The Jean Vigo Award goes to Eat Your Bones
by Fabien Lemercier
- Unveiled at Cannes, the hard-hitting film by Jean-Charles Hue has been inducted into the prize list of an award that values originality and potential
It is a prize that honours the independent spirit, stylistic originality and potential of a filmmaker: the 63rd Jean Vigo Award has been bestowed upon Eat Your Bones [+see also:
film profile] by Jean-Charles Hue (read the review). The jury, comprising former winners, critics and exhibitors, was won over by “the pace and the aesthetic energy with which this immersion in a community never before seen in films crosses the power of a documentary, and the physical and metaphysical elements of film noir and of a rite-of-passage western”.
Revealed last month at the Directors’ Fortnight of the 67th Cannes Festival, Eat Your Bones is the director’s second feature, after La BM du Seigneur [+see also:
film profile] (2011). Produced by Thierry Lounas for Capricci Films (which will distribute the film in French theatres, most likely from 25 September, and will handle international sales), the movie was pre-purchased by Ciné+ and was backed by an advance on receipts from the CNC, the Centre region of France and Sofica Cofinova.
Capricci Films currently has Pasolini by Abel Ferrara in post-production, and has recently managed the French distribution of After the Night [+see also:
interview: Basil da Cunha
film profile] by Portuguese director Basil Da Cunha and Story of My Death [+see also:
interview: Albert Serra
film profile] by Spaniard Albert Serra, among other titles.
Interestingly, the Short Film Jean Vigo Award 2014 went to Inupiluk by Sébastien Betbeder (Envie de Tempête Productions), a 34-minute film that won the Audience Award in the national competition at the last Clermont-Ferrand Festival.
(Translated from French)