In the Un Certain Regard category at the Cannes Film Festival that consisted of 21 films from 19 different countries, the top prize was shared by the Kim Ki-Duk-directed Arirang and the Andreas Dresen-directed Halt Auf Freier Strecke (Stopped On Track).
The Special Jury Prize went to the Andrew Zvyagintsev-directed Elena and the directing prize went to Mohammad Rasoulof for Be Omid E Didar (Au Revoir). Latter award is poignant considering Rasoulof and Jafar Panahi were hit with six-year jail sentences by the hard-line Iran government. The harsh sentences have resulted in an outcry among organizations including Amnesty International, filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and festivals that include Cannes, which made sure to include films by both directors in the lineups.
The Un Certain Regard jury was headed by Serbian director Emir Kusturica and was comprised of French actress Elodie Bouchez, UK critic Peter Bradshaw, Tribeca’s Geoffrey Gilmore, and Morelia Festival director Daniela Michel.