Directors' Fortnight unveils selection and MENA titles are included

The highly anticipated first feature by Lebanese filmmaker Ely Dagher and 'Hit the Road' by Panah Panahi - imprisoned Iranian filmmaker Jafar's son - are among the titles just announced in the Cannes sidebar which runs from July 7-17
Directors' Fortnight unveils selection and MENA titles are included

The Directors' Fortnight chief Paolo Moretti, who took over the reins in 2019, presented their 2021 selection from the Forum des Images in Paris. He called the choice programme of 24 features "a selection of discovery." And we can't agree with him more.

Half of the films this year are directed or co-directed by women including Clio Barnard’s Ali & Ava; the documentary Futura from Alice Rohrwacher, Pietro Marcello and Francesco Munzi; and Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir: Part II starring Tilda Swinton and Richard Ayoade.

Veteran documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman will receive the Fortnight’s Carrosse d’Or honor on opening day. He will also hold a masterclass and his 2018 film Monrovia, Indiana will be screened.

The opening film is Ouistreham ("Between Two Worlds"), directed by Emmanuel Carrère, while the Fortnight will close with Our Men, directed by Rachel Lang.

MENA titles see a debut feature from Jafar Panahi's son, Panah Panahi titled Hit The Road (Jadde Khaki); The Sea Ahead, directed by Ely Dagher, whose previous work Waves '98 won the Short Film Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and Italian-Iraqi director Haider Rashid’s third feature Europa (Iraq-Italy-Kuwait), about a young Iraqi man trying to cross into Europe on foot and who is tracked down by Bulgarian vigilantes guarding the border.

See the complete line-up below.


A Chiara by Jonas Carpignano

A Night of Knowing Nothing by Payal Kapadia
1h30 – First film

Ali & Ava by Clio Barnard

Clara Sola by Nathalie Álvarez Mesen
1h48 – First film

De bas étage (A Brighter Tomorrow) by Yassine Qnia
1h26 – First film

Diários de Otsoga  (Journal de Tûoa, The Tsugua Diaries) by Miguel Gomes and Maureen Fazendeiro

El empleado y el patron (L’Employeur et l’Employé, The Employer and the Employee) by Manuel Nieto Zas

Entre les vagues (The Braves) by Anaïs Volpé

Europa by Haider Rashid

Futura by Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi and Alice Rohrwacher

Întregalde by Radu Muntean

Jadde khaki (Hit the Road) by Panah Panahi
1h33 – First film

Les Magnétiques (Magnetic Beats) by Vincent Maël Cardona
1h38 – First film

Luaneshat e kodrës (La Colline où rugissent les lionnes, The Hill where Lionesses Roar) by Luàna Bajrami
1h23 – First film

Medusa by Anita Rocha da Silveira

Mon légionnaire (Our Men) by Rachel Lang
1h46 – Closing film

Murina by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović
1h32 – First film

Neptune Frost by Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman

Ouistreham (Between Two Worlds) by Emmanuel Carrère
1h47 – Opening film

Re Granchio (La Légende du Roi Crabe, The Tale of King Crab) by Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis

Retour à Reims (Fragments) – (Returning to Reims (Fragments)) by Jean-Gabriel Périot

The Souvenir Part II by Joanna Hogg

Yong an zhen gu shi ji (Ripples of Life) by Shujun Wei

البحر أمامكم (Face à la mer, The Sea Ahead) by Ely Dagher
1h56 – First film

Special Screenings

The Souvenir by Joanna Hogg

Short Films

Anxious Body by Yoriko Mizushiri
6 min

El Espacio sideral (The Sidereal Space) by Sebastián Schjaer
17 min

Simone est partie (Simone Is Gone) by Mathilde Chavanne
21 min

Sycorax by Lois Patiño and Matías Piñeiro
20 min

The Parents’ Room (La Chambre des parents) by Diego Marcon
11 min

The Vandal by Eddie Alcazar
15 min

The Windshield Wiper by Alberto Mielgo
14 min

Train Again by Peter Tscherkassky
20 min

When Night Meets Dawn (Quand la Nuit rencontre l’Aube) by Andreea Cristina Borțun
20 min

Carrosse d’Or

Monrovia, Indiana by Frederick Wiseman

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