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Cannes Unveils Critics’ Week Lineup Including Lowery’s ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,’ Adds Guest of Honor Kim Novak

Cannes Unveils Critics' Week Lineup Including Lowery's 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' Adds Guest of Honor Kim Novak

In Cannes news, the 52nd International Critics’ Week sidebar has announced its official selection of seven international films in competition as well as three special screenings. Founded in 1962, Critics’ Week aims to promote the work of burgeoning international directors. Jacques Audiard, Bernardo Bertolucci and Leos Carax — who all had films screen at Cannes last year — are just a few of the world-renowned directors who got their start there.

One of the special screenings includes David Lowery’s Sundance hit “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which stars Casey Affleck as a prison escapee who sets out to reunite with his wife (Rooney Mara). Critics’ Week director Charles Tesson told Variety he considered screening a second Sundance film but decided not to. Read TOH’s review of “Saints” here.

The seven films in the competition (“Saints” will not take part) will vie for the Critics’ Week Grand Prize, which last year went to Antonio Mendez Esparza’s Mexican drama “Aqui y Alla.” View the full selection below, and watch a video detailing the Critics’ Week selection.

See full lineup below.

In other news on the Croisette, Hollywood icon Kim Novak will be the Cannes Fest’s
guest of honor this year, appearing with a screening of Alfred
Hitchcock’s newly restored “Vertigo” as part of the Cannes Classics
series. On Sunday May 26th, the last day of the festival, Novak will present one of the main competition prizes when they are announced.

Last year, “Vertigo” topped the latest Sight and Sound poll as the greatest film of all time, unseating long-time champion “Citizen Kane.”

2013 Cannes Critics’ Week Lineup


“For Those in Peril” (Paul Wright)

“Le Demantlement” (Sebastien Pilote)

“Los duenos” (Agustin Toscano, Ezequiel Radusky)

“Lunchbox” (Ritesh Batra)

“The Major” (Yuri Bykov)

“Nos heros sont morts ce soir” (David Perrault)

“Salvo” (Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza)

Special Screenings

Opening Night: “Suzanne” (Katell Quillevere)

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” (David Lowery)

“Rencontre d’apres minuit” (Yann Gonzales)

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