​Cannes Critics' Week unveils 2019 line-up

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Cannes Critics’ Week has unveiled the line-up for its 58th edition, running May 15-23.

French-Colombian director Franco Lolli will open the parallel section, devoted to first and second films as well as shorts, with his contemporary drama Litigante.

Bogotá-shot - Tale - Revolves - Lawyer - Series

The Bogotá-shot, character-driven tale revolves around a female lawyer facing a series of personal and professional challenges, including her mother’s cancer diagnosis. It is Lolli’s second feature after Gente De Bien, which premiered in Cannes Critics’ Week in 2014.

“It’s rare that we select a second film by someone who has already screened in Critics’ Week but we were bowled over by this film,” said artistic director Charles Tesson.

Authenticity - Performances - Situations - Protagonist - Bogotá

“There is an authenticity in the performances and situations lived by the female protagonist,” he continued. “It’s shot in Bogotá but the story could take place in any number of cities around the world today.”

Emerging Chinese filmmaker Gu Xiaogang’s debut feature, the contemporary family saga Dwelling In The Fuchun Mountains (Chun jiang shui nuan) has been selected as the closing film.

Gu - Xiaogang - Film - School - Years

“Gu Xiaogang finished film school three years ago. He’s 30-years-old. We didn’t know much about him until an old contact sent us the film and now we do,” said Tesson.

The film takes its title from one of China’s most famous landscape paintings by 14th century old master artist Huang Gongwang.

Film - Triptych - Generations - Family - Way

“It’s the first film in a triptych revolving around three generations of a family. It’s striking for the way in which it blends contemporary China with resonances of bygone China, as captured in its art and poetry,” said Tesson.

A total of 11 features, selected from 1,050 submissions, will premiere in the features line-up, seven of them in competition and four out of competition.

Year - Selection - Year - Competition - Line-up

After last year’s all-European selection, this year’s competition line-up is more of an international mix, with features also hailing from North Africa, South America as...
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