Support for Macia builds

Ex-Fortnight a.d. clashed with SRF topper Thomas

PARIS — Staffers at the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight issued a “call for support” for its ousted artistic director, Marie-Pierre Macia, on Sunday.

Macia was sent packing Wednesday by the Societe des Realisateurs de Films (SRF), the directors’ group that runs the sidebar.

On Friday she met with the French Cultural Ministry and the Centre National de la Cinematographie Friday to fight for her post.

According to a Fortnight source, Macia was broadsided by the “unjustified” decision.

However, Macia, who has run the sidebar for the past four years, has clashed with SRF topper helmer Pascal Thomas.

The SRF’s official line is that the decision reflects the “evolution of the Festival and cinema around the world.”

A replacement will be named in the fall, perhaps in tandem with a managing director to oversee the sidebar’s administration.

The SRF wants to return to edgy Fortnight films and to the sidebar’s emphasis on directors.

Critics of Macia’s ouster are puzzled, citing this year’s Fortnight’s critical success.

Macia replaced Fortnight founder Pierre-Henri Deleau four years ago when he quit after repeated clashes with Cannes Film Festival topper Gilles Jacob.

Established in 1969 at the insistance of new wave directors like Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut, the Fortnight has always run independently from the Cannes’ Official Selection.

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