Venice Critics' Week Lineup Puts Spotlight on Young Global Cinema

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'M' by Anna Eriksson

The competition once again features a female-heavy lineup.

The 33rd Venice International Critics' Week unveiled its lineup, featuring a selection of rich, young, global talent. The event is an independent section of the Venice Film Festival, organized by the Italian National Film Critics Union.

Critics' Week will open with Indian fantasy film Tumbbad by Rahi Anil Barve and Adesh Prasad. 

Tunisian horror film Dachra by Abdelhamid Bouchnak will close out the week. 

The competition will feature seven world premieres including The Roundup by Hajooj Kuka, where the Sudanese civil war is seen as a comedy of errors and disguise; and Still Recording, a documentary of the horrors of the Syrian war by Saaed Al Batal and Ghiath Ayoub.

Adam & Evelyn by Andreas Goldstein is a German coming-of-age story against the backdrop of the fall of the Berlin wall.

And Ivan Salatic will present You Have the Night, an allegorical story about the end of Europe's working class. 

Similar to last year, there is a high percentage of women represented, with three out of the seven films featuring female directors. 

Finnish pop star Anna Eriksson will make her debut with horror film M.

French directors Alexia Walther and Maxime Matray will debut their surreal comedy Blonde Animals.

And Italian Letizia Lamartire will premiere We'll Be Young and Beautiful after previously debuting her short film Little Italian Girls at Critics' Week.

The seven films will compete for the Luigi De Laurentiis award for best debut film, which comes with a prize of $100,000 to be split between the director and producer. Other awards include the audience award, Verona Film Club award and Mario Serandrei Hotel Saturnia award for best technical contribution. 

Of the lineup, Critics' Week director Giona A. Nazzaro, said "yesterday's map's already out-of-date," and the the role of cinema is to "reach worlds and perspectives that we had not even imagined yet." 

Critics' Week is famous for launching the international careers of many established directors. Filmmakers who premiered their first films in Critics' Week include Olivier Assayas, Mike Leigh, Kenneth Lonergan, Pablo Trapero and Harmony Korine. 

The 75th Venice Film Festival takes place Aug. 29-Sept. 8.