Cannes Film Fest 2017: Lea Mysius’ Ava

The Critics’ Week sidebar showcased the debut of a gifted French helmer, Léa Mysius, whose film Ava charts the summer of a teenager, played by the actress Noée Abita, who learns how to contain personal demons and meets challenges.

Ava deals with members of a generation which, for various reasons, are facing the fear of a bleak future.

Gustavo Rondón Córdova’s La Familia concerns a father and his estranged son wandering across Caracas after fleeing their dangerous suburb.

Marcela Said’s (“The Summer of Flying Fish”) Los Perros is about the consequences of the Pinochet dictatorship on Chilean society and the prevailing hypocrisy.

Atsuko Hiranayagi’s Oh Lucy! is a bittersweet comedy about three Japanese women, an American friend and a Japanese one embarking on a trip between Japan and the U.S. The movie toplines Josh Hartnett and Yakujo Kôji (“The Eel by Imamura”).

Brazilian director Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa’s Gabriel and the Mountain depicts a young idealist’s journey to Africa.

Critics’ Week will close with Dave McCary’s comedy Brigsby Bear, which world premiered at Sundance, light and tender homage to cinema. The film toplines “Star Wars’” Mark Hamill as a father who has given his son a crippling love for film which can only be cured by making movies. Acquired by Sony Pictures Classics at Sundance, Brigsby Bear stars Kyle Mooney, a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” who co-wrote the movie with Kevin Costello.

Hubert Charuel’s Bloody Milk is a genre-bender set in a French farming community.

Thierry de Peretti’s A Violent Life, an ultra-realistic film about the political radicalization of a man in Corsica, will get special screenings at Critics’ Week.

Both Bloody Milk, a Hitchcockian thriller set in the farming world, and A Violent Life start off with a documentary-like realism and then change towards genre.

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