While films from the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight are not given official festival awards, they are honored by organizations. This year, Pablo Larrain’s “No,” starring Gael Garcia Bernal, a surprise stand-out at Cannes, Merzak Allouache’s “El taaib,” Noémie Lvovsky’s “Camille Rewinds,” Fyzal Boulifa’s short “The Curse” and Basil da Cunha’s short “The Living Also Cry” have each been singled out. Details and synopses below, courtesy of Cannes Quinzaine de Realisateurs.
Art Cinema Award: The CICAE, Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d’Art et d’Essai, gives the Art Cinema Award, prize that helps with film diffusion. The international Jury is composed of independent cinemas programmers.
Jury 2012 : Joanna Lapinska, Albert Wiederspiel and Jimi Andreani
“No,” Pablo Larraín (Chile, U.S., Mexico)
Europa Cinemas: Label 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. Awarded by a jury comprised of Europa Cinemas member exhibitors.
Jury 2012 : Paula Astorga, Francesc Villalonga, Erik Hamre and Sarah Beaufol.
“El taaib (Le Repenti),” Merzak Allouache (Algeria, France)
Prix SACD 2012: La SACD (Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques) honors a French-language feature film in the Directors Fortnight selection.
This film is chosen by a film commission chaired by Bertrand Tavernier, with Gérard Krawczyk, Arthur Joffé, Christine Laurent, Benjamin Legrand et Luc Jabon
“Camille redouble (Camille Rewinds),” Noémie Lvovsky (France)
Premier Prix Illy for Short Filmmaking: The jury, made up of Julie Bertuccelli, President, Carlo Bach, Maureen Loiret, and Patrick Villacampa gave the prize to:
“The Curse,” Fyzal Boulifa (U.K., Morroco)
”Os vivos tambem choram (The Living Also Cry).” Basil da Cunha (Switzerland, Portugal)
“No”: When Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, facing international pressure, calls for a referendum on his presidency in 1988, opposition leaders persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra, to spearhead their campaign. With scant resources and constant scrutiny by the despot’s watchmen, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and free their country from oppression.
“El taaib”: Algeria region of the high flatlands. As Islamist groups continue to spread terror, Rashid, a young Jihadist, leaves the mountains to return to his village. In keeping with the law « of pardon and national harmony », he has to surrender to the police and give up his weapon. He thus receives amnesty and becomes a « repenti ». But the law cannot erase his crimes and for Rachid it’s the beginning of a one-way journey of violence, secrets and manipulation.
“Camille Rewinds”: Camille was sixteen years old when she met Eric. They fell madly in love and had a daughter…25 years later: Eric is leaving Camille for a younger woman. That’s New Year’s Eve, and Camille suddenly finds herself back in her past. She is sixteen again and has returned to her parents, her girlfriends, her childhood… and Eric. Will she flee and try to change the course of their lives? Will she fall in love with him again, even though she knows how their story will end?
“The Curse”: Fatine has ventured far from the village to meet her older lover. When she is caught by a small boy, all she wants to do is go home.
“The Living Also Cry”: Ze is a dockworker in Lisbon. He watches enviously the ships he will never board. He dreams of leaving his wife and the slum. He has been saving money in secret to travel to Sweden. But one night he gets home to discover that his wife found his savings and spent them on a new washing machine.