Magazine article Screen International

Cannes: 'Mimosas' Wins Top Critics' Week Prize

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes: 'Mimosas' Wins Top Critics' Week Prize

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Oliver Laxe's Mimosas has won the Nespresso Grand Prize at the 55th Critics' Week - the Cannes Film Festival sidebar devoted to first and second features.

* REVIEW: Mimosas

The story follows a caravan escorting a dying sheikh across the Atlas Mountains to fulfil his dying wish.

France-born, Spain-based Laxe won the euro15,000 ($17,000) prize, which has previously been awarded to Guillermo del Toro, Gaspar Noe and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu among others.

The film, which was shot in Morocco and took part in Qumra 2016, is Laxe's second film after You Are All Captains, which screened in Directors' Fortnight in 2010, winning the FIPRESCI prize

Mimosas is a Spain-Morocco-France-Qatar co-production and is sold by Luxbox.

Albüm, from Turkish filmmaker Mehmet Can Mertoglu, won the France 4 Visionary Award, which rewards "outstanding creativity and innovation".

The black comedy centres on an Antalya-based couple who fake a pregnancy to keep their future adoption a secret.

The Turkey-France-Romania co-production was developed at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

The Match Factory handles sales and it will be distributed in France by Le Pacte.

Short film Prenjak, from Indonesia's Wregas Bhanuteja, won the Leica Cine Discovery Prize.

PARTNER AWARDS

One Week And A Day (Shavua Ve Yom) from Israeli-US director Asaph Polonsky won the Gan Foundation Support For Distribution, which helps distribute a first or second feature in France in an effort to promote new filmmakers.

The black comedy centres on a grieving father, who finishes a week of mourning for his late son and is urged by his wife to return to their routine. …

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