Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight Unveils Lineup of 2021 Edition

After canceling its last edition due to the pandemic, Directors’ Fortnight, a section running alongside the Cannes Film Festival, is unveiling its lineup today at a press conference in Paris.

Directors’ Fortnight is headed by Paolo Moretti, who took over as artistic director in 2019, succeeding Edouard Waintrop. The section’s leadership is overseen by the SRF, the French Film Directors Guild, whose members include Celine Sciamma, Jacques Audiard and Rebecca Zlotowski.

The 53rd edition of the strand will pay tribute to Frederick Wiseman, the revered American documentary filmmaker and producer of “Ex Libris: The New York Public Library,” “Boxing Gym” and “Hospital.” Wiseman will be awarded the Carrosse d’Or on July 7, during the Directors’ Fortnight opening ceremony. Past recipients include John Carpenter and Martin Scorsese.

Directors’ Fortnight is a non-competitive section and is open to the public through a system of season tickets and individual screening tickets. This year, due to the pandemic, all Fortnight screenings will require online booking, as with the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festivals.

The section will also be organizing reruns of the selection following the festival, in Paris, Marseille and Bruxelles.

The 53rd edition of Directors’ Fortnight will be held in Cannes from July 7-17.

More to come.

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