La Semaine de la Critique is celebrating its 60th anniversary, a perfect opportunity to highlight a selection of short and feature films from La Semaine de la Critique throughout the past years in various international film festivals. In Spain, D’A Film Festival Barcelona will host a selection of films released by la Semaine between 1998 and 2016.
Created in 1962 by the French Union of Film Critics as a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, La Semaine de la Critique focuses on discovering new talents, revealing first and second feature films. Such directors as Jacques Audiard, Alejandro González Iñarritu, Ken Loach, François Ozon, Wong Kar Wai or in more recent years César Augusto Acevedo, Julia Ducournau, David R. Mitchell, Santiago Mitre, Jeff Nichols or Rebecca Zlotowski were discovered by La Semaine de la Critique.
An international jury bestows three prizes each year: the Nespresso Grand Prize for feature films, the Leitz Cine Discovery Prize for short films and the Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award that highlights a male or female acting performance in one of the seven feature films in competition. Other awards of the section are the Gan Foundation Award for Distribution, the SACD Award, the Canal+ Award for short film. The selected debut feature films also compete for the Caméra d’or.