Cannes face of a free-thinker

Critics’ Week reveals poster image.

by Richard Mowe

The poster for 2015's Critics' Week
The poster for 2015's Critics' Week

As the many and myriad elements of this year’s Cannes Film Festival start to come together ahead of next week’s launch of the official selection, the Critics’ Week (La Semaine de la Critique) today (7 April) unveiled this year’s poster image.

The designers have used a still from last year’s entry - Respire, the second film by actress turned director Mélanie Laurent. It depicts actress Lou de Laâge who played the heroine and who, in the words of the organisers, sums up “the vivacity, audacity, and free-thinking” of the selectors who concentrate on emerging talents.

Since its creation in 1962 the Critics’ Week has thrown a sharp focus on new talents in world cinema with a selection comprised mainly of first or second features as well as shorts.

Among those to have featured in previous editions are: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Ken Loach, Wong Kar-wai, Andrea Arnold, Leos Carax, Arnaud Desplechin, Guillermo del Toro, Jacques Audiard and Miranda July.

This year’s 54th Critics’ Week selection is scheduled to be announced on 20 April.

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