Cannes 2012: 'No' Takes Top Prize at Directors' Fortnight

Directors Fortnight No Still - H 2012

Directors Fortnight No Still - H 2012

Merzak Allouache's "El taaib" and Noemie Lvovsky's "Camille redouble" also are honored.

Chilean director Pablo Larrain's historical drama No took the top prize of the Directors' Fortnight sidebar at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Gael Garcia Bernal as a brilliant Chilean ad man who helps topple the Pinochet regime.

The film received the Art Cinema Award, announced Friday in Cannes.

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Sony Pictures Classics said this week that it bought North American rights to the film.

Other winners in this year’s Directors’ Fortnight section include Merzak Allouache's El taaib (The Repentant) and Noemie Lvovsky's Camille redouble (Camille Rewinds). Also on Friday, The Repentant was honored with the Europa Cinemas Label prize for best European film running in Cannes' official selection.

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Directors' Fortnight opened with Michel Gondry's The We and the I and also featured Ben Wheatley's Sightseers and Rodney Ascher's Room 237.

The list of awards:
Art Cinema Award: No
Europa Cinemas: El taaib (The Repentant)
Prix SACD 2012: Camille redouble (Camille Rewinds)
Premier Prix Illy for Short Filmmaking: The Curse by Fyzal Boulifa
Special mention: Os vivos tambem choram (The Living Also Cry) by Basil da Cunha