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May 19 2018

Cannes Wins Pt 1: Un Certain Regard,Queer Palm,Palm Dog

by Nathaniel R

Cannes closing ceremony is later today but we have the first round of winners from the sidebars,official and otherwise.So let's get right to it...


The jury led by Benicio del Toro watched 18 films and gave their top prize to the filmBorderabout a Swedish customs officer who becomes attracted to the man she's investigating.It's already been picked up for US distribution by Neon who made quite a splash last year as the new cool distribution company (I Tonya,Ingrid Goes West,etcetera).

Un Certain Regard Award:Ali Abbasi,Border
Both lead actors are wearing what looks like prosthetic makeup in film that we hear has "troll sex"in it so hmmm.Apparently it is part horror film,part allegorical drama?

Best Director:Sergei Loznitsa,Donbass
Loznita,previously a regular in the main competition,just a sidebar feature this year.Strange.

Best Performance:Viktor Polster,Girl
The Belgian teen plays a trans ballerina -- this award already being controversial since the actor is not trans -- but the part required professional dancing skill goes the reasoning behind his casting.

Best Screenplay:Meryem Benm'Barek,Sofia
A Moroccan film about a woman facing arrest for bearing a child out of wedlock

Special Jury Prize:João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora,The Dead and the Others
Said to be a "visually ravishing"film about Brazilian mythology and indigenous traditions.


French director Bertrand Bonello presided over this jury which honors short films

1st Prize:Diego Céspedes,The Summer of The Electric Lion

2nd Prize [TIE]:Igor Poplauhin,Calendarand Shen Di,The Storms in Our Blood

3rd Prize:Lucia Bulgheroni,Inanimate


Our favorite Norwegian director Joachim Trier led the jury which also featured actors Chloe Sevigny and Nahuel Perez Biscayart (BPM),new Vienna film festival director Eva Sangiorgi and French journalist Augustin Trapenard.

Nespresso Grand PrizeGabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt'sDiamantino
I refuse to read reviews of this apparently bizarre Portuguese film because Guy Lodge who calls it "lovably ludicrous"opens his review like this:

Part loopily queer sci-fi thriller,part faux-naive political rallying cry,glued together with candyfloss clouds of romantic reverie,it's a film best seen with as little forewarning as possible

The only other thing I know about it is the lead actor is hot and the film features poodles in some capacity.That's enough for me.

SACD Prize (Screenplay): Benedikt Erlingsson'sWoman at War
I loved this director's strange and exciting debut filmOf Horses and Menso I'm so excited to see this film about an environmental activist fighting the aluminum industry

Gans Foundation Award (For Distribution): Rohena Gara'sSir

Felix Maritaud plays a gay hustler in "Sauvage"

Louis Roedere Foundation Rising StarFelix Maritaud inSauvage

Short Film Cine Discovery:Jacqueline Lentzou'sHector Malot: The Last Day of the Year

Short Film Canal Plus:Elias Belkedder'sA Wedding Day


French producer Sylvie Palat (Stranger by the Lake,Timbuktu) presided over the Jury.Longtime friend of TFE Boyd Van Hoeij was on the jury this year,too.Hi Boyd!The Queer Palm watches all the LGBT films from all of the various sections of the festival including two from the Main Competition Lineup (Knife + Heart,Sorry Angel).

"Girl"from Belgium was a hit at Cannes

Queer PalmLukas Dhont,Girl
The Belgian film about a trans ballerina wins again.

Short FilmCarolina Markowicz,The Orphan
This is about a boy whose adoptive parents return him because he's effeminate.


Another celebrated not-technically-official sidebar.Each year they pick a favorite dog from the Cannes selection.Competition was reportedly stiff this year.

the great Dane from "Dogman"was expected to win but the movie's chihuahua took the prize instead

Palm DogJoy the chihuahua inDogman

Jury Prize:The poodles inDiamantino


We'll find out the remainder of the awards later today from the final two juries.The Camera D'Or jury (best first film essentially) presided over by Director Ursula Meier,and the Competition jury,presided over by Cate Blanchett.

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Reader Comments (7)

When Benicio agreed to be on the jury,who wants to bet he thought he was acceptingvti be on the main (i.e.,the important) jury?And then was disappointed later and us now embarrassed

Why are there so many freakin juries.So weird/annoying.

May 19,2018 | Unregistered CommenterHuh

Huh -- well there has to be several juries because of the amount of films.

May 19,2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Be warned ALL about Capernaum.It's porn misery,plain and simple.

I'm glad it didn't win the biggies.Look for more noble ways to deal with such kind of themes.There were plenty thi years at Cannes.The winner,Shoplifters and,especially,Lazzaro Felice!!

May 19,2018 | Unregistered Commenterchofer

I teared up reading the plot of The Orphan.It's going to be the emotional bomb of the year.

May 19,2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

It seems if they want to give an award to everything

May 19,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

Why is there no PALM CAT?!

May 19,2018 | Unregistered CommenterSTFU

Well this ensures I'll make it a point to see "Dogman."I love the Palm Dog.

Netflix picked up "Girl."That means it won't play in theaters,but it also means I'll get to see it.

May 20,2018 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

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