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CANNES 2016 Directors' Fortnight/Awards

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The Fortnight's Europa Cinemas Label goes to Mercenary

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- CANNES 2016: The feature debut by French filmmaker Sacha Wolff has been crowned as the best European film in the Directors' Fortnight

The Fortnight's Europa Cinemas Label goes to Mercenary
Toki Pilioko in Mercenary

French director Sacha Wolff's career has got off to a flying start with his debut feature, Mercenary [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Sacha Wolff
film profile
]
, unveiled in the 48th Directors' Fortnight of the 69th Cannes Film Festival, and which has now won the Europa Cinemas Label (handed out by a jury of exhibitors to the best European film in the parallel section). This original and hard-hitting film recounting the misfortunes of a young Wallisian in the world of French professional rugby was produced by Claire Bodechon for Timshel Productions and by Jean Bréhat for 3B Productions; it was co-produced by Arte France Cinéma. Its French distribution will be handled by Ad Vitam, while the international sales are managed by Be For Films.

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Also given out to a film in the Directors' Fortnight, the SACD Prize went to The Together Project [+see also:
film review
trailer
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]
by late director Solveig Anspach (executive-produced by Ex Nihilo, set to be distributed in France on 29 June by Le Pacte, which is also in charge of the international sales), with a Special Mention for Divines [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Houda Benyamina
film profile
]
by Houda Benyamina (produced by Easy Tiger, co-produced by France 2 Cinéma, backed by the CNC's advance on receipts – distributed in France by Diaphana and international sales entrusted to German company Films Boutique).

Lastly, the Art Cinema Award (handed out by CICAE) singled out the Danish production Wolf and Sheep [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Shahrbanoo Sadat
film profile
]
by Afghan director Shahrbanoo Sadat, which is being sold by Alpha Violet.

Here is the complete list of award winners:

Europa Cinemas Label
Mercenary [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Sacha Wolff
film profile
]
– Sacha Wolff

SACD Prize
The Together Project [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
– Solveig Anspach
Special Mention
Divines [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Houda Benyamina
film profile
]
– Houda Benyamina

Art Cinema Award
Wolf and Sheep
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Shahrbanoo Sadat
film profile
]
– Shahrbanoo Sadat

Illy Prize
Chasse royale
– Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret
Special Mention
The Beast – Miroslav Sikavica

(Translated from French)

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