Our Festival Focus spotlight presents some of the best films to have shown at the visionary Directors’ Fortnight. Launched in 1969, Directors’ Fortnight was originally set up as an alternative to the Cannes Film Festival, following the transformative events of May ‘68. Some of the directors to feature in this original line-up included Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Bresson, Nagisa Oshima, and Humberto Solas, to name a few. It has since launched the careers of giants from the worlds of independent or arthouse cinema, showcasing bold and innovative films from all over the globe, and in certain cases, helping them grow new audiences. It was at the Fortnight that landmark films such as Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, The Wrath of God and Chantal Akerman’s feminist touchstone Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles first premiered in 1975. Always forward-thinking and unafraid to show films that are strange, challenging, or daring, the Fortnight continues to highlight some of the most exciting gems in world cinema. Happy viewing!