Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s new film “The Specials” will close this month’s Cannes Film Festival, organizers announced on Monday.
The film, a social comedy starring Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb and a cast of nonprofessional actors and teens with autism, will play following the festival’s May 25 awards ceremony in what the festival now bills as Last Screening. Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu is leading this year’s jury of competition titles.
“The Specials,” which was submitted at the last minute to the selection committee, evokes social and contemporary issues, where the collective world is once again at the heart of everything: social workers, volunteers, health professionals all striving to take care of teens with autism.
“This film is more than contemporary and carries great promises for the future,” festival general delegate Thierry Frémaux said in a statement.
This year’s festival opens on May 14 with Jim Jarmusch’s star-studded “The Dead Don’t Die.”