Cannes Critics' Week Unveils Gaul-filled Event
by Brian Brooks
A roster of twenty-one films including seven competition titles were unveiled Thursday in Paris to take part in Cannes' International Critics Week, running May 12-23, alongside the Festival de Cannes. Films from four continents will compete in Critics' Week, although French work dominates the sidebar. Opening Critics' Week is French director Michelle Porte's "Mr. Andemas's Afternoon" (L' Apres-midi de Monsieur Andesmas), which screens out of competition.
The main competition lineup includes a number of first-time feature filmmakers: "Atash" (Thirst) by director Tawfik Abu Wael (Israel/Palestine), Eleonore Faucher's "Brodeuses" (France), director Keren Yedaya's "Or" (France/Israel), "In Casablanca, Angels Don't Fly" (A Casablanca Les Anges Ne Volent Pas) by Mohamed Asli (Morocco), Mexican director Fernando Eimbcke's "Temporada de Patos" and Fabrice du Welz's "Calvaire" (France). Also set are second-time director Carole Laure's "CQ2" (Seek You Too) from France.
In addition to the opening night screening, films out of competition include Canadian documentary "Ce qu'il reste de nous" by François Prevost and Hugo Latulippe, Russian direcors Boris Khlebnikov and Alexei Popogrebsky's "Roads to Koktebel" (Fipresci revelation of the year), and the closing night film "Sotto Falso Nome" (Strange Crime) by Roberto Ando (Italy/France/Switzerland).
The Critics' Week 'medium-length' features lineup includes: "Skolitchni Skorky" (The Moscow Express) by Artyom Antonov (Russia), "Les Paralleles" by Nicolas Saada (France), and "Girls and Cars" by Tomas Woschitz (Austria). Two films were named in the 'critic awards' category: "De L'Autre Cote" by Nassim Amaouche (France) and "Anna" by Laurette Polmanss (France).
Short film selections include: "Signes de Vie" by Arnaud Demuynck (France/Belgium), Georges Schwitzgebel's "L' Hommes sans Ombre" (Canada), Chris Landreth's "Ryan" (Canada); "Alice et Moi" by Micha Wald (Belgium), Sebastian Mantilla's "Con Diva" (Spain), Marianela Maldonado's "Breaking Out" (UK); and Lorenzo Vigas Castes's "Los Elefantes nunca Olvidan" (Venezuela/Mexico).