Magazine article Screen International

'Makala' Triumphs at Cannes Critics' Week

Magazine article Screen International

'Makala' Triumphs at Cannes Critics' Week

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The first ever documentary to play in the sidebar's competition scoops its top prize.

The 2017 edition of Cannes Film Festival's Critics' Week strand has come to a close, with Emmanuel Gras' documentary Makala [pictured] scooping the Grand Prize.

The film, which is the first documentary to play in the sidebar's competition, follows a Congolese peasant who dreams of a better life for his family. Les Films du Losange handle sales.

Screen's review called it "an intimate, slow-building chronicle".

The Critics' Week Visionary Award was presented to Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa's Gabriel And The Mountain. It also scooped the Gan Foundation Award for Distribution.

Barbosa's second feature, after 2014's Casa Grande, follows a young idealist on a journey to Africa who learns more than he bargains for at the top of Malawi's Mount Mulanje. …

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