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The world premiere of Michel Gondry’s The We and the I (US) will open this year’s program of the Directors Fortnight at Cannes, presenting 21 features including 6 debut features. The world premiere of Camille redouble by Noémie Lvovsky (France) will close the main program which includes six features and three shorts from Latin America.

Always a fascinating program – sometimes more so than the Official Competition – the Directors Fortnight presents only one or two less features than the Competition, and this year has six films (out of the 21) from Latin America and one from each of South Korea and Iran – a turnaround from recent years.

LATIN AMERICAN FEATURES: (mostly co-productions with international partners)
Mexico/Canada: Fogo by Yulene Olaizola

La noche enfrente by Raoul Ruiz 

No by Pablo Larraín 

Infancia clandestina by Benjamin Ávila

3 by Pablo Stoll Ward

La Sirga by William Vega 

New artistic director Edouard Waintrop described the program as “dense” characterised by “searching” – whether aesthetic, moral or formal. But in particular he said when announcing the program there is also room for genre films, especially comedy.

But one film that is NOT a comedy stands out for its length alone: Gangs of Wasseypur, from India’s Anurag Kashyap; it’s the story of vengeance between two families that spans three generations – and runs 5 hours 20 mins.

3 / by Pablo Stoll Ward (Uruguay, Allemagne, Argentine / Uruguay, Germany, Argentina) – international premiere

Adieu Berthe - l'enterrement de mémé / Granny's Funeral de / by Bruno Podalydès (France) – world premiere

Alyah / by Elie Wajeman (France) – Caméra d'or * – world premiere

Camille redouble / by Noémie Lvovsky (France) - world premiere – Closing Film 

Dae gi eui wang / The King of Pigs / by Yeun Sang-Ho (Corée du Sud / South Korea) – Caméra d'or – international premiere

Dangerous Liaisons / by Hur Jin-Ho (Chine / China) – world premiere

El Taaib / Le Repenti / by Merzak Allouache (Algérie / Algeria) - world premiere

Ernest et Célestine / by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner (France, Belgique, Luxembourg / France, Belgium, Luxembourg) – world premiere

Fogo / by Yulene Olaizola (Mexique, Canada / Mexico, Canada) - world premiere

Gangs of Wasseypur / by Anurag Kashyap (Inde / India) - world premiere

Infancia clandestina / Enfance clandestine / by Benjamin Ávila (Argentine, Espagne, Brésil / Argantina, Spain, Brazil) – world premiere

La noche enfrente / La Nuit d'en face / by Raoul Ruiz (France, Chili / France, Chile) – world premiere – Séance spéciale

La Sirga / by William Vega (Colombie, France, Mexique / Colombia, France, Mexico) – Caméra d'or – world premiere

No / by Pablo Larraín (Chili, Etats-Unis / Chile, USA) – world premiere

Opération Libertad / by Nicolas Wadimoff (Suisse, France / Switzerland, France) - world premiere

Rengaine / Hold Back / by Rachid Djaïdani (France) – Caméra d'or - world premiere

Room 237 / by Rodney Ascher (Etats-Unis / USA) - Caméra d'or - Première internationale

Sightseers / Touristes ! / by Ben Wheatley (Royaume Uni / United Kingdom) - world premiere - Séance spéciale

Sueño y silencio / by Jaime Rosales (Espagne, France / Spain, France) - world premiere

The We and the I / by Michel Gondry (Etats-Unis / USA) - world premiere – Opening Film 

Yek Khanévadéh-e Mohtaram / Une famille respectable / A Respectable Family / by Massoud Bakhshi (Iran)- Caméra d'or - world premiere

* eligible for the Camera d’Or

PROGRAMME 1 – 1h 38m
Avec Jeff, à moto / With Jeff / by Marie-Eve Juste (Canada)

Rodri / by Franco Lolli (France)

Königsberg / by Philipp Mayrhofer (France)

Porcos Raivosos / Porcs enragés / Enraged Pigs / by Leonardo Sette et Isabel Penoni (Brésil / Brazil)

Os vivos tambem choram / Les Vivants pleurent aussi / by Basil da Cunha (Suisse, Portugal / Switzerland , Portugal)

PROGRAMME 2 – 1h 25m
Portret Z Pamieci / Drawn from Memory / by Marcin Bortkiewicz (Pologne / Poland)

The Curse / by Fyzal Boulifa (Royaume Uni, Maroc / United Kingdom, Morrocco)

Tram / by Michaela Pavlátová (France, République tchèque / France, Czech Republic)

Os mortos-vivos / Les Morts-vivants / The Living Dead / by Anita Rocha da Silveira (Brésil / Brazil)

Wrong Cops / by Quentin Dupieux (France)

Published May 10, 2012

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The We and The I – Opening Film

Camille Redouble - Closing Film

3 – A Latin American comedy about three people doomed to the same absurd fate: being a family.

Gangs of Wasseypur – 3 generations of vengeance

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