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Cannes: Valerie Donzelli Leads Semaine de la Critique Jury

Cannes: Valerie Donzelli Leads Semaine de la Critique Jury

To celebrate its 55th edition, the Cannes Film Festival’s La Semaine de la Critique (Critics Week) will celebrate the emerging talent discoveries since 2011, which marked the 50th anniversary of the oldest sidebar in Cannes. Critics Week is also mounting Five Talents Talks with this year’s young auteurs on the Nespresso Beach.

The 50+5 edition jury comprises five filmmakers whose first or second feature played La Semaine in the past five years. The Jury President, French actress-writer-director Valérie Donzelli (2011 Critics Week opener "Declaration of War"), will award the Nespresso Grand Prize and the France 4 Visionary Award to one of seven competition features, and will present the Leica Cine Discovery Prize to one of the 10 competition shorts.

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Donzelli’s "Hand in Hand" also played Critics Week before Donzelli graduated to Competition status with "Marguerite & Julien." 

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The 2016 Jury:

Israeli director Nadav Lapid‘s feature "The Kindergarten Teacher" was selected in 2014 at La Semaine.

American David Robert Mitchell‘s smart horror breakout "It Follows" played in competition at the 2014 Critics Week. 

Argentinian director Santiago Mitre won the Nespresso Grand Prize in 2015 with his film "Paulina."

French director Alice Winocour was discovered at the 2011 Semaine de la Critique with "Augustine," while her well-reviewed moody thriller "Disorder" played in Un Certain Regard section last year. 

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