Edouard Waintrop, the well-respected artistic director of the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight, will step down after the 2018 edition of the fest. It will be his seventh and last time overseeing Directors’ Fortnight, and the sidebar’s 50th anniversary.
“We are happy that he will be helming this milestone edition of [Directors’ Fortnight] which has, under his leadership, experienced rich years in terms of visibility, participation and trust from industry players,” said the French directors’ guild (Société des réalisateurs de films) in a statement. The guild praised Waintrop for curating “with care, warmth and intelligence, surrounded by his team and selection committee.”
Since coming on board in 2012, Waintrop has succeeded in revamping Directors’ Fortnight with daring selections showcasing up-and-coming directors such as Deniz Erguven (“Mustang”), Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”) and Chloé Zhao (“The Rider”), Houda Benyamina (“Divines”), Pablo Larraín (“Neruda”) and Clio Barnard (“The Selfish Giant”).
Waintrop also elevated the profile of the sidebar by welcoming high-profile, critically acclaimed directors such as Arnaud Desplechin (“My Golden Years”), Marco Bellocchio (“Sweet Dreams”) and Bruno Dumont (“Li’l Quinquin”), who had previously shown their films in Cannes’ official competition.