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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019


Celebrating 50 years!

2018 will be the year of the 50th Directors’ Fortnight.

Above all, we want to explore and revive an era – joyful, carefree, insolent and curious – that preceded the creation of the Fortnight by a few years and accompanied its rise. During this period, the cinema opened itself to a new generation of auteurs, and to new territories. There was a period of four or five years, between 1966 and 1972, during which the “New Cinemas” as the Cahiers du Cinema called them in one of its columns, burgeoned here and there all over the world, but without reaching wide audiences. It has gone down in history that the Fortnight was born in the wake of 1968 and the cancelling of the Cannes Film Festival that year. That is both undeniable and a bit of a simplification. The Fortnight is above all the upshot of this wider movement that was happening on every continent during the 60’s.
With the Fortnight, these auteurs and these films had found a safe haven, an adoptive family they became part of the minute they arrived. And they found an open door to a world that had previously been closed, a door that the Fortnight, against all odds and in the face of industry trends, still strives today to keep wide open.
Through a book, an exhibition, a sound creation, this is the atmosphere we wish to relive.

The Book

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, les Jeunes années 1967-1975

In 1968, many young French filmmakers think that the stagnating Cannes Film Festival should be reformed. At that time, the selection of films was the fruit of a diplomatic exercise rather than an artistic vision – but such an institution doesn’t get knocked over easily.
To overturn the resistant authorities of the festival, the Directors found necessary to create another festival, on the fringe of the first. That’s how the Directors’ Fortnight was born in 1969.
In 1969, Pierre-Henri Deleau, a young man who was the host of a film club in Lille, is named at its head. He will remain there for thirty years. Back then however, not many were those who would have bet that the adventure would last. The uncertainty, and chaotic character of the initial enterprise, made necessary to reinvent everything. But the Fortnight came at the right time.
Accompanying the political upheavals that were agitating the world, new aesthetics and practices emerged in cinema throughout the globe. Canada, United States, Latin America, as well as Eastern Europe, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and Africa witnessed the rise of young filmmakers willing to formally shake up academic practices. The Fortnight naturally became their land of asylum – and it has been lasting for 50 editions.
For this anniversary, we have chosen to revisit the first 4 years of the Directors’ Fortnight. These editions reflect, as much as they embody, the birth of a new cinema in a world in upheaval.

Monday, May 14th

A Sound Creation

Cinéma(s) en liberté, mémoires sonores

Benoît Bories has travelled the world for a year collecting oral ambiance material and verbal recollections, in order to recreate the atmosphere and the energy of the first years of the Fortnight. It is a 12-minute immersion in a Dolby 7.0 equipped screening room.
It is composed as an imaginary conversation between people who have been part of the Fortnight between 1969 and 1971.
The testimonies are intertwined to constitute a collective history of the Fortnight. In this creation, the past resonates with the presents as the early editions resonate with more contemporary ones. Eventually, the tone of the music it creates resembles the spirit of these very particular years.

Monday, May 14th

The exhibition

Cinéma(s) en liberté Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 1969-1972

The society of the late 1960s and early 1970s experienced profound social, political and cultural upheavals. From its creation, the Fortnight is a reflection of these upheavals and the showcase of a cinema that, everywhere in the world, is reinventing itself. In Brazil, Italy, the United States, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Senegal, Egypt… Filmmakers explore new forms, while experimental cinema (Fluxus, Zanzibar, Factory) shakes up academicism, while erotic cinema mocks morality and while political cinema merges with militant cinema.
The brand new Fortnight will naturally become the place where this Cinéma en liberté (name given to the first edition) will be expressed.
Through texts, photos, videos, posters, film clips and sound testimonies, the exhibition will propose to immerse oneself in the first four years of the Fortnight and to discover how they draw a picture of the world. A fun and exciting exploration that will certainly make you want to discover or watch again movies that have mostly become cult.

Visit on the exhibition!

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the first years of the Fortnight and discover the workshops Mashup table.

Monday, May 14th

The Anniversary

at the Théâtre Croisette

Édouard Waintrop invites Pierre-Henri Deleau, Artistic Director of the Fortnight from 1969 to 1999, to celebrate the young years of the selection, on the occasion of its 50th edition. All directors selected in the Fortnight will be invited to join the festivities.

From May 10th to May 14th


50 Fortnight editions – 5 decade – 5 fanzines

Each edition has been orchestrated by filmmakers who marked the Fortnight. The idea is to offer our audience a filmmaker’s point of view on his/her era to the Quinzaine’s faithful, eclectic film-loving audience, who gives to our screenings its particularity.

With the participation of

Naomi Kawase, Atom Egoyan, Pablo Larraín, Jim Jarmusch, Xavier Dolan, the Safdie brothers, Chloé Zhao, Damien Chazelle, Ken Loach, Houda Benyamina, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Jeremy Saulnier, Anurag Kashyap, Michael Haneke, Malcolm Le Grice, George Lucas, James Ivory, Volker Schlöndorff, Arturo Ripstein, Werner Herzog, László Szabó, Luc Moullet, Alain Tanner, Mouly Surya, Spike Lee, Rachid Djaïdani, Masao Adachi.

(Re)Play the Playlists

Fanzine #1 – playlist de Damien Chazelle
Fanzine #2 – playlist des Frères Safdie
Fanzine #3 – playlist de Jaco von Dormael
Fanzine #4 – playlist de Jim Jarmusch
Fanzine #5 – playlist de Carlos Diegues

[Fortnight Special Edition]

To celebrate the Fortnight’s 50th anniversary, French designer David Honnorat designed a special edition of his Movieland map by including 50 films presented at the Fortnight.

Discover the map

Quinzaine on Tour

50th edition celebration all around the world


L’Institut français in partnership with Directors’ Fortnight to celebrate its 50th edition all around the world
With a common positioning to promote independent cinema and emergent new talents, but also freedom of creation and cultural diversity, Institut français and Directors’ Fortnight have shared for a long time the same values. This year 2018, l’Institut français is celebrating Fortnight’s 50th edition anniversary worldwide with a special program of 18 French and African films from its collection.

The retrospective of the Fortnight’s 1969 edition

Rerun of the integrality of the Fortnight’s first edition
du 28 mars au 3 mai 2018

The Cinémathèque française has organised a rerun of the selection from 1969, the Fortnight’s debut year. Sixty-three films screen, a first for the Cinémathèque, with nearly the entire line-up from 1969. There is no paring down, in line with the Fortnight’s basic belief that “all films are created equal and enjoy the same rights”.

See the screening schedule

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