CANNES: 'Take Shelter' Wins Critics Week Prize, 'The Giants' And 'Breathing' Win Directors' Fortnight

While the big Cannes Film Festival awards get handed out this weekend, Take Shelter, the Jeff Nichols-directed Michael Shannon-Jessica Chastain drama, took the Grand Prix Nespresso, the top prize at Cannes Critics Week. Sony Pictures Classics bought the film before it screened at Sundance, and based on the Cannes buzz, they were smart to pounce before everybody saw the finished product. The Belgian film The Giants won the Art Cinema Award and the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers’ SACA Prize, while the Austrian film Breathing was named top European film in Directors’ Fortnight.

  1. take shelter is AWESOME. without question should have won sundance grand jury as well. all aboard the jeff nichols express.

  2. Haven’t seen the movie yet, but did cover the script a few years back and it was stunning! Can’t wait to see it.

  3. Correction: the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers’ SACA Prize also went to Take Shelter.

    1. Totally disregard the second sentence’s question mark. Michael Shannon is one of my favorite actors and I only tolerate Boardwalk Empire for him.

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