New Films by Jodorowsky and Larraín Selected for Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight

Two Chilean films will be representing Latin America at the 48th edition of the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival. With a lineup of 18 features film, the independent section will host the world premiere of the new films by Chilean directors Alejandro Jodorowsky and Pablo Larraín: Endless Poetry and Neruda.

Set during the 1940s and 1950s, Poesía sin fin / Endless Poetry portrays filmmaker Jodorowsky’s young adulthood in the capital city of Santiago, Chile. There, he decides to become a poet and is introduced, by destiny, into the foremost bohemian and artistic circle of the time. He meets Enrique Lihn, Stella Diaz Varín, Nicanor Parra and many others of the country’s young, promising and unknown artists who would later become the titans of Latin America's literature. Endless Poetry is a tale of poetic experimentation; the story of a unique youth that lived as not many before them had dared: sensually, authentically, freely, madly.

Starring Mexican actor Gael García Bernal and Alfredo Castro and set between 1946 and 1948, in Neruda, an inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party.

Also premiering in the Directors' Fortnight is the Brazilian short film Abigail by Isabel Penoni and Valentina Homem, which connects the dots of a human map that links the indigenous Amazon cultures to Afro-Brazilian religions. The reverse of the inverse, a house of nearly extinct memories.

Additionally the Critics’ Week section of the Cannes Film Festival announced its lineup for this year, which includes the Brazilian short film O Delírio é a Redenção dis Aflitos / Delusion Is Redemption To Those In Distress by Fellipe Fernandes as the only Latin American contender in its official selection. The Colombian short film Los pasos del agua by César Augusto Acevedo will have a special screening celebrating the 55th anniversary of Critics’ Week.

The 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will take place May 11-22 in France.