Australian filmmaker Rodd Rathjen's short film Tau Seru has been selected in Competition at the 52nd Semaine de la Critique (Critics' Week) at the Cannes Film Festival, which will run from May 16 to 24.
Writer/director/producer Rathjen is a Victorian College of the Arts graduate, who collaborated with Indian producers to make the film in the Himalayas. Tau Seru stars Deskong Namgyal Nurla and (co-producer) Tashi Wangail, and tells the story of a nomad whose curiosity extends beyond the horizon.
“When we were shooting in the Himalayas and couldn't breathe because of the altitude I think we were all feeling that we had bitten off more than we could chew. Everybody worked really hard so to share the news about Cannes is very satisfying,” said Rodd Rathjen upon hearing of the selection for Critics' Week.
French director Mia Hansen-Love will preside over the Jury to select the winners of 2013 Critics' Week. The full list of films in contention for prizes is as follows:
Salvo Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza (Italy/France)
The Lunchbox Dabba Ritesh Batra (India/France/Germany)
For Those in Peril Paul Wright (UK)
Le Démantèlement (The Dismantlement) Sébastien Pilote (Canada)
Nos héros sont morts ce soir David Perrault (France)
Los Dueños Agustin Toscano & Ezequiel Radusky (Argentina)
The Major Yury Bykov (Russia)
Vikingar Magali Magistry (France/Iceland)
Agit Pop Nicolas Pariser (France)
Pátio Ali Muritiba (Brazil)
Come and Play (Komm und Spiel) Daria Belova (Germany)
The Opportunist David Lassiter (USA)
Pleasure Ninja Thyberg (Sweden)
Océan Emmanuel Laborie (France)
Tau Seru Rodd Rathjen (India/Australia)
La lampe au beurre de Yak HU Wei (China/France)
Breathe me HAN Eun-young (South Korea)