Cannes: 'Me, Myself and Mum' Takes Home Two Awards From Directors' Fortnight
The French comedy received the top prize while Clio Bernard's bleak "The Selfish Giant" and director Jane Campion were also honored.
CANNES -- Director Guillaume Gallienne took home two awards from the Directors' Fortnight sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival in an evening ceremony that took place at the JW Marriott Hotel. Gallienne was honored with the Art Cinema Award, the top prize of the night, as well as the Society of Authors and Composers SACD prize.
The farcical French comedy premiered to “rapturous applause” according to The Hollywood Reporter, and has been receiving rave reviews across the board.
The two prizes are awarded by different juries. The Art Cinema Award is given by Ula Sniegowska, director of programming for the American Film Festival of Warsaw, Anne-Juliette Jolivet, director of programming for 400 Coups, and German director Thorsten Kleinschmidt.
The annual Society of Authors and Composers SACD prize is awarded to a French-language film, and this year’s jury was chaired by director Laurent Heynemann (The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea), who was joined by directors Arthur Joffe (Alberto Express), Jean Marboeuf (Coup de Sang) and Christine Laurent (Tomorrow?).
The Europa Cinemas award was given to Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, a modern-day tale of the bleak life of two poor children that takes its inspiration from Oscar Wilde’s fable about an ill-tempered ogre of the same name. The prize was awarded by film distributors Alice Black, Rafael Maestro, Petar Mitric and Koyo Yamashita.
The Illy prize for short film was given to Joao Nicolau’s A Wild Goose Chase, with a special mention going to Andre Novais Oliveira’s About a Month.
As previously announced, Jane Campion was honored with the Carrosse d’Or Award, in recognition of her courage as a filmmaker. Campion, the only woman to have received the festival’s main prize, the Palme d’Or, for The Piano in 1992, also presided over this year’s short film and Cinefondation juries.