The Critics’ Week unveils its selection
by Fabien Lemercier
- Italian-American director Jonas Capignano and French filmmaker Clément Cogitore are in competition, while Wajeman, Louis Garrel and Vadepied are all out of competition
Two European filmmakers will be taking part in the competition of the 54th Critics’ Week, which will unspool from 14-22 May as part of the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Revealed today during an online press conference (which could be watched on the Critics’ Week website) by General Delegate Charles Tesson, the programme for the 2015 edition includes seven titles in competition (six of which are feature debuts).
Set to battle it out for the Critics’ Week Grand Prix are Italian-American director Jonas Carpignano with Mediterranea [+see also:
interview: Jonas Carpignano
film profile] and France’s Clément Cogitore with the Franco-Belgian co-production The Wakhan Front [+see also:
film profile] (read the article). Also of note are three titles co-produced by Europe: Paulina [+see also:
film profile] (La patota) by Argentinian director Santiago Mitre, La tierra y la sombra [+see also:
film profile] by Colombia’s César Augusto Acevedo, and Dégradé [+see also:
film profile] by Palestinian directors Tarzan and Arab Nasser. The competition also comprises a US feature and a Canadian one.
The programme is rounded off by four feature films, including three French ones: Les Anarchistes [+see also:
film profile] by Elie Wajeman (read the article – starring Tahar Rahim and Adèle Exarchopoulos in the lead roles) will open the Critics’ Week out of competition, Learn by Heart [+see also:
film profile] (formerly called Adama) by Mathieu Vadepied (read the article) will bring it to a close, and Les deux amis [+see also:
film profile] by Louis Garrel (read the article) will be presented as a Special Screening, as will the Korean movie Coin Locker Girl.
As previously reported, the jury of the 2015 Critics’ Week will be chaired by Israeli filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz.
Opening film (out of competition):
Les Anarchistes - Elie Wajeman (FR), second feature
The Wakhan Front - Clément Cogitore (FR), first feature
Mediterranea - Jonas Carpignano (IT/FR/US/DE), first feature
Paulina (La patota) – Santiago Mitre (AR/BR/FR), second feature
La tierra y la sombra - César Augusto Acevedo (CO/FR/NL/CL/BR), first feature
Sleeping Giant - Andrew Cividino (CA), first feature
Krisha - Trey Edwards Shults (US), first feature
Dégradé - Tarzan and Arab Nasser (PS/FR/QA), first feature
Special Screenings – features
Les deux amis - Louis Garrel (FR), first feature
Coin Locker Girl - Han Jun-hee (KR), first feature
Learn by Heart - Mathieu Vadepied (FR), first feature
Alles Wird Gut (Everything Will Be Okay) - Patrick Vollrath (DE/AT)
Boys (Pojkarna) - Isabella Carbonell (SE)
Command Action - João Paulo Miranda Maria (BR)
The Dragon’s Demise - Marina Diaby (FR)
The Fox Exploits the Tiger’s Might - Lucky Kuswa (ID)
Monsters Turn Into Lovers - Yann Delattre (FR)
Love Comes Later - Sonejuhi Sinha (US)
Ramona - Andrei Crețulescu (RO)
Too Cool for School - Kevin Philips (US)
Varicella (Chickenpox) - Fulvio Risuleo (IT)
(Translated from French)
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