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Hol­ly­wood star Paul Dano’s much-an­tic­i­pated di­rec­to­rial de­but, Wildlife, will open Crit­ics’ Week at the Cannes film fes­ti­val next month, the or­ga­niz­ers said on Mon­day.

The film by the There Will Be Blood and Lit­tle Miss Sun­shine ac­tor fea­tures his friend Jake Gyl­len­haal, who played op­po­site Dano in the Os­car-nom­i­nated

Pris­on­ers in 2013. The film is based on a Richard Ford novel about a teenager watch­ing his par­ents’ mar­riage fall apart.

Crit­ics’ Week di­rec­tor Charles Tes­son said it in­cludes an “ex­tremely im­pres­sive” per­for­mance from Bri­tish ac­tress Carey Mul­li­gan, who was nom­i­nated for an Os­car for her per­for­mance in An Ed­u­ca­tion, the com­ing-of-age drama based on jour­nal­ist Lynn Bar­ber’s best­selling mem­oir.

“Paul Dano shows him­self to be a true cineaste in his first fea­ture film,” Tes­son told AFP, “a pro­foundly hu­man por­trait at the dis­in­te­gra­tion of an Amer­i­can fam­ily... done with el­e­gant clas­si­cism.”

The par­al­lel event for first- and sec­ond-time di­rec­tors, which

starts on May 9, the day af­ter the main Cannes fes­ti­val, also fea­tures a par­ody of the life of a su­per­star soc­cer player not un­like Cristiano Ron­aldo called Dia­mantino.

Al­though its Por­tugese-Amer­i­can co-di­rec­tor Gabriel Abrantes has said that the film is “not re­ally about” the Real Madrid star, Tes­son said the “de­light­ful off-the-wall” com­edy would ring bells with soc­cer fans.

Un­like the main fes­ti­val, which has been crit­i­cized for its dearth of fe­male tal­ent, Crit­ics’ Week is dom­i­nated by films by and about women.

While only three of the 18 films com­pet­ing for the top Palme d’Or prize are by women, they make up the ma­jor­ity in the Crit­ics’ Week com­pe­ti­tion.

In­dian di­rec­tor Ro­hena Gera turns the ro­man­tic com­edy on its head in her first fea­ture, Sir, Tes­son said, a mas­ter-ser­vant love story that shakes class and caste taboos star­ring ris­ing Bol­ly­wood ac­tress Til­lotama Shome.

One Day by the Hun­gar­ian Zsofia Szi­lagyi fol­lows the manic day of an over­stretched work­ing mother try­ing to hold her own and her fam­ily’s life to­gether, while Woman at War is the “funny and stir­ring” story of an Ice­landic en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist.

Young doc­u­men­tary-maker Anja Kofmel in­ves­ti­gates the mur­der of her cousin, a jour­nal­ist who was killed dur­ing the wars in the for­mer Yu­goslavia, in her film, Chris the Swiss, which is partly an­i­mated. The world’s big­gest film fes­ti­val

runs from May 8 to 19.

Photo: IC

Paul Dano

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