The Cannes Film Festival’s parallel Critics’ Week section has unveiled its lineup for the 60th edition which will run from July 7-15. There are seven feature films in competition, each of which is a debut meaning they are all eligible for the Camera d’Or. Romanian filmmaker and former Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu is president of the jury this year which will award the Nespresso Grand Prize, The Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award and the Leitz Cine Discovery Prize for short film. Scroll down for the full list of films.
The section will open with Gérard Depardieu-starrer Robuste (Robust) from Constance Meyer (the first time since 2004 that a film directed by a French woman has opening night honors). Closing the proceedings is Tunisian filmmaker Leyla Bouzid with Une Histoire D’Amour Et De Désir (A Tale Of Love And Desire) (DP Sébastien Goepfert AFC).
Among the Special Screenings is the feature directing debut of actress Sandrine Kiberlain, with Une Jeune Fille Qui Va Bien (A Radiant Girl)(DP Guillaume Schiffman AFC).
In total, Critics’ Week says it received 1,620 short films and watched 1,000 features. Each category counts about 30% female directors and 70% male directors. Among the 13 feature films selected, there are 11 first films and two second films. Seven features are from female directors.
CRITICS WEEK 2021
Robust, dir: Constance Meyer* DP Simon Beaufils AFC
Anaïs In Love, dir: Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet* DP Noé Bach AFC
Bruno Reidal, Confessions Of A Murderer, dir: Vincent Le Port* DP Michaël Capron
Softie, dir: Samuel Theis DP Chris Rhys Howarth
A Radiant Girl, dir: Sandrine Kiberlain* DP Guillaume Schiffman AFC
A Tale Of Love And Desire, dir: Leyla Bouzid
Amparo, dir: Simón Mesa Soto* DP Juan Sarmiento G.
Feathers, dir: Omar El Zohairy* DP Kamal Samy
Libertad, dir: Clara Roquet * DP Gris Jordana
The Gravedigger’s Wife, dir: Khadar Ayderus Ahmed* DP Arttu Peltomaa
Olga, dir: Elie Grappe* DP Lucie Baudinaud
Small Body, dir: Laura Samani* DP Mitja Ličen
Rien A Foutre; dirs: Julie Lecoustre & Emmanuel Marre* DP Olivier Boonjing
Brutalia, Days Of Labour, dir: Manolis Mavris DP Manu Tilinski
Lili Alone, dir: Zou Jing DP Liangzi
An Invitation, dirs: Hao Zhao & Yeung Tung DP Hao Zhao
Inherent, dir: Nicolai G.H Johansen DP Sebastian Bjerregaard
Intercom 15, dir: Andrei Epure DP Laurențiu Răducanu
If It Ain’t Broke, dir: Elinor Nechemya DP May Abadi Grebler
Noir-Soleil, dir: Marie Larrivé
Safe, dir: Ian Barling DP Anna Franquesa-Solano
Soldat Noir, dir: Jimmy Laporal-Trésor DP Romain Carcanade
On Solid Ground, dir: Jela Hasler DP Andi Widmer
*Denotes first film