Cannes 2022: Critics’ Week selection with Blanche Gardin, Julianne Moore…

La Semaine de la Critique, which marked the debut of many filmmakers, is back for a 61st edition. Today, this parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival unveils its selection for the 2022 edition.

Cannes 2022: critics' week selection with blanche gardin, julianne moore...
Cannes Film Festival / Critics’ Week / Charlotte Abramow

Cannes parallel section dedicated to first and second films which revealed major names in cinema, La Semaine de la Critique is back for a 61st edition, which will be held in Cannes from May 18 to 26.

Today, Ava Cahen, the general delegate of this section, unveils her rich and promising program, in which we find in particular Blanche Gardin, Julianne Moore, Jesse Eisenberg, Doona Bae, Finn Wolfhard, Laurent Lafitte, Karim Leklou or Paul Mescalthe star of Normal People.

The Jury of this 61st edition of Critics’ Week will be chaired by Kaouther Ben HaniaTunisian director who studied at ACID and the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes and is known for her films Le Challat de Tunis, La Belle et la Meute and The Man Who Sold His Skin.

To award the Critics’ Week Grand Prize, the French Touch Prize, the Louis Roederer Foundation Prize for Revelation and the Leitz Ciné Discovery Prize for short films, the filmmaker will be accompanied by the Franco-Greek actress and director Ariane Labedby the Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingssonfrom the Belgian cinematographer Benoit Debie and the journalist programmer Huh Moon yungGeneral Delegate of the Busan Festival in South Korea.

11 feature films, including 9 first films and 2 second films, and 10 short films were selected. The sublime poster for this 61st edition of Critics’ Week, signed by the Belgian photographer Charlotte Abramowis a body projection of a frame from the film Under Alice’s Sky of Chloe Mazlowhich had been selected for Critics’ Week in 2020.

Feature films

Opening movie:

When You Finish Saving The World by Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg’s first feature film screened at the Sundance Festival, When You Finish Saving The World was chosen as the opening film of Critics’ Week.

Carried by Julianne Moore and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), this film takes place over three decades and follows three members of a family: Nathan, a young man who discovers fatherhood, Rachel, a student who seeks to find her place in the world and within his romantic relationship and Ziggy, a teenager in search of his origins…

In competition :

  • After Sun by Charlotte Wells

Normal People star Paul Mescal stars in Charlotte Wells’ After Sun. This film tells how Sophie contemplates the moments of shared joy and the intimate nostalgia of the holidays she spent with her dad twenty years earlier. Memories, real and imagined, fill the gaps between recordings with her miniDV, as she tries to reconcile the father she knew and the man she didn’t know.

  • Dalva by Emmanuelle Nicot

First feature film by Simon Rieth, Our Ceremonies tells a fraternal story like no other. Royan, 2011. As summer draws out its burning days, two young brothers, Tony and Noé, play the game of death and chance… Until the accident that will change their lives forever. Ten years later and now young adults, they return to Royan and cross paths with Cassandre, their childhood sweetheart. But the brothers have been hiding a secret all this time…

Special Sessions:

The new film by Céline Devaux, who has already been to Cannes, brings together Blanche Gardin and Laurent Lafitte. Everyone has always loved Jeanne. Today, she hates herself. Over-indebted, she has to go to Lisbon and put her mother’s apartment, who died a year earlier, up for sale. At the airport she bumps into Jean, a whimsical and somewhat intrusive former high school friend.

After Ni Le Ciel Ni La Terre and Les Indes Galantes, Clément Cogitore returns with Goutte d’Or, worn by Karim Leklou. Ramses, 35, runs a fortune-telling practice at the Goutte d’Or in Paris. A clever manipulator and a bit of a poet on the edges, he has set up a solid consolation business. The arrival of children from the streets of Tangier, as dangerous as they are elusive, disrupts the balance of his business and the whole neighborhood. Until the day when Ramses will have a real vision.

Closing movie:

Carried by Doona Bae, Next Sohee follows a high school student who chooses a practical vocational training. Hoping to get a good job, she begins training at a call center, but she has to deal with intense pressure from this rapacious business. This situation is too hard to bear for the high school student who dies from it. Inspector Oh Yu-jin, who has something in common with Sohee, is in charge of the case and begins to follow the traces of the causes of her death.

The course films

In competition :

  • Manta Ray by Anton Bialas
  • Cuerdas by Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren
  • It’s Nice in Here by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers
  • On the Throne of Xerxes by Evi Kalogiropoulou
  • Swan in the center by Iris Chassaigne
  • I Didn’t Make It To Love Her by Anna Fernandez de Paco

Special Sessions:

  • hideous by Yann González

The Critics’ Week selection in video:

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