×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight Unveils Lineup

Robert Eggers’ anticipated “The Lighthouse” with Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, Luca Guadagnino’s medium-length film “The Staggering Girl” and Japanese helmer Takashi Miike’s “First Love” are set to unspool at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight under the new leadership of Paolo Moretti.

Described by Moretti as a “hypnotic two-hander” powered by Pattinson and Dafoe, “The Lighthouse” is a fantasy horror film set in a mysterious island in New England at the end of the 19th century. Eggers previously directed “The Witch.”

As with Cannes’ official selection, Directors’ Fortnight will showcase a wide range of genre movies. Besides “The Lighthouse,” the other anticipated genre films set for Directors’ Fortnight include Bertrand Bonello’s “Zombi Child,” about the Haitian Clairvius Narcisse, victim of a voodoo; Miike’s “First Love”; Babak Anvari’s “Wounds,” with Armie Hammer and Dakota Johnson; and Tunisian helmer Ala Eddine Slim’s “Tlamess.”

Moretti, who took over from Edouard Waintrop after the previous edition, said this year’s lineup will showcase 16 films from directors who have never presented a film at Cannes before. “That’s what Directors’ Fortnight is meant to be doing — be a launchpad for new auteurs who are making fresh, bold choices.”

The lineup also includes Nicolas Pariser’s (“The Great Game”) French political drama “Alice et le maire”; Rebecca Zlotowski’s (“Planetarium”) “Une fille facile” with Zahia Dehar; Lech Kowalski’s (“East of Paradise”) “Blow It to Beats”; Swedish helmer Levan Akin’s (“Real Humans”) “And Then We Danced”; Kirill Mikhanovsky’s (“Gabriel and the Mountain”) Milwaukee-set comedy-drama “Give Me Liberty”; Filipino director Lav Diaz’s (“Season of the Devil”) “The Halt”; Finnish director J-P Valkeapää’s (“The Have Escaped”) “Dogs Don’t Wear Pants”; Melina León’s Peruvian politician drama “Canción sin nombre”; and Belgian director Bas Devos’ “Ghost Tropic.”

Other films set to play at Directors’ Fortnight include Austrian helmer Andreas Horwath’s “Lillian”; Latvian director Juris Kursietis’s (“Morris”) “Oleg”; Afghan director Shahrbanoo Sadat’s “The Orphanage”; French-Swiss helmer Blaise Harrison’s “Les Particules”; French director Erwan Le Duc’s “Perdrix”; Argentinan director Alejo Moguillansky’s (“Castro”) “For the Money”; Alice Furtado’s (“The Human Surge”) “Sick Sick Sick”; and Chinese-born Canadian director Johnny Ma’s (“Perished”) “To Live to Sing.”

Starring Julianne Moore, Mia Goth, KiKi Layne, Kyle MacLachlan and Alba Rohrwacher, “The Staggering Girl” will have its world premiere in the special screenings section of Directors’ Fortnight, along with the international premiere of Robert Rodriguez’s “Red 11.”

Directors’ Fortnight will wrap with Benoît Forgeard’s “Yves,” a comedy centering on a young man whose modest life is turned upside down by a “smart” refrigerator, which becomes his ghost writer.

As previously announced, Directors’ Fortnight will open with Quentin Dupieux’s “Deerskin,” an offbeat French comedy with Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) and Adèle Haenel (“BPM”).

Directors’ Fortnight will take place May 15-25.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Andhadhun receives AACTA nomination

    Indian and Chinese Titles Dominate AACTA Asian Award Nominations

    Three Indian and three mainland Chinese films are among the nine feature movies shortlisted for the Best Asian Film Award by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. The Indian selections are box office hit “Andhadhun,” “Super Deluxe, and “Gully Boy,” which premiered in February at the Berlin festival. The Chinese trio includes “Shadow,” [...]

  • Fernando Meirelles The Two Popes

    Film News Roundup: 'The Two Popes' Wins Audience Award at Miami Festival

    In today’s film news roundup, “The Two Popes” wins an audience award, “A Night with Janis Joplin” and “Fittest in Dubai” get releases, Artists First reorganizes, SAG-AFTRA expands its headquarters and Film Fest 919 announces its winners. AUDIENCE AWARD Fernando Meirelles’ “The Two Popes” has won the audience award at the Miami Gems Film Festival. [...]

  • Scotty Bowers

    Scotty Bowers, Old Hollywood's Sexual Matchmaker, Dies at 96

    Scotty Bowers, a “sexual matchmaker” for dozens of stars during the Golden Age of Hollywood who wrote about his colorful — and sometimes unbelivable — life in his memoir “Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars,” died at his Laurel Canyon home on Sunday. He was 96. The [...]

  • AMC theater

    AMC Entertainment Introducing On-Demand Movie Service

    AMC Entertainment will introduce an online video store in the United States on Tuesday. Adam Aron, AMC’s president and chief executive, said that the AMC Theaters On Demand will offer about 2,000 films for sale or rent after their theatrical runs — much like Amazon or iTunes. Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Sony and Paramount have [...]

  • Scarlett Johansson poses for photographers upon

    Scarlett Johansson 'Pushing' for All-Women Marvel Movie

    After the epic battle scene in “Avengers: Endgame” depicted the female superheroes uniting to protect Spider-Man from Thanos, Marvel fans started wondering if they’ll ever see the women unite for a standalone movie. “Captain Marvel” star Brie Larson generated even more buzz when she told Variety that she and other female co-stars have approached Marvel [...]

  • Ivana Lombardi Netflix

    Annapurna Film Head Ivana Lombardi Named Director of Indies at Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)

    Annapurna Pictures president of film Ivana Lombardi is moving across town to Netflix, after almost a year in her role at Megan Ellison’s company. As of Nov. 6, Lombardi will serve as director of independent films at the streamer. She will report directly to Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s vice president of independent film and documentary features. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content