I Lost My Body triumphs in the Cannes Critics’ Week
by Fabien Lemercier
- CANNES 2019: The animated film by France’s Jérémy Clapin has taken home the Grand Prize, while the Rising Star Award has gone to Icelandic actor Ingvar E Sigurðsson for his turn in A White, White Day
The jury of the 58th Critics’ Week at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, chaired by Colombian director Ciro Guerra, has handed the 2019 Grand Prize to I Lost My Body [+see also:
interview: Jérémy Clapin
film profile] by France’s Jérémy Clapin, marking the first time in the history of the Cannes parallel section that a work of animation has won it. A true narrative gem, this moving, inventive and masterful feature debut was produced by Paris-based outfit Xilam Animation and co-produced by Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma. Its international sales are handled by Charades.
Handed out for the second year running and intended to single out a talented actor or actress, the Rising Star Award went to Icelandic actor Ingvar E Sigurðsson for his performance in A White, White Day [+see also:
interview: Hlynur Pálmason
film profile] by his fellow countryman Hlynur Pálmason, a sophomore feature produced by Join Motion Pictures, in co-production with Denmark’s Snowglobe, and Sweden’s Hob AB and Film i Väst. The international sales are managed by Poland’s New Europe Film Sales.
Worth highlighting among the accolades given out by the Critics’ Week partners are the Gan Foundation Award for Distribution, which singled out Vivarium [+see also:
interview: Lorcan Finnegan
film profile] by Ireland’s Lorcan Finnegan (a sophomore feature staged by Fantastic Films in co-production with Belgium’s Frakas and Denmark’s Ping Pong Film, with US firm XYZ Films in charge of the international sales), and the SACD Award, which was bestowed upon Guatemala’s César Diaz for the screenplay for Our Mothers [+see also:
interview: Cesar Diaz
film profile] (produced by Belgium’s Need Productions together with France’s Perspective Films, and sold by Pyramide).
Lastly, in terms of short films, the Discovery Prize was presented to She Runs by China’s Qiu Yang, while the Canal+ Award was claimed by No Ill Will (Ikki illa meint) by Faroese director Andrias Høgenni.
Here is the complete list of winners:
Leitz Cine Discovery Prize for Short Film
She Runs - Qiu Yang (China/France)
Canal+ Award for Short Film
No Ill Will (Ikki illa meint) – (Denmark/Faroe Islands)
(Translated from French)
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