The films announced Monday for Critics’ Week (Semaine de la Critique) largely continued to ignore the southern hemisphere, although an Argentinian and an Australian slipped through the net. Asian films continued to be well-represented, taking three of the seven competition slots.
The French were the other big winners, seeing three films announced for the competition, three features given opening night screenings and four films appearing in the two shorts programmes, two of which screen in competition.
Korea’s Jang Cheol-so’s psychological drama Bedevilled made the cut along with two films developed in film markets’ own programmes. Vietnamese Phan Dang Di’s family drama Bi, Don’t Be Afraid was developed in the Cannes Cinefondation program; Singaporean Boo Junfeng’s English/Mandarin-language drama Sandcastle came out of the 2008 Pusan Promotion Plan, which runs alongside the Pusan International Film Festival, BIFCOM and the Asian Film Market each October.
Critics’ Week, established by the French Union of Film Critics in 1962, focuses on first and second features. It claims Amores Perros by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (21 Grams, Babel); Prima della rivoluzione/Before the Revolution by Bernardo Bertolucci (Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor); Cronos by Guillermo del Toro (Pans Labyrinth, The Hobbit); Kes by Ken Loach (The Navigators, Looking for Eric); and Wong gok ka moon/Mongkok Carmen by Wong Kar Wai (Duo Luo Tan Shi/Fallen Angels, 2046) amongst its discoveries.
A closing film is yet to be announced, but the Critics’ Week line-up to date is:
Armadillo Janus Metz, Denmark
Bedevilled Jang Cheol-So, South Korea
Belle ?pine Rebecca Zlotowski, France
Bi, Don’t Be Afraid Phan Dang Di, Vietnam-France-Germany
The Myth of the American Sleepover David Robert Mitchell, U.S.
Sandcastle Boo Junfeng, Singapore
Sound of Noise Ola Simonsson, Johannes Stjarne Nilsson, Sweden-France
Opening Night Special Screenings
Le Nom des gens/The Name of Love Michel Leclerc, France
Rubber Quentin Dupieux, France
Copacabana Marc Fitoussi, France
In Competition Short Films
A distracao de Ivan/Ivan’s Distraction Cavi Borges, Brazil
Berik Daniel Joseph Borgman, Denmark
The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Lion Alois Di Leo, U.K.
Deeper Than Yesterday Ariel Kleiman, Australia,
Love Patate Gilles Cuvelier, France
Native Son Scott Graham, U.K.
Vasco Sebastien Maudenbach, France
Special Screenings: Short/Medium length Films
L’amour-propre Nicolas Silhol, France
Cynthia todavia tienes las llaves/Cynthia Still Got the Keys Argentina, Gonzalo Tobal
Fracture Nicolas Sarkissian, France