Friday, May 23, 2014

46th Quinzaine des Réalisateurs Award Winners

In a very unexpected triple play one movie wins all three feature film awards given by sponsors of this sidebar as you have to remember that this section is non-competitive. So here is the BIG winner.

Les Combattants by Thomas Cailley won SACD Prize, Label Europa Cinemas Prize, and Art Cinema Award.

From the short films the Illy Award goes to Sem Coração by Nara Normande and Tião and there was a Special Mention to Radu Jude's Trece şi prin perete (It Can Pass Through the Wall).

Thomas Cailley film winning big makes me think about what will happen later tonight when the Queer Palm is announced. Will the miracle happen and award will be given to a film with some lesbian interest? How about multiple award winner Les Combattants?

Today Edouard Waintrop, Artistic Director, announced the Directors' Fortnight selection with 19 films that includes the most awaited film -by me- Bande de filles by Céline Sciamma but also films by Dumont, Boorman and du Welz. There are 12 films produced or co-produced by Europe and more than half are from France.

Interesting is to find that in the selection there is a film by one of my favorite actress, Ronit Elkabetz, who is directing along with her brother. Also there is a film with great young actress Adèle Haenel plus is a good surprise to find a film by Diego Lerman.

Opening film: Bande de filles (Girlhood), Céline Sciamma, France
Closing film: Pride, Matthew Warchus, UK

Feature films
Alleluia (Halleluiah), Fabrice du Welz, Belgium and France
(*)את לי לילה At Li Layla (Next to Her), Asaf Korman, Israel
(*) Catch Me Daddy, Daniel Wolfe, UK
Cold in July, Jim Mickle, USA and France
(*) Les combattants (Fighters), Thomas Cailley, France
Gett - Le procès de Viviane Amsalem, Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz, Israel, France and Germany
かぐや姫の物語 Kaguya-hime no monogatari (Tale of Princesse Kaguya), Isao Takahata, Japan (animation)
끝까지 간다 Kkeutkkaji Ganda (A Hard Day), Sung-hoon Kim (김성훈), South Korea
Mange tes morts (Eat Your Bones), Jean-Charles Hue, France
National Gallery, Frederick Wiseman, France and USA (documentary)
Queen and Country, John Boorman, UK
Refugiado, Diego Lerman, Argentina, France and Germany
These Final Hours, Zak Hilditch, Australia
Tu dors Nicole, Stéphane Lafleur, Canada
Whiplash, Damien Chazelle, USA

Special Screening
P'tit Quinquin (Little Quinquin), Bruno Dumont, France (TV miniseries - four episodes)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Tobe Hooper, USA, 1974 (newly restored copy)

Check feature films info, trailers, stills in here.

Short films
8 balles, Frank Ternier, France, 13' (animation)
A caça revoluçoes (The Revolution Hunter), Margarida Rêgo, Portugal, 11'
Cambodia 2099, Davy Chou, France, 21'
En août (In August), Jenna Hasse, Switzerland, 9'
Fragmenty (Fragments), Aga Woszczyńska, Poland, 25'
Guy Moquet, Demis Herenger, France, 32'
Jutra, Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre, Canada, 13' (mixed technique)
Man on the Chair, Dahee Jeong, France and South Korea, 6' (animation)
Sem Coração, Nara Normande and Tião, Brazil, 25'
Torn, Elmar Imanov and Engin Kundag, Azerbaijan and Germany, 22'
Trece şi prin perete (It Can Pass Through the Wall), Radu Jude, Romania, 17'

Special Screening
4 Avril 1968 (April 4th,1968), Myriam Gharbi, Guadalupe and France, 20' (Prix Océans de France Ô winner)

Check short films info, trailers, stills in here.

(*) First/second film, competes for the Camera d'Or

This year the Carrosse d'Or goes to Alain Resnais which will be posthumously awarded on Thursday May 15 at the Quinzaine opening ceremony. Earlier in the afternoon the Resnais homage will include the screening of the short film Le Chant du Sytrène (1958) followed by Providence (1977).

Take a look at the always interesting video with film stills, clips plus director's names from Quinzaine 2014 trailer by Olivier Jahan.

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