Ben Wheatley, 40, is a British writer-director who combines genre thrills with arthouse boldness. While his earlier films ‘Down Terrace’ (2009) and ‘Kill List’ (2011) impressed audiences at the Rotterdam and Toronto film festivals, the appearance of his new film ‘Sightseers’ in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes marks Wheatley’s first visit to the Croisette.
How did you feel when you found out you’d been selected for Cannes?
‘Really happy, as you can imagine. I’ve been going to Cannes for years and never thought I’d show a film there. It seemed so unobtainable. So we were just blown away. It’s been a dramatic process. With other festivals, it was always casual – we’d send the movie off, find out a few weeks later we were invited, and we’d go, “Oh, great!”. But this went on for weeks. “When are we going to hear?” “What’s going on?” We found out at the last minute, after they’d announced everything else. It was quite a ride.
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