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Cannes Lineups: Director's Fortnight

Previously in Cannes news
The Coen Bros led Jury and the Lineups for Competition and Un Certain Regard 

While the competition & un certain regard films are the "star headliners" as it were, they aren't always the ones that garner the most critical buzz or sales or what not. So let's look at what's coming in the Director's Fortnight sidebar. While this section is non competitive, the films are eligible for the Camera D'Or prize if they are among the first films in a director's career, though that's tough to win since they're competing with first films in other sections, too. The last few winners of this prize were: Beasts of the Southern Wild (Oscar nominee Best Picture), Ilo Ilo (Oscar submission Best Foreign Film) and France's Party Girl.

Opening Film

In the Shadow of Women

In the Shadow of Women (France) dir: Philippe Garrel. 
A romantic drama about documentary filmmakers in Paris 

Closing Film

Dope (US) dir: Rick Famuyiwa
This action comedy about high school hip-hop fans who get caught up in a drug deal gone wrong was a huge hit at Sundance (our quick take). It has supposedly been edited since then, which would probably only strengthen it. It's very funny but a bit bloated. 

The Rest of the Lineup is after the jump

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Link Jr.

Vulture psychologically astute piece by Kim Morgan on Lindsay Lohan's reality show 
The Front Row on the lost generation of indie film and filmmakers from the 1990s
New York Times Rubin "Hurricane" Carter dies at 76. Did you ever see that Oscar nominated Denzel performance in The Hurricane?
/Film Quentin Tarantino continues work on The Hateful Eight, his "leaked" first draft of a Western

imgur fascinating compilation of screenpaps from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. That list of culturally important things people have told Captain America to google and how it changes in each country 
Variety we haven't checked in with crazy Takashi Miike lately. He's making a Yakuza Vampire flick now 
i09 Wonder-Con happened this weekend which means fun creative cosplay photos. (I miss loving geek culture which I haven't for a long time really... I loved it before "geek" became a compliment).
i09 Dudes in distress, saved by damsels from Wonder Woman's Steve Trevor to The Hunger Games Peeta
Variety Cannes Critics Week sidebar revealed
Film School Rejects on the anniversary of Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr and audience resistance to movies that comment on moviegoing
Out Matt Bomer talks The Normal Heart 
Variety The Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon sequel Green Destiny - is happening later this year. But since it doesn't have Ang Lee or any of the original stars (through necessity plot-wise, really) other than Michelle Yeoh... how much of a sequel will it feel like to people. 


Top Ten Triple: Time Tables 'Tween Movies

Generally speaking a human infant can be produced in nine months. Baby elephants take two years. But when it comes to directors birthing their next celluloid or digitial babies, the time tables from conception to birth remain a calendrical mystery. Outside of Woody Allen, who brings an infant film into the world each and every year and Clint Eastwood, who often has twins, there's just no telling!

It's so hard to please movie buffs

We're thinking about this because Darren Aronofsky is lining up his post Black Swan project and Serious Film was just rejoicing over the news that P.T. Anderson is back to work. His thinly veiled Scientology film, formerly titled "The Master" has a June start date. Michael is like Goldilocks on the topic of time between pictures and we are too -- it's hard to satisfy us! -- but the Robert Altman / Martin Scorsese time table, a film every two or so years, is deemed "just right".

Michael writes:

Sure that makes them more vulnerable to the occasional dud, but it also opens them up to all the interesting follies and surprise discoveries that wind up being as treasured as their major masterpieces. Marty would never had produced anything as odd and discomfiting as King of Comedy if he has been moving at the glacial pace of a Terrence Malick, and the cinematic landscape would have been poorer for it.'

Can he get an amen?

We're limiting the following lists to living filmmakers / post-studio time frame because everyone was more regular when films ruled the world (prior to tv) and were assembled with greater efficiency. So for today's lists, let's look at the slowpokes, inbetweeners and quickies. These are not exact lists -- imagine trying to research every director in the world and we've also extracted shorts, tv films and documentaries -- but lists of commonly discussed feature filmmakers and a few of our favorites thrown in for good measure. 

DISCLAIMER: We're fully aware that financial backing is a factor in speed but have to ignore it for the purposes of this article. Also, we're aware that release dates don't always reflect timetables but you try looking up start of filming dates versus release date disparity on thousands of movies.

also: eating, sleeping, thinking, applying sunscreen.

Listed from the very slowest to quickest among the slow. One is forced to imagine that the following filmmakers actually hibernate inbetween films. Only intense hunger pains ever reawaken them. This list is dedicated to Spike Jonze (who has only made 3 features since he started movies and they're all brilliant. But three is no kind of legacy: Commit!) and to Jonathan Glazer who we can only assume is having problems with financing. He's only made 2 films, both of them wonderful, in the past 10 years. His next feature is supposedly Under the Skin (2014) which would arrive a full decade after Birth, one of the most brilliant films of the Aughts.

  1. Terrence Malick
    Quickest: 5 years between Badlands and Days of Heaven.
    Slowest: 20 years between Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line.
    Rough Breakdown: One film every seven and ½ years (5 films thus far)
  2. Baz Luhrmann
    Quickest: 4 years between Strictly Ballroom and Romeo + Juliet
    Slowest: 7 years between Moulin Rouge and Australia
    Rough Breakdown: One film every four years and 9 months (4 films thus far)
  3. David Lynch

    Bob, Dale Cooper and Lynch in the prolific Twin Peaks years.Quickest: He's managed one year gaps on occasion

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