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CANNES 2012 Critics' Week

Aquí y allá wins Grand Prize

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- Spanish filmmaker Antonio Méndez Esparza's feature debut wins at the Critics' Week. The Visionary Prize goes to Sofia's Last Ambulance.

Aquí y allá wins Grand Prize

Led by director Bertrand Bonello, the jury for the 51st Critics' Week in Cannes has awarded its 2012 Grand Prize to Aquí y allá [+see also:
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interview: Pedro Hernández
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by Spanish filmmaker Antonio Méndez Esparza (read the review). This calm, profound, and delicate first feature was shot in Mexico (the film was co-produced by Mexico and the United States) and is sold internationally by French agency Alpha Violet.

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The brand new Visionary Prize, whose jury was led by director Céline Sciamma, was awarded to the documentary Sofia's Last Ambulance [+see also:
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trailer
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by Bulgarian filmmaker Ilian Metev (read the review - co-produced by Germany, Croatia, and Bulgaria).

Finally, the SACD (Society of Authors, Directors and Composers) Prize went to Israeli-French co-production God's Neighbours [+see also:
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(review) while Argentinian feature Los Salvajes by Alejandro Fadel won ACIS/CCAS Distribution Support.

2012 winners

Feature films

Grand Prize:
Aquí y allá - Antonio Méndez Esparza (ES/MX/US)

Visionary Prize:
Sofia's Last Ambulance - Ilian Metev (DE/HR/BG))

SACD Prize:
God's Neighbours - Meni Yaesh (IL/FR)

ACID/CCAS Distribution Support:
Los Salvajes - Alejandro Fadel (AR)

Short films

Discovery Award:
A Sunday Morning - Damien Manivel (FR)

Special Mention:
O Duplo - Juliana Rojas (BR)

Canal+ Award:
Circle Line - Shin Suwon (KR)

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(Translated from French)

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