Till yesterday Cannes was cloudy, rainy and windy with people reaching for their umbrellas and jackets. But now the sun is out shining brightly. But it has started raining awards as one section after another began announcing the award winning films.
The Critics’ Week, the competition for the first and second films of the directors honoured the Indian film SIR, directed by Rohena Gera starring Tillottma Shome and Vivek Gomber with GAN Foundation for Cinema. The award carries Euros 20,000 for the French distributor Diaphana for distributing the film in the country. For Vivek, after Court, attending film festivals and winning awards would have become a second nature.
Nespresso Grand Prize consisting of Euros 15,000 to the director went to Portugal/Brazil coproduction DIAMANTINO by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt. The film deals with the story of fallen soccer star Diamantino.
The Leica Cine Discovery Prize was conferred on the Greek film HECTOR MALOT: The Last Day of the Year by Jacqueline Lentzou. The award carries an endowment of Euros 4000.
For the very first time, La Semaine de la Critique jury presented the Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award to an actor or actress from one of the competition's seven feature films. This award aims to highlight the performer's work in one of their first appearances on the silver screen or in a particularly notable role in their career. The award carries a cash component of Euros 6500 for the winner and was conferred on Felix Maritaud for his performance in the French film SAUVAGE.
The SACD (Authors' Society) supports festivals that promote new authors like La Semaine de la Critique through the funds generated by the private copy. The SACD Award is given to one of the seven feature films in competition. The SACD award went to the Iceland/Ukraine coproduction WOMEN AT WAR by Benedikt Erlingsson. The award winning author will receive a cash prize of Euros 5000.
The Canal Plus award for the short film went to the Algerian film 'A Wedding Day'.
Un Certain Regard, the prestigious main section of the festival also announced the awards today. The Uncertain Regard Grand Prize went to the Sweden/Denmark coproduction Border directed by Ali Abbasi. It is a story about a customs officer who smells contraband and suspicious looking people and is about out of this world characters.
The debut film Sofia by Meryem Benm’barek depicting the Moroccan story of an unwedded mother won the prize for Best Screenplay. Another debut feature Girl by Lukas Dhont beautifully portraying the mental and physical problems of gender change was awarded the prize for Best Performance and was conferred on Victor Polster. Best Director Award went to Sergei Loznitsa for his film DONBASs about the killings and robberies perpetrated by the separatist gangs in Eastern Ukraine.
In the meantime, Cinefondation Jury headed by Betrand Bonello conferred the Cinefondation Best Prize on the Summer of the Electric Lion by Diego CÉSPEDES from the University of Chile. The Second Prize was shared by Calendar by Igor POPLAUHIN from the School of New Cinema, Russia and THE STORMS IN OUR BLOOD by SHEN Di from Shanghai Theatre Academy, China. The Third Prize went to Inanimate by Lucia BULGHERONI from NFTS, UK.
We are all waiting for more sun shine and Palm d’or winner.
Un Certain Regards Awards Function
Cannes 2018 - Diamantino still
Cannes 2018 - Border still