Tuesday, March 22, 2016

55th Semaine de la Critique News

Today the oldest parallel section of the Festival de Cannes announced the jurors for the 50+5 edition of la Semaine. Yes there are some special events and that's the reason why to the plus sign.

The 55th edition of La Semaine de la Critique will celebrate the Talents discovered since 2011, the year of the 50th anniversary of this parallel section in Cannes. This 50+5 edition has an exceptional jury, composed of 5 important filmmakers revealed with their first or second feature at La Semaine in the past 5 years.

The Jury President, Valérie Donzelli, will award the Nespresso Grand Prize and the France 4 Visionary Award to one of the 7 feature films in competition, as well as the Leica Cine Discovery Prize to one of the 10 short films to compete.

French director and actress, whose autobiographical film Declaration of War opened the 50th edition of La Semaine de la Critique and literally turned the audiences upside down. Valérie Donzelli’s cinema is deeply personal and bursting with a unique sense of fantasy.

She directed Valérie Lemercier in the fanciful Hand in Hand, and then returned to the Official Competition at the latest Cannes Film Festival with the very ambitious Marguerite & Julien.

She will be accompanied by director Alice Winocour, revealed at the 2011 Semaine de la Critique with Augustine, then with Disorder, presented in Un Certain Regard section in 2015 and lately, winner of the César Award for Best original screenplay for Mustang.

Nadav Lapid, whose feature The Kindergarten Teacher was selected in 2014 at La Semaine and was highly acclaimed by the critics as one of the major Israeli films.

David Robert Mitchell, whose film It Follows was in the competition of the 2014 Semaine de la Critique and has since become a cult film for a whole generation of moviegoers.

Santiago Mitre, winner of the Grand Prize in 2015 with his film Paulina, one of the most powerful films of the young Argentinian cinema.

This special 50+5 edition of La Semaine de la Critique will unfold with 5 Talents Talks, which consist of meetings and discussions around its young talents organized on the Nespresso Beach.

The selection will be announced on Monday, April 18 by Charles Tesson.

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