French connection in Cannes sidebar

PARIS -- The Festival de Cannes Directors' Fortnight selection announced Tuesday here is, like last year, a French-heavy affair, with four films from the 21-film lineup sporting home colors. "We're delighted with the selection -- the most important quality is the film's cinematographic originality wherever it comes from, whoever produced it, whatever its subject and style," artistic director Olivier Pere said in an interview. The French contingent selected for the sidebar includes the world premiere of Cache Cache (Hide and Seek) from Yves Caumon, the story of an expropriated peasant who watches the new occupants of his home from inside a well. Douches Froides (Cold Showers) from Frenchman Antony Cordier is a dramatic comedy about happiness told through a trio of adolescents.

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