Thursday, April 03, 2014

53rd Semaine de la Critique News

For its 53rd edition, La Semaine de la Critique unveils its new poster, which captures the creative energy of a whole new generation of filmmakers.

Conceived by the digital agency “Les bons faiseurs“, the poster features Kate Moran, one of the stars of Rencontres d’après minuit (You and the Night), the first feature of Yann Gonzalez, discovered at La Semaine de la Critique. Posing for photographer Jean-Claude Moireau, the actress sits astride a motorbike, looking like she's ready to conquer new horizons.

Find the poster graphically very interesting and most of all, modern which is quite unusual for Cannes posters. Bravo! Let's hope the festival also surprise us with a modern and interesting poster.

The Grand Prize of this 53rd edition of the Semaine de la Critique will be presided over by British filmmaker Andrea Arnold. The Jury, made up of four international journalists, will award one of the seven feature films in competition. The winning entry will follow Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza's Salvo, winner of 2013's Grand Prize.

Andrea Arnold returns to the Semaine de la Critique, which helped her launch her early career by screening her short film Milk. Very quickly, her career took off thanks to very impressive works, revealing her talent and originality to larger audiences. Another short film, Wasp won the Oscar for best short in 2003. Her first two feature films Red Road in 2006 and Fish Tank, in which she directed Michael Fassbender in 2009, won both the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, which really cemented her reputation internationally as one of the very few women film makers to have been rewarded at Cannes. In 2011, she presented her adaptation of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights in the Venice International Film Festival Competition. La Semaine de la Critique is delighted to welcome such an exceptional filmmaker to reward one of the emerging artists from the competition with the Grand Prize.

La Semaine de la Critique is dedicated to bringing new filmmakers to bigger audiences, following in the footsteps of their predecessors, Chris Marker, Jean Eustache, Paul Morrissey, Ken Loach, Wong Kar-wai, Leos Carax, Arnaud Desplechin, Guillermo del Toro, Jacques Audiard, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Keren Yedaya, Quentin Dupieux and Jeff Nichols.

Join us at La Semaine de la Critique in Cannes from 15 to 23 May to discover our new selection of ten short and ten feature films; twenty new pieces of work that bear witness to the vitality of the film industry.

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