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Cannes: Critics' Week and Director's Fortnight

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 23, 2009 at 8:06AM

It turns out Francis Ford Coppola has agreed to show his Argentinian drama Tetro in Cannes after all, as the opener of Director's Fortnight (or Quinzaine). That's a good compromise; Coppola had turned down Thierry Fremaux's offer to place it out-of-competition in the official selection.
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TetroIt turns out Francis Ford Coppola has agreed to show his Argentinian drama Tetro in Cannes after all, as the opener of Director's Fortnight (or Quinzaine). That's a good compromise; Coppola had turned down Thierry Fremaux's offer to place it out-of-competition in the official selection.

Coppola is one of five American filmmakers in the Fortnight, which this year skews more toward the U.S. than the main festival. (Here's Variety.) The selection includes three edgy Sundance entries: I Love You Phillip Morris, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as two cons in love, which has yet to find a North American distributor; Seattle writer-director Lynn Shelton's relationship comedy Humpday (Magnolia), about two straights who want to film a gay porno; and American/Palestinian/Jordanian director Cherien Dabis' semi-autobiographical drama Amreeka (National Geographic Films). The other U.S. film is Josh and Benny Safdie's Go Get Some Rosemary (Josh Safdie screened his film The Pleasure of Being Robbed in the 2008 Fortnight).

This year's Cannes Critics' Week has selected just ten features, all but one from first-time filmmakers, deciding to highlight more shorts. The video explains it:


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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.