2013 Directors' Fortnight

The Directors' Fortnight (“Quinzaine des Realisateurs”) is a selection of films and filmmakers, sponsored by the French Directors Guild, that was established in the wake of a firing.

In May of 1968 the dismissal of the corpulent genius, Henri Langlois, the lion of the French Cinematheque, sparked protests lead by the likes of of protests by Francois Truffaut, Jean Luc Godard and other French New Wave directors. The protests led to riots in the streets and, as the French are wont to do, decided to commemorate the event the next year. The Fortnight “after seeks to aid filmmakers and contribute to their discovery by the critics and audiences alike.”

This year the 45th Fortnight will screen 21 feature films, many from first-time filmmakers, including 16 world premieres. Though the Fortnight is non-competitive the first-time films are eligible for the Camera d’Or prize.
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1.
A Strange Course of Events (2013)
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Saul, fortyish, a melancholic dreamer, decides to visit his father whom he hasn't seen in five years, and whom he blames for all his ills. He discovers a possible new life... (98 mins.)
 
2.
After the Night (2013)
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Straight out of jail, Sombra returns to his life as a drug dealer in the creole slum of Lisbon. In between the money he has lent and can't get back... (99 mins.)
Director: Basil da Cunha
 
3.
Blue Ruin (2013)
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A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. (90 mins.)
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
 
4.
The Summer of Flying Fish (2013)
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(95 mins.)
Director: Marcela Said
 
5.
Henri (2013)
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(103 mins.)
Director: Yolande Moreau
 
6.
Ilo Ilo (2013)
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In 90s Singapore, the friendship between Filipino nursemaid Teresa and her young charge Jiale makes waves in a family, while the Asian recession hits the region. (99 mins.)
Director: Anthony Chen
 
7.
Jodorowsky's Dune (2013 Documentary)
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The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Pavich
 
8.
Stop-Over (2013 Documentary)
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In the course of living long months with a group of Iranian illegals in Athens, the director examines this radical choice of pursuing a better life through the most perilous of possibilities: clandestinity. (100 mins.)
Director: Kaveh Bakhtiari
 
9.
The Dance of Reality (2013)
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Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where this film was shot... (133 mins.)
 
11.
Apaches (2013)
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A group of beautiful but morally bankrupt teenagers live the fast life in the dark side of beautiful Corsica, but things spiral out of control when one of their number wants to confess their crimes. (82 mins.)
 
12.
Me, Myself and Mum (2013)
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Mrs. Gallienne, a rather temperamental upper middle-class lady, has three children, two of whom she... (85 mins.)
 
13.
Magic Magic (2013)
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A naive young tourist's road trip across Chile with friends turns into a waking nightmare. (97 mins.)
 
14.
On the Job (2013)
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Filipino crime thriller inspired by a real-life scandal in which prison inmates are temporarily released from prison to work as contract killers on behalf of politicians and high ranking military officials. (118 mins.)
Director: Erik Matti
 
15.
The Congress (2013)
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An aging, out-of-work actress accepts one last job, though the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn't consider. (122 mins.)
Director: Ari Folman
 
16.
The Last Days on Mars (2013)
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A group of astronaut explorers succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force while collecting specimens on Mars. (98 mins.)
Director: Ruairi Robinson
 
17.
The Selfish Giant (2013)
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Two thirteen year-old working-class friends in Bradford seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal. (91 mins.)
Director: Clio Barnard
 
18.
Tip Top (2013)
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Farid, an Algerian turned informant for the French police, is found murdered in a small French town... (106 mins.)
Director: Serge Bozon
 
19.
Ugly (2013)
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The case of a missing girl takes us through a journey of human greed and brushes upon the egos and repressed emotions of the characters. (128 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
 
20.
Un voyageur (2013 Documentary)
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Second-generation filmmaker Marcel Ophüls chronicles his extraordinary life. (106 mins.)
Director: Marcel Ophüls
 
21.
We Are What We Are (2013)
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The Parkers, a reclusive family who follow ancient customs, find their secret existence threatened as a torrential downpour moves into their area, forcing daughters Iris and Rose to assume responsibilities beyond those of a typical family. (105 mins.)
Director: Jim Mickle