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Cannes Unveils Critics' Week Lineup Including Lowery's 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' Adds Guest of Honor Kim Novak

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 22, 2013 at 12:57PM

In Cannes news, the 52nd International Critics' Week sidebar has announced its official selection of seven international films in competition as well as three special screenings. One of the special screenings includes David Lowery's Sundance hit "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," which stars Casey Affleck as a prison escapee who sets out to reunite with his wife (Rooney Mara). In other news on the Croisette, Hollywood icon Kim Novak will be the Cannes Fest's guest of honor this year, appearing with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's newly restored "Vertigo" as part of the Cannes Classics series.
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In Cannes news, the 52nd International Critics' Week sidebar has announced its official selection of seven international films in competition as well as three special screenings. Founded in 1962, Critics' Week aims to promote the work of burgeoning international directors. Jacques Audiard, Bernardo Bertolucci and Leos Carax -- who all had films screen at Cannes last year -- are just a few of the world-renowned directors who got their start there.

One of the special screenings includes David Lowery's Sundance hit "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," which stars Casey Affleck as a prison escapee who sets out to reunite with his wife (Rooney Mara). Critics' Week director Charles Tesson told Variety he considered screening a second Sundance film but decided not to. Read TOH's review of "Saints" here.

The seven films in the competition ("Saints" will not take part) will vie for the Critics' Week Grand Prize, which last year went to Antonio Mendez Esparza's Mexican drama "Aqui y Alla." View the full selection below, and watch a video detailing the Critics' Week selection.

See full lineup below.

In other news on the Croisette, Hollywood icon Kim Novak will be the Cannes Fest's guest of honor this year, appearing with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's newly restored "Vertigo" as part of the Cannes Classics series. On Sunday May 26th, the last day of the festival, Novak will present one of the main competition prizes when they are announced.

Last year, "Vertigo" topped the latest Sight and Sound poll as the greatest film of all time, unseating long-time champion "Citizen Kane."

This article is related to: Cannes Film Festival, Critics' Week, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, David Lowery, Kim Novak, Vertigo, Festivals


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.