And just like that, the festivities on the Croisette are winding down this weekend. The Cannes Film Festival proper will hand out their awards tomorrow, but first is the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, and today the jury has honored what they feel is the best of the fest, and certainly our critics can’t argue.
Ciro Guerra‘s “Embrace Of The Serpent” took the Art Cinema Award. Jessica Kiang was bewitched by this one, calling it in her review, “a work of art, and one of the most singular cinematic experiences you could hope to have in Cannes, or anywhere really.” What else is there to say?
Meanwhile, Arnaud Desplechin‘s “My Golden Years” landed the SACD Prize. Oliver Lyttelton was taken by the director’s latest, writing in his review that though it tracks familiar narrative territory, “it’s written, shot, cut, and performed with such palpable joy, intelligence, and warmth that it ends up feeling entirely fresh.”
Check out the full list of winners below — these are ones you’ll want to watch for on your local arthouse cinema listings.
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Art Cinema Award: “Embrace of the Serpent,” Ciro Guerra
SACD Prize: “My Golden Years (“Trois Souvenirs de Ma Jeunesse”), Arnaud Desplechin
Europa Cinemas Label: “Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Erguven
Illy Prize: “Rate Me!,” Fyzal Boulifa
Special mention: “The Exquisit Corpus,” Peter Tscherkassky
Oceans Prize: “Pape”