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52nd Cannes Critics’ Week Packed with Salvo, Quillévéré’s Suzanne & Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

As hard it is to predict, the sidebar section all the way at the other end of the Croisette contains a trio of titles that were tipped to show up at the fest by Cannes insiders (we had Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza’s Salvo (here), David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (here), Katell Quillévéré Suzanne – (here) in our predictions list) and out of the 1200 films submitted, six first films and four sophomore films were selected by Artistic Director Charles Tesson and his committee. The closing night film will be announced a little bit later. Here’s the complete selection below:

Opening film
Suzanne, Katell Quillévéré (France)

Special Screenings
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, David Lowery (USA)
You and the Night, Yann Gonzalez (France)

Feature films competition
Salvo Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza (Italy/France)
The Lunchbox, Ritesh Batra (India/France/Germany)
For Those in Peril, Paul Wright (UK)
The Dismantlement, Sébastien Pilote (Canada)
Nos héros sont morts ce soir, David Perrault (France)
Los Dueños, Agustin Toscano & Ezequiel Radusky (Argentina)
The Major, Yury Bykov (Russia)

Short films competition
Vikingar, Magali Magistry (France/Iceland)
Agit Pop, Nicolas Pariser (France)
Pátio, Ali Muritiba (Brazil)
Come and Play, Daria Belova (Germany)
The Opportunist, David Lassiter (USA)
Pleasure, Ninja Thyberg (Sweden)
Océan, Emmanuel Laborie (France)
Tau Seru, Rodd Rathjen (India/Australia)
La lampe au beurre de Yak, HU Wei (France/China)
Breathe Me, HAN Eun-young (South Korea)

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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