QUINZAINE Cannes Special Program

FRIDAY / December 13th / ELVIRA POPESCU CINEMA / 5:30pm / With the support of:                     


 

 

Parallel section of Cannes Film Festival, created by the French Directors Guild in the wake of the events of May ’68, QUINZAINE DES RÉALISATEURS (Directors’ Fortnight) seeks to aid filmmakers and contribute to their discovery by the critics and audiences alike. From its initial program in 1969, it cast its lot with the avant-garde (the glorious seventies), as well as it created a breeding ground where the Cannes Festival would regularly find its prestigious auteurs.

 

 

Since its inception, QUINZAINE DES RÉALISATEURS has showcased the first films of Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Nagisa Oshima, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Ken Loach, Jim Jarmusch, Michael Haneke, Chantal Akerman, Spike Lee, Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Sofia Coppola, Robert Bresson, Manoel de Oliveira, Stephen Frears, Jerzy Skolimowski, William Friedkin, Francis Ford Coppola... among others.

 

Among the various sections at the Cannes Film Festival, QUINZAINE DES RÉALISATEURS is distinguished by its independent-mindedness, its non-competitive nature and its concern to cater to non-professional Cannes audiences, which can buy a subscription for the entire Fortnight program or purchase tickets for individual screenings.

 

Striving to be eclectic and receptive to all forms of cinematic expression, QUINZAINE DES RÉALISATEURS pays particular attention to the annual production of fiction features, short films and documentaries, to the emergence of independent fringe filmmaking, and even to contemporary popular genres, provided these films are the expression of an individual talent and an original directorial style.

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CHRISTOPHE LEPARC / Managing Director, QUINZAINE DES RÉALISATEURS, Cannes Film Festival

 

Christophe Leparc has been working in the film industry since 1990, specialized in the organization of film festivals; he has notably worked for the International Women Directors’ Film Festival of Créteil for 10 years as “prospector” of films. He has begun to work for Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier in 1994 as prospector, member of the selection committee, elaborating retrospectives. Between 2000 and 2008, he has worked as Program Manager for the International Critics’ Week, sidebar of Cannes Film Festival devoted to new talents. Since 2007, he is Managing Director of QUINZAINE DES RÉALISATEURS (Directors’ Fortnight), the other sidebar of Cannes Film Festival. He’s currently working with Edouard Waintrop, the new Artistic Director of the Fortnight.





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SHADOW OF A CLOUD (30', Romania, 2013)

Director: RADU JUDE

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RADU JUDE delivers his usual mix of gritty realism and humorous satire with SHADOW OF A CLOUD, awarded the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Short Film 2013. The story revolves around Father Florescu, as he is summoned to a dying young mother’s bedside to say a last prayer. Going beyond the stereotypes, priesthood is shown at the intersection between clerking and divinity, in the difficult position of delivering miracles to people who only half-heartedly believe. With a narrative that defies classical storytelling, SHADOW OF A CLOUD is a complex film that explores the trials and tribulations of man faced with his own finitude. (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2013)



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SOLECITO (20', Colombia / France / Denmark, 2013)

Director: OSCAR RUIZ NAVIA

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The result of a chance encounter between life and cinema, SOLECITO is the tender story of two teenagers discovered by RUIZ NAVIA during a casting. Their former relationship and how it ended inspires the director to stage their would be reconciliation. Their contagious unspoiled authenticity and youthful energy rubs off on the camera, that radiates vitality as it records their fictional renewed love. In this refreshing instance of reality and cinema influencing each other, the border between fact and fiction is blurred. Casting footage becomes a documentary of the film’s making, which in turn becomes the base of the teenagers’ possible make-up. (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2013)



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WILD HAGGIS (20', Portugal / France, 2013)

Director: JOÃO NICOLAU

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Winner of the Best Film Award at the Directors’ Fortnight Cannes 2013, WILD HAGGIS conveys a playful and refreshing vision of the imaginative power of children. A 10-year-old boy faces, with the help of a magical forest creature, the common challenges of a summer camp: games, pranks, winning the heart of the girl he fancies or standing up to bullies. By merging a humorous depiction of the everyday life of the camp and the fantasy realm of the child, JOÃO NICOLAU creates a charming and candid modern fairy-tale.



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YOU CAN’T DO EVERYTHING AT ONCE, BUT YOU CAN LEAVE EVERYTHING AT ONCE (15', Switzerland, 2013)

Director: MARIE-ELSA SGUALDO

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Talking about the clash between the traditional notion of family and the individual freedom, this touching diary-docufiction blends personal memories with found footage, to tell the story of a difficult childhood from the vantage point of adulthood. At the border between reality and fiction, the filmmaker transforms anonymous archive material into a reflection of her own past. The images of an idealized Switzerland, coming from the Swiss Television archives, and the candid voice-over make, by contrast, an even more unsettling story of a girl growing up without a mother in an oppressing family. Yet, the past doesn't manage to stifle the young soul, she refuses to fit the standards imposed by society and decides to live her life to the fullest, on her own terms. (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2013)