The Un Certain Regard program of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival announced its awards this evening, with French-Cambodian director Rithy Panh's "The Missing Picture" taking the top prize.
Set in 1970s Cambodia, "Picture" is an autobiographical documentary that uses use hundreds of simple clay figures to depict events that resulted in the deaths of Panh's own parents, sisters and other relatives, with first person narration by the director.
Other winners included Hany Abu-Assad's "Omar" (jury prize), Alain Guiraudie's "Stranger By The Lake" (best director), and big Sundance winner "Fruitvale Station" (which won the Avenir Prize here).
“Dear Thierry, dear Gilles Jacob, dear Cannes Film Festival," Un Certain Regard jury head Thomas Vinterberg said in a statement. "Thank you for giving us the responsibility of choosing and celebrating films from a very powerful Certain Regard selection 2013. It is a great honor for us, and the selection has been outstanding in many ways. One of the finest achievements in filmmaking is to create unforgettable moments - moments that stay with us - as a collective memory - as a collective mirror of our existence. Clay figures, extreme beauty, violence, homosexual blow jobs, systematic humiliation of the human kind, Léa Seydoux’s legs, great Brando imitations are just some of the unique images that will follow us for a while. This selection was insistingly unsentimental, and still poetic. It was political, highly original, sometimes disturbing, diverse and first of all, very often - unforgettable. I once again thank you Thierry, for sharing such a fine extract of the best movies around, with all of us.”
Vinterberg was joined on the jury by Zhang Ziyi, Ludivine Sagnier, Ilda Santiago and Enrique Gonzalez Macho.
Full list of winners below.
PRIZE OF UN CERTAIN REGARD
THE MISSING PICTURE by Rithy PANH
OMAR by Hany ABU-ASSAD
Alain GUIRAUDIE for STRANGER BY THE LAKE
A CERTAIN TALENT PRIZE
For the ensemble cast of LA JAULA DE ORO by Diego QUEMADA-DIEZ
FRUITVALE STATION by Ryan COOGLER