Winners of the Cannes Film Festival
On May 19 the ceremony of presenting the main prize of the 71st Cannes Film Festival took place. The international jury, which included actors Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Leah Seydou, Chan Chen, filmmakers Ava Duverney, Deni Villeneuve, Robert Gedigyan, Andrei Zvyagintsev and singer Khadia Nin, called the best film “Store Thieves” by Japanese director Hirokazu Koreda. Many winners, even before the ceremony, were predicted by our editor-in-chief.
See the full list of winners:
“The Golden Palm Branch”
“Shoplifters” (Shoplifters), Hirokazu Koreda, Japan
The Grand Prix
Black BlancKlansman, Spike Lee, USA
Prize of the jury
“Capernaum” (Capernaum) Nadine Labaki, Lebanon
Special “Golden palm branch”
“The Book of Pictures” (Le Livre d’image) Jean-Luc Godard, France
Pavel Pavlikovsky, “Cold War”, Poland
The best script
Alicia Rorväcker, Happy as Lazzaro, Italy / Nader Seivar “Three faces”, Iran
Samal Eslyamova, “Hayk”, Kazakhstan
Marcello Fonte, “Dogman” (Dogman), Italy
“Golden Camera” (best debut)
“Girl” (Girl), Luca Don, Belgium
Best Short Film
“All these creatures” (All These Creatures), Charles Williams, Australia
Special prize for short films competition
“On the Border” (On The Border), Wei Shuyun, PRC
The prize for the best direction was given to Sergei Loznitsa for the film “Donbass”. Belarusian by origin, Sergei Loznitsa – today one of the most successful filmmakers in the world. In 2010, his first full-length film, the road-movie “My Happiness”, was selected for the official program of the festival. At that time it was the first feature film from Ukraine, which got into the competition (the film was shot in co-productions of Ukraine, Germany and the Netherlands). The film “Donbass” was shot by Loznitsa in Kiev in February-March 2014: it is an artistic picture based on documentary materials. As a basis for the script Loznitsa took materials from amateur videos on YouTube.
In the Ukrainian rolling “Donbass” will be released this year.
“I decided to make a game picture based on the video from Donbass, which looked at YouTube. I collected a collection of episodes that occurred in my life. Some of them I copied, but still adhered to what was in reality as much as possible. It was important for me to imagine the palette of what was happening and is happening in this occupied territory, which, in my opinion, is in a state of nonexistence, “Sergei Loznitsa describes his work.