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CANNES 2020 Critics’ Week

Five feature films have been awarded the Critics’ Week stamp of approval


- Cannes’ parallel section has selected and will lend its support to films signed by Chloé Mazlo, Anna Cazenave Cambet, Aleem Khan, Naël Marandin and Just Philippot

Five feature films have been awarded the Critics’ Week stamp of approval
Skies of Lebanon by Chloé Mazlo

It might have proved impossible for the 59th edition of Critics’ Week to unspool in Cannes in person as a result of the health crisis, but the Croisette-based parallel section is continuing to shine a light on emerging talent and has now put together a support programme, “Cannes Outside the Walls”, for the five feature films and ten shorts selected by the team overseen by artistic director Charles Tesson.

Standing tall among the works set to benefit from the “Critics’ Week 2020” label are two first feature films from French female directors: Skies of Lebanon by Chloé Mazlo and Gold for Dogs by Anna Cazenave Cambet (produced by Charles Gillibert on behalf of CG Cinéma).

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A further two first full-length films will grace the showcase, in the form of After Love by British director Aleem Khan and the much anticipated French fantasy film The Swarm, by Just Philippot.

Rounding off the selection is a second feature film: Beasts by France’s Naël Marandin, which stars Diane Rouxel, Jalil Lespert, Olivier Gourmet and Finnegan Oldfield in its cast.

In terms of the French-language films gracing this year’s selection, these works will be presented under the banner of a “Critics’ Week Carte Blanche”, held within the Angoulême Francophone Film Festival (running 28 August – 2 September).

The Gan Foundation Distribution Award, meanwhile, will go ahead as planned, with the winning French distributor - chosen from among the five selected feature films - due to be announced in the autumn, while the Next Step trophy has been awarded to Camille Degeye’s project Sphynx (produced by Société Acéphale).

As for the non-competitive programme comprising the 10 selected shorts, this will be screened via the Festival Scope Pro platform between 19 – 25 October, before being made available to the general public. This digital distribution will be accompanied by previews at the Cinémathèque Française and screenings at the Czech and New York film archives (in collaboration with Kinoscope).

The movies bearing the "Critics’ Week 2020" label are as follows:

Feature films

After LoveAleem Khan (UK)
Gold for DogsAnna Cazenave Cambet (France)
The SwarmJust Philippot (France)
Skies of LebanonChloé Mazlo (France)
BeastsNaël Marandin (France)

Short films

August 22, This YearGraham Foy (Canada)
Axşama doğru (Towards Evening)Teymur Hajiyev (Azebaijan)
DustinNaïla Guiguet (France)
Forastera (Foreigner)Lucía Aleñar Iglesias (Spain)
Good Thanks, You?Molly Manning Walker (UK)
とてつもなく大きな (Humongous!)Aya Kawazoe (Japon)
Maalbeek - Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis (France)
Marlon BrandoVincent Tilanus (Netherlands)
Menarca - Lillah Hallah (Brazil)
White Goldfish - Jan et Raf Roosen (Belgium)

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(Translated from French)

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