They’ll be joined by fellow luminaries Alex Garland and Pietro Marcello when the Quinzaine returns to Cannes next month.
You always get a sense there’s a bit of professional jealousy when it comes to the annual announcement of the Cannes Film Festival line-up. The first big missive comes from le grande fromage himself, Thierry Fremaux, where he lists all the films playing in the official selection – which includes the prestigious main competition. Then, a few days later, we receive the line-up from the Director’s Fortnight programme which plays a few hundred meters down the road.
In terms of what to expect, the Fortnight tends to programme a slightly more challenging and stylistically diverse array of movies – ones that may be deemed just a tad too dangerous for those who like to keep their powder dry with the main competition offerings. In general, if you’re in Cannes for discovery – which you absolutely should be – then the Directors’ Fortnight is for you.
This year, the line-up contains a number of extremely exciting prospects, including some from big hitters such as opener Scarlet from the Italian director Pietro Marcello – whose film Martin Eden wowed us back in 2019.
The always great Mia Hansen-Løve is back in town with her latest drama One Fine Morning, which stars Léa Seydoux (who’s set for another busy year), while Mark Jenkin returns with Enys Men, his follow-up to the beloved Bait. There’s also special screening of the highly anticipated new film from Alex Garland, Men, starring Jessie Buckley and Rory Kinnear – making up for a complete wipe-out of British talent in the main Cannes line-up.
We’re looking forward to the latest feature from French filmmaker Alice Winocour, Paris Memories, and also the new one from the great American talent behind the 2015 film The Fits, Anna Rose Holmer, who co-directs with Saela Davis on a new one called God’s Creatures.
Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, the experimental documentary twosome behind such films as Leviathan and Sweetgrass return with De Humani Corporis Fabrica, whose title references a famous antiquarian about human anatomy.
The full line-up is below, and you’ll be able to see our on-the-ground coverage from the Directors’ Fortnight from 18 May.
Scarlet by Pietro Marcello (Opening Film)
A Male by Fabian Hernández
One Fine Morning by Mia Hansen-Løve
Under the Fig Trees by Erige Sehiri
Paris Memories by Alice Winocour
The Green Perfume by Nicolas Pariser (Closing Film)
Pamfir by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk
The Mountain by Thomas Salvador
Men by Alex Garland (Special Screening)
Harkis by Philippe Faucon
God’s Creatures by Anna Rose Holmer & Saela Davis
Funny Pages by Owen Kline
Will-o’-the-Wisp, Feu follet by João Pedro Rodrigues
Falcon Lake by Charlotte Le Bon
Enys Men by Mark Jenkin
Continental Drift by Lionel Baier
De Humani Corporis Fabrica by Véréna Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor
The Five Devils by Léa Mysius
Ashkal by Youssef Chebbi
The Super 8 Years by Annie Ernaux & David Ernaux-Briot
The Dam by Ali Cherri
The Water by Elena López Riera
1976 de/by Manuela Martelli
The 54th Directors’ Fortnight runs 18-27 May. For more info visit quinzaine-realisateurs.com
Published 19 Apr 2022
Enys Men is being billed as an “eco-sophical horror”, and begins shooting in Cornwall in May.
This year’s stacked line-up also includes new work Kelly Reichardt, Ruben Ostlünd and Park Chan-wook – but no David Lynch.
She’ll play a young woman mourning the death of her ex-husband while on holiday in the English countryside.