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CANNES 2018 Critics' Week

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A very European selection for the Cannes Critics’ Week


- Smoczynska, Szilagyi, Kofmel, Erlingsson, Vidal-Naquet, and duo Abrantes and Schmidt are in competition, while Senez and Marlin get special screenings

A very European selection for the Cannes Critics’ Week
Diamantino by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt

Seven European filmmakers will be taking part in the competition in the 57th Critics’ Week, which will unspool from 9-17 May as an integral part of the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Unveiled today via an online press conference presented by General Delegate Charles Tesson (which is available to watch on the Critics’ Week website), the programme of the 2018 edition includes seven titles in competition (five of which are feature debuts), which will be judged by a jury chaired by Joachim Trier (see the news).

Four female directors will be duking it out for the Critics’ Week Grand Prize: Poland’s Agnieszka Smoczynska (who won an award at Sundance with The Lure [+see also:
film review
film focus
interview: Agnieszka Smoczyńska
film profile
) with her second feature, Fugue; Hungary’s Zsófia Szilágyi with her feature debut, One Day; Switzerland’s Anja Kofmel with Chris the Swiss [+see also:
film profile
, which blends documentary and animation (and which attendees of Work-in-Progress at the Les Arcs Film Festival were able to discover several excerpts of); and India’s Rohena Gera with Sir

Also in the running are Iceland’s Benedikt Erlingsson (who rose to fame with Of Horses and Men [+see also:
film review
film focus
interview: Benedikt Erlingsson
festival scope
film profile
) with his second outing, Woman at War, France’s Camille Vidal-Naquet with his feature debut, Sauvage, and Diamantino by Portugal’s Gabriel Abrantes and Brit Daniel Schmidt (an utterly outrageous feature debut, judging by the excerpts that were also revealed in Work-in-Progress at Les Arcs).

The 2018 selection also includes four features out of competition: Shéhérazade by France’s Jean-Bernard Marlin (a feature debut – see the article) and Our Struggles by Belgium’s Guillaume Senez (see the article – the second feature by the filmmaker, who turned heads with Keeper [+see also:
film review
making of
interview: Guillaume Senez ­
interview: Kacey Mottet Klein
film profile
) will be unveiled as special screenings, while Wildlife, the directorial debut by US actor Paul Dano, will open the Critics’ Week and the comedy Guy by France’s Alex Lutz will bring it to a close.

Here is the complete line-up:


Chris the Swiss [+see also:
film profile
 - Anja Kofmel (Switzerland/Croatia/Germany/Finland)
Diamantino - Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt (Portugal/France/Brazil)
One Day - Zsófia Szilágyi (Hungary)
Fugue - Agnieszka Smoczyńska (Poland/Czech Republic/Sweden)
Woman at War - Benedikt Erlingsson (Iceland/France/Ukraine)
Sauvage - Camille Vidal-Naquet (France)
Sir - Rohena Gera (India/France)

Special Screenings

Wildlife - Paul Dano (US) (opening film)
Our Struggles - Guillaume Senez (Belgium/France)
Shéhérazade - Jean-Bernard Marlin (France)
Guy - Alex Lutz (France) (closing film)

Competition - Short Films

Amor, Avenidas Novas - Duarte Coimbra (Portugal)
Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year - Jacqueline Lentzou (Greece)
Pauline, Enslaved - Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet (France)
La Persistente - Camille Lugan (France)
Raptor - Felipe Gálvez (Chile)
Schächer - Flurin Giger (Switzerland)
The Tiger - Mikko Myllylahti (Finland)
A Wedding Day - Elias Belkeddar (Algeria/France)
Normal - Michael Borodin (Russia)

Special Screenings - Short Films

La Chute - Boris Labbé (France)
Third Kind - Yorgos Zois (Greece/Croatia)
Apocalypse After - Bertrand Mandico (France)

(Translated from French)

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