Canne’s Opening Film Announced

Rufus Norris’ Broken, starring Cillian Murphy and Un Certain Regard jury president Tim Roth, is opening Cannes‘ Critics’ Week section this year. A closing-night film has not been announced.

Celebrating its 51st running, the  sidebar is coming off of a strong 2011 showcase for rising talent. Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter took the top Critics’ Week prize in 2011, and this year he is in the official competition with Mud. Also in 2011, Australia’s Justin Kurzel was given a special mention for Snowtown, which went on to win six Australian Film Institute prizes, while Valérie Donzelli’s Declaration Of War opened the section and became France’s entry for the foreign-language Oscar. This year’s Critics’ Week runs May 17-25. Here’s the list of contenders:

OPENING FILM Broken, dir: Rufus Norris (UK)

COMPETITION FILMS Aquí Y Allá, dir: Antonio Méndez Esparza (Spain-US-Mexico) Au Galop, dir: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing (France) Les Voisins De Dieu, dir: Meni Yaesh (Israel-France) Hors Les Murs, dir: David Lambert (Belgium-Canada-France) Peddlers, dir: Vasan Bala (India) Los Salvajes, dir: Alejandro Fadel (Argentina) Sofia’s Last Ambulance, dir: Ilian Metev (Germany-Croatia-Bulgaria) SPECIAL SCREENINGS Augustine, dir: Alice Winocour (France) J’Enrage De Son Absence, dir: Sandrine Bonnaire (France-Luxembourg-Beligum)

SHORT- AND MEDIUM-LENGTH FILMS La Bifle, dir: Jean-Baptiste Saurel (France) Ce N’Est Pas Un Film De Cow-Boys, dir: Benjamin Parent (France) Circle Line, dir: Shin Suwon (South Korea) O Duplo, dir: Juliana Rojas (Brazil) Family Dinner, dir: Stefan Constantinescu (Sweden) Fleuve Rouge, Song Hong, dir: Stéphanie Lansaque & François Leroy (France) Hazara, dir: Shay Levi (Israel) Horizon, dir: Paul Negoescu (Romania) Un Dimanche Matin, dir: Damien Manivel (France) Yeguas Y Cotorras, dir: Natalia Garagiola (Argentina)

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