The last of the main and sidebar events to announce its line-up, Critics Week, offered the best odds for a feature of winning a gong, with six named in competition. Getting into that six was a less easy task, with 1250 features submitted to the sidebar.
1700 short titles were considered by organisers this year, which also makes for pretty slim odds of achieving selection.
As have others of the Cannes programmes this year, Critics Week has named a number of titles by filmmakers with previous selections in the festival, members of the “Cannes family” as organisers call them.
Jonas Carpignano, who’s been selected twice for Critics Week, has his feature A Ciambra named in the Directors’ Fortnight line-up this year.
The Critics Week jury president will be the Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho, whose Aquarius played in Cannes’ official competition last year, and was the subject of a strong (and eventually successful) campaign to prevent it becoming the country’s foreign language Oscar submission.
Critics Week’s opening film this year is by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, who won a Critics Week gong in 2013 with Salvo. Carlos Conceiçao, whose short Boa Noite Cinderela played Critics Week in 2014, is selected with another short Coelho Mau (Bad Bunny).
Also among the films with previous Cannes connections is Atsuko Hirayanagi’s Oh Lucy!. Her short of the same name, from which the feature is developed, was the runner-up for the Cannes Cinéfondation award in 2014 and winner of over 20 awards on the festival circuit in the following year. Oh Lucy! also has another Cannes connection. In 1997 actor Yakusho Kôji was in The Eel, which won Cannes’ Palme d’Or.
Ava Léa Mysius
La Familia, Gustavo Rondón Córdova
Gabriel E A Montanha, (Gabriel and the Mountain) Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa
Makala, Emmanuel Gras
Oh Lucy!, Atsuko Hirayanagi
Los Perros, Marcela Said
Tehran Taboo, Ali Soozandeh
Opening Film: Sicilian Ghost Story, Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza
Closing Film: Brigsby Bear, Dave Mccary
Petit Paysan (Bloody Milk), Hubert Charuel
Une Vie Violente (A Violent Life), Thierry De Perretti
By Invitation: Morelia International Film Festival
Juan Perros, Rodrigo Ímaz Alarcón
Microcastillo (Microcastle), Alejandra Villalba García
Verde (Green), Alonso Ruizpalacios
Los Desheredados, Laura Ferrés
Ela – Szkice Na Pozegnanie (Ela – Sketches On A Departure), Oliver Adam Kusio
Les Enfants Partent À L’aube (Children Leave At Dawn), Manon Coubia
Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee Of The Month, Carlo Francisco Manatad
Möbius, Sam Kuhn
Najpiekniejsze Fajerwerki Ever (The Best Fireworks Ever), Aleksandra Terpińska
Real Gods Require Blood, Moin Hussain
Selva, Sofía Quirós Ubeda
Tesla : Lumière Mondiale, Matthew Rankin
Le Visage (Exposure), Salvatore Lista
Short Films Special Screening
After School Knife Fight, Caroline Poggi And Jonathan Vinel
Coelho Mau (Bad Bunny), Carlos Conceição
Les Îles (Islands), Yann Gonzalez