'Lily Sometimes' snags Art Cinema award

French film starring Diane Kruger closed Director's Fortnight

CANNES -- Fabienne Berthaud's French film "Lily Sometimes" closed the Director's Fortnight sidebar with its world premiere screening on Friday night and also snagged an Art Cinema Award for Best Film in the selection at the sidebar's closing ceremonies in Cannes.

The film stars Diane Kruger and Ludivine Sagnier as two sisters who come together following the death of their mother. SND is handling international sales for the film and Haut et Court will release the title in France.

The Art Cinema Awards are voted upon by an international jury of independent cinema programmers. The SACD prize for Best French-language film in selection went to Olivier Masset-Depasse for "Illegal."

The jury featured Bertrand Tavernier alongside SACD President Jacques Fansten, Gerard Krawczyk, Laurent Heynemann, Benjamin Legrand, Eric Kristy and Andre Buytaers.

The co-production from Belgium, Luxembourg and France follows illegal Russian immigrants in Belgium and tells the story of a mother struggling to be reunited with her son.

The Europa Cinemas Label for Best European film in the sidebar went to Italian film "Le Quattro Volte" from director Michelangelo Frammartino.

The film follows an old shepherd in a rural Italian village and was produced by Vivo Film in co-production with Germany's Essential Filmproduktion, Italy's Invisible Film and Switzerland's Ventura Film. The Coproduction Office is handling international sales.

The film has been sold to New Wave in the UK, Slimware in Taiwan, IRIB Media Group in Iran, Lumiere in Belgium, Megacom in Former Yugoslavia, Filmmuseum in the Netherlands and Atalanta Filmes in Portugal with deals in France and Germany in negotiations.

The Director's Fortnight sidebar ran from the 13 - 23 of May and celebrated the end of its course with a closing night soiree at the Cherie Cheri beach in Cannes.
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