Sunday, May 28, 2017

70th Festival de Cannes Award Winners

By Jose Alberto Hermosillo
Palm d'Or Winner The Square by Ruben Östlund, Photo Jose Hermosillo © Festival in LA 2017
The 70th Festival de Cannes Award Winners had many surprises, here is the complete list:   

COMPETITION
Palme d’Or:
“The Square” (Ruben Östlund)
70th Anniversary Award: Nicole Kidman
Grand Prix: “BPM (Beats Per Minute)” (Robin Campillo)
Director: Sofia Coppola, “The Beguiled”
Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, “You Were Never Really Here”
Actress: Diane Kruger, “In the Fade”
Jury Prize: “Loveless” (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Screenplay — TIE: 
“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou) and
“You Were Never Really Here” (Lynne Ramsay).
© Bronx (Paris).Photo: Claudia Cardinale © Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images
Camera d’Or: 
“Jeune femme” (Montparnasse-Bienvenüe) (Léonor Serraille)
Short Films Palme d’Or: “Xiao Cheng Er Yue” (Qiu Yang)
Short Films Special Mention: “Katto” (Teppo Airaksinen)
Golden Eye Documentary Prize: “Faces Places” (Visages Villages) (Agnès Varda, JR)
Ecumenical Jury Prize: “Radiance” (Naomi Kawase)
UN CERTAIN REGARD
Un Certain Regard Award: 
“A Man of Integrity,” Mohammad Rasoulof
Best Director: Taylor Sheridan, “Wind River”
Jury Prize: Michel Franco, “April’s Daughter”
Best Performance: Jasmine Trinca, “Fortunata”
Award for Poetry of Cinema: Mathieu Amalric, “Barbara”
DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT
Art Cinema Award: “The Rider” (Chloe Zhao)
Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize — TIE: 
“Lover for a Day” (Philippe Garrel) and
“Let the Sunshine In” (Claire Denis)
Europa Cinemas Label: “A Ciambra” (Jonas Carpignano)

CRITICS’ WEEK
Grand Prize: “Makala” (Emmanuel Gras)
Visionary Prize: “Gabriel and the Mountain” (Felipe Barbosa)
Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize: “Ava” (Léa Mysius)

FIPRESCI
Competition: “BPM (Beats Per Minute)”
Un Certain Regard: “Closeness” (Kantemir Balagov)
Directors’ Fortnight: “The Nothing Factory” (Pedro Pinho).

CINEFONDATION

FIRST PRIZE

PAUL EST LÀ (Paul Is Here) directed by Valentina MAUREL
INSAS, Belgium
SECOND PRIZE
HEYVAN (AniMal) directed by Bahram & Bahman ARK
Iranian National School of Cinema, Iran
THIRD PRIZE
DEUX ÉGARÉS SONT MORTS (Two Youths Died) directed by Tommaso USBERTI
La Fémis, France
The CST Jury decided to award the VULCAIN PRIZE FOR ARTIST-TECHNICIAN to: 
Josefin ASBERG for her remarkable artistic contribution to match the inventiveness of the film 
THE SQUARE.
Palme d’Or: “The Square” (Ruben Östlund)
Best Screenplay — TIE: 
“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (Yorgos Lanthimos).
Jury Prize:“April’s Daughters” (Michel Franco).

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Mexico Wins Jury Prize Award Un Certain Regard in Cannes 2017

By Jose Alberto Hermosillo
Jury and Winners of  Un Certain Regard © Christophe Bouillon/FDC Cannes, 2017
The members of the Jury awarded the Un Certain Regard prizes on May 27, 2017. The films competing in this section were 18 from 22 countries, including some co-productions.

The Awards in this section are a preamble to what will be honored at the big ceremony for the Official Selection Awards, Sunday evening.

American actress Uma Thurman, the president of the jury and the prestigious members were internationally represented by director Mohamed Diab from Egypt, French actor Reda Kateb, Belgium director Joachim Lafosse, and the artistic director of Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Karel Och from the Czech Republic.
The Mexican production awarded the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section, "Las Hijas de Abril (APRIL’S DAUGHTERS)" is directed by Michel Franco ("Chronic"), produced by Gabriel Ripstein ("600 Miles") and Lorenzo Vigas ("Desde Allá). The cast includes Spanish actress Emma Suárez from "Julieta," Enrique Arrizon and Joanna Larequi. The film was shot in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Director Michel Franco and film critic Jose A. Hermosillo © Festival in LA

Michel Franco previously won the best screenplay award in the Official Selection of the Festival in 2015 for "Chronic" and the Un Certain Regard award for "After Lucia" in 2012.

© Bronx (Paris). Photo: Claudia Cardinale © Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images
THE UN CERTAIN REGARD AWARDS WERE:

“UN CERTAIN REGARD” PRIZE

PRIZE FOR BEST ACTRESS
Jasmine Trinca for "Fortunata" by Sergio Castellitto, ITALY.
PRIZE FOR THE BEST POETIC NARRATIVE
Barbara de Mathieu Amalric, FRANCE.
PRIZE FOR BEST DIRECTION
Taylor Sheridan for "Wind River," UNITED STATES.
JURY PRIZE
"Las Hijas de Abril (APRIL’S DAUGHTER)" by Michel Franco, MEXICO.
Mexican Actors and Filmmakers © Alberto Rizzou, Getty Images, Cannes 2017
During the 70th Anniversary celebration, the Mexican representation caused a big commotion on Social Media when filmmakers and actors came together for a photo opportunity on the red carpet. Variety magazine called them "Mexico's Dream Team!" 

All of them have won and were nominated for many awards including Oscars, Golden Globes, Palm d’Or, BAFTAS and more.

These artists are the most famous Mexicans in the film industry, Salma Hayek who was a jury member a few years back, actor and director Diego Luna, actor and producer Gael Garcia Bernal, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, cinematographer Emmanuel 'Chivo' Lubezki, Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón.

The afterparty was phenomenal, the Mariachi Band was provided by Salma Hayek and everybody sang, drank tequila, and partied Mexican style.