While the main Cannes Film Festival line-up was promising if a little safe line-up this year, the freshly unveiled film picks for the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight which runs parallel to Cannes has raised some eyebrows – likely the work of new artistic director Paolo Moretti.
Amongst the inclusions are the return of “The Witch” director Robert Eggers with the spooky drama “The Lighthouse” starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, veteran filmmaker Takashi Miike’s new feature “First Love,” Quentin Dupieux’s comedy “Deerskin,” the 35 minute Julianne Moore-led short “The Staggering Girl” which hails from “Call Me By Your Name” helmer Luca Guadagnino, and Robert Rodriguez’s short “Red 11”.
One feature that’s also bound to cause conversation – the inclusion of Babak Anvari’s “Wounds” which premiered to strong reviews at Sundance and was acquired by Netflix whom has had a very public falling out and an ongoing dispute with the festival.
In recent years the Directors’ Fortnight section has shown some of the most buzzed about films in a year such as “The Rider,” “The Florida Project,” “Climax,” “Mirai,” “Green Room,” “Mustang,” “Neruda,” “Birds of Passage,” “I Am Not a Witch” and “Patti Cake$”.
In related news, a first look has been released of “Senna” and “Amy” documentary filmmaker Asif Kapadia’s movie about famed football player Diego Maradona. The project was assembled from 500 hours of never-before-seen footage from the Argentine player’s personal archive. The film will play out of competition.