Después de Lucía wins at Un Certain Regard
by Fabien Lemercier
26/05/2012 - This evening at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, Tim Roth's jury awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize to Mexican director Michel Franco for his hard-hitting film Después de Lucía (lit. "After Lucia" - read the review). The winning film is Franco's second feature after he was first noticed at the Directors' Fortnight in 2009 with Daniel y Ana. It is co-produced by French production company Stromboli Films and sold internationally by Bac Films.
A Special Jury Prize went to Franco-Belgian co-production Le grand soir [trailer] by French anarchist libertarian duo Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern (review - international sales by Funny Balloons).
The jury also chose to award two actresses. The first award went to Belgian actress Emilie Dequenne for her performance in the moving Our Children [trailer, film focus] by fellow Belgian director Joachim Lafosse (read the review), a co-production between Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and Switzerland sold internationally by Les Films du Losange.
The second award went to Quebecer actress Suzanne Clément, who held the lead role in Canadian-French co-production Laurence Anyways [trailer] by the ambitious Xavier Dolan (review - international sales by MK2).
Finally, a special mention went to Children of Sarajevo [trailer, film focus] by Aida Begic (read the review), a film co-produced by Bosnia-Herzegovina, Turkey, Germany, and France, for which Pyramide is leading international sales.
(Translated from French)