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Love at First Fight, the feature directorial debut of French director Thomas Cailley, not only took the top prize in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar during an evening ceremony Friday, but also picked up two other awards.
Seventeen films competed in the feature competition as part of the 46th annual sidebar.
Love at First Fight (Les Combattants), which centers on a mild-mannered young man’s affections toward a headstrong, paranoid woman, took the The Art Cinema Award, the sidebar’s top honor.
The film also was also given the Society of Authors and Composers SACD prize, which is awarded to a French-language film.
Love at First Fight also won the Europa Cinemas award, which aims to enhance the promotion, circulation and box-office runs of European award-winning films on the screens of a cinema network stretching across Europe.
In THR‘s review, critic Clarence Tsui wrote of Love at First Fight: “the major chunk of the film cruises along with a superbly witty screenplay balancing crowd-pleasing comedy and some contemplation about youthful ennui in France, and the two leads deliver turns which do justice to the text.”
The Illy prize for short film went to Heartless (Sem Coração), directed by Nara Normande and Tião. The Brazilian film follows a boy who goes on vacation in his cousin’s fishing village and meets a girl who goes by the nickname “Heartless.”
The top prizes for the main selection will be awarded Saturday night during the closing ceremony at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, where jury president Jane Campion will announce the winners.
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