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Cannes Directors' Fortnight 2014 Lineup Unveiled

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Directors' Fortnight 2014 Lineup Unveiled

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Celine Sciamma's Girlhood (Bande de Filles) [pictured] to open; Matthew Warchus' Pride to close.Scroll down for full list

Céline Sciamma's Girlhood (Bande de Filles), revolving around a girl gang in a tough Paris neighbourhood, will open Cannes Directors' Fortnight, running May 15-25.

The Cannes parallel section's artistic director Edouard Waintrop unveiled the non-competitive line-up at a press conference at the Forum des Images in Paris today.

Sciamma was last in Cannes with adolescent locker room drama Water Lilies, which premiered in Un Certain Regard in 2007, but is best known internationally for her 2011 Tomboy, which sold to some 35 territories.

UK's Pride is Closing Film

Matthew Warchus' Pride, starring an ensemble cast featuring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine and Andrew Scott, will close the selection. The UK comedy revolves around an unexpected alliance in 1984 between a bunch of striking Welsh miners and gay and lesbian activists.

Other UK selections comprise John Boorman's Queen and Country and Daniel Wolfe's Yorkshire-set feature debut, thriller Catch Me Daddy about a girl and her boyfriend on the run from a group of bounty hunters sent by her violent criminal family.

A former Screen International UK Star Of Tomorrow, Wolfe shot the film with cinematographer Robbie Ryan. The pair previously made the YouTube hit Time To Dance together, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a serial killer.

Other thrillers include Australian filmmaker Zak Hilditch's apocalyptic These Final Hours and Jim Mickle's Cold In July, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year.

Argentine director Diego Lerman also returns to Directors' Fortnight with Refugiado, a road movie about a mother and son who are kicked out their family home.

Canada's Stéphane Lafleur, whose films have screened in Toronto, Berlin and Venice, makes his Cannes debut with the black-and-white film Tu Dors Nicole, about a brother and sister in their 20s left behind in their family home over the summer holidays.

Other US titles include Damien Chazelle's Sundance hit Whiplash about a young drummer trying to make it in the jazz world.

Veteran US documentarian Frederick Wiseman is also expected to hit the Croisette for the screening of National Gallery, following the day-to-day workings the National Gallery of London.

Genre hits

Self-confessed genre junkie, Waintrop has also programmed a restored version of the 1974 US cult classic, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre by Tobe Hooper.

Belgian Fabrice du Welz's Alleluia [pictured], about real-life 1940s serial killers Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, who murdered some 20 women before being captured and executed in the 1950s, is also likely to chill the blood of the Directors' Fortnight audience. …

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