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Jeff Nichols - Take Shelter

The Critics' Week is the first parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival. Each year, for the last 50 years, it has been discovering new young film makers.


The Critics’ Week

Created in 1962 by the French Syndicate of Film Critics, the Critics’ Week awards the 1st and 2nd feature films by young directors. This year the jury awarded the Critics’ Week Nespresso Grand Prize to the director and writer Jeff Nichols, for his film Take Shelter. An experimental film telling the story of a man grappling with terrifying and supernatural hallucinations, which will change his life and that of his family. Jeff Nichols, a young 32 year old director, was here directing his 2nd feature film, after Shotgun Stories, released in 2008. Receiving the Critics’ Week Nespresso Grand Prize is for him a token of gratitude and trust, the proof that his work as a director is appreciated and recognised by the world of cinema and by the public.

Take Shelter by Jeff Nichols

Coming from Little Rock, a small town in Arkansas, Jeff Nichols loves to create rural American communities. He films their daily life, the habits, their concerns, their angst, with a simplicity and unique aesthetic which channels his ideas. Take Shelter plunges us from the very beginning into a strange and disturbing atmosphere, at the heart of the Arkansas plains. In this mix of genres, between fantasy film and psychological drama, Jeff Nichols makes us afraid, but above all speaks to us about love and commitment, with the background of the American economic crisis.

Nespresso and cinema

For Nespresso, partner of the Critics’ Week, supporting young talent in the world of cinema comes naturally. The taste of elegance and refinement, artistic and aesthetic research, the desire to portray emotions across images, curves, lines, a point of view, unique flavours…that’s an integral part of the Nespresso culture.



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