Monday, April 23, 2012

Programming announced for 2012 La Semaine de la Critique at Cannes

The complete lineup of films for the 51st La Semaine de la Critique (Critics' Week) has been announced. La Semaine de la Critique is a sidebar that takes place during the Festival de Cannes and is programmed by the Syndicat Français de la Critique de Cinéma (French Union of Film Critics).

All of the feature films programmed are by first-time filmmakers. Hors les murs (Beyond the Walls) is a Canadian co-production made with Belgium and France. The only American representation is the Spain/U.S./Mexico co-production Aquí y allá by Antonio Méndez Esparza.

The only English-language selection is the opening night film Broken by Rufus Norris. It stars Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy and is based on the novel by Daniel Clay. It plays out of competition.

The Competition Features are also all directed by men. Two features by women – Augustine by Alice Winocour and J’enrage de son absence (Furious at his Absence) by Sandrine Bonnaire – will play out-of-competition as Special Screenings. This is Bonnaire's second film but her first fictional feature. She made the 2007 documentary Elle s'appelle Sabine (Her Name is Sabine) about her autistic sister.

The closing night film is to be announced.

La Semaine de la Critique runs from May 17-25 at Cannes. The 65th Festival de Cannes takes place from May 16 to 27, 2012.


Complete prgramming for the 51st La Semaine de la Critique

Opening Film
Broken, Rufus Norris (U.K.)

Aquí y allá, Antonio Méndez Esparza (Spain-U.S.-Mexico)
Au galop, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing (France)
Les Voisins de Dieu (God’s Neighbors), Meni Yaesh (Israël-France)
Hors les murs (Beyond the Walls), Damien Lambert (Belgium-Canada-France)
Peddlers, Vasan Bala (India)
Los Salvajes, Alejandro Fadel (Argentina)
Sofia’s Last Ambulance, Ilian Metev (Germany-Croatia-Bulgaria)

Short/Medium-length Films
La Bifle (The Dickslap), Jean-Baptiste Saurel (France)
Ce n'est pas un film de cow-boys (It's Not a Cowboys Movie), Benjamin Parent (France)
Circle Line, Shin Suwon (South Korea)
O Duplo (Doppelgänger), Juliana Rojas (Brazil)
Family Dinner, Stefan Constantinescu (Sweden)
Fleuve rouge, Song Hong (Red River, Song Hong), Stéphanie Lansaque & François Leroy (France)
Hazara, Shay Levi (Israël)
Horizon, Paul Negoescu (Romania)
Un dimanche matin, Damien Manivel (France)
Yeguas y cotorras, Natalia Garagiola (Argentina)

Special Screenings
Augustine, Alice Winocour (France)
J’enrage de son absence (Furious at his Absence), Sandrine Bonnaire (France-Luxembourg-Belgium)

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