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Jonas Alexander Arnby's first feature WHEN ANIMALS DREAM is selected for the Cannes Festival's Semaine de la Critique.

Written by: DFI

Jonas Arnby Alexander's feature debut WHEN ANIMALS DREAM is among the seven films to compete in Semaine de la Critique, the Cannes Festival's sidebar for first and second features, as announced today by the series' artistic director Charles Tesson.

In 2010, two Danish films took home the Grand Prix main awards in Semaine de la Critique – Janus Metz's documentary "Armadillo" and, in the short film category, Daniel Joseph Borgman's "Berik".

Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen and Sonja Richter play the lead roles in WHEN ANIMALS DREAM, a story about a young girl, Marie, who lives in an isolated village on a small island on the west coast of Denmark. Marie's mother is seriously ill, suffering from an unknown disease, and Marie's father tries to make life as normal as possible for the small family. On the surface, everything seems fine, and yet Marie can't help feeling that her father is hiding something from her about her mother's illness.

Director Jonas Alexander Arnby graduated from the alternative film school Super16 and has directed music videos and short fiction.

Already announced for this year's Cannes Festival is Kristian Levring's "The Salvation", participating in the Official Selection.