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PARIS — The International Critics’ Week, an official parallel event of the Cannes Film Festival, unveiled its lineup Monday afternoon, including seven films in its competition section.
Djinn Carrenard’s Faire L’Amour (Making Love), will open Critics’ Week. The drama had been widely tipped to make an appearance in Cannes after the director’s 2010 debut Donoma received critical praise.
Inglorious Basterds actress Melanie Laurent’s second feature film, Breathe, will unspool out-of-competition in the special screening section, alongside Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s The Kindergarten Teacher.
The Critics’ Week’s closing-night film will be Thomas Lilti’s sophomore effort Hippocrate, which will also screen out-of- competition.
The Critics’ Week is overseen by artistic director Charles Tesson.
With a traditionally limited lineup of 10 features (seven in competition) and 10 short films, the sidebar has become known as a launching pad for Cannes regulars. Ken Loach, Leos Carax, Wong Kar-Wai and Francois Ozon all had their start in the section.
The focus of the week is traditionally on young or new filmmakers from all over the world, and the sidebar has paid particular attention to Asia in the last several years, but not so this year.
The features in the competition section will be eligible for the Nespresso grand prize. The grand prize jury will be presided over by British director Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank), and Rebecca Zlotowski (Grand Central) will head up the discovery prize and visionary award juries, with both focusing on new talent — the first going to a young director of a short film, and the second to a young critic.
Here is a look at the full Critics’ Week lineup:
Darker Than Midnight Sebastiano Riso
Gente de Bien Franco Lolli
Hope Boris Lojkine
It Follows David Robert Mitchell
Self Made Shira Geffen
The Tribe Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
When Animals Dream Jonas Alexander Arnby
OUT OF COMPETITION
Breathe Melanie Laurent
The Kindergarten Teacher Nadav Lapid
Hippocrate Thomas Lilti
SHORT AND MID-LENGTH FILMS
Young Lions of Gypsy Jonas Carpignano
Goodnight Cinderella Carlos Conceicao
The Chicken Una Gunjak
Back Alley Cecile Ducrocq
Crocodile Gaelle Denis
Les fleuves m’ont laissée descendre où je voulais Laurie de Lassale
Little Brother Remi St-Michel
Safari Gerardo Herrero
TrueLoveStory Gitanjali Rao
A Blue Room Tomasz Siwinski
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