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Un Certain Regard

Text by: Rosslyn Hyams
3 min

A section of special importance at Cannes is Un Certain Regard, which runs from 13 to 22 May, when prizes are handed out. It's prestigious enough to satisfy the organisers when faced with a dilemma of where to place a new film by Manuel de Oliveira (O Estranho Caso de Angelica) in his 101st year, or Film Socialisme by French veteran Jean-Luc Godard.


Here's the rest of the selection for the competition Un Certain Regard:

  • Marti, Dupra Craciun (Tuesday, After Christmas) directed by Radu Muntean
  • Aurora directed by Cristi Puiu
  • Chatroom directed by Hideo Nakata
  • Unter Dir Die Stadt (The City Below) directed by Christoph Hochhäusler
  • Les Amours Imaginaires (Heartbeats) directed by Xavier Dolan
  • Pal Adrienn directed by Agnes Kocsis
  • R U There directed by David Verbeek
  • Hai Shang Chuan Qi (I Wish I Knew) directed by Jia Zhangke
  • Carancho directed by Pablo Trapero
  • Life, Above All directed by Olivier Schmitz
  • Blue Valentine directed by Derek Cianfrance
  • Los Labios (The Lips) directed by Ivan Fund, Santiago Loza
  • Udaan directed by Vikramaditya Motwane
  • Octubre (October) directed by Daniel Vega, Diego Vega
  • Simon Werner a disparu (Lights Out) directed by Fabrice Gobert
  • Rebecca H (Return to the Dogs) directed by Lodge Kerrigan
  • Hahaha directed by Hong Sangsoo

Eighteen films are lined up for a jury award, and four of them are in the running for the Camera d'Or for a first film.

With fewer jury members than for the official competition, one might mistakenly believe that Un Certain Regard faces an easier task.

However, the list of films for 2010 may prove just how tough this competition can be.

The woman who has her work cut out as chair/president of the jury for Un Certain Regard is screenwriter-director Claire Denis - first film Chocolat (1988 ).  She's made nine other films and her latest is called White Material (2009), which stars last year's Cannes official selection jury president, Isabelle Huppert.

Claire Denis is joined by journalist Patrick Ferla of Swiss Radio-Television, Kim Dong-Ho, the director of South Korea's renowned film Festival of Pusan, Helena Lindblad, film critic from the Danish newspaper Dagens Nyheter and Serge Toubiana who is the director of the Cinémathèque Française (The French national Cinematec in Paris).


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