Unifrance Critics Lab participant Alexandra Slater and Screen International’s reviews editor and chief critic Fionnuala Halligan discuss this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which wraps tomorrow (May 28), and the state of French cinema.

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Slater was one of four up-and-coming UK and US film journalists selected for the inaugural Unifrance Critics Lab, devised to strengthen the ties between English-speaking film critics and French industry, as well as give festival access to up-and-coming freelance film writers.

The journalists were selected by four senior film critics who attend Cannes each year; Halligan; The Los Angeles Times’ Justin Chang, Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson and IndieWire’s Eric Kohn.

Slater is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from Manchester who has written about social justice issues surrounding homelessness and housing for the non-profit media publication, The Meteor. As a film critic, she is passionate about exploring the link between feminism and film, with a particular interest in looking at the progression of female representation in the horror genre. Her writing has been published in BFI, Screen International and Little White Lies.

The other selected writers were Juan Barquin, Ryan Coleman and Aramide A. Tinubu.