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Cannes Directors' Fortnight Lineup Unveiled, Includes New Films by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 23, 2013 at 11:49AM

"Holy Mountain" director Alejandro Jodorowsky will reemerge after over twenty years' absence to present his latest film "The Dance of Reality" on the Croisette at this year's Cannes Directors' Fortnight. The famed Chilean-French surrealist filmmaker hasn't directed a feature since 1990's "The Rainbow Thief."
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Jodorowsky's Dune

"Holy Mountain" director Alejandro Jodorowsky will reemerge after over twenty years' absence to present his latest film "The Dance of Reality" on the Croisette at this year's Cannes Directors' Fortnight. The famed Chilean-French surrealist filmmaker hasn't directed a feature since 1990's "The Rainbow Thief." 

In addition to screening his newest work, Cannes will also unveil Frank Pavich's "Jodorowsky's Dune," a feature-length documentary on the midnight movie director's aborted attempt to bring Frank Herbert's "Dune" novels to the screen. Salvador Dali, Pink Floyd and H.R. Giger -- the Oscar-winning Swiss artist who designed all those womb-like set pieces for Ridley Scott's "Alien" -- were among just a few of the notable figures initially brought on by Jodorowsky for "Dune," which was later dubiously adapted by David Lynch.

Also included in the often more indie-minded Directors' Fortnight lineup of 21 features and 9 shorts are Sundance films "Magic Magic," starring Michael Cera, and horror gothic "We Are What We Are." It was previously announced that "Waltz with Bashir" director Ari Folman's animation/live-action hybrid "The Congress," with Robin Wright, would open the Fortnight. Full lineup below.

"Above the Hill" (Raphael Nadjari)

"Apres la nuit"

 (Basil Da Cunha)

"Les Apaches" (Thierry De Peretti)

"Blue Ruin"

 (Jeremy Saulnier)

"The Congress" (Ari Folman)

"The Dance of Reality"

 (Alejandro Jodorwosky)

"L’escale" 

(Kaveh Bakhtiari)

"La Fille du 14 juillet" (Antonin Peretjako)

"Henri" (Yolande Morau)

"Iloilo" (Anthony Chen)

"Jodorowsky’s Dune" (Frank Pavich)

"Last Day on Mars" (Ruairi Robinson)

"Magic Magic" (Sebastian Silva)

"Me Myself and Mum" (Guillaume Gallienne)

"On the Job" (Erik Matti)

"The Selfish Giant" (Clio Barnard)

"The Summer of the Flying Fish" (Marcela Said)

"Tip Top" (Serge Bozon)

"Ugly" (Anurag Kashyap)

"Un voyageur" (Marcel Ophuls)

"We Are What We Are" (Jim Mickle)

This article is related to: Cannes Film Festival, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Ari Folman, Festivals


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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.