Critics’ Week showcases 19 diverse pics

'Minnesota,' 'Reconstruction,' 'Ciclones' among films

PARIS — The Cannes 42nd Intl. Critics’ Week 19-pic lineup is due to be unveiled today and features a spread of films from most parts of the globe, including two pics from the U.S.

The sidebar’s patron will be indie industryite Marin Karmitz, of MK2, assuming the role performed last year by Barbet Schroeder.

The U.S. offering is the in-competition “Milwaukee, Minnesota” a first film by agent-turned-helmer Allan Mindel that preemed at Slamdance and the sidebar opener is Campbell Scott’s “Off the Map,” seen at Sundance.

First timers

Of seven features in competition, four others are first films: “Elle est des Notres” by France’s Siegrid Alnoy; the Danish film “Reconstruction” by Christoffer Boe; “Depuis qu’Otar est Parti” by Julie Bertuccelli, a Franco/Belgian production set in the former Soviet state of Georgia; and “Entre Ciclones” by the Cuban Enrique Colina.

Bernard Emond makes his second appearance at Critics’ Week with “20H17, Rue Darling.” His “La Femme qui Boit” screened in 2001. Iran’s “Deux Fereshte” from Mamad Haghighat is also a second film.

Special screenings include “Camarades” by Marin Karmitz. The pic, the producer-distributor’s second film as a helmer, will be dusted off and shown to festgoers again more than 30 years after its first Critics’ Week outing in 1970.

Closing night pic is “Bags Banny & Il Cormorano” by Italy’s Edoardo Gabbriellini.

South Korean helmer Lee Chang-dong’s “Oasis,” winner of the Fipresci international critics’ prize at the last Venice film festival, will receive a special screening, as will “Condor: The Axis of Evil,” a documentary by Rodrigo Vasquez.

The program was put together by Claire Clouzot, who took over as artistic director of the sidebar last year. Intl. Critics’ Week runs May 15-23.

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