Critics’ Week, a parallel section that has revealed many talents to the whole world, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. This very special edition will start on July 7th, but in the meantime, check out the list of the selection.
Sixty years is no small feat. Since its creation, Critics’ Week offers a real springboard for many filmmakers who unveil their first feature film. François Ozon, Leos Carax, Jacques Audiard, or Julia Ducournau can attest to this. In 2021, the sCannes parallel section offers a very special edition with a jury chaired by Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, author of 5 films, including Baccalaureate, awarded the Directing Prize in 2016. He will be accompanied by producer Didar Domehri, consultant and producer Michel Merkt, by artistic director Karel Och and singer and actress Camélia Jordana.
The festivities will be launched on July 7 with Robuste, the first feature film by Swiss filmmaker Constance Meyer. The film follows the meeting between Georges, an aging movie star, and Aïssa, a young security agent who replaces her faithful right-hand man. If the first contacts are not simple, a true story of friendship will be created between these two characters who are opposed to everything. The project brings together Gérard Depardieu and Déborah Lukumuena, César Award for Best Supporting Actress for Divine by Houda Benyamina in 2017.
As for the selection, 13 feature films, 7 in competition and 6 in special screenings, were chosen from more than 1,000 films viewed. In its press release, Critics’ Week specifies that this selection is, for the very first time, equal.
Unveiled this Monday, June 7, 2021, discover the official selection of the 60th edition of Critics’ Week:
In competition :
After a collaboration born with the short film From one castle to another, in 2018, Emmanuel Marre and Julie Lecoustre unveil their first feature film together, Nothing to give a fuck, which features Adèle Exarchopoulos in the lead role. The actress plays Cassandre, a young air hostess who goes on flights, parties and meetings thanks to Tinder. His daily life changes when a mishap forces him to reconsider his life.
At only 27 years old and after 4 short films, the Lyonnais Elie Grappe unveils his first film Olga. Thework is interested in the journey of aa 15-year-old gymnast torn between Switzerland, where she trains for the European Championship for the Olympics, and Ukraine where her mother, a journalist, covers Euromaidan events.
The Loves of Anaïs is the first film by French director Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet. Worn by Denis Podalydès, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Anaïs Demoustier, this solar comedy will follow the fate of a young woman of thirty, Anaïs, who meets Daniel. The latter, under the spell, already shares his life with Émilie, who also pleases Anaïs. The filmmaker is no stranger to Critics’ Week since, in 2018, she presented her short film Pauline Enslaved, already with Anaïs Demoustier.
Recognized French actress, Sandrine Kiberlain now goes behind the camera with A young girl who is doing well. The story is that of Irene, a young Jewish woman who, passionate about the theater and the world in general, let herself be carried away by her carelessness during the summer of 1942. But the heroine is far from suspecting that his life will change. For this first film, the director surrounds herself with Rebecca Marder of the Comédie Française, Anthony Bajon, India Hair, Ben Attal, Jean Chevalier of the Comédie Française.
Six years after her first feature film, director Leyla Bouzid unveils A story of love and desire, film which will close this 60th edition of Critics’ Week. The filmmaker follows in the footsteps of Ahmed, French of Algerian origin, who meets Farrah, a young Tunisian, in the walls of the university. When a love story begins, Ahmed will try to resist the call of desire. On screen, Sami Outalbali
and Zbeida Belhajamor give each other a reply.
The feature courses:
In competition :
- Brutalia, Days of Labor by Manolis Marvis
- Fang ke by Hao Zhao and Yeung Tung
- Inherent by Nicolai GH Johansen
- Interfon 15 by Andrei Epure
- My Shelo Nishbar Elinor Nechemya
- Black-sun by Marie Larrivé
- Black soldier by Jimmy Laporal-Trésor
- Über Wasser by Jela Hassler
Discover the video presentation of the 60th edition of the Critics’ Week: