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Cannes Film Festival 2015

Cannes Director's Fortnight selection lines up social awareness and comedy

The Directors' Fortnight 2015 poster based on photo by Cécile Burban, graphics Michel Welfringer
The Directors' Fortnight 2015 poster based on photo by Cécile Burban, graphics Michel Welfringer http://www.quinzaine-realisateurs.com/la-quinzaine-h1.html

The 2015 Cannes Director's Fortnight film festival has announced its selection. It's full of surprises, myths, legends and serendipity, according to artistic director Edouard Waintrop.

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The Quinzainze des Réalisateurs (Director's Fortnight) film festival selection is as broad and open to interpretation as this year's poster.

For the 47th year, one of the major parallel film festivals in the southern French town of Cannes next month has chosen a significantly European line-up which includes four French films and a three-part one from Portuguese director Miguel Gomès.

"Some European directors are reacting to what is happening in their countries. Gomès' film on the crisis in Portugal is one of the most exciting movies we can see this year," says Edouard Waintrop, the Fortnight's artistic director who saw more than 1,600 films.

As usual, the Fortnight picks films from all over, nationality is not a criteria.

 "We're still waiting for the right film from sub-Saharan Africa,' Waintrop told RFI. "And this year, unlike past years, we didn't see any movie from the UK which made the grade."

Several films from the United States including two produced by Hollywood star Forrest Whittaker.

The closing film Dope, by Rick Famuyiwa, is a coming-of-age film set in suburban California. The other from the Whittaker stable is directed by young Chloé Zhao. Songs My Brothers Taught Me shows the downside of the American Dream on a native American reservation.

The Zhao film fits into one of Waintrop's descriptions of the selection being full of myths and legends, adding that this refers as much to films as to directors.

So in the line-up are 67-year-old French cult director Philippe Garrel, whose film L'ombre des femmes (The Shadow of Women) will open the festival, which runs from 14-24 May.

 Waintrop also referred to "surprises" such as the Japanese director Takashi Miike (Shields of Straw in the Cannes official competition in 2013), who brings his The Great war of the Underworld, a yakuza/vampire film to the fortnight. Waintrop described this movie as one of the craziest in the line-up this year.

Another big surprise for the festival is, according to Waintrop, that it 's showing French director Arnaud Desplechin's Trois Souvenirs de Ma Jeunesse (Three memories from my Youth).

This films had been touted for the official Cannes Film Festival but didn't make it for reasons unknown.

Waintrop shrugs it off saying, "We just got lucky".

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