The Critics’ Week Grand Prize goes to Mimosas
by Fabien Lemercier
- CANNES 2016: Spanish director Óliver Laxe’s film emerges triumphant in the Critics’ Week; the Visionary Award goes to Albüm by Turkey’s Mehmet Can Mertoglu
Chaired by French filmmaker Valérie Donzelli, the jury of the 55th Critics’ Week of the 69th Cannes Film Festival has awarded the 2016 Grand Prize to Mimosas [+see also:
interview: Oliver Laxe
film profile] by Spaniard Óliver Laxe. The second feature by the filmmaker was produced by Zeitun Films, and co-produced by Morocco, Qatar and France (via Rouge International). UFO Distribution will take care of the French release, while international sales are managed by Paris-based firm Luxbox.
Meanwhile, the Visionary Award went to Albüm [+see also:
interview: Mehmet Can Mertoglu
film profile] by Turkey’s Mehmet Can Mertoglu. Produced by Turkey (Kamara), and co-produced by Romania (Parada Film) and France via ASAP Films and Arte France Cinéma, and with backing from Eurimages, this feature debut will be distributed in France by Le Pacte and is being sold abroad by German sales agent The Match Factory.
The Gan Foundation Award for Distribution was given to Sophie Dulac Distribution, which will bring out One Week and a Day by Israeli director Asaph Polonsky in France. Interestingly, the SACD Award singled out Davy Chou and Claire Maugendre, the co-writers of Diamond Island [+see also:
film profile] (produced by French outfit Aurora Films, and co-produced by Cambodia, Germany, Thailand and Qatar – French distribution and international sales courtesy of Les Films du Losange).
Lastly, in terms of the short films, the Discovery Prize was bestowed upon Prenjak by Indonesia’s Wregas Bhanuteja, and L'Enfance du chef by French director Antoine de Bary was crowned with the Canal+ Award.
The awards list:
Gan Foundation Award for Distribution
Sophie Dulac Distribution (One Week and a Day - Asaph Polonsky)
Leica Cine Discovery Prize for short films
Prenjak - Wregas Bhanuteja
Canal+ Award for short films
L'Enfance d'un chef - Antonie de Bary
(Translated from French)