Parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, la Semaine de la Critique, is committed to discovering new talents. Ever since it was conceived by the French Union of Film Critics in 1962, the objective of this section is to showcase first and second feature films by directors from all over the world. Each edition of La Semaine de la Critique an opportunity reveals 20 filmmakers by presenting a very selective programme of 10 features and 10 short films. Some of the classics to be screened in this section include Valeria Gaii Guermanika’s Everybody Dies But Me, Ken Loach’s Kes and Jerzy Skolimowski’s Walkover.
The Indian National Film Award-winning films to be screened include Adoor Gopalakirshnan’s Swayamvaram, Shyam Benegal’s Ankur and Girish Kasaravalli’s Ghatasraddha.
Festival Director Srinivasan Naryanan says, “By juxtaposing the Cannes Critics Week award-winning films with Indian debut features that won National Film Awards, we are trying to create an analytical study of the films that have created trends abroad and in India, the narrative structure and the technical aspects which went into the making of these path-breaking films.”
He adds, “We will be inviting the filmmakers and it will be a treat for cinema connoisseurs to be able to interact with these cinema legends. We are only happy to be paying this tribute to these masters.”