Paul Dano’s ‘Wildlife” Headed to Cannes in Critics’ Week Selection

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“Wildlife,” Paul Dano’s adaptation of a Richard Ford novel starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal, has been chosen to screen in the International Critics’ Week sidebar at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Critics’ Week is run independently of the main festival but takes place concurrently. The selection is devoted to first and second films from new directors — and its directorial debuts, including “Wildlife,” are eligible for Cannes’ Camera d’Or for the festival’s best first film.

“Wildlife” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where it won positive reviews and was acquired by IFC Films. The only American film screening in Critics’ Week, it will be presented as a special opening-night screening in the sidebar.

Guillaume Senez’s “Our Struggles” will also be presented as a special screening, while Alex Katz’s “Guy” will close the section. The seven competition titles in Critics’ Week will include Agnieszka Smoczynska’s “Fugue,” Benedikt Erlingsson’s “Woman at War,” Anja Kofmel’s “Chris the Swiss,” Rohena Gera’s “Sir” and Sofia Szilagyi’s “One Day.”

International Critics’ Week (Semaine de la Critique) is organized by the French Union of Film Critics, which is made up of 244 critics, writers and journalists. The oldest parallel section to the Cannes Film Festival, it began in 1962.

The winners will be chosen by a jury headed by Danish director Joachim Trier and also including American actress Chloe Sevigny, Argentinian actor Nahuel Perez Biscayart, festival programmer Eva Sangiori and French journalist Augustin Trapenard.

Critics’ Week also announced 10 short films in competition and another three in special screenings.

Filmmakers who first screened in Cannes as part of Critics’ Week include Bernardo Bertolucci, Ken Loach, Guillermo del Toro, Jacques Audiard and Alejandro G. Inarritu.

The other main sidebar that runs concurrently with the festival, Directors’ Fortnight, will announce its lineup on Tuesday.

This year’s Cannes Film Festival will run from May 8 through May 19.

The Critics’ Week lineup:

Special screenings:“Wildlife,” Paul Dano“Nos Batailles” (“Our Struggles”), Guillaume Senez“Sheherazade,” Jean-Bernard Marlin

Feature film competition:“Fuga” (“Fugue”), Agnieszka Smoczynska“Kona Fer I Strid” (Woman at War”), Benedikt Erlingsson“Sauvage,” Camille Vidal-Naquet“Diamantino,” Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt“Chris the Swiss,” Anja Kofmel“Sir,” Rohena Gera“Egy Nap” (“One Day”), Sofia Szilagyi

Closing night:“Guy,” Alex Lutz

Short films competition:“Amor, Avenidas Novas,” Duarte Coimbra“Ektoras Malo: I Teleftea Mera Tis Chronias” (“Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year”), Jacqueline Lentzou“Pauline asservie” (“Pauline, Enslaved”), Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet“La Persistente,” Camille Lugan“Rapaz” (“Raptor”), Felipe Galvez“Schacher,” Flurin Giger“Tiikeri” (“The Tiger”), Mikko Myllylahti“Un Jour de Marriage” (“A Wedding Day”), Elias Belkeddar“Ya Normalniy” (“Normal”), Michael Borodin“Mo-Bum-Shi-Min” (“Exemplary Citizen”), Kim Cheol-Hwi

Short films special screenings:“Third Kind,” Yorgos Zois“La Chute” (“The Fall”), Boris Labbe“Ultra Pulpe,” Bertrand Mandico

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    Faux “Terror Raid” to Promote OraxyGuests at Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc got a surprise visit by men outfitted in militia-themed gear last year, who approached the hotel by boat. It was a publicity stunt for the Paris-based Oraxy, which describes itself as “the world’s first private global marketplace reserved exclusively for UHNWI,” or Ultra High Net Worth Individuals.

  • Mankini Cannes

    Sacha Baron Cohen Wears Green MankiniIn 2006, Sacha Baron Cohen sported a bright green male thong known as the “mankini” to promote “Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.”


  • Dictator Cannes prank

    Sacha Baron Cohen Brings a CamelIn 2012, “The Dictator” actor turned up with two model bodyguards and a camel. He even managed to fall off the camel, which bore a license plate with “Wadiya 1” on it – a reference to the fictional North African Republic of Wadiya, where “The Dictator” was set.


  • TJ Miller Emoji Movie Cannes

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  • Blake Lively The Shallows Cannes

    “The Shallows” Brings in Fake SharksTo promote Blake Lively’s nautical horror film, Screen Gems planted fake sharks in the French Riviera. 


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  • Jim Carrey Christmas Carol Cannes

    Faux Snow for “A Christmas Carol”Disney tapped Jim Carrey for a new version of “A Christmas Carol” in 2009 — and decided to bring the holiday spirit to Cannes by covering the Croisette with snow. Not the best example of reading the room or, in this case, the luxurious French beach town in the middle of May. Shout out to Robin Wright and Colin Firth in the background for looking horrified at the faux snowball fight.

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  • Jerry Seinfeld Bee Movie Cannes

    Jerry Seinfeld Flies In to Promote “Bee Movie”In 2007, Jerry Seinfeld took Cannes by air to promote his big animated push for Disney, for which he served as writer and star and recruited pals like Chris Rock. His giant bee costume might have been worse than his notorious “Seinfeld” puffy shirt.

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  • Shark Tale

    Angelina Jolie, Will Smith Ride Inflatable SharkWill Smith, Angelina Jolie and Jack Black rode a 14-foot inflatable shark to promote “Shark Tale” in 2004. 

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  • Trolls Cannes

    “Trolls” WigsAnna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake promoted “Trolls” in 2016 with an array of women wearing bright-colored outfits and wigs reminiscent of the costumes in the movie. Also, they’re all in gowns — a play on Cannes fashion? 

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  • Love

    Gaspar Noe’s Graphic Makeout Posters to Promote “Love”Gaspar Noe at first shocked — and then satisfied — critics with his depiction of sex on film. He was praised for depicting the joyous and fervent act and staying mostly out of the realm of straight-up pornography. Promoting the film, however, was a different story. Producers wallpapered Cannes in posters of a saliva-covered triple kiss and an NSFW image of a penis and a woman’s breast after climax.

  • Universal Soldier

    Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme Hold Impromptu Stage FightBoth “Universal Soldier” actors held a stage fight on the steps of a famed staircase in 1992. Many believed it was real, but Lundgren told The Hollywood Reporter that it was planned.


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    Dead pigeons for “24 Hour Party People”In 2002, actors impersonating the band Happy Mondays mimicked a scene of the movie by throwing fake dead pigeons from the beach onto unsuspecting victims, who believed thousands of dead birds were falling from the sky, the BBC reported. 


  • Felix van Groeningen Stunt Cannes

    Naked Bike RidesFelix van Groeningen, the filmmaker behind “The Misfortunates,” decided to recreate a scene from his film where a dysfunctional family rides bikes in the nude. Just hours before a press conference, the director and his team disrobed and flew down the Croisette in the buff. A staffer on a motorcycle followed with their underwear, in case French police got a gander at them.

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