The Critics’ Week sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival, with a jury overseen by Joachim Trier, has given its Nespresso Grand Prize to Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s Diamantino. The fantasy follows the titular soccer star who loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace. Searching for a new purpose, the icon sets out on a delirious odyssey where he confronts neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, genetic modification and the hunt for the source of genius. The Portuguese pic is sold by Carole Baraton’s Charades.
The Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award was given to Félix Maritaud (BPM) for his lead role in Camille Vidal-Naquet’s Sauvage. Pyramide International is handling the story of a young gay hustler in conflict.
Given by France’s Writers’ Guild, the SACD Award went to Benedikt Erlingsson and Ólafur Egill Egilsson, the writers of Woman At War. Beta Cinema has international sales on the tale of Halla who declares a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. She is prepared to risk everything to protect the pristine Icelandic Highlands she loves, until an orphan unexpectedly enters her life.
Here’s the full list of honors:
Nespresso Grand Prize
Diamantino, dirs: Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt
Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award
Félix Maritaud for Sauvage
Benedikt Erlingsson & Ólafur Egill Egilsson, Woman At War
The Leica Cine Discovery Prize for short film
Ektoras Malo: I Teleftea Mera Tis Chronias, dir: Jacqueline Lentzou
Canal + Award for short film
A Wedding Day, dir: Elias Belkeddar
Gan Foundation Award for Distribution
Diaphana Distribution for Sir, dir: Rohena Gera