Wednesday, June 09, 2021

53rd Quinzaine des Réalisateurs Selection

Yesterday Paolo Moretti, artistic director, and his selection committee unveiled the selection of Directors' Fortnight's 2021 edition with 24 feature films, 1 special screening, 9 short films and 1 feature by 2021 Carrosse d'Or filmmaker.

Before doing the list a few words about current edition poster. The image by photographer and filmmaker Daniel Mercadante, is part of his series "The Enchanted Forest" and was created through a process that combines long exposure photography, light projection and juxtaposition. The artist "paints" the trees with coloured light of handheld flashlights and using long exposure techniques, explores the temporal dimension that photography shares with cinema. The wide spectrum of colours reflects the richness and diversity of contemporary cinema which is, once again, the heart of the Director's selection.

Very well-known documentarian Frederick Wiseman will be given the 2021 Carrosse d'Or handed out by the French Directors' Association (SRF) at the opening ceremony ot the Quinzaine. Intended to reward a filmmaker chosen for pioneering qualities of their films, their boldness, and the rigor of their direction and production, the Carrosse d'Or was first handed out in 2002 to Jaques Rozier and since then many master filmmakers were honored with this recognition.

The section opens with Emmanuel Carrère’s Between Two Worlds (aka Le quai de Ouistreham) starring none other than Juliette Binoche and most notable is another film starring Tilda Swintow, who becomes along Léa Seydoux, Cannes 2021 omnipresent.

The Selection

Freature Films
Opening Film: Ouistreham (Between Two Worlds), Emmanuel Carrère, France
Closing Film: Mon légionnaire (Our Men), Rachel Lang, France and Belgium
A Chiara, Jonas Carpignano, Italy, France and USA
البحر أمامكم Al Bahr Amamakoum (The Sea Ahead), Ely Dagher, Lebanon, Belgium and France
A Night of Knowing Nothing, Payal Kapadia,  India and France
Ali and Ava, Clio Barnard, UK
Clara Sola, Nathalie Alvarez Mesén, Sweden, France, Germany, Belgium, Costa Rica and USA
De bas étage (A Brighter Tomorrow), Yassine Qnia, France
Diários de Otsoga (The Tsugua Diaries), Miguel Gomes and Maureen Fazendeiro, Portugal
El Empleado y el Patrón (The Employer and the Employee), Manuel Nieto Zas, Uruguay, Argentina y France
Entre les vagues (The Braves), Anaïs Volpé, France
Europa, Haider Rashid, Iraq and Italy
Futura, Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi and Alice Rohrwacher,  Italy (documentary)
Întregalde, Radu Muntean, Romania
Jadde Khaki (Hit the Road), Panah Panahi, Iran
Les Magnétiques (Magnetic Beats), Vincent Maël Cardona, France
Luaneshat e kodrës (The Hill where Lionesses Roar), Luàna Bajrami, Kosovo and France
Medusa, Anita Rocha da Silveira, Brazil
Murina, Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, Croatia, Brazil, USA and Slovenia
Neptune Frost, Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman, Rwanda and USA
Re Granchio (The Tale of King Crab), Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis, Italy, Argentina and France
Retour à Reims (Fragments)  (Returning to Reims (Fragments)), Jean-Gabriel Périot, France
The Souvenir Part II, Joanna Hogg, UK and USA
Yong an zhen gu shi ji (Ripples of Life), Shujun Wei, China

Special Screening
The Souvenir, Joanna Hogg, UK and USA

Short Films
不安な体 Anxious Body, Yokiro Mizushiri, Japan and France, 6' (animation)
El Espacio Sideral (The Sidereal Space), Sebastián Schjaer, Argentina, 17'
In Faptul Zilei (When Night Meets Dawn), Andreea Cristina Bortun, Romania, 20'
La Camera dei Genitori (The Parents' Room), Diego Marcon, Italy 11' (animation)
Simone est partie (Simone is Gone), Mathilde Chavanne, France, 21'
Sycorax, Lois Patiño and Matías Piñeiro, Spain and Portugal, 20'
The Vandal, Eddie Alcazar, USA, 15'
The Windshield Wiper, Alberto Mielgo, USA, 14' (animation)
Train Again, Peter Tscherkassky, Austria, 20' (experimental)

Carrosse d'Or
Montorvia, Indiana, Frederick Wiseman, USA (documentary)

To check list at official site go here.

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