Parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, La Semaine de la Critique has steadfastly remained true to its tradition of discovering new talents. Ever since it was conceived by the French Union of Film Critics in 1962, the objective of la Semaine de la Critique has been to showcase first and second feature films by directors from all over the world. Bernardo Bertolucci, Jean Eustache, Otar Iosseliani, Ken Loach, Wong Kar-wai, Jacques Audiard, Arnaud Desplechin, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Bertrand Bonello or even Jeff Nichols all started at la Semaine.
A reflection of a mix of demand and curiosity, which distinguished film critic, la Semaine de la Critique intends to explore and reveal the new creation. Being a discoverer of new talents helped la Semaine bringing to light films like Respiro by Emanuele Crialese, Since Otar Left by Julie Bertuccelli, Or by Keren Yedaya, Me and You and Everyone We Know by Miranda July, Meduzot (Jellyfish) by Etgar Keret & Shira Geffen, The Orphanage by Juan Antonio Bayona or The Lunchbox by Ritesh Batra.
Within its research of new filmmakers, La Semaine has always paid great attention to short and medium length films, first steps in the career of a director. It is by presenting their short films that La Semaine de la Critique revealed the talents of François Ozon, Gaspar Noé and Andrea Arnold.
Each edition gives La Semaine de la Critique an opportunity to reveal about 20 filmmakers.
10 feature films are selected (and 7 are in Competition).
2 prizes are also awarded to the 10 short and medium-length films in Competition.
• To highlight first and second features directed by filmmakers from all around the world.
• To enable French critics to fight for and explore young film creation the best they can.
• To support today’s revelations in order to have them become tomorrow’s talents.
• To pay great attention to short and medium length films, first steps in the career of a director.