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Quinzaine des Cinéastes 2023

Quinzaine des cinéastes

2023 is the first year of the Quinzaine des cinéastes, formerly known as Quinzaine des réalisateurs. The English translation, Directors’ Fortnight, remains the same, though. It’s a section that has housed many great films over the years, which is evidenced by the teaser film that plays each year before the screenings. Today, this year’s selection was announced. Anyone reading my hopeful predictions will already have noticed that none of them ended up in the final selection. Apparently, the rules for inclusion in the Quinzaine have changed this year. The new head of the section, Julian Rejl, explains the new situation.

“The rules for entry to the Fortnight have changed: with an emphasis on the big screen experience, any film is eligible as long as those behind it commit to a cinema release in France instead of going straight to a streaming platform or television. This is our way of supporting the work of distributors and exhibitors, and it speaks to a wish for film lovers to continue to discover films together.”

Quinzaine des Cinéastes in a Full Strait Jacket

So, suddenly the Quinzaine section is bound by the same rules or strait jacket as the official selection of the festival. Demanding a French film release will narrow the field of choice considerably. Another thing that Julian Rejl said is that they avoided big names. That makes the inclusion of Cédric Kahn (opening film) and Michel Gondry particularly puzzling, and to include the ubiquitous Hong Sang-Soo feels even weirder. The selection is as follows;

VALE ABRAÃO (Val Abraham / Abraham’s Valley)

by Manoel de Oliveira

Special screening

LE PROCÈS GOLDMAN (The Goldman Case)

by Cédric Kahn

Opening film


by Kanu Behl

L’AUTRE LAURENS (The Other Laurens)

by Claude Schmitz

BÊN TRONG VỎ KÉN VÀNG (Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell)

by Thien An Pham

First feature film


by Elene Naveriani

BLAZH (Grace / La Grâce)

by Ilya Povolotsky

First feature film


by Bertrand Mandico


by Elena Martín Gimeno


by Faouzi Bensaïdi


by Zarrar Kahn

First feature film


by Filipa Reis & João Miller Guerra

LE LIVRE DES SOLUTIONS (The Book of Solutions)

by Michel Gondry


by Rosine Mbakam

RIDDLE OF FIRE (Conte de feu)

by Weston Razooli

First feature film


by Joanna Arnow

First feature film


by Sean Price Williams

UN PRINCE (A Prince)

by Pierre Creton

XIAO BAI CHUAN (A Song Sung Blue)

by Zihan Geng

First feature film

WOO-RI-UI-HA-RU (In Our Day)

by Hong Sang-soo

Closing film

Quinzaine des réalisateurs
Leonor Silveira in Val Abraham.

The obvious highlight is the restored version of Manoel de Oliveira’s masterpiece, Val Abraham. Leonor Silveira will be in Cannes for the event. Apart from that, the selection contains six first features. There are some well-known names, as well. Faouzi Bensaïdi featured in the Un Certain Regard section for his first feature, Mille Mois, in 2003. Portuguese duo Filipa Reis and João Miller Guerra had their first feature, Dijon Africa, at the IFFR in 2018. Otherwise, there don’t seem to be that many things to be excited by. That might change once more facts about the films become known.

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