‘Good’ set for critics week

Pic picked for seven-film panel

PARIS — Frank Novak’s “Good Housekeeping” will be the only U.S. pic competing for prizes, including the Camera d’Or and the Grand Prix de la Semaine de la Critique, at this year’s Cannes Intl. Film Festival.

“Housekeeping” is in the lineup of seven feature films being unveiled today by the Critics Week, the Cannes sidebar showcasing new talent. Six of the seven pics are first-time efforts.

The two French offerings are “Les autres filles” by Caroline Vignal and “De l’histoire ancienne” by Orso Miret; from Spain comes Cesc Gay’s “Krampack,” the only sophomore effort in the sidebar.

Mexico offers Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Amores Perros.”

Completing the lineup are two films from Asia: “Happy End.” by South Korean Jung Ji-Woo and “Hidden Whisper” by Taiwanese filmmaker Vivian Chang.

More than 400 features and 500 shorts were viewed by the seven-person committee led by artistic director Jose Maria Riba.

“We had no criteria for the films chosen; we just went with those we particularly liked,” Riba said Wednesday.

Neil Jordan’s “Not I” is one of seven short films in the sidebar. French language pics dominate the shorts selection, with Eric Jameux’s “Faux contact” and Delphine Gleize’s “Les meduses,” both from France; “Le chapeau,” by Canadian Michele Cournoyer; and “Le dernier reve,” by Belgian Emmanuel Jespers. Canada is also represented by an English language short, Bruce Marchfelder’s “The Artist’s Circle,” while Sweden offers Linus Tunstrom’s “To Be Continued.”

Critics Week has added a new prize this year, Le Prix de La Toute Jeune Critique, to be bestowed by 20 secondary schoolchildren from Cannes, who will review the films as they are screened.

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