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in Filmmaking
on Apr 25, 2008

Cannes‘ 40th Director’s Fortnight was announced today in Paris with good showings from Latin America, Spain and particularly France with 12 of the 22 films either French or co-productions. The lone U.S. film is Joshua Safdie‘s The Pleasure of Being Robbed, a warm, beautifully lensed, simple story of a curious girl wondering around New York City in search of connections with strangers. The film gained a lot of attention at its premiere at SXSW and has been building buzz on the regional circuit since. I saw it at Sarasota earlier this month (where it received the fest’s Independent Vision award) and was one of my favorites there.

Below is the full list of Fortnight films:

Four Nights With Anna, France-Poland, Jerzy Skolimowski (opener)
The Pleasure of Being Robbed, U.S., Josh Safdie (closer)
Acne, Uruguay-Spain-Argentina-Mexico, Federico Veiroj
Aquele querido mes de agosto, Portugal-France, Miguel Gomes
Boogie, Romania, Radu Muntean
Les Bureaux de Dieu, France, Claire Simon
El Cant dels ocells, Spain, Albert Serra
De la guerre, France, Bertrand Bonello
Le Dernier Maquis, France-Algeria, Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche
Eldorado, Belgium-France, Bouli Lanners
Eleve libre, Belgium-France, Joachim Lafosse
Liverpool, Argentina-France-Netherlands-Spain-Germany, Lisandro Alonso
Monsieur Morimoto, France, Nicola Sornaga
Knitting, China, Yin Lichuan
Now Showing, Philippines-France, Raya Martin
Il Resto della notte, Italy, Francesco Munzi
Salamandra, Argentina-France-Germany, Pablo Aguero
Shultes, Russia, Bakur Bakuradze
Blind Loves, Slovakia, Juraj Lehotsky
Lonely Tune of Tehran, Iran, Saman Salour
“Tony Manero,” Chile-Brazil, Pablo Larrain
“Le Voyage aux Pyrenees,” France, Jean-Marie Larrieu, Arnaud Larrieu

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