Norwegian director Joachim Trier has been appointed President of the jury at the 57th La Semaine de la Critique, which was created in 1962 by the French Union of Film Critics to focus on discovering new directing talents in parallel to the Cannes Film Festival.
Trier made his mark on the Croisette in 2011 with his second feature, Oslo August 31st, which screened as part of Un Certain Regard. He then returned to the Official Selection in 2015 with Louder than Bombs, and his 2017 supernatural thriller Thelma was selected as Norway’s submission for this year’s Oscars.
He will be joined in the jury by American actress Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry), Argentinian actor Nahuel Pérez Biscayart (120 Beats Per Minute), Eva Sangiorgi who directs the Vienna International Film Festival, and French culture journalist Augustin Trapenard.
The Jury will award the Nespresso Grand Prize to one of the seven feature films in competition, the Leica Cine Discovery Prize to one of ten short films and, for the first time, the Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award to an actor or actress from one of the competition’s feature films.
Joachim Trier said: “The idea of having a programme that only shows first and second time directors is smart and we hope to discover something new and unexpected among the films we are presented. Traditionally, Cannes is where many of the strongest films are presented, and I expect the same this year.”
The official selection will be announced 16th April, and the 57th Semaine de la Critique is from 9th to 17th May 2018.