Cannes 2012: Michel Gondry to headline Directors' Fortnight
Michel Gondry's enigmatic new film "The We and the I" will open the Directors' Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday.
Little is known about "We and I," a secretive project starring a cast of unknowns. Gondry has said it features a group of schoolchildren on a bus as well as a time-travel element.
Known for quirky auteur fare such as "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," the French-born Oscar winner took a detour last year with the Ryan Reynolds superhero picture "The Green Hornet." He last appeared on the Croisette with the documentary "The Thorn in the Heart" in 2009.
In addition to Gondry, organizers announced that the fortnight will feature new films from the Chilean Pablo Larrain, British viral-video superstar Ben Wheatley and Iranian director Yek Khanévadéh-e Mohtaram, among others. The section will also screen "Room 237," the documentary about "The Shining" that made a splash at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
The fortnight is an independently run event that tends to showcase more offbeat films than the main sections of Cannes. The section also oversees the Golden Coach award, given annually to a director; this year, Turkish filmmaker Nure Bilge Ceylan will receive the prize.
-- Steven Zeitchik
Photo: Michel Gondry accepts a Cesar award from Kate Winslet. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images