Border scoops the Un Certain Regard Award
by Fabien Lemercier
- CANNES 2018: Victory for the film by Danish director Ali Abbasi. Girl scoops the Award for Best Performance, while Sofia, Donbass and The Dead and the Others are also victorious
Border [+see also:
interview: Ali Abbasi
film profile] by Danish director Ali Abbasi scooped the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, awarded by a jury chaired by Benicio del Toro (and supported by Annemarie Jacir, Kantemir Balagov, Virginie Ledoyen and Julie Huntsinger). A play on genres and sitting on the border between realism and fantasy, this Swedish production (Meta Spark & Kärnfilm AB) is being sold internationally by Films Boutique.
The Best Screenplay Award went to Meryem Benm'Barek for Sofia [+see also:
interview: Meryem Benm'Barek
film profile]. A French executive production by Curiosa Films and co-produced by the Belgian outfit Versus, this debut feature film is being sold internationally by Be For Films.
The Jury Prize for Best Performance went to Victor Polster for his performance in Girl [+see also:
interview: Lukas Dhont
film profile] by fellow Belgian Lukas Dhont. Produced by the Belgian company Minuet, and co-produced by Frakas Productions and the Dutch outfit Topkapi, this debut feature film is being sold by The Match Factory.
The Best Director Award went to Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa for Donbass [+see also:
film profile]. Produced by Ma.Ja.De Filmproduktions-GmbH (Germany), Arthouse Traffic (Ukraine), JBA Production (France), Graniet Film (the Netherlands), Wild at Art (the Netherlands), Atoms & Void (the Netherlands) and Digital Cube Post-Production (UK), Donbass is being sold internationally by Pyramide International.
A Special Jury Prize also went to The Dead and the Others [+see also:
film profile] directed by the duo composed of Portuguese director João Salaviza and Brazilian director Renée Nader Messora. This film was produced by Portuguese company Karõ Filmes along with Brazilian outfits Entrefilmes and Material Bruto. Sales are being handled by Luxbox.
Here is the full list of award winners:
(Translated from French)
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