Eleven feature films, including eight first and three second films along with fifteen short films, have been selected for the 2019 Cannes Critics’ Week. Litigante, the second film by Colombian director Franco Lolli, will open the 58th edition, which will close with the first part of a trilogy, Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains (Chun jiang shui nuan), the first film from the young Chinese prodigy filmmaker Gu Xiaogang.
With Litigante, Franco Lolli portrays a woman who must deal with difficult and urgent situations in her professional, family and personal life. Much like Maurice Pialat, Franco Lolli ploughs his own furrow, one where formal discipline transcends realistic narrative to reach our innermost selves, the very heart of the strongest, purest feelings, those that only films can convey.
In Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains (Chun jiang shui nuan), the fate of a family unfolds according to nature, shifting seasons and the living river. Utterly fluid command of both frame and direction breathes peaceful life into the film, one that celebrates blending our earthly condition and everlasting landscapes.
The President of the jury of this 58th edition is the Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra, the director of Birds of Passage, and along with him, will be the French-British actress Amira Casar, the Danish producer Marianne Slot, the Belgian-Congolese journalist Djia Mambu and the Italian director Jonas Carpignano.
Critics’ Week 2019 (La Semaine de la Critique) will take place in Cannes from May 15th to May 23rd.
58th Cannes Critics’ Week
FEATURE FILMS IN COMPETITION
Ceniza Negra (Land of Ashes)
Sofía Quirós Ubeda
Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur (A White, White Day)
J’ai perdu mon corps (I Lost My Body)
Nuestras Madres (Our Mothers)
The Unknown Saint (Le Miracle du Saint Inconnu)
Alaa Eddine Aljem
SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION
Dia de festa (Party Day)
Fakh (The Trap)
Ikki illa meint
Journey Through a Body
(Kolektyvinai sodai (Community Gardens)
Lucía en el limbo
The Manila Lover
Mardi de 8 à 18 (Tuesday from 8 to 6)
Cecilia de Arce
Ultimul Drum Spre Mare (The Last Trip to the Seaside)
Chun jiang shui nuan (Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains)
FEATURE FILMS SPECIAL SCREENINGS
Les héros ne meurent jamais (Heroes Don’t Die)
Aude Léa Rapin
Tu mérites un amour (You Deserve a Love)
SHORT FILMS SPECIAL SCREENING 1
Please Speak Continuously and Describe Your Experiences as They Come to You
SHORT FILMS SPECIAL SCREENING 2
Invisível Herói (Invisible Hero)
Cristèle Alves Meira
MORELIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
El aire Delgado
The Girl With Two Heads (La Chica con dos Cabezas)
Carlos Tapia González