QUINZAINE Cannes Special Program

 

                                             

 

Parallel section of Cannes Film Festival, created by the French Directors Guild in the wake of the events of May ’68, QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS (the Directors’ Fortnight) seeks to aid filmmakers and contribute to their discovery by the critics and audiences alike. From its initial program in 1969, it cast its lot with the avant-garde (the glorious seventies), as well as it created a breeding ground where the Cannes Festival would regularly find its prestigious auteurs.

 

Since its inception, QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS has showcased the first films of Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Nagisa Oshima, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Ken Loach, Jim Jarmusch, Michael Haneke, Chantal Akerman, Spike Lee, Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Sofia Coppola, Robert Bresson, Manoel de Oliveira, Stephen Frears, Jerzy Skolimowski, William Friedkin, Francis Ford Coppola... among others.

 

Among the various sections at the Cannes Film Festival, QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS is distinguished by its independent-mindedness, its non-competitive nature and its concern to cater to non-professional Cannes audiences, which can buy a subscription for the entire Fortnight program or purchase tickets for individual screenings. Striving to be eclectic and receptive to all forms of cinematic expression, QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS pays particular attention to the annual production of fiction features, short films and documentaries, to the emergence of independent fringe filmmaking, and even to contemporary popular genres, provided these films are the expression of an individual talent and an original directorial style.

 

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REPRESENTATIVES

CHRISTOPHE LEPARC - Managing Director of QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS, Festival de CANNES. Mr. Leparc has been working in the film industry since 1990, specialized in the organization of film festivals; has notably worked for the International Women Directors’ Film Festival of Créteil during 10 years as “prospector” of films. He has begun to work for Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier in 1994 as prospector, member of the selection committee, elaborating retrospectives. Between 2000 and 2008, he has worked as Program Manager for the International Critics’ Week, sidebar of Cannes Film Festival devoted to new talents. Since 2007, he is Managing Director of QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS (DIRECTORS’ FORTHNIGHT), the other sidebar of Cannes Film Festival. He’s currently working with Edouard Waintrop, the new Artistic Director of the Fortnight.





DRAWN FROM MEMORY (30’, Poland, 2011) Read more

Director: MARCIN BORTKIEWICZ

 

Questioning the border between reality and fiction, DRAWN FROM MEMORY is a mesmerizing self reflexive short, which innovatively explores the „film inside the film” technique. A young filmmaking student sets to make a film about his grandmother, who always wanted to be a horror film actress. The grandson reconstructs famous scenes from classics such as THE BIRDS, PSYCHO and ROSEMARY’S BABY, starring his grandmother in the main roles. Meanwhile, her Alzheimer advances, making her acting impossible. A strikingly personal story, the film becomes the filmmaker’s love letter to his grandmother and also to cinema itself.



ENRAGED PIGS (10', Brazil, 2012) Read more

Director: ISABEL PENONI, LEONARDO SETTE

 

Once upon a time the men of the Cuicuro tribe didn’t return to their village after they went out to fish. Thus their women started to worry and sent one of the younger boys to go and look for them. When he came back he was shocked, all the men had turned into crazy pigs. ENRAGED PIGS embodies only one of the many legends the Cuicuro are passing on orally from generation to generation. For the two directors Leonardo Sette and Isabel Penoli the women of one Cuicuro village performed this myth, they told their story, they sang, they danced.



KONIGSBERG (18’, France, 2012) Read more

Director: PHILIPP MAYRHOFER

 

"A philosophical poem at its finest” (Nisimazine), KONIGSBERG is a charming existentialist tragicomedy, reminding of the absurd humor, the melancholic reflexivity and the painterly aesthetics of Roy Andersson’s cinema. Mr. Konigsberg seems to have a perfect life: he runs a small successful bussiness, is a happy husband and father surrounded by a loving family, he enjoys pleasures like hunting. Yet, under the mask of this happiness, there lies hidden an irremediable sadness: the hunting is more a therapy than a hobby, while family means actually indifference, non-communication and loneliness. Mr. Konigsberg feels he’s loosing his reason to go on.



THE CURSE (16', Marocco, 2012) Read more

Director: FYZAL BOULIFA

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A powerful social parable about the conflict between the personal freedom and the social conventions. The young, still unmarried Fatine is caught in an intimate moment with her lover by a small village boy, soon followed by a whole group of children, who start to blackmail her, threatening to reveal her secret. Deeply frightened by the public disdain, she gradually succumbs to their pressure. What seems to be initially a game, soon becomes a dangerous sliding down into human (self)degradation. Fatine gets into prostitution for a bag of candy and a Coke. More than a victim of society, she becomes a victim of herself. The fact that the perpetrators are children makes the situation even more threatening and oppresive.



THE LIVING DEAD (20’, Brazil, 2012) Read more

Director: ANITA ROCHA DA SILVEIRA

 

Reminding of the alienation poetry of Gus van Sant’s cinema, the seductive THE LIVING DEAD is a sensual portrait of a “lost” young generation, consumed by a perpetual self-destructive hedonism. The teenagers seem to do all the things their parents prevent them from doing: drugs, alcohol, anonymous sex. Yet the film goes deep, searching for their profound reasons. In an alienated materialistic society, the self-destruction seems to become their authentic way of self- expression and protest. In a daringly fragmented narrative, on the border between reality and oneiric surrealism, THE LIVING DEAD disturbs, seduces, provokes.