Cannes Critics’ Week has unveiled its lineup for the 2015 edition. Elie Wajeman’s The Anarchists, starring Adele Exarchopolous (La Vie d’Adele) and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) star in the director’s follow-up to Aliyah. The film is set in 1899 Paris and tells the story of a poor and orphan brigadier who is selected to sneak into a group of anarchists.
Elsewhere, the typically eclectic lineup chosen by Critics’ Week artistic director Charles Tesson includes the first film from Palestinian brother and filmmakers Tarzan and Arab Abunasser with Degraded, set in a Gaza beauty salon; and a brace of French films in the special screenings section with Louis Garrel’s Les deux amis and Mathieu Vadepied’s La Vie en Grand. Vadepied makes his feature directing debut. He was previously DP on on Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s smash hit The Intouchables and Jacques Audiard’s Read My Lips.
Other titles in competition include U.S. director Trey Edward Shults’ Krisha, that won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at SXSW, and Canadian director Andrew Cividino’s Sleeping Giant.
The full lineup of the sidebar is below. Critics’ Week kicks off the day on May 14, traditionally the day after the opening night of the main festival. It runs through May 22.
The Anarchists, Elie Wajeman (opening film)
La Vie en Grand, Mathieu Vadepied (closing film)
Les Deux Amis, dir: Louis Garrell (special screening)
Dégraded, dir: Arab and Tarzan Abunasser
Krisha, dir: Trey Edward Shults
Mediterranea, dir: Jonas Carpignano
Ni le ciel, ni la terre, dir: Clement Cogitore
Paulina, dir: Pauline Santiago Mitre
Sleeping Giant, dir: Andrew Cividino
La tierra y la sombra, dir: Augusto Cesar Acevedo,