The Critics’ Week section at the Cannes Film Festival has selected 11 films from seven different countries for inclusion in its 2014 program, along with 10 short and mid-length films.
The sole American entry is “The Myth of the American Sleepover” director David Robert Mitchell‘s “It Follows,” a movie that mixes haunted teens and teen sexuality.
(Mitchell is pictured above.)
Four of the feature films are French and two are Israeli, with others coming from Colombia, Denmark, Italy and the Ukraine. All are first or second features for their directors.
The section will open and close with French films, Djinn Carrenard’s “Making Love” and Thomas Lilti’s “Hippocrate.”
Critics’ Week is a section that runs concurrently with but independently of the Cannes Film Festival. It has been taking place for more than 50 years and is Cannes’ oldest competitive parallel section.
Films that have run in Critics’ Week in recent years include Ritesh Batra’s “The Lunchbox” and Jeff Nichols‘ “Take Shelter.”
The Critics’ Week feature lineup:
“Darker Than Midnight,” Sebastiano Riso, Italy
“Gente de bien,” Franco Lolli, Colombia
“Hippocrate,” Thomas Lilti, France (Closing night film)
“Hope,” Boris Lojkine, France
“It Follows,” David Robert Mitchell, U.S.
“Making Love,” Djinn Carrenard, France (Opening night film)
“Self Made,” Shira Geffen, Israel
“The Tribe,” Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Ukraine
“When Animals Dream,” Jonas Alexander Arnby, Denmark
“Breathe,” Melanie Laurent, France
“The Kindergarten Teacher,” Nadav Lapid, Israel
Short and mid-length films:
“Young Lions of Gypsy,” Jonas Carpignano
“Goodnight Cinderella,” Carlos Conceicao
“The Chicken,” Una Gunjak
“Back Alley,” Cecile Ducrocq
“Crocodile,” Gaelle Denis
“Les fleuves m’ont laissée descendre où je voulais,” Laurie de Lassale
“Little Brother,” Remi St-Michel
“Safari,” Gerardo Herrero
“TrueLoveStory,” Gitanjali Rao
“A Blue Room,” Tomasz Siwinski
Correction: An earlier version of the story said “It Follows” had a U.S. distributor. That is not yet the case. TheWrap regrets the error