MOVIES: CANNES CRITICS WEEK LINEUP ANNOUNCED

With summer 2014 right around the corner, the south of France becomes a focus of the movie industry as they prepare to launch titles big and small for the rest of the year.

2 arthouse “genre” films headline a list of 7 films set for the Critics Week sidebar. It Follows from director David Robert Mitchell is described as “a terrifying coming-of-age nightmare about sex, love and the unseen horrors that follow us.” Mitchell’s acclaimed debut, The Myth of the American Sleepover, premiered at SXSW in 2010 and won a special jury prize before going on to screen at Critics’ Week.

The 2nd hot genre film is from Dogma film descendant director Jonas Arnby.The Danish horror pic When Animals Dream (Når Dyret Drømmer) is the tale of a 16-year-old girl living in a secluded fishing village who falls in love and discovers she’s a werewolf as she’s hunted down by the village.

When Animals Dream

From Variety: Critics’ Week will kick off with “Making Love,” Haitian helmer Djinn Carrenard’s follow-up to his microbudgeted “Donoma.” The love-triangle drama turns on a young musician who is in a loveless relationship with a woman who wants to have a baby, and unexpectedly falls in love with his girlfriend’s sister, a young prison inmate, on leave for a week to spend Christmas with a 4-year-old daughter. Tesson said he had a “coup de coeur” for this film, which “illustrates the talent of France’s young generation of filmmakers” and “says something meaningful about the challenges that 30 year-olds face today, coping with work, relationships, pressures from society.”

The sidebar will close with another French drama, scribe-turned-director Thomas Lilti’s “Hippocrate,” a drama set in a hospital that depicts the tense and complex relationship between two interns, an upper-class young student (Vincent Lacoste) who is the son of a doctor and a student of Algerian origins (Reda Kateb) who has a modest background. Lilti’s 2007 debut, “Les Yeux bandes,” earned warm reviews.

While there’s typically at least one Asian title in the Critics’ Week lineup, this year is an exception to the rule, bearing out the generally thin representation of films from the region throughout the festival.

The Directors’ Fortnight sidebar will be unveiled April 22.

2014 CANNES CRITICS’ WEEK LINEUP

OPENER

“Making Love” (Djinn Carrenard) Second film. Sales: Elle Driver (France)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

“Breathe” (Melanie Laurent) Second film. Sales: Gaumont (France)

“The Kindergarten Teacher” (Nadav Lapid) Second film. Sales: Le Pacte (Israel)

COMPETITION

“Darker Than Midnight” (Sebastiano Riso) First film. Sales: Rai Trade (Italy)

“Gente de bien” (Franco Lolli) First film. Sales: Versatile (Colombia)

“Hope” (Boris Lojkine) Second film. Sales: Pyramide (France)

“It Follows” (David Robert Mitchell) Second film. Sales: Visit Films (U.S.)

“Self Made” (Shira Geffen) Second film. Sales: Westend (Israel)

“The Tribe” (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy) First film. Sales: Alpha Violet (Ukraine)

“When Animals Dream” (Jonas Alexander Arnby) First film. Sales: Gaumont (Denmark)

CLOSER

“Hippocrate” (Thomas Lilti) Second film. Sales: Le Pacte (France)

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