The winners of the Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival were announced Saturday, with The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki taking the top prize.
Finnish newcomer Juho Kuosmanen directed the film about the buildup to the 1962 world featherweight championship title match. The black-and-white film centered on the bout between country baker Olli Maki and American titleholder Davey Moore. The Hollywood Reporter‘s review described it as a “delicate balance of humor, melancholy and sensitive human insight.”
Harmonium, directed by Koji Fukada, received the jury prize. The drama centers on a Japanese family whose lives are shattered after a visitor comes to live with them.
Matt Ross’ Captain Fantastic won the best direction award. The drama, which debuted at Sundance, stars Viggo Mortensen as the head of an eccentric family of home-schooled prodigies.
The Un Certain Regard best screenplay honor went to The Stopover, by Delphine and Muriel Coulin, and the special jury prize went to The Red Turtle, an animated film by Michael Dudok De Wit.
Marthe Keller headed up the jury, which also included Diego Luna, Celine Sallette and Swedish director Ruben Ostlund. Eighteen films competed in the sidebar.
The top prizes for the main competition selection will be awarded Sunday night during the closing ceremony at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.