Adam Woodward


Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse to premiere at the 51st Directors’ Fortnight

The American director’s Robert Pattinson-starring horror is heading to Cannes.

Anyone who’s ever attended the Cannes Film Festival knows that the Quinzaine is where it’s at. Situated just a short walk along the Croisette from where the main action takes place, the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar is where discerning cinephiles go to check out new work from veteran auteurs and emerging talent.

Last year’s Quinzaine curtain raiser was Gaspar Noé’s controversial party film Climax, and the opening film for the festival’s 51st edition looks a comparatively safe – although no less wacky – choice: per its official synopsis, Deerskin, from French electronic musician and sometime director Quentin Dupieux, is the story of a man “whose obsession with his designer deerskin jacket causes him to blow his life savings and turn to crime.”

Elsewhere there’s a welcome return to Cannes for Japanese mainstay Takashi Miike and Filipino master Lav Diaz, while The Witch writer/director Robert Eggers will unveil his hotly-anticipated second feature, The Lighthouse, starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. There’s also a spot for Bertrand Bonello, whose teenage terrorism thriller Nocturama was famously rejected from Cannes three years ago. Here’s the Quinzaine 2019 line-up in full:

Opening Film

Deerskin (Quentin Dupieux)

Official Selection

Alice and the Mayor (Nicolas Pariser)
And Then We Danced (Levan Akin)
The Halt (Lav Diaz)
Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää)
First Love (Takashi Miike)
Give Me Liberty (Kirill Mikhanovsky)
Ghost Tropic (Bas Devos)
Song Without a Name (Melina León)
The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers)
Lillian (Andreas Horwath)
Les Particules (Blaise Harrison)
The Orphanage (Shahrbanoo Sadat)
Blow it to Bits (Lech Kowalski)
Oleg (Juris Kursietis)
An Easy Girl (Rebecca Zlotowski)
To Live to Sling (Johnny Ma)
Sick Sick Sick (Alice Furtado)
For the Money (Alejo Moguillansky)
Perdrix (Erwan Le Duc)
Tlames (Ala Eddine Slim)
Zombi Child (Bertrand Bonello)
Wounds (Babak Anvari)

Closing Film

Yves (Benoît Forgeard)

The 51st Directors’ Fortnight runs 15-25 May. For more info head to quinzaine-realisateurs.com

Published 23 Apr 2019

Tags: Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Lav Diaz Quinzaine Robert Eggers Robert Pattinson Takashi Miike Willem Dafoe

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