The Central American cinema will be strong in the Critics' Week of the Cannes Film Festival, with two Costa Rican and one Guatemalan films selected in this parallel section, which will open with the Colombian film "Litigante".
Critics Week, dedicated exclusively to first and second feature films, will be held from May 15 to 23 and its jury will be chaired by the Colombian Ciro Guerra ("The snake hug", "Birds of summer").
His compatriot Franco Lolli will present in the opening but out of competition "Litigante", after having premiered in this same section in 2014 his debut feature "Gente de Bien", organizers announced on Monday. His new film, set in Bogotá, follows a woman who faces a tough test in the professional field and whose mother suffers a relapse of cancer.
Seven films will compete in the Critics' Week, among them, "Nuestros Madres", by the Guatemalan César Díaz, and "Ceniza Negra", by the Costa Rican Sofía Quirós.
César Díaz's opera prima addresses one of the most tragic episodes of the military dictatorship, the disappeared, through a young man who helps a group of women search for their loved ones while trying to find their father. The film "of intense sobriety", "dignifies all these wounded and humiliated faces", according to the organizers.
Quirós premiered in 2017 in the Critics' Week his short film "Selva" and with "Ceniza Negra" he enters the life of a teenager who grows up in the countryside with her grandparents, learning the duality of life and death. The filmmaker "films with elegance the magic of the precious moments of the day to day".
These two films will compete with "Abou Leila", from the Algerian Amin Sidi-Boumediene, "Hvítur, Hvítur, Dagut", from Icelandic Hlynur Pálmason, "J'ai perdu mon corps", by French Jérémy Clapin, "The unknown saint", of the Moroccan Alaa Eddine Aljem, and "Vivarium", of the Irish Lorcan Finnegan.
Among the 10 shorts in competition, highlights "Lucía en el Limbo" by Costa Rican Valentina Maurel, in which a teenager is fighting against lice and a stalker on board the bus. Last year, the Critics' Week Grand Prize was won by "Diamantino", a parody about a footballer with a striking resemblance to Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 72nd Festival de Cannes will be held between May 14 and 25. Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu will preside over the jury that will award the Palme d'Or.