Cannes: 'Embrace of the Serpent' Tops Directors' Fortnight Awards

"Embrace the Serpent"

The awards for the sidebar were given out Friday night.

The Directors' Fortnight sidebar awards were given out Friday night with Embrace of the Serpent taking the top prize.

Eighteen films were screened in the feature competition as part of the 47th annual sidebar.

Colombian director Ciro Guerra's third feature won the top honor in this section, the Art Cinema Award. The film centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people and two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship. The black and white film was inspired by the journals of two explorers who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century: the German Theodor Koch-Grunberg and the American Richard Evans Schultes.

The SACD Prize, awarded to a French-language film, went to My Golden Days (Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse). The film is a prequel to Arnaud Desplechin's 1996 title My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument, and centers on a man looking back at his youth.

Mustang, by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 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 the film, five Turkish adolescent sisters have their basic freedoms unjustly stripped from them.

The Illy prize for short film went to Fyzal Boulifa’s Rate Me, which follows a teenage escort named “Coco.”

The top prizes for the main selection will be awarded on Sunday night during the closing ceremony at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. Jury presidents Joel and Ethan Coen will announce the winners.