Cannes Film Fest 2011: Critics Week Program

The prestigious section Critics’ Week of the Cannes Film Festival has announced its program for 2011. The 50th edition of the program includes Sundance title “Take Shelter” from helmer Jeff Nichols in the main selection as well as a special screening of “Walk Away Renee,” the long-awaited follow-up to autobiographical docu “Tarnation” of director Jonathan Caouette.

The main Critics’ Week selection, which showcases first and second films, also features titles from Argentina, Bulgaria, France and China, while Israel and Australia, singled out last week by general fest topper Thierry Fremaux as countries with particularly strong films this year, are repped by the drama “The Slut,” and serial-killer thriller “Snowtown,” respectively.

Isabelle Huppert starrer “My Little Princess,” from French helmer Eva Ionesco is part of the special screenings, marking the third time in four years a film starring the Gallic diva is part of the Critics’ Week lineup, after “Home” in 2008 and last year’s “Copacabana.”

Special screenings of two further local pics helmed by women will bookend the Critics’ Week this year. Valerie Donzelli’s “La Guerre est declaree,” will open the program, while Katia Lewcowicz’ “Pourquoi tu pleures?” will close the 50th edition of the section.

The Cannes Critics’ Week runs May 12-20.


“Las Acacias,” Argentina, Pablo Giorgelli
“Ave,” Bulgaria-France, Konstantin Bojanov
“17 Filles,” France, Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin
“The Slut,” Israel, Hagar Ben Asher
“Snowtown,” Australia, Justin Kurzel
“Sauna on Moon,” China, Zou Peng
“Take Shelter,” U.S., Jeff Nichols


“La Guerre est declaree,” France, Valerie Donzelli (opening film)
“Pourquoi tu pleures?,” France, Katia Lewcowicz (closing film)
“Walk Away Renee,” U.S.-France-Belgium, Jonathan Caouette
“My Little Princess,” France, Eva Ionesco


“Alexis Ivanovitch vous etes mon heros,” France, Guillaume Gouix
“Black Moon,” U.S., Amie Siegel
“Blue,” New Zealand, Stephan Kang
“Boy, U.S., Topaz Adizes
“Bul-Myul-Ui-Sa-Na-Ie,” South Korea, Moon Byoung-gon
“Dimanches,” Belgium, Valerie Rosier
“In Front of the House,” South Korea, Lee Tae-ho
“La inviolabilidad del domicilio se basa en el hombre que aparece empunando un hacha,” Uruguay-Argentina, Alex Piperno
“Junior,” France, Julia Ducournau
“Permanencias,” Brazil, Ricardo Alves Junior