Cannes: Juliette Binoche, Gerard Depardieu, Vanessa Paradis to Add Star Power to Directors’ Fortnight

The sidebar will include new movies from Cannes favorites Claire Denis, Bruno Dumot, Abel Ferrara and Philippe Garrel, as well as Sundance festival hits.

A number of filmmakers that had been conspicuously absent from the Cannes Film Festival’s main competition lineup will still get their day in the Cannes sun as part of the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar.

Among them is Claire Denis’ latest film, Un Bea Soleil Interieur, starring Juliette Binoche and Gerard Depardieu, which will be the opening-night film for the Directors’ Fortnight, whose lineup includes 19 titles.

Bruno Dumot’s Jeanette, his follow-up to last year’s Slack Bay, which was in the official selection and went on to be nominated for nine Cesar awards, will also play in the sidebar. Jeanette is a musical about the childhood of Joan of Arc.

Abel Ferrara and Philippe Garrel are two other big names featured in the sidebar’s program. Alive in France, the latest from the Pasolini director, and Garrel’s family drama L’Amant d’un Jour will both screen in its competition section. So will Tangerine director Sean Baker’s latest, the Willem Dafoe starrer The Florida Project.

Two Sundance Film Festival favorites will also play in the Directors’ Fortnight. Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott’s action thriller Bushwick, which premiered at Sundance, will have a spo along with Patty Cake$, which will be the closing-night film of the sidebar.

Also set for the Cannes sidebar are two feature-length versions of short films. One is A Ciambra, the sophomore feature from Mediterranea director Jonas Carpignano, expands his short of the same name that debuted in the Critics’ Week program in Cannes in 2014. The other is Vladamir de Fontenay’s Mobile Homes.

Oscar-nominated films coming out of the Directors’ Fortnight in recent years include Whiplash in 2014 and Embrace of the Serpent and Mustang in 2015.

Here are the other titles for the Directors’ Fortnight, which runs May 18-May 28 in Cannes, this year:

Chloe Zao’s The Rider, the follow-up to Songs My Brothers Taught Me, which appeared in the Fortnight in 2015

Robert de Paolis’ Cuori Puri

Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch

Natalia Santa’s The Defense of the Dragon

Sonia Kronlund’s Nothingwood.

Frost, a war drama from Lithuanian director Sharunas Bartas, starring Vanessa Paradis

Marlina, The Murderer in Four Acts, a revenge drama from What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love director Mouly Surya

Leonardo di Costanzo’s L’Intrusa

Carine Tardieu’s Otez-moi d’un Doute

Amos Gitai’s West of the Jordan River (Field Diary Revisted)  

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