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Let´s explore the Cannes film festival’s independent section La Quinzaine

The Cannes film festival’s independent section – La Quinzaine des réalisateurs, a.k.a. Directors’ Fortnight – was created in 1969 as a direct response to the events of 1968 in an attempt at presenting lesser known filmmakers in a less flashy manner, and completely independently from the festival’s main program. Over the years, this section – sometimes referred to simply as Quinzaine – has shown films by George Lucas, Ken Loach, Michael Haneke, and Spike Lee, among others. Independent programmer Laurence Reynolds – a member of this year’s National Competition section who in recent years has been responsible for choosing the short films for the Directors’ Fortnight – presents  a selection of short films from the past seven years, including Czech animator and director Michaela Pavlátová’s Tram and award-winning Columbian director Franco Lolli’s Rodri.