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2023 Cannes: The Lucky 13 Critics’ Week Shorts Unveiled

2023 Cannes: The Lucky 13 Critics’ Week Shorts Unveiled

And in the Critics’ Week second wave of film announcements, we now draw our focus on the short film competition which includes a firm ten selections plus a trio of special screenings with the most notable name of the bunch being Jehnny Beth the singer-turned-actress (she was the cam girl in Jacques Audiard’s Paris, 13th District) now turned director with her co-directed debut. In our estimation, the Critics’ Week short comp easily goes toe-to-toe with the Short Film Competition for the Palme and they unearthed several filmmaker names who major significant feature film contributions – Julia Ducournau is the first that comes to mind. Worth noting is that the filmmakers have the opportunity to join the Next Step Programme (a workshop for first features). Here are the shorts:

Short films in competition :
· ARKHÉ I Armando NAVARRO
· BOLÉRO I Nans LABORDE-JOURDÀA
· CONTADORES I Irati GOROSTIDI AGIRRETXE
· CORPOS CINTILANTES (SHIMMERING BODIES / CORPS SCINTILLANTS) I Inês TEIXEIRA
· I PROMISE YOU PARADISE (PARADIS) I Morad MOSTAFA
· KROKODYL (CROCODILE / LE CROCODILE) I Dawid BODZAK
· PRAVA ISTINA PRIČE O ŠORI (THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT THE FIGHT) I Andrea SLAVIČEK
· LA SAISON POURPRE (THE PURPLE SEASON) I Clémence BOUCHEREAU
· VIA DOLOROSA I Rachel GUTGARTS
· 一个散步的夜晚 (WALKING WITH HER INTO THE NIGHT) I Hui SHU

Special screening:
· MIDNIGHT SKIN I Manolis MAVRIS
· PLEURE PAS GABRIEL I Mathilde CHAVANNE
· STRANGER I Jehnny BETH & Iris CHASSAIGNE

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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