Gabriel Abrantes's film at the Fortnight of Directors in Cannes
After the two Portuguese short films revealed in the screening of Critical Week two days ago, it was the turn of the Directors Fortnight and ACID's latest show yesterday to announce the films they will be showing in Cannes. And there is more Portuguese presence.
The highlight is Gabriel Abrantes' return to Croisette, a year after the success of "Diamantino" in Critical Week. Moving now to the Director's Fortnight, the Portuguese filmmaker will premiere the film he has just directed in France, "Les Extraordinaires Mésaventures de la Jeune Fille de Pierre". Shot in the Louvre, with high security measures and during the night, the film follows the path of a statue that is tired of standing there and decides to come out to see how the world is.
Cannes' latest parallel section, ACID - Independent Film Association for Broadcasting, has this year a focus on Argentina, which follows Portugal. Our country will not cease to be present, with Terratreme's participation in the Franco-Portuguese co-production "Rêves de Jeunesse". The feature film, by Alain Raoust and played by Salome Richard, Yoann Zimmer and Estelle Meyer, focuses on a teenager who discovers her own rebellion when she gets a summer job in a junkyard somewhere in the countryside.
Taking stock of the Portuguese presence in Cannes, these two titles join "Frankie" by Ira Sachs (co-production of The Sound and the Fury) in competition, "Liberté" by Albert Serra (co-production of Rosa Filmes) in the official out-of-competition selection, "Invisible Hero", by Cristèle Alves Meira (co-production of Midas Filmes), in a special screening of Critic Week, and Sofia Bost's "Party Day" (production A Stone in the Shoe) , in competition in this last section.
With Thierry Frémaux leaving the selection of some more title in the competition open, which is still expected to happen with the new Tarantino, currently closed in the assembly room ending "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", may still there is, at the very least, some last national entry, although expectations for the selection of the last Pedro Costa have faded in the last few hours.