21 April 2017 3:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Cannes Film Festival’ Critics Week, the parallel section dedicated to first and second films, will open this year with “Sicilian Ghost Story” from Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, the Italian director duo whose debut “Salvo” had won the Grand Prize in 2013.

Speaking to Variety, Critics’ Week’s topper Charles Tesson described the film as a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ tale set against the contemporary backdrop of the Sicilian mafia world. The film, which is also politically-engaged, weaves teen drama, crime thriller and supernatural elements, Tesson said.

Sicilian Ghost Story” follows a young girl who refuses to cope with the disappearance of her lover and strives, guided by her visions, to break the prevailing omerta.

Echoing Cannes’ official selection, the lineup of this 56th edition of Critics Week will have a definite political edge.

One of the most politically-charged works to compete at Critics Week is an animated feature, Ali Soozandeh »

- Elsa Keslassy

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