Cannes sidebar taps new Fortnight topper

Macia named in surprise move

PARIS — The Cannes Film Festival sidebar Directors Fortnight has a new chief, following the resignation of Pierre-Henri Deleau.

In a surprise move, the Societe des Realisateurs de Films (SRF), which names the Fortnight’s leader, has chosen a relative unknown, Marie-Pierre Macia.

Deleau stepped down from his job after this year’s Cannes fest. He had spent 30 years at the Directors Fortnight. He said at the time that he needed to concentrate on a host of other festivals and industry meetings he organizes and felt the moment had come to inject new programming blood into the sidebar.

Insiders had predicted that he would be replaced by his long-standing lieutenant, Olivier Jahan. But Jahan took himself out of the running in order to concentrate on a feature pic he plans to direct and has severed his ties with the Fortnight.

Macia, 43, has spent much of the last 10 years in the U.S., where she has been part of the programming team for the San Francisco Intl. Film Festival.

“It might seem a little odd that the SRF chose me, but in fact a lot of the French directors knew my work because they had been screened at the San Francisco festival,” Macia told Daily Variety.

How it all began

Macia started her cinema career as a projectionist at the Paris-based Cinematheque. From 1984 to 1987, she was also responsible for the technical side of the Directors Fortnight screenings in Cannes.

In 1987, she headed Stateside to work with Eileen Bowser on restoring and preserving films. “I only intended to spend a year in the States, but it turned into 10 years,” Macia laughed.

In 1989, while working at the Pacific Film Archive, Macia was approached by Peter Scarlet to join the San Francisco fest team. Her new responsibilities mean that she cuts her links with the fest. Recently, she has programmed some special events for the Videotheque in Paris.

Although it’s still early, Macia predicts that she will be making changes at the Directors Fortnight. One alteration taking place next year is the dropping of the Cinemas en France section. Gallic pics will now be in the main sidebar. “I think there was a feeling among some of the French directors that they were in a bit of a ghetto and that they preferred to be in the main event,” Macia said.

More Film

  • (L to R) Young Rosie (ALEXA

    'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,' 'The Equalizer 2' Eye Debuts Above Forecasts

    PARIS — The Cannes Film Festival sidebar Directors Fortnight has a new chief, following the resignation of Pierre-Henri Deleau. In a surprise move, the Societe des Realisateurs de Films (SRF), which names the Fortnight’s leader, has chosen a relative unknown, Marie-Pierre Macia. Deleau stepped down from his job after this year’s Cannes fest. He had […]

  • Durban 2018 Panel on Sexual Harrasment

    For Black Women in South African Film Biz, Equality Still a Struggle

    PARIS — The Cannes Film Festival sidebar Directors Fortnight has a new chief, following the resignation of Pierre-Henri Deleau. In a surprise move, the Societe des Realisateurs de Films (SRF), which names the Fortnight’s leader, has chosen a relative unknown, Marie-Pierre Macia. Deleau stepped down from his job after this year’s Cannes fest. He had […]

  • 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Teases Spider-Ham

    'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Teases Spider-Ham, Other Webspinners

    PARIS — The Cannes Film Festival sidebar Directors Fortnight has a new chief, following the resignation of Pierre-Henri Deleau. In a surprise move, the Societe des Realisateurs de Films (SRF), which names the Fortnight’s leader, has chosen a relative unknown, Marie-Pierre Macia. Deleau stepped down from his job after this year’s Cannes fest. He had […]

  • Venom Comic-Con

    'Venom' Creators Promise 'Huge World,' Tease Spider-Man Fight

    PARIS — The Cannes Film Festival sidebar Directors Fortnight has a new chief, following the resignation of Pierre-Henri Deleau. In a surprise move, the Societe des Realisateurs de Films (SRF), which names the Fortnight’s leader, has chosen a relative unknown, Marie-Pierre Macia. Deleau stepped down from his job after this year’s Cannes fest. He had […]

  • Bully

    Film News Roundup: Danny Trejo's Dark Comedy 'Bully' Scores Distribution

    PARIS — The Cannes Film Festival sidebar Directors Fortnight has a new chief, following the resignation of Pierre-Henri Deleau. In a surprise move, the Societe des Realisateurs de Films (SRF), which names the Fortnight’s leader, has chosen a relative unknown, Marie-Pierre Macia. Deleau stepped down from his job after this year’s Cannes fest. He had […]

  • Jamie Lee Curtis Hugs Fan Who

    Jamie Lee Curtis Embraces Sobbing Fan, Who Says 'Halloween' Saved His Life

    PARIS — The Cannes Film Festival sidebar Directors Fortnight has a new chief, following the resignation of Pierre-Henri Deleau. In a surprise move, the Societe des Realisateurs de Films (SRF), which names the Fortnight’s leader, has chosen a relative unknown, Marie-Pierre Macia. Deleau stepped down from his job after this year’s Cannes fest. He had […]

  • Teen Titans Go to the Movies

    Film Review: 'Teen Titans GO! to the Movies'

    PARIS — The Cannes Film Festival sidebar Directors Fortnight has a new chief, following the resignation of Pierre-Henri Deleau. In a surprise move, the Societe des Realisateurs de Films (SRF), which names the Fortnight’s leader, has chosen a relative unknown, Marie-Pierre Macia. Deleau stepped down from his job after this year’s Cannes fest. He had […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content