The Critics’ Week closing ceremony took place yesterday. Back to the different winning films.
This year marked the sixty years of La Semaine de la Critique, which revealed many directors, and yesterday at 6 p.m. the awards ceremony for this section of the 74th Cannes Film Festival took place. A total of twenty-three films, shorts and mixed feature films were shown. The jury for this sixtieth edition was chaired by Romanian director Cristian Mungiu (Palme d’Or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival for his second feature film 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days). A look back at the different prizes won.
Feathers, Omar El Zohairy
The Nespresso Grand Prix was awarded to Omar El Zohairy for his fantastic drama Feathers, in which we follow a somewhat unequal family. The mother of a family is a withdrawn and devoted woman to her husband. The absurd and the fantastic come into play when her bossy husband is turned into a hen in a magic trick that goes rather badly. It is therefore a chance for this woman, locked in this monotonous life, to take over and become independent. In 2014, Omar El Zohairy was the first Egyptian filmmaker selected for the Cinéfondation of the Cannes Film Festival.
Lili, all alone, Zou Jing
The Leitz Ciné Discovery Prize for short films was awarded to Zou Jing, for his moving 22-minute short film Lili, all alone. We follow a young woman, Lili, a solitary mother in a relationship with a man addicted to gambling. They live in a remote area of a Chinese province. Poor, she decides to try her luck in town to earn enough money to save her dying father.
Amparo, Sandra Melissa Torres
The Louis Roederer Foundation Prize for Revelation is awarded to Sandra Melissa Torres for Amparo, film which immerses us in Colombia at the end of the 90s. Amparo is the first name of a single mother, whose son – a teenager – was called up for the army. Fearing for her life, she will do anything to free him. But several obstacles will stand in its way in this patriarchal and violent society.
Nothing to give a fuck, Julie Lecoustre and Emmanuel Marre
The Fondation Gan à la Diffusion award goes to the directors Julie Lecoustre and Emmanuel Marre for their feature film Nothing to give a fuck. As the title may indicate, Cassandre is a young flight attendant who clearly, does not “nothing to give a fuck” of all. It connects evenings, men and thefts without a future. Only, by dint of fleeing her past and her life in the air, she ends up being caught up by the present and the pains left on the ground.
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Olga, Elie Grappe and Raphaëlle Desplechin
The SACD Prize plunges us into 2013 with the film Olga, Elie Grappe and Raphaëlle Desplechin, while a young 15-year-old gymnast trains, between Switzerland and Ukraine, for the European Championship for the Olympic Games. Meanwhile, in Ukraine, her journalist mother covers Euromaiden events.
Brutalia, Days of Labor, by Manolis Mavris
The Canal + Short Film Prize goes to Manolis Mavris for Brutalia, Days of Labor, 26min short film. The story follows young girls, all identical in their outfit and their tasks: they struggle at work, in a matriarchal and oligarchic society. The question arises as to what it would be like to replace bees with humans. Anna, a worker bee, cannot stand the violence and the climate that surrounds her and will have to make a radical decision.
More info on the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in our special file