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2018 Cannes Critics’ Week: Paul Dano’s Wildlife (Opener) & Agnieszka Smoczynska’s Fugue Selected

2018 Cannes Critics’ Week: Paul Dano’s Wildlife (Opener) & Agnieszka Smoczynska’s Fugue Selected

As per usual, Artistic Director Charles Tesson unveiled the line-up to the Cannes Critics’ Week via the savoury film description friendly video. A program comprised of first or second works (last year we fell head over heels for Léa Mysius’ Ava), the 57th edition will open with the only Sundance carry over so far, with Paul Dano‘s Wildlife and will include a special screening of Belgium helmer Guillaume Senez‘s Nos Batailles Our Struggles (which stars Romain Duris). Senez came onto the scene with the Locarno/TIFF preemed Keeper (2015).

From the comp line-up, we’ll definitely be making the trip down the Croisette to review The Lure director Agnieszka Smoczynska‘s Fugue (one of our most anticipated Foreign Film items for 2018) and always worth signalling are the riches offered in the shorts section (Short Film Committee Coordinator Léo Soesanto’s choice items from last year’s line-up include Sam Kuhn’s Möbius and Matthew Rankin’s The Tesla World Light). Here are the selections:

Special screenings:
“Wildlife,” Paul Dano
“Nos Batailles” (“Our Struggles”), Guillaume Senez
“Sheherazade,” Jean-Bernard Marlin

Feature film competition:
“Fuga” (“Fugue”), Agnieszka Smoczynska
“Kona Fer I Strid” (Woman at War”), Benedikt Erlingsson
“Sauvage,” Camille Vidal-Naquet
“Diamantino,” Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt
“Chris the Swiss,” Anja Kofmel
“Sir,” Rohena Gera
“Egy Nap” (“One Day”), Sofia Szilagyi

Closing night:
“Guy,” Alex Lutz

Short films competition:
“Amor, Avenidas Novas,” Duarte Coimbra
“Ektoras Malo: I Teleftea Mera Tis Chronias” (“Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year”), Jacqueline Lentzou
“Pauline asservie” (“Pauline, Enslaved”), Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet
“La Persistente,” Camille Lugan
“Rapaz” (“Raptor”), Felipe Galvez
“Schacher,” Flurin Giger
“Tiikeri” (“The Tiger”), Mikko Myllylahti
“Un Jour de Marriage” (“A Wedding Day”), Elias Belkeddar
“Ya Normalniy” (“Normal”), Michael Borodin
“Mo-Bum-Shi-Min” (“Exemplary Citizen”), Kim Cheol-Hwi

Short films special screenings:
“Third Kind,” Yorgos Zois
“La Chute” (“The Fall”), Boris Labbe
“Ultra Pulpe,” Bertrand Mandico

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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