The Colombian film Gente de bien (pictured), the directorial debut feature by Franco Lolli has been announced today as the only Latin American film competing at Cannes' parallel section International Critics' Week.
Set in Cali, Lolli's family drama focus on a 10-year-old boy who is abandoned by his mother and finds himself living with his father, a modest handyman who works for an upper-class household. In the lineup announcement Charles Tesson, director of the Critics' Week said that the Colombian film was reminiscent Yasujiro Ozu's I Was Born, But… in its portrayal of a young boy discovering social inequality.
Lolli studied filmmaking at France's La Femis, and his second short film Rodri, played at Cannes' Directors' Fotnight in 2012. The scrip for Gente de bien participated at Cannes' Cinefondation Residence.
The 53rd edition of the Critics' Week will take place May 15-23 in Cannes, France.