Cannes: Directors Fortnight Unveils French-Flavored, Female-Powered Lineup for 2022 Edition

Directors’ Fortnight, the sidebar running alongside the Cannes Film Festival, has unveiled a strong lineup for its 54th edition, which will be the last one for outgoing artistic director Paolo Moretti.

The sidebar has landed a pair of movies from A24, Alex Garland’s Men” which will play in the Special Screening section, and “God’s Creatures,” a psychological thriller directed by Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer, the filmmaking duo who made their feature debut with the Sundance film “The Fits.” Set in an Irish fishing village, “God’s Creatures” stars Aisling Franciosi, Emily Watson and Paul Mescal.

Directors’ Fortnight will showcase a total of 11 films directed by female directors and eight feature debuts. By comparison, Cannes Film Festival’s competition currently has only three films helmed by women.

Several French female helmers who were expected to feature in the Official Selection will have their movies world premiere in Directors’ Fortnight, for instance Lea Mysius (“The Five Devils”), Mia Hansen-Love (“One Fine Morning”), Alice Winocour (“Paris Memories”).

“One Fine Morning” is headlined by Lea Seydoux, Melvil Poupaud and Nicole Garcia. The film revolves around a young single mother who is looking after her ill father and starts an affair with a friend despite the fact that he’s already in a relationship.

“Paris Memories” stars Virginie Efira (this year’s Cannes Film Festival’s emcee) as a survivor of the Paris attacks of November 2015 who embarks on a quest to find happiness again. Benoît Magimel (“Living”) also stars.

“The Five Devils,” meanwhile, is an ambitious sophomore feature from Mysius, who previously directed “Ava” and co-wrote Jacques Audiard’s “Paris, 13th District.” Weaving fantasy elements, the movie stars Adèle Exarchopoulos and follows a young woman, Vicky, who lives with her parents and welcomes back her aunt after her release from prison. Her presence brings back the past in a violent, magical way.

Other female-directed movies slated for Directors’ Fortnight include Manuela Martelli’s “1976” and Annie Ernaux and David Ernaux-Briot’s intimate documentary feature “The Super 8 Years.”

Moretti said during the press conference held in Paris on Tuesday that one Asian film will be added at a latter stage.

Directors’ Fortnight will close with Nicolas Pariser’s “Le Parfum Vert,” an ambitious adventure film with Sandrine Kiberlain and Vincent Lacoste. As previously announced, Pietro Marcello’s French-language period drama “Scarlet” will open the sidebar on May 18.

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