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Cannes: Icelandic Film ‘Hrútar’ Wins The Top Un Certain Regard Prize, Japan’s Kiyoshi Kurosawa Wins Best Director

Cannes: Icelandic Film ‘Hrútar’ Wins The Top Un Certain Regard Prize, Japan’s Kiyoshi Kurosawa Wins Best Director

19 films hailing from 21 different countries played in competition in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes 2015. Announced today, the top prize went to an Icelandic film, Grímur Hákonarson‘s “Hrútar,” and the Best Director award went to Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa for his “Journey To The Shore.” The jury, comprised of president Isabella Rossellini (filmmaker – United States, Italy), and jurors Haifaa al-Mansour (director – Saudi Arabia), Panos H. Koutras (director – Greece), Nadine Labaki (director, actress – Lebanon), and Tahar Rahim (actor – France) gave out film prizes.

READ MORE: Check Out Our Complete Coverage Of Cannes 2015

Here’s Rossellini’s statement:

We, the jury, would like to thank the Festival de Cannes for inviting us to be part of the Jury for Un Certain Regard. The experience of watching nineteen films from twenty-one countries was memorable. It was like taking a flight over our Planet and its inhabitants… Any anthropologist would be envious of us. We would like in particular to thank Thierry Frémaux and his team for their incredible kindness. I cannot refrain from expressing also my personal gratitude to the Festival for having chosen my mother Ingrid Bergman for the poster of the 68th edition of this festival. Mamma seems to hovered over all of us, filmmakers and film lovers, as a guardian angel. Thank you.

The award winners below.

HRÚTAR (Béliers / Rams) by Grímur Hákonarson

ZVIZDAN (Soleil de plomb / The High Sun) by Dalibor Matanić
(watch the trailer below)

Kiyoshi Kurosawa for KISHIBE NO TABI (Vers l’autre rive / Journey to the Shore)
(watch a clip below)

COMOARA (Le Trésor / Treasure) by Corneliu Porumboiu
(watch the trailer and a clip here)

MASAAN by Neeraj Ghaywan
Ex aequo
NAHID by Ida Panahandeh
(watch the trailer below)

Check out the rest of our coverage from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival by clicking here.

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