A pair of Latin American films scooped top honors at Cannes’ Critics’ Week today as the festival nears its close. Santiago Mitre’s Paulina was named the Grand Prix Nespresso winner and La Tierra Y La Sombra by César Augusto Acevedo took the Prix Révélation France 4 and the SACD prize which is handed out by the French film screenwriters guild.
Paulina centers on a 28-year-old woman who gives up a brilliant career as a lawyer to dedicate herself to teaching in a depressed region in Argentina. In a rough environment, she sticks to her mission and to her political engagement, accepting to sacrifice her boyfriend and the trust of her father, a powerful local judge.
La Tierra Y la Sombra follows an old farmer who has returned home to tend to his gravely ill son and tries to fit back in and save his family.
The Sony CineAlta prize went to short Varicella, by Fulvio Risuleo. More prize winners to come over the following days.