A fourth Israeli entry to the Cannes film festival: After “The Time That Remains” in the competition, “Jaffa” in the official selection but out-of-competition, and “Eyes Wide Open” in the Un Certain Regard side bar, it was just announced that the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar’s closing film will be “Ajami”, a long gestating project co-directed by an Israeli and a Palestinian.
Interestingly, the titles for both “Jaffa” and “Ajami” are the names of the south side territories of Tel-Aviv, were Jews and Arabs live side by side in a tense poverty and crime-ridden environment (Jaffa is actually a city onto itself - and an ancient one at that - that was annexed to Tel Aviv, and Ajami is a neighborhood inside Jaffa. Tel Aviv - which is where I live - is celebrating its centennial this very month). So expect to see the exact same locations in both “Jaffa” and “Ajami”.

Oh, yeah: Francis Ford Coppola’s film will open the sidebar, and is it me or does this edition of the Directors’ Fortnight look like a Sundance spin-off?

DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT LINEUP
“La Pivellina,” Austria, Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel
“The Alasness of Things,” Belgium-Netherlands, Felix van Groeningen
“Eastern Plays,” Bulgaria-Sweden, Kamen Kalev
“Carcasses,” Canada, Denis Cote
“J’ai tue ma mere,” Canada, Xavier Dolan
“Polytechnique,” Canada, Denis Villeneuve
“Navidad,” Chile, Sebastian Lelio
“Oxhide II,” China, Liu Jia Yin
“La famille Wolberg,” France-Belgium, Axelle Ropert
“Land of Madness,” France, Luc Moullet
“Le roi de l’evasion,” France, Alain Guiraudie
“Les beaux gosses,” France, Riad Sattouf
“Yuki & Nina,” France-Japan, Nobuhiro Suwa, Hippolyte Girardot
“Ajami,” Israel-Germany, Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani (closer)
“Daniel & Ana,” Mexico-Spain, Michel Franco
“Karaoke,” Malaysia, Chan Fui (Chris) Chong
“Ne change rien,” Portugal-France, Pedro Costa
“Here,” Singapore-Canada, Tzu-Nyen Ho
“Like You Know It All,” South Korea, Hong Sang-soo
“Amreeka,” U.S., Cherien Dabis
“Go Get Some Rosemary,” U.S.-France, Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
“Humpday,” U.S., Lynn Shelton
“I Love You Phillip Morris,” U.S.-France, Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
“Tetro,” Argentina-Spain-Italy, Francis Ford Coppola (opener)