The Cannes Film Festival completed its programming with the announces selections for Directors’ Fortnight, the separate section that runs alongside the official festival and criticism week.

Highlights of the Directors’ Fortnight include new films by British directors Joanna Hogg and Clio Barnard, an Italian documentary that includes Happy Lazzaro’s Alice Rohrwacher among its three directors, and a new musical co-directed by musician-actor Saul Williams and Rwandan film maker Anisia Uzeyman.

Hogg will present The Souvenir Part II, the sequel to his vaguely autobiographical 2019 drama The Souvenir, which, like the first film, will star Honor Swinton Byrne in the lead role. Barnard, whose last film was the 2017 drama Dark River, and who is currently working on the Apple TV miniseries The Essex Serpent, is set to bring Ali & Ava to Cannes; with Adeel Akhtar and Claire Rushbrook, it is described as “a contemporary British love story that explores the intricacies of age, class and race”.

Meanwhile, Rohwacher, who won the best screenplay award at the 2018 Cannes film festival for Happy as Lazzaro, joins Pietro Marcello and Francesco Munzi for a documentary, Futura, billed as an examination of “different expectations and perspectives for the future.” Italian teenagers. . Williams and Uzeyman joined forces on Neptune’s Frost, which Williams described as “the love story between an intersex runaway, a coltan miner, and the virtual wonder born of their union.”

Hogg and Barnard’s participation will bring some comfort to the UK film industry, after no UK director has been shortlisted for the official competition or the Critics’ Week lineup, with the only UK director already involved being Andrea Arnold, whose documentary Cow airs in a new sidebar. called Cannes Premieres.

However, the selection for Directors’ Fortnight showed the official selection’s persistent reluctance to select female directors. Twelve of the 30 directors of the Directors’ Fortnight are women, while only four of the 24 directors competing for the Palme d’Or are women.

The festival also recently announced it will screen the new Fast and Furious movie, F9, at its French premiere, although it has opened in most countries by the end of June.

The Cannes film festival is due to take place from July 6 to 17, after being delayed compared to its traditional time slot of mid-May.