The International Critics’ Week (French: La Semaine Internationale de la Critique), founded in 1962 and organized by the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, is the oldest parallel competitive section of the Cannes Film Festival. It showcases first and second feature films by directors from all over the world and has remained true to its tradition of discovering new talents. Bernardo Bertolucci, Ken Loach, Wong Kar-wai, Jacques Audiard, Arnaud Desplechin, Gaspar Noé and François Ozon all started out at Critics’ Week.
The International Critics’ Week presents a very selective programming of only seven feature films and seven shorts films in Cannes so that the films can get a greater visibility. The Critics’ Week Grand Prix is awarded by the press (journalists and films critics are invited to vote after each screening of the Selection). Feature films also run for the SACD Prize for best screenplay and the ACID Prize that helps the film to be distributed. Short films can receive the Canal+ Award for best short film and the Kodak Discovery Award. The first feature films also run for the Caméra d’Or.
♀ The Female Factor: 1 out of 7 in the Feature section is directed by a woman but in the Special Screening section, 3 out 4 are women directors.
Below the jump are the titles with contacts.
• Las Acacias, directed by Pablo Giorgelli (Argentina). Producer: Armonika Entertainment
• Ave, directed by Konstantin Bojanov – (Bulgaria/ France) ISA: Le Pacte
• 17 Filles, directed by Delphine & Muriel Coulin ♀ ♀ – (France) ISA: Films Distribution
• The Slut (Hanotenet), directed by Hagar Ben Asher – (Israel) ISA: Films Distribution
• Snowtown (Les Crimes de Snowtown), directed by Justin Kurzel – (Australia) ISA: Protagonist (Rights for Australia: Madman, France: ARP, U.K.: Protagonist)
• Sauna on Moon, directed by Zou Peng – (China)
• Take Shelter, directed by Jeff Nichols – (U.S.) ISA: FilmNation. No. America, Australia/ N.Z. – Sony Pictures Classics.
• Alexis Ivanovitch vous êtes mon héros, directed by Guillaume Gouix – FR
• Black Moon, directed by Amie Siegel – US
• Blue, directed by Stephan Kang – NZ
• Boy, directed by Topaz Adizes ♀ – US
• Bul-Myul-Ui-Sa-Na-Ie, directed by Moon Byoung-gon – COR
• Dimanches, directed by Valérie Rosier ♀ – BEL
• In Front of the House, directed by Lee Tae-ho – COR
• La inviolabilidad del domicilio se basa en el hombre que aparece empunando un hacha, directed by Alex Piperno – URU/ARG
• Junior, directed by Julia Ducournau ♀ – FR
• Permanencias, directed by Ricardo Alves Junior – BRE
• La Guerre est déclarée, directed by Valérie Donzelli♀ – (France) – Opening Film
• Pourquoi tu pleures?, directed by Katia Lewcowicz ♀ – (France) – Closing Film, Prod: Panorama Films
• Walk away Renée, directed by Jonathan Caouette – US/FR/BEL
• My Little Princess, directed by Eva Ionesco ♀ – FR