Saturday, May 18, 2024

The 2024 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight & Critics’ Week Lineups

After the official announcement of the 2024 Cannes Film Festival lineup last week, yesterday, the lineup for the parallel Cannes Directors’ Fortnight section (or Quinzaine des cinéastes) and Cannes Critics’ week were announced.

For the 56th edition of Directors’ Fortnight, this is the second lineup under the leadership of Julien Rejl as artistic director, with four American films in the lineup, including India Donaldson’s “Good One,” which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Ryan J. Sloan’s “Gazer,” Carson Lund’s “Eephus,” and Tyler Taormina’s “Christmas Eve In Miller’s Point.” Directors’ Fortnight will launch its first People’s Choice Award this year. The Fondation Chantal Akerman is presenting the prize, which includes a €7,500 grant for the winning filmmaker of the selected feature film. It’s a new addition to other idependent prizes awarded within the section, such as the Europa Cinemas Label Award, SACD Prize, Art Cinema Award and Illy Prize. The grant will be awarded during the closing ceremony. Chantal Akerman’s latest film, “American Stories: Food, Family, and Philosophy,” will premiere as a Special Screening during the festival. Here is this year’s lineup:

This Life Of Mine – Sophie Fillières (Opening Film)
Christmas Eve In Miller’s Point – Tyler Taormina
Desert Of Namibia – Yôko Yamanaka
East Of Noon – Hala Elkoussy
Eat The Night – Caroline Poggi & Jonathan Vinel
Eephus – Carson Lund
Gazer – Ryan J. Sloan
Ghost Cat Anzu – Yôko Kuno & Nobuhiro Yamashita
Good One – India Donaldson
In His Own Image – Thierry de Peretti
Mongrel – Chiang Wei Liang & You Qiao Yin
Savanna And The Mountain – Paulo Carneiro
Sister Midnight – Karan Kandhari
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed – Hernán Rosselli
The Falling Sky – Eryk Rocha & Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha
The Hyperboreans – Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña
To A Land Unknown – Mahdi Fleifel
Universal Language – Matthew Rankin
Visiting Hours – Patricia Mazuy
Volvereis – Jonás Trueba
Plastic Guns – Jean-Christophe Meurisse (Closing Film)

Special Screenings
American Stories: Food, Family and Philosophy – Chantal Akerman

The Critics’ Week is a parallel selection dedicated to first and second films from filmmakers (CdO) indicates film eligible for the Caméra d’Or as a feature directorial debut. The following films were selected to be screened in competition:

Baby – Marcelo Caetano
Block Pass (CdO) – Antoine Chevrollier
Blue Sun Palace (CdO) – Constance Tsang
The Brink Of Dreams – Nada Riyadh & Ayman El Amir
Julie Keeps Quiet (CdO) – Leonardo Van Dijl
Locust (CdO) – KEFF
Simon Of The Mountain (CdO) – Federico Luis

Special Screenings
Ghost Trail (CdO) – Jonathan Millet (Opening Film)
Across The Sea – Saïd Hamich Benlarbi
Queens Of Drama (CdO) – Alexis Langlois
Animale – Emma Benestan (Closing Film)

The full lineup for the 2024 Cannes Film Festival can be seen here. The festival runs from May 14th until May 25th.

Are you excited for the 2024 Cannes Film Festival? What do you think of the Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week lineups? Are you planning to attend the festival this year? Which films are you most looking forward to seeing? You can check out my reactions to the lineup here. Please let us know in the comments section below or on our Twitter account.

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Matt Neglia
Matt Neglia
Obsessed about the Oscars, Criterion Collection and all things film 24/7. Critics Choice Member.

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