Friday, 22 May 2015


First awards out of Cannes come courtesy of the festival's smallest strand, the Critics' Week selection. And the choices mirror the critical acclaim bestowed upon many films in the ACID sidebar, with awards shared between a handful of well-received films. Although Cesar Augusto Acevedo's Land and Shade is the only film to win more than one award, it's Santiago Mitre's Paulina, a remake of La Patola, that claimed the Nespresso Grand Prize. The jury of five also gave prizes to short films; that jury was packed full of big names from the international arthouse scene, including jury president Ronit Elkabetz, alongside Andrea Picard, Katell Quillevere, Peter Suschitzky and Boyd van Hoeij. I'd trust their decisions, wouldn't you? Full details of their choices below:

Nespresso Grand Prize
Paulina (Santiago Mitre)

SACD Award
Land and Shade (Cesar Augusto Acevedo)

France 4 Visionary Award
Land and Shade (Cesar Augusto Acevedo)

Gan Foundation Support for Distribution
The Wakhan Front (Clement Cogitore)

Canal+ Award
Ramona (Andrei Cretulescu)

Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize
Varicella (Fulvio Risuleo)