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Leica Camera AG returns for the second year as official partner of ‘La Semaine de la Critique’ du Festival de Cannes 2017

Leica Camera and its affiliate CW Sonderoptic are proud to congratulate the winners of the La Semaine de la Critique short film competition and recipient of the 'Leica Cine Discovery' prize for the second time in succession. “LOS DESHEREDADOS” by filmmaker Laura Ferrés was awarded the top honors by the jury and will receive the 4,000 euros prize. More about the film here.

The ‘La Semaine de la Critique’ (taking place from 18 to 26 May 2017) focuses on the work of young and innovative filmmakers and is considered to be one of the world’s most influential film festivals. As in the previous year, Leica Camera AG and its affiliate, CW Sonderoptic GmbH, has been awarding the ‘Leica Cine Discovery Prize’ to express their commitment to supporting and promoting young talents. In the course of the festival, the two companies has beeen presenting the prize with a cash value of 4,000 euros to the best newcomer in the category ‘Short Film’ on 25 May 2017.

‘Following last year’s success, we are particularly pleased to be able to return to this year’s prestigious ‘La Semaine de la Critique’ film festival in the role of Official Partner 2017. The promotion and support of young talents in the fields of photography and moving pictures has always been close to our hearts. Awarding the ‘Leica Cine Discovery Prize’ to outstanding newcomers expresses our particular appreciation of their work’, explains Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the supervisory board of Leica Camera AG.

Gerhard Baier, Managing Director of CW Sonderoptic GmbH: ‘Our Leica Cine lenses enable camera operators and creative cinematographers to transfer the extraordinary image quality and iconic look of Leica photography to the medium of moving pictures. For us‚ ‘La Semaine de la Critique‘ is a wonderful opportunity to come into direct contact with young talents of the film industry from all cultural backgrounds and exchange views on the future of moving pictures.’

All films of the festival shot on Leica Summilux-C lenses:






Screening Schedule

Un Certain Regard


Gyorgy Kristof

Gergely Pohárnok

Fr, 26, 2:00 PM

In Competition


Jacques Doillon

Christophe Beaucarne

Wednesday, 24th, 4:00 PM

Un Certain Regard


Sergio Castellitto

Gian Filippo Corticelli

sun, 21st, 2:00 PM and 9:30 PM

Un Certain Regard


Michel Franco

Yves Cape

sat,20th, 2:15 PM and Thr, 25th, 2:00 PM

Out of Competition


Roman Polanski

Pawel Edelman

sat,27th, 8:30 AM, 2:30 PM, 7 PM

Feature Films


Bruno Dumont

Guillaume Deffontaines

sun, 21st,  8:45 AM and 7:45 PM

Special screenings

Sicilian Ghost Story

Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza

Luca Bigazzi

Th, 18th, 8:30 AM, 7:00 PM

Un Certain Regard


Mathieu Amalric

Christophe Beaucarne

Th, 18th, 7:30 PM and Fr, 2:45 PM

You can find more information about the ‘La Semaine de la Critique’ here.

Laura Ferrés