"Ain’t Them Bodies Saints," the new movie from Dallas director and former Austinite David Lowery, has been picked for a special screening at the Critics’ Week sidebar in Cannes, festival directors announced Monday.

"Ain’t Them Bodies Saints" stars Casey Affleck as Bob Muldoon, a bank robber who’s married to Ruth (Rooney Mara). Ruth tries to create a new life for her and her daughter after Muldoon is sent to prison, but when Muldoon is released, her life becomes more complicated.

The movie premiered at Sundance, and the American-Statesman’s Matthew Odam had this to say about the film:

"Cinematographer Bradford Young renders this world that feels centuries, and not decades, old in dark and dusty hues. The slow, pacing of the movie that feels like an old country-blues song is a testament to Lowery’s confidence in his artistic vision. And just when the song feels like it will lose its breath and slump in the corner, it comes to attention, grabs a bottle of whiskey, breaks it over the bar and hell spills out like a slow-motion wash of blood.

"Lowery’s storytelling and eye for visuals is not the only thing that will garner attention. He gets excellent performances from Affleck and Rooney, proving himself a skilled hand at working with strong actors. In addition to "Saints," Lowery also worked on Sundance films "Pit Stop," as co-writer, and the wildly imaginative "Upstream Color," as editor."

Critics’ Week artistic director Charles Tesson told Variety that he and his committee chose to give the Texas-set Western a special screening rather than a competition slot to draw a spotlight on the pic. "We want to play ‘Saints’ over the weekend so that people who can only see a couple films get a chance to catch this one."

Critics’ Week begins May 16 with Katell Quilevere’s "Suzanne," starring Sara Forestier.

"Ain’t Them Bodies Saints" is the only U.S. film in Critics’ Week.