Cannes: 'Mimosas' Tops Critics' Week Awards

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Courtesy of Semaine De La Critique Cannes

The top honors for the sidebar were awarded Thursday night.

The Critics' Week sidebar awards were given out Thursday night at the Cannes Film Festival, with Mimosas taking the top prize.

The film, directed by Oliver Laxe, earned the Nespresso? Grand Prize, which includes a €15,000 ($16,955) prize. The story centers on a caravan escorting an elderly and dying Sheikh through the Moroccan Atlas. When the man dies before they reach their destination, two rogues traveling with the caravan choose to continue the journey to bring the corpse to its final resting place.

Seven films competed in the Critics' Week section, which focuses on discovering new talent.

Mehmet Can Mertoglu's Album earned the France 4? Visionary Award??, which is given to a first or second feature film for its outstanding creativity and innovation.

The Leica Cine Discovery Prize for short films? ?went to Prenjak by Wregas Bhanuteja.

Several awards also are given out by partner organizations. The Gan Foundation Award for Distribution???, a prize to help distribute a first or second feature film in France, went to One Week and a Day (Shavua Ve Yom) by Asaph Polonsky, while the SACD ?Award???? that supports new writers went to Davy Chou and Claire Maugendre, the co-writers of Diamond Island.

Finally, L'enfance D'un Chef from Antoine de Bary took the Canal+ Award for short films. ?????

The top prizes for the main selection of the Cannes Film Festival will be awarded Sunday night during the closing ceremony at the Palais des Festivals.

Find the full list of Critics' Choice awards below.

Nespresso? Grand Prize
Mimosas by Oliver Laxe

France 4? Visionary Award??
Album by Mehmet Can Mertoglu

Leica Cine Discovery Prize for short films ? ????
Prenjak by Wregas Bhanuteja


Gan Foundation Award for Distribution???
Sophie Dulac, French distributor for One Week and a Day (Shavua Ve Yom) by Asaph Polonsky

SACD ?Award????
Davy Chou and Claire Maugendre, co-writers of Diamond Island

Canal+ Award for short films ???????????
L'enfance D'un Chef by Antoine de Bary