cannes directors fortnight


Raw (2016)

Directed by Julia Ducournau

Cinematography by Ruben Impens
‘My Life as a Courgette’ Takes Top Prize At Annecy Film Festival
By Elsa Keslassy

“Following its critically-acclaimed world premiere at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight, Claude Barras’s French stop-motion feature My Life as a Courgette scooped the audience prize and the Crystal award for best animated feature at the 40th Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival.

Written by sceenwriter/director Celine Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy) and based on a novel, Courgette is about an orphan trying to adapt to life in a group home.

Sébastien Laudenbach’s feature debut The Girl Without Hands, meanwhile, won the jury prize. Loosely based on a fairy tale by the Grimm brothers, The Girl, which features a minimalist animation style inspired by Chinese calligraphy, centers on a struggling miller who sells his daughter to the Devil amid harsh times. Protected by her purity, the young girl flees but is deprived of her hands. It premiered at Cannes in the ACID program.

French animation master Didier Brunner (The Triplets of Belleville, Ernest and Celestine) won the honorary award at Annecy.”


‘Heaven Knows What’ directing duo Josh and Benny Safdie will helm the indie neo-grindhouse caper.

Robert Pattinson will star in neo-grindhouse caper Good Time, which will be directed by Josh and Benny Safdie.

The indie film centers on a bankrobber’s flailing efforts to evade the dragnet closing in on him. Pattinson will star as Connie.

Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstein wrote the script for the film, which will be produced by Sebastian Bear-MCclard of Elara Pictures.

Since starring in the vampire franchise phenomenon known as Twilight, Pattinson has focused his efforts on interesting indie roles. He’s worked with esteemed directors including David Michod (The Rover), David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis, Maps to the Stars) and Werner Herzog (Queen of the Desert). His upcoming films include The Childhood of a Leader and The Lost City of Z with Sienna Miller and Charlie Hunnam.

The Safdie brothers who recently signed with WME, are indie filmmakers whose most recent project, Heaven Knows What, is currently in theaters. The critically acclaimed film following a young heroin addict (Arielle Holmes) who finds love in the streets of New York was released by Radius-TWC. It previously won the C.I.C.A.E Award at the Venice Film Festival and also played at the Toronto Film Festival and New York Film Festival.

“The directing team’s previous indie projects include Daddy Longlegs, which played at both the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and the 2010 Sundance Film Festival; the doc Lenny Cook, which followed a star high school basketball player and played at Tribeca and Venice before airing on Showtime in February 2014; and their debut feature, The Pleasure of Being Robbed, which premiered at SXSW in 2008  and also played at the Cannes sidebar Directors’ Fortnight before airing on IFC. (Pictured above with Benny Safdie)

The Hollywood Reporter