Cannes Film Fest 2008: Year 61–Critics Week Program–Mostly First Films

Cannes Festival’s prestigious sidebar Critics’ Week centers on European films for its 47th edition. France has a particularly strong presence, co-production participation in five of the features.

The selection, unveiled on Thursday by artistic director Jean-Christophe Berjon, includes new films by rising talent, including U.K helmer Duane Hopkins’ debut, rural youth drama “Better Things,” and German director Emily Atef’s second movie, a mother’s drama titled “The Stranger in Me.

Five of the seven competish features are first time films.

No U.S. feature made the final choice, though shorts include Jeff Vespa’s “Nosebleed.”


“Better Things,” U.K., Duane Hopkins
“The Stranger in Me, Germany, Emily Atef
“Everybody Dies But Me,” Russia, Valeria Gaia Germanica
“Grown Ups,” France-Sweden, Anna Novion
“Moscow, Belgium,” Belgium, Christophe van Rompaey
“Blood Appears, Argentina-France-Germany, Pablo Fendrik
“Snow,” Bosnia-Germany-France, Aida Begic

Special Screenings

“Desierto adentro,” Mexico, Rodrigo Pla (closing films)
“Rumba,” Belgium-France, Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy
“Les Sept jours,” Israel-France, Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz (opening picture)