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Cannes film festival. Kiberlain, Depardieu and a French film shortlisted for Critics’ Week

The first realization of Sandrine Kiberlain, the beginnings of a filmmaker with Depardieu, films from Ukraine or Colombia: for its 60 years, the Critics’ Week, organized during the Cannes Film Festival, wants to continue to clear up “The cinema to come”.

The selection, unveiled Monday, June 7, aligns seven feature films in competition, all first films, and six others in special sessions, among more than 1,000 viewed by the selectors, slightly less than in other years.

Many films show “Characters who fight, stories of emancipation of boys or female characters, the desire to trace one’s path, to go to the end of oneself”, said Charles Tesson, the general delegate.

Nothing to give a fuck, by Julie Lecoustre in competition

Among the films in competition submitted to the jury chaired by Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (Palme d’Or 2007), all first films and only one French work: Nothing to give a fuck, by Julie Lecoustre and Emmanuel Marre with Adèle Exarchopoulos, flight attendant for a low-cost company.

The other films in competition come from Egypt (Feathers, by Omar El Zohairy) the story of a father turned into a chicken during a magic trick that goes wrong, from Colombia (Protection, by Simón Mesa Soto), portrait of a woman in a country in civil war, or sailing between Switzerland and Ukraine (Olga by Élie Grappe) …

The opening film (out of competition), Robust, by Constance Meyer, according to the organizers “A Gérard Depardieu as we had seldom seen, surprisingly authentic”, facing Deborah Lukumuena, one of the young revelations of Divine.

A young girl who is doing well, Sandrine Kiberlain’s first film… director

Actress Sandrine Kiberlain will present her directorial debut feature in a special screening, A young girl who is doing well, portrait “Of a 19-year-old Jewish girl, Irene, who aspires to become an actress under the Occupation in 1942”.

The selection for Critics’ Week is equal: seven directors and seven female directors (30% of films by female directors among the 1,000 films viewed).

“We do not start from an obsession with 50/50, stressed Charles Tesson. We start from the films themselves, and we are happy to achieve this result ” parity.

Critics ‘Week (July 7 to 15), one of Cannes’ main parallel sections, will celebrate its 60th anniversary this year. “Our identity remains that of our origin, of new cinema: a pioneering spirit, to see where things are moving in the world map of cinema, where new things are born”, he added.

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