60th anniversary of Cannes Critic’s week in Prague

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
300MCCW credit 2 60 seminar hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 5 to 15 hours of self-study English winter

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Since 1962, when it was created by the Syndicat Français de la Critique de Cinéma, la Semaine de la Critique, a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, has been dedicated to the discovery of young cinematographic talents, by honouring their first and second feature films. Ousmane Sembene, Jacques Audiard, Ken Loach, François Ozon, Wong Kar Wai and more recently César Augusto Acevedo, Julia Ducournau, David R. Mitchell, Santiago Mitre, Jeff Nichols and Rebecca Zlotowski have all been revealed at La Semaine de la Critique.

On the occasion of its sixtieth anniversary, La Semaine de la Critique travels to all continents to present the films selected in recent years to audiences around the world and to raise awareness among the younger generation about the challenges of film criticism to guide the viewer in the age of new media.

Venue: KINO 35 Institut français de Prague, Štěpánská 644/35, 110 00 Praha 1, https://kino35.ifp.cz/


Friday 21. 10. 2022

14:00 RIEN A FOUTRE de Julie Lecoustre et Emmanuel Marre avec Adèle Exarchopoulos

Cassandre, 26 years old, is a flight attendant in a low-cost airline. Living from day to day, she goes from flight to flight and party to party, faithful to her Tinder nickname „Carpe Diem“. Until an incident forces her to reconnect with the world.

16:30 – 18:30 Workshop on film criticism led by Miquel Escudero Dieguez, and presentation of the editorial line and film selection of the Critics' Week, with the students of FAMU, and Charles University of Prague.

In English

19:00 Screenings, presentation, Q&A in English by Miquel Escudero Diéguez, Semaine de la Critique and David Havas, Prague Cinémathèque

Red Shoes (Rudé boty) Short movie by Anna Podskalska (14’), FAMU

La vie des Morts Arnaud Desplechin with Marianne Denicourt, Emmanuelle Devos

Patrick, twenty years old, tried to end his life. While he is hospitalized, in a coma, the four branches of his family meet in a bourgeois house in the north of France.

Participation is mandatory on October 21, 2022 for the entire program for awarding the credit.

The program continues on October 22, 2022, in which participation is no longer mandatory. If students are interested in attending the screenings on this day, they can secure entry by 17:00 on October 20 by filling out this form: https://forms.office.com/r/Z9frpkZQfk

Saturday 22.10. 2022, capacity 50 seats

18:30 La vie des morts de Arnaud Desplechin

20:00 Rien à foutre de Julie Lecoustre et Emmanuel Marre avec avec Adèle Exarchopoulos

Learning outcomes

Students will get a better understanding of Critics Week's curatorial strategy.

Prerequisites and other requirements




Critics' Week has been held since 1962 under the auspices of the French Association of Film Critics as a parallel section of the Cannes International Film Festival. It does not focus on the length or genre of films but seeks to encourage the first film attempts of talented filmmakers from all over the world.

Filmmakers such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Leos Carax, Ken Loach, Jacques Audiard, François Ozon, and Gaspar Noé got their start here. What is most interesting is the way in which the section works with the selected filmmakers over the long term - Critics' Week also acts as an incubator, helping filmmakers to develop their next projects.


Miquel Escudero Diéguez is a programmer and film critic, member of the selection committee of La Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes Film Festival (2020-22). As programmer he worked with the Entrevues Festival in Belfort (2020 and 2021), as well as with Cinechilex, the association of Chilean filmmakers and foreign artists, where he works with filmmaker Pamela Varela. He has been a reader and consultant for projects, La Fabrique Cinémas du Monde de l’Institut français, the Rawi Screenwriters Lab of the Royal Film Commission of. His articles are published in magazines such as Sofilm (France and Spain), Dirigido Por and Caimán Cuadernos de Cine.

Evaluation methods and criteria

Participation is mandatory on October 21, 2022 for the entire program for awarding the credit.

Participation is not mandatory on October 22, 2022.

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Contact person: Andrea Petrovičová, andrea.petrovicova@famu.cz, tel.: +420 234 244 339

Further information

This course is an elective for all students of this school

Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
21.10.2022 14:00–20:30 David ČENĚK
The module will take place: KINO 35 Institut français de Prague, Štěpánská 644/35, 110 00 Praha 1. lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans