52nd edition

Fortnight 1981

Directors’ Fortnight

Opening of a Super-8 section that will last until 1983. Diego Risquez’ Bolivar’s sinfonia tropical is such a hit that it is subsequently blown up to 35mm and again shown at the Fortnight a year later. The fight against censorship continues: a film from the Philippines, Mike de Leon’s Batch 81, presented at the Fortnight, endures no less than 27 cuts before being shown in its country of origin. Ali Ozgenturk can’t attend the Fortnight screening of his film, At, because he is being held in a Turkish prison at the time.

Feature Film selection

  • World premiere
  • Film in competition for the Œil d'Or Award
  • Film in competition for the Caméra d'Or Award