Cannes 2021: Ouistreham, with Juliette Binoche, will open the Directors’ Fortnight

Emmanuel Carrère’s film adapts Florence Aubenas’ book.

As the kick-off of the Cannes Film Festival approaches, which will take place this year from July 6 to 17, the program of the event is gradually taking shape. The Directors’ Fortnight thus unveiled its selection on Tuesday, with 24 feature films selected, including 22 by filmmakers who will come to the Croisette for the first time.

This is “one of the missions, I would even say the raison d’être of the Directors’ Fortnight“, recalled Paolo Moretti, the general delegate. The actress Luàna Bajrami, 20 years old, notably noticed in Portrait of the girl on fire, will present his first feature film there, The Hill where the lionesses roar.

Cannes 2021: discover the official selection

The Fortnight will open with the highly anticipated Ouistreham, which marks the return to directing of the writer Emmanuel Carrière, who had not filmed since The moustache (2005). A film adapted from Quai de Ouistreham, autobiographical account of the journalist Florence Aubenas published in 2010 who lived anonymously for six months with precarious workers to report the consequences of the economic crisis. Juliette Binoche will play the main role of writer Marianne Winckler, inspired by Aubenas, and will be surrounded by a totally amateur cast.

Ouistreham will be released in theaters on January 12, 2022 and is already successful in the film market, since it has been sold in around ten territories, French Film Announcement.

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Here is the full selection of the Directors’ Fortnight:


In Chiara by Jonas Carpignano


A Night of Knowing Nothing by Payal Kapadia

1h30 – First feature film

Ali & Ava by Clio Barnard


Clara sola by Nathalie Álvarez Mesen

1h48 – First feature film

From low floor (A Brighter Tomorrow) by Yassine Qnia

1h26 – First feature film

Diários de Otsoga (Tûoa’s Journal, The Tsugua Diaries) by Miguel Gomes and Maureen Fazendeiro


El empleado y el patron (The Employer and the Employee) by Manuel Nieto Zas


Between the Waves (The Braves) by Anaïs Volpé


Europa by Haider Rashid


Futura by Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi and Alice Rohrwacher


Întregalde by Radu Muntean


Jadde khaki (Hit the Road) by Panah Panahi

1h33 – First feature film

Magnetic Beats by Vincent Maël Cardona

1h38 – First feature film

Luaneshat e kodrës (The Hill where Lionesses Roar) by Luàna Bajrami

1h23 – First feature film

Medusa by Anita Rocha da Silveira


My Legionnaire (Our Men) by Rachel Lang

1h46 – Closing film

Murina by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović

1h32 – First feature film

Neptune Frost by Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman


Ouistreham (Between Two Worlds) by Emmanuel Carrère

1h47 – Opening film

Re Granchio (La Légende du Roi Crab, The Tale of King Crab) by Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis


Returning to Reims (Fragments) – (Returning to Reims (Fragments)) by Jean-Gabriel Périot


The Souvenir Part II by Joanna Hogg


Yong an zhen gu shi ji (Ripples of Life) by Shujun Wei


البحر أمامكم (Face à la mer, The Sea Ahead) from Ely Dagher

1h56 – First feature film


The Souvenir by Joanna Hogg



Anxious Body by Yoriko Mizushiri

6 min

El Espacio sideral (The Sidereal Space) by Sebastián Schjaer

17 mins

Simone is gone (Simone Is Gone) by Mathilde Chavanne

21 min

Sycorax by Lois Patiño and Matías Piñeiro

20 mins

The Parents’ Room by Diego Marcon

11 min

The Vandal by Eddie Alcazar

15 mins

The Windshield Wiper by Alberto Mielgo

14 mins

Train Again by Peter Tscherkassky

20 mins

When Night Meets Dawn by Andreea Cristina Borțun

20 mins


Monrovia, Indiana by Frederick Wiseman


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