Un Certain Regard crowns The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki
by Fabien Lemercier
- CANNES 2016: The feature debut by Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen has come out on top; honourable mentions for The Stopover, Harmonium and The Red Turtle
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki [+see also:
interview: Juho Kuosmanen
film profile], the feature debut by Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen, has won the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, handed out by the jury chaired by Marthe Keller. Produced by Aamu Film Company, and co-produced by Germany and Sweden, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki is being sold abroad by French sales agent Les Films du Losange.
The Jury Prize was bestowed upon Harmonium [+see also:
film profile] by Japanese director Kôji Fukada (co-produced by France via Comme des Cinémas and sold by MK2), while the Best Director Award went to the US film Captain Fantastic by Matt Ross.
The Best Screenplay Award was handed to French filmmakers Delphine and Muriel Coulin for The Stopover [+see also:
interview: Delphine and Muriel Coulin
film profile]. This second feature by the pair of directors was produced by Archipel 35 and co-produced by Arte France Cinéma and Greek outfit Blonde Audiovisual Prouductions. The international sales are handled by Films Distribution.
Last of all, an Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize was given to the animated movie The Red Turtle [+see also:
film profile], the feature debut by Dutch-British filmmaker Michael Dudok de Wit, who wrote the screenplay with Pascale Ferran. The producers include Wild Bunch (which is also selling the film overseas), Why Not Productions, Arte France Cinéma, Prima Linea Productions, CN4 Productions, Japan’s Studio Ghibli and Belgium’s Belvision.
Here is the full list of award winners:
Best Director Award
Matt Ross – Captain Fantastic
(Translated from French)