Innovations at Cannes

  • Ron Holloway


CANNES: INNOVATIONS IN THE CERTAIN REGARD, DIRECTORS' FORTNIGHT AND CRITICS WEEK For the third year in a row, an entry in Un Certain Regard was awarded the increasingly important prize of the Fondation GAN pour le cinéma (worth FF 200,000 in French distribution aid) by an independent international jury. Consequently this Cannes sidebar is now viewed by many as a "backup festival" to the Competition in the official program. For the second year in a row under the new management of Marie-Pierre Macia, the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors' Fortnight) continued to distance itself from the prior policies of Pierre-Henri Deleau (three decades on the job) by formulating a programming image that was even more actor-and-personality oriented than last year's event. And for the first time in 16 years, the Semaine de la critique (Critics Week) finds itself under new management: José María Riba was elected by the Paris-based critics...