Cannes Critics’ Week Unveils Lineup for 52nd Edition


A scene from David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints.

Cannes Critics' Week (Semaine de la Critique) unveiled 20 films on Monday that will screen in its 52nd edition alongside the Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes. Opening the sidebar is French director Katell Quillévéré's Suzanne, described by Critics Week Artistic Director Charles Tesson as a "strong, emotionally charged offering." This year's competition and Special Screenings features offer a consistent theme, according to Tesson, centering on "intimate or professional relationships between characters."

This year, seven features and 10 shorts will screen in competition, with only one short, David Lassiter's The Opportunist, joining the lineup from the U.S. David Lowery's Sundance debut Ain't Them Bodies Saints, starring Rooney Mara, Ben Foster and Casey Affleck, will play in the section as a Special Screening. Critics' Week will announce its Closing Night selection at a later date.

"[This Critics' Week] offers its audience the pleasure of escaping through masterful films playing with genre films' codes," said Tesson. "The 52nd Critics' Week remains faithful to its mission to reveal bold, daring talent and to show new roads that break the rules."

Competition (Feature Films):


Salvo, directed by Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza (Italy/France) 

The Lunchbox Dabba, directed by  Ritesh Batra (India/France/Germany)

For Those in Peril, directed by Paul Wright (UK) 

The Dismantlement, directed by Sébastien Pilote (Canada) 

Nos héros sont morts ce soir, directed by David Perrault (France)

Los Dueños, directed by Agustin Toscano & Ezequiel Radusky (Argentina) 

The Major, directed by Yury Bykov (Russia)

Competition (Short Films):

Vikingar, directed by Magali Magistry (France/Iceland) 

Agit Pop, directed by Nicolas Pariser (France) 

Pátio, directed by Ali Muritiba (Brazil) 

Come and Play, directed by Daria Belova (Germany)

The Opportunist, directed by David Lassiter (USA) 

Pleasure, directed by Ninja Thyberg (Sweden) 

Océan, directed by Emmanuel Laborie (France) 

Tau Seru, directed by Rodd Rathjen (India/Australia)

La lampe au beurre de Yak, directed by HU Wei (France/China) 

Breathe me, directed by HAN Eun-young (South Korea)

Special Screenings:

Suzanne, directed by Katell Quillévéré (France) - Opening Night
Les Rencontres d’après minuit, directes by Yann Gonzalez (France)
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, directed by David Lowery (USA)

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