Films from Egypt and Colombia at the Critics’ Week in Cannes


Critics’ Week within the Cannes Film Festival seeks to continue exploring the “next cinema” on its 60th anniversary, and this year will show films from Ukraine and Colombia, and the first work of its director, starring the actor Gerard Depardieu.

This week, 7 feature films are competing, the first for their directors, and 6 others in special screenings, according to the list announced on Monday. The works were chosen from more than 1,000 tapes viewed by the organisers, a slightly lower number than the number of films that have been applying for participation in previous years.

The festival’s general delegate, Charles Teson, told AFP that several films show “characters fighting, stories about the liberation of boys or women characters, and the desire of these people to find their way and go to the limits of themselves.”

The winner is chosen by a jury headed by Romanian director Christian Mungiu, who won the Palme d’Or in 2007.

Among the first works of its directors, the French film “Ryanafuter” by Julie Lacoste, Emmanuel Mar, and another Egyptian by Omar Al-Zuhairi, about a father who turned into a chicken due to a magic trick that went wrong, in addition to a movie from Colombia “Amparo” by Simone Mesa Soto, about a woman in the middle of the civil war. , and from Switzerland and Ukraine, “Olga” by Elie Grabbi.

The week opens with an out-of-competition film “Robust” by director Constance Mayer, with star Gérard Depardieu.

The list was characterized by equality between men and women, as it includes films by seven male directors and the same by female directors, noting that 30% of the 1000 advanced films are for females.

“We don’t start with the half-obsession, we start with the films themselves, and we’re glad the result” is equal, Tyson said.

Critics’ Week, from July 7 to 15, one of the main parallel sections of the Festival de Cannes, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.


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