The Roche-sur-Yon Film Festival crowns Have a Nice Day
by Fabien Lemercier
- The Grand Prix has gone to the Chinese animated film, while a Special Prize was bestowed upon Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name and a Special Mention upon Winter Brothers
China has tasted victory at the eighth La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival, as the international jury’s Grand Prix was bestowed upon the animated film Have a Nice Day by Liu Jian. The feature, which was premiered in competition at Berlin and was removed from the programme of the Annecy Film Festival after the Chinese authorities exerted pressure on the gathering, is being sold by Memento Films.
The Special Jury Prize from the international jury went to Call Me by Your Name [+see also:
Q&A: Luca Guadagnino
film profile] by Italy’s Luca Guadagnino (which came out in the UK on Friday after a long and successful festival run that kicked off at the Sundance Film Festival, and which will be distributed in France from 17 January by Sony Pictures Releasing) and a Special Mention was granted to Winter Brothers [+see also:
interview: Hlynur Pálmason
film profile] by Iceland’s Hlynur Pálmason (which won multiple trophies following its premiere at Locarno, including the Best Actor Award and the Europa Cinemas Label – set to be released in France on 21 February 2018 via Arizona Distribution).
The competitive New Waves section (dedicated to movies exploring new filmmaking forms, with no constraints in terms of genre or running time) gave its top prize to the documentary Taste of Cement [+see also:
film profile] by Ziad Kalthoum (which was previously a winner at Visions du Réel, and was produced by Germany, Lebanon, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar).
Lastly, we should mention the Trajectories Award, which the jury of secondary-school students handed to Borg/McEnroe [+see also:
film profile] by Denmark’s Janus Metz (due to be released in France on 8 November, courtesy of Pretty Pictures), and the Audience Award, which was won by Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri [+see also:
film profile] by British director Martin McDonagh (set to come out in French theatres on 17 January via Twentieth Century Fox France).
Here is the full list of winners:
Have a Nice Day – Liu Jian (China)
Special Mention of the New Waves Jury
Os humores artificiais – Gabriel Abrantes (Portugal) (short film)
(Translated from French)
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