe Faucon
  • Men by Alex Garland (Special Screening)
  • Pamfir by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk (1st feature film)
  • A Male (Un Varon) by Fabian Hernández (1st feature film)
  • Revisiting Paris by Alice Winocour

Review the recording of the press conference of the announcement of the 2022 selection:

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