Cannes: Critics' Week Unveils Lineup, Including Closing Film From Chloe Sevigny


Justine Triet's 'In Bed With Victoria' will open the sidebar that focuses on young directors.

Following the Cannes Film Festival's unveiling of its competition and Un Certain Regard lineups last week, the Critics' Week sidebar announced its selections on Monday.

Justine Triet's In Bed With Victoria will open the 55th edition of the official sidebar that focuses on young directors.

The three closing shorts come from a trio of actresses-turned-directors. They are Chloe Sevigny's Kitty, Sandrine Kiberlain's Smile and Laetitia Casta's En Moi.

Turkish helmer Mehmet Can Mertoglu's film Album is in the competition. Spanish director Olivier Laxe's second film, Mimosas, also is in the lineup, as is the female coming-of-age and cannibalism story Raw from Julia Docournau.

The first Lebanese film in competition will be Vatche Boulghourjian's Tramotane, a story about a blind singer.

Singaporean director K. Rajagopal's first feature, Yellow Bird, about the tensions between the Indian and Chinese populations of the city state, and documentary helmer Davy Chou's first fiction feature, Diamond Island, about disaffected Cambodian youths, both hail from Asia.

Israeli filmmaker Asaph Polonsky's story of a family in mourning, One Week and A Day, rounds out the slate.

In all, seven features are in competition for the Nespresso Grand Prize, and 10 shorts are in competition for the new Leica Cine Discovery prize.

French director Valerie Donzelli will serve as president of the Critics’ Week jury. Donzelli’s Marguerite & Julien competed in the official selection last year, and her Declaration of War opened the Critics' Week lineup in 2011.

All the jurors have had a film in the Critics’ Week competition in recent years, including French writer-director Alice Winocour, who won a Cesar for the Oscar-nominated Mustang; Israeli helmer Nadav Lapid (The Kindergarten Teacher); American filmmaker David Robert Mitchell (It Follows); and Argentinian helmer Santiago Mitre, whose Paulina took the Grand Prize last year.  

The Cannes Critics’ Week is set to run May 12-20.