The "Semaine de la Critique" is the first of a total of six sections of the 54th Cannes Film Festival (9 - 20.05.2001) to make its film selection known. Germany is represented with a total of five titles in this sidebar's programme:
JÃ¶rg Wagner and Stefan Prehn's STAPLERFAHRER KLAUS - DER ERSTE ARBEITSTAG will take part in the short film competition. The directors, both of them well-known figures in the short film world, depict the "gruesome, but also instructional accidents" of a newly trained fork-lift truck driver - "a long overdue homage to the professional safety at work films". Running at just ten minutes, the work was produced by Trigon-Film, Hamburg.
As part of the special event "Discovery of the Year", Christian Petzold will once more present his film THE STATE I AM IN (DIE INNERE SICHERHEIT) which has received much acclaim both in Germany and abroad. "Discovery of the Year" was created only last year by the international film critics association FIPRESCI together with the "Semaine de la Critique" to regularly draw additional attention from the international professionals to one of the FIPRESCI prize-winners.
The "Short Film Night" of the Semaine de la Critique will see Percy Adlon presenting three of a total of 22 short films from his series FOREVER FLIRT (DIE STRAUSSKISTE): NIJINSKY AT THE LAUNDROMAT, THE AUTOGRAPH and TRIUMPH OF THE KISS. As with all of the other films in the series, the three works have the compositions of Johann Strauss jr. as a musical-thematic focus.
The "Semaine de la Critique" (10. -19.05.2001), which is organised under the auspices of the festival as an autonomous event by the French film critics' association Syndicat français de la critique de cinÃ©ma, is being held for the 40th time this year. Since last year, it has been under the direction of the Spanish-French film critic JosÃ© Maria Riba who has managed in a very short time to give this sidebar a completely new look.
The other sections of the Cannes Film Festival are announcing their selection on April 19th (Competition, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Junior, CinÃ©fondation) or on 26th April (Quinzaine des RÃ©alisateurs).