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Cannes Adds Fortnight, Shorts, Critics Week Lineups, More Films Directed by Women

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 19, 2011 at 3:58AM

The Director's Fortnight sidebar sometimes offers a more varied and fresh line-up--and often more American indies-- than the mainbar selections, although this year more up-and-coming filmmakers made it into the competition than usual.
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The Director's Fortnight sidebar sometimes offers a more varied and fresh line-up--and often more American indies-- than the mainbar selections, although this year more up-and-coming filmmakers made it into the competition than usual.

That helps to explain why the selection by Frederic Boyer, in his sophomore outing as Fortnight programmer, is so Euro-centric, with just one American entry, first-timer Liza Johnson's war-at-home drama Return, starring Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon and Tim Blake Nelson. Boyer's committee also chose seven films directed by women, an overall Cannes trend this year. They saw, reports Variety, 2288 films (including shorts) for the final selection of 25 features (and 23 world premieres).
Full Fortnight line-up as well as Critics Week and Shorts programs are below.

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Director's Fortnight (Quinzaine)

"Apres le sud," France, Jean-Jacques Jauffret
"Blue Bird," Belgium , Gust Van den Berghe
"Breathing," Austria , Karl Markovics (pictured above)
"Code Blue," Netherlands-Denmark, Urszula Antoniak
"Corpo celeste," Italy-Switzerland-France, Alice Rohrwacher
"End of Silence," France-Austria, Roland Edzard
"La Fee," Belgium-France, Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy (opening film)
"Les Geants," Belgium-France-Luxembourg, Bouli Lanners (closing film)
"Impardonnables," France, Andre Techine
"The Island," Bulgaria-Sweden, Kamen Kalev
"Iris in Bloom," France, Valerie Mrejen
"Joan Captive," France, Philippe Ramos
"Mushrooms," India-France, Vimukthi Jayasundara
"O abismo prateado," Brazil , Karim Ainouz
"The Other Side of Sleep," Ireland-Hungary-Netherlands, Rebecca Daly
"Palawan Fate," Philippines , Auraeus Solito
"Play," Sweden-France-Denmark, Ruben Ostlund
"Porfirio," Colombia-Spain-Uruguay-Argentina-France, Alejandro Landes
"Return," U.S. , Liza Johnson
"Sur la planche," Morocco-France-Germany, Leila Kilani
"Volcano," Denmark-Island, Runar Runarsson
"At Night, They Dance," Canada , Stephane Thibault, Isabelle Lavigne
"Des Jeunes gens modernes," France-Belgium, Jerome de Missolz
"El Velador," Mexico-U.S.-France, Natalia Almada
"Guilty of Romance," Japan, Sion Sono

Here's the Critics' Week line-up:

Feature Films
• Las Acacias, directed by Pablo Giorgelli – ARG
• Ave, directed by Konstantin Bojanov – BUL/FR
• 17 Filles, directed by Delphine & Muriel Coulin – FR
• The Slut (Hanotenet), directed by Hagar Ben Asher – ISR/ALL
• Snowtown (Les Crimes de Snowtown), directed by Justin Kurzel – AUS
• Sauna on Moon, directed by Zou Peng – CHI
• Take Shelter, directed by Jeff Nichols - US

Short Films
• Alexis Ivanovitch vous êtes mon héros, directed by Guillaume Gouix - FR
• Black Moon, directed by Amie Siegel - US
• Blue, directed by Stephan Kang - NZ
• Boy, directed by Topaz Adizes - US
• Bul-Myul-Ui-Sa-Na-Ie, directed by Moon Byoung-gon - COR
• Dimanches, directed by Valérie Rosier - BEL
• In Front of the House, directed by Lee Tae-ho - COR
• La inviolabilidad del domicilio se basa en el hombre que aparece empunando un hacha, directed by Alex Piperno - URU/ARG
• Junior, directed by Julia Ducournau - FR
• Permanencias, directed by Ricardo Alves Junior - BRE

Special Screenings
• La Guerre est déclarée, directed by Valérie Donzelli – FR – Opening Film
• Pourquoi tu pleures?, directed by Katia Lewcowicz – FR – Closing Film
• Walk away Renée, directed by Jonathan Caouette – US/FR/BEL (pictured)
• My Little Princess, directed by Eva Ionesco – FR

Michel Gondry will be presiding over the shorts jury to select the Palme d'or out of nine announced Tuesday:

“Ghost,” directed by Ma Dahci, 10 min. (South Korea)

“Badpakje 46,” directed by Wannes Destoop, 15 min. (Belgium)

“Soy Tan Feliz,” directed by Vladimir Durán, 14 min. (Argentina)

“Bear,” directed by Nash Edgerton, 8 min. (Australia)

“Kjøttsår,” directed by Lisa Marie Gamlem, 11 min. (Norway)

“Meathead,” directed by San Holst, 10 min. (New Zealand)

“Ce n’est Rien,” directed by Nicolas Roy, 14 min. (Canada)

“Paternal Womb,” directed by Megumi Tazaki, 15 min. (Japan)

“Cross,” directed by Maryna Vroda, 14 min. (France)

This article is related to: Festivals, Genres, Cannes, Drama, Documentaries, Shorts, Foreign

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.