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Cannes Unveils Critics’ Week Selection of First and Second Features

The independent section at Cannes will only feature one American director, actress Chloe Sevigny

Ten feature films and 15 shorts will make up the official selection in the Critics’ Week selection at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Critics’ Week organizers announced on Monday in Paris.

Actress/director Chloë Sevigny is the only American to have a film in the Critics’ Week, an independent section that runs concurrently with Cannes.

Seven of the feature selections are their directors’ first films, while the remaining three are second features.

French director Justine Triet’s “In Bed With Victoria” will open the section.

The seven debut films are eligible for Cannes’ Camera d’Or, the award given to the best first feature from any section at Cannes.

The Critics’ Week poster (above) features Jessica Chastain in Jeff Nichols‘ “Take Shelter,” which won the award for the best film in the section in 2011.

The Cannes Film Festival will begin on May 11 and run through May 22.

The selections:

Opening film:
“In Bed with Victoria,” Justine Triet

Closing films (shorts):
“Bonne figure” (“Smile”), Sandrine Kiberlain
“En Moi,” Laetitia Casta
“Kitty,” Chloë Sevigny

Special Screenings:
“Happy Times Will Come Soon,” Alessandro Comodin *
“Apnee,” Jean-Christophe Meurisse *

“Album,” Mehmet Can Mertoglu *
“Diamond Island,” Davy Chou
“Raw,” Julia Ducournau *
“Mimosas,” Oliver Laxe
“One Week and a Day,” Asaph Polonsky *
“Tramontane,” Vatche Boulghourjian *
“A Yellow Bird,” K. Rajagopal *

Short and Medium Length Films (Competition):
“Arnie,” Rina B. Tsou
“Ascensão,” Pedro Peralta
“Campo De Viboras,” Cristèle Alves Meira
“Delusion Is Redemption to Those In Distress,” Fellipe Fernandes
“L’Enfance D’Un Chef,” Antoine de Bary
“Limbo,” Konstantina Kotzamani
“Oh What A Wonderful Feeling,” François Jaros
“Prenjak,” Wregas Bhanuteja
“Le Soldat Vierge,” Erwan Le Duc
“Superbia,” Luca Tóth

Special Screenings (Shorts)”
“From The Diary Of A Wedding Photographer,” Nadav Lapid
“Los Pasos Del Agua,” César Augusto Acevedo

*first film