Paris – A tongue-in-cheek action movie about a Trump-era civil war between redneck Texans and East Coast liberals will feature in the Director’s Fortnight sidebar at next month’s Cannes film festival, organisers said Thursday.

“Bushwick” — which is set in the newly-hip district of Brooklyn of the same name — is one of five US films in the line-up which tries to take the temperature “of a divided America”.

In the shoot-’em-up film, which has already been snapped up by Netflix, a force of rightwing southern secessionists invade and lay waste much of the New York borough.

“It’s a rather amazing dystopian fairytale which tells the story of an America divided in two, which is how it is now,” said Edouard Waintrop, who heads the Director’s Fortnight selection, which often contains some of the best films at Cannes.

He insisted they had not set out to survey Donald Trump’s America. “We wanted to see how American cinema would react to the shock” of Trump’s election, he said.

© AFP JIM WATSON The lineup at Cannes will include four films which take different perspectives on America in the Trump era

© AFP JIM WATSON – The lineup at Cannes will include four films which take different perspectives on America in the Trump era