Chance for France

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PARIS — France has a particularly strong showing, while Israel gets two slots in the lineup of the Cannes Film Festival sidebar Critics Week, announced by artistic director Claire Clouzot on Thursday.

Gaul is repped by Eleonore Faucher’s “Brodeuses,” with Lola Naymac and Arianne Ascaride; Fabrice du Welz’s Franco-Belgian-Luxembourgeoise co-production “Calvaire” with Laurent Lucas, Jackie Berroyer and Philippe Nahon (which has “echoes of ‘Man Bites Dog,’ ” said selector Laurent Aknin); and Carole Laure’s sophomore pic, the Canadian/French “CQ2 (Seek You Too),” with Jean-Marc Barr, Louis Furey and Laure’s daughter Clara Furey. “CQ2” concerns a teenager hooked on contemporary dance.

The Palestinian Authority/Israel is repped by “Atash” (Thirst), shot in widescreen by Tawfik Abu Wael, while Keren Yedaya’s “Or” is a Franco-Israeli film about a prostitute and her daughter in Tel Aviv.

Lineup is completed by the Moroccan first film “In Casablanca Angels Don’t Fly” by Mohamed Asli, about three friends in Casablanca, and the Mexican comedy “Temporada de patos” (Duck Season), by Fernando Eimbecke.

Clouzot said selectors saw 500 films, including 100 from the U.S., although nothing from America made the cut. It is Clouzot’s third year as artistic director.

The sidebar will open May 13 with a special out of competition screening of the French film “Mr. Andemas’ Afternoon” by Michelle Porte, which was announced last week, and close with the Italian “Sotto falso nome” by Roberto Ando with Daniel Auteuil, Anna Mouglalis and Greta Scacchi.

Jacques Rozier, the godfather of this year’s Critics Week, will attend a screening of his “Adieu Philippine,” which was shown in the very first Cannes Critics Week in 1962.

There will also be special screenings of the Canadian docu “Ce qui reste de nous” (What’s Left of Us), by Francois Prevost and Hugo Latulippe; the Russian film “Roads to Koktebel” by Boris Khlebnikov and Alexei Popogrebsky; as well as the medium-length films “Stolitchny Skory” by Artiom Antonov, from Russia; the Austrian “Girls and Cars,” by Thomas Woschitz; and “Les vies paralleles,” by Nicolas Saada.

Sidebar’s seven-strong short film selection includes three animated films: the Franco-Belgian “Signes de vie” by Arnaud Demuynck as well as “L’Homme sans ombre” by Georges Schwitzgebel and “Ryan” by Chris Landreth, both Canadian. Other entrants are the Belgian “Alice et moi” (Alice and Me), by Micha Wald; Spain’s “Con Diva,” by Sebastian Mantilla; Marianela Maldonado’s “Breaking Out,” from the U.K.; and, from Venezuela/Mexico, “Elephants Never Forget,” by Lorenzo Vigas Castes.

Meanwhile, Xan Cassavetes’ documentary “Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession” was added to the out of competition list of the Official Selection, bumping it from 14 to 15 pics. Docu is produced by the Independent Film Channel.

CRITICS WEEK: CANNES 2004

OPENER

“Mr. Andemas’ Afternoon,” France, Michelle Porte (out of competition)

CLOSER

“Sotto falso nome,” Italy, Roberto Ando (out of competition)

IN COMPETITION

“Atash,” Palestinian Authority-Israel, Tawfik Abu Wael

“Brodeuses,” France, Eleonore Faucher

“Calvaire,” France-Belgium-Luxembourg, Fabrice du Welz

“CQ2 (Seek You Too),” France-Canada, Carole Laure

“In Casablanca Angels Don’t Fly,” Morocco, Mohamed Asli

“Or,” France-Israel, Keren Yedaya

“Temporada de patos (Duck Season),” Mexico, Fernando Eimbecke

SHORT FILMS

“Alice et moi (Alice and Me),” Belgium, Micha Wald

“Breaking Out,” U.K., Marianela Maldonado

“Con diva,” Spain, Sebastian Mantilla

“Elephants Never Forget,” Venezuela-Mexico, Lorenzo Vigas Castes

“L’Homme sans ombre,” Canada, Georges Schwitzgebel

“Ryan,” Canada, Chris Landreth

“Signes de vie,” France-Belgium, Arnaud Demuynck

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

“Adieu Philippine,” France-Italy, Jacques Rozier

“Ce qui reste de nous (What’s Left of Us),” Canada, Francois Prevost and Hugo Latulippe

“Girls and Cars,” Austria, Thomas Woschitz

“Les vies paralleles,” France, Nicolas Saada

“Roads to Koktebel,” Russia, Boris Khlebnikov and Alexei Popogrebsky

“Stolitchny Skory,” Russia, Artiom Antonov

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